Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Chris Brown Denies Local TV Stations of A New O.J. Moment
You can hear the disappointment in the voices of our local newspeople, as they slowly begin to realize that, nah, that's not Chris Brown in a Bentley on Lankershim Blvd., locked in a standoff with police.
Damn, you can hear them think. They've invested hours in what might have -- strike that, should have -- been this decade's O.J. Simpson moment.
Instead, hours of news time were wasted on what was absolutely a non-event. Commercial time was yanked -- not an easy decision for these stations, which are already hurting for revenue -- and pricey helicopter time was wasted on, well, what?
Good thing there's not any real news to cover.
KCAL stayed with the coverage the longest, finally signing off at 12:08 a.m. when it became pretty apparent that it was DJ Khaled, and not Brown, behind the wheel. (At least, KCBS/KCAL anchor Laura Diaz kept repeating phone callers who were claiming it was Khaled -- but that's now pretty uncertain as well. The L.A. Times just says it was a "businessman of Pakistani origin," who later killed himself.)