Absent from most print/broadcast coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last week: those 70,000 “structurally deficient” bridges popping up again, this time with a repair price tag of $50 billion, notes Grumpy Editor.
Initial mentions of the 70,000 bridges started five and a half years ago.
Repairing bridges comes as Congress debates a jobs bill.
Media’s focus last week was on Obama’s agenda of upping the minimum wage, climate change and gun control legislation.
Broadcast newsrooms need larger maps
One of the lead items on broadcast news last week was “a moderate earthquake has struck in rural Nevada near the California state line.”
That doesn’t quite pinpoint the shaky area.
For eastern news writers, the Nevada-California state line runs 650 miles. That’s the distance between New York City and Chicago.
Actual center of the 4.9 magnitude shaker was 45 miles west of Tonopah, Nev. Closest California city: Bishop.
Rubio gulps water about 155 times on MSNBC
Television media put the focus on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican response to the State of the Union address on his water sipping rather than content.
In the forefront was MSNBC which replayed Rubio’s swig about 155 times --- with 101 of them played on loop at the bottom left of the screen Wednesday during the Rachel Maddow Show.
CNN replayed the water action 34 times.
In a fair-and-balanced mode, Fox News, meanwhile, showed a clip of President Barack Obama also sipping water from a plastic bottle during an earlier speech.
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