Sunday, October 23, 2005

What TV News Terms Really Mean

Steve Saffran of Lost Remote, the TV news watchdog blog, has posted a very funny list of TV news cliches -- what they used to mean, and what they mean now. Samples:

"We interrupt this program to bring you a Special Report":
OLD: The president has been shot.
NEW: A cute girl is missing.

"Breaking News":
OLD: The president will resign.
NEW: There's a car on the side of the road with a flat.

"News Alert":
OLD: Man will land on the moon within the hour.
NEW: Man landed on Pam Anderson over the weekend.

"Exclusive"
OLD: We are the only people he would do an interview with.
NEW: We are the only people he would do an interview with from 7:43 am - 7:48 am.
See his whole list here.