Monday night, all three local television stations interrupted regular news coverage of crime, crime and updates on John Garamendi's daughter and her DUI arrest to bring us - "Live! Right Now!" - coverage of the Guv's State of the State speech.
News10, trying to spice up the visuals, decided to use a split screen at certain points of the speech. When Schwarzenegger spoke about his health-care proposal, News10 showed the Guv's talking head on the right side of the screen; on the left, it showed a baby getting a vaccination at a clinic.
Problem was, News10 didn't mute the sound from the B-roll of the baby and we heard, in stereo, Ah-nold's words and the cries of the baby mixed with baby talk by the practitioner administering the shot.
Waaaa! Call it a State of the State mash-up.
Other coverage thoughts:
* Channel 3 devoted the most time and resources to the address. Kevin Riggs (at the Capitol) co-anchored with Edie Lambert and did live interviews with lawmakers on the floor. Pamela Wu interviewed a panel of experts on each issue the Guv touched upon. Nice to have experts with instant analysis.
* Channel 13 once again used Rob Stutzman as its sole political analyst, even though he is a well-known conservative strategist and Schwarzenegger's former communications director. Where's the balance, Channel 13?
* News10 got a live one-on-one interview with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. No crying babies during that interview.