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January 29, 2007
'Daily Show' or local TV news? Part 3


Yes, it's time for another installment of our (semi-)new series, "Is it a spoof from 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' or another wacky local TV news report?"

We're trying to be fair so, after "featuring" Channel 13 and News10 in the first two postings, we turn our attention to Channel 3 today.

KCRA's Central Valley reporter Rich Ibarra, who normally just covers the latest crime wave in Stockton, blew the lid off the story of how a sea lion wound up at a dairy farm in Tracy. Length of report: 1 minute, 43 seconds.

We'll leave it to you to decide if this report was of enough import to claim so much precious prime-time news real estate. All we know is that we loooove how that quintessential hard-newsman Ibarra gives the report all due gravitas. Check out this sound bite: "The cows, at this point, aren't saying much. Just a lot of long stares and a wondering glance."

(That's long been a pet peeve of ours - cows that give no comments. What, pray tell, are they hiding?)

And it wouldn't be your classic local TV news story without the obligatory pun at the end. Says Ibarra: "Sounds like the seal of approval." (Hmm, we guess saying "sea lion of approval" didn't work.)

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