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January 9, 2008
Weather trumps politics on some TV newscasts

Permit me a morning rant...

Tuesday was perhaps the most newsworthy political night yet, what with the New Hampshire primary and our own State of the State address by The Guv.

So, what happens when I turn on my TV for the 10 p.m. news Tuesday night?

Both Fox40 and Channel 13 lead with ... the weather.

Oh, come on. It had been a normal winter day in the area - drizzly rain in the Valley, snow in the foothills. No news there. Or, at least, nothing to merit top-story status.

But gosh darn it, Fox40 had Louisa Hodge and Channel 13 Anny Hong all bundled up and talking snow, so that obviously trumps the comeback wins of John McCain and Hillary Clinton and Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget musings.

I will give some credit to Fox40 for wrapping up its weather coverage relatively quickly and moving on to politics. But Channel 13 spent the first eight minutes on the weather, even wasting time analyzing Hong's snow garb.

Fortunately for news-loving viewers, at 11 p. m., both Channel 3 and News10 got it right and led with politics.

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