The Fire Coverage And Our TV

Here in Glendale, it’s hard to think of anything but the Station fire. While we can see it from our house, we’ve been relying on the media for details, and like a lot of residents have found local television coverage wanting. According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich agrees with our assessment:

Antonovich on Monday accused television news stations of being negligent in failing to provide comprehensive fire coverage.

“There were a large number of evacuations taking place, people and animals were in danger, and people had no information of where to go,” Antonovich said in an interview. “I’m upset. The media let people down during a horrendous fire, one of the worst in the county’s history.”

But local news officials countered Monday that they gave appropriate coverage to what was then principally a brush fire. They noted that the fire had already been burning for a couple of days before the weekend and had not at that time posed a serious threat to a large number of residences.

You can read the rest of the article for detailed excuses from local television executives. Or not.