CBS 2 Reporter Files Dispatch on Pedestrian Deaths While Driving Distracted

The distracted drivers over at CBS 2 News have outdone themselves. Even when the topic turns to pedestrian fatalities and the script does a decent job of describing the problem, the genius producers who brought you “Mobile 2” make their reporters file from a roving deathtrap with a satellite link.

Watch reporter Kathryn Brown struggle to form sentences as she drives down Nassau’s Hempstead Turnpike, informing viewers of the pedestrian death toll on… Hempstead Turnpike.

Next week on CBS 2: How dangerous is it to fire a crossbow in the middle of Times Square while blindfolded? We’ll find out!

  • Martian Kramer

     Imagine if the woman behind the wheel of Mobile 2 was a terrorist!

  • Media Critic

    I would have thought this story would have been more compelling had the camera mimicked the perspective of a person waiting to cross the street as traffic whizzes past. I guess that’s why I’m not in TV.

  • got to admit i was glad she didn’t look at the camera at all and instead kept her eyes on the road. optimistically, I’d say she was no more distracted a driver than anyone talking to a passenger.  pessimistically, I’d say the ear piece and physical camera operator were clunky distractions dangerously expanding blindspots. either way… its a pretty lame news piece and the pedestrian perspective would have been much more effective. 

  • Clarence Eckerson

    Actually Dave, I think this is still pretty bad.  Yes, she didn’t look at the camera, that’s an improvement for sure on CBS2’s part.  BUT by filing a report distracted CBS2 is essentially condoning this conduct, and you’d think someone who knows they are on LIVE  tv – that’s a ton of stress – and she has to make sure she hits certain cues when they cut to the tape and all – that’s much more distraction that talking to someone else while driving.

  • Crossbow Maddness!

    I can’t wait for the CBS2 report on crossbow firing.  That’d be a funny Streetfilm parody.

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