After 15 years of living without a connected TV, I looked forward to showing my children the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We had CBS now, and CBS aired the parade. All we had to do was turn on the TV and we'd see it, right? Wrong.
What we found was a morning talk show
being broadcast outdoors while all sorts of interesting parade-type
things went on in the background where you couldn't see them,
while the hosts chatted inanely with people whose bodies were blocking
the view. Doubtless they were important entertainment-type people, but
right then they were in the darned way. Clowns, dancers, and marching
bands could be barely made out behind the guests legs, as could the
balloon-wranglers whose balloons dangled frustratingly just out of
camera range, cruelly teasing us with a flash of color at the very top
of the screen.
After 10 minutes the children were begging us to
turn it off. I couldn't blame them. I'd never seen worse coverage of
an outdoor event in my life. CBS needs to give the job to experts who
actually know what they're doing. It's a parade, not a blooming chat