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I generally despise the local newscasts. I’ll tolerate a traffic report in the morning if I have to drive to work, and I’ll tune into the weather forecast on Channel 7’s 11 pm news because I like to watch Dallas Raines’ crouching routine against the Doppler 7000+. (And he wears these superb suits – I swear, no one can pull off a double-breasted electric blue better.)

But this week, in light of the Minnesota bridge collapse, I’ve been reminded again and again of how much the local news religiously follows the “if it bleeds, it leads” mantra. Channel 7 sent local reporter Robert Holguin to Minneapolis to cover the story.

But why? Were they trying to find a local angle? Perhaps looking for LA residents who were attending conventions? Did one of their producers have family in the Twin Cities? Why couldn’t they have used the local ABC affiliate’s correspondent? I can understand maybe if the bridge collapse were an act of terrorism and other cities must raise their threat levels maybe, but this was a structural accident.