Sunday, June 28, 2009

The LuLac Edition #861, June 28th, 2009



Every time I watch some rookie newscaster or even an anchor with a few years in the business not tell me the gist of the story they are reporting, not give me the point and leave a dangling piece of information in the ether, I think of Paul Stueber the former news director of WBRE TV and WNEP TV. As a veteran newsman, Stueber made sure people reported the entire story, start to finish. That doesn’t happen anymore. It occured last night on WBRE. They tell us a Wilkes Barre woman became Miss Pennsylvania but no one found a picture of her anywhere to complete the story! Paul has a media related blog called “Tying My Shoes” which has some great information in it. Here’s his link:
What was intriguing to me was part of what he said about WYOU TV. As you know I was a frequent guest on their Interactive News. In April, Nexstar Broadcasting said the production of the newscast cost too much money. Yet, according to Mr. Stueber, they were the only TV station that had an increase in revenue over the previous year.
Top-rated WNEP-TV, the local ABC affiliate, raked in an estimated $27 million last year, which accounted for 48.2 percent of the total local revenue, down from 50.1 percent in 2007. WBRE-TV, the local NBC affiliate, had an estimated $11.5 million, or 20.5 percent, of the advertising revenue, down slightly from 20.6 percent in '07. WYOU-TV (CBS) earned an estimated $9.4 million, or 16.8 percent, up from 15.5 percent in 2007. So even though they made more money the previous year, they dumped their commitment to news. Just pointing that out.


On Tuesday at his news conference, President Obama said a public plan would be “an important tool to discipline insurance companies.” He said he supports a public plan “that's not profit-driven, that can keep down administrative costs, and that provides you good, quality care for a reasonable price.” He added that if a public plan “is able to reduce administrative costs significantly, then you know what, I'd like the insurance companies to take note and say, hey, ‘if the public plan can do that, why can't we?’” John Holohan, the director of the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a non-partisan Washington think tank, said “having a competitor to private plans, under a fair set of market rules, will provide more choice and place substantial cost containment pressure on the health care system.” But opponents of a public plan say it will undermine private sector insurance, eventually leaving nothing but taxpayer-provided and government-run insurance. Stuart Butler, a health care analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said at a forum sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform that it would require “a staggering leap of faith to assume that the Congress and the United States government will somehow operate like a sort of benign umpire in the system, when it actually is also a team owner.” Under the proposal introduced by House Democrats last week, the plan would get some unspecified amount of start-up money from the federal government. But the intention of public plan proponents is it would become self-sustaining that is, financed by the premiums paid by the people who enroll in it. But Holohan that “the public plan is probably going to get sicker than average people” signing up for it. “There are an awful lot of people who have had health problems and have had bad experiences with insurance companies. And they will probably gravitate toward the public plan”. And my question to the esteemed gentleman is this: can you blame them????????????


Every late June before the Fourth of July, I wonder how my girl Maria Sharapova will do at Wimbledon. Sometimes the answer comes late in the final rounds, this year, alas it came early. Maria’s Wimbledon campaign came to an early end in round two after losing a thriller to Gisela Dulko.The Russian former champion was far from her best and the Argentinian took advantage, winning the first set 6-2.Dulko took a 3-0 lead in the second but Sharapova fought valiantly and won six games in a row to take the set 6-3, but Dulko refused to wilt and claimed the third set 6-4 on her fifth match point.Maria Sharapova's passion for Wimbledon has not been diminished by making an early exit for a second straight year.The former champion suffered a 6-2 3-6 6-4 defeat in a thrilling clash against Argentinian Gisela Dulko. She said: "Being here is a wonderful accomplishment. I'm not lying about it. I had the pleasure of playing on Centre Court again. I didn't play on it last year. I enjoy every single minute." Now that's class and true love of sports and competition. Here are a few moments with Maria; the first is a wonderful ESPN commercial that every guy will get and the next is Maria losing her cool at a line judge:

She'll do better at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows. Count on it!
The "Prez and Public Plan" story NBC/CBS News sources.


At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're such a fan!!! I didn't see such a big fuss made over that Boyle lady from American Idol.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I didn't see such a big fuss made over that Boyle lady from American Idol.

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thoughts on health care and the local TV news. I have another "must read" now. Thanks for the link.

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's pretty ironic that you Mr. Yonki who censor comments on your favorites, Sir Stephen Corbett, Sir Kevin Lynn and the rest of the WILK staff, Walter Griffith, Paul Kanjorski, Barack Obama, Maryanne Petrilla and Ed Rendell will allow a video with a tennis star using the F bomb. I guess you allow a lot when its a nubile 22 year old 6 foot blonde.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

will allow a video with a tennis star using the F bomb. I guess you allow a lot when its a nubile 22 year old 6 foot blonde.

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are afraid of the public plan. They have no need to because it is needed. The worst thing Obama can do is cave on this, you got the majority man, you have the mandate, USE IT!!!!!!

At 5:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

obama.. communism in amrika... never though i would see the day...

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Communism up from Socialism, huh?
Whats wrong with a choice? The Health Care crisis has got to be
gotten under control. The Bush administration was a Dictatorship with a puppet president and a vp pulling the strings behind the scenes. Where were your complaints then?

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i complained about them too.... the simple fact is taking america into a communistic direction doesn't make things better.
tell me how our medical infrastructure already strained is going to respond with 20 - 40 million new insured?
medical mistakes are one of the top 5 causes of death in this country. so how many more people will die because now they may have gone for care for an innocuous condition they would not have before but a mistake causes their death.
the fact that you have coverage does not ensure better care.
what people are so blind about is that we are sinking into an area of loss of control.
give p your freedom.

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just dont buy that the medical system would be endangered. It stinks now in many ways and is breaking the backs of citizens financially.
And I also dont buy the communistic direction thing. A little socialism perhaps, but communism never, comrade!
As to loss of control, youre only kidding yourself if you think you have any real control now.
Weve gotta do something, is the point you seem not to want to face.
By the way I dont know your status, but I currently pay for my own healthcare 100% due to circumstances beyond my control and illness. Perspective is everything sometimes.

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i pay for a portion of my health care. in the past i did without at times due to circumstance at other times due to choice. i like having the choice.

the reason health insurance is so costly actually has little to do with the cost of health care. insurance companies took a beating in the market. most of their surplus cash was there. so now they are passing on the costs to the consumer. actually to the employer. i think if you made it illegal for an employer to provide health coverage and people had to pony up the cash themselves you would see a drop in premiums. because if the price did not come down people would not purchase.
i have no use for the insurance companies i would love to see them all suffer. but the thing is i am a capitalist first. i do NOT want gov't health care. i do not want to be forced to purchase it or forced to spend tax money on it. free is never free from the gov't. it will only turn out bad in the long run... then again: the american experiment is in fact almost over. we will be oppressed and stuck into the class we are born in the new socialist society that folks like W. and Ombama have sent us hurling towards

At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

better not let corbett see this page. how dare you like a tennis player for more than her brain?


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