Where are the citizen journalists when we need them?
According to the Fargo Forum newspaper, there was a “report” — unconfirmed — that a storm with high winds this morning sent the heifers a flyin’ near Valley City, N.D.
And nobody has pictures? There hasn’t been a tornado in the U.S. in 10 years that somebody, somewhere, didn’t get on video to sell to the local TV station. Someone spots a single-horned deer? Got it! A panda bear sneezes at the zoo, and it’s on every TV station in America, with 1,000 nattering news anchors trying — and failing — to tack on a witty comment. As if there’s something funnier than a panda bear sneezing.
But nobody’s got the video of the flying cows? Maybe it’s just as well. We’d have to listen to some TV news anchor intone, “the cow was really mooooving.”
Twister: Flying Cow Special Effects (On DVD May 6) – Watch the best video clips here
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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