Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Real Life. Real News. Real Bad," in the November 14 issue:
Thank you, Patricia Calhoun! While zapping through the dial, I caught the "Real News" and Ms. Pujo's Channel 7 debut. My reaction was so strongly negative that I thought, in fairness, I ought to try to pay attention to understand why this was so unremittingly bad. Several times since that first exposure, I've tried again to view this sleaze (though I admit that I could stand only a few minutes at a time). I think that Ms. Klinzing felt that she had to put her personal stamp on this format--since she's the big imported hotshot news director, supposed to shake up the poor old Channel 7 ratings. If she's the one responsible for this abomination, I hope she gets the credit at her next gig, as I think she'll go down with the sinking ship.
As to Ms. Pujo, I don't think I've ever heard such a condescending attitude and snide delivery fobbed off as news. I hope Channel 7 does some demographics and our new transplants (Pujo and Klinzing) realize that Colorado viewers are among the best-educated and highly critical audiences that they'll see in their short-lived careers.
I read with some amusement Patricia Calhoun's assessment of the new Channel 7 News format. While Calhoun's opinions about the lameness of the new format and its lack of true news reporting agree with my own, I could barely hear that message, because it was so nearly drowned out by the roar of the green-eyed monster! Good Heavens, Patty! The fact that Ms. Pujo is young and beautiful, or how they dress her for the newscast, has nothing whatever to do with the lack of effectiveness of the new Channel 7 news. But one suspects that even if it won every major news award available, you'd still be meowing about her "firm (and teasingly exposed) flesh." Or, perhaps, that your evaluation of the quality of the program might have been considerably less caustic if Ms. Pujo did the newscasts behind a cardboard cutout of an Amish woman's black-dressed silhouette. Your editorial would have been a lot more impressive (and your other points much more well-taken, I think) if you had simply left out all the catty comments about Ms. Pujo's age and dress and let the rest of article stand on its own.
John E. Ottem
Since moving to Denver in 1991, I have always watched Channel 7 news. I don't mind the new graphics and new slogan, "Real Life. Real News," but they should follow it up with a Real News Anchor! Natalie Pujo may be a good reporter, but in my opinion (and that of others), she is not anchor material. Let's talk election night: The broadcast seemed more like a screen test for the movie Showgirls, complete with those sexy (?) looks into the camera when they broke for commercial or to go back to network coverage. I don't care if they are trying to reach a younger audience or not (I'm only 35!), that outfit was pretty inappropriate and made it hard for anyone to take her seriously except maybe younger guys in their late teens and early twenties. And let's be real...do you honestly think those guys were glued to election-night coverage? I think Channel 7 made a bad move by giving her the sole anchor spot at 10 p.m. And the only thing that saved the election-night broadcast was Ernie Bjorkman. If they want to go to a one-anchor format at 10 p.m., they'd better get Bertha or Ernie in there, or they will find people switching to another station. As I have.
God bless you for your penetrating bite on The Pooch. TV news giggle and grin and the braying Arakawa laugh are sad enough, but this new aberration beats all. Question: How come that splashy Channel 7 newspaper was mailed from Louisiana?
I would give Patricia Calhoun's opinion of Channel 7's new "trash TV" more credence if her paper was not the epitome of trash. For example, in the same issue of Westword, there is also a lengthy article on foreskins. Where is the news in this?
The Good Doctor
Tony Perez-Giese's November 14 article, "Mind Over Medicine," provides an example of what doctors should be like and demonstrates the importance of compassion and doctor-patient interaction. Dr. Hamilton exemplified this to the fullest. In the present climate of HMOs, where the doctor often doesn't remember your name, it's refreshing to have the great doctors receive the respect they deserve.
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The Bear Facts
Regarding Eric Dexheimer's "Loaded for Bear," in the November 14 issue:
Talk hunt ethics all you want, the bottom line is this: The animals aren't going to suffer less for all the controversy about how to kill them, about the weapons of choice, about whether they're poached, killed by slob hunters, mismanaged by wildlife authorities, or any of the other arguments brought up in this article or elsewhere. To bring joy into the lives of those who kill them, they experience unbearable fear and agonizing pain from having their bodies broken and shattered, and then death--much the same as any one of us humans would experience in the same situation. It's that simple. Please enlighten me: Where is the ethics in that?