On the feature front, it always tugs at the heartstrings to see close-up pictures of tiny premies struggling for life, but CBS' Eye on Medicine provided very little journalistic substance from CNN's in-house physician Sanjay Gupta to justify manipulating our emotions thus. Gupta was in a neonatal intensive care ward in Arkansas to illustrate research on medical procedures performed on premature newborns in France. Gupta's take home message--try to inflict as little pain on babies as possible.
Meanwhile NBC's In Depth feature was simultaneously a promotion for Dateline's documentary The Year of the Tornado and a pat on the back for the Warn4 weather crew at NBC's Oklahoma City affiliate KFOR-TV. The station has a squad of stormchasers--meteorologist David Payne, cameraman Kevin Josephine, helicopter pilot Jim Gardner--and Don Teague narrated their awesome weather porn video as a tease for Friday's primetime special on the Fourth of July.
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