A pet peeve of the Tyndall Report concerns correspondents who use fictional video clips as supposed evidence of actual behavior that is happening in real life. Case in point is Kelly Wallace's trend feature for CBS on teenage girls videotaping their own catfights and then posting them as online streams. Wallace searched YouTube and found more than 11,000 "girl fight" clips. She also showed us three Long Island girls beat up a fellow student on www.photobucket.com.
But then, Wallace tried to make a larger point about an increase in teenage girl-on-girl violence with the following examples: a girl character punching a boy bully in a Harry Potter movie; two big-bosomed adult women ripping each other's shirts off in a beer commercial; the militant animated female characters of The Powerpuff Girls.
This lazy type of assemblage was all-too-frequent on Today when Couric was morning anchor. Let's hope she is not importing that trend to the Evening News.
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