On Thursday, ABC's Josh Elliott filed the first part of his tale of Captain Lotz, the homewardbound soldier. It was clear that Elliott was cleaving closely to ABC's trusted formula for military families: either describe the baby born at home while the father is away at war; or show joyful, tearful footage of the warrior returning to his family's embrace. If you look at both parts of Elliott's tale of the reunion at Fort Drum (here and here), you will see that there is nothing to warrant its being stretched over two newscasts. Much of the content is replicated. Its tone is uniformly saccharine. All of it is predictable.
Speaking of replicated content. CBS' Steve Hartman went On the Road to Oklahoma in March to tell us about Ed Bray. He does the same now that Bray has graduated to the karaoke machine.
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