CBS' European closer was of the zany variety. From London Mark Phillips narrated footage of a recreational plastic paddle boat at a German lake. It is in the shape of a giant white swan and it had so fascinated a live black swan last fall that she refused to head south as the rest of the lake's flock migrated. This attachment was anthropomorphized by Phillips, and many members of the German news media, as Love on Swan Lake. Phillips called the plastic swan "the strong silent type" and "her love boat." So spring is here. Music swelled. Cameras clicked. Live black swan and plastic white swan were reintroduced--and the relationship seemed as intimate as ever.
UPDATE: later in the week, Brian Montopoli (text link) at CBS' Public Eye spots a trend of animal features on CBS. Montopoli wonders whether such stories represent "the YouTube-ization of news" recalling a South Park satire about how to pander for ratings with pandas. Certainly in the last month or so, ABC and CBS have both been much more enthusiastic about animals than NBC.
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