Someone stop me if you ever hear me say that I’ve seen the worst TV health news piece. The bottom keeps dropping.
This piece is a contender for bottom-dweller.
(Note: before you can actually enjoy the piece, you’ll have to watch a CBS promo in this clip for all the awards they’ve won. And you’ll see at the end their tagline, “Very Good News.” This piece, I warn you, will not win an award and was NOT very good news.)
A young woman whom the anchorman calls “healthy…gorgeous” but who wants to rid herself of a tiny fat pouch in her belly gets lunchtime liposuction. The surgeon comes on the set with her to chat with the anchorman. But in more than 5 minutes (an eternity in TV news!), they fail to discuss:
how widely the costs vary from the $3,000 the promoting-surgeon cited
whether insurance pays for it.
Viewers should ask themselves: if this “healthy, gorgeous” young woman wanted to have a little fat pouch removed and if she were in your insurance pool and if insurance covered it, would you want your premiums to go up as a result?
Why don’t we have news stories about that?
That would be journalism. This was free advertising: 5 minutes worth!