The eyes have it

November 4, 2011 1:32:26 PM PDT
It's a fascinating relationship between a TV news operation and the audience. The primary relationship of course is one of informing.

That's our job - and it's a big responsibility. We know that there are many places you can get news, so we take what we do seriously - knowing that folks - you - are watching us to get the latest news.

We also know that many people don't just watch us for news - but also depend on us for much or most of their news.

Now to the fascinating relationship part. Because TV can be such an intimate medium, viewers watching get a different view of the reporters than they'd have, say, with reporters at a newspaper.

There is oftentimes a more personal connection with television reporter and the audience. We had one of those moments last night, during Eyewitness News at 6 - and the response has been tremendous.

Liz Cho - my co-anchor at 6 - is wearing her glasses these next two weeks because of an eye infection and something her doctor calls "contact lense fatigue."

So, in solidarity, Lee Goldberg, Rob Powers and I put on glasses - and spent a minute talking about her eye ailments and glasses.

The segment is on our website - and if you want to see it, you can click on this link:

Many, many people have left comments - and it makes us feel great to know that so many of you care about us, and pay close attention. It's also humbling.

So, thanks.

We think about this when we're preparing and delivering the news to you.

Now to our 11 p.m. newscast.

We're following developments in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor - Conrad Murray. The jury now has the case and is deliberating. If there's a verdict, we're on it. We'll also have the latest on the power outages that are plague parts of the tri-state, nearly a week after the freak October snowstorm. It's by far the worst in Connecticut, where nearly 300,000 customers are still without power.

It just seems bizarre - and many are saying it's just plain wrong - that so many people are still without juice a week after the storm. There are calls for an investigation. We'll have the latest, at 11.

Also at 11, we take a closer look at the wisdom of buying prescription drugs online. Consumer Reports has some disturbing findings - especially if you buy these drugs online from other countries.

And a disturbing study from the folks at the Auto Club, which found that nearly a third of drivers they surveyed admitted to driving when they were so tired they had trouble keeping their eyes open - WITHIN THE PAST MONTH!


Finally - a reminder to turn your clocks back an hour when you go to bed on Saturday night, as we mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. And while you're at it - replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

One more note about your CO detectors. New York City's law requiring carbon monoxide detectors is now 7 years old - which just happens to be the shelf life of CO detectors. So if you installed one 7 years ago, you're likely to hear the end-of-life beep from the detector.

Do not ignore this, please please please please.

Replace the device.


We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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