The biggest shock I have had watching local TV news recently came during today's 12 noon newscast on KSN. The lead story was Governor Matt Blunt's appearance in Joplin to sign the immigrant initiative bill. That was a worthwhile story, but the question remains- Why didn't KSN lead with the opening of the Downstream Casino Resort? After all, it has been the station's top story from the casino's opening Saturday all the way through this morning's broadcast. This must be the story of the century.
Seriously, the opening of the casino was an important story and should have been covered, but the fawning coverage provided by KSN was a bit much. The only negative ever mentioned was the traffic and since that also served as an indicator of the casino's popularity, that might not even be considered a negative.
More balanced coverage would serve KSN's viewership much better. While the big crowds and the traffic are big stories for opening night, a longer package featuring a closer examination of the effect the casino's opening will have on the area economy, on the proposed Cherokee County, Kansas, casino, on crime in the area, on increasing problems with addicted gamblers, and the effect, if any, on other regional casinos...and that's just a few possibilities off the top of my head.
Of course, the fawning coverage might have something to do with the advertising money the casino is spending with KSN.