Live, from News Chopper 6…

This is not a post about James Comey, but about L.A. news stations’ obsession with covering any and all news stories from helicopters.

People of L.A.: This is not normal. Anywhere else in the United States, the local news broadcast isn’t 40% overhead shots of highways. In fact, most news hours include no helicopter shots at all.

It’s like the old adage: When you’ve got a helicopter, everything looks like something you need to shoot from a helicopter. But you can get past this, L.A. You have excellent filmmakers in your area. They can help you to find impactful, narrative news images which aren’t the roof of James Comey’s car.

You don’t need the helicopter. The beauty was inside you all along.


Gareth: There are so many helicopters in the sky in L.A. All day. Everyday!!

Edward: I’m pretty sure the fact that people in L.A. spend 40% of their lives on those highways may have something to do with this.

Romie: I agree to some extent, in that the news stations need helicopters to do the traffic report, and once you’ve got it up there…. But I must say the last thing I’d want to see, after getting out of my car in the afternoon (or just before getting into it in the morning) is yet more gridlock.

Natalie: Oh man, there is nothing I like more after a long commute than laughing at all the other suckers still stuck in theirs.

Michelle: Yeah, this way we can see what the traffic is like at the same time. So, I know not to take the 405 to get to LAX because it’s bumper to bumper even in the carpool lane.

James G: Do L.A. residents have over 40 words for helicopter?

Rex: More Submarine Coverage!!

Nic:  Every news item should be shot from a helicopter irrespective of content.