- A weather story
- A wedding story with a Royal Tie in
- A story about the report that a bid move is to be filmed in the Cincinnati area
Those stories may have a story buried on the website, but they are not important enough to have stories on the front page to get your attention. Instead, you get weather, fluff, and stories with good pictures or about something that may in some minor way affect your kids. Exurbanites appear to be kid obsessed, so get their attention and you have them hooked. None of these non-local stories cost anything extra to WCPO because they were written by a non-local journalist. They are cheap and catch the eyes of the non-engaged reader who might care about reading topics that they could get on many national news outlets.
Yes, local TV news sucks. This isn't a rarity, this is what it does. If a local story is big enough, it takes the lead, otherwise the rest if filler from affiliates with stories that matter more other places or belong on national outlets. This is NOT a plot to keep people ignorant, this is what the masses consume. You, the reader, don't care much about local news, so no one tries to sell you on it very often. Our willful desire to be ignorant about what is happening in our communities helps create horrible local journalism. If you want Walmart, that is what you will get.