Lately, I have noticed Pat editorializing a couple of times outside of "In the Papers," to rather amusing effect. This morning, when reporting on McDonald's decision to include apples in its Happy Meals, he noted that the company is "dropping that ridiculous caramel dipping sauce" that added additional fat and calories. Ha. Yesterday, when reporting on the NY Daily News' findings that fare jumpers can actually pay less than paying riders (since the fines are so low and not all that frequently enforced), he added that viewers should not be encouraged to take this approach "since we live in a civilized society." Amen to anyone who encourages civility in this crazy city!
Of course, these opinions are not remotely tied to anything controversial, like politics, city budget proposals or any other hard news stories, which
Interestingly, I have noticed that some of the reporters I follow on Twitter have openly expressed support for gay marriage. That's a little more of a gray area. I personally don't consider it controversial--it's a civil rights issue in my book, and the station has reported on the (ridiculous) opposition to the bill from anti same-sex marriage groups, making sure to get both sides of the story. But it was a little surprising to see, nonetheless.
Speaking of same-sex marriage, I was sadly out of town this Sunday and missed Roger Clark sitting behind the anchor desk (this was the first day same-sex marriages could take place in New York). Hopefully I won't miss it next time!