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If You Knew What a News Producer Knows

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You’d have to be cut from a very different kind of cloth to want to be a news producer under the best of circumstances.

We mean the number of cat-caught-in-a-tree stories seem to greatly outweigh stories of real gravity and import, and while we don’t have the precise numbers, we do have a sense of the world we live in and how the tables are tilting on any given day. Cats: 1, Really, really awful stuff: seemingly endless and counting. Add in the United Nations and their propensity for possibly being the first to any number of places in the grips of full-blown horror and the fact that someone would choose to be a TV producer there, as Jorge “Lolo” Rodriguez has, seems to boggle the mind.

Until the bespectacled Rodriguez spells it out in a way that just about anybody should be able to understand: “What the world needs … is fewer barriers, more openness, more communication, more dialogue. … Problems are always going to be problems. Those are issues to be resolved.”

Which is the “what,” but the “how”? Rodriguez has much more than a good sense of precisely this.

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