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Gwyneth Paltrow may be pleased at how President Obama‘s fundraiser went on Thursday night. But on local news, traffic sound bites seemingly dominated the evening, as well as dispatches from outside the president’s Westwood hotel.
Reporting from gridlock central: “Right now, we’re down the street from the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow … You may hear the honking cars behind me here, some of the local motorists are not that happy about the situation,” relayed Dave Bryan on KCAL 9.Meanwhile on NBC, the camera conspicuously zoomed in on the W Hotel in Westwood, where the president is staying during his L.A. visit. The station also aired two “man on the street” interviews with locals who expressed skepticism about the newly unveiled plan to make the San Gabriel mountains a national monument.ABC7 aired footage of people cheering of the presidential motorcade as it passed. Balancing that clip out was interviews with grumpy drivers. “I’ve been here for an hour and a half … [and gone] not even a block,” complains one man. “I can’t be in traffic for hours and hours because people want to have fundraising,” said another. “It’s going to be a long evening,” said a third driver.
And then there was KTLA, which eschewed the traffic grumbling until the anchor’s sign-off. “We’ll keep you updated and, of course, traffic is going to be, well, in a word, a nightmare. That’s the latest from Westwood,” reported anchor Wendy Burch.
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