Video: Why Kyle Clark's rant about snowy patio photos hit Buzzfeed, Reddit

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Video, photos below.
Footage from local TV news broadcasts seldom goes viral unless somebody drops an f-bomb. But a 9News video featuring anchor Kyle Clark managed to inspire a Buzzfeed feature and make a splash on Reddit simply by offering an "editorial" begging viewers to stop sending in photos of their snowy patios after a storm.

Why? For one thing, it's funny, as you'll see in the clip below, supplemented with examples of pics Clark prefers. For another, it's true -- and as a bonus, his quasi-rant kinda/sorta bites the hand that feeds him.

As we know, the main reason viewers send TV stations their snow shots is because the outlets regularly ask for them. Montages of these images help pad out weather segments even as they create a connection between the average person and the station that translates to viewer loyalty -- plus, slide shows made up of the free photos add website pageviews. When viewed from this perspective, Clark's hilarious criticism is as much an indictment of fellow 9News employees who post such shots without a second thought as it is of viewers who would rather take a photo of wintry wonders through their sliding glass doors than step outside.

Still, the main take-away from the popularity of Clark's broadside is that TV news has become so formulaic that anything the slightest bit beyond the ordinary stands out by comparison. We hope the success of this bit inspires Clark and his peers at 9News and beyond to take a few more chances, rather than simply sharing more photos of snowy patios.

Here's the Clark commentary, followed by photos from the video of ways to spice up storm images -- either by supplementing patio pics with dolls, dogs or husbands drinking beer, or actually snapping shots from a little farther afield, even if they're not right-side up.

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Continue for more photos Kyle Clark would prefer over a typical snowy-patio show.

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cblack970
cblack970

..............but the patio furn SHOWS THE DEPTH! 

really?is that how it works?you slow tards missed the point, you should instead focus on mouth breathing so you dont suffocate........


cblack970
cblack970

I LOVE THE PEOPLE DEFENDING THEIR PATIO SNOW PICS\EXPLAINING WHY THEY ARE RELEVANT!THIS WAS SOO FUNNY!I DONT EVEN WATCH T.V. BUT IF THERES MORE OF THIS ,I JUST MAY START!LAZER EYES!!!!HAHA.KC I HOPE YOU GET A RAISE,AND SPEND IT ON BLOW!SWEET MIC DROP,BTW!IF 9NEWS FIRES YOU,THEY ARE FUCKING MORONS!I WANNA SEE A SNOW CAPPED CAPITOL!OR THE GIANT PAPER-TOWEL ROLL THATS OVER THE CAPITOL......


Joanne Ince
Joanne Ince

Come on people, that was funny. If you want to report the snow accumulation, use a ruler. If you have 4 ft of snow in your yard, build an igloo, or better yet, a snow fort to lob snowballs at your neighbors. How about a ski slope or monster snowman. Get creative!

Cameo Haddan
Cameo Haddan

Too funny! Love the Bobby Flay reference and the Welcome Sign-Demon Horse...with laser eyes! I love horses and our airport, but that horse does always freak me out!

J Jim Hayes
J Jim Hayes

So what? This was a tongue-in-cheek editorial. It was funny. Was it the Bobby Flay remark or that stupid Demon Horse remark?!

Sarah Sherman
Sarah Sherman

There are more creative ways to show how much snow has accumulated, so that's not a great defense. More objects exist outside upon which snow can sit than your patio furniture. See also: cars, mailboxes, benches, bus stops, trees, fire hydrants, geographical features, dog houses.

Susan Santos
Susan Santos

Everyone who is pissed off at Kyle is missing the point. We've already sent in gazillions of patio-furniture-covered-in-snow-photos. Can we really not think of any other way to show off snow accumulations? Come on people! Get creative! How about your dog buried in snow?

Lee Grillo
Lee Grillo

Remember when the news stations had to supply their own footage? Take your own pictures, pretty boy!

Avery Milieu
Avery Milieu

He misses the point! The patio furniture shows the depth of the snow!!

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

I thought it was totally stupid... people take pictures of their patio furniture to calculate the inches or show how many inches fell in their neighborhood... Like anyone is taking pictures cause they are "proud of their patio furniture"... really? No one can see the furniture under the snow...

Mike Fabricius
Mike Fabricius

Sounds like you ate your bowl of hate with a side of anger this morning.

Traci Thompson
Traci Thompson

I can't stand him! I won't watch 9 news if he's on there!

Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

By someone who sent in a photo? Some people can't take a joke.

Sherry Halverson
Sherry Halverson

I was thinking when I saw this live was " Well La te da". I have other fish to fry then get upset over the snow covered porches. I don't see a big deal on the hating... The horse he is right about. Whoopsie.

Karen Erickson
Karen Erickson

Kyle is too focused on the Irishman forced to stay outside. Paddy O'Furniture.

Annie Epperson
Annie Epperson

Very amusing - and spot-on! Find a flower pot or a tree stump to show depth of accumulation, and we'll all be impressed!

Barney Dunwell
Barney Dunwell

The ppl sending in the photos of the furniture aren't showing off their furniture, Kyle you dipshit. Their showing the accumulation. What a douche bag

Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

"If you liked it then you shoulda put a thing on it" .......please, you don't need no more pie.

Caroline McLatchie Harrison
Caroline McLatchie Harrison

What a friggin' moron. People send in the patio deck items to show how much snow they received in their area. Perhaps all those hair products are starting to seep through

June Kim
June Kim

Copyright claim? What? This was hilarious!

J. Angel Cruz
J. Angel Cruz

I actually do not watch 9news when KC is in the Ron Burgundy spot. I find him intrusive and annoying.

Glenn Keil
Glenn Keil

Hahaha!!! So true and a perfect editorial!

Chelsea West
Chelsea West

AHHAHAHA I hadn't seen this before. This is hilarious. "Our welcome sign is a demon horse with laser eyes!"

Mary Dowling
Mary Dowling

I love Kyle Clark....he always has a good balance between the serious and the funny

J.C. Milner Metalworks
J.C. Milner Metalworks

I want more Kyle Clark rants! I'm sure there's other stuff he's gotta let go of! : )

cblack970
cblack970

THAT WAS FUNNY SHIT!GODDAMN LAZER DEMON KILLER HORSE!


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