It is always revealing when reporters decide to delve into fly-over country and “expose” or “discover” some aspects of life therein. They may or may not intend to be condescending while marveling at the quotidian, but what frequently gets learned is how damned oblivious these sheltered bubble-dwelling elitists actually are in the real world.
The latest comes courtesy of CBS Sunday, which is gearing up for its coverage of the Super Bowl. The show gave one of its intrepid warriors the order to go out and discover the regional arcane details involving — breakfast.
Did you know Waffle House has its own language? For instance "smothered" means with onions, and "covered" means topped with cheese
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) February 2, 2019
In the segment reporter Luke Burbank seems wholly dismayed by things that should not dismay an adult. Like, what are those foreign-looking potato like spiky things, and they actually put cheeze on stuff! For the cameras thay actually show Burbank on theWaffle House prep-line. Making eggs was beyong his ken.
His narration is a slow, careful intonation, as if he was reading off of a prepared translation sheet: “Smothered – means – with – onions”.
Most were unimpressed with this light-shining expose of a mysterious restaurant — that has over 2,000 locations across the country.
This sounds like an alien from outer space visited the @WaffleHouse . Bless your hearts.
— Katie Anderson 🌼 🐥 (@yellowdaisychik) February 3, 2019
@CBSSunday Actually taking a trip into America. Hope they’ll be ok.
— BurghFeeder (@BurghFeeder) February 3, 2019
I did, as a matter of fact. Because I haven’t spent every moment of my life between Boston and NYC.
— Just Some Guy (@jeremylatzke) February 3, 2019
— John Michael Weatherly (@TheJMWeatherly) February 3, 2019
Well duh! You act like Waffle House just opened today
— Jeff rountree (@ugatree) February 3, 2019
What makes this even worse is that *most* places that serve hashbrowns use smothered and covered. This is a person who has never been to IHOP, Denny's or diners in general.
— marilyn maupin (@marilynmaupin) February 3, 2019
Did you tell Waffle House how it is done back in NY?
— Eric (@Eric_Car_Guy) February 3, 2019
This is so great, because you just know that happened.
Isn’t this information on the menu??
— Resister (@Resister2018) February 3, 2019
That’s known as “anoymous sourcing”, to use their own language.
People needed an explainer on Waffle House? Wow.
— MLH ♥️ (@just_mindy) February 3, 2019
Good reporting. You discovered something outside of New York.
— Jimmymitro (@jimmymitro) February 3, 2019
Thank you for coming down from the palace to tell us about a place we've eaten at for years
— Scout (@Scoutdomain) February 3, 2019
We are all the better now for this code being cracked.
thanks for your #journalism
— stevermore (@stevermore) February 2, 2019