OK so sometimes randall munroe is a huge obsessive (or at least pretends to be) and he gets a proverbial bee in his figurative bonnet over some minor thing that no one cares about but he does, so he can feel better than other people because he knows more than them. His fans like it, because it helps them feel better about themselves for the same reason. Let's all laugh at the people who don't know a slash from a backslash! Those stupid fuckers.
Randall often has a direct way of telling his fans that he has a particular oddity he is annoyed about today. So for example, there was this one about electricity or something, or this one about numbers too big for most people but not for him, or the one just like this one where a dude goes to extravagant lengths to put himself in a position of influence only to waste it on some stupid shit. So anyway, what I am trying to say is, I am sick of the style of "argh i am an ocd nerd who can't stand when things aren't done my way!"
But anyway, I think that's not really the biggest problem with this comic. If I wanted, I could always try to take the comic on its own, not in the context of all the other xkcds, and see how it does like that. So what do we have? We have 2 huge problems. One is that the energy levels just drops to dramatically from panel to panel. The first two panels set up what could be a fun situation. There's trickery, sabotage, etc, and it's all on TV! what is going to happen?? But then nothing interesting happens, he just wants to say his boring thing and move on. So that's terrible.
The other problem is the last few words of the comic, "...I die a little." Even if all the rest of the comic was unchanged, the first 3.5 panels could set up an ok ending. "Every time you do
reread the comic and tell me that was the best possible ending. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE THIS.
Also, shit, when do newscasters ever do this? I don't think I've ever heard it. Have you?