A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005


Sensing America’s need to fill the void left by the conclusion of the Scott Peterson trial and the apparent nation-wide media blackout concerning “irregularities” in the Ohio presidential vote, the national and local media have now brought us Amber Frey. Proving once again that no human tragedy is so heinous that someone will not try to make a buck off of it. Sure, let’s keep putting collateral individuals into the spotlight for their 15 minutes so they can promote their books. Amber is being interviewed by Matt Lauer and Oprah today and the local news is reporting her book being now available, possibly even at Walmart. Maybe she’ll start dating Kato Kaelin and we’d really have a story.

Speaking of local news, why is it that they run promotions trying to differentiate themselves from other local news organizations and all they do is imitate each other? There’s hardly a lick of difference in the stories they run and it’s almost as if the news crews have the same dispatcher. Their live-remotes from where something happened hours before is laughable. I wrote to a local station and questioned this practice. The response I got back, from someone not on the news team, indicated that the live-remotes were a running joke. Apparently, they’ve spent so much money on the equipment they are not inclined to have it sit idle so we get to see reporters standing in front of empty, darkened buildings at 11:00 at night.

As for the reporters, the primary qualification to be a news reporter these days seems to be the ability to use a story-appropriate facial expression and tone of voice and to be able to switch them up at will.

Tomorrow: Stupid Sports Analogy

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