Friday, April 07, 2006
Like, Did We Say "Blech"?
"Let me ask you, when your husband was voted Sexiest Politician by People magazine, were you like ‘blech’? Or were you like, ‘Hey! That’s my man!’?"This should go down in US media history as proof positive of the "blondes do have more fun on the news" theory. How quickly will the ratings tank? Will it be like a mudslide in a California spring? The Anchoress told them not to do it. They should have listened. TV news is about the personalities. I don't think it should be that way, but surely that's why they pay them big money. And how do you write a serious newscast featuring the personality of a bubblehead? The CBS News Nightly Bubblehead Hour. It's hard to believe.
Question to Elizabeth Edwards, July 15, 2004.
"Some countries, as you know Secretary Ridge, are furious at this new policy, specifically Brazil which has started to do the same to U.S. visitors to that country. A Brazilian judge said, compared the new security plans to Nazi horrors saying, ‘I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis.’ How do you respond to that?"
— Question to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, January 5, 2004.
What kills me is that they haven't given up the pretense. They are still solemnly pontificating about their role as the distributors of enlightenment and all knowledge.
The bubble-headed bleach blonde
Comes on at five,
She'll tell you about the plane crash
With a gleam in her eye --
Interesting when people die,
Gives us Dirty Laundry!
Kick 'em when they're up,
Kick 'em when they're down,
Kick 'em when they're stiff,
Kick 'em all around!
-- Don Henley, "Dirty Laundry" (Said to be inspired by an actual news crew Henley had a few run-ins with)
Anyway, Couric may be tops but she's tops of a declining market. The real challenge for CBS is to make the "newscast" relevant, and this works in the other direction. I liked Bob Scheiffer.
I am sorry, Howard. I think this was one of the stupidest news moves of all time. Couric may appeal to the DC/NY crowd of women with aggrieved vaginas living off their alimony and/or husbands, but she is not going to appeal to the much larger demographic of women who work for a living. That demographic is the group of women who turned and voted largely for Bush.
I know that we have no voice in the media, but we do have money to spend. The "froth" of Givhan-like dingbat feminists might like Couric, but most women are going to feel insulted in the same way that Pelosi is insulting to us.
Anyway, I keep hearing "Werewomen of London". Pity me.
What? You mean "Show Your Tits!" won't pack 'em in?
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