Brian Williams or Don Imus?
Who did more damage? It's not even close.
Alert emailer S.F. asks if NBC, when it broadcast baseball games, refused to show video of fans running onto the field. Most broadcasters don't, on the grounds that it would only encourage more attention-seeking disruptions. ... If that's NBC's practice, why is it OK in order to prevent the disruption of a baseball game but not to prevent mass murder? Just asking. ... [But Brian Williams is anguished about it!--ed He continues to deceptively and self-servingly focus on the pain of the VT families--he's bonding!--and not the pain of the future families in the future who'll lose sons and daughters to other psychos who want to get their videos on national TV.]
More left-right anti-NBC consensus: HuffPo'sHarry Shearer questions the civic information value of broadcasting the Cho Electronic Press Kit.
Did we learn anything useful during the spate of interviews of Charlie Manson years ago, except that he was one crazy motherfucker? Cho's pathetic outpourings deserved to be put back where they came from--in a small room, with FBI guys sentenced to read/see and parse them Instead, a hundred thousand self-pitying mentally ill young men (and women?) have just been shown the road to glory one more time. ...
I'm sure there are things we all have learned from Cho's promo-pack (the most important of which is that he compiled it and sent it off). What I doubt is that these are things we couldn't learn 98% as well by hearing, say, Pete Williams tell us what's in the videos and photos, rather than seeing the videos themselves.... P.S.: The only thing NBC will understand, I suspect, is if it either loses viewers or if someone (Williams? Capus?) loses their job. [But at NBC they promote you if you fail (i.e. Zucker)-ed Good point! So a ratings decline by itself won't do the job.] ... 12:53 P.M.
Business Week's Jon Fine actually uses the phrase"the genius of TimesSelect" in his latest column. Very troubling. ... 11:56 A.M.
The Imus affair does look kind of small in retrospect, doesn't it? Remind yourself just how small with blogger N. Ephron's excellent, v-meta post. Free sample:
Another reason I didn't write about Imus, incidentally, is that by mid-week, the entry level into the Imus-commentary sweepstakes changed, and since I do not have two daughters, much less two beautiful black daughters, I was ineligible to comment on how Imus' remarks would deeply affect them (if they were old enough to read) or had already affected them so much that they would probably never recover. I might even have made the mistake of talking about Imus' "victims," when actually the victims were the only true winners of the week, and by the way, how bad can it be for the victims that they were insulted by a lunatic but then got to be on Oprah?
Thursday, Ap ril 19, 2007
Is the wrong party dissatisfied with its presidential candidates? I think so. ... 4:19 P.M.
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