Archive for the ‘CBS News’ Category

Rush To Assumptions

April 22, 2009

rush_limbaughFavorite radio moment was on Apr. 17.  It was about five to nine a.m. on KFI, ten minutes before Rush, when the station ran a PSA – public services announcement – a sad sounding woman who was seriously injured and/or horribly mutilated in a bad boat accident and begged boat users to be more careful…bad boat…followed by the loud jarring voice…”the Boat Show” is coming.  Boat this  KFI, a Clear Channel station.  Does Clear Channel still have traffic mgrs who are supposed to keep anomalies like this from happening…or has Clear Channel cleared out that position – proving they are Cheap Channel.

Monday, watching channel 4 news at 11, generally an hour newscast…new schedule…11:30 a.m., end of news…next show?  An infomercial…can NBC be that bad off?  Can’t wait for Klee Irwin and his bowel movement show….most ubiquitous infomercial on TV…even a dubbed-in Spanish version on channel 22…upgraded wtih photos of toilets, bloated people and the like…like we need a pic of a toilet to know what they look like.

Today on the CBS Early Show, not so Harry Smith in introducing the chief competitor to Susan Boyle – have no clue in spelling his name – alleged “Who’s Loving You” was “a Michael Jackson song.” If that’s the case, he was two years old when it was first recorded by the Miracles (Smokey’s group) as the flip to their first major hit, “Shop Around” in 1960. ..recorded by the Supremes in ’61 and finally, by the Jackson Five in ’69…not a hit in any case…hardly making it a MJ song.  Sorry Harry, bad history.  Has CBS laid off their competent fact checkers?

Speaking of absence of competence…today, Rush began ranting about Earth Day and great inventors…how no product can be bad as all products are from the planet Earth, as if there is no bad on or from the planet on which we live.  He then connected Earth Day founder Ira Einhorn with a murder (Holly Maddux in a trunk) he committed and twice pointed out the Unibomber was an environmentalist, somehow making a connection between pro enviromentalism and murder…adding on an FBI most wanted terrorist who was supposedly pro-environmental, meaning all pro-environmental folks are trunk killers and bombers.

Well, those who’ve killed abortion doctors or bombed abortion clinics are anti-choice, so per Rush’s take, all anti-choice, anti-abortion activists are killers and bombers.  All people who use guns to commit murders are gun users, thus all gun users per Rush are murderers.  Thanks Rush for clearing that up.

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Sweeps, HDTV, KCAL Conspiracy Theory

February 26, 2009

kcalWhat was supposed to happen in Feb?  Digital TV, that’s what.  What happened to TV’s Feb. sweep month?  March, that’s what.  Many shows which debut original episodes in Feb., the traditional month for ratings sweeps, showed reruns, saving the new ones for March.

Why were  Feb. sweeps  canceled?  Because of the potentially disruptive digital conversion that won’t happen until June.  Not May, because there’s a May sweeps.

Come to find out that videotaping cannot be done off digital TV unless the taping unit has an HDTV tuner, which isn’t available.  That means to tape one show and watch another, the viewer has to subscribe to cable for DVR or subscribe to Tivo.  No more free taping.  That’s the conspiracy.

Station of the week is L.A.’s KCAL, which when reporting on a crime or arrest or other public issue that involves phone calls…like calls to cops to help solve crimes…refer viewers to their web page for the info.  So if a viewer can help solve the crime and has no computer to access their web page, then they won’t call the phone number, because KCAL decided to withhold it to increase their web page counter.  That’s the other conspiracy.

Modest proposal.  Why broadcast the news at all…just refer the viewer to the all-important web page…KCAL, think of all the hits you’re missing by presenting it the old fashioned way – that is, by reporting it?

In fact, as I’m led to believe, TV casting of news, just like papers, is on its way out…all news on the Internet.  KCAL is just pushing the envelope, if you’ll allow me the jargon.  Except this envelope will have postage due.  In due time…just like the L.A. Times…

CBS Refuses To Learn ABCs

January 28, 2009

cbsIn a very distrubing news story in which a father murdered his wife, five children and himself, reporters from CBS’s duopoly (KCBS2 and KCAL9) went out of their way to omit the ID of a competing station (KABC7) when referring to a “TV station” that got a fax and phone call from the murderer, as if it would somehow indicate the other guys got the story first.

Hey, CBS, the story is the deaths and the desperation that led to the deaths, not your little need to compete and in doing so, omitting a fact relating to the story.  Do your job, or be like they are in Detroit’s CBS operation and get out of the reporting biz and go back to Capn Kagraroo or the happy news format you tried in the Michael Jackson days, which made your operation the town’s joke.

Sunday Morning news time change update

November 30, 2008

image595704xJust found why the villains who moved up Sunday Morning made their covert move.

Blame it on Captain Kangaroo. That’s the CBS version.

That means I spoke too soon, which often happens.  I shouldn’t have called them the CBS News idiots.  It’s more like the wimpy CBS News Idiots.  Sorry for the confusion.

A fixture in the 60s and 70s, Captain Kangaroo was canceled so that CBS could invent the CBS Morning News to take on NBC’s Today and ABC’s GMA, losing to these more established shows for decades even after hiring Bryant Gumbo…sorry, Gumbel, away from Today and other genius moves like that – Gumbo who got his start on channel 4 in L.A.

Enter the Dark Ages 90s, after CBS dressed and killed the Kangaroo, the powerful children’s lobby went into attack mode, the network wimps caved in and allowed how those 3 hours a week of children’s programming was a super important priority, blah and a blah blah blah, generally on Saturday mornings.

That would have worked well in the 70s, when L.A.’s CBS station  had Dusty’s Treehouse and the local ABC station had Soupy Sales – yeah right (“my wife can’t cook but she sure makes my banana cream” – children love those jokes) – and NBC had Mr. Roggin’s Neighborhood, based on PBS’ Mr. Rogers.  In time, all of these shows were cancelled, replaced by, well, whatever replaced them, generally not kid-friendly stuff.

In the new environment with must-carry chldren’s stuff, all the cartoons are generally programmed on early Saturday mornings.  When there’s only one Saturday college football game on CBS in L.A. , there’s enuff time to squeeze 3 hours into the time span starting at 6:30 a.m. when the children’s day begins by federal edict.  But with two games, meaning football starts at 9, 3 hours of children’s sausage can’t be wrapped into 2 1/2 hours of available time.

But can’t this genuine commitment to children’s needs be pushed ahead to Sat. p.m., when dad’s polished off his first six pak and mom’s out spending his money, viewers want to know.  No.  L.A.’s Sports Central with the unctuous Jim Hill occupies that slot, and he’s untouchable, tho do you know anyone who really watches it or would really miss it?  So all that means, programming for the kiddies gets put on between Face the Nation and the NFL pregame show, because no one wants to lose an hour of pregame.

Thus Sunday Morning viewers are left to scramble to the TV Times, put out weekly by the L.A. Times…oh, that’s gone the way of Captain Kangaroo too, thanks to Sam Zell, new owner of the Times…then the local edition of the TV Guide will surely carry the listing…oh, that’s gone the way of Soupy Sales, who’s now in a wheelchair, currently TV Guide is a celebrity driven glossy with zero attention given to local shows.

Sorry to say, if you don’t have the Internet, you lose.

48 Hours Mystery – the Ft. Collins Peeper

November 30, 2008

imagesFinally, speaking of CBS, 48 Hours Mystery last night ran a story on a kid railroaded into prison for 9 years for a murder he most likely had nada to do wtih, while his neighbor, a respected eye surgeon was surreptitiously video taping, cataloging and filing videotapes of unsuspecting women who pissed, crapped and fixed their titties – I’m getting a lot hot and bothered – in his guest bathroom.  The VCR switched from tape to tape to insure a complete view of everything.  The light switch acitivated the camera. He had even positioned the toilet paper roll to get the user to put her face in front of the camera. He had thought of everything, almost.

So what went wrong with this scheme?

His housesitter had sat her cute little pink bootie on the toilet seat – getting the vapors again! – when she heard this weird whirring.  She investigated, moving her ass to and fo, licking her lips, twirling her nipples – the camera refocused and whirred again and again.  She was on to something.  She moved very close to the source of the sound and the camera noisily readjusted.  She called the cops.  They looked through the vents, had her pull her panties, they got their eyeful…just joking about the last part.  He had done his last surgery, except the one on himself.

He was arrested and killed himself with a cyanide drip from an IV – seriously – in a motel room after he was bailed out on charges of filming wtihout a permit or some such.

How could he have avoided this fate?  Simple.  When the light switch activated the camera, it could have also activated a music system loud enough to cancel out the camera noise.  The moral:  if you’re going to plan a first class peeper system, make sure you cover all angles.

Sunday Morning Lost In the Schedule Created by Idiots at CBS

November 30, 2008

morning-newsNew to Politicx, the POD (Problem of the Day or Pissed Off Daily) – today’s POD is Sunday Morning.

Channel 2 – the CBS outlet in L.A. keeps its audience guessing.  Depending on their infomercial load, they subject their Sunday morning jewel news show into a mind numbing shuffle.   In the past month or so, it was predictably run at 7 a.m. to 8:30, so it seemed risk-free to set the VCR.  Not so fast.

This morning, up popped Sunday Morning at 6 a.m. to 7:30.  Why is this the case?  Is 60 Minutes plopped in at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. without warning.  Actually, I guess it is – on the East Coast – when football runs long.  But there’s no football running long excuse for Sunday Morning.  How about skedding the Katie Couric news at 8 p.m. or 4:30, depending on whether the soaps or Judge Judy runs long or short?

Word is that the NBC station in L.A. is considering running the CBS Morning News.