It’s getting harder and harder to find news on the cable news networks.
The shift has been going on for years. Cable news networks, founded on the idea of 24/7 news coverage, began to add long-form programming, interviews and political pundits to their schedules, squeezing out hard news.
Even Headline News Network has a lot less news and a lot more court and entertainment programming these days.
Jeff Zucker, the guy who runs CNN, is promising more shows and fewer newscasts at his network. There’ll be more programming like Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” and less live coverage of national and international events.
I dislike this shift but have to concede it’s about money. It certainly appears that doing more news doesn’t result in ratings, as CNN has been falling behind both Fox News and MSNBC in the cable news ratings race. Zucker can’t be blamed for having to bow before the media culture shift.
If you’re alone, if friends aren’t calling you back or if your family is far away, there is a way to get through the holidays without the loneliness squeezing your skull to the size of a peanut. Go find a soup kitchen, or some other place that helps out the less fortunate, and lend a hand.
It works like magic. It’s just about the only magic there is.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is not only setting records for best November opening, it’s also a marked improvement over its predecessor.
The first movie was an enjoyable, competent film, but its sequel is most definitely deeper, darker and more complex. Even so, the material is further elevated by an excellent cast, most notably Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jennifer Lawrence, whose talents as an actress are not to be underestimated.
This is one of those rare instances when a sequel far surpasses the first. If you liked The Hunger Games, run don’t walk to see this one. Apparently, everyone else is. And I confess to definitely being hooked for the third chapter.
I give it three and a half out of five overall, and four out of five for the acting and the story.
A conductor breaks the news to his audience of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Almost everyone who works in broadcasting — including me, laws yes — has had an “open mic” moment when a microphone was live when it wasn’t supposed to be.
A good rule of thumb for all broadcasters is to assume, whenever one is in the proximity of a microphone or a camera, that it is on, whether it’s supposed to be or not.
Often, this is forgotten, and that’s why broadcasting lore is littered with stories, and YouTube is filled with the recorded moments, of professionals inadvertently revealing their private foul mouths to the world with barrages of f bombs.
KFI’s Gary Hoffmann and I were discussing this the other day, and he told me he has a good rule of thumb that’s helped him in his career — He said, “I always pretend my mom is holding the microphone.”
That is a GREAT philosophy! I think every person who works in broadcasting, be it radio, TV or Internet, should adopt the same rule:
Pretend that Gary’s mom is holding the microphone.
“I have more than enough to eat at home” has to be the quote of the millennium.
Thank you, Rob Ford, for just being you.
(And somewhere, Anthony Weiner is screaming, “Why the F couldn’t I have run against Rob Ford!”)
HEAR THE AUDIO HERE. WARNING: IT IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK, UNLESS YOU WORK AT A PORN STUDIO.
“But my god, what a beefcake!”
I love Honest Trailers, and you should take a moment to subscribe to their YouTube channel and check out all the videos.
Even though I thought Man of Steel wasn’t all that bad (and sorry Superman nerds, but Supes does indeed kill people now and then in the comics), the “honest” version of the movie trailer is pretty fronking hilarious.
Enjoy. (Oh, and it’s not completely safe for work, so beware.)