A unique blog dedicated to covering the worlds of book publishing and the news media, revealing creative ideas, practical strategies, interesting stories, and provocative opinions. Free speech, literacy, and great books are also discussed. Along the way, discover savvy but entertaining insights on book marketing, public relations, branding, and advertising from a veteran of two decades in the industry of book publishing publicity and marketing.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
No Joke: News Is All Second Hand
there more comedy, late night shows, and talk shows than there are news shows?
‘em up. Once night is upon us, you have poke-fun-at-the-news shows like The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Colbert Report. There’s Leno,
Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, and there’s Arsenio, Ferguson, Fallon, Daly, and
Smiley. And Chelsea, Holmes, and Bell. Don’t forget the daytime: The View, The Talk, Kelly & Michael, Wendy Williams, and
you look at the news, what have you got? Local news anywhere is a joke –
weather, sports, murder, commercials, and stories about pets. National evening
news shows on the main networks are still legitimate but have lost their
importance and viewership to 24-hour cable networks that spend more time
talking about the news than reporting it. The morning shows are semi-news, a
blend of teleprompter reading and celebrity interviews, cooking segments, and
the replaying of late-night show highlights.
starting to think Saturday Night Live
has the best news program. Its “Weekend Update” is fresh. Making fun
of the news is in vogue, and SNL does it as well as anyone. They
also feature an occasional bit that is hilarious. It’s called, “Second Hand
News.” It features a guest correspondent that manages to get his facts wrong
all the time - but he uses words that come oh so close by a letter or two –
from being correct.
correspondent, Anthony Crispino, will say something like: “So did you hear
there are problems with Bahama Care? Yeah, apparently the Web Site is forcing
people to get healthcare in the Bahamas.” Seth Myers will play the corrective
straight man and admonish him. “I think you mean Obama Care,” he’d say.
what the news media has been reduced to. Just a handful of media outlets dig
for news and seek to give us facts and figures. The rest analyze it, debate it,
and dumb down the issues. Then the late night comedians just joke about war,
starvation, crime, and gun control. Bill Maher, on HBO, may be the best talk show
host on TV today, but he’s not the news media. Where are the
true TV journalists like Cronkite and Murrow?
now, we’ll have to settle on learning what’s new from those who ridicule or
merely debate over it. Maybe it’s just a phase. Maybe it gets worse.
informed, stay active. Otherwise, the world will just become one big joke.
DON’T MISS THIS!!!
Helping A Friend Battle Breast Cancer
I just learned
that a former colleague, Carrie Kreiswirth, has been diagnosed with breast
cancer. She is raising money to finance some of her medical costs that are not
covered by her insurance. She is only 36. We share the same exact birthday -
-just 10 years apart. She always has a positive attitude and is a carefree
person. She could be any of us. I hope she gets well soon and that whatever
money we raise helps her. Click here: