Wednesday, September 10, 2008

1999, the Straight Talk Express and Pork Barrel Spending

Check out this fabulous bit of video of Daily Show "reporter," Steve Carell following John McCain's last campaign for President.

It's well worth watching through to the end.

From New Yorker's "Annals of Entertainment: Is It Funny Yet?" by Tad Friend, from February 11, 2002:
"In late 1999, one of the show's correspondents, Steve Carell, boarded Senator McCain's campaign bus, the Straight Talk Express, and asked the candidate to name his favorite movie and his favorite book. Then, with no change in his expression, he asked McCain how he could reconcile his criticism of pork-barrel politics with the fact that "while you were chairman of the Commerce Committee, that committee set a record for unauthorized appropriations." For a long moment, McCain was speechless. Carell started laughing. "I'm just kidding!" he said. "I don't even know what that means!"

"That's a true fact, that question," [then-head writer Ben] Karlin said. "And McCain was caught in the headlights. But we punctured it with a joke, so all you're left with is funny and awkward. It's bittersweet."

Thanks to this article in the Huffington Post for calling my attention to this video gem.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

I Love Nothing More than Watching Wolf Blitzer Use a Mouse

When CNN launched the 37-hour daily program, "The Situation Room," I immediately thought how profoundly boring it was to watch America's funnyman, Wolf Blitzer, and other "digital immigrants" (mostly generals) demonstrate their tech literacy and mouse for those of us at home.

Jon Stewart finally annihilates the multi-screen short-attention-span pandering format of the show here..

The Situation Room is about as interactive as all those white boards schools are buying to "teach 21st century learners."

Too bad kids don't have the ability to change the channel while in Algebra class.

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