I was interviewed for a story on the CBS Evening News on the state of media and all that. It’s airing tonight.
Congratulations! I’m sure, *ahem*, that you gave a shout to me and all your fans, past and present, who’ve made this opportunity possible, and then went on a tear about how CBS is a big bloated media conglomerate that gets its ratings by putting on programming for people that are wondering when Matlock is going to come on.
Hmm. That joke is a bit too convoluted, but whatever. Congratulations.
There was a time in my life when I would have known the channel, the time, and the people associated with this “CBS Evening News” program. I’d like to say I’ll watch it, but I know the odds are mighty slim. Here’s hoping somebody blogs about it and includes a link to a video excerpt.
You and Helen Thomas, now there’s distinction. Hope your heart didn’t get any worse under the strain.
I watched that in-depth, probing piece by CBS on their take on the “State of the Media” – what a joke, a real piece of fluff. Oh, sure, they threw in the obligatory 3 second reference to Dan Rather’s big fiasco last year, and gave us the breathtaking results of (what else) a CBS/NYTimes poll that said, hell yeah, the media is doing a great job and they are fair and accurate. I honestly think CBS is more biased than ever in its CBS Nightly show than when Danny-boy was there. He was the lightning rod, which has been removed, and now we see that grizzled old man who look’s like everyone’s Grandpappy , Bob Scheifer – how can you get upset with him?
They didn’t run any of the interview, just the b-roll. That’s network news now: just b-roll, eh?
Kind of like going to the Alpo factory to talk about the state of fine dining.
I watched the evening news for the first time since, I think, Huntley and Brinkley. Now I remember why I stopped. The entire half hour could have been covered in two minutes of headlines as the BBC does at the top of their hour.
This isn’t news, it’s pseudo-news for those who are completely tuned out of every other source, but want to pretend to be informed. No wonder nobody watches anymore.
Why does each noun in a story need to be illustrated with a film clip?
Next time, Jeff, demand that they guarantee enough of the interview been shown or skip the “honor”.
Thanks for going into the lion’s den and doing the CBS interview. It’s how I found out about your website. It’s now been bookmarked and will become part of my regular routine. Keep up the good work.
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