Monday, June 30, 2008

A MediaBlog Judgemental Moment

Only whores wear anklets.

Leave it to NPR

Mr. Spock: The 'Mystery of Masculinity' Embodied : NPR

Only on National Communist Public Radio could a piece on Mr. Spock include a professor waxing eloquent about Barack Obama. I mean, isn't it obvious people? Spock was half-human, half-Vulcan and Barry is half-Black and half-White. They're both torn between two cultures. They both are able to bridge two worlds!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Wes Clark: Always A Class Act

Clark hits McCain's military credentials - Yahoo! News

Gotta love Wesley Clark. Not satisfied with making an ass of himself last time around, he's shooting for two in the 08 campaign. You know, Wes, if you're that desperate for a cabinet post then go ahead and sell what little is left of your dignity.

Oh, and if you think he's going to give you the Veep slot then keep dreaming. Actually, maybe he will but if he does it will be the end of your (pretty much non-existent) political career since a half-witted chimp could pretty much demolish you in a debate.

The Queen Is Dead, Long Live the Queen!

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As you know, we here at The MediaBlog are given to obsessions. For awhile way back when it was Princess Madeleine. More recently it's been Amy Robach. We're almost prepared to say that we have moved on to a new obsession. Almost. Lately we've taken to watching The Office on DVD. Yeah, I know. We're late to the game. Whatever. Bite me. Anyhoo, we quite enjoy it. We also find ourselves quite enamored of one Jenna Fischer. Now, she's not stunning (a la Angelina Jolie). Rather, she's lovely. Pretty, you might say. There is, of course, a difference between stunning and pretty. You might suspect that it is a difference of degree but it actually is not. It is, rather, a difference of kind. That is to say, "stunning" is not "really, really pretty." They are apples and oranges. They are just fundamentally different things. One is not superior to the other, they're just different. Now, some of you guys who think only with your man-stuff... Well, you just can't appreciate "pretty". You're so focused on ta-tas that came straight from NipTuck that you wouldn't know the real things if they smacked you in the face. We, however, fully appreciate "pretty." In fact, we cherish it since Mrs. MediaBlog is a prime exemplar of it. So, long story short... We find ourselves quite infatuated by the very lovely Miss Fischer. Perhaps you will be seeing more of her in this space. Yes. Perhaps you will.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

But I Thought He Let You Call Him Benny!

Italian businessman Follieri arrested in NYC - Yahoo! News

Turns out Anne Hathaway's darkly handsome Italian boyfriend wasn't the Vatican's chief financial officer after all. I know this is probably a rough time for you Anne. If you need a shoulder to cry on, we're here for you. If you need other things, we're here for that too. Really. Just say the word.

Seriously. I mean given that you fell for this dude we know that you're probably not the sharpest tool in the shed. We don't hold that against you though. I mean, you're in Hollywood, right? Brains aren't all that important in your line of work.

Monday, June 23, 2008

An Innocent Question

VOA News - Comedian George Carlin Dies

Will Comedy Central be devoting the next five days to wall-to-wall coverage for George Carlin's death?

I'm just saying.

The MediaBlog Explains It All

Here we go again, friends. It's time for another edition of America's favorite gameshow, The MediaBlog Explains It All... Where we look at our traffic log and try to answer your questions as deduced from what you typed into Google in order to get here. We take what was a dead end and turn it into... Something else.

And awaaaaaaay we go!

-Is this officially The Amy Robach Shrine? No. No, not officially. However, we're willing to worship there if you find it. In the meantime, enjoy the next best thing.

-No, Nancy Grace is not a newsbabe.

-We don't think Jenna Wolfe is an African American. Annoying American, yes. African American? Not so much. Just for future reference, that whole white skinned thing is pretty much a giveaway on this one so stop wasting Mr. Google's time.

-Is Jenna Wolfe gay? Now that's a much better use of Mr. Google's precious time. We wish we could answer that one for you. Our suspicion, strangely enough, is that she is not. Our Gaydar is not getting any sort of return on this one. Again, annoying? You betcha. Gay? Perhaps not.

-What is Jenna Wolfe's secual orientation? Friend, you can phrase it as many was as you like. I've got nothing else for you.

-Is Jenna Wolfe Jewish? Geez... You people are really curious about this Wolfe chick, huh? Is she Jewish. Sorry. Strikeout again, buddy. She was apparently born in Jamaica and raised in Haiti... Hmm, maybe she's black afterall. No, scratch that. Still, no idea whether or not she's a member of The Tribe.

-Jenna Wolfe sucks... Hmm... More of a statement than a question, but at least we have some concrete answers for you. Yes. Yes, she does.

Alright folks, thanks for joining us for another edition of The Jenna Wolfe Chronicles The MediaBlog Explains It All. Remember, help control the pet population... Run over a cat.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

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You've Got to Love Netflix

See, here's the really great thing about Netflix.

No, no the movies. Honestly, I'm not all that into movies. No, the great thing is going back and watching TV series that you completely missed out on. We did it previously with Everybody Hates Chris and now it is The Office.

Yeah, I know, last one on the train. Still, it's a great show and it is a treat to be able to catch up on it like this.

Hit the Slopes

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Getting Your Priorities Straight TVNewser: Glenn Beck Falls Down Flight of Stairs

Glenn thinks you should have 18 months worth of corn flakes in the basement and twenty sacks of Krugerrand's buried in the backyard. May we suggest that he might want to think about holding onto the banister?

It ain't as sexy as a bomb shelter but damn me if it isn't a lot more likely to do you some good.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Life Is Hard...

...but The MediaBlog is just soooo good!

Friends, while other blogs are wasting your time with politics and news. Oil prices and ethanol... We give you what your really want... Gorgeous shots of gorgeous newswomen.

First, your favorite and ours, the lovely Miss Amy wearing a quilt her grandmother made from scraps. No. Not really. It's quite fetching actually. Honestly it is. We're not just saying that because we love you, Amy.

And then there's Julie Banderas of Fox News. Now, if you're a regular reader of The MediaBlog then you know that we believe Julie is dumber than a box of rocks. It is both a tragedy and a crime that she has taken over the weekend Fox Report since the lovely Laurie Dhue left. Julie isn't fit to lick Laurie's stilettos. Hmmm... There's an image for you... Ahem... Anyhoo, while we think she's a moron, we're not opposed to ogling her legs. No, not at all.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Parting Words

One last comment on the passing of Tim Russert.

NBC and MSNBC managed to talk about him for five straight days but the douches couldn't keep the sound from the frigging lectern on through his whole memorial? What the crap is that?

Still, at least Chris Jansing looks hot in black.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm Guessing He'll Be Off Tomorrow Too

No, I Didn't Just Get a Camera Phone

But judging by this post, you'd probably think so. A few random shots from over the last several months taken on ye olde camera phone.

First, who was the brainiac who decided that our local buses needed spoilers? I mean, is it because they're taking those curves at 120 mph and need something to keep their ass-end on the track?

Second, is this not the most perfectly formed anthill you have ever seen? We here at The MediaBlog admire all the perfection that nature has to offer.

And finally...

As we said, all the perfection nature has to offer. This tall vision of loveliness was shopping for orange juice today. The orange that gave its life to quench her thirst was one lucky fruit.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The MediaBlog: Summary Judgement

The Dave Ramsey Show on Fox Business is the most singularly boring hour (it feels like about three hours) of television I have ever seen in my entire life. It makes watching paint dry seem like fracking Jai Lai.

One Last Note About Tim Russert

I just finished watching Saturday's Today show devoted to Tim Russert's passing. At the conclusion, in a very genuine and emotional way, Matt Lauer made his little tribute to Russert. He talked about how right now Russert was probably lining up guests for the show, choosing from among all the great statesmen and politicians he at last had access to.

Now, I'm not trying to criticize Lauer and I'm also not trying to make more of what he said than I should. However, if Tim Russert was the man all of his friends seem to have believed him to be then the truth is that he is only interested in seeing one person right now.

Jesus Christ

We dance around faith in the mainstream media. We're so afraid to talk about it in any real depth. Right now, Tim Russert is at home with his savior and his Lord. From what I know of the man, I believe that. I feel confident that he certainly believed that is where he would be. Why is our increasingly secular culture so afraid of that? Why is it so threatening?

On the Subject of Hagiography

I'm going to be somewhat careful about this.

I haven't always been unfailingly complementary of Tim Russert. If you look through this blog you will see a couple of references to him prior to his death. They weren't always positive. That being said, he always seemed genial, obviously intelligent.


Yes, there's always a but. Isn't it just possible that this may have gone just a bit... Just a little bit... Too far. I suppose when you buy electrons by the barrel then you have the privilege of talking as much as you like when you lose one of your own. That being said, NBC and MSNBC spent most of the weekend on wall-to-wall Russert. Friday night Brian Williams talked about nothing but Tim Russert. He did it from an air force base in Afghanistan in the midst of a warzone.

It is entirely fitting that we should honor the memory of good and decent men. I've gotten myself into trouble before by questioning the wisdom or merits of such things. Can one go too far with the navel-gazing? I think so, yes. Did they go too far this time? Probably, yes. If we are going to err should we err on the side of saying more rather than less? I suppose we should, yes.

Still, if Tim Russert was the consummate journalist that his friends and his fans believe him to have been (and I'm not suggesting he was not), then I think we have to ask how he would have felt about becoming the story. If he was a genuine, humble man (and I'm not suggesting he was not), don't we have to ask whether he might have said that enough was enough at some point during all this.

Nevermind me. Just idle thoughts.

A Blogporn Sorbet

Sunday, June 15, 2008

If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.

Tim Russert
1950 - 2008

And it was. Tim Russert's Meet the Press was the fairest and the biggest of the Sunday morning talkers. Russert was obviously a Democrat (the man worked for Mario Cuomo and Pat Moynihan) but it didn't matter. He did the job. He hit both sides and he hit them hard. His questions were tough, searching, fair. He also seemed to bring a sense of fun and joy to all of it. He was having a good time. It showed and the quality of his work was all the better for it.

We're late to the game on this. We've been out of town. Still, the fact that we are a couple of days late reacting to this sad news perhaps allows us the luxury of making a slightly snarky comment that wouldn't have been appropriate on Friday afternoon. Watching the retrospectives on Russert's life, seeing him sharing the screen with Keith Olbermann, one cannot help but reflect on what NBC once was and what it now isn't.

Friday, June 06, 2008

In Plain Sight

USA Network's new original series In Plain Sight premiered a few days ago on June 1st. If you did not see it then you really need to catch up because this is a fascinating show.

Among the characters are Marshall Mann, portrayed by Frederic Weller. He is a US Marshall who has known from day one exactly what he wanted to do with his life. He's a bright guy, sort of a jack of all trades who knows just a little bit about just about everything. That sort of knowledge comes in handy when he is working a case with Mary Shannon, his partner. They work well together and, maybe, there might be the potential for something more.

That sort of laser-like focus can be both a blessing and a curse. It sort of runs in my family, to be honest. Me, my dad... There's a lot of it in our bloodline. The good part is that when we focus on a task it gets done. The problem, of course, is that we have a tendency not to see the forest for the trees.

Anyway, this is a great show that you should check out on USA.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

He's Caught In Temporal Stasis

George Takei to Beam Up Trek Costars for Wedding - Weddings, George Takei :

Now that the real rulers of the People's Republic of California (ie the California Supreme Court) have temporarily made sodomite marriage legal Mr. Sulu is making plans for his Koon-ut-kal-if-fee (and one hopes no one chooses the challenge). He's left The Shat on the beach but everybody else will be there.

In fact, Uhura is the matron of honor and Chekov is the best man. Now, this sham, perverted "wedding" is pathetic enough as it is, but the fact that the man apparently has made no new friends in the last 40 years is even sadder.

Oh well. Warp speed, Mr. Sulu. Mazel-tov. Whatever. Enjoy playing house.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Random Acts of Blogporn

First, Fox News' E.D. Hill. Not someone we've featured before but she caught our eye this afternoon. Actually, her legs caught our eye. The face is just so-so, but the legs...

And then we have an anonymous catalog model I found online. She's probably somebody, I have no idea. Does it really matter?

Barry! Barry! Barry!

Just a few quick notes... It's late and, quite honestly, I'm not feeling especially motivated tonight.

Barring some sort of Whitey Surprise, it appears that Barry Obama has the nomination. Hillary, of course, didn't concede nor do I expect her to. I never thought she wanted to be the Veep and I certainly never thought Barry would take her but now I'm beginning to wonder. If she wants it, I don't see how he can avoid giving it to her.

Watching Barry give his speech I was struck by something. Barry gets a lot of credit for his oratorical skills, but I think he's a collection of canned gestures. It all seems too slick and there really is no there there. However well-delivered, the speech itself is hollow. It's all flourish and no substance.

Finally, and this may be wishful thinking, but I have a sense that the Democrats are really going to regret this. They have chosen an empty suit and I just can't bring myself to believe that the American people are going to elect this man to the presidency. I think the mistake the Democrats made is that they thought with their hearts rather than their heads. They fell in love and were blinded by it.

Monday, June 02, 2008

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The Perils of Facebook

We here at The MediaBlog consider ourselves to be pretty tech-savvy. That being said, we're not quite as socially savvy. At least, we're not savvy as far as the online youth culture is concerned. That's why we haven't really done much of anything on Facebook to date. I find it confusing and, to be honest, sort of pointless.

Anyhoo, the one friend from high school that I still keep up with has dragged me on to the stupid thing. What's the result? All these people from high school that I've been avoiding are popping up.

Consider this a fair warning... If you would rather keep your past in the past stay as far away from Facebook as you can.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I Always Suspected As Much

Jenna Wolfe was cornholeing this morning.