Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC today after comments he made about Sarah Palin. The anchor basically someone should sh!t in her mouth during a long commentary bashing the former Vice Presidential nominee.
Bashir released this statement to Mediaite:
“After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.’”
No matter how you feel about Sarah Palin, a respectable newsperson should never ever say anything like that on the air. I miss the days when journalists were supposed to be unbiased, but those days are gone. If they are going to have a bias, then they need to be respectful of the people they cover and remember we are tuning into them because we trust them. This goes for all journalists. We need to go back to the old days. We need to keep news with the newsanchors and the opinions to the people who give editorials and/or critics.
When it comes to Bashir, personally there was just something I didn’t like about him since I saw him do that interview with Michael Jackson all those years ago. I am now a critic and no longer a journalist, so I can give my opinion.
Remember when MTV stood for Music Television, and they showed these things called music videos? Remember when TLC stood for The Learning Channel before they aired shows like Toddlers & Tiaras and Jon & Kate Plus 8? Well Jeff Zucker (sounds like hooker) revealed to Capital New York that CNN will soon be doing a lot less News on the Cable News Network. Just like Headline News, sorry HLN, who dropped the headline news coverage a while ago.
Zucker, who has been running the network (further in to the ground) for about a year, has not had a successful news program launch since he started. His morning show is a bust, Crossfire didn’t even cause a spark and the rest is losing viewers when the crap isn’t hitting the fan in the news world. The only thing that has been doing well under his so-far failed reign are the documentary programs like Blackfish and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, so he has decided he wants to do more of that type of programming, instead of letting news be the star.
CNN recently had a gathering for people who had been with the company for 30 years and then a few weeks later laid a few of them off. In fact, a lot of the old timers lost their jobs over the last year, and sounds like even more of them will. That is because he plans to use outside production companies to fill some of their primetime slots. He even said in the article that he is thinking of having half hour shows in during that time. Here’s an idea, get rid of the unlikable Piers Morgan and try to bring back Larry King. It has gotten so bad over at CNN for the names we trusted that this weekend when I watching their news coverage, I was thinking how much longer will they allow the very well-versed Candy Crowley to keep her job over there. On that note, how is Wolf Blitzer, who is as exciting as watching paint dry, still anchoring as much news as he is during their daytime hours.
Actually, the best idea is to bring back news, something they have seemed to forget about. News is what made the network a star and the most trusted name in news, a while back. It was a documentary type program that hurt the network’s image. Yes, that plot from HBO’s Newroom this season really happened at CNN back in 1998 and they have never been the same.
Someone needs to borrow James Earl Jones from Sprint and have him record CNN’s news slogan, “This was CNN” because it is no longer the CNN we knew and trusted. It is a sad day for the once prominent news channel.
Yahoo! announced today that they made the mistake of hiring Katie Couric to do their news. OK, they think it is good idea, but I think it is a mistake. I think she is the most overrated “newsanchor” out there and I can’t believe she keeps getting hired. After being all perky and annoying on The Today Show, CBS hired her to host CBS Evening News and the show bombed. Even though the newscast lost half its viewers during her run, ABC gave her a boatload of money to do a daytime talk show and be part of their newsteam. A talk show that no one talks about because there is nothing to talk about. Well today less than three years after ABC hired her to do their news; Yahoo hired her away to be their Global Anchor. Which would be more exciting if this was the time of Friendster, but it is the time of Google and Facebook so no one cares.
Once ABC finally cancels her talk show, we will finally be done with her fake smile and outdated hairdo on out television sets. A time according to my past employers (yes plural) was a long long long time coming.
Now when it comes to her talk show ending, which everyone assumes it will, hopefully ABC will be bring back the soap operas (All My Children and/or One Life to Live) they cancelled for her snoozefest called Katie.
Today on Today Willie Geist was talking about the rift between Kanye West and Barack Obama and he made a jacka$$ of himself. The anchor said that the President had once called the rapper a “J-ass”, but then he realized he bleeped the wrong part of the word. It was the second part of the word, not the first half where he was supposed to say only the initial. Whoopsie!
BTW how cute was he when he realized that he made an a$$ of himself on television. On him it is cute;2 if it were Matt Lauer who did it, it would be sad.
Good Morning America’s Amy Robach reluctantly opted to get a mammogram live on the ABC morning news show a few weeks ago and because of that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She broke the news today on the show and she bravely shared her progress with us and her co-anchors. Since the diagnosis is new, she still doesn’t know where she stands but she said that she will be getting a double mastectomy. The rest will be decided when she knows more after the findings from the surgery. She is now ahead of the game because she got tested on the show.
That one life she saved by getting a mammogram live on the air was her own. You know what, I am sure she is saving many more lives by coming out with her diagnosis. So ladies if you doctor tells you to get a mammogram, run don’t walk to get it. A few minutes of uneasiness can lead to years more of your life to live.
MY prayers and thoughts are with Amy Robach.
When it was announced yesterday that Matt Lauer and Al Roker were going to get prostate exams live on the Today show this morning, I got excited because I wanted to see them bend over and cough. Well yes they got the exams done live on television, but they did it behind (no pun) closed doors. So we didn’t get to see the doctor stick his finger up their bums. After seeing the inside of Katie Couric’s colon, I don’t think it is fair we didn’t get to see their faces during the insertion. Am I right or am I right???
No on to the serious front, if you are a man over 40 then please get your PSA levels checked and a prostate exam every year. My dad is a Prostate Cancer survivor thanks to early detection. It is one of the most curable cancers, so get tested every year. It’s easier than a mammogram, so I don’t want to hear any complaining from you boys when it is time to get it done.
Today is Halloween and the anchors on Today dressed up for the holiday. It doesn’t matter what everyone else wore including Thomas Roberts, all we care about is that Matt Lauer dressed up as Pamela Anderson when she was on Baywatch. His costume is traumatic on the eyes and can never be unseen.
So you have to wonder if the people behind the NBC morning news show hate him as much as we do by making him dress like the Playboy Playmate nipples and all. I mean why else would they pick that costume out of all of the other choices out there?
On a positive note, at least we know what happened to Pamela Anderson’s hair now that she cut it off. He stole it for his CJ costume.
via Us Weekly WFSB‘s Scot Haney was sitting at the anchors’ table when his co-anchors noticed what looked to be Grape Nuts on the floor. So to prove a point, he picked them up and ate them. Then he declared that they were a little soggy and tasted like dog poop. They tasted that way because it wasn’t the cereal that he, but instead it was his own cat’s vomit. That’s right, and don’t you feel like you want to throw up after reading that. If you watch the video, you will feel even sicker.
So the moral of this newscast is to never ever eat anything off of the floor. So parents if you have a kid that has a habit of doing that, then show them this video because I doubt they will ever do it again.
So gross, nasty and ewwwwwwwwww.
Carson Daly is leaving Last Call to join the Today show starting on September 16th, and for you fans of The Voice he will still be hosting the singing competition.
So what will he be doing on the morning news show? He will be in charge of their new Orange Room that will be dedicated to social media and connecting viewers with the show. I am guessing he will kind of be like that person who does that for The Voice, you know that person that everyone fast forwards. But he more interesting and you want to hear what he has to say.
Now when it comes to his replacement on Last Call, NBC has yet to make a decision. I just hope it is not another Saturday Night Liver. There are already too many of them on NBC’s late night. Ahh it just hit me, since Lorne Michaels is in charge of NBC’s late night; I bet he finagled this deal so he can give that job to another SNLer and that is why Carson is waking up early instead of staying up late. Like I said, I am just assuming that he did .
Savannah Guthrie interviewed Jimmy Fallon yesterday for an interview that will air Tuesday on Today at his Late Night studios. So the NBC late night host challenged her to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pie and she got a face full of pie. Well as the they were ending their time together, she learned the hard way that wearing heals on a wood floor covered with cream pie don’t go together. So just like the clown that she looked like, she went down in a very comedic way. Talk about making an a$$ of yourself, literally.