Saturday, 22 November 2014

Watched a Larry King Interview

I sat and watched RT (Russia Today) yesterday.  Over an entire week, I might catch fifteen minutes of the network's news analysis.  It's slanted to some degree, I admit.

Yesterday, they ran a interview piece with Larry King (yeah, he's still around), with Chuck Todd (the new guy over Meet the Press).

It was like watching two guys at a bar.....half-sober, half-drunk....discussing their love and appreciation over President Obama.  Larry kept pushing Chuck along, to explain why the public has screwed up and lost favor with the President.  Both admitted in a thousand-odd words that they are just amazed at the graceful and intellectual nature of the President.  Both would hit at the right race was a factor and they felt it was unfair how the President was treated.

After fifteen minutes, I flipped to another channel.

Network news media.....even at RT....has become some comical feature to simply fill in empty space.  You can feature an interview with two washed up 1970s TV actors, a feel-good piece over some Bronx folks growing tomatoes on their roof, some witty English literature guy talking over George Canning's contributions, four women talking over Grandmaisms, or two washed-up TV interview guys talking their fascination of President's just NOT news.  We've reached the point where we just fill in empty space with second-rate, third-rate, and fourth-rate stuff that marginalizes our perception of the world, and actual events.

CNN woke up in the late 1990s to realize that Larry King wasn't pulling in the big numbers anymore.  But the flip side was that there wasn't any real candidate to fill his shoes.  By 2009....a fair number of Larry's audience had moved on.  And in 2010.....Larry finally watch Piers Morgan flounder around for about a year.

I suspect after a while.....Larry's interview talents were recognized as sometimes hitting the mark, but mostly just the same stuff you'd see out of some barber in Tulsa asking his customer what they felt about the NCAA bowl picks this year, or if it might rain tomorrow.

As for Chuck Todd?  I got the impression after fifteen minutes of his interview that he's mostly slanted, but does his best to fake you out and make you believe that he's capable of being some plain vanilla journalist.  He does a marginal job, and if he's still there at Meet the Press by the end of'll surprise me.

Simple Observations

Ferguson, Missouri: I noticed the FBI admitted that they have a hundred agents about to arrive, and another hundred on a second wave.  You'd sit and think they will be there as part of the security and arrest apparatus as the Grand Jury moment occurs....but no.  They are there to help create a "intelligence center" where leadership will sit and monitor the ruckus about to be started.....explaining trends and chaos to the locals and to the DC crowd.  I won't say it's a wasted deal, but about six hours into the mess....the locals will consider the FBI's wisdom or advice to be mostly useless.

Computers: The Wall Street Journal wrote up an excellent article on automation.....making us dumb.  In a way, I agree.  If you look at a mechanic today.....he isn't the same guy you went to in 1988.  Today, he plugs in a module to your car, and notes four failing items which need replacement.  Before anything is messed up, it's corrected.  In 1988, you drove the car until one single item broke, and caused some malfunction.  Your gifted mechanic spent three hours testing various theories before he finally settled on one single item as the culprit of your issue.  Today's mechanic?  He doesn't have the skill to find such an issue.....without the computer module.

Bill Cosby: Ten women have now come forward to tell their rape story over the comedian.  If it had stuck to might have been dismissed.  You can't dismiss ten separate stories.  As many positive things as he might say over his's basically wiped out at this point.  All of this makes you ask the question.....when women up and disappear after having been at a bar for an evening.....did they get some sort of pill by a guy?

Coffee: Some smart guys have sat down and developed a zero-gravity coffee machine, which naturally the only place requiring such a machine is the International Space Station.  Up until this point, you had a pouch with freeze-dried coffee.....added heated water....and that was it for on the station.  Now, you could sit there and talk up the number of hours involved in such a project and no pay-back for whoever designed this.  But it is capable of inventing just about anything.