Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Flipping the Bird

Today's column for the Daily Banter deals with a recent story from the Associated Press that details how the Today show is losing viewers in droves. My take: the exodus is the long-overdue comeuppance for a network that's relentlessly pummeled its talent and audience over the past few years, believing it could always get away with it.

Here's an excerpt:

"I admit that there were several times that I truly thought NBC would suffer immediate audience blowback for its sins, but strangely it never really did; yes, there was some bad press from the likes of me and other more prominent media critics, but in the end business went on as usual for the peacock. And I think ultimately that’s what emboldened the executive assholes at NBC: Each time they did something inexcusable and didn’t face the instant wrath of the viewing public — the kind of outrage that threatened their bottom line — they simply smirked and moved on, believing they were bulletproof and that nothing they did could permanently damage the NBC brand."

Read the Rest Here


Stephen said...

The only thing I disagree with is your description of Mallory and Miller blowing up the damn. It was actually Mallory and Barnsby. Miller was with Weaver on the enemy side of the river.


I have the same fondness for the movie for exactly the same reasons. Apollo Creed AND Han Solo AND a nude Barbara Bach AND Jaws in the same movie??? What 10 year old boy wouldn't like that?

Chez said...

Ha. Thanks. Been a long time since I've seen it.

Stephen said...

You're Lescovar!

Anonymous said...

"We don't have a monologue."

-Larry Sanders on Phil's distractions from his writing!

Jim Nesbitt
(apologies for not letting the quote be all I said and for spelling out that which you probably picked up on instantly!)

Do said...

Do you have a take on the whole Jane Pauley/Debra Norville thing? Or was that too before your time?

That seems to be another example where they seemed to dump Pauley and then let Norville take the fall for the decision and was summarily booted.

Was that a Bryant Gumbel, suits or combo that fumbled that into a fiasco?