Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Weekend Update

1) On Saturday's Nightly News, an on-screen caption identified Charlie Beck as the Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police "Deparment" (sic). The correct spelling is "department".

2) Also on Saturday's broadcast, an on-screen promo informed us that Senior White House "Adviser" David Axelrod would be a guest on that Sunday's Meet The Press. On Sunday's Nightly News, a clip from Axelrod's MTP appearance identified him as a Senior "Advisor". Both spellings are correct, but it might be nice if NBC News picked one spelling and stuck with it.

3) On Sunday, Nightly News spent two-and-a-half minutes on the death of TV infomercial pitchman Billy Mays. On that same broadcast, news about the protests in Iran and the coup in Honduras were given a combined total airtime of one minute.

But without a doubt, my favorite moment from this weekend's Nightly News was the promo on Saturday that emphatically stated "MSNBC--The Place For Politics". Meanwhile, several minutes earlier, Lester Holt had informed us in a "program note" (which is weasel-speak for "self-promoting commercial") that the "Living With Michael Jackson" special would be airing later that night at 7 PM, 10 PM and 11 PM--on MSNBC. MSNBC--The Place For Politics. And Michael Jackson.

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