Tuesday, December 14, 2010

NBC Nightly News Show Notes--Dec. 9-Dec. 12

If you didn't see Nightly News last week, here's what you missed:

Thursday--During a story about women's health, Nancy Snyderman told us that 12 states were "considered outright failures, getting a grade of F." Meanwhile, on the accompanying map, 13 states were highlighted.
* Yet again, Rep. James Clyburn was identified on-screen only as a Democrat from South Carolina, and not as the House Majority Whip. Nightly News routinely identifies white congressional leaders by their leadership posts, but never does so for Clyburn, an African American.
* Brian Williams announced a recall for Rolaids only seconds before an ad for Prevacid. It's obvious that Brian planned the timing of the Rolaids story to give the maximum promotional value to Prevacid.
Friday--A story about newly released Nixon tapes includes derogatory comments Nixon made about Jews. In June of 2009, during a speech at the Nantucket Film Festival, Brian Williams said, "Welcome to the Nantucket Film Festival--where Jews come to be honored. Nantucket is actually a Yiddish word meaning where the WASPS live." I guess Nixon isn't the only one who thinks it's okay to make inappropriate comments about Jews.
Saturday--The night's final story about the Jimmy Stewart museum in Indiana, PA included 67 seconds of clips and stills from "It's A Wonderful Life". Not coincidentally, that movie aired on NBC later that night. So the Jimmy Stewart story was just a shameless 2:20 promo for the movie.
Sunday--A ten-second clip of White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee from "Meet the Press" did not even bother to identify him.
* A story on legal marijuana sales in Colorado is followed by a promo for a CNBC special airing later that night. The "news story" is simply a way to promote the CNBC special.
* A 2:20 story about actors who gain and lose weight for roles contains 1:57 of movie clips. This "news story" is just an excuse to pander to the viewers by showing scenes from popular movies. In the story, Lee Cowan calls Tom Hanks "the king of the weight yo-yo" because Hanks lost 55 pounds for his role in "Castaway". Meanwhile, Cowan did not even mention Robert De Niro, who famously gained and lost 60 pounds for his Oscar-winning performance in "Raging Bull". Has Cowan even seen this movie? Can someone please buy Cowan a subscription to Netflix?

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