Saturday, April 16, 2011

NBC Nightly News With Will Ferrell

It's a good thing that Brian Williams included that ten-second Harrison Ford clip from "Air Force One" in Friday's Nightly News story about Pres. Obama's low-tech communication problems. Obviously, that clip added significant depth to the narrative and really helped us gain a greater understanding of the situation. So how come Brian didn't include a clip from "To the Shores of Tripoli" during the story about the situation in Libya? Or a clip from "Twister" during the tornado story? Or a clip from "Pushing Tin" during the story about air traffic controllers? Why doesn't Nightly News abandon news footage altogether and just use film clips to accompany news stories? Why even bother using an anchor? They could just show clips from Will Ferrell's "Anchorman" movie. Then Nightly News could finally complete their ongoing merger with "Access Hollywood" and "Extra" and become the film-clip-and-celebrity-show that they obviously aspire to be.

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