Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Bizarro World Of Nightly News

During the intro to Saturday's Nightly News, a clip from an upcoming story about the two Americans imprisoned in Iran was labeled "Judgement Day". Apparently, none of the Nightly News producers know how to spell "judgment".

On Friday's broadcast, a promo for "Meet the Press" identified Robert Gibbs as an Obama campaign "Adviser". On Saturday's broadcast, a MTP promo identified Gibbs as an Obama campaign "Advisor". When it comes to spelling, Nightly News flip-flops more than Mitt Romney.

On Saturday's broadcast, we were treated to a two-and-a-half-minute "news story" about a man who provides sound effects for movies. The producers should have attached a "breaking news" banner to this one. Obviously, it was just an excuse to pander to the viewers by showing clips from movies like "The Devil Wears Prada", "The Big Lebowski", True Grit", "Goodfellas", "Shutter Island" and "Murder By Numbers". By the way, what is the deal with Nightly News's obsession with "The Devil Wears Prada"? They showed clips from that movie twice in five days for two different stories. It wasn't released by Universal, but I'm betting that it has some connection to NBC Universal. After all, why else would Nightly News be promoting it twice in five days unless Comcast could make some money off it?

On Saturday's story about the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney was identified as a "former governor". But a week earlier (8/13), Tim Pawlenty was identified as a "governor", even though he's been out of office for more than six months. I'm just curious--at what point will the Nightly News producers begin identifying Pawlenty as a former governor?

Sunday's Nightly News featured a two-and-a-half-minute story in which Peter Alexander swims with sharks. In what alternate universe is this a news story? Only in the Bizarro world of Nightly News.

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