Tag Archives: MSNBC

McClellan Talks To Olbermann

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Smells Like Idiot MSM Show Booker Spirit

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Audacia Ray tells some MSM show, politely, that she wouldn’t be on their stupid crappy show to talk about how to hire sex workers even if they paid her.

Honestly, I don’t know about the “payment” stuff; I made that up, but Ms. Ray does lay-out what went down on March 10th with her, hopefully brief, pre-interview (guest vetting process) with the never-heard-of-it  MSNBC show, Live With Dan Abrams.

It’s all on her blog, Waking Vixen the dubious tale of how someone from the whatever MSNBC show asked her during the pre-interview process, “Have you been a whore?”

MSNBC was only interested in having a woman who had been a prostitute talk about the mechanics of hiring a sex worker – a little salacious how-to on national television, gotta love it. They told me flat out that they weren’t interested in discussing the political interests of sex workers or the issues around sex trafficking as it is today. And while I am not ashamed that I was a sex worker, and I know sound bites are short and cannot be anywhere near as complicated as my shit it, I don’t want to be MSNBC’s whore on television. It does nothing for me personally and nothing for the movement I’m part of for me to be boiled down to the essence of “will fuck for cash. here’s how.”

If the rest of the world could also step back from media, ahem, whoredom for just a sec, we could all get something done for a change. Don’t think I’ll be much inclined to waste my time tuning-in to Live With Dan Abram’s Fucktard Producer news product now.

Overworked and Underpaid

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Dick Williams of Georgia Gang isn’t the only TV-type guided by subconscious voices and inclined to gaffes when using the word “Obama.” (Romney made the same mistake some too.)

MSNBC is busy lately making all kinds of glorious boo-boos. But I blame sleep-deprivation or a nasty hangover for this one:

It happened during the opening of “Hardball” Monday evening. Matthews was previewing a story on the controversy over Obama’s use of another politician’s words, and a picture of bin Laden briefly flashed on the screen beside him with the headline “Words About Words.”

The Obama campaign immediately called NBC to complain, and Matthews apologized on the air a few minutes later. When “Hardball” was rerun later that night, a picture of Obama replaced the picture of the terrorist leader.

The mistake was made by someone in the network’s graphics department whom MSNBC would not identify. The network did not explain exactly how the mistake was made nor detail the punishment for the employee.

Full story here. I once had to work an overnight shift at the ‘nets in NYC, whereby I was required to edit down ancient political talk shows from the 50’s to small, 90’s kinda chunks, going chronologically year-by-year. I was so sleep-depped working overnights for days on end that I edited down a whole year that went right to air. However it was the wrong year… and out of order from what the network had been promoting for the show. Needless to say, I was never asked back to headquarters to repeat any more gaffes of that glaring a nature.

Chasing Obama

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When we hear those cries of “liberal media bias” it makes me wanna holler-laugh. Mostly such attacks are coming from clueless rubes who have absolutely no idea how hard travel journalists work their buns off, especially on a Presidential campaign. As if they have a moment’s time for a luxury like bias. It’s moreorless… shovel the product out as fast as you can. Raw and rough.

Most bloggers, scrappy as they are, could hardly stand the pace, especially when you add shooting, producing, editing and uploading video to the mix. Trust me, I go out on any kinda trail for longer than a day and I need a week to recover! (Local v-logger, Shelby Highsmith, being young and quite talented at what he does, has what it takes to keep going though. Amani too.)  

Some younger guns are out there now on the campaign trail, having the exhaustive time of their lives. Here’s an interview from the CJR with a young woman “embed” from NBC News that gives you something of half-a-clue as to the pace and stamina required to keep-up with it all:

Once upon a time, we were out there by ourselves. It was only the embeds who were covering these events. Sometimes there was even very little local press. And we’d be the only ones there with video, with our cameras and tripods taping them. This was pretty consistent through Thanksgiving. And this was in Iowa and in New Hampshire. And we would drive ourselves from event to event. We got smart and finally decided to carpool. So you get to the event, film it, shoot it, something interesting happens, something compelling happens. You call your desk, upload it. The most you could ever send is about four minutes of at a time. You just did it on the road. You’re talking with your phone scrunched up against your shoulder so you can talk while you upload video. I’ve gotten a lot of speeding tickets.

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