Friday, August 05, 2005

No Bullshit

CNN has suspended journalist/political analyst Robert Novak for using the word bullshit and/or walking off the set during a live broadcast yesterday.

We have house rules about that kind of thing here, too. Robert, gimme a quarter.

8 comments:

  1. This really wouldn't bother me. Everything on telly is already full of bullshit.

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  2. The man is 74 years old, I say good on him!!

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  3. Good on him Indeed! The rule in my house is no gratuitous swearing. *Gratuitous* being the operative word--just ask my #2 =)

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  4. Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart (who gets to use four-letter words all the time) did a great piece on the Novak story. If you get the program, try to catch it in rerun tonight.

    As best I could tell, Novak got p.o.'d because James Carville wouldn't let him get a word in edgewise. Or perhaps Carville zinged him. They were talking all at once, so I had a hard time hearing what Carville said.

    My 2c: Carville's crime wasn't saying 'bullshit', but having a very public hissy fit, then walking off the stage. What he did beats throwing yourself on the floor, kicking and screaming yourself red in the face, but not by much.

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  5. "My 2c: [Novak]'s crime wasn't saying 'bullshit', but having a very public hissy fit, then walking off the stage. What he did beats throwing yourself on the floor, kicking and screaming yourself red in the face, but not by much."

    Hey, the temper tantrums have made Bill O'Reilly popular.

    Oh, wait. Bill O'Reilly's a media trainwreck in progress. Bad example.

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  6. Anonymous11:34 PM

    How is it that someone can be sacked for saying 'Bullshit' (or have a hissy fit) on national TV, when there are certain amounts of programs that display almost pornographic love scenes or significant violence? Is it because such programs 'aren't real life' and Novak used a naughty word in a public arena?

    Jaye Patrick

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  7. Anonymous8:23 AM

    Anonymous post at 11:34

    It's because violence on tv is required to get ratings and those are required to sell products so everyone in power can pocket their share of the money. But any of a specific list of words are more easily tracked and permit the same people in power to fire a few nobodies making them look responsible without hurting their ratings/profit any.

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  8. Sure, suspend him for saying 'bullshit' and walking off set, and do nothing when he reveals the name of an undercover CIA agent...

    Meh!

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