Category Archives: journalism

Andy Rooney Dead at 92

Some folks are their work. I can’t help but think about that today as I write about the passing of journalist and writer Andy Rooney. He passed away Friday night from major complications of an undisclosed surgery, just weeks after signing off for the last time on his regular closing slot on the long running “60 Minutes.” Even in his final piece, an interview for the program, he said he wouldn’t stop writing – he couldn’t stop writing.

Rooney was a journalist since the Second World War and had closed the CBS new program with his commentaries for over forty years. He was the curmudgeon’s curmudgeon, always questioning the most mundane and puzzling of the day’s mysteries. His voice was grating and his attitude confrontational and often sarcastic, but he was always entertaining, and if you weren’t careful, informative.

Andy Rooney wrote for television and news for decades, He won four Emmys while on “60 Minutes,” and many other broadcasting and journalism awards during his long career. We have lost a true legend and an epic voice in our times. He will be missed.

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Only News When They Wanna Be

While I have personally berated folks who only seem to get their news from “The Daily Show,” broadcast on Comedy Central, in recent years that program has proved to actually have some journalistic merit. In their election coverage and more recently when host Jon Stewart clashed with Jim Cramer regarding some misleading financial advice, it appeared that “The Daily Show” was much more serious than its comedy roots would suggest. But apparently they are only news when they wanna be.

Watching Jon Stewart softball interview Larry King last night I was struck by how Stewart seemed to at least have perused the new book King was pushing, he surely had not heard (or possibly was just ignoring) the big entertainment news regarding King and his book yesterday. When a man is your guest, how can you not know the biggest story of the day regarding that person? Unless your job is simply to push the book?

Yesterday, it was revealed that Larry in fact had a son, Larry King Jr., one he didn’t know about until years later. It’s in the book, it’s on Larry’s CNN show, it’s all over the morning news. How do you miss it, and worse yet, how does a ‘journalist’ not even mention it?

Well, maybe I was mistaken and “The Daily Show” is only a comedy show. Make the Bush and Obama jokes. Push the book. Don’t make waves. Unless of course maybe someone lost money through bad financial advice? Maybe… but then maybe Jim Kramer just didn’t have a book to push at that time…


Jeers for TV Guide

I realize times have been rough for TV Guide of late. The whole loss of its handy pocket-size format to another boring glossy mag, and of course the fact that most cable systems now have the grid that has all the info we used to get from TVG, has made things pretty bad for those guys. But is that any reason for bad journalism and shoddy research?

This article in the most recent issue of TV Guide is just an embarrassment. Not only is this old news, it’s inaccurate news. I just don’t know where to start, with the facts, with the execution, or with the spelling and grammar errors. You guys are kidding, right? This is an early April fools thing, right?

“Holy Lesbian, Batman!”??? Let’s just overlook the misuse of a forty-plus year old catchphrase for the moment, but that’s not all there is to know about the new Batwoman. She’s also Jewish, and rich, and a redhead, and dresses like a bat and fights crime. Those are all components of her personality that are as important if not more than her sexual preference. What about exploiting those?

And by the way, TV Guide, in case you didn’t get the four week old press releases and media saturation – Batman’s not dead. Check your facts!