Thursday, June 14, 2012

Plains Pops: Random Celebrity Edition

At the Washington Monthly, Ed Kilgore analyzes the extra air time that CNN's bearded media sensation with a linebacker's name will have:

"So CNN announced today that it’s canceling John King’s weekday 6:00 p.m. show, allegedly to free up King to do roving campaign correspondence work. I’m not much of a TV news watcher—it has the tendency to make me throw things—so CNN’s step did not change my day.

"But I did take notice when CNN indicated it would replace King’s time spot by expanding “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” from two to three hours. You don’t have to watch a lot of TV news to know that three hours of Wolf is pretty close to three hours too much.

"There is, to put it mildly, a gigantic surplus of journalistic talent out there these days. Not all of that talent is packaged in people pretty or glib enough to merit a TV gig, but I suspect there are enough folks available to provide an alternative to Wolf Without End. Makes you wonder what CNN’s target audience really is."

The Baltimore Sun covers Lebron James's reading list:

"As the Miami Heat prepare for the NBA finals, star LeBron James has been turning to books to relax. USA Today reports that he has finished "The Hunger Games" trilogy and is now reading "Decoded" by singer Jay-Z.

"Since the playoffs started (it seems like months ago), he also has "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life," "The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream" and "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference."

Finally, George W. Bush got a part on Game of Thrones:

"HBO and producers of "Game of Thrones" apologized Thursday for a scene that depicted former President George W. Bush's severed head on a spike.

"The scene first aired last year and was repeated on a DVD release in March. But in a particularly bad piece of timing for HBO, stories about it spread online this week, when the network premiered a documentary on Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush.

"Bush's head was one of several on spikes in a scene where King Joffrey reveals to his fiancé the severed head of her father, who he had judged disloyal.

"The former president's features on the prosthetic head were partially obscured by long, scraggly hair and the picture flashes by quickly. But in a commentary included with the DVD, producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff pointed out the Bush head."

The moral of all the stories seems to be read more; talk less.

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