Wednesday, November 15, 2006

In the News

John King filled in for Anderson Cooper last evening on "AC360". He is always a welcome substitute instead of the "other" John. John King makes my heart skip a beat and I liked his personal observations last night as well. Oh, and nice haircut John!

Also, People magazine announced the Sexiest Man Alive and the winner is....George Clooney. There is only one other salt-n-pepper haired man I would love to see on the cover. Good Morning America weatherman and local NYC favorite, Sam Champion, was among the runner-ups in his category. No signs if Cooper made the cut again this year. Pick up your copy on newsstands Friday.




And this from our good friend Brian Williams at NBC, who spoke at Time's Person of the Year panel discussion yesterday in NYC.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams made an impassioned case for Time's Person Of The Year during a luncheon today at the Time Life building, and in doing so, positioned himself as an anti-YouTube, anti-iPod, anti-Wiki, anti-blogger evangelist old media guy who loathes what many say has revolutionized the news business: You. "We're choosing cat videos over well thought-out, well-reported evening newscasts," said Williams.NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams made an impassioned case for Time's Person Of The Year during a luncheon today at the Time Life building, and in doing so, positioned himself as an anti-YouTube, anti-iPod, anti-Wiki, anti-blogger evangelist old media guy who loathes what many say has revolutionized the news business: You.

"We're choosing cat videos over well thought-out, well-reported evening newscasts," said Williams. "Look at the shows that do well that don't include dancing ... If we're all blogging, what aren't we reading?"

"I believe it is tearing us apart," Williams said.

Williams called Wikipedia "something that was invented because we feared our existing encyclopedias were too accurate," adding that "civic journalism" — something he loathes — is a "test to the Stengel era."

Fellow panelist Emilio Estevezrong>, who brought a mock Time Person of the Year cover featuring a collage of people to the luncheon, agreed: "It's the best of us, it's the worst of us" and in many ways has "dehumanized" us.

Williams, who helms NBC's Daily Nightly blog, extended his argument to another cultural institution favored by NBC pages: the iPod. "[On the way to work we] put in earbuds to listen to music we already know we love," he said.

Cat video crack aside, Williams came down on YouTube for what would seem to be legitimate uses, such as war video uploaded to YouTube from troops in Iraq.

"I shot video [from Iraq] I would never dream of putting on the air," Williams said. "I think about [those images] when I go to sleep at night."

"Look at the shows that do well that don't include dancing ... If we're all blogging, what aren't we reading?" "I believe it is tearing us apart," Williams said. Williams called Wikipedia "something that was invented because we feared our existing encyclopedias were too accurate," adding that "civic journalism" — something he loathes — is a "test to the Stengel era." Fellow panelist Emilio Estevez, who brought a mock Time Person of the Year cover featuring a collage of people to the luncheon, agreed: "It's the best of us, it's the worst of us" and in many ways has "dehumanized" us.

Williams, who helms NBC's Daily Nightly blog, extended his argument to another cultural institution favored by NBC pages: the iPod. "[On the way to work we] put in earbuds to listen to music we already know we love," he said. Cat video crack aside, Williams came down on YouTube for what would seem to be legitimate uses, such as war video uploaded to YouTube from troops in Iraq. "I shot video [from Iraq] I would never dream of putting on the air," Williams said. "I think about [those images] when I go to sleep at night."



1 comentarios:

ivy said...

I like John King more and more. -aww He was great last night.

Never saw what's that sexy about George Clooney. I know, I know, I gusess salt-n-pepper hair doesn't always do it for me -)

Brian Williams sounds like Oscar from Sesame Street.

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