I love tiny Barry and the banner (with a sly wink to it). This is a really great comic.
A really great radio broadcast was today at two p.m. on WBAI, Patricia Bosworth was Janet Coleman's guest on Cat Radio Cafe. Go here for the WBAI archives because Janet said they weren't able to update/upload new shows at the program's site. Patricia and Janet spoke about Jane Fonda, the subject of Patricia's latest biography.
Listening to the Vietnam years reminded me of my own years, when C.I. and I went all over the country speaking out against the war. Those really were exciting and draining years. I don't know how C.I. does it today. She actually does more today than she did then.
Back then, we drove around the country. We'd sing in the car often but we'd also take turns sleeping. There was down time (which is hugely important to C.I.). But things have changed and the mode of travel for her (and Ava, Wally and Kat) is airplane. So it's boom, we're here, boom, we're there. She has to hit the ground running and she's never got a spare moment. Not even during lunch.
Ava's told me many times about how lunch is. Everyone's eating except C.I. who has the laptop out and is working on the snapshot and working at least two cell phones. (Ava says "rocking at least two cell phones.") That is her entire hour 'off.' Then she saves it in a Yahoo mail account and it's back to speaking (unless they're attending Congressional hearings). In what passes for 'dinner,' she is on the phone dictating the rest of the snapshot.
So there's never any down time. Her life is a tread mill. It just never ends. No one could do that. (Jane Fonda couldn't do that.)
Janet was talking on the program about how celebrity in activism can be an issue and boo-hoo. I disagree with Janet on that. I also think that C.I. would agree with Janet and that the feeling Janet expressed is why C.I. went anonymous online. C.I. wanted to be read for what she wrote, not for who she was. (Typical C.I. move.) Can't argue with that, especially when she's so successful online.
"TV: The PBS FluffHour" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
We never saw The NewsHour as "the people's news"or all that expansive. It has narrow point A and narrow point B that it will note in each story. That will pass for 'balance.' That has been the case throughout the program's long history and it remains the case today. But you could pretend it was news and about the news.
These days, the show's gone to the dogs and Gwen's usually the one leading the trot to the kennels. Friday, she demonstrated that yet again.
The year, for any confused, is 2011 and, no, it is not a presidential election year. 15 months from now, Americans who elect to vote will have to determine who they will support.
But there was Gwen, on The NewsHour, in Iowa, yacking away, offering nothing of value, nothing of insight, nothing that qualified as news to anyone not submitting to a middle school newspaper. "As political spectacles go, it was hard to look away," Gwen insisted and apparently producers shared her fascination with train wrecks because they let her go on and on. Her segment lasted 11 minutes and 24 seconds. [A NewsHourNewsHour friend insists to us that it was two segments. No, it wasn't. It was Gwen's segment of an intro to her canned piece and then her wrap while 'joshing' with Margaret Warner.]
Eleven minutes and 24 seconds? Of the network broadcast news programs, CBS Evening News is the most likely to air a lengthy segment but almost nine minutes qualifies as long for that program. Gwen was given 11 minutes and 24 seconds of air time and what was the takeaway?
Apparently that she had eaten a fried Twinkie at the Iowa State Fair because that's pretty much the only fact she provided in her entire segment.
I left that out, didn't I? For C.I. and Ava to go all over the country and still make time each Sunday to write that TV piece? I couldn't keep up their schedule. Doing my sessions and blogging 4 times a week is about all I can handle.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):