My weekend post resulted in some hurt feelings. I'm sorry. I thought it was clear that if I gifted everybody with a five disc Bionic Woman set and said I hoped we'd be able to write something on it.
I did not mean we'd write it this Sunday.
I would have to be very self-centered to order something most of them get on Thursday or Friday, five discs, and have the attitude, "Okay, drop everything and watch all 22 hours of episodes so we can write about it Sunday."
I assume that we'll do something on it this month. But I don't know when.
More of you wrote in asking whom the asshole was that trashed Lindsay Wagner?
Good question. I blocked it out. I do that with people I loathe.
Sunny loved Jared's e-mail. He wrote that, "At least it wasn't Michael Learned for a fourth time." The woman who played the mother on The Waltons won three times. Now she's a strong actress but I think you can dispute whether or not her character was even a lead character.
Another e-mail questioned why Lindsay winning was a joke but Telly Savalas wasn't? He won in the 70s for best actor. He was surely popular. But let's not confuse his one-trick role with great acting.
So we will be covering the show. But it won't be right away. I have no idea when. I apologize if I mistakenly led anyone to believe that the piece would go up on Sunday.
"TV: Cable Nation's New Model" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
No, Lawrence O'Donnell, journalists aren't supposed to be prosecutors. But hour long blocks of speculation aren't supposed to be billed as "news" or "public affairs programming."
What they are is gossip. The gossip mavens of today, these children of Olbermann, picked that up from their Deadbeat Daddy as well. Whenever time permitted (very often, actually), Olbermann would break away from news to attack Paris Hilton or a beauty queen. As the cable nation chases its own tail, how fitting that Keith Olbermann flames out again. It's as if the Idiot Box is saying, "After Cenk Uygur disgraced himself and Current TV with the monologue praising Al Sharpton for covering the case on TV (that coverage is filled with multiple errors including the false claim by Sharpton that the police didn't take Zimmerman's gun) and leading the rallies, we have reached the point where we have surpassed Olbermann and rendered him obsolete."
And facts are rendered obsolete. At this point, it is not known why Martin was shot. Zimmerman may have shot him out of racism, out of hatred for teenagers or any other malice. Or Zimmerman may have a reason -- maybe even a solid reason -- for the shooting. We don't know. But conjecture and speculation reign supreme in Cable Nation. This morning on NPR's Weekend Edition, Eric Deggans offered a very mild critique of the coverage but even he had to note:
Unfortunately, what's also happened is that people have a lot of other discussions they want to have. They want to talk about the demonization of young black men, undue suspicion cast on people of color when they're in certain neighborhoods. They want to talk about how the police investigate crimes involving people of color and they're sort of piling all of these issues on top of a very specific incident that people are trying to get to the truth of. And I think sometimes that clouds the issue and makes it hard for us to figure out exactly what's going on.
I'd like to pull together a number of things tomorrow but I need to cover Smash tomorrow night. I'll try to do it on Wednesday. Those two sentences are to remind me so I don't forget.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):