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“Proud Peacocks And Other Endangered Species”

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Proud Peacocks And Other Endangered Species (A Lazy-Eyed Look At Television)” is a collection of my writing about the world of television, some of it about my days working in the industry, and a lot of it more recently written as my contribution to this website and message board.

coverSome of the hard-hitting questions I’ve tackled include:

  • Can a person still give a studio tour ten years after being an NBC Page?
  • Will watching an entire week of Fox News cause the human brain to implode?
  • Is Oprah Winfrey crazy as a soup sandwich?
  • Why is Jimmy Fallon hosting a comedy show when he isn’t funny?
  • Why do people watch “24”?
  • Why do people pay for cable when they can watch Hulu instead?
  • Will Shannen Doherty ever agree to a date with me?
  • What is the point of industry conventions and conferences?
  • Why David Hasselhoff?

I attempt to answer all of those questions. Plus, I slap readers upside the head with a ton of commentary about the media (because a ton of bricks costs money). While I do attempt to make people think, mostly I’m just out to make people laugh.

Being slightly insane, I don’t expect you to agree with every point I make — I’d be worried for you if you did. But I try to take some measure of pride in being able to convey thoughts and ideas in a unique and entertaining way. If you agree, or if you just want to help me pay a utility bill, I ask that you follow the link below and order a copy of the book from Lulu (or order two and give one to a friend, or order three and give one to a friend and one to someone you don’t like very much). It is a handsome looking paperback with a freakish cover of my own design. Neatly bound, it can be kept in a bathroom for easy reference, or in an outhouse where the pages can be torn out, wrinkled/softened and put to good use (some might choose to keep it on a book shelf… whatever).

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And thanks for being my friend.


Crazy Like A Fox: Chapter Eight

“The O’Reilly Factor”

Day Four

Thursday’s “Factor” was canceled for the non-partisan (or was it bi-partisan) lovefest at Ground Zero, so my week of O’Reilly viewing was truncated by a day. Forgive the lateness in posting my take on Friday’s installment, but I was… well… attempting to have a life.

O’Reilly introduced his show by discussing what he called “Sarah Palin vs. Charlie Gibson.” Though he meant it disparagingly, I like that a reporter and a politician are presupposed to be adversaries. I am uncomfortable with the kittenish attitude displayed by most members of the White House Press Corps, and though I think Charles Gibson is a far cry from a great journalist, I don’t think any of DC’s finest (including Bob Schieffer, whom I happen to respect a great deal) could have done a better job under the circumstances.

O’Reilly thinks the Bush Doctrine was “the effort to marginalize terrorism by promoting democracy.” Gibson believes the Bush Doctrine is “the use of military action to prevent terrorist attacks.” Can’t we all just get along?

Who in the hell are “the secular media?” O’Reilly was up in arms about what he perceived to be a bunch of godless heathens with press credentials. O’Reilly believes these infidels berate any politician who believes in God. As if Palin’s beliefs encapsulate what the majority of Christians believe. I maintain the reason Christianity gets a bad rap from the media is because religion has no lobbyist campaigning (and bribing) reporters to put a positive spin on, for lack of a better phrase, the product they are selling. The pope in no way reflects the true face of Christianity. The leader of the Christian church was and continues to be Jesus Christ, and He doesn’t issue press releases or lead news conferences these days. Within that vacuum of living authority, self-proclaimed religious leaders like Al Sharpton on the left and James Dobson on the right step in and distort Christianity to suit their respective agendas. And absent divine intervention, the press cover it as the gospel truth, so to speak.