Shame on ‘CBS This Morning’ RE: Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

By Karen

Thankfully, it’s not often I wake up to news so unexpected it leaves me stunned. My heart can’t take it. But it happened today when I learned that Robin Williams died at age 63 by apparent suicide.

When I turned on the TV, Matt Lauer was already into full sensational video obit mode on the Today Show, so I switched to CBS This Morning.

CBS happens to be the last network Robin Williams worked for. Just last season, he starred in The Crazy Ones, his first foray into TV sitcom since Mork and Mindy.

I watched every episode of The Crazy Ones because it starred — ROBIN WILLIAMS!

OK, it wasn’t the funniest, but Robin had good chemistry with his on-screen daughter, Sarah Michelle Gellar. From the outtakes closing every episode, it seemed they were leaving most of Williams’s improv skills on the cutting room floor.

My sense was that the rest of the much-younger cast kept pinching themselves over the chance to work with ROBIN WILLIAMS, and I believed the show would gel in its second season, after maybe some tweaks.

But CBS didn’t give Robin a chance to fix it. They pulled the plug on ROBIN WILLIAMS after one season, in a mind-blowing lack of faith that he would ever deliver.

After that, we read reports that Williams was depressed and checked himself into rehab. And now he’s dead.

And today Charlie Rose and Nora O’Donnell had the GALL to sit there, running clip after clip of Williams’ career — but not ONE from The Crazy Ones.

At one point late in the show, Nora mentioned The Crazy Ones, but Charlie quickly steered her away before she said too much.

Nora also said Williams was one of her favorite interviewees, and they showed a recent blip of him at the table — obviously there to plug The Crazy Ones — but they never mentioned that part.

NOBODY said a peep about the CBS cancellation, even though the sitcom’s “failure” undoubtedly weighed on Williams’ already-shaky confidence and self-esteem.

Way to go, CBS, you fucking cowards. Wail and moan over the loss of a great talent — whom you kicked to the curb like so much garbage just a few months ago. Go claim your spot in the journalistic sewer with the Today Show.

PS: Buried below a bunch of other stuff, I found that CBS did slip that last Williams CBS interview about The Crazy Ones on their website. Too little, too late.


Time to End the Schmooze of the Union

January 29, 2014

By Cole

Last night, Obama delivered his latest laundry list of the same old problems that need fixing yet never get fixed — education, jobs, war, poverty, immigration, equal rights.

Why do we perpetuate this preposterous gathering of pompous phonies? At the very least, coverage should begin after the nauseating glad-handing and air-kissing, as all those well-dressed crooks pretend they haven’t seen each other in years.

As usual, Eric Cantor entered right behind Obama, like Woody Allen’s Zelig. When future historians study all the major events of our time, they’ll see Cantor, with his perpetually curled lip, hovering behind the real center of attention. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

They should also ban the practice of clapping every 5 freaking words. It’s stomach-turning to watch them applaud, oblivious to their own shameful failure to DO whatever they’re clapping about and move the country forward.

If I had a nickel for every time a politician has talked about ending incentives for businesses to outsource and lowering their taxes, and then doing nothing, I could buy Purina — the company.

As always, Obama’s speech was another spin on “Yes we can,” when we all know by now that no, he can’t.

Republicans were the most interesting part, particularly John “You Can Never Be Too Orange” Boehner. He sat behind Obama, looking painfully constipated, withholding his applause when Obama mentioned extending unemployment benefits.

Screw you, lazy bums.

When Obama brought up “equal pay and opportunity for women,” Biden jumped to his feet for a standing O, while Boehner stayed seated.

Screw you, too, ladies.

When Obama said, “No one who works full-time should ever raise a family in poverty.” Boehner gave a few limp claps. Why should he agree? Boehner’s doing great in DC and has plenty of time for golf.

When Obama said that the ACA makes pre-existing conditions irrelevant and ends women being overcharged, Boehner and many Republicans kept their hands in their pants laps. So Obama told them to come up with something better and stop wasting time on 40 repeal attempts.

Obama sprinkled his speech with stories of “little people” he had planted in the audience, and saved the “best” for last, about a disfigured man sitting in the balcony next to Michelle. No doubt the man’s struggle has been heroic, but hearing about it from Obama made it sound contrived.

I want to support a fellow black cat, but Obama’s soaring rhetoric feels empty now. He got in to the White House on the promise of change, but the resentment and racism has been so ferocious that his opponents would rather see the country die than agree with him on anything.

Obama said he’s going to go it alone and do what he can with executive orders if Congress won’t cooperate. That had Rand Paul on CBS This Morning today whining about Obama’s lack of “conciliatory tone” and the loss of “checks and balances.”

The CBS team did a good job tag-teaming him on his baloney. In defending his recent dredging up of Clinton-Lewinsky, he said, “People don’t like hypocrisy.”

Gee, Rand, ya think?


Matt Lauer Gets a Taste of Karma

September 21, 2012

By Adele

Folks, remember, you read it here first: The Today Show kicked out Ann Curry for hurting the ratings, yet, as I predicted, that snowball’s still rolling downhill.

We switched to CBS This Morning the day after Ann left, but we still start the day with local news on NBC. Then Karen waits until Today begins and Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie come on screen before she pointedly changes the channel. She says it still feels good, too.

Apparently, our defection isn’t the only one, because Good Morning America has been eating Today’s lunch lately.

So now who are they going to blame? Is Al Roker next in line for a pink slip for not making the weather entertaining enough?

The New York Post reports Lauer has turned into an “anchor animal,” trying to rule the Today roost like an executive producer, and his IQ popularity numbers are down 25%.

Lauer claims he’s open to new ideas for the show. He should have read the slew of ideas I supplied right before Ann Curry left.

But now, the only idea that may actually work is to say “buh-bye” to Matt Lauer. Maybe Katie Couric could use a gofer on her new show.


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