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Satirocal News Program Ignorant of Difference Between Reporting and Whatever It Is That Cramer Does

At first I thought it was ironic, but this is just sad:

Apparently Jon Stewart and the Daily Show writers don’t understand that CNBC is part news/reporting and part entertainment (for lack of a better word).

From about 6am through 6pm they report on financial and economic news.  They have in-house analysts that don’t typically make predictions, at least not very specific ones.  Rick Santelli is one of those analysts — he reports on the numbers and the reactions from the bond markets.  It’s pretty clear that he’s a market fundamentalist, but there are other in-house analysts on the show that balance him out (if being a mouthpiece for Obama/Democrat talking-points is considered ‘balance’).

During the ‘news hours’ they also have guest-hosts (who typically have their own agendas and would never be considered neutral) and they’ll interview any fund manager that is willing to go on camera (who often have wild predictions and definitely have their own agendas).  Implying CNBC is stupid for airing the bad predictions of these analysts is like questioning CNN for airing interviews with McCain aides claiming they could win key battleground states.  It’s like blaming Anderson Cooper for the wreckage of Katrina (which I do, but that’s another post).  It’s like calling the New York Times stupid for all the crap Thomas Friedman has gotten wrong (awesome, a place I can use that link!  I was wondering how to work it into a post…)

After 6pm, you get into Jim Cramer’s Mad Money and Fast Money, Suze Orman, etc, and these shows are what I would call entertainment (again, I can’t think of a better way to group them; many do not find them entertaining at all, YMMV).  But they’re not news.

The Daily Show clip mixes the entertainment/predictors and the interviewed analysts (with their agendas) with the news reporters.  Cramer has been wrong, wrong, wrong, but don’t link him with Santelli.  Do a YouTube search, Daily Show researchers, and notice that anything with “Santelli” and “Cramer” in the title has a clip of the two of them fighting — Santelli hates Cramer; he thinks he’s a hack.

Santelli also opposed the bank and insurance bailouts, and said so very openly on air (again fact checkers, just search YouTube), yet Stewart implies that he is only against the little guys and the mortgage bailout.  That’s just dishonest on the Daily Show’s part.  Santelli should go on the show and demand an apology.

As for Santelli turning to the bond-traders to get their opinion on the bailout, it’s not really any different than CBS or your local news reporter asking “the person on the street” what they think about something…  At least Santelli did it live so he couldn’t cherry-pick the responses to support his view.

Anyway, just another reason why I don’t bother to watch the Daily Show.  It’s rarely as funny as it is angry and wrong.  And when it is truly funny, there’s always YouTube.


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I cannot get this song out of my head

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almost brilliant

driving home from work, I was so psyched to check out this web-base mini-series that they had talked about on NPR…

concept: Neil Patrick Harris as an evil genius, rejected from the Evil League of Evil, in love with a girl from the laundrymat, with a predisposition to breaking into song.  what could possibly go wrong?

before I get to that, more backstory.  during the writer’s strike last year, some tv/movie writer (I know, he’s a big shot and I could easily look it up, but this is a rant and not a piece of journalism) conceives of a web-based mini-series, supposedly to prove some kind of point about the crux of the writer’s-strike issue.  the core issue there was how writer’s would be compensated for TV work that was re-broadcast over the Internet.  really, that’s what they were fighting for — that’s what kept me from new episodes of The Office for what seemed like forever.  so he would make the mini-series semi-professionally but on-the-cheap, and broadcast it over the Internet, and prove… something.

k, but here’s the catch — I can’t watch the episodes.  and it’s not just me, here’s a list of people (scroll down to the Responses) who can’t watch it over the net.  there is a one-week free period (started 7/15) before it moves to i-Tunes only; then there will be a DVD release.  but all these people can’t view the free release.  apparently some people need to disable their firewalls in order to watch the video — some even had to disable the firewall on their Wi-Fi/Broadband routers… hardly a reasonable expectation.

when I go to Act I, I’m told “The video is not available at this site.”  the FAQ says some people have better luck when using Internet Explorer… great news for people who use Linux or Mac/OS X.  no, I’m not going to install Windows in order to watch this.  and yes, yes, there are plenty of good video web sites that work with Linux/Firefox.

some people said, ‘fine, I’ll pay the $4 on i-Tunes’ ($1.99 per episode or $4 for a ‘seasons pass’), but they can’t get the video outside of US/Canada.  did anyone tell them that the Internet tends to be somewhat global?  somehow the incompatibilities, the proprietary video format/site that only works if you disable firewalls, the i-Tunes tie-in — they all seem to fly in the face of the supposed “I’m going to skirt around the media establishment” motivation of the series creator.  instead of proving a point to the networks and studios that there are other viable options, they seem to be proving the opposite — web-distribution is plagued with problems.  I’d be better off if this was on TV; there’s no guesswork as to whether I’m going to be able to watch a show on NBC or AMC or SHOwtime (yes, yes, no).

so I turned to [uh] secondary markets (youtube and torrents) to see if I could view a copy of Acts I and II, but to no avail.

I understand, in a business-school kind of way, why they are going through hoops to lock down the video.  if it’s on YouTube, people can save it or re-share it and a big part of their business model seems to be the i-Tunes and DVD sales.  ok, I get it — if DVD-quality versions get shared now, you won’t get DVD sales later.  but here’s the thing — they won’t get DVD sales later if it doesn’t get big enough hype now.  it reminds me of BMW’s “The Hire” series years ago — their videos were online (ie, Ambush, The Follow), and they were great, and I was probably one of the first to get them on DVD because I knew on a big TV with big sound they would be even better*.  if I had never seen the online videos, I wouldn’t have bothered with the DVD.

and you won’t get DVD sales later if the steps you’ve taken upfront only frustrate a significant chunk of your market.

I imagine this is similar — who is going to buy the Doctor Horrible DVD without having first seen the video online?  how many more would possibly buy the DVD if they see the video online, through video services that work like YouTube, or streaming it from their own site (or partnering with Akamai or similar).  even if the video got loose on the torrents, I bet they’d net more DVD sales.

it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  here’s my solution, and it’s not rocket science:  release a low-quality version on all available channels — youtube, torrents, whatever.  the video and audio quality should only be as good as is necessary to get the plot across.  anyone who wants to see it in glorious HD can get it on i-Tunes or the proprietary/DRM‘d web site or DVD.  nobody is going to bother pirating/selling a crappy 640×480 version of the series, or more accurately, nobody is going to bother buying a crappy 640×480 version.  but people who see the low-res version might be compelled to buy a better-resolution version.

long story short (too late): was psyched, now very disillusioned.  prognosis: wait until the DVD’s are released, then I’ll be able to find it online.  and no, the producers will not get a dime.

* also, I’ve had an obsession with BMWs since before I could drive.


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come for Hockey Night In Canada, stay for the fear and loathing

[seriously… when you’re done with this post, go to the main page.]

my Best Hockey Songs of All Time #2: Hockey Night In Canada Theme post got 67 hits yesterday. now, the “Best Hocky Song” thread, and that post in particular, has been the most visited since I posted them — but why the surge yesterday?

I checked my stats, and a ridiculous number of incoming clicks were coming from google searches on some combination of “colbert hockey night in canada“. huh?

turns out, Colbert hijacked the theme song after the CBC decided to license it to CTV. and for a few hours, I was probably one of the few sites that had recent posts including the two terms. checking google today, I don’t even rank in the top 100 for those keywords.

was that my blog’s 15 minutes? for those of you still looking for Colbert+HNIC, complete with handguns and “punching beavers in the face”, here you go:

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