That’s a link to a video clip of folks on MSNBC making fun of the most recent Rudy Giuliani campaign ad. I can’t believe I’m going to defend Rudy Giuliani here, but I am, sort of. There is no way I want this guy anywhere near the presidency, but his ad is not a disaster. It’s goofy, it’s lame, it’s non-presidential, but WTF do I care? I wasn’t going to vote for him anyhow.
But what strikes me more about this video is how long it drags on with these… I don’t know what they are… not journalists… talking heads? These talking heads groaning over and over again is unbearable. The camera keeps floating around the studio. I suppose that’s to give you the feeling you’re actually seeing some action take place, when you’re really just watching three people bask in their delusions of cleverness while they pretend to shuffle important papers. It must not be a news show. I’m guessing “sitcom.”
Hint: A news broadcast should never include the rhetorical phrase “remember when we” — it’s a news broadcast, not a high school reunion. Memo to the cast of this sitcom: Saturday Night Live is on hold because of the writer’s strike. That probably escaped their notice because the writer’s strike was actually news.
I did not realize that it was OK to find any random group of well-dressed and made-up people and have them talk about the “news” in front of a camera. If so, then why am I getting paid to do actual work? This is what people do when they’re relaxing. But when you put it on TV on an ostensible news channel, it automatically becomes lame. Don’t have a discussion about Rudy’s views on torture. Talk some more about his sweater vest.
Speaking of the writer’s strike, I’ve got a great idea for a cheap new news show: three guys watching YouTube videos. YouTube videos are news in the same way a lame Rudolph Giuliani red sweater is news. I bet I could grab a couple of friends and we could groan and sigh and laugh and make fun of YouTube videos all day long. It could be its own cable channel!
Congrats, MSNBC. You’re almost as lame as that other morning sitcom “Fox and Friends.”