Friday, June 15, 2007


GenderGappers 2007 – 025


A small miracle happened this week that should contain a lesson for any of us willing to learn from it. Fans of “Jericho” were reported to have “slammed CBS with protests over its cancellation” and won the battle. The network announced that Jericho would return next season.

In a letter to fans, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler wrote, “Wow! Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.”

What if those of us who are continually discouraged by the so-called news/opinion programs slammed the networks in like manner? The excuse given by the network is always the same – you, the public, demand it.

Just for a start, why not demand that MSNBC label “Hard Ball” as a comedy show and Chris Matthews as the Joker? Also, it should be more aptly named “Spitball” according to those who have had the misfortune to sit across from legendary spitter Chris. Face masks and towels are de rigor.

Just last week the Joker devoted nearly his whole hour of the Spit parade to Paris Hilton on one day and to Ben Afflick on another day.

Of course Hilton has nothing whatever to do with politics but she does portray neurotic and female in an impressive package. It was obviously a subliminal play in Chris’s fervent campaign of programming the electorate to prevent a woman from becoming president.

Afflick was there raving about Barac Obama. Ben provided eye candy for susceptible women who need to have someone tell them who to vote for. Chris spent quite a bit of time credentialing Ben as an astute commentator of the political scene. Reasoning? He’s an actor; Reagan was an actor – don’t need a laugh track for that one.

Both days Hillary Clinton was bashed as usual. Chris as always took his cue from the Republican/Faux play book, insisting that she was polarizing, unpopular and would lose the election for the Democrats with his guests agreeing agreeably.

How funny that was. Remember how John Kerry was touted as the one candidate who could win, first by Faux News then parroted by the rest of the media sheep to Democrats?

The comedy continued on still another day as the finale of “The Sopranos” was dissected by Chris and his sycophants. Belly laughs all around.

Chris was nearly reduced to tears as he sobbed about how he loved the way “the wife” stood by Tony in spite of everything – family staying together was so important. How droll that he fails to recall how he castigated Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing only a few years ago.
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