The LuLac Edition #246, June 14th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: GOVERNOR ED RENDELL, THE AMERICAN FLAG AND DAN RATHER.
ED OUT OF AFRICA
Governor Ed Rendell revealed today on PCN TV that he cancelled a 10 day Africa Safari with Mrs. Rendell set for this August. The Governor said he cancelled the trip in March because he knew the state budget would not be finished. In a free wheeling hour, Rendell also noted he's not running for anything ever again and wants this year's budget to "work" for the people. Ed in Africa, tough to imagine. Well, there's Eagles training camp in August for him to pass the time.
Dan Rather, former CBS anchorman and legend cannot win for losing. When asked about the news program he left, Rather said that the network dumbed down the news and tarted it up with Katie Couric. That last remarks had all the feminists in an uproar. But Rather was right on both counts, CBS has resorted to feature style reporting. Tonight's report featured a guy sitting with Katie filling out a MySpace website. And let's face it, Katie is a "babe". On TV news, it has been a tradition to put nice looking people, people pleasing to the eye on the air. You don't "tart" up a newscast with Candy Crowley, you do with a perky, size 3 Katie. Let me say this, I have enormous respect for women in broadcasting. Locally there are great reporters who routinely put themselves in dangerous situations to get a story. These women are tough. All that said, they also don't look like me, Ernest Borgnine or Greg Skrepenak. TV news is a product. I think Rather's point was that he could take the "tart" if it had a little substance. It doesn't. Case closed.
KEVIN ON WYOU
Kevin Lynn from WILK was featured today on WYOU TV's interactive news speaking about profanity on the airwaves. His camera presence was amazing. If I were a news director, I'd slap a tie on him (let him keep the sandals) throw him some copy and put him in an anchor chair. The ratings would go through the roof, but we'd miss him on the radio.
A great American story teller, John Prine has a wonderful song about flag decals. When I had my radio show in the seventies, Prine's "The Frying Pan" and "Everybody" were staples of my program. What better way to commemorate FLAG DAY 2007. From a concert in Philadelphia, courtesy of YOU TUBE, John Prine.