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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fins

The news media has been feasting on a couple newsy items lately.  You know how it works.  A drop or two of blood winds up in the water, and before you know it, as Jimmy Buffet says "You got fins to the left.  Fins to the right, and you're the only girl in town."

Our first case in point is NBC's "Today" show.  "Good Morning America" caught up and passed it in the ratings.  NBC threw Ann Curry to the sharks.  It didn't help.  It seems there's a story in one of the New York tabloids every day about internal turmoil in NBC's news division.  Recent topics include Al Roker allegedly sabotaging the broadcast because he's angry his friend, Ann, was made a scapegoat.  Another is Matt Lauer becoming an anchor monster, who is freaking out over the ratings slide and NBC's inability to correct it.

"Today" is a shadow of its former self. The former morning news gold standard is a fluff laden mess.  NBC got away with it for years because ABC struggled to find its footing.

I'm sure there will be more stories in the tabloids before this one settles down.

Our second feeding frenzy story has a finite shelf life.  It ends November 6th-- the day of the presidential election.

I will not discuss the merits of Obama and Romney.  This is a blog about the controversy over what Romney said about Obama's supporters.  To quickly get you up to speed, Romney was recorded, without his knowledge, saying 47 per cent of the people in this country feel they deserve some type of government entitlement.  I'll let you decide whether or not it's true, but here's what it's done.  It put Romney on the defense and it's taken his campaign off-message.  It's like swerving off the road to avoid a pot hole of your own making.  The story dominates this week's political campaign news, and it will be interesting to see if Romney can make it to shore without suffering any more shark bites.