Thursday, March 29, 2007

what we call the news

A new JibJab video debuted last night at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Annual Dinner. As we have come to expect from the Spiridellis brothers, the lyrics and visuals are both humorous and biting.

There was a time not long ago when each and every day,
At 6 o’clock each evening you knew news was on its way.
From anchors of integrity and three channels to choose,
It’s what we call the news.

Then along came cable, and a ratings race ensued.
Great legends found themselves replaced by blondes with big fake boobs.
Debate replaced with punditry, politically skewed.
It’s what we call the news!

We interrupt this story which is coming from Iraq,
‘Cuz Rosie’s suing Donald, Donald’s suing Rosie back.
We’re cutting from Darfur, we’re in Des Moines with urgent news,
“There’s a finger in my food!”

Guitar strings! Titles! Sound Effects! And graphics everywhere!
Breakin’ news each minute in the rush to get on-air!
With scandals, dramas, tragedies and mindless ballyhoo,
That’s turned our brains to goo!

Now only 3 percent can point to Kabul on a map,
But 96% can claim they’ve seem Brit’s putty-tat… (Meow)
The word’s greatly affected by the stories you choose
To put into the news!

Bronco chases, plane wrecks, shootings, victims on a cruise!
JonBenet, Scott Peterson, and Anna Nicole too!
Celebrities in rehab and a mauling at the zoo!
It’s what we call the news!

Bonus links: President Bush’s remarks


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Riding East said...

I say give the people what they want. News organizations are simply more in touch with the people.

ps I guess I'm in the 4% minority here.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Michael Weingartner said...

The "people" want news that reaffirms their lives are less screwed up than someone more famous than them. That is not news, it's therapy of a very bad sort.

I have personally constrained my news sources to The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. If I am going to get skewed news I may as well laugh at the delivery.


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