Monday, August 28, 2006

That Wacky Conan

The truth is the Emmy's are boring. So it makes sense that the hottest news coming out of last night's show is Conan O'Brian's opening segment in which the presenter is shown flying aboard a plane that starts to violently shake and then crash. (Watch it here.) This sketch might have been funny if a real plane hadn't crashed and killed 49 people in Kentucky the same morning.

LA Weekly blogger Nikki Finke wrote:

"The very idea that tonight's Emmy showcast on NBC was so scripted-in-stone that neither the network nor host Conan O'Brien could change a word of the broadcast opener, or decide not to show it altogether and substitute another skit crafted at the last minute, is absurd. After all, isn't that the reason Hollywood pays writers for these awards shows? C'mon, couldn't one executive or producer, much less Conan or the television academy that puts on the Emmys, pipe up and say, "Uh, maybe starting with a plane crash comedy skit on the same day there was an actual plane crash might be in poor taste? Let's rewrite." But, noooooooooo."

NBC affiliate general manager at the Lexington, Kentucky, says he was "stunned" by the skit. “We wish somebody had thought this through. It’s somewhere between ignorance and incompetence.”

Ain't that the problem with giant corporations (like NBC, which is owned by General Electric)? They just so often leave you wondering WHO'S IN CHARGE?

Other commentators thought it distastful that Conan introduced Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert by saying that "these two presenters have done for fake news what the Fox News Channel has done for fake news." In a post titled, "Conan Slams Fox News at the Emmys," Greg Tinti writes: "I usually wouldn't make a big deal out of something like this, but today's just the wrong day for the gratuitous slam of Fox News as 'fake news.' You know, because two of its journalists were just freed from the very real experience of being kidnapped while on the job and then held hostage for 13 days."

If you find these stories banal, and if you don't mind your news completely made up, here's what I think is the best coverage of the Conan controversy.

2 Comments:

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Jayson said...

"If you don't mind your news made up"
You mean you're not making this up?

 
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