Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Random Thoughts

Well, after the last week, I've been trying to get a post together, but the Real World has seen fit to try to keep me busy. With that in mind, here are some quick thoughts....

1. NO ONE on the television is your friend. If someone asks you to do an interview, and you happen to be the newly elected head of the RNC, assume that it is going to be a hostile interview. Be polite, be pleasant, but assume that the person is out to get you. This may sound paranoid, but now all your surprises will be pleasant. Won't that be nice.

2. In conjunction with the above statement...Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES let anyone get away with comparing things that you (or your party) do with Hitler's Germany. There is a Godwin Law on the Internet, we need one for Cable, as well. If someone says it looked like a Nuremberg Rally, yank that chain up short and hard and do it right now. There is, of course, one exception to this. If you are in fact loading up undesirable people into boxcars, and making lampshades out of their skin, then it is OK to be compared to Hitler at that point.

3. I saw the President making the HHS announcement on CSPAN. As painful as this is, you might watch it yourself and see if you see what I see. I see a guy who can't speak without cue cards.

I picked a few time hacks....
Watch the first 20 seconds or so, and the camera placement puts the teleprompter right over the Presidents face. It cuts to a front view fairly quickly, but goes back to the other camera at 3:23, at 4:09, at 7:49 and as he closes at 9:35.

When you see it like this, it is obvious that he never looks away from the teleprompter, He goes back and forth between the two screens, and never looks out at his audience. You would think, if he is even half as good a communicator as some of the supporters think he is, he'd be able to look away for longer than the amount of time it takes to switch from one to another. Its kinda like that kid in speech class that never looked up from his notes while he gave a speech. Oh well.

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