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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:58 AM
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Nattering, inanity and an hour of utter magic (Globe & Mail)
January 21, 2009

... Television is seriously challenged by such events. The technology allows for macro and micro coverage, but television always falls into the trap of nattering and punditry which leads, inevitably, to hours of inane remarks. Nobody in the TV business wants to acknowledge that language is beggared by the images, the pageantry and by the emotion of the event. The best and worst of television - especially American television - were on full display yesterday ...

On CBC, Peter Mansbridge decided to ask Paul Hunter, who was among the crowds on the ground, about the mood there in the cold. "It's like nothing I've ever seen or experienced in my life," Mr. Hunter said, redundantly. He noted that it was cold, but people were very cheerful. We could see that. All the TV cameras needed to do was show the ordinary people whose enthusiasm embodied the day. A little later, after Mr. Obama's speech, Mr. Mansbridge put it to Mr. Hunter that "the crowd was very quiet." Mr. Hunter pointed out that they were "enraptured," a concept that, naturally, puzzles a nattering TV anchor ...

But no amount of blather could diminish the hour of utter magic that began at noon. Mr. Obama's stern face on his first appearance. The broad smile of his wife, Michelle, and the giddiness of their daughters. Aretha Franklin's tattered voice rising to the occasion. Yo-Yo Ma's delighted face as he stroked the cello. Mr. Obama's wry smile as both he and Chief Justice John Roberts struggled through the constitutional oath of office. The wit and irreverence of 87-year-old Rev. Joseph Lowery's benediction. "Brown can stick around," he said, among other things. And the smiles and giggles that greeted the elderly reverend's mischievous eloquence ...

As Mr. Obama was shown signing some papers, CNN's Wolf Blitzer blurted, "Oh, his penmanship is excellent."
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:21 AM
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1. Silence is scary to many who cannot appreciate the beauty of the moment.
Not to mention all of those talking headcases who would lose their lucrative positions.

Sometimes it's much more informative and less distracting to watch the video sans the audio. Even the best of the moderators get bogged down in inanity after a short while.

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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:01 AM
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2. The BBC was guilty of that yesterday
Talking over the parts of the ceremony ...

I wanted to throw a shoe at Matt Frei and friends... normally they are pretty good about being quiet and letting events unfold, but yesterday they were just as chatty as everything.

I finally switched over to CSPAN.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:08 AM
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3. How about the inane questions posed to some of the onlookers
in DC by news anchors?

"Why are you here in DC today?"


"How happy are you to be seeing this event in person?"



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