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BigBearJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:33 PM
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LA Times: Something crass lurks behind the do-gooder smile
All this week on the "Today" show, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer and Al Roker have been standing amid the two-by-fours of several Habitat for Humanity houses being built right there in Rockefeller Plaza, doing their morning spiel in a caring-only zone re-dubbed "Humanity Plaza."

The houses are going to victims of Katrina and Rita, while the more immediate spoils are going to Katie and Matt and Al, basking in their good works. Morning shows have to be happy in the worst of circumstances, and these have not been happy weeks. So they've remade happiness as blue state can-doism for the pobrecitos in the red states, with "Good Morning, America" adopting the Pass Christian, Miss., hometown of anchor Robin Roberts while GMA's main competitor, "Today," has made its set a virtual relief zone, the Gulf Coast's misery becoming a kind of green room, with celebrity guests picking up a miked hammer and driving in a miked nail before going inside to plug their products.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has become so popular that First Lady Laura Bush sought out the show for a guest appearance, according to The Times this week. The Bush episode, set in Biloxi, Miss., will air in November, said "Extreme" executive producer Tom Forman, leaving out the word that comes after November, "sweeps." It's the equivalent of sitcom stunt casting, a ratings sweeps period staple. The Bushes have visited Louisiana and Mississippi multiple times without creating a convincing narrative about their compassion. So Mrs. Bush is resorting to a surer thing, guesting on a series where the compassion, if it doesn't come across live, can be cobbled together in the editing room.

And so on Tuesday, on "Extreme Today," Couric was having some trouble getting a 7-year-old girl whose family had lost their home to play along. Couric wanted her to dance to Beyonc, then come look at her new bed and clothes, then dance again. In the 7-year-old's face you didn't see heartbreak or struggle, you only saw a kind of fun spontaneity perfectly suited to her age and to the moment. She was in a hurricane, and now she was on TV, and people were giving her things.
"Stop looking at your stuff for two seconds," Couric said at one point, trying to direct her back to center stage. She wanted little Jada to dance again.,0,3216...
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:37 PM
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1. Yeah, "Humanity Plaza" my patoot
With Bob Welch (Champion of Laissez-Faire Capitalism) and Rudy Giuliani (America's Mayor) standing by watching the underlings hammer the nails. I dunno, it just seemed like a big, shiny, fake smooch to me.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:42 PM
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2. As the Kool-Aid drinkers all yell in unison: "Oh, look, something shiny!"
Sooo glad I don't watch television. Reading about it on DU is all I need to know of the mental instability of people who watch that crap and actually believe it's "real."
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:42 PM
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3. OMG, I'm so glad I stopped watching
this crap - just reading that made me nauseous. I can't imagine actually watching it and keeping my breakfast down.
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Chi-Town Exile Donating Member (546 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:48 PM
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4. Katie Couric has always nauseated me
I stopped watching her when she had then candidate Bill Clinton on the Today show and there were people calling in. This was at the tail end of the Daddy Bush/Bill Clinton election.

Everyone calling was so positive and complimentary of Clinton she made a remark (and of course, I am paraphrasing since it was so long ago) to the effect of, "All of Bill Clinton's friends and relatives calling in today."

I wanted to slap the little @#$%^ through the teevee.

She's a sanctimonious little shit that is the equivalent of nails on a blackboard.

I can't stand her, I know what she is and this incident just proves it.
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tech3149 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:15 PM
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7. The most interesting thing she ever did
was the colonoscopy.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:52 PM
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5. All cake
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 02:55 PM by SoCalDem

harkens back to this golden oldie movie/book

find it and watch it if you can.. or check out the book /

The 25th Hour

Time - 03:05 to 05:00 (1 hour and 55 minutes long).
When - Saturday 1st October on TCM (TopUpTV)

Wartime drama, with Quinn as a Romanian farmer who falls foul of a local police captain (Aslan) who desires Quinn's wife (Lisi). More extraordinary incidents lie in store as Quinn flees Hungary, with the Germans in hot pursuit.
Director: Henri Verneuil
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Virna Lisi, Grgoire Aslan, Michael Redgrave, Marcel Dalio, Jan Werich
(1967, PG, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)

This programme has been highlighted due to keywords in the programme name, description

< Find out what else is on TCM (TopUpTV) >

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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:57 PM
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6. You mean like Step n' Fetch It? n/t
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