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Sunday, February 06, 2005


Sir Paul?

What were they thinking?

Last year's Jacksonian debacle has now been whiplashed into pop purity. Beatle Blandness. Paul McCartney's half-time show was overproduced, safe nonsense.

Outside of "Joe Joe" whose gender confusion kept the stadium crowd clapping, there wasn't a hint of anything daring. Swaying happy fans waving little penlights---the ultimate cliche of a hip concert.

How many of the people there, no doubt Bush supporters, caught the irony that at one point The Beatles were tainted, anti-Christian 'revolutionaries?"

"Christianity will go," [John Lennon] said. "It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first -- rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." More

Next year's Super Bowl entertainment: Lennon X 4

Sunset for Nightline?

Is anyone surprised?

A few years back there were rumors that ABC wanted to bump off Ted Koppel by hiring David Letterman and his brand of wise guy entertainment. After all, the ratings of Nightline are much lower than the Letterman and Leno offerings from the competitors.

Now, the LA Times (registration required) reports that insiders claim a test of a redesigned Nightline was produced last week. New hosts, and, if the story is accurate, a new editorial focus---the test show covered the Michael Jackson trial.

A nation at war, the end of the New Deal, the whittling of the Bill of Rights, the fear of terror and ABC wants to kill the most serious news show on commercial television.

Brilliant. No wonder Jon Stewart, a comedian for God's sake, looks like a real journalist by comparison.

Bangalore Bound

My good pal Jonathan Oatis works for Reuters and has just been posted from the veddy civilized London to wild and wooly Bangalore. Yup, India. To follow his adventures check out his excellent blog!


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