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#1 Posted on 6.4.03 2043.24
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Yes, its finally been confirmed. The networks at heart don't really care about Republicans or Democrats. They just truly love themselves. MSNBC has just proven that once again. After correspondent David Bloom died of an embollism in Iraq (non-conflict death), MSNBC decides that is the perfect reason to halt war coverage for a 1 hour 'David Bloom Retrospective.' Now, if it was Brokaw or Russert who died; or even Rather confirming he was a senile fool, I could understand devoting an hour of time to their lives. But David Bloom? That is really stretching it during news cycle downtimes, let alone when the network has decided to go Wall-to-Wall War for 3 weeks. The only question now is, which group loves themselves more: The Media or Hollywood?

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#2 Posted on 6.4.03 2115.12
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I'd say it's a tossup. In Hollywood, you've got good old-fashioned vanity, but with journalists, you'll never meet a more insecure, self-absorbed, conceited bunch of people.

Add ugly if they work in newspapers. Stupid if it's TV. :)
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#3 Posted on 6.4.03 2127.21
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    Originally posted by asteroidboy
    I'd say it's a tossup. In Hollywood, you've got good old-fashioned vanity, but with journalists, you'll never meet a more insecure, self-absorbed, conceited bunch of people.

    Add ugly if they work in newspapers. Stupid if it's TV. :)



Except that in many cases, TV journalists are probably more likely to be bitter, jaded drunks than your description. They're just more visible.
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#4 Posted on 6.4.03 2135.14
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    Originally posted by drjayphd

      Originally posted by asteroidboy
      I'd say it's a tossup. In Hollywood, you've got good old-fashioned vanity, but with journalists, you'll never meet a more insecure, self-absorbed, conceited bunch of people.

      Add ugly if they work in newspapers. Stupid if it's TV. :)



    Except that in many cases, TV journalists are probably more likely to be bitter, jaded drunks than your description. They're just more visible.



As an ugly newspaper reporter, I'll wager I can drink any TV personality under the table. Well, except for Connie Chung.
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#5 Posted on 7.4.03 0142.30
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    Originally posted by asteroidboy

      Originally posted by drjayphd

        Originally posted by asteroidboy
        I'd say it's a tossup. In Hollywood, you've got good old-fashioned vanity, but with journalists, you'll never meet a more insecure, self-absorbed, conceited bunch of people.

        Add ugly if they work in newspapers. Stupid if it's TV. :)



      Except that in many cases, TV journalists are probably more likely to be bitter, jaded drunks than your description. They're just more visible.



    As an ugly newspaper reporter, I'll wager I can drink any TV personality under the table. Well, except for Connie Chung.



Mmm... I'll have to agree, considering some of the newspaper people I know. Was probably thinking of TV producers and such.
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#6 Posted on 7.4.03 1038.09
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Yes, its finally been confirmed. The networks at heart don't really care about Republicans or Democrats. They just truly love themselves. MSNBC has just proven that once again. After correspondent David Bloom died of an embollism in Iraq (non-conflict death), MSNBC decides that is the perfect reason to halt war coverage for a 1 hour 'David Bloom Retrospective.' Now, if it was Brokaw or Russert who died; or even Rather confirming he was a senile fool, I could understand devoting an hour of time to their lives. But David Bloom? That is really stretching it during news cycle downtimes, let alone when the network has decided to go Wall-to-Wall War for 3 weeks. The only question now is, which group loves themselves more: The Media or Hollywood?

    (edited by redsoxnation on 6.4.03 2143)


Wait, so it's WRONG to interrupt what many have labeled "excessive" war coverage to publicly mourn someone that they considered a friend and colleague? I've avoided sounding off about anything that has gone on in the last few weeks because I'm still deeply conflicted about the whole thing, but I don't see this move as vain AT ALL.

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#7 Posted on 7.4.03 1150.55
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I'm not gonna give NBC grief for this. They were basically broadcasting live as it happened so I'd bet there were not prepared to deal with the shock of this, especially on air. It's a shame too becaause he was one of the few embedded reporters that did not annoy me. The freak nature of his death(basically the blood cot from sitting to long like people had problems with planes a while back) doesn't make it any better for the NBC folks who lost a colleague and a friend.
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#8 Posted on 7.4.03 1204.29
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    I'm not gonna give NBC grief for this. They were basically broadcasting live as it happened so I'd bet there were not prepared to deal with the shock of this, especially on air. It's a shame too becaause he was one of the few embedded reporters that did not annoy me. The freak nature of his death(basically the blood cot from sitting to long like people had problems with planes a while back) doesn't make it any better for the NBC folks who lost a colleague and a friend.





I wasn't talking about when it happened. They decided to air an hour special later in the evening detailing his life. Now, I have no problem with them doing retrospective pieces. However, now that they have done an hour retrospective on David Bloom, it means precedent is set that when a network TV reporter dies in the future they will have to do this as well.
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#9 Posted on 8.4.03 0757.16
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I'm all for commemorating the death of my media colleagues in the medium they worked with. However, if Bloom was alive and worth his salt, he'd probably say that a one-hour special was somewhat over the top, and takes away from the bigger story: y'know, the war and stuff.

Problem is, in this biz, if you ain't on air, you ain't gettin' sh*t for recognition, commemoration, or anything. And yes, I've fought this battle before for dead pals who I still miss.
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