Thursday, August 28, 2008

Media Ménage

What moron at MSNBC decided to set up their studio (ménage) outdoors in front of Union Station? Okay, they might not have known that the railroad was going to have an enormous steam engine blowing it's whistle at great length and with considerable frequency, drowning out Keith Olbermann and Company on a rather regular basis. They probably could have found that out, but they might not have known it.

But they could well have predicted that there would be a wind blowing most, if not all, of the time. Denver is on the East slope of the largest mountain range on the North American continent, and mountain ranges have been known to create winds.

They might also have known that a crowd of people wearing tinfoil on their heads would gather outside their venue and scream at the tops of their lungs. I'm pretty confident that they actually arranged for that, and merely did not plan for the effect it would have on their broadcast. It would not even be a big stretch to imagine that one of the tinfoil-hat crowd would rent a bullhorn. Unsurprisingly, by Thursday evening one of them has done so, and it might even be a bit of a surprise that it took that long for it to happen.

Planning is, perhaps, not the long suit of our cable media.

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