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Big Brother cast member: Pres. Obama is a "Muslim monkey"


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Yes, I admit it, I watch Big Brother and have since Season One. Sue me. Mr. Laffy and I have no idea why we started, considering we're not fans of reality [sic] shows... which is ironic, because Mr. Laffy writes/produces reality shows. (Before you ask how one writes an unscripted show: He writes host dialog and figures out how to whittle down over 300 hours of footage to create a storyline for a 41-minute show.) So anyway.

Last year Big Brother had, erm, issues. Racist issues. Nasty ones. Ugly ones. Involving two blonde women targeting their fellow African American, Asian, and gay house guests. It was not easy to watch, the viewer backlash was loud and clear, and they both got fired from their jobs. But one of them came in second and was rewarded for her on-air behavior with thousands of dollars, despite her vile conduct.

Clearly, CBS, squirming amid the uncomfortable howls of protest, has learned a thing or two and is making every attempt to improve the screening process of this season's contestants.

The Los Angeles Times:

Absent in the promotion of the new season however has been any mention of the elephant in the "Big Brother" living room — the racist and homophobic comments that clouded last season, but did bolster ratings.

Key words: Bolster ratings.

In TV land, ratings are everything. Without ratings, shows go to TV Heaven (or Hell, depending on the show), with some exceptions of course. But CBS knows better than to repeat this particular mistake, especially one that was so egregiously offensive. Right?

But already a similar controversy is heating up. Fan websites discovered this week homophobic and racially inflammatory comments on social media from new cast member Caleb Reynolds, an "adventure hunting guide" who lives in Hopkinsville, Ky. In commentary on his Instagram account, Reynolds referred to President Obama as a "Muslim monkey" and used an anti-gay slur.

CBS's response? No comment. No comment about whether Racist Caleb will be a house guest. No comment about whether they knew about his disgusting racist, bigoted "commentary." Only silence, per the L.A. Times.

I guess they're weighing whether boosting the number of more rubbernecking viewers and spiking media coverage trump prejudice and hatred. That should be an easy choice. If CBS has to mull this one, then Big Brother will be evicted from my house.

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Raiders Of The Lost Ark Original Ending


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One of my favorite movies of all time is Raiders Of The Lost Ark. For pure matinee fun and adventure along with some nervous laughter and cliffhanging moments, this film has no real competition (except two of the sequels). I can watch it over and over again.

Recently, a lost version of the original ending of the movie resurfaced. It was considered too "violent" and would have gotten the movie an "R" rating. So Spielberg went back and came up with the ending we've all seen.

If you're interested here's the original ending before Spielberg changed it. Exploding heads and graphic carnage were in the director's early versions. Funny how times change things. Today, you'll see more shocking carnage on AMC's Walking Dead, but then again, Midnight Cowboy was rated "X" when it won the Oscar for Best Picture.


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The Heir, On-Air, Blows Square To The Spare With Fair Hair


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Let's get down to it. Gregory or Guthrie? They're not just two pretty faces. They are the front (wo)man for NBC's most durable public affairs program, the prestigious MEET THE PRESS.

This year the Boston Red Sox miraculously went from worst, to first. MTP threatens to do the same, but in reverse.

They have steadily been the standard bearer for decades and the erosion has been felt ever since the untimely passing of Tim Russert. From the founding days of Lawrence Spivak until now, MTP has been a gold standard in the Sunday morning punditry and political gab.

But now there's a change in the air.

The heir (a little play on words there,) David Gregory, is dragging down the ratings of the show. It's gotten to the point that the topic of his replacement is being discussed more and more as the ratings continue to soften like an over-ripened Dixie peach. He won't go willing, but he'll go if he's told to. There will be some face-saving manipulations required but NBC has had much success in covering up their failures. Just look at their recent past in prime time.

I would venture the most obvious move will be Gregory's stepping aside to become a special 2014 election consultant. And if that's not face-saving enough, he might become special NBC Presidential Campaign guru. Sadly for David G, (no, the other David G., I'm DG) Savannah Guthrie sat in this past week as host and she did an unbelievably fine job.

The Twitter was all atweet with kudos for the fair Miss Guthrie. She totally "manhandled" Rand Paul, something mush-mouthed Gregory never could do. He always stops short of probing and is more concerned with his next question and going to commercial on cue than nailing someone who's deceitful or lying. David's adequate. Savannah's great. So in case you missed it, here's Savannah Guthrie putting the screws to Rand Paul with "follow-up." Got that David G. "Follow-up."


Fox News Giving More Coverage to Naked Student Exhibit, Than Government Shutdown


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Ah, journalism. It comes in all shapes and sizes. There's hard hitting investigative, Pulitzer Prize level stuff. There's straight news reporting. There's specialty journalism as well; the snarky/fun kind (like Political Carnival) and there's the sensational (National Enquirer), straight and gay news rags and those that run from informative, light, frothy entertainment to more satirical, edgy, or politically slanted. And finally, at the bottom of the barrel, we find Fox News.

They've hardly met a story they couldn't slant or a personality so out of touch with reality that they didn't fit in seamlessly with their goon squad. They really have faux news down to a science.

With the government "slimdown" (they refused to call it a shutdown) there isn't a lot they have left to cover. Their "all defense of republicans, all the time," programming  is working  just fine for them.

Brown University students

Until now. The news editors got wind of an art exhibit at the Ivy League's Brown University, and they thought they could run with it. They would take an honest artistic exhibit called Nudity in the Upspace and give it to resident pervert (at least politically) Bill O'Reilly's people to cover. Their task -- to take something genuine and artistic and end up exploiting the nudity of young college students to make ratings and money.

That sure sounds like a Bill O'Reilly worthy segment. Take something genuine and twist it into seedy. They mock an art exhibition that explores race, gender and equality in relation to nudity and the human body.  This could win Bill O. the "Pulitzer-My-Finger"  Prize for his coverage. We'll find out next week after it airs.

Brown students felt duped by the subterfuge of the stated purpose these old white men reporters used to get their interviews and explain their presence on campus. They claimed they were doing a story on student life, burdens of tuition and a highly intensive curriculum.

What they really focused on was the "naked art." Any Ivy Leaguer (like myself) knows how hard it is to get in to one of the elite eight institutions, academically. We go because of educational achievment. If we wanted to see naked bodies, we could just search for them on the Internet and save tons of money.

The students of Brown have made a video about this experience and Fox TV. Maybe Bill should exploit this, instead of getting his rocks off with more of his slanted, non-news.