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Joshua Alston, on TLC’s new reality series, Sister Wives.
In other news: How ‘bout those polyamorists?
The Mad Men School of Seduction
As anticipation for the upcoming season of Mad Men continues to grow, I thought I’d pay tribute to those lotharios of Sterling Cooper. This video features almost every pickup line uttered between seasons 1-3. Have you been having trouble with the ladies? Well, take a cue from Campbell, Cosgrove, Kinsey, and, of course, the great Roger Sterling, among others. In less than 3 minutes, you’ll have the skills to score any choice dame. Mix yourself an Old Fashioned, light that Lucky Strike, and enjoy!
Oh, for God’s sake. We’re sorry it took us so long to promote the brilliance of this, by our Ryan Jones.
I suspect the hushed public response to Treme has more to do with our low tolerance for shame. I’ve joked with friends who ask me what I think of the show that it’s the cable-drama version of being chided for not having donated to the Red Cross after Katrina. In Treme, characters will say, explicitly, that NEW ORLEANS MATTERS—in a way that may not break the fourth wall, but certainly chips away at it.
But now, having seen the premiere of The Real World: Return to New Orleans, which couldn’t be less like Treme, I wonder if there’s any serial approach to the new New Orleans that I would want to watch consistently. For its 24th season, MTV’s reality granddaddy ambles back to a city it already visited, back in its ninth season. But, obviously, it isn’t the same New Orleans it once was. There’s still a bit of a pallor, for such a colorful city, and the tragedy of Katrina is a wet blanket over the Mardi Gras frivolity that once characterized it. That’s no reason not to have eight self-absorbed kids see if it’s still a city in which they can thoroughly debauch themselves.
Alston, on the Real World’s return to New Orleans
There are rumors that Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky might not find love when all’s said and done on the show. Which is pretty sad, because she’s 25—EXTREMELY long in the tooth for being a loveless Singleton, according to ABC. We’re not sure how the eligible dudes and those Bachelorette producers could collude to bilk old Ali this way. The woman is always so amiable and happy—she almost never crumples her face into a tight wad like she just swallowed a gallon of battery acid. She doesn’t whimper in needy distress all the time—just some of the time. And for a loveless old lump—25 is practically menopausal—she doesn’t cry that much. Just every episode.
It eludes me, yall. It eludes me. How does nobody love this woman?
When Kathryn Bigelow directs the next Bachelorette, Sarah Ball will so be there.
Alston remembers Gary Coleman
A cappella Gaga. Say that three times fast.
Music to await your journalistic fate by.
For decades it was a given that whenever the president traveled, a charter plane packed with members of the press would travel with him. But the press flights have been sharply curtailed in recent months, a victim of cost-cutting by news organizations that are struggling to stay profitable.
As a result, fewer reporters are tagging along with President Obama and his aides, limiting the number of news sources at a time when Americans are acutely interested in White House policies and personalities.
“The sole reason is money,” said Edwin Chen, the senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, who called the cutbacks alarming.
The budget cutbacks — by news organizations as varied as USA Today and ABC News — are catching up with White House coverage, traditionally job No. 1 of the news bureaus here. It is the latest sign of retrenchment, years after many regional newspapers stopped assigning reporters to the White House. Now even the big networks are feeling strained.
“The prices are exorbitant,” said David Westin, the president of ABC News. Seats on a press charter plane can run $2,000 for a domestic flight and tens of thousands overseas. ABC appears to be watching costs as it reshapes the news division, which eliminated 25 percent of its staff positions this spring.
I find it sad/funny that this article was published the same day that this season of ABC’s Bachelorette premiered, in which ABC flew 10+ men and Ali from Cali to NYC, Iceland (over the volcano days before it erupted!!), Turkey, Portugal and Tahiti.
We have two reactions this this, and they’re entirely inconsistent. On the one hand, having a pack of reporters following the President on every official trip is all kinds of silly—everyone gets the same pool reports, and it’s a lot of money for news orgs to spend to get essentially the same story that everyone else has.
On the other, and this is especially aimed at David Westin and the heads of the broadcast networks: Are you guys serious? The whole reason you’re allowed to take public airwaves to broadcast your shows (and, more important, to hijack that public space and sell it to advertisers) is because you are supposed to provide a public good, namely news and information, in return. It’s laughable for ABC, which reportedly was charging $900,000 for a 30-second spot on the Lost finale, to complain about having to spend $2k for a reporter’s plane ticket.