Friday, July 21, 2023

Inside CNN

Someone should produce a sitcom using CNN reporters like Manu Raju and Evan Perez and anchors John Berman, Kate Bolduan, and Sara Sidner.The idea would be to have them talking in the mechanical way they do with all the accented phrases, but off set. Imagine Dana Bash talking to her former husband, John King who she recently upstaged by taking over the coveted 12 noon Inside Politics slot. King has a severe case of CNNititis which is a "progressive" disease. You have only to look to Wolf Blitzer. BTW, King was reputedly let go due to the fact that he failed to check the box asking "are you a robot?" Jake Tapper is the one anchor who doesn't have his Orwellian Newspeak down pat. He might suffer from what's also known in the business as Lord of the Flies syndrome—when all the other anchors gang up on someone who refuses to stick with the “program” as it were. But firstly what is all the walking on and off the set about?These walk-ons are reminiscent of the scene in Long days Journey when Mary Tyrone enters with her husband James uttering “ enter Ophelia, the mad scene." But coming back to sitcoms, what shall this new at home version of CNN be called, The Kaitlan Collins Story?

read the Kirkus review of The Kafka Studies Department by Francis Levy

and also read Joan Baum's NPR review of The Kafka Studies Department

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