Skip to comments.A national sob-along with Bob and Katie
Posted on 02/08/2006 11:14:45 AM PST by JZelle
One of the fundamental problems of the Turin Games, besides the treacherous snow and ice in the absence of D.C.-inspired storm team coverage, promises to be the nauseating presence of Bob Costas and Katie Couric. Costas and Couric are the Ken and Barbie dolls of NBC, a pair of half-pints who exude a smug, condescending air behind their plastic smiles and pseudo-charm. They are television's version of fingernails dragging against a chalkboard. NBC's bosses certainly would beg to differ, and they undoubtedly have the results from a zillion focus groups to support their assertions. The corollary is that there apparently is a market niche for everyone, the unpleasant and the like.
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OK, everyone in the room who's gonna watch these Olympics, raise your hands. One, two, three, four, five, six...uh-huh. That's pretty much what I thought.
I do not know who this Tom Knott is(any relation to Don?), but he's smack dab on target with regard to Ms. Couric and Mr. Costas.
I worked with Mr. Costas one evening taping a large awards show. He was positively unctuous.
Katie? She is the reason I haven't watched "The Today Show" for years and years. Yeah, as if I was missing something anyway.
"...a pair of half-pints who exude a smug, condescending air behind their plastic smiles and pseudo-charm."
Gotta love it.
Boy, you can say that again! Thanks for the new word of the day.
I like Costas and I thought he was terrific in the tribute to Dan Marino.
But whether you like him or not, remember this, he's not Pat O'Brien!!! I shudder thinking about how bad and how hard to take O'Brien was at Lillehammer.
(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,
Yeah, it's right outta "Word Wealth!"
Thanks for your note!
Mark..FYI..an interesting description of the perky one..
In some ways the Winter Olympics are better than the Summer Games. But they both suffer from the human interest crap that the networks insist on piling in. Just show me the events. I don't care that someone's great grandma died three weeks before they qualified for the Olympics. I care if they are any good against the rest of the world.
"I do not know who this Tom Knott is..."
No relation to Don. He's basically the Washington Times version of Tony Kornheiser.
Guilty. I recently got an HDTV and will watch the most inane programming if it's broadcast in HDTV.
So I will probably watch at least some of the olympics, unless DiscoveryHD has that special on, "The life of pigeons of New York City".
I watch CBC because curling is more fun to watch than Katie and Bob making every 5 minute ticker update an essay worthy of an Oprah Book of the Month selection.
Thanks for the ping to this article, which I hadn't seen. I agree with much of it, starting with the fact that, no doubt in an attempt to reach an audience broader than that of hard-core sports fans, Olympics coverage focuses at least as much on personal interest stories - preferably of the heart-tugging variety - than it does on the coverage of the events themselves.
As for Katie, while I'm not particularly a fan of her style, neither am I a big critic. My beef is with her liberal bias, not with the way she presents it. If she were 'fair & balanced,' or even an outright conservative, I'd probably find her charming!
"Guilty. I recently got an HDTV and will watch the most inane programming if it's broadcast in HDTV."
Got the HD fever! I had it since the last Olympics. If you get Mark Cuban's HDNet, they should rebroadcast a lot of the events you won't see on TV, all in glorious 1080i!
I don't know Mark Cuban, but I do get HDNet.
Cuban is also a co-producer of "Good Night & Good Luck", FWIW.
I'm going to watch the hockey games when I can.
I couldn't care less about the rest of it though.
Costas isn't that bad. He isn't nearly as bad as say Theismann, Patrick and Maguire or Dan Fouts....
Lots of good information, reviews, and knowledgeable people out there. Enjoy!
Thanks for the update.
I'm very aware of avsforum, though the other is new to me.
The Avsforum convinced me to buy my Maxent 50" plasma ($2366). Still the best deal on plasma out there.
"Cuban is also a co-producer of "Good Night & Good Luck", FWIW."
I checked his campaign contributions:
$1k to Orrin Hatch back in '96
$1k to some dem in CA in '02
$5k for "Campaign for America's future".
I saw him on Johnny McEnroe's "long running" talk series just before the '04 election. I don't remember who he said he supported but I know it was neither Bush nor Kerry.
Don't get me wrong, I like Cuban and what he's brought to the NBA. I just thought it was an interesting tidbit, all the more so with the info you've given. Thanks!
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