Thursday, January 24, 2008

So I Wrote My Weatherman

(WMURTV News 9, Manchester, NH)

Dear Kevin Skarupa,

Thank you so much for your comment, "I'm a man of science. Come on!" this morning after the anchors picked up Anderson Cooper's "Bigfoot on Mars" story. When so much serious attention is being paid to alleged psychics, ghosts, and other hallucinatory phenomena from the world of woo, it's nice to know that there are some rational thinkers out there that aren't afraid to ridicule the ridiculous. How things like this get reported as straight news defies my understanding. The only newsworthy item here was a complete lapse in good judgment by Anderson Cooper, and that's not really news either. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

This is the landscape of Mars. Examine it closely.

Do you see any of these on the horizon?

Or any of these lying around on the ground?

Empty beer cans? Trash of any kind? Food of any kind? Water of any kind? Atmosphere to speak of?

Yeah, sure. That's a running Bigfoot, and my mother's the mermaid on the tuna fish can!



At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on man! Where is your imagination? Your suspension of disbelief? Your complete and utter resignation to being spoonfed bullshit by the media gurus? You're threatening the status quo by thinking!!


At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people apparently don't know a joke when they see one.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Rita said...

Ha Ha I missed that one.

When I move, I'm seriously considering not hooking up my TV. I'm increasing seeing it for the babble that it is. The news is a joke anymore. So many things I on the tube just make me shake my head in wonderment & not in a good way. Unlike the net which we all know is full of bullshit, Televison tries to pass it's self off as legit. I find that offensive to my intellect.

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you, handmaiden, about the TV thing. I tune in for debates and live coverage of stuff that doesn't have good streaming quality yet on the net, but have you seen the site TV online. Amazing quality. You can hook your computer right up to your TV and get just about the same quality and cable. Now, that'll lower some bills and keep you away from cable TV nonsense.

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, *and=as

At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....hey pseudo-anonymous, what's up crankypants? If I know anyone who knows a joke when he sees it, it's Breakerslion. You haven't been around this neighborhood very long, have you? Time to sniff the java. Just watch out for the Koolaid. That's a real downer....


At 9:14 AM, Blogger Romeo Morningwood said...

Is it April 1st already?

Why hasn't some good ole boy bagged himself a Sasquatch down here? Imagine the hoopla? Why hasn't one of them been nailed by a sem-i either?

The social engineers love it when we waste our time lookin for little green men, loch ness monsters, and honest politicians. That way we won't try to fix anything.

Love the photo but she looks so sad..((sniff))
"Now I'm a believer
I couldn't leave her
if I tried"

At 3:59 AM, Blogger breakerslion said...

anon1: The status quo is safe from any damage I might inflict. I'm resigned to bullcrap, I just expect a little more from a news program.

anon2: See Homo Escapeon's response below. He beat me to that observation.

Handmaiden: Frank Zappa told me years ago to shoot my TV set. I should have listened.

Kelly: You mean to say that Internet content isn't the same old tired shit? I tend to agree, thanks, and you can still find that useless crap if you look in the commercial spaces. Just wait, they'll get this all under control and dumbed-down eventually.

anon3: Thanks, and don't take any wooden rabbits!

homo escapeons: Every time they actually capture a Sasquatch, aliens at the secret UFO base off the Florida coast revive Elvis' clone to cover it up. Or maybe that's the Men in Black. Or maybe he just wakes up in his cage and says "Hoo doggie! Whut was that I wuz drinkin last night?"

At 5:06 AM, Blogger breakerslion said...

And my Weatherman wrote back:

Kevin J Skarupa wrote:

Good morning John!

Yes, the story is ridiculous! I can't speak for Anderson Cooper, but for what we aired on our program y'day morning. We ran it right before weather, usually the story right before the weather segment is a light, fluffy story so we can ease into weather (as opposed to a murder or deadly fire.) I can assure you my anchors were just kidding around when asking if it was real...almost sarcastically.

If you watch us often you'll notice I take the "science angle" quite often even if weather can be a little hocus pocus at times.

Take care and have a great weekend!


So I wrote back one more time.

Hi Again Kevin,

I'm glad you cleared that up. I guess it was a bit too early for me to get that kind of straight-man humor. I'm still working on my first cup of coffee at that hour.

I'm a bit touchy on the subject. The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and Public Radio and Television are increasingly pandering to the tastes of the superstitious, with stories of hauntings, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, etc. The fact that some people are taking this seriously is disturbing enough, but when you see it on the News....

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