"No one in this world, so far as I know ... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."
H.L. Mencken, Chicago Tribune on September 19, 1926
Well, Old H.L. finally gets charged with an error. Don't feel bad for him. He had a great run. This is the first he got one wrong in what, 80+ years?
Fox put a reality show called Anchorwoman on the air this week. It was following the career of Lauren Jones, former Miss New York beauty pageant winner and a diva for the WWE fake wrestling organization. She was hired in Tyler, Texas to be the news anchor, and Fox thought it would be a good idea for a reality show to watch the wacky hijinks ensue. They pushed the show as much as they could, given that it started in August. Bill O'Reilly had Ms. Jones on his show on Monday to promote the Wednesday premiere. (Aside: This is the first time I watched an O'Reilly interview ever, having looked it up online after the fact. OMG! Stephen Colbert doesn't come CLOSE to capturing the self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing singularity of solipsism contained in the squinty eyed mass of protoplasm named Bill O'Reilly!) The cover of the S.F. Chronicle's Sunday TV magazine had a picture of Ms. Jones. The New York Post (owned by Murdoch) gave the show three out of four stars.
The show was canceled after ONE (count 'em, one) episode.
If they can throttle one reality show in its crib, why can't they throttle them all?
Of course, Americans are used to pretty women reading the news on TV. The U.S. audience seems to go for the Realtor Of The Month level of pretty, not the Fashion Sense Of A Stripper level of pretty.
In France, they like their newsreaders at the OMG! Low Flying Angel Alert! level of pretty. This is Melissa Theuriau. Her pictures are very popular on the Internets, as you well might imagine. I've watched a few minutes of her newscast, just to give a fair assessment of her talents. My French is a little rusty, but if I translated what she said correctly, yes, Mlle. Theuriau, you can beat me, hurt me and make me write bad checks. I agree to your terms and surrender unconditionally.
Americans surrendering to the French. A sure sign that the new Millenium is here!