Friday, April 13

Brian Williams, I got yer qualifications right here.

Yeah, and I got my uniform, too.

This from Crooks:

"You're going to be up against people who have an opinion, a modem, and a bathrobe. All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I'm up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn't left the efficiency apartment in two years" — Brian Williams, anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," speaking before New York University journalism students on the challenges traditional journalism faces from online media.

Brian, Brian. First of all, you should be so lucky to be up against Vinny. You're up against Driftglass, QuakerDave, Norbizness, Blogenfreude, oh sweet Jesus (General) I've gotta stop. Look at my damn blogroll, and I just mentioned a couple of the guys, here. (Women bloggers? Heh, you could not compete there fo' sho', hon.) These bloggers, all of them, have more brains in their typing fingers than you've got in your little head (not going there).

And Brian? I know nothing about the development of your credentials, but your current field of work is "TV talking head." That may be some sort of career pinnacle where you come from, but this bathrobed babe is not impressed. I've gotta hot date with the bloggers listed above, and you can take your developed credentials and be "up against Vinny" all night long.


  1. bloggers must be doing an amazing job. everyone is trying to trash bloggers, the right wing, the talking heads, some newspaper reporters and the opinion pages...

    the bathrobe and the parent's basement is a pretty standard put down anymore. wonder if they had a meeting a couple of years ago to come up with that?

    me, i have 2, my winter one IS a big blue fuzzy one with stars all over it, BUT my summer one is a short, black silk kimono.

    so to hell with him! ; )

  2. Ha! Schooled!

    Williams doesn't know what the blogosphere is all about. You have to have chops to hang in these circles. Crap blogs just don't last. Our credentials are implied by the product we put on computer screens worldwide. If it sucked, people would no clicky over and over and over again.

    Williams shot is very telling. That guy is scared shitless because we just took this whole media apparatus to another level. One he can't even comprehend, much less compete on.

    And please, Brian, please take a hard look at your competition. You might be the last viable network news host, but not if you don't wake up honey and realize beating Katie means nothing.

  3. I must concur - the sabre rattling noise is probably quake-noises from the inside of old-media shoes.

    Remember the nineties, where every paper newspaper had a feature about the terrible things that happened to people who had "used" the Internet? Kidnapping, murder, rape, or b.o. were the least we could expect if we picked up a modem.

    The newspapers threw everything they could at it, to give readers the feeling that it was somehow the armpit of the universe, not a place where anyone genteel enough to read a newspaper would want to go - and certainly not where someone like that would want to let their children roam...

    ...well, that didn't quite work out for the old media, did it?

  4. I see Brian Williams and I think of two words: "Broadcast News."

    Bob Woodruff is a journalist. Lara Logan is a journalist. Christiane Amanpour is a journalist.

    Brian Williams? He's a talking head. A talking forehead. And he doesn't get it.

  5. currently, i blog in my flannel pjs :) the mainstream corporate media is afraid of bloggers because they can't completely mind control all of us. the freer thinkers out there have found a way to get around the clusterfuck and get to the nitty gritty of truth. i'd rather get my news by digging it out than be spoon fed crap.

  6. Would it be too provocative to say I blog naked? Nah, no one would believe me anyway; I live in WISCONSIN. It's all wooly sweaters and flannel jammies around here. (Mine have Dick & Jane, Sally & Spot on them.)

    Reading what others say about blogging, I am reminded of this Gandhi quote:

    "First, they ignore you.
    Then they laugh at you.
    Then they fight you.
    Then you win."

  7. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Mr. Williams I believe is exaggerating. I know that I don't blog in a bathrobe.

    I make due with a strategically placed wash cloth.

  8. Runnin' scared... methinks. Go BG!! You do rock!!! Suzy, you beat me to the punch. Naked blogging is indeed my style; sunny So. Cali. and all that. Come summer I'll be blogging from the garden, by the pool, on the porch swing with a tall glass of southern style sweet tea... We will not be silenced.

  9. LOL..

    My robe is pink.

  10. Even worse, Brian and his credentialized talking head buddies are up against an INFORMED CITIZENRY EXPOSING THE TRUTH.

    (sorry about the shouting...)

    Tough cheese, Brian!

  11. I wonder if Vinny in the efficiency apartment would be better at Brian's job than Brian himself.

    What do you think?


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