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CBS ticked off fans of its CSI: NY Wednesday night, during the episode's final moments, when the network broke in with the news that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had died. "An overly aggressive CBS News producer jumped the gun with a report that should have been offered to local stations for their late news," said CBS's apology, which did not name the producer. "We sincerely regret the error." CBS will rerun the episode – in its entirety it is hoped – Friday night.

Silly news producer. Americans don't care about world politics. If it doesn't have a slogan attached to it, it doesn't mean anything to us.

Also.. uh .. CSI: NY? Really?


Nov. 12th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
CSI:Miami is a curse and a pox upon us all! and i'm not just saying that because i hate david curuso with a blind hate i usually reserve for killers and politicians.

and while i personally would have been cranky, i can't imagine complaining to anyone but close friends. people who will still love me despite my terrible taste in tv (my only defense is hey! at least it's not reality tv)

i will be honest, i'm always skeptical about how they break into shows. they never seem to break into commercial time...not that i watch commercials anymore, but still.

i was forced to watch some network news on election night (fox and something almost as painful) and it was horrible and horrific. i can't believe people can stand to watch that shit. NO WONDER americans are so fucking ignorant.
Nov. 12th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
CSI:Miami is a curse and a pox upon us all! and i'm not just saying that because i hate david curuso with a blind hate i usually reserve for killers and politicians.

See, that's exactly why I usually say that. And I have to admit that, now that I've actually watched an episode of CSI:M or two... It's not anywhere near as bad as I thought - Not that it's actuallly good, mind you. Yes, I am filled with shame.

As far as the CSI:NY/Arafat thing is concerned, I have to say that I don't think it would have mattered if they'd waited the, oh, about 3 minutes until the end of the episode to do a full recap of Arafat's career. The 11 o'clock news was right over the horizon, and a quick announcement with "details on our 11 o'clock newscast" would probably have been a better idea.

On the other hand, once they did it, the ensuing hoohah is kind of out of hand.
Nov. 13th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
See, the concept that the news of the death of a world leader should just wait for the wrap up of a crime drama on tv is fucking silly to me. I've seen that exact sentiment in a lot of place. "They could have just waited a few minutes," and honestly, they probably should have just waited indefinitely. No one in the US cares about anything if it can't conceivably fit into the line up of Access Hollywood.

I'm just really really cranky about America in general these days and why we're all so poorly educated and such ASSHOLES.
Nov. 13th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
Heh... they could have waited, actually. People who care about the real world don't let television be their source of news anyway.
Nov. 13th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
Apparently I was unclear. They should have announced his death. They then went on to do a fairly lengthy recap of his activities over the last however many years that could probably have waited five minutes.

That, of course, is just my opinion. It was their decision and if I would have done it differently, so what? The fact that people have been concerned enough to actually make a fuss over it is fairly ridiculous.
Nov. 14th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
I wasn't attacking you personally in any way at all. Sorry if it came off that way.I was saying that I've seen the "they should have waiting to announce it" argument in a lot of places and I think it's a sad statement.

I think what happened *was* just a short announcement anyway, but with lead in bumpers, music, the actual announcement, the need to repeat it four times, then the music, lead out bumpers, and probably a commercial thrown in for good measure, they would have missed the end of the show anyway.

I'm more talking about the overall frustration that a TV show could ever be more important than breaking world news.
Nov. 14th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
On that we can certainly agree. Also, no offence taken.


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