Last Saturday, TV talk show host Montel Williams appeared on Fox and Friends, an unwatchable three hours of live TV on Saturday morning (but only two hours of garbage on weekdays). A former naval officer, Montel exposed the absurdity of supposed news networks spending air time on the death of Heath Ledger – the “story” Montel was invited onto the show to discuss – rather than covering the war in Iraq. In the following video clip, Montel condemns TV news programs for peddling trash instead of seeking out legitimate news stories:
Montel was mysteriously absent after the break, despite the fact he was supposed to be promoting his new book. Four days later, Montel quit or lost his job after 17 years as a TV talk show host. Variety reported on Wednesday the “Fate of The Montel Williams Show was sealed when key Fox-owned stations opted not to renew it for the 2008-09 season.”
Did you notice at one point in the clip that hostess, Page Hopkins, desperately tried to justify her existence with a ridiculous statement, “…it’s the appetite, we’re feeding the beast,” an attempt to blame the viewers for the insane amount of trash covered by cable “news” stations? And, to be fair and balanced, it’s not just Fox News that’s guilty of lacking journalistic integrity. On about the 130th consecutive day of the Anna Nicole Tragedy coverage, a CNN anchor turned to her colleague and said with a straight face, “The public just can’t get enough of this story!” Really? The public can’t get enough of this story? Well, this reporter remembers it differently. I remember seeing every single cable “news” station relentlessly and unapologetically covering the Anna Nicole saga. But the story grew tired and, as luck would have it, O.J. got arrested again… and then Britney started hanging out with Paris and showing her yoo-hoo… then Lindsay Lohan drank too much and went to rehab(s)… then Britney shaved her head, found a pink wig, and started speaking in tongues… and now Heath Ledger has died… but wait, Britney and her pink wig were just involuntarily committed. Anyway, it’s not just one anchor person or just one program or just one network covering these spectacles, it’s EVERY program on EVERY cable network covering the same stories around the clock. I submit that “we” can’t get enough of these stories because they are rammed down our throats by the cable “news” channels. Perhaps if the cable news networks would actually report real news, we’d stick to one channel instead of flipping between them to see if you can catch something about the Iraq occupation or the problems in Darfur (yah, right).
Note to Fox News viewers: I realize the last sentence above makes no sense to you because you do not flip between channels. You trust what you are being spoon-fed is fair and balanced, and I’m okay with that. Just know there are others who watch Fox News for the entertainment value, as well as to see if that self-hating gay guy, Ann Coulter, happens to be on spewing hate-filled rants. Man, that dude is c-r-a-z-y, and I don’t know why Fox hasn’t given him his own show yet.
Bottom line – Montel Williams summed up on Fox and Friends what we at Wag the Dog have long felt: Ratings trump journalistic integrity when it comes to a majority of broadcast news media sources. That’s why Wag the Dog is different. Hey, Montel! Are you interested in a job as a Wag the Dog Correspondent? If so, give us a bark!
In the meantime, we can’t help but wonder if Sylvia Browne, the world’s greatest psychic and a favorite guest on The Montel Williams Show, knew anything beforehand about Montel’s surprising job loss? Chances are she did not see this coming because she’s a fraud. And how do we know she’s a fraud? Because Anderson Cooper says so, and we believe everything he says: