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Posted by Realist on April 18, 2008 – 8:09 pm

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:05:19 -0400

Conversation: Presidential Primary Debate 16Apr2008
Subject: Presidential Primary Debate 16Apr2008

Dear Mr Salinger,

I am a resident of Pennsylvania and, prior to Wednesday evening, had not watched any of the previous debates. Having not yet decided for whom I want to vote next Tuesday I tuned in to the debate. I learned almost nothing new about either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama. Certainly in the first hour of the debate I heard absolutely nothing of substance. Let me make it clear, Mr Salinger, that I do not care whether Senator Obama wears a flag pin, I do not care to hear a rehash of Senator Clinton’s tale of landing in wherever it was, and on and on. None of that was particularly relevant when it was new and it’s certainly irrelevant now that it’s old news.

I’ve watched Charles Gibson for years, starting on Good Morning America, and I always liked him. He really seems like a nice guy. I was sorely disappointed in his performance the other night. I lost a great deal of respect for him and I feel badly about that. As for George Stephanopoulos, he’s never convinced me of his talent and anyone who needs to get tips from someone like Sean Hannity can’t have much, if any.

You’ve lost a viewer Mr Salinger. I’m not saying I’ll boycott ABC entirely, but I’ll stick to your entertainment programming, since at least you’re honest about that and bill it as entertainment. As for your so-called news programming, maybe you should bill that as entertainment as well. It isn’t very entertaining, but at least you wouldn’t be pretending that it was news.

Very sincerely yours,


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  1. 1. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    Oh, honey.

    I coulda told you about Charlie Gibson AGES ago. He didn’t get that anchor gig by being honest or a JOURNALIST.

    And ABC actually USED TO have real-live journalists, back in the day when I still believed that journalism made a fucking difference in the world, or that it would be a feasible way to make a living (y’know, without Rupert-Murdoch-issued kneepads).

    But it’s been a long, LONG time. Hell, so far back, GERALDO was still a “journalist” back then!

    Disney killed-off what the republicunts in the inner ranks hadn’t already, when it comes to truth in reportage. But then, any empire built by a Nazi-wannabe freak who cross-dresses in his dead mama’s clothes at night is BOUND to have a few issues with “REALITY,” when everything BUT reality is what they SELL.

    I’m sorry that you were so disappointed, hon. But it’s not like either candidate has really been addressing too many issues, anyway, so it’s not a far stretch for bimbos on the Disney payroll to pander to the lowest common denominator. That’s their stock and trade in the first place. Stephanopolous was so cute, back in the day, but I never did really understand what his exact “job description” was in the Clinton era, anyway, or how he qualified for the job. Maybe someday he’ll live up to the hype, I’m just not holding my breath. As far as Gibson goes, he was beyond hope far before the minute he took over GMA.

  2. 2. Terrible Said:

    Right on! I love the last line best!

  3. 3. Le Petite Fromage Said:

    thank you terrible

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