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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

WHEN THE NEWS PARKS AT YOUR DOORSTEP

"Excuse me, but before I say any anything else I have to get this hair out of my teeth..."

As you may or may not be aware, do-gooder New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is currently in a wee bit of trouble over his alleged ties to a prostitution ring. I was somewhat disappointed to discover that his involvement apparently only amounts to him getting his hump on with hookers — to the tune of some $80,000 — rather than actually pimpin' dem 'hos like the local news was alluding to in order to get viewers to tune in. You know how that works; during a commercial break in the evening's syndicated rerun of TWO AND A HALF MEN the channel's news anchor, in this case delectable NY news vet Kaity Tong, comes on and states, "Governor Spitzer tied to prostitution ring! The full story...at ten!!!" making it sound like the guy was driving around the city in an animal print Bentley, bedecked in a cape made from the skins of Meerkats. I was most saddened by this because his status as a mere John denied me the inevitable New York Post front page image of Spitzer crudely photoshopped into a Dolemite-style pimp suit.

When the scandal broke on Monday, I heard brief snippets about it but put them out of my mind as my work day went on, forgetting about it and not really giving a shit until I got home and could find out what it was all about on the evening news. Then the end of the day rolled around and I left my office's building to find the street festooned with TV news vans. I don't know how I did it, but I'd forgotten that my office is located directly across the street from the Gov's Manhattan office, and with the slightest drop of blood in the water it was a given that the sharks would arrive. Not one to miss an opportunity, I whipped out my camera and shot the assembled vans, representing just about every channel to be found on the Big Apple's airwaves.










Although, sadly, there was no truck representing THE ROBIN BYRD SHOW.

2 comments:

SelfrighteousOldwoman said...

Way to meta, Steve Bunche. Somebody's gotta 5th estate our ratings-addled 4th estate. Did you see any Daily Show vans?

Anonymous said...

Gee, why does it not surprise me that the FOX "News" van looks like a Blackwater war-wagon?