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Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn’t Funny

November 9, 2015

Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn't Funny

Donald J. Trump — reality TV star, education scammer, overgrown trust-fund baby and Republican presidential candidate — is often unintentionaly hilarious, but he wasn’t funny at all when he hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend. Ratings were good but the show was not:

“Trump’s sorry night on SNL: An overhyped bummer for us all,” Hank Stuever, Washington Post

“Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Not Hugely Entertaining,” Maureen Ryan, Variety


Brian Williams: ‘The hip, hip a hop ….’

February 21, 2014

Members of the classic rap crew Sugarhill Gang are from Englewood, New Jersey. Newsman Brian Williams grew up in Middletown, on the Jersey Shore. Maybe that’s what motivated this supercut-and-paste of Williams performing Sugarhill’s 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.” Nice assist from Lester Holt, too.

Jimmy Fallon brought video editor John McDonald and his amazing found-sound rap videos to the Tonight Show with him. Wise move.


“‘Bang, Bang!’ Brian Williams and Lester Holt Cover ‘Rapper’s Delight,'” Ronnie Polidoro and Mary Kozelka, NBC News

“The Rap- ification of Brian Williams,” Ben Teitelbaum, Newsweek


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Adjust TV for MTP, say NBC and FCC

December 10, 2008

Adjust TV for MTP say NBC and FCC

David Gregory assumes the helm of NBC’s venerable Meet the Press program this Sunday, and audience expectations are not all that will need adjustment.

Mr. Gregory is quite tall (6’5″), so studio lights have been raised to prevent the odor of  burning hair that might disturb guest newsmakers. And while the President-elect (6’1″) and many in his cabinet can see eye-to-eye with Mr. Gregory, NBC News has acquired a stock of booster seats, phonebooks, and milk crates to accommodate more vertically-challenged guests.

Television viewers will need to adjust the “aspect ratio” of widescreen TVs to compensate for Mr. Gregory’s extraordinary height. Technically, it’s a very simple matter, but  the FCC and NBC dispute who should inform viewers about this.  The FCC public information office is stretched to the limit by the impending  digital TV transition and by deluded citizens who insist HD Radio(tm) actually exists, while NBC is very busy  pretending it still has viewers. This jurisdictional quarrel has left an information vacuum, so NotionsCapital posts these instructions as a public service: