Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Mental Health System, Gender Inequality, Rove/Crow Tussle, Boris Yeltsin Dies, And Horrible Skating Accident (Monday's Second Hour)

Hi everyone. This is going to be quick. We start the hour with a bunch of repeat stuff from Michael Ware and on Virginia Tech. Anderson asks Gary about the student's reaction to the media at the school. It's time to move on, guys! After all that we're joined by Pete Earley, author of "Crazy: A Father's Search through America's Mental Health Madness." They must like him because this is at least his third appearance. Actually I like him too because he's talking about actual issues and not just what a psycho Cho was. Basically our system for dealing with the mentally ill is messed up, people. Anderson points out that it all boils down to money because insurance companies don't want to pay the expensive cost of mental health treatment. Everything's about money, isn't it?

Next up we've got a Randi Kaye piece on a new study that states women earn 80% of what men make a year out of college and 69% a decade later. Outrageous yes, surprising no. Oh, Randi should totally find out what Gary Tuchman makes and see if she's getting shafted too. After the piece we're joined by personal finance expert Suze Orman. Anderson is all stunned about the study, but he's a man, so forget him. The girls know the score. Suze very much has the girl power thing going on. She thinks the whole problem is that women aren't aggressive enough and she tells Anderson all women should demand equal pay. And if they don't get it? Well she would leave the job. Easy for you to say. We can't all be tv finance experts. Anyway, I know I'm not making less than the guys in my office...because there are no guys in my office.

Moving on to a Tom Foreman piece about how Sheryl Crow and Laurie David got into it with Karl Rove at the White House Correspondants Dinner. Laurie by the way, was a guest of CNN and I want to know how that works. Does CNN just call up celebrites and ask them to be their guest? Hmm. Basically the story is that Crow and David went up to Rove to talk about global warming and according to them he brushed them off and was rude. No! Karl Rove rude? I can't even imagine. Rove said they came to insult him and were successful. The White House even gave a statement and I'm thinking with Iraq and Gonzales, they're pretty pleased to be talking about this right now. After the piece we have an interview with Sheryl and Laurie in New Orleans. Hey, look, it's the interview they promised us a week or so ago. It's kind of weird though actually. Anderson's not on camera and the two women are just standing by their bus. Did they just run into each other or something? Anderson tries to be all "fair" by bringing up critic's arguments, but to me he's putting in too much effort to bend over backwards. Laurie very passionately states the debate IS OVER! That's right! I like her.

Next up we have a David Mattingly piece on the death of Boris Yeltsin, fighter for democracy and lover of boos. Then we're on to a Sanjay Gupta piece on a horrible figure skating accident. What's funny is that beforehand Anderson gives us a warning that it's disturbing to see...even though they've already shown it like five times. Okay then. Anyway, while the skaters were spinning they got too close and the guy sliced open the girl's face with his skate. She had to get 80 stitches and they both needed PTSD counseling. Horrible. And we're out.


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