Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Continued Jessie Davis Coverage, Raw Politics, Firefighters Killed, And Fred Goldman Interview (Tuesday's First Hour)

Edit: I guess I'm skipping the second hour review because the transcript is weirdly MIA and I don't want to risk putting words in people's mouths. No truthiness for me! It's just as well anyway, because besides a nice John Burns interview, it was much of the same. The review for Wednesday's show will be up Thursday evening.

Hi all. We're beginning again tonight with the story of Jessie Davis, the missing pregnant woman. The new developments are fleshed out for us in a Jim Acosta piece. Apparently not that far from where Jessie went missing, a one day old baby girl just showed up on a doorstep with the umbilical cord still attached. Now that's interesting. They're in the process of testing the DNA for a match. The father of Jessie's children, Bobby Cutts Jr., is still not being called a suspect. We learn that he also fathered children with his current wife and with another woman too. Who is this guy, Kevin Federline? Anyway, that's all we know, but don't think the coverage is ending here. Come aboard the Speculation Express, children. It's going to be a long ride.

Next up we have an interview with Todd Porter, a reporter that interviewed Bobby Cutts. If you can't get the guy, you get the guy that talked to the guy, I guess. There's a fair amount of speculation here, specifically about the family's dirty laundry, which I'm sure they appreciate. BTW, this is part of that trial-by-media thing I mentioned yesterday. But perhaps my favorite part of this interview is when the reporter says, "you can hear the complete audio of these tapes on in a couple of hours." Good Lord. After reporter guy, we have forensic guy, Lawrence Kobilinsky. If we were on the Speculation Express before, we have hit our destination of Speculation Nation, and Lawrence here is the king. Lawrence thinks it could have been an abduction of the fetus by cesarean. Yeah, let's throw that out there. Why not, right? Watch it not even be Jessie's baby. Lawrence wants us to keep an open mind about the situation, yet here he is speculating about what happened. Here's a novel idea: how about we let the cops do their jobs and then when there are some of those things called 'facts' to report, the media can let us know. I know, I know, that's crazy talk. Next we have a David Mattingly piece on the life of Jessie Davis. I mean to take nothing away from her, but how many families of missing people have to fight tooth and nail just to get their loved one's name mentioned on the national news? What are we doing here, folks? That all was 15 minutes of coverage for less than three minutes of actual information. There's a difference between 'all the angles' and needless speculation.

Transitioning now to some "Raw Politics" with Joe Johns. We begin with the Clintons doing a little take off on "The Sopranos" series finale, which I actually found amusing. The video revolves around Hillary's contest to choose her campaign song. The winner? Celine Dion's 'You and I'. Hmm. Not to say I don't own a Celine CD myself (shut up! I have good stuff too), but that wouldn't have been my first choice. Next we learn that Fred Thompson is flexing his foreign policy muscle by saying we should keep the bomb Iran option on the table. So if he's a non candidate working a non campaign, can we expect him to use non bombs? Also, Michael Bloomberg has switched from republican to independent and he's making presidential noises. Intriguing. Finally, Harry Reid has warned that if the senate doesn't get their act together on immigration and energy, they're working over 4th of July. Ohhh, worst boss evah! Reid is a total hardass. (And I hope he does it.)

Moving on now to Anderson telling us that we can put one more representative in the 'yes' column for making their earmark requests public. So now that makes...31. Out of 435. Sigh. At this rate we should have them all public right in time for the 2008 election. Keep trucking, 360. Next we've got Erica with the headlines and then the latest installment of "What Were They Thinking?" which I thought had died a quiet segment death. Anyway, the prosecutor of Paris Hilton decided to apologize today because his wife also crashed a car while driving on a suspended license...but she wasn't drunk...and didn't know it was suspended. So what are we even talking about, again? Yeah, I don't know either.

On now to a Rusty Dornin piece on a horrible fire at a furniture store in South Carolina. As you might imagine, furniture burns quickly and the whole thing just went up. Nine firefighters died. After Rusty's piece we have a piece from John Zarella that explores the fire phenomenon of flashover, which is what probably happened in the furniture store. Basically, a flashover is wall to wall fire, from ceiling to floor. We get a sort of demonstration of this when John and some firefighters go in a simulator. I say 'sort of' because, well, the real thing would kill them. They all wear these sensors that chirp every 30 seconds and to turn them off they have to shake their butts, which I'm sorry, is a little amusing to watch. Anyway, the whole point is that if a sensor doesn't turn off, you know someone is in trouble. After John's piece we've got a snippet of Anderson's Angelina Jolie interview, but I'll save that for Wednesday.

Next up Anderson has an EXCLUSIVE interview with Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, and his attorney, Jonathan Polak. Do we remember the story here? OJ Simpson writes vile book called "If I Did It," which causes public outrage, which causes the book to get dropped. But then Goldman wanted the book published in order to get some of the money that Simpson owes him from the civil suit. And now there's a new twist: TMZ got hold of the manuscript and leaked it on the intertubes. Ohh noes. TMZ, classy as always. And actually they might be in trouble this time because this isn't just about freedom of the press-there's copyright and bankruptcy issues here, hence the attorney . Anderson notes that Jonathan has filed a motion of contempt against TMZ and also points out that, "CNN is obviously owned by parent company Time Warner, which also owns TMZ." Disclosure. Yay! Two points for you, Mr. Cooper. And let me tell you, you're going to need them for this show's grade. Anyway, TMZ has no comment.

Moving on to a phone interview Anderson has with Sue Redman, the woman who found the baby girl on her porch. They whip out all the BREAKING NEWS bells and whistles for this and I have no idea why. Dude, you told us this news at the top of the hour. It's not breaking anymore. You broke it already. Most of this interview ends up at the top of next hour, so I'm just ending here. The show tonight was...sucko. Really bad. But watch, the ratings will be through the roof. Because we live in opposite world. D


Anonymous Dannie said...

As a Quebecer, I can't tell you how amusing I find it that one of CĂ©line Dion's songs was chosen as "official soundtrack" for a candidate to the position of President of the United States.

Hey, if you can't find a cool song by an American anglophone artist, find a really terrible one by a non-American francophone artist! Yeah, that makes sense!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the term you were looking for at the end there was actually Bizarro world.

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Staff @ Unanchored said...

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11:34 AM  
Blogger The Staff @ Unanchored said...

What I hate about these never-ending Missing Female stories is how exploitative they are of the people involved. People watch them like they'd read a Steven King novel, expressing horror while gleefully sucking up every speculation. It's fanfic for people who can't read, and it's a shame to cater to it.

And never mind all the missing BLACK females; what I want to know is, do guys never go missing? or are they turning up missing all the time and nobody cares?

11:36 AM  
Anonymous DWF said...

Heh, interesting. I hadn't heard anything about this missing woman (I'm way west) until I saw something on CNN about the baby on the doorstep (which it's looking likely is not hers anyway) and Googled her out of curiosity. Your site I find amusing! Keep it up! (No, I am not spam. )

12:08 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

@Dannie-I know! It's not like Americans don't have good songs. I don't know what she (or her campaign) was thinking.

@anonymous-Well I said 'opposite world' because whenever they do a really solid show the ratings always seem to suck.

@the staff-The exploitativeness is one of the reasons I hate these stories so much. I mean, the family even said they weren't talking about Jessie's relationship because they didn't want it to be a distraction, yet there 360 is, speculating about the relationship. It's kind of disgusting.

No, no one cares about guys apparently. A few years back I used to regularly talk with this college student online and she told me that one day her college age male cousin just disappeared never to be heard from again. It pretty much destroyed her family. And as far as I know, there's been no coverage of it.

@dwf-Thanks! Are you sure you're not spam? You could be spam and not know it. Heh. Kidding.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Kathy from Ar said...

My heart goes out to the family of Jessie Davis, including little Blake. I hope they get the justice they deserve & put this scumbag under the jail!! He could have possibly saved his unborn child, but didnt lift a hand to do so. To leave small son there alone for 2 days is unforgiveable & I hope he has a lifetime to think about what he has done.

4:21 PM  

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