The Comedian's-eye View of 02/18/99
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 99 13:29:27 -0800
Subject: The Comedian's-eye View of 02/18/99
Excerpted-from: 02/18/99 -- ShopTalk
Thursday February 18, 1999
"We have certainly covered this and talked about it longer than
even a lot of cable news viewers have wanted us to talk about it."
-- Erik Sorenson, general manager of MSNBC on Monicagate Overkill
"You had a minority of the public that was enthusiastic about the
story and very interested in it...Unfortunately, the all-Monica-
all-the-time approach spilled over and contributed to a national
Monica fatigue or scandal fatigue that hurt general news programs."
-- Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News (both quotes from
Linda Tripp appeared on the "Today" show and "Dateline NBC." "She's had a
make-over. Like Paula Jones. Like Monica Lewinsky. Like Hillary Clinton.
And they say this scandal made everybody look bad." (Daily Scoop)
The FAA says passengers convicted of assaulting or harassing flight crew
members now face fines of up to $10,000. "Not only that, but their carry-on
luggage will be severely restricted, their seats won't recline and they will
be fed peanuts- wait! No, that's for all passengers." (Bill Williams)
Tyson Foods is recalling 27,000 pounds of frozen burritos
possible contaminated with listeria. "But you know, those Tyson
people are smart. Do you see how they're getting around this?
They're creating a new label: Tyson Frozen Burritos. Now With
Listeria- Freshens Your Breath While you Eat." (Steve Voldseth)
After 28 years of covering football, sportscaster Frank
Gifford is retiring. "When asked why, Gifford says he wants to focus
full time on being yelled at by his wife." (Conan O'Brien)
© 1999 Peter Langston