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June 14, 2008

I Have Discovered An Interesting Fact

NBC actually puts ads in its press releases.

It's also notable, of course, who the ad is from. If you can't get hard-hitting journalism from a GE-owned, Boeing-funded outlet, where can you get it?

From: NBC_MeetThePress_NewsMail@MSNBC.COM

Sent: 6/14/2008 11:45:47 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time

NBC Meet The Press


NBC News



Executive Producer, Meet the Press

Presidential Historian



Former Correspondent, NBC News

Boeing and its 153,000 employees are proud to sponsor Meet
the Press. To learn more about Boeing go to

More interesting facts are here.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at June 14, 2008 04:14 PM

Mike Barnicle had to resign from the Boston Globe in 1998 because made up things in his column.
Isn't that interesting? Not really. Many journalists copy or make up things. Because journalits are professionals,they can do that. So can professors. It's better to be a professional than to not to be one.

Posted by: donescobar at June 14, 2008 04:56 PM

The problem with arable lands is that the only viable cash crop is poppies for opium.

Wal-Mart is proud to sponsor this comment.

Posted by: Sully at June 14, 2008 05:12 PM

I have a VCR by John Cleese on how to be annoying. Its the most annoying video I have ever seen to the point of boredom, which I find interesting, it seems.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 14, 2008 05:21 PM

I'm sure it'll be "Meet The Depressed" this weekend, but next week, "Boeing As Usual".

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 14, 2008 05:31 PM

I suspect that feral bloggers have put Timmeh into an early grave.

Perhaps the subject will come up this week during the navel-gazing since most of the people on that list are similarly at risk.

Oy -- Kucinich pre-empted again while they perform their self-absorption exercises.

Posted by: Labiche at June 14, 2008 06:05 PM


Posted by: Save the Oocytes at June 15, 2008 12:35 AM

Leonard Pitts, that neat guy, had a column a few months ago on how advertising now assails us almost everywhere. In Philly, it's no longer "Vererans Stadium," but "Wackovia Stadium" and there's no more Shea Stadium in NY, either. Pitts wrote about a town that sells advertising space on its police cars! Of course, there seems to be no longer any outrage about Pizza Hut and others being promoted in elemenary school because they donate equipment. Talk about depressing...

Posted by: Rosemary Molloy at June 15, 2008 06:31 AM

I've been intentionally flipping to GEMSNBC over the past few days. Virtually every time I land there, either Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews or some bevy of media and political "stars" are waxing eloquent about Russert, who was complicit in the crimes of this administration and should be judged accordingly. While coverage of Pumpkinhead's death hasn't approached the all the channels & around the clock saturation of the Reagan Death Tour 2004, that the passing of a media personality is being covered in such a fashion is a poignant, albeit unintended, comment on the incestuous circle jerk of politics and the corporate media.

Posted by: BobS. at June 15, 2008 09:44 AM

Not "Wackovia," Rosemary. The Wachovia Center is basketball and hockey and Citizen's Bank Park is baseball. Veteran's Stadium was replaced by Lincoln Financial Field, where I sold beer for several years before snagging a better tutoring gig.

And the stadiums aren't the worst example of advertising here in Philly. Our mayor's clearly an add for Home Depot.

Posted by: Sully at June 15, 2008 10:39 AM

Interesting facts, all. Why is that website limited to one page? There must be tons of Peter Cook material.

The media love grieving. They get pumped on it. I remember the period following Diana's death. A woman from People magazine was on some show - and she was headed to London. You could tell she was pumped, wired, that she felt nothing for Diana or her your kids or anything except that she was going to cover a famous death. Of course that's different from what we're seeing for Russert. These folks really cared about him, but for heaven's sake, have some dignity about it and about him.

And ditto to whoever said that he neglected to be a true journalist and question authority and authority's actions.

Posted by: catherine at June 15, 2008 11:41 AM

I gotta wonder why Boeing does any advertising at all; it's not like there's a consumer market for jumbo jets. I'm sure the overt rationalization is "image polishing," but I'd think the stockholders would feel this a waste of money.

Now, when can we look forward to the MTP expose of defense contractors' myriad boondoggles?

Posted by: cavjam at June 15, 2008 02:31 PM
Boeing and its 153,000 employees are proud to sponsor Meet the Press. To learn more about Boeing go to

They're just shoring up support.


Boeing is perceived as critical part of the economy,
Boeing is perceived as a natural, and beneficial force of liberty,


Calls for funding redistribution -- say to health care or other bullshit socialist projects -- are less likely to be taken serious by the very serious people that both appear and watch MTP.

Remember when the recent defense contract went to Airbus? And the Democrats representing Boeing's districts went a bit insane? Thats because the American public needs to be shown the butter on the bread.

Posted by: Labiche at June 15, 2008 03:02 PM

I'm a tiny cog in a PR machine but you have no idea how much news you consume is advertising. You have to pay people to wright articles. You don't have to pay shit to print press releases and that's half of what you read. Everything in there, the food section? brought to you by the California Avacado folk. The Life section? A few bands and movies who wrote their own reviews. The news..two-thirds of the print is comes out of the bowels of the machine and the other third comes out of people too stupid to understand why they were hired in the first place and make propaganda for free.

Posted by: Ed Marshall at June 15, 2008 10:42 PM