Tag Archives: 60 Minutes

Just shame on us – on you and on me

This segment from last night’s 60 Minutes is devastating. 

“American families have been falling out of the middle class in record numbers. The combination of lost jobs and millions of foreclosures means a lot of folks are homeless and hungry for the first time in their lives.  . . .  One of the consequences of the recession that you don’t hear a lot about is the record number of children descending into poverty. . . it is estimated the poverty rate for kids in this country will soon hit 25 percent. Those children would be the largest American generation to be raised in hard times since the Great Depression.”

You can go elsewhere for the statistics; they can’t be too hard to find.  But just watch these kids tell Pelley what hunger feels like and if you don’t weep, you may need an empathy check.

The pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps crowd can kiss my butt.  We’re a rich country and we should feed our kids.

Special Edition! We wrapped it in pretty paper this time! Sorta!

ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s GPS told me this morning that their shows were ‘Special Editions’ despite featuring the regular host at the regular time covering, as is the norm, the top story of the day which has in fact been top of the news since it was the top story last Sunday.

Special Edition indeed.

On Meet the Press’s own ‘Special Edition’ (yes, they did call it that), they also  covered the RR 100th birthday.

Who sends out the memo?

Pet peeve update:  CNN is still saying ‘impactful’ all the time; I don’t care if it’s a real word, it’s annoying the hell out of me.

UPDATE: CBS 60 Minutes is now on the air. It is a ‘Special Edition’, at the usual time with the usual hosts as we’ve now come to expect from anything carrying the name ‘Special Edition.‘ (This post suggests I’ve been monitoring TV all day – I haven’t. (