Thursday, March 10, 2005

Daily Distractions and Rather's Retirement

Blogrolling acting up this morning. Blogger acting up and eating an entire post just moments ago. 'Tis not one of the better days to feel all is well in the land of blogdom. I really must move to a better blog hosting service soon.

But at least there is something tonight to take my mind off the frustration. It is the big trivia night at Keegan's, in which the perennial champion Fraters Libertas team (which typically includes Nihilist in Golf Pants, the presumptive J. B. Doubtless stand-in) runs the show. They write the questions. They grade the score-cards. They hold the notorious microphone of ridicule. Should be fun. Let's just hope they don't let Sisyphus contribute any art questions. Blech.

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While performing my evangelical mission in the service of the Dark Lords Reynolds and Rove last evening, I missed the big shindig at the Marriott bidding Mr. Rather adieu. That's okay, because the Star Tribune sent a reporter, so I'll learn all about it. Or not.

But in any case, I'll take this opportunity to offer my own thoughts on Mr. Rather's departure. He went out with a whimper, instead of a bang, still lamely denying he holds any substantial blame for the incident which hastened his departure.

But the departure itself struck me as a great yawner. I didn't bother to watch the broadcast. Couldn't see any reason to. Despite providing occasional examples of outrageous bias and unintended comedy from his anchor chair, Rather, like the other evening news anchors, is a dinosaur. The news age has passed him by. People no longer look to the evening news broadcast to keep themselves informed about the world. Even those who do tune in, now also get news from other sources. Anchors like Rather are conductors on passenger trains in the era of the automobile.

With Rather's retirement, CBS could consider innovating their news coverage to meet the new times. But I suspect they won't. Instead they'll ride that creaky train ever further into irrelevance until one day they'll simply retire the broadcast altogether. And much like Rather's personal retirement, most people won't bother to notice that event either.

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