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Glistens on the Highway

Thanks to Nuts for the link to this segment from yesterday morning. Liked the part (around 2:00) when Burnett points out (correctly) that “wind, solar, all these technologies, don’t make sense right now” with gas/oil prices so cheap. Nuts notes:

Erin report to Joe and Mika that auto bridge loan requirements are likely to strip GM common stock of all value.

Cerebrus investors seems to be getting the best end of this government intervention, after a debate that is sadly misinformed with regard to worker compensation and managements’ culpability for the companies financial viability. Foreign transplants are facing the same sales and revenue problems.

The Federal government is favoring the interests of rich, politically connected folks like my three-headed-dog friends? Shocked, I am not.

Burnett ends with “Nobody knows the answer. But I don’t want government telling me the answer. That’s all I can say.”

An Eph after my own heart.


Brzezinski ’89 Mugged


Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty was confronted face-to-face Thursday with some of the district’s crime problems, when it turned out the host of the morning talk show he appeared on had been mugged in the city an hour earlier.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski was mugged outside the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown at about 5 a.m. while waiting for a car to pick her up for the 6 a.m. broadcast of the show she co-hosts with Joe Scarborough, “Morning Joe.”

The anchors did not disclose on air the location or name of the hotel, and did not respond to a question via email, but Mrs. Brzezinski later told the Washington Post it was the Ritz.

Best part is Mika talking about this event giving her parents undue stress and causing them to admonish her to be more careful. What advice should I give my own daughters on the topic of mugging and city life?


Supply and Demand

Thanks to nuts for the tip. The Williams action is just a few seconds, but worth a click.


Eph Broadcasters

The College’s sports website is running a great series on Eph ex-athletes who are now in broadcasting. So far, it includes:

Sam Flood ’83

Mika Brzezinski ’89

Erin Burnett ’98

I wish the series were signed or had some background, as I’d be interested to know how it came about and whether we can expect more installments. Excellent work. Dick Quinn runs quite a shop. Kudos.



Anyone found video of this?

Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate prompted a small wave of warnings about Biden’s propensity for gaffes. But no one imagined even in a worse-case scenario such a spectacular bomb as telling donors Sunday to “gird your loins” because a young president Obama will be tested by an international crisis just like young President John Kennedy was.

Scary? You betcha! But somehow, not front-page news.

Again the media showed their incredible bias by giving scattered coverage of Biden’s statements.

There were a few exceptions. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski [’89] flipped incredulously through the papers, expressing shock at the lack of coverage of Biden’s remarks. Guest Dan Rather admitted that if Palin had said it, the media would be going nuts.

Mika Brzezinski ’89 as a secret player in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Eph Division? I like it!


More Defensive

Thanks to Jeff Z for the pointer to Mika Brzezinksi ’89 interviewing John McCain.

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1988 Yearbook: Page 166

Click below for full image. Mika Brzezinski ’89, back in the day.
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Young. Smart. Sexy

“A new breed of broadcaster is taking the airwaves by storm.”

Thirty-five years ago, Rolling Stone writer Timothy Crouse released his best-selling book The Boys on the Bus, glorifying and skewering the small group of all-male road warrior-journalists who covered the 1972 Nixon-McGovern presidential campaign.

My how things have changed.

The revolution of a 24/7 news cycle, coupled with the explosion of cable news channels, has shifted the power and electricity from print to TV. Those boys on the bus now have a backseat — to the women of cable TV.

Men haven’t entirely disappeared from the picture. There’s Blitzer, Hannity, Olbermann and Matthews on cable and the three grandfatherly figures anchoring the evening network newscasts.

But from sun-up to sundown, the national anchor desks are dominated by women — highly educated young pros with the gift of gab, who duke it out with pundits, grill candidates, chew over the polls, and size up the races for millions of viewers. And if they show a little leg while doing it, so be it.

Mika Brzezinski’s ’89 refusal to report the news on Paris Hilton is mentioned.


So Smart

Andrew Wang ’08 writes:

At around 8:20 AM today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, someone asked something along the lines of “What do Americans spend more on– video games, ipods, bottled water” or some fourth option that escapes me at the moment. Anyway, Mika Brzezinski ’89 guessed correctly when she answered “bottled water”. Someone jokingly said that Mika was “so smart because she went to Williams”. I’m really only paraphrasing some of this, but that’s the gist of it.

Great stuff. Anyone got video?


Mad As Hell

Interested in Paris Hiton? You are reading the wrong blog.

It was Peter Finch, in the 1976 movie Network, who first played a newsreader suffering an on-air breakdown. Driven to madness by poor ratings, Finch’s character snaps and tells viewers to shout: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”

It’s hard not to think of Finch, who won an Oscar for his performance, when watching a similar implosion by the newsreader Mika Brzezinski on the cable news channel MSNBC on Wednesday morning.

Despite goading from her co-hosts, including the former Republican congressman turned rightwing talkshow host Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski stood her ground and refused to read her segment’s lead news item on Paris Hilton.

After a media frenzy that saw even arch-publicist Michael Moore elbowed off CNN’s Larry King show to make way for Hilton’s first post-jail interview, Brzezinski has become a cyberspace star. Clips of her shredding the script were the lead item on the Technorati search, while the blogosphere was alight with praise. “I have a new hero, and her name is Mika Brzezinski,” wrote one.

Mika Brzezinski
, daughter of former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, is class of 1989. Her brother Ian is class of 1986. The video is fun.

Staged or spontaneous? Anyone who knew Mika back in the day will go with the latter. (Thanks to a reader for the tip.)

UPDATE: Class information added. Thanks to alert reader DHT Kane.


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