Ed Driscoll writes (in a must-read essay):
The recent corporate transfer of Alec Baldwin from permanent NBC Saturday Night Live guest host and star of the recently cancelled low-rated NBC series 30 Rock to his upcoming gig as a raving anchor at MSNBC sounds like something out of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 film Network. Not the least of which because Baldwin’s in-house transfer was preceded by an outrageous homophobic slur, which old media — and not just NBC — worked very hard to bury.
But then, there’s very little about television news that Network didn’t anticipate.
(I wrote about Network here.)
As Driscoll notes, Ned Beatty’s magisterial speech hasn’t really held up.
Yes, the world is run by giant corporations zzzzz blah blah, but you’d better believe “there are Russians and Arabs” (and other raging tribes) or did you miss that giant smoking hole in downtown New York City?