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The Atlantic Wire captures an amusing CNN moment during the absurdly over-covered Jodi Arias trial in Phoenix:
It seems that Grace and Banfield are sitting in the same parking lot, facing in the same direction, and judging by the speed of the vehicles in their shots, they cannot be sitting more than 30 feet away from each other. Yet, they're behaving as if the are on opposite sides of the world.
I'm left to wonder: Who watches CNN all day to catch these moments? It deserves some kind of combat pay for the psychological damage it inflicts on people.
This story was originally published at Inside Tucson Business, a sister paper of Tucson Weekly.
He may be considered Tucson’s most popular TV personality but KOLD News 13’s Chief Meteorologist Chuck George suffers from the mood disorder of depression. And that’s why he has been off the air on a leave of absence for the past month.
In a report prepared by news anchor Barbara Grijalva to air on the station’s 4 p.m. newscast Thursday (May 2), George explained, “My family tree is full of suicide, or depression, of addiction. They’re all interrelated and my family tree is just packed with it and I never thought it would happen to me.”
George explains his parents and grandparents died at young ages due to the illness but what caused his latest absence was the suicide death of a cousin.
“When he was growing up he was like my little brother and that event and that funeral unleashed something in me,” George said in the report. “Depression is cold and it’s dark and it feels like something on top of me. Something literally on top of me.”
He said he was catatonic four weeks after his cousin's death. “I remember sitting and the sun rose and set and rose and set and rose and set and rose and set again while I stared.”
He has been under treatment since then.
KOLD General Manager Debbie Bush and News Director Michelle Germano said George would be back on the air Friday.
“We wanted to air his story before he returned to explain his situation both for the audience and to answer questions from people inside the station,” Bush said.
“And he’ll be here to do the weather in just as normal an environment as we can provide without having to answer a lot of questions,” Germano said.
George’s most recent leave of absence was his third in the last three years. He was gone for five weeks during March and April 2010 and again for six weeks in September and October 2011. The station had never before commented on the reasons for those absences, although news accounts talked of him slurring words on the air and acting strangely.
In the report that aired Thursday, George said that in his previous bouts, “I just thought, get over it. Get over it. You know you’ve got a great life. What’s wrong with you? And people in my life would tell me that too. And God, if I could I would.”
Despite the history of depression, George says he is the first in his family to get the help he needed.
In her report Grijalva says, some might wonder what to say to George or anyone suffering from depression.
“I think I would fine with somebody saying to me, ‘Hey, I hope you’re doing well.’ That to me, give me strength,” George answers.
George was a rising star in the Tucson market when he first came here in the early 1990s from Phoenix. He left in 1997 and worked in Houston before returning to KOLD in February 2003.
Soon after his return his upbeat on-air personality and live remote weather reports helped catapult him to the top-ranks of most popular TV personalities in the market, something that even competitors say is still the case.
[NOTE: Journal Broadcasting filed a takedown notice with YouTube, so this particular video has been removed. Totally within their rights, but still sort of lame, in my opinion. Anyhow, they somehow let a woman calling her attackers "dumb motherfuckers" slip through on-air. That was basically it.]
Thankfully, this slip-up by a woman who has the right to use angry language (she was the victim of a home invasion, after all) was on the 10 pm news ... anyone who is still up after 9 generally loses their right to claim sensitive ears.
Thanks, by the way, to the anonymous reader who sent this in.
This video comes from a trio of ladies out of the University of Saskatchewan, where Sarah Zelinski, Kayla Hatzel and Dylan Lambi-Raine created this video for their Women and Gender Studies class. In it, they examine the way in which women are sexualizied in advertising media, and question how such ads affect violence against women.
Then, they flip the script entirely, swapping men for women in the ads.
Check it out. If you just want to check the gender role swap, roll the video forward to about 2:40 (though I recommend you watch the whole thing to get a better grasp of what they're talking about.)
When a cover of a publication is circulating the Internet under headlines touting it as “incredible,” “beautiful” and even“perfect” before the issue is released, it’s a pretty good indication that your designers have done something right.
When Boston Magazine released the above image - its May cover - this morning, the response from not only the Boston community, but the entire nation, was immediate. Emotions continue to run high now over a week after the bombings, and the image (shot by photographer Mitchell Feinberg) resonated strongly with runners still recovering from the event that prompted them to donate the very items that may have carried them to safety: the shoes they wore that day, many of which did not cross the finish line.
A great interview today in the Huffington Post Latino Voices. While you can read the entire piece here, it isn't until the end that the Daily Show contributor and comic talks about Tucson, and yes, Mexican-American studies and his (in)famous interview with Tucson Unified School District governing board member Michael Hicks.
Here's what he says about that TUSD/MAS segment:
Instability is an entertainment industry given, but his two years on "Daily Show" have given Madrigal a high profile and the chance to create some indelible moments, including his interrogation of a member of the Tucson, Ariz., school board that banned a Mexican-American studies program. A board member earnestly told Madrigal that one teacher was buying his students' loyalty with burritos, which Madrigal said prompted "burrito protests" against the board's action.
"That's the most viewed piece" he's done for "Daily Show," he said, proudly. "People are teaching that piece in Chicano studies classes."
And just in case you forgot or want to relive the hell:
Last weekend, folks driving through the westside along Speedway Boulevard west of I-10 noticed a protest taking place in front of the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind. One person who definitely noticed, got out of his car and grabbed his camera is Chris Summitt. Summitt then did what he does best and posted a story along with the photos on his popular tumblr page, Protesting Arizona.
Those involved in local movements, from immigration to Mexican-American studies, are familiar with his work. He does a lot of other stuff, which is why we featured him in last week's cover story on crowd-source funding campaigns to talk about his campaign and how he went about choosing GoFundMe.
His campaign kicked off. Check it out here, and his slide show below to get an understanding of the range of his work and why supporting him is a good investment. Summitt's timing at the ASDB was wonderful, but the fact that he took the time is an example of his good character and why we're lucky to have him in Tucson.
Honestly, from the Boston Bombing (from its abhorrent coverage to the shootout between police and suspects this morning) to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, this week has been completely, absolutely awful. And, again, satirical "news" source The Onion has completely nailed it in a piece yesterday, simply titled "Jesus, This Week" (NSFW language ahead):
“Seriously, can we wrap this up already?” Maryland resident James Alderman told reporters, echoing the thoughts of all 311 million Americans, who have just about reached their weekly goddamned quota for carnage, misery, confusion, heartbreak, and rage. “Because, you know, I’m pretty sure we’ve all had our hearts ripped out of our chests and stomped on enough times for one seven-day period, thank you very much.”
“Man oh man,” Alderman added, shaking his head. “Can you believe this? Can you honestly believe the kind of piece-of-shit week we’re having here?”
According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, when reached for comment on this week, 93 percent of Americans responded “Okay, enough’s enough here, you have seriously got to be kidding me with this week,” with 84 percent saying “Is it Sunday yet? What? How in the hell are we only at Thursday? What the hell is going on?” and 100 percent of Americans responding “No, no, go ahead, just pile some more horrific shit on this hellish shitshow of a week. Have at it.”
Honestly. I've got high hopes for the weekend, all things considered — I mean, it couldn't be any worse, right?
Sometimes, political ads make far, far less sense than they intend to. Take, for instance, this image, which is part of a campaign launching this week:
So, at first glance, can you tell exactly what they're getting at here? To be honest, my first impression was that the argument was that banning guns is on par with banning books — it took an explanation of the inclusion of Little Red Riding Hood (banned by two California school districts because Little Red Riding Hood was carrying wine in the basket she was taking to her grandmother), and a clarified version of the ad with new text at the bottom of the frame, to understand the point being made by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: that our society is so backwards that banning books to protect children makes more sense than banning weapons.
Yeah, the ads are reaching a bit, but that's not stopping them from going all in, as this ad is part of a much larger campaign:
Today, Moms Demand Action also launched a new PSA campaign, “Choose One,” a series of print ads featuring assault weapons alongside other objects that have been banned in America to protect child welfare, including Kinder Surprise eggs, the book “Little Red Riding Hood,” and the schoolyard game dodge ball. The ads, in conjunction with a video PSA, are being released through donated media on digital, broadcast and print channels.
Best of luck to them, but this campaign already seems a bit misplaced — I can hear the complaints about emotional pandering already.
Check out the video PSA below the jump, but be warned: it features some fairly emotional, possibly disturbing audio.
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