Barack Obama became the first president ever to make an appearance on a late-night talk show when he sat down on Thursday to discuss his economic recovery plan among other things on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
There were a few jokes thrown around, in which Obama compares Washington to American Idol and his bowling to a Special Olympics Event. Leno avoided any tough questions and instead asked about the AIG debacle, taxes and what it was like flying on Air Force One.
Perhaps what was most surprising about the whole interview was how unremarkable it was. Though it had never been done before, Obama’s appearance seemed like any other celebrity appearance on the show and was thus, treated like one.
Perhaps the only thing that can be taken from the whole late-night visit is an emphasis on how politics and the president himself, has become so celebritized in the public media. As one Union-Tribune staffer writes, “It’s doubtful the appearance will have any direct political impact. People who like Obama were probably comforted by his relaxed presence, and people who don’t like him will accuse him of schmoozing while the country burns.”
‘Jon and Kate Plus 8,’ a reality show on TLC documenting the lives of Jon and Kate Gosselin and their brood of eight kids consisting of twins and sextuplets, may be coming to an end after four seasons on the air.
The couple may be facing marriage problems that have been highlighted in the media in recent weeks. In an incident on February 6, Jon reportedly showed up uninvited at a college party where he played beer pong with the women’s volleyball team. Then he was spotted the next night dancing and flirting with the same girls at Memories Sports Bar & Grill. There has also been reports that Jon has been spending more time away from home and instead at his mother’s house which is a few hours away.
In addition, the final episode of their 4th season is set to air this Monday and in previews and commercials, the producers show a clip in which Jon and Kate seem unsure about the future of their marriage and of the show serving as a response to the tabloids and to also lure viewers in.
This was actually one of my favorite shows because with all the trashy reality shows that we are bombarded with on TV nowadays, this show is one of the few that is family-oriented with an emphasis on values, morals, family, love and discipline. Not surprisingly, it has become one of the highest-rated series on cable TV with an audience of 3.7 million viewers, most of them consisting of young women.
What has made this show so popular is the cultural fascination with multiples and in watching two parents struggle with raising 8 kids all under the age of 10. Of course within any family, there is drama and disfunctionalities but most would never have it recorded on camera for the world to see. I applaud Jon and Kate for dealing with all the obstacles that they face on a regular basis and I would hate to see the family split apart. In a way, they were a reflection of the hopes and dreams I had in starting my own family someday.
There was an article that appeared in the New York Times on Thursday, March 12 titled, “Forget Britney; Media Outrage Hits Big Spenders” highlighting how entertainment websites and tv shows are taking on the role of America’s watchdogs through coverage on extravagant corporate spending in a time of bailouts and government handouts.
For example, TMZ published a blog post reporting that Northern Trust, a bank that had received $1.6 billion in government bailouts, had been hosting hundreds of employees and clients at a golf tournament and a string of parties in Southern California. These lavish soirées included Tiffany gift bags and performances by Sheryl Crow.
Also, an ABC producer obtained video footage of Kenneth D. Lewis, the embattled CEO of Bank of America, arriving in a private jet. The video clip was featured on “Good Morning America” along with the amount of taxpayers money it has already received in the form of government bailouts ($45 billion), the total number of jets it owned (nine), and an estimated cost per hour to maintain the jet ($5000).
The tabloid media along with other news organizations hope to expose misuses of taxpayers money in an effort to become more relevant to the economic hardships of our time as they have more of an impact on the country. Not only do they want to inform the public but they also hope to pressure Congress into taking more accountability.
“Some people said, ‘What does that have to do with the larger, overriding issue of the economy?’ I think it reflected their attitude of entitlement and failure to adapt to the times, a kind of a tin ear to what’s going on,” says Mr. Ross, a correspondent for ABC.
Michael Phelps, the 14-time gold medalist, sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer that will air on Friday’s Today Show and Sunday’s Dateline and talked candidly for the first time about the controversial pictures of him smoking from a bong.
The pictures were taken at a college party last November and were published in Britain’s News of the World. As a result, Phelps was suspended from swimming for three months, lost his endorsement with Kelloggs and sparked an investigation by a South Carolina Sheriff”s department.
He admits that he was more concerned about the relationships that got damaged in the process than about sponsorship deals. “I knew that I’d made a mistake and a bad judgment,” Phelps says. “And it was an awful judgment…And– and, you know, I realize that hurt a lot of people.”
Phelps also states that he has learned to be more careful about the people that he chooses to trust. “I’ll say that there are a lot of people out there who want to take advantage of any situation they have. I trusted my friends…And clearly they weren’t trusted people…Sometimes you learn the hard way.”
This incident reminds me of the one involving Barack Obama. Isn’t it funny that we are so quick to judge those in the spotlight, as though they are so different from us? Can’t we just give this guy a break? Yes, he may be a role model but at the end of the day, he is just an average guy trying to experience all the things that people his age get to do. What he does on his own time and the choices he makes should not overshadow all that he has accomplished.
Nadya Suleman, the mother of the octuplets, has bought a new home to better accommodate her 14 kids. It is located at 2051 Madonna Lane in La Habra, California and consists of 2,583 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large backyard with “room for a pool.” It is listed for sale at $564,900 and the sale is set to close later this week.
The home will be purchased in her father’s name but Suleman claims that she will be paying for the house. The down payment will supposedly be funded by the publicity that she has received in recent weeks including generous donations from varying sources.
Social workers have already inspected the house and refuse to release the babies until some changes have been made. Suleman will need to baby-proof her home with cordless blinds, hypo-allergenic air filters, fireplace guards and a rebuilt staircase.
Suleman has already greatly benefited from the media exposure that has bombarded her since the birth of her octuplets. Dr. Phil showered her with gifts when she made an appearance on his tv show earlier this week. Angels in Waiting has entered an agreement in providing 11 nannies to take care of the preemies, valued at a total of $135,000. Continue reading
I don’t watch the show but this just happened to catch my eye.
Everybody has been talking about “the most historical finale” of ABC’s “The Bachelor”. Jason Mesnick, a 32-year-old Seattle account executive and single dad, slipped a ring on the finger of Melissa Rycroft from New Zealand in the final espisode. Then a mere hour later in “After The Final Rose” special, which is six weeks in real time, Mesnick shocked his fiance with the news that he was still in love with the runner-up, Molly Melaney.
“You are such a b*****d,” Melissa responded, “you should know better than to do something like that.” Mesnick then went on to reunite with Melaney where she confessed that “this is something I dreamt of, but never expected to hear. I’m blown away right now.” They then proceeded to make out on national television, upsetting millions of female viewers across America.
First of all, I had no idea people still watched this show or that it was still on the air. This is a prime example of the staging of reality tv. I’m pretty sure it was either Mesnick’s or the producer’s idea in order to make the finale controversial and to increase ratings. After all, how many seasons of “The Bachelor” has it been? But it worked and I find it hilarious how women have been posting in forums about what a douchebag Mesnick is. However, I must admit that out of all the other reality tvs shows about love, this is one of the better ones.