Expert too boring

From the US: Actual Expert Too Boring For TV

Sad but true.

SECAUCUS, NJ—Dr. Gary Canton, a professor of applied nuclear physics and energy-development technologies at MIT and a leading expert in American nuclear-power applications, was rejected by MSNBC producers for being “too boring for TV” Monday.

“We could deal with Dr. Canton being so short,” said Cal Salters, a segment producer at MSNBC. “And we could’ve made him up so he didn’t look like he spends all day in front of a computer. We even considered cutting away to stock footage so our audience didn’t have to look at him for too long. But when it turned out that listening to him is about as interesting as picking the lint off his lapels—well, there was nothing we could do about that.”

Canton was brought in for a test interview based on a recent op-ed in the Boston Globe, in which he argued that increased reliance on nuclear power is “inevitable.” When asked to address nuclear power’s potentially disastrous consequences, however, Canton launched into a well-reasoned lecture that balanced modern energy demands against safety and environmental concerns.

Salters was not impressed.

“[Canton] went on like that for six… long… minutes,” Salters said. “Fact after mind-numbing fact. Then he started spewing all these statistics about megawatts and the nation’s current energy consumption and I don’t know what, because my mind just shut off. I tried to lead him in the right direction. I told him to address the fears that the average citizen might have about nuclear power, but he still utterly failed to mention meltdowns, radiation, or mushroom clouds.”

“I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about,” Salters added. “But we have a responsibility to educate and entertain our viewers. In the end, we had to go with someone else.”

MSNBC chose Skip Hammond, former Arizona State football player, MBA holder, and author of Imprison The Sun: America’s Coming Nuclear-Power Holocaust. Hammond is best known for his “atomic domino” theory of chained power-plant explosions and his signature lavender silk tie.

Hammond is scheduled to appear in all six parts of the upcoming Learning Channel series Frost Or Fire: America’s Coming Energy Tribulations.

If you peel off the layers of that Onion you see a major modern media malaise.

And there is no known cure.

 

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42 Comments

  1. kittycatkin

     /  17th February 2016

    Not necessarily. We have all met people who are experts but bores for some reason-a droning voice is one real turn-off. I wouldn’t want to listen to a football player with a domino theory either, I suspect. We had a friend who was a nuclear weapons expert, and he was one of those people who are knowledgeable, informative and interesting.

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  2. Oliver

     /  17th February 2016

    The media’s job isn’t to educate it’s to sell advertising. The best cure is to starve it. By avoiding it completely.

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    • Oliver

       /  17th February 2016

      Example One: TVNZ ‘News’ at 6pm has degenerated to half an hour of agenda-spun cherry-picked utter bullshit, followed by half an hour of Bread-and Circus distractionary sports. This is the first of two examples of the laughable unbridled investigative journalism that spoon-feeds the sheeple here in New Zealand today. But don’t worry – because after that there are hours and hours of cheap and nasty, brain-numbing ‘talent’, cooking and home renovation embarrassments too.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  17th February 2016

        My husband reckons that these days journalists have been forced to become click-bait harvesters, while social media users have become news reporters.

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      • @ Oliver – (I don’t entirely want to encourage you but) Dude! All guns blazing! “My Toilet Rules”!!! Love it. Best of all “The F Factor”? 😉

        @ Nelly – This Wayne I keep hearing about said that? Gee! Another dark horse eh? That’s very good and surprisingly accurate. Please give him my compliments. 🙂

        Bloggers are best I reckon! Bugger FaceAche and Twister …

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  17th February 2016

          Yes, you’re right on there Parti – I think that’s what attracted me to him in the first place 🙂

          And I’ll let him know what you said when he gets back.

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          • Here’s a song for the two of you Nelly …

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            • Nelly Smickers

               /  17th February 2016

              That is sooo wonderful of you Parti 🙂

              And here’s a little something for you……..ni ni

            • Pickled Possum

               /  18th February 2016

              Hahaha ….. I said, No No No.
              “I ain’t got the time”.
              What a soulful voice of her era.What a waste she wanted to get wasted all the time.

            • Oh Nelly, thank you soooo much. Amy’s kicked my day off perfectly ….

              “I don’t know much, but I know I don’t know … ohhhh …ohhhh … and that may be all I need to know …?” 😉

    • Oliver

       /  17th February 2016

      Example Two: TV3 ‘Newshub’ at 6pm has degenerated to half an hour of agenda-spun cherry-picked utter bullshit, followed by half an hour of Bread-and Circus distractionary sports in order to further placate the fluoridated, chemtrailed masses. For desert, another half hour of ‘infotainment’ twaddle follows.

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      • MaureenW

         /  17th February 2016

        All correct!! It’s not often I agree with your comments here, but this one is bang on. I also agree best option is to avoid it. Don’t turn on television, can’t be bothered, in fact I don’t know whey the TV stations bother – oh, that’s it, they don’t.

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      • kittycatkin

         /  17th February 2016

        I can’t think why Oliver watches it. If he eats ‘desert’, it must be dry eating.

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        • Timoti

           /  17th February 2016

          He’s on a roll. Kittycat. Let the man speak.

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          • Blazer

             /  17th February 2016

            where would Uncle be without Fox news?,well probably much better informed and not such a mind numbingly narrow minded ,deluded individual I suggest.

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            • Rob

               /  17th February 2016

              Watch it Blaze, he might get a private investigator onto you.

            • Blazer

               /  17th February 2016

              probably looking up Magnum P.I in the yellow pages as we speak!

      • I love my chem trails. Don’t knock it.

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        • kittycatkin

           /  17th February 2016

          I can’t understand why people sit watching television then complain about it. I watch virtually no television because so little appeals to me, I don’t sit goggling at it for hours then whine about how bad it is.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  17th February 2016

    Sadly TV recognises its audience is now only those unable to use the internet for information and entertainment. It pitches accordingly.

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    • Rob

       /  17th February 2016

      Wonder how many got suckered by that. Lol Nice one PG. Bet Wilkinson did but he’ll never admit it. Snert.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  17th February 2016

        You mean this summing up sentence of course: “If you peel off the layers of that Onion you see a major modern media malaise.”

        Dork.

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        • Rob

           /  17th February 2016

          I’m betting you got suckered. Snert.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  17th February 2016

            You lost again. I read that sentence and responded to it. I also noted the Onion reference. Just as Kittycat responded to PG’s very last sentence in her first comment.

            But snert away, poopy-head. You know you need to for your fragile ego. I won’t laugh at you. That’s my good deed for the day.

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  4. kittycatkin

     /  17th February 2016

    This story isn’t FROM the Onion, is it ?

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    • Mark

       /  17th February 2016

      From the Onion and also from 2005 so probably both old and made up.

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    • Oliver

       /  17th February 2016

      Pete George must be struggling to find real news. No flag article today I take it?

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      • kittycatkin

         /  17th February 2016

        Didn’t you say that you were leaving a few days ago ?

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      • Oliver

         /  17th February 2016

        Yeah but then [Don’t make false claims – PG] So I stay out of pitty.

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        • Don’t make things up about me please. Next time I won’t bother with the ‘please’.

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        • Oliver

           /  17th February 2016

          I’ve been censored. The is very Orwellian.

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          • Pickled Possum

             /  17th February 2016

            Because Oliver you were trying to suggest your had special powers and alluding you had the boss in ya pocket; to justify your whatever here ..
            and that little nose growling korero earned you a slap around the your digital ears, So stop with the Animal farm references and Suck it up.
            If you are a follower of O Wells you will know that you would do the same if you ran your own Pool of Knowledge Aka a yNz Blog 🙂

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    • Oliver

       /  17th February 2016

      Here are so news worthy topics if you get stuck.

      The military-industrial-media-politico-banking complex increase their power and continue their pillage across the world;

      Pharmaceutical monopolies amplifying the drugging of society, as well as keeping many of us sick so that they maximize their profits;

      Movements rise up only to be vilified and disassembled, such as the Occupy Movement;

      Science turned into a corporate institution, as well as further hijacked by an inaccurate and small-minded philosophy of reality;

      Wars purposely created with millions of people dying for the whims of the shadow empire;

      Radical extremists massaged into proxy armies to do dirty work for the collapsing power structure;

      Air, medicine, food and water becoming purposely more toxic;

      Governmental policy increasingly being determined by corporate/elite interests;

      Police being militarized all around the globe;

      The education model struggling to become less of an indoctrination system; and

      The agenda of global governance becoming closer to fruition.

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      • Robby

         /  17th February 2016

        Here you go Olly 😉

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        • Oliver

           /  17th February 2016

          Here’s another good one.

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          • Robby

             /  17th February 2016

            Well that certainly is interesting Oliver, glad you realised that I wasn’t taking the piss with the clip I posted, you have obviously seen the whole film. For the benefit of those who haven’t…..

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    • Oliver

       /  17th February 2016

      Edit- so=some

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      • kittycatkin

         /  17th February 2016

        Wakey, wakey-it’s from The Onion. It’s not a real story, I suspect.

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  17th February 2016

          @ KCK …..Sounds Good for the “Expert’s” tho’

          Create’s great Outrage in the “Boring Expert” sector. Followed by a loyaly following of Expert lovers, not caring what’s fact or fiction, just “All a board this out of control freight train of letter’s made into words of your choice”.
          Onion that’s not a euphemism for wo is it?

          Oh found the link to the Onion at the top of pete’s post
          I’m going In.

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  5. If you look at the link at the very top of the post it’s obvious where it’s from.

    Yes it’s dated, but it probably applies now more than ever, except that we have progressed to having ‘news’ stories concocted from Facebook comments or Twitter. No expertise required, from the originator of the comment nor from the story writer.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  17th February 2016

      Many people have believed The Onion-was it they who put out the Mel Gibson ‘man with no face’ story ? Their Harry Potter one shouldn’t have fooled anyone, but many people believed it. Their ‘gay hidden agenda’ fooled a number of the gullible, too.

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