Thursday, October 15, 2009

Balloon Boy: Another Triumph for Journalism

Journalism claims another trophy today with its fantastic reporting of the now falsely-proven "Balloon Boy" story, where a 6-year-old boy in Colorado supposedly floated into the clouds above Colorado after climbing into and untying a homemade balloon from his back yard.

The story instantly dominated all American news coverage while we all watched in horror as the balloon flew across the sky and eventually landed in a field, but what's the best part?

Balloon Boy was never actually IN the balloon.

Nope, Balloon Boy was found later in his own HOME. Yep.

So Journalism: you got got. Again.

Now, granted, you took information you received from authorities and relayed that to us, but the only problem with that is: it was WRONG. Factually incorrect. And it is your responsibility, as the public's watchdog, to report only the facts.

There were no "allegedly"s or "reportedly"s. That boy was IN that balloon, and I bought it.

Not cool.

Next time a story comes in that sounds like a plot from the most recent Disney-Pixar movie, maybe you should do some followup before you get the American public in an unnecessary tizzy.

The good news is I think I've got a great Halloween costume idea!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Crazy Cool Coca Cola Freestyle

Have yall seen the newest development in soda fountaintry from Coke?!

This Coca-Cola Freestyle soda fountain provides consumers with more than 100 choices for drinks in one small space. I don't understand how it works, but it's pretty freaking cool.

Can't wait to see this in real life.


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Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama to win slew of Oscars and Grammys

After the recent announcement by the Nobel Committee that U.S. president Barack Obama would be receiving this year's prize for peace, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have announced that they will follow suit in honoring the beloved president.

"Now that we realized we can give the president awards without him having really done much for them, we thought it would be nice to treat him to a few to say 'doin' good, buddy!'" Tom Sherak, the current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

There is no word yet on which awards the academies will be awarding Obama, though Neil Portnow, the president of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has a few ideas up his sleeve.

"I would like to see a win certainly for best children's album because he is so good with kids and possibly, well, no, definitely a win for album of the year cuz even though he hasn't produced any music as of yet, we're sure that if he did decide to put together a CD it would be freakin' awesome," Portnow said.

Though the Oscars and the Grammy award ceremonies will not take place until 2010, both presidents have said they are open to "just giving him the trophies now anyway."

No word yet on whether MTV will incorporate Obama into its VMA or MTV Movie Awards in 2010 as well, though it is rumored that VH1 is already courting the president for next year's DIVAS special.

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