November 19, 2014

Wondering, on Wednesday (v11)

President Obama announced today, in one of those casual-leader videos we in the business world see so frequently, that he'll be talking to the country tomorrow about his plans to use his legal authority to make changes to some part of our immigration policy. The announcement came on the White House Facebook page. In reporting on it, NBC's Nightly News announced that the major networks would not be carrying the President's address. Seriously. According to an article on Yahoo TV, the big four have confirmed they won't be broadcasting the speech, expected to last for about 1.25 inches of Lake Erie lake effect snow.
The administration said today that Obama will be speaking live from the White House at 8PM ET on Thursday. But ABC has the fall finale for Grey's Anatomy on at that time, while CBS has ratings powerhouse The Big Bang Theory, NBC has reality show The Biggest Loser and Fox has Bones. As of right now, none plans changes to there regularly scheduled Thursday night November sweep schedules for the approximately 15-minute speech. 
Say what you want about Obama, immigration reform, executive authority, and the rest - he's still the President. I'm wondering, on Wednesday, shouldn't we at least pretend that it's as important for Americans to hear what he has to say as it is to watch a bunch of people get yelled at by personal trainers?

Bill Cosby's art collection is on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington DC.  Everything else about Bill Cosby is on exhibit in the papers, on the news, on social media. In an almost surreal life-imitates-art situation, several women - fourteen? fifteen?  have come forward with accusations that Cosby drugged then molested or raped them, going back years, decades even. Cosby is not answering questions about any of this, and has lost at least two deals, one with Netflix and one with NBC.  The only similar situation I can think of that comes close is our old friend Tiger Woods, another guy who couldn't do much other than stand silent as accuser after accuser came forward, and you have to wonder with me, why the hell do these guys do this?

And then there's Tommy Chong talking about Jonathan Gruber on Fox News. I don't even know what to wonder about that one.