L.A. the Blog: Lemmings CNN? A Metaphor For The U.S.? Really?

While perusing various news sites L.A. the Blog stumbled on a wonderful and irreverent video posted on CNN’s website created by their very own Erin Burnett for the daily news show OutFront.  Before we jump into the video we want to quote what CNN writes as a description of the show:

Erin Burnett OutFront airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET. Designed to showcase Erin’s unique style–casual, smart, and confident–OutFront stays ahead of the headlines, delivering a show that’s in-depth and informative.

While we admit we aren’t an avid watcher of OutFront and can’t comment overall on Ms. Burnett’s “casual, smart, and confident” style, we can sure the hell comment on this video report entitled “Steering Towards a Cliff,” that covers the upcoming need to raise the debt ceiling, and the likely showdown between the GOP House and the Obama White House.  Lemmings anyone?

Hell, L.A. the Blog can be just as irreverent – Jesus Christ and the Holy Mother of God did she actually find archival footage of lemmings to put in her video!?  Did she actually just compare us all to lemmings!?  It could be me but I think she was really trying to say the Bill Clinton and John Boehner look like lemmings.  Serious though (if I can be serious at this moment) we give Ms. Burnett the award for funniest video of the month, John Stewart eat your heart out!

The language of doom and overhanging sense of imminent, total destruction by something totally out of our control, something larger than woman and man combined, as she talks about our nation’s fiscal debt reminds us of reading William Faulkner, and his personified, indomitable description of nature when it overwhelms and runs wild.  We think her choice of words might be slightly exaggerated and with the lemming video a little over the top.  Makes for good fun though!

L.A. the Blog leaves you with our takeaway from the whole experience, for the report isn’t just a video it is an entire experience to be had down the dark path of human lunacy and intimate look into man’s deepest fears.   Our takeaway – if you are going to use an analogy, don’t use one that will make the animal rights people angry.  All those dead lemmings on TV, poor little things.

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L.A. the Blog: Time Cover of Julian Assange, Gagged

“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Oh yeah didn’t we assassinate that guy?  The Time Magazine cover of Julian Assange that makes a strong statement about the state of our country (if you are interested in reading what Time wrote click here and here).

With Time the only news magazine on the shelf at the checkout counters of Pavilions Grocery store in West Hollywood, tucked in the bottom shelf hiding and the tabloids taking center stage at top, its placement makes a stronger statement about what type of information our nation values.

Sadly we prefer the lies of tabloids to the truth of news.


The Time Magazine cover of Julian Assange. The only news magazine at the grocery store checkout stand, hiding almost unseen on the bottom shelf with the tabloids and fashions magazines dominating the display.