Sunday, October 9, 2005

Just stopping in for a quick moment.

Ah, I love to have a good laugh at KPTV's expense! It just makes my night. Tonight's mirth-maker was the story about the subway "terror plot." Kevin Coari intro'd the story, saying it was by "KPTV's Julie Banderas." The tape started. Julie Banderas was nowhere in sight. Another female reporter named Gomez was the talking head for this one. Even though she said her name, the KPTV-supplied Chyron said "Julie Banderas." Coming out of the tape, Kev said "That was Julie Banderas reporting." Gee, they don't even watch their own show!

What made this particularly amusing to me was that I've met Ms. Banderas. As I've mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I was in my home town of New York City back in June 2003. I managed to get myself on two of New York's TV news shows by pretending to be a minister who runs a church for smokers. Julie Banderas (her real last name is Bidwell; she apparently thought it would be better for her career to be "Hispanic") was the reporter for WNYW, Channel 5, the New York Fox affiliate, who interviewed me in front of City Hall and outside a bar when I attempted to convert a few patrons. Funny stuff.

I got lucky because one of the anchors at WNYW is Linda Schmidt, with whom I worked in the 80's when I was a Top 40 morning drive DJ and she was my news girl. Fortunately for me, she happened to be off the night my "church for smokers" story ran; she would have recognized me even though I haven't seen her since her wedding years ago, I suspect.

Julie Banderas/Bidwell got fired from WNYW when she was caught "simulating sex," as one of New York's tabloids put it, with her cameraman in the Channel 5 van. She was quickly hired by Fox News Channel, which gives you an idea of their jounalistic standards.

Oh heck, since I'm here, why don't I give you a few links you can follow to read about stuff you aren't going to get from KPTV?

The shit's about to hit the fan for the mayor of Spokane. Click here

The shit's about to hit the fan for the Republican Party of Ohio. Click here

Hey, remember that story about the guy who runs the porn site which has published pictures of American soldiers torturing Iraqis? Remember how I told you about it over a week ago although KPTV only got around to it tonight? Well, they still managed to screw up the story. The guy did not get arrested for the torture pictures. He got arrested for the porn (odd, since, so far as I know, it isn't illegal to put porn pictures on the Internet). Click here

Oh, according to Newsweek, the Bush administration wanted to blow up Syria, but cooler heads (*cough* Condoleezza Rice *cough*) prevailed. Feel safer yet? Click here

Hussein may be executed before all his trials finish. Well, that's one way to keep him quiet. Click here


At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Uncle Bob,

Say it aint so!

Did you finally pack up the mules, and head for higher ground?

Where is the acerbic wit we've all come to love so well?

Don't hang up the fedora quite yet, my plump little compadre!

There are newscasts still to critique!

Hilary Hutcheson has had a perm, and a platinum blonde hair-do in the last week, and you haven't even budged!!

I hope those mean guys at 12 didn't take you out, mafia style?

Are you in the mafia by the way?

You kinda look mafia-esque.

Maybe you should try for a cameo on The Sopranos?

Oh yeah... if you're just on vacation, hope you're having a great time!


A Fan

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

You don't believe I'm over here in Iraq? Must be nice for you. I guess that's how you sleep at night. In your head, no one's over here. No, I'm not in Baghdad. I'm in Tikrit. You know, Saddam's hometown? The place where the CinC conversation took place? Yeah........ Got anything else for me?

At 1:07 PM, Blogger KPTV-Watch said...

Jessica, I never said that I didn't think ANYONE was over there! Simply saying that you're there, however, does NOT constitute proof that you actually ARE.

Also, telling me something I already knew--that Tikrit is Saddam's hometown--does NOT prove that you're really there, either.

If you are, in fact, in Iraq, you have failed to demonstrate that so far. That's not MY fault.

Oh, by the way, I sleep just fine at night. I wonder how George Bush and the other people who put our troops and others in harm's way sleep, though.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Google my name. Besides an actress and a pathologist, you'll see a list of stories I've done as a military broadcaster over here. Better yet, check www.dvidshub.net and do a video search for Booker. That's me. Mr. Karr was clever enough to do some research on me before he opened his mouth. Shame you didn't do the same. Only made yourself look stupid.

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm in Oz. Don't believe me? google 'Dorothy Gale' That's me.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I'm curious. What other sort of proof do you need? Should I email you pictures to prove I'm here? Why should I have to prove myself to you? Do you feel the need to see the orders of every military person that says they're over here? I don't get it.....

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Sarah Lowrey said...

Bob Pagani--in Oregon, now! Last I saw of you was in Idaho--you sure move around a lot. Hope you love the rain, and hope all is well in your life.

At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

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