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