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Seriously. All the Ronald Reagan worship is going to make me FUCKING BARF. If I didn't despise the man in life, I sure as hell do now in death, because he's EVERYWHERE. Every "news" site, every page of my friends list (I guess it doesn't help that I watch conservatism and liberal), every newspaper. Last night, the news was talking about bringing up-to-the-minute reports of the funeral, and all the drones walking through the Rotunda to view the coffin.

Side note: wouldn't it be funny if the coffin was filled with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter? Think about it. All those people waiting 5+ hours in line to walk by the coffin, and then going on and on about what a spiritual experience it was and all that crap, and then right at the end before they ship him off to California, they open it up. BAM! Hahah!! It was I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!!! Not even real butter! Hooooooooo, we got you people!!! I Can't Believe It's Not a Dead Old White Guy!! Oh man. I know it's really unlikely, but if that's what ends up happening, I'm gonna laugh my balls off.

Anyway... up-to-the-minute? What the fuck? Who in the world needs up-to-the-minute reporting on a FUCKING DEAD GUY? Like I'm gonna sit there glued to my TV. Ok... They're carrying him to the grave site. Uh huh... Ok... now they're saying a prayer.. Mmmmhmmm.m.. Ok... still saying a prayer... Ok... Now a guy's giving a eulogy... uh huh... yep... Ok... Now another eulog- WHOA! HE JUST POPPED OUT OF THE COFFIN!! I DIDN'T EXPECT THAT!!! Good thing there's up-to-the-minute coverage!! I might not have found out about that until later on! I need to act immediately to put my "Zombie Reagan is real" plan in to effect! Jeez.


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Jun. 11th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
One the second day of Reagan coverage, I was working the slot and serving as news editor at the Appeal. Joe wanted Reagan on A1 again, which confused me. I was like, "He's dead. The news is gone. Can't we just bury it somewhere inside?"

"You've never covered a state funeral, have you?" was the response.

No, I haven't, and I think they're lame.
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
"You've never covered a state funeral, have you?"

Hmmmm, I wonder how many that dude has covered... I don't seem to remember this kind of week-long coverage and wall-to-wall TV when Nixon died. Do you? Most people don't even know that Nixon is dead. Who was the last president who died before Nixon? Who knows... That's because this crap didn't happen.

This is just straight up right-wing media tripping all over themselves to make Reagan into some kind of a super-hero. I guess they have to do something now that the old super-hero G.W. "Mission Accomplished" Bush don't look so heroic...
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
"That Dude", whom the esteemed kz was referring to, is my dad. He's been in journalism longer than you've been alive, and has spent most of those years making these kinds of decisions. The man is as liberal as you or I, so I don't really know what his reasoning would be for continuing the madness, other than the fact that people would piss themselves and accuse him of being insulting if it wasn't getting as much attention in his paper as it gets on TV.
Jun. 11th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
He's probably doing it 'cause if he doesn't, all the conservative a-holes will write angry letters to the editor and give him all sorts of grief that he doesn't want to deal with.

Still, there wasn't this crap with Nixon's funeral. I guess 'cause as much as the conservatives would love to lionize him, they just can't do it in public...

Still, there's light at the end of the tunnel...
Jun. 11th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
Actually, Joe loves to get angry letters. It means people are reading and thinking. I think the reasoning behind running all the Reagan hooplah is to provide people with one product in which newspapers still excel - a palpable record of a major world event.

I just think it's overkill. Hopefully, we'll stop with today's edition.
Jun. 11th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
Well, Nixon didn't get a state funeral because he was ousted from office. You only get one if you completed your term, resigned in good standing or were assassinated.
Jun. 11th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
Yeah, technically he resigned. The question is whether the threat of impeachment is enough to lose you the goodies. If that is the case, I wonder what will happen with Clinton, who actually went through the process, and came out more popular on the other end...

Of course I'm no fan of Nixon, just to be clear.
Jun. 14th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
And...The reason why no fuss was made over Nixon is because he SPECIFICALLY stated he DID NOT want the traditional state funeral when he passed away. So get your facts straight before you spout off about crap you obviously know nothing about.
Jun. 14th, 2004 08:27 am (UTC)
Re: I'm with you
Hmmm, well, let's see, where to begin. I guess we can start by saying that insulting me is no real way to get me to agree with or take seriously anything you say.

Nevertheless, if we start with the supposition that Nixon did not want a state funeral, how does that negate ANYTHING about the POINT I was making? Specifically, that a full week of front page/lead story nightly news articles is totally over the top and not really justified by the actual story here. So if the story doesn't justify the wall to wall coverage, then why is it happening? Time to dig a little deeper, don't you think?

That's really all I was doing, trying to work through for myself, and maybe a few other people, the story behind the story. I'm sorry that you feel that insulting me (anonymously by the way) is appropriate in this situation, because it really isn't justified.
Jun. 11th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
Bahhhh ha ha ha!
to continue the Ron-in-a-box theme...complete with creepy circus music, put him in a harlequin costume and we're set!
Jun. 11th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
haha ...i spurred a rant from you too. POW!! I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!! now that's comedy.
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
I'd rather it be filled with jelly beans. Then, when Dubya ran his hand across it this morning, it could break open and all the jelly beans could fall out onto the floor. And then Dubya would trip on them. Haha.

Even if I saw it live, I still wouldn't believe it's not butter!
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
*peeing self laughing*
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
I know!!!!! I"m so sick of seeing the tour of his casket!!!
Jun. 11th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
Reagan might have gotten away with being a zombie, if it weren't for us meddling kids.
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