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Borowitz writes: "Millions of viewers who unwittingly tuned in to the highly upsetting program recoiled in revulsion and took to social media to rip CBS."

Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes. (photo: YouTube)
Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes. (photo: YouTube)

CBS Criticized for Airing Graphic Horror Program Without Viewer Advisory

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

11 September 17


The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, "The Borowitz Report."

BS ignited a firestorm of controversy on Sunday night after it broadcast a shockingly graphic horror program without any viewer advisory.

Millions of viewers who unwittingly tuned in to the highly upsetting program recoiled in revulsion and took to social media to rip CBS.

“It’s appalling to think that you would even consider broadcasting such a thing at seven o’clock, when children could be watching,” one viewer wrote. “Shame on CBS.”

Another irate viewer complained that he was “in total disbelief” that CBS would air such disturbing content with no warning preceding it. “I may never get those nightmarish images out of my head,” he wrote.

Responding to the avalanche of criticism, the chief executive of CBS, Leslie Moonves, said that he doubted that a viewer advisory before the program would have made a difference. “I knew what was coming, and I was still terrified by what I saw,” he said. your social media marketing partner


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+33 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-11 14:13
Never has there ever, ever been a spot on parody of one of our nation's right wing darlings.

But, it hope the satire and sarcasm is understood on many layers.

What is funny to me, is the media (people in charge of) buying the pseudo intellectual flap that comes out of this turkey's mouth. All of his language is simple flap meant to fill up media time with the fright of "going to war with...". Oh, the horror of it all. Oh hum. What this turkey says is just so darn important, just like the local school district's football game last Friday night.

Like what media mogul signed off on the interview? Like duh? Bad 4th graders get attention too, I guess?
0 # dbrize 2017-09-11 16:11
Gracious. If we are to condemn "pseudo intellectual flap", we might weigh the consequences.

I rise in defense of "pseudo intellectuals" everywhere. Without us, boards like these would soon disappear for lack of content and comment.

As a self designated political independent with healthy disregard for both major parties my own uh, "pseudo intellectual flap" has been at times well received and summarily dismissed. As the French say, "c'est la vie". Let free speech prevail:

I am reminded of a professor of mine who observed of free speech, "many profess to believe in it but work diligently to deny it.

As for the Bannon interview, I submit my independent thoughts:

1. Wishing him away will be prove ineffectual.

2. A careful listen to the entire interview would be beneficial for progressives of a populist nature. His comment that 2020 will find (I paraphrase) "a win by either populism from the left, or populism from the right" seems prescient.

3. He talks specifically about job protection, sensible foreign policies, opposition to banking cartels and infrastructure improvements. Do progressives see something here that might resonate with voters?

4. His comments on the "Democrat" Party (the nerve of this guy) are loud and clear. Until they get off identity politics and back to being the party of the working class, they continue to lose.

5. He ate Charlie Rose for lunch. Swatting the status quo is still a winner, snow flaking is not the proper response.
0 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-12 12:52
No one is wishing him away. And, really, if you carefully listen to him, it really is fancy word flap, almost to the point of being laughable. But, yep, duh, NPR will go on a wild hunting trek to look for valid and reliable thoughts. Who the fck knows why? Maybe the gas industry is funding him, or perhaps facebook?

Hmmm, he ate Rose for lunch. Is that important for you? Perhaps a high school football game is of equal value?
-2 # dbrize 2017-09-12 14:10
"Hmmm, he ate Rose for lunch. Is that important for you?"

Only to the extent that it elucidates why the Democrats continue to miss the primary reason for their current state: Swatting the status quo is still a winner, snow flaking is not the proper response.

"Perhaps a high school football game is of equal value?"

Only when a high school football game is played to determine the future direction of our economy, foreign policy and constitutional system of government.
0 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-13 05:27
Hmmmm, the future direction of our economy. I gotta laugh. I would say, since there are completely marginalized middle class Americans, and completely destitute impoverished Americans, that 85% of the country is set aside from the economy in general, so future or "our" economy is kinda flappy talk. Does your flapper talk about that? And, please, foreign policy? Do you think your flapper of intellect comprehends any of that? And, yes the ever, ever so ever important hailed above all else, constitution system which was built upon the exploitation of an entire race; the flapper flaps, flaps flapper slappy words of shite, and NPR and CBS gobbles it up.

I honestly feel great sorrow for you, because you are eating his shit sandwich, hoping to get a taste of bread on the next bite... wake up, it is a shit sandwich!

You do understand that the capitalist system is a highly competitive system from which the players push each other OUT of the market? Our economy, please.
-1 # dbrize 2017-09-13 10:27
So many words to say nothing. Just a rant about those evil "capitalists", those evil European descendents who wrote that evil constitution and your intellectual superiority.

Your tantrum is acknowledged. Do you have any realistic solutions to offer?
0 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-13 16:17
Why yes, I do have a small part of a solution. Stop listening to psuedo intellectuals like Bannon. And the media needs to stop acting like he is some "important" person of our time. And you too, could edge away from your capitalist tendencies, and begin to share prosperity. And, yep, lets stop thinking about the constitution as if it were some divine document, and press onward to a better document.

Do you have any solutions?
-2 # dbrize 2017-09-13 20:46
Yours are not solutions. They are wishes you cannot make happen.

Ignoring opponents is recipe for defeat.

Failure to analyze what they say is ignorance. The media is covering Bannon because he is a significant part of the
current political maelstrom. That's what media does, often badly, but their failures are gruel for both sides.

As for "capitalist tendencies", if you equate corporatism, crony capitalism and mercantilism as capitalism, you need a remedial course in economics. We do not have and have not for a long while if ever, genuine capitalism. We have much closer to mercantilistic national socialism than capitalism.

Capitalism does not use government policy to erect barriers to entry by competition, game the market in favor of preferred contributors and fix prices to enhance profits for the chosen ones. Actual capitalism by its nature encourages competition, improves standards of living for all and best utilizes limited resources to societies advantage. We really ought to try it.

The constitution is already made a "better document" 27 times. The biggest problem with it is those who swear to uphold it choose to ignore it when it gets in their way.

Now real "solutions", starters:

1. Create/pass Universal healthcare

2. End the AUMF and make Congress do its job.

3. Restore Glass-Steagall.

4. End the Federal Reserve.

5. Eliminate taxes for the first two years on all start up businesses that employ a minimum of 20 people.
0 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-14 16:56
Okay, get to work! But, I don't think Mr. Bannon is going to keep you on target. In fact, that pseudo intellectual flap will distract you.

But, yep. Go, get to work!
+14 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-09-11 17:52
Like most US made horror movies, this ghoul will be back in a sequel very soon. I did not see Bannon. I hope he scared the kiddies right into the democratic socialist camp.
-15 # markovchhaney 2017-09-11 22:47
There was no need for a similar warning to potential viewers of Hillary Clinton's self-aggrandizi ng interview this weekend. We all knew that it was going to be non-stop anti-progressiv e manure without needing to tune in. I only regret not being able to avoid all the reports of her lying, ungrateful filth.
-8 # elkingo 2017-09-12 00:02
You know, at first you meant the footage of the children blown up and dying in Bangladesh, having fled the atrocities of the Myanmarese Army. Talk about horror. Satirize that, Andy.
+9 # heiko2012 2017-09-12 09:32
Quoting elkingo:
You know, at first you meant the footage of the children blown up and dying in Bangladesh, having fled the atrocities of the Myanmarese Army. Talk about horror. Satirize that, Andy.

Try to find any comments about this from our glorious "leader", he is too busy counting his money and his photo opportunities to think about the plight of actual humans...
+22 # opinionaire 2017-09-12 05:32
Totally agree. When I saw his face, I turned off the television. Not only has he nothing instructive or helpful to add to the public discourse, giving him air also gives him a platform to increase the Breitbart traffic. This country needs less fear and anger, not more.
+4 # MikeAF48 2017-09-13 10:16
This is the kinda of guy you never turn your back on and anyone else in that white house mess.

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