Thursday, October 27, 2005

Separated at Birth? Flintstones Edition

Compare helmet-haired, reading-impaired weekend anchor Suzanne Deyo with Fred Flintstone's invisible-to-everyone-but-Fred space buddy, The Great Gazoo.

16 comments:

Sidebar Sam said...

Ted: History has shown that I generally agree with your right to say whatever you want with regard to on-air "talent" in this town. However, I think you've gone overboard with your trashing of Suzanne Deyo. Criticize her abilities (or lack of)in the way she does her job, but now you've just gotten down in the mud and gotten personal.

I have had to opportunity to work with Suzanne on a professional level, and while she may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, she has always conducted herself in a caring and professional manner. And, while she could use a new hairstyle, she is quite an attractive lady.

Please Ted, don't lower yourself to the level of Todd and Tyler.

Ted Brockman said...

The "Separated at Birth" feature is something we've done on several occasions. It's just good clean fun, so lighten up.

As for our treatment of Deyo: we have repeatedly said Deyo is a very good reporter, but a terrible anchor. Why Channel 7 gave her another shot after her miserable stint on mornings is inexplicable.

We've not "trashed" her, but we have pointed out her pitiful performance at the anchor desk. That won't stop; when she says or does something stupid, can't pronounce the names of world leaders, or emphasizes the wrong words in a sentence so that it makes no sense, we'll gnash our teeth and gripe about it. That's just how we roll.

theguesswho said...

Ted, are your talking about your blog or someone else's ? Sidebar Sam is absolutely right. Your criticism continually degenerates into a personal nature that goes far beyond the level of competency (or lack thereof) that you are critiquing. Write what you want to on your blog but understand that you insult and undermine your own credibility by trashing people and claming that it's good clean fun.

joeygrisgris said...

Don't ever let 'em push you into changing Teddy. Gazoo Bredow.......funny, funny stuff my man.

Ted Brockman said...

Here's the bottom line:

When people on TV can't read (or write) copy coherently, when they dress like it's casual day at the podiatrist's office, when they have helmet-hair or bed-head, when they choose to include professional photos of their whole family with their web bio, when they make stilted, senseless chit-chat with their on-air coworkers or giggle hysterically at the slightest provocation, they're fair game. When the weatherman looks like Ned Flanders or the morning anchor looks like an Olympic softball star, ditto.

We don't give a rat's ass how "nice" or "sweet" or "hot" someone is in person; those of us watching only care about what shows up on our television screens.

Credibility? How credible would we be if we said, "Boy that Suzanne Deyo's the best anchor in Omaha," just because she's a nice person?

Personal attacks? Look: we've been given plenty of nasty information about more than a few on-air types...stuff that would be personally and professionally humiliating. And much of it's about the same people that we've been all too happy to criticize for their shitty TV personas. Using the info would make what we have used look complimentary. But we haven't used it because that would be over the line.

If we sound like Todd 'n' Tyler, so be it. Suzanne Deyo still sucks as an anchor, whether she's caring and professional or a heartless bitch.

King Vernon said...

Is'nt this Ted\s blog. If you don't like what he has to say you don't have to read it. You can go stright to the ... bus station.

journalism101 said...

We all know Pee Wee Brockman can't take ANY feedback with out crying..."It's my blog, it's my blog" This could be a potentially interesting place on the net to kill a few minutes. It would be nice if Ted had the intelligence to know that EVERYONE in TV news has good days and bad days. Try watching the stories instead of the haircuts for a change. Try contrasting the ratings Deyo pulls compared to your precious Sarah Simmons and explain that...no FWIW on weekends Pee Wee.

theguesswho said...

Ted, You proved my point better than I ever could have. Thanks for the insight.

wine-o said...

Journalism101....now I know you are schizo....trying to compare Suzanne Deyo (I agree she is nice in person)to Sarah Simmons??? Simmons wins hands down on the professional level. She is a much stronger anchor. Saw her co-anchor with Greg Peterson again last night and you would never know she wasn't supposed to be sitting next to him. Try sitting Deyo next to Greg, she will come off like a Westside High School student.
And if you are so disgusted about what Ted puts on this site...why don't you go away?

DiggerDog said...

Deyo has gone to a smaller helmet lately. Good choice. Now, she just has one (two) small areas to enhance/ improve upon.

bandit75 said...

no FWIW on weekends Pee Wee
-nice signature journalgasm

This is a board for both humor and criticism for shit sakes. Those of you that get bent out of shape over what is posted here need to get a life. Go save some whales or tie yourself to a tree that is going to be cut down or something.

Ted, I nearly pissed myself reading this post. I still think Travis Justice and a giant bottle of Summers Eve should be the next Separated at Birth.

Sidebar Sam said...

Ted: Please re-read my comment. I no way did I say I had a problem with your criticism of her on-air abilities. I thought I was clear about that. At no point did I indicate that you shouldn't criticize her because she is a nice person. And for rest of you, I was merely stating my point of view (like Ted does) that I thought Ted had crossed the line with the comparison to Gazoo. Did I say or insinuate that he could not do it? NO! Unlike many of the malcontents who post comments here, I understand it is his blog and he can write what he wants. However, does Ted only want people who agree with him to post comments? I don't think so, as the discussion is what makes things fun.

Sidebar Sam said...

Here's a separated at birth for ya: Travis Justice and Milton (from Office Space). I can just see Trav losing it because someone took his stapler.

critical1 said...

Please. Ted, keep up the great work. I think your honesty should be praised. I think this blog is hilarious and right on the money. Deyo may be a nice person, or a rotten bitch, but she is out there for good or ill, and criticizisms will ensue. I'm pretty sure she'll go on with her job, regardless of what anyone here thinks of her. Personally, I'm willing to trade the word-stumbles for the eye-candy. I guess I'll never make it into management there...

DarthSchrader said...

The biggest difference however, is that the Great Gazoo can read and speak properly on television, dum-dums.

Appearance does matter. Don't sit there and tell me that if a horribly disfigured person with a scabby face, mussed hair, and a pus-filled stye delivers the news as well as a person who is well-groomed with a neat appearance. I am not saying that Suzanne Deyo is ugly; just stating a fact about appearance. Viewers do care. That's real life. If a talking head doesn't groom properly, they should expect comments like we have seen here.

Moving on to faces of beauty....

Travis Justice doesn't look like a bottle of Summer's Eve. He looks like a bottle of Massengill's Extra Cleansing Douche; 2 pack.

bandit75 said...

Thanks darth. Either way, I'll never eat a salad again.

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