NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was forced to address the nation yesterday with the addition of a faulty fire alarm, which blared loudly in the background for nearly two-thirds of the broadcast. Even though Williams remained largely unfazed by the disturbance, the incident served as fodder for Jon Stewart on tonight's Daily Show—that is, until his own segment was interrupted by a loud siren. (I suggest it was Brian Williams, in the kitchen, with the bullhorn.)
Poor Brian Williams. His valiant attempts at delivering a report about American Airlines' bankruptcy filing on NBC Nightly News were stymied by a fire alarm that would. Not. End.
Tonight, during Jon Stewart's "I Give Up!" segment, the Daily Show host discussed the news that GE paid no federal income tax for 2010, despite $14.2 billion in profits. Stewart also took aim at President Obama and NBC News.
Former President George W. Bush's interview with Matt Lauer airs on NBC tomorrow night, but tonight's Nightly News gave us a tech/gossip-focused preview. Apparently, Bush has an iPad—he likes to read gossip on it! Find out what inside.
Monday night's broadcast of NBC Nightly News featured a modern incarnation of old-school advertelevision — the entire broadcast was "underwritten" by consumer electronics concern Philips, resulting in fewer commercials, thus longer segments. The show only had to stop for three commercials, totaling a scant 1:15 rather than the typical 7:00 of ads for drugs and sensible sedans. Newswatchers were so thrilled with the change that they're buying up new pacemaker batteries by the gross, even if Brian Williams had to pause and briefly demonstrate the BG2020 Men's Bodygroomer by trimming his taint.
We got all excited about Lea Thompson's promised blockbuster expose on online liquor sales for last night's NBC Nightly News, but somehow we missed the actual segment. This is what particularly intrigued us: "When we Googled online alcohol we were stunned to see a toy site come up, through which, with the click of a mouse, you could order liquor." With the mere click of a mouse, you say? Normally this would just be another case of Google handily replacing actual journalism — on a scare-story that went stale some time ago, natch — but we're damned if we can find this booze-selling "toy" site Thompson is talking about. Closest example we see when Googling "online alcohol" is "Dinky Drinks," which, while sporting a colorful kid-friendly design, is also cheerfully upfront about its liquorlicious wares. If you saw the report and know of the toy-drinks site in question, drop us a line. Because we, uh, need some toys. Of course, Googling "online sex" brings up a toy-related business as the first hit. Instant trend piece!