Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Where's Kent Brockman When You Need Him?

Amidst all the Oscar buzz from Sunday night, and the excrutiating non-story of Ralph Nader trying to remain relevant, you might be forgiven (barely) for having missed the 60 Minutes piece on former Governor Don Siegelman, "a successful Democrat in the Republican state of Alabama when he was convicted of bribery in a case that has been criticized by Democrats and Republicans."

Oddly enough, it seems that Alabama viewers may have missed it, even had they been watching it.

Tonight was something truly unseen in US history. During the 60 Minutes broadcast and ONLY during the Don Siegelman portion -- the screen went black for Huntsville residents and Mobile residents.

We are now being told that it was a technical issue with CBS in New York:

We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring "The Prosecution of Don Siegelman."

It was a techincal (sic) problem with CBS out of New York. We are working with them right now to see if we can re-broadcast the segment.

Please be patient with us during this time. We are doing our best to correct the problem.

Excuse me? Are they trying to tell us that a glitch in New York ONLY happened in Alabama -- which is the topic of the 60 Minutes broadcast -- and ONLY during the Don Siegelman segment? Are you kidding me? We have selective prosecution and now we have selective news delivery?

Even worse, it seems that we have selective technical glitches. Microwave satellite technology has a well-known conservative bias.
In case you did not get a chance to see the segment, for whatever reason, here 'tis.