Friday, February 13, 2015

Thought's On: The Losses of Bob Simon, Brian Williams, and Jon Stewart

          This has proven to be quite a week for television as we have lost two renown newsmen and are due to lose a third (sort of)....My thoughts...
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Bob Simon (1941-2015):
Considering he survived Vietnam and a 40 day captivity during the Gulf War it's difficult to accept that a car accident would end such an accomplished life. The sound of Simon's voice on 60 Minutes usually meant I needed to shut up and pay attention (which I thankfully did). I don't know why, but I'll remember him best for all the reports he did on animals...

Brian Williams (Career, 1981-2015):
This week we also saw the end of what was considered a very promising career. Apparently one too many RPG's hit Brian William's helicopter during the Iraq War. Either way, just watching old footage of Bob Simon's work really makes one cringe when compared to Brian William's tall tales.
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Nooooooooooo...

Jon Stewart (The Daily Show, 1999-2015):
Ok, ok, so he's still around...but not for long. In all honesty after Colbert went, and word of Stewart's expiring contract made this weeks departure announcement kind of a foregone conclusion. Where am I going to get my political satire from now?...and who should replace him? Hot Tub Time Machine 2's mock Jessica Williams segment was cute but shouldn't come true...and HBO claimed John Oliver already so I really don't know what Comedy Central is going to do now...

           Well, the show must go on. 60 Minutes will undoubtably pay the finest of tributes to Simon, and hopefully Brian Williams spends his suspension time thinking about a career change...Let's hope that change doesn't land him as the new host of The Daily Show...