A few weeks ago, a Lost Ogle reader let us know about a recent experience he had with the Oklahoman editorial staff. It started after he got up the nerve to email of those “letter to the editor” things. Here is the letter:
The responses to James Mitchell’s comments (Your Views, Jan. 20) overlooked a significant fact about Sarah Palin: She took an oath of office and committed to serve as the Governor of Alaska. However, when she realized that it would be more fun to write a book, travel the country, and go on TV; she quit. She defied her commitment and responsibility in favor of becoming a celebrity. Why would any thinking American want a president or vice-president who might quit when she sees something else that would be more fun? We need someone who has the integrity, maturity, and intelligence to honor commitments.
““ Jim Watson
If you ask me, that’s a decent letter to the editor. It’s kind of biased, brings up a few points, and overall, is relatively harmless. That is, of course, unless you are J.E. McReynolds (the chief editorial writer of the Oklahoman). Check out J.E.’s unsolicited response to the letter after the jump.
The first thing I thought when I saw the little duo was “That’s nice that The Oklahoman beat reporters are such good friends.” The second thing I thought was “Those guys sure are cute and cuddly.” The third thing I thought was “I wonder if they stand on stools during interviews?”
Seriously, either Berry Tramel is a giant, or it looks like the Oklahoman became an 80’s sitcom and now only hires short black guys as beat reporters. I think the last tiny white guy they hired was Andrew Gilman, and I think that was in 90s! Who knows, maybe Scott Munn wants the place to himself, but we should probably have Jenni Carlson investigate this story. That way, it will remain a mystery forever. We love mysteries.
* There is a 99% chance that the set-up for this story is totally fabricated.
The video clip below is from a recent appearance Senator Tom Coburn made on “Meet the Press.” When you watch it, be sure to note how quickly he distances himself from people who want to use violence and terrorism to overthrow the government. You know, people that can be compared to Tim McVeigh.
I don’t know what type of rock I live under, but it must be a big one, because I really wasn’t aware of this video until reading OkieFunk on Sunday. Doc Hoc, as always, covers the topic well. Here’s an interesting point he made:
(1) Coburn will probably easily win re-election in 2010, but that will only be because the corporate media here acts irresponsibly by not covering controversies like this one thoroughly. By not giving this story coverage and by refusing to hold Coburn accountable, the local corporate media shows again it cannot be trusted. If any violence occurs at upcoming political events, both Coburn and the corporate media here will be partially to blame. Does The Oklahoman really support the political belief system of Timothy McVeigh?
We know the Oklahoman is biased and prejudiced and all that good stuff, but how did they not cover this story? Basically, an Oklahoma Senator went out of his way to not discredit right wing wackos that were being compared to Tim McVeigh. Hell, he almost made it appear that he supports such people. You think that would be news, right?
Well, not in the Oklahoman. To be the target of negative press in “the state’s most trusted news,” it seems that you either have to work for Feed the Children, die in a car wreck or make one of the editorial writers mad. Seriously, Coburn could be spotted wearing a longhorns hat and snorting cocaine in a Turkish bath in Austin and the Oklahoman wouldn’t report it. And if they did, they probably just write a story lauding him for doing whatever it takes to understand why American’s hate health care reform, trial lawyers and environmentalists.
Anyway, one news organization did take notice of Coburn’s remarks. Granted, that news organization is located 1,500 miles from Oklahoma, but it’s better than nothing. Maybe it will force our local media to do some reporting and let the local public know how insane this guy, and then maybe as a result, Oklahoma voters will elect a different yahoo republican to take his place. That would be nice, because then we’d have a new person to ridicule.
Call me crazy, but am I the only one who thinks it would be fun to get drunk with Bob Przybylo? Granted, the only reason I would want to do this is so I can say that I got drunk with Bob Przybylo, but it would be fun to watch him stumble around Sipango in his brown sports jacket and creepily gaze at girls at the pin pong table. I wonder if Bob would talk to them, and if he did, if he would share with them his knowledge of the Edmond area, and in particular, Edmond North High School.
Seriously, though, how’d they pick Bob Przybylo to cover high school sports? With a name like Bob Przybylo he should definitely be covering the crime beat. Also, Bob kind of looks like he shouldn’t be allowed within 300 feet of a high school, much less interviewing players in the locker room.
Anyway, we’re definitely going to enjoy watching Bob Przybylo videos for the rest of the high school football season. Maybe we’ll call them “Fridays with Bob” or just “Przybylo on the Prowl.” Whatever we call it, I’m sure it will be fun.
UPDATE: Per a reader comment, we have learned that Przybylo’s nickname is “Boneman.” I am alarmed, scared and amused all at the same time.
As you may have noticed, Dunkin Donuts recently became the newest TheLostOgle.com advertiser. Since we like chocolate long johns, fresh award-winning coffee, and their convenient OKC metro locations, we thought this was a pretty big deal. However, in what’s perhaps a bigger (and much more expensive than advertising on The Lost Ogle) deal, Barry Switzer is now appearing in national TV spots for the donut giant. Check them out:
Yeah. I’m really not too sure what these commercials mean or if they are supposed to be funny, but I like them. They are funny-weird in a very Napoleon Dynamite type of way. I think that’s a good thing.
Also, it’s good to see that Barry Switzer’s finally got out of the restaurant business. Becoming a character actor is a much better idea than opening another Switzer’s Lighthouse or Chicken Ranch or whatever other silly idea he’s come up with. It will probably save him (and his business partners) a bunch of money, too.
That kind of leads to this question: How did Barry Switzer land this gig? I know the local media (aka Sports Animal, Oklahoman) has brainwashed us into thinking Switzer is some sort of local God and coaching legend, but on the national level he has a very tarnished legacy. In other states, people remember him for his rampant disregard for NCAA rules, inheriting a Super Bowl champion team, and bringing a gun to an airport, more than they do the three OU national championships, recruiting stories at Othello’s and the alcohol binges at every bar in Norman.
Seriously, sometimes I wonder if Barry Switzer has pictures of everyone at the Sports Animal and The Oklahoman attending some gay orgy at David Boren’s house, because that’s the only way to explain why the local media is so far up his ass. He could get caught tomorrow with JR Ross and Toby Keith hunting some blind homeless man at Arbuckle Wilderness and the local Sports Media would find a way to stick up for him.
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