Friday, October 16, 2009

GE executives are funnier than Jay Leno

Uh oh.
That headline is from MarketWatch. Staid, straightforward MarketWatch. As Saul Alinsky said in Rules For Radicals:

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon....

For some reason I'm hearing a twisted version of the chant at the 1968 Democratic Convetion*:

The whole world is laughing. The whole world is laughing...

From MarketWatch:

It's clear that NBC Universal misfired by installing Jay Leno in a primetime comedy show every night. General Electric senior management would have been a better choice. They're much funnier than Leno.
How else can you explain Chief Financial Officer Keith Sherin's comments on Friday during a conference call with securities analysts who monitor GE , which owns NBC Universal?

Consider these quotable quotes from Sherin: "Four weeks in, the Jay Leno show is exceeding our ratings estimates as are Conan and Fallon. So we are happy with the 10 o'clock and the late-night performance."...MORE
*Mayor Daley had the best line of the convention. Referring to the clash between the rioters and the cops, he said:
"The policeman isn't there to create disorder.
The policeman is there to preserve
The Mayor was a regular Mr. Malaprop. On another occasion he was supposed to say:
"We shall reach greater and greater plateaus of achievement."
It came out as:
"We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement."
Prompting his press secretary to tell the reporters:
"Don't print what he said, Print what he meant."