Some people have very strong opinions about religion. Or politics. Or food.
I have strong opinions about morning news shows. Mock if you will, but I more or less hate all humanity before I’ve had my 20 ounces of coffee or it’s past 10:00am. I have patience for almost nothing, my temper is short. In this state, it’s playing with fire to subject me to crappy morning news programming.
Now, obviously, here in the states you have the potential for morning news show offensiveness at both a local and a national level. While I have plenty to say about local morning news*, my issues with the national morning news programs have been going on for longer. Oh, sure I have fond early-childhood memories of Good Morning America way back in the Joan Lunden days, and I still have a soft spot for the old CBS This Morning jazzy version of “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning.” But it all went pear-shaped when GMA took a nose dive, CBS destroyed their morning show and all that was left standing was NBC’s Today. Maybe could have made it through with NBC’s offering, except that at the ripe age of 15, I came to loathe Matt Lauer with the fire of 1000 suns. That sentiment continues, in force, to this day, no matter how much coffee I’ve had.
So, I’ve been adrift. I’ve tried going back to the other networks–GMA has shown some improvement, but they aren’t there yet–everything is too forced and carved out of cream-cheese. I even tried cable (Robin Mead on Headline News with her valley-girl inflection is only a hair more tolerable than Matt Lauer being arrogant). I kept looking for the morning news program that did what I needed it to do: give me enough information about world events to avoid being a total nitwit in the conversations before the morning stand-up meeting, and not give me another reason to hate the world before I get to my desk.
And finally, at long last, in December 2010 I found the show. It didn’t just meet those basic criteria, it went above and beyond. It is the morning show of my dreams. It not only didn’t offend, it actively highlighted everything that I hadn’t even realized was wrong with every other morning news program I’ve ever seen. This show brought the thing that matters most: The Funny.
Unfortunately for me, it’s Australian. Read the rest of this entry »