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Uncle Jay Explains: Nov. 9, 2009

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Uncle Jay Explains: Nov. 9, 2009

Multiple choice: TV reporters only want to keep you (a) informed, (b) up to date, (c) watching.  This week, they pretty much gave us the answer, didn’t they?  Uncle Jay explains it all!

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24 Responses to “Uncle Jay Explains: Nov. 9, 2009”

  1. Neil Russell Says:

    You’ve nailed another one, all the news in 3 minutes that took everyone else a week.

    Our local paper was so busy assessing that they ran the headline “Motive Still Unclear” in the Ft Hood shooting story.
    I wonder how the shooting at Ford’s Theater would be reported today?

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  3. Cosmos Says:

    HI Oncle J:
    I believe there’s a ‘donkey’ in ASSESE. Thanks to this relationship, we are privledged to learn all the newsances from the media. This is indeed an asset.

  4. Richard Pauli Says:

    Spot on!

    The role of TV news is to bring viewers to advertisers. Keeping viewers informed is not always necessary to retaining viewers.

    Actually they work hard to present what we WANT to see…. never what we need to see. Eventually this means we will soon watch totally meaningless news.

  5. Melba Sibrel Says:

    Excellent, UJ! You really must re-magnetize your “S” though.

  6. DanT Says:

    My dictionary defines “Uncle Jay” like this:
    A man capable of scintillating clarity, possessing an unswerving devotion to truth, and presenting timely topics.

    You’re my Hero, Uncle Jay!

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  8. gabe Says:

    really could have done without the last word. i like to show to my students, but it was very inappropriate this week despite the obvious punchlines

  9. Ol James-Ala-BAMA Says:

    ANOTHER STANDING ovation Uncle Jay.
    Gabe, c’mon!! kids hear worse on TV and video games..
    They are mentioned in all sorts of historical and present day text. Also, there’s a LOT of them in DC.

  10. Mephistopheles Says:

    @Gabe – an “ass” is a donkey, not know for being bright. “Asses” would be the plural. I’m not understanding the inappropriateness.

  11. Kathy Says:

    Thanks Uncle Jay,

    very funny again. LOL-FILL TIME
    nice hat!

  12. Laura M Says:

    Another fantastic episode Uncle J. It is a shame you had a technical problem with the “S” at the end ;) See you next week.

  13. Greg Says:

    One of the best “explains” ever. It’s almost sad the way the media just hands you matereial. The only other thing I’d add is that as soon as a disaster is announced, TV news has special Theme Music whenever that topic comes up. SNL nailed that one years ago when “Buckwheat was assasinated” (“Have you seen the clip?”) O, and GABE, I disagree with you. It was very appropriate. I think they’ve heard the word on TV before. George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say on TV have dwindled down to 2 over the past 30 years, and they can even say those two on some cable channels.

  14. DJ Says:

    I thought this week was so humorous I had to laugh.
    As a regular viewer, this episode nailed it. LOVE the falling “s” — and most politicians and much of the news media are indeed asses with a capitol A. What a breath of fresh air you are! Keep up the good work.

  15. J Henry Says:

    TV news has become nearly worthless to thinking people. It seems to be crafted primarily to indoctrinate sheeple. When something big finally happens, the cable news outlets FILL TIME with it continuously for hours to the exclusion of all else, despite having no more than a few minutes worth of new information during those hours. I turn the channel after getting the initial information and check back several hours later when I might be able to find out more in a couple of minutes.

    As soon as ASSESS appeared, I knew that last S was eventually gonna be a goner…

  16. Doug Stewart Says:

    U B Da Man, Onkl J!!!

  17. Sandbar Says:

    If UJ is truly making these videos for kids, then dropping the “s” was clearly inappropriate.

    Justifying the use of the word “asses” in UJ’s video by saying “they’ve heard it and worse on TV” is the same flawed thinking that has plunged this once, great nation into the moral quagmire it is today.

    I am a principal in a Christian School and I have showed UJ’s videos to our students. No more. It’s obvious that UJ will resort to “gutter humor” to get a laugh. Too bad … they enjoyed his videos … I thought his standards were higher. Obviously not.

  18. Sara Pitbull Says:

    Another kudos to Uncle Jay for snap-crackle-and-pop’n his way through the week’s news.

    Next week, you should talk about…

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    P.S. Politics in schools should be limited to history and government classrooms, and they should not preach anyone’s political agenda or favor a political party or ideology.

  19. Nick Says:

    Fantastic job! Please Sanbar, If the kids are old enough to read the word, they are old enough to understand the meaning. Have you never heard of a person making a “jackass” of themself??

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  21. Nana Says:

    @Sandbar: Are you missing a “teaching moment” here?

    Thank you once again, UJ, for telling it like it is. Soon I will be forced to get ALL my news from you, as my faith in most other outlets is eroding at an alarming rate.

  22. Chris Says:

    Outstanding Uncle Jay!. I wish you were our local newsman! Then we might have the real acts all the time instead of the dropping behind my favorite pet bull.

  23. Sheik Yerbouti Says:

    Do people not realize that UJ’s use of the word was not the “profane synonym for buttocks” definition? Come on, people; if you’re in education, you need to understand the English language.

    …even though it was rather obvious.

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