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The Expansionist
Saturday, July 21, 2007
 
Red-Iculous. I was desperate for entertainment in the middle of the nite tonite and, in channel-surfing, chanced across a bizarre Fox News Channel show called Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. In this grotesque and ugly show, a number of youngish, self-important nobodies comment on the news, as tho anyone should care what they have to say. They are mainly negative and condescending, as tho somehow their accomplishments in life entitle them to look down upon people and offer nothing positive. Their unintelligent, uninteresting, and unconstructive remarks are punctuated by patently phony lafter more telling of the utter unfunniness of the proceedings than the tinniest laftrack on the corniest, lowest-production-value sitcom in Fifties television.
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It would be bad enuf if that sad little excuse for a program ran 15 minutes. In actuality, it appears to run an hour, an hour that seems much, much longer. I sat before the TV in amazement that something so charmless and lacking in news value, humor — any redeeming value — could be on any major cable channel, even Rupert Murdoch's FNC. I kept waiting for something funny, or insightful, or in any other way worthy of the time and attention of anyone on this planet to turn up, but saw nothing and heard nothing that would justify putting that white noise on the air for an hour or even 3 minutes. I am left wondering how there could possibly be an audience for a program so lacking in substance, style, wit, or appealing personalities. Red Eye might well be the most pointless waste of time in all of cable. Bass fishing is more worthy of your attention. I beg of you, don't see for yourself. If despite what I have said you wish to check out Red Eye, and come away as astonished as I that something like that could be on nationally broadcast TV, don't blame me. I warned you not to waste your time.
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(The current U.S. military death toll in Iraq, according to the website "Iraq Coalition Casualties", is 3,629 — for Israel.)



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