Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Kiran: Ray of Light?

October 5, 2009

Sunny patriot or sour sport? American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry desperately tried to find a bright spot for Chicago, the American city which got simply spanked in its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics by the Brazilian victor, Rio de Janeiro.

Today as AM opened it’s 7:45 a.m. ET segment with a shot of Chi-Town, co-host John Roberts remarked, “I think even the buildings look sad. Don’t they?” Sympathetically, Kiran commented, “I think so. Well, it’s going to be sunny today–66 degrees. You may not have the Olympics but you have some sunshine. So, not bad.” John sarcastically countered, “It’s a nice consolation prize.”

Kiran reluctantly replied, “I guess Rio has sunshine and the Olympics.” John added, “And the beaches.” Embracing a scintilla of Schadenfreude, Kiran retorted, “And crime!” For a moment sharing her dubious delight, a smiling John responded, “Oh, yeah! A huge cr [abruptly ending]: well, Chicago has that, too.” Kiran joyfully rejoined, “Rio’s worse!” When John looked at her askance, Kiran laughed, “Look on the bright side!”

For the Windy City, Kiran remembered her name. For Rio, she forgot it.

“F**k Fox News”

August 24, 2008

Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins got the brunt of the “Recreate ’68” protesters’ ire on America’s Election Headquarters today. “Recreate ’68′” was made up of leftists, who hoped to recreate the chaos of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago: they were primarily angry at Dems for not ending the Iraq war and were calling for the end of “occupations” in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and North America. After one of its speakers (radical former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill) refused to speak to him and getting roughed up by the crowd, Griff removed himself from the group but rejoined it as it marched toward Denver’s Pepsi Center (where the Democratic Convention will be held this week). When Griff began to try to interview the marchers, he was met with disdain, obscenity, and harassment. Then, suddenly, he was surrounded by protesters chanting “F**k Fox News” and flipping the bird to the camera.* A gutsy Griff was forced to toss back to Jamie Colby after about 25 seconds of the “f” word elapsed uncensored.

* 2:07 p.m. ET