Media’s Changing-Guess Who’s the Last to Know? Network Executives! Does Stephen Colbert Know?
UPDATED: September 10, 2015 Uber’s Travis Kalanick interupted during taping of CBS Late Show with Stephen Colbert (below original story)
August 27, 2015
Newspapers are fading and the executives at big network news programs are more interested in keeping paid
corrupt corporate sponsors happy than they are providing facts; and, that coupled with Twitter, which does a better job of providing information than any network ever could, has made the traditional news mediums antiquated. Forest Lawn Memorial Park had plots reserved decades ago for late night talk shows packed with celebrities plugging their latest book, movie, or denial of plastic surgery. Celebrities are no strangers to self-promotion where the internet and social media put the final nail in the coffin of shows CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert premiering September 8, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.
Network executives, who make the decisions regarding programming & formatting, lack the understanding that a formula that’s worked since the invention of television simply no longer works. No matter how much mouth-to- mouth is done on a casting couch it doesn’t change the fact that monologue, stupid bit, plug celebrity guest who’s plugging latest self-promoted money making venture, isn’t cutting it in today’s market.
The first network executive who truly understands the shift in media, and the people’s desire to hear the truth will have celebrity guests held accountable for their unethical and or illegal behavior, slightly reformat a show like HBO’s John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight and run it opposite prime time network news and not at 11:35 p.m. Since this won’t happen it’s a pretty good indication that the Colbert people liked on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report will look more like a castrated bull on life support.
The internet erupted like a network executive (pre-Ashley Madison hack) on his casting couch when CBS released Colbert’s scheduled guests for the first week which includes two people written about on this site: Elon Musk & Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick. The only way this works is if Colbert takes the usual billion dollar blinders off and exposes these guys as the #GodsOfFrauds that they are.
The writers and producers of Late Show should have victims of both Musk (that’s any taxpayer) and Kalanick on at the same time and force accountability. For instance when Uber released high-profile client’s information at an event as a party trick, known as #GodView, it offended more than a few people who felt exploited by Kalanick’s unethical & illegal behavior. None more so than Peter Sims, a former Silicon Valley VC, who forced accountability from Uber and Kalanick by taking his story public which was met by crickets from Kalanick despite a letter written directly to him from Sims.
Late Show producers should inject enough adrenaline to shame Uma Thurman’s scene in Pulp Fiction by having cuter-than-a-kangaroo Russell Howarth of Arresting Uber on who’s currently being sued by Uber in Australia for exposing the truth about Uber’s unethical and illegal hiring of Uber X drivers. Better still, ask Kalanick why there’s an international hunger strike in his honor.
Uber drivers to stage one-day hunger strike in Hyderabad tomorrow http://t.co/qgM8LNY5jG pic.twitter.com/9z0sQ4M1Ja
— NDTV (@ndtv) August 27, 2015
And if that doesn’t work the clinically brain dead ex-wife of Elon Musk, Justine Musk, will gladly accept a spot opposite Elon on Late Show where she can highlight such imporant points as the casting couch isn’t just for Hollywood anymore and explain the easiest way to find the G-Spot is on a G-5, which oddly is also how to become a billionaire.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick heckled during taping of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' http://t.co/RUzQjtnqWv pic.twitter.com/MwFQIsKFuQ
— BI Tech (@SAI) September 11, 2015
At Colbert, audience member started protesting the Uber CEO. Amazing how Colbert just let him speak.
— Rachel Zarrell (@rachelzarrell) September 10, 2015
Amazing how Colbert will likely kiss his ass like Elon Musk. #GodsOfFrauds
And sure enough: CBS trying to do damage control for Uber is unethical.
Holy crap taxi association at The Late Show standing up in the audience to yell at the CEO of Uber
— Jeremy Nguyen (@jeremywins) September 10, 2015
@mburbridge26 lol he mentioned not to tweet that the Uber CEO segment MIGHT get cut.
— Jeremy Nguyen (@jeremywins) September 11, 2015
@CBS & @colbertlateshow doing damage control for @Uber is unethical #TheSociopathicBusinessModel https://t.co/UoUBoJOgts
— Melayna Lokosky (@MelaynaLokosky) September 11, 2015
The actually money men are duller than dishwater…..and sorry, 2 years ago Mr. Howarth might of injected a bit of adrenaline into proceedings, but his brand is now tired! Presently, having to suffer his dire Game of Thrones.
My degree in broadcast journalism afforded me many friendships with those in the industry for the past twenty plus years with the “money men,” and I disagree with your position in that coke and strippers slipped on to expense reports, filed under entertainment. That said, I’m sure there are many qualified victims of Uber who should like to challenge Mr. Kalanick on any given day in any given forum, Mr. Howarth & Mr. Sims were cited as examples of past Uber victims, that’s in now way saying those are the only victims of Uber.