Your reality has been (digitally) altered

OK, now this one is just fun. We just learned that ex-Governatrix, Sarah Palin’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show (with old/new host Jay Leno) was digitally altered to make her appear more appealing. Yep, that’s right, according to an individual who was in the audience, she totally bombed in her stand-up routine, and was not nearly the media darling that she appeared to be during the ham-handed, softball interview.

“Who needs teleprompters when a studio can simply insert canned laughter?

I’ve dealt with sound engineering for 30 years, as a film maker, interviewer, musician, working with master reel to reel tapes/decks at EMS Music in Seattle in the 80’s as a sound duplication engineer, or setting sound levels for my and other bands in live situations at shows. I won a Hollywood award for animation in 2000. I know sound. And it’s my opinion that audio portions of Sarah Palin’s March 2nd appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight show were added or amplified, edited before broadcast to make it appear that Sarah Palin was more welcome than she was.

I know. I was there.”

Makes you wonder how much of what we “witness” on TV has been faked (yes, I’m talking to you Fox News)

“They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn’t help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical – nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.

After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence – all missing.”


Oh yeah, truth in reporting makes us want to add that the person who made this blogpost, was not only a former resident of Alaska (says he live there for 12 years), but is no fan of Palin.

In fact the guy also the published Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring & Activity Book, and had actually brought several to the taping, and passed them out to the audience prior to the start of the show.

Oh yeah, apparently there is a story making the rounds that Palin (who recently lifted everything from an Oscar freebie table) is currently pitching a reality show featuring her.

Talk about the vanishing ratings on TV, eh?

The Perfessor

Jon Stewart is on Vacation, Let’s listen to Bill Maher

As I don’t have HBO, I don’t normally watch Bill Maher, and I stopped watching The Tonight Show after they gave Carson the boot. so when I came across this story, and these two clips I had to watch.

If you don’t want to watch, but don’t mind reading, the gist of the story is here:

Bill Maher went on the “Tonight Show” yesterday to welcome Conan to Los Angeles, but instead had the host squirming in his seat. With no new projects to promote, Maher spent the evening talking politics.

Conan began by asking Maher about a recent statement he made on CNN calling America stupid. “You know who [got upset]? The stupid people…Bill O’Reilly called me a pinhead, which is a) not true and b) really funny coming from a doody face like him.” Maher went on to attack America’s misconceptions of our political system and offered the birthers a deal, “I will show you Obama’s birth certificate if you show me Sarah Palin’s high school diploma.”

In the second segment, Conan asked Maher about comments he made accusing Obama of being overexposed. “I get it, he likes to be on TV. I like my bong, I take it out of my mouth every once in awhile.” From there, Maher launched into health care, saying the president should stop dicking around and a take a lesson from the Bush administration about how to get his way. “Obama should wake up tomorrow and say ‘Jesus told me to fix health care’…This Max Baucus guy needs to wake up tomorrow with an intern’s head in his bed.” The visibly uncomfortable O’Brien argued for compromise, but didn’t put too fine a point on it.

The Perfessor