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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Easy Way Out

I'm tied up trying to finish some things at the office before I bail for the day, so I won't be able to post in depth until I get home this evening.

In the meantime, here's a Q&A with Former advertising guru Donnie Deutsch, host of The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch on CNBC. It ran in my regular Monday space, Unbuttoned with James H. Burnett III. Enjoy...or don't. But read it, if you're curious.


  • You should be syndicated nationwide, have a book deal, movies, etc.

    By Blogger awesomegoddess, at 12:26 AM  

  • Very nice of you awesomegoddess, I wish for the same thing - maybe not the movies, though. Cameras and I don't always mix well.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 9:15 AM  

  • Nice interview. Your a good writer and I wish you got more lines in the mullet wrapper. But let me ask you something--does it bother you at all that someone with no jounalism background gets an interview talk show? I mean it's great that Donnie Deutch is an advertising mogul and has made a gazillion dollars selling people crap they wouldn't have otherwise blown their money on, but what jounalism credentials does he possess to deserve a talk show? You didn't ask, but does he have a degree in journalism or writing or something? I mean I guess he looks cute and all, but is our country ever going to venture into the deep end of the pool again and take an adult swim? Being shallow is easy. Having convictions is hard. You journalists should really stand up for your profession and what it's supposed to represent for the rest of us. If it's Donnie Deutch, then maybe you should let him write your article, too because he's obviously qualified by the eroding standards of the fourth estate.

    You understand this is nothing personal against you or Donnie (although that interpretation by you would be understandable). It's just my random bitching on the sorry state of American journalism which, at least for a brief period in the early to mid 1970's, conspired to give people the truth no matter the cost. Now it's seems only interested in being a means for selling the other more important products the company makes.

    Sorry to rain on your parade and here's my soapbox back.

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 11:59 AM  

  • Ha! BD, don't pretend you don't enjoy raining on my parade. Your question is fair.

    And to answer, no, I'm not bothered by Donnie getting a show, 'cause he's not a journalist and he's not pretending to be.

    I can't fully explain why it doesn't bother me with him, 'cause I can give you a million examples of other folks w/shows or books or columns, etc., who have earned no stripes as journalists, and it bothers the crap out of me.

    Not to take anything from it, 'cause I've watched many episodes, but I guess I just look at his show and see a conversation, a casual Q&A between two people.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 12:34 PM  

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