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Shut up, Ted

This happened last week, and I'm just now catching up with it. Disturbing:

In an interview with CNN host Piers Morgan last week, Media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner said the fact that there have been more suicides than combat deaths in the Army this year is not “shocking,” but “good.”

Gag order

First, we had the news about the Obama team dictating the subjects to be covered by interviews with the "local media." Now he find out Mitt Romney wants to play the same game:

Hey, look, !@#$% naked people

I found this to be an astonishing claim: "New study says full-frontal nudity on prime-time TV up 6,300 percent over last year." Did TV suddenly start running porn movies while I was in the kitchen getting a sandwich? But then we see these examples of what is counted:

Ain't no chicken Muppet, is there?

Today's "news our fathers wouldn't have understood" entry:

If the 40-year relationship of Bert and Ernie wasn't enough to convince you, know that the Muppets are officially supporting gay marriage.

How many sub-basements are there?

It's not exactly a shock that Americans' confidence in television news has dropped to a new low:

Americans' confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993.

Nutjob, the series

This may not be the stupidest idea for a TV series I've seen lately, but it comes darn close:

A&E has ordered a drama series inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho.

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Tube boobs

You remember how reality TV star Amber Postwood of "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" was arrested when one of the episodes showed here slapping, choking and kicking the rather of her daughter while the child was present. Now she has violated probation and is in jail, and she says it was on purpose:

A former reality TV star from Indiana who is now in prison said in a jailhouse interview with ABC News that she chose to go to jail in hopes that it will straighten out her life.

Brian's (swan) song

Let's hear it for one of our favorite Hoosier natives and Purdue graduates:

Brian Lamb, who created the revolutionary nonprofit cable television network C-Span in the late 1970s and has been its public face ever since, is handing it over to two lieutenants, Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain.

S- - - happens

This seems like a misguided protest, or at least a premature one:

LOS ANGELES — An anti-profanity crusader on Tuesday asked ABC to pull this week’s “Modern Family’’ episode in which a toddler appears to use a bleeped curse word.

Shameless plug

If you want to hear a little political talk about the just-started session of the General Assembly, check out the annual legislative preview edition of WFWA Channel 39's "PrimeTime39." I know I know, that's the same time as "Jeopardy!" But there'll be a link at the PBS39 website if you want to watch it online on your own schedule. The usual panel will be there: Leo Morris of The News-Sentinel (hey, that's me!), Karen Francisco of The Journal Gazette and Andy Downs of the IPFW Downs Political Center. Bruce Haines of WFWA is the moderator.