Rocci Fisch

Random Thoughts

Rocci Fisch watches what's out there and has a lot to say about it. "Random Thoughts" is a quick-read, running commentary column which features his observations about the news, pop culture and the media, zested up with Rocci's unique humor.

Only Males Need Apply

March 6, 2013
  1. In listing the Sunday morning talk shows Mediabistro, a website featuring various blogs, job postings and news about the broadcast industry, writer Betsy Rothstein made a comment about the sexual makeup of the “roundtables” of the talkers – the pundits, the talking heads -- to see “how many females are fairing …”
  2. . . . And how many “schlongs” they’re planning to have on this week. 
  3. . . . According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary that word is defined as “slang, a vulgar name for the penis.”
  4. . . . How’d Rothstein get away with writing that?
  5. . . . What if a male writer used a derogatory term for a woman’s private parts?
  6. . . . The main shows (the networks:  CBS’s Face the Nation,” NBC’s Meet the Press”and ABC’s This Week”) had 8 women on and they were in the minority but not by that much.
  7. . . . The men were 10.
  8. . . . Lately the numbers seem to be going up.
  9. . . . Accuracy is everything in journalism – even in stupid TV listings.
  10. Gene Sperling, the Obama administration’s  National Economic Council director, had the same thing to say about the Bob Woodward (The Washington Post) controversy on three talk shows (ABCCNN --
    State of the Union” – and  NBC) on Sunday.
  11. . . . They all wanted the hot “get” of the moment and didn’t want to lose out to a rival.
  12. . . . It’s a very competitive field.
  13. . . . Sperling told Woodward that he (Woodward) would “regret” having implied in an email that the president was moving the “goal posts” on the sequestration issue, whatever that meant.
  14. . . . Woodward said he was uncomfortable with the comment, to be telling him he’d “regret” what he was saying about the $85 billion automatic spending cuts.   
  15. . . . It was a tempest in a teapot.
  16. They show Jesus walking on water in “The Bible,” airing on the History Channel.
  17. (“Walk On Water” – Neil Diamond1972, on Uni Records.) 
  18. . . . When I saw a promo for it Jesus was in the distance with the water splashing up.
  19. . . . It was a stormy night.
  20. . . . I guess he got wet feet.
  21. . . . It’s a 10-part mini-series produced by big-time reality TV’s Mark Burnett (“Survivor” and Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”). 
  22. . . . She played an angel on that. 
  23. . . . She’s plays the Virgin Mary in the series.
  24. . . . In another scene on the cross the actor portraying JesusDiogo Morado, looks like he’s got veneers on his teeth.  They didn’t have them back then, did they?
  25. . . . They’re too perfect-looking.
  26. . . . Wonder what dentist he went to.
  27. The pope tweeted “thank you” as he prepared to leave the Vatican.  He’s been tweeting since 2011.
  28. . . . But now his @Pontifex account has been deleted because he is vacating, although his tweets will be archived on the Vatican’s website (www.news.va).
  29. . . . ABC’s George Stephanpoulos  asked, “Will the new pope have to be active in social media?”
  30. . . . Maybe they’ll get a new tweeter.
  31. . . .  They want to be hip for the up-and-comers.
  32. . . . Also, the pope was delivered to his new temporary residence, Castel Gondalfo,  in a helicopter, “of all things,” said NBC’s Brian Williams.
  33. . . . Yeah, you’d think he’d make the trip with “thy rod and the staff . . . “
  34. . . . Or that pope mobile.
  35. . . . Relatedly, Paul GigotWall Street Journal editorial page director, in talking about Pope Benedict and who would succeed him said on “This Week,” “For those of us who knew him . . .”
  36. . . . Chummy.
  37. . . . Did he know him personally or did he just write an article about the pontiff?
  38. . . . What, did they sit down and have a glass of red wine together?
  39. . . . What contacts Mr. Gigot has.
  40. Michelle Obama’s hairdresser said this about her new-style bangs:  “Some people loved it and some people hated it and that’s what’s great about it.”
  41. . . . All the folderol about her hair.
  42. . . . She had her official White House picture taken with her Bang-a-Gongs.
  43. . . . And her dress exhibited a little bit of cleave(age).   
  44. . . . (RESULT:  The Iranian news agency Fars photoshopped her picture in order to conform to restrictions against showing the female body in the media.
  45.  . . . They covered up her low-cut dress and put sleeves on her arms.)
  46. . . . But it was okay for American audiences.
  47. Weekend “Today” had the cast  (well, it is a show) – Lester HoltErica HillJenna Wolfe and weather person Dylan Dreyer – all dressed up in “Star Wars” Jedi costumes out on the plaza Sunday.
  48. . . . They were learning how to wield the famous lightsaber sword and were taking instructions and waving it around.
  49. . . . I don’t know why they did this;  probably a plug for something coming up.
  50. . . . They all had on the white Anakin Skywalker garb, including dropped crotch pants like MC Hammer wears.
  51. . . . We last saw him on the American Music Awards back in November when he performed Gangnam Style with South Korean hip-hop star PSY.
  52. . . . To think Lester Holt is an anchor for the NBC Nightly News.
  53. . . . Somebody tell the management.
  54. QUOTE FROM ANNE HATHAWAY:  “It came to my attention  late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans.”
  55. . . . “For all involved”?
  56. . . .  Like everybody had a stake in what she wore? 
  57. . . . They say she’s dramatic.
  58. TREND:  There’s toilet paper now – has been for a while -- that has black and white advertisements printed on the roll.
  59. . . . I don’t think it’s Northern Quilted or Charmin, as far as I can see.
  60. . . . They discussed it on the “Today” show last week and Natalie Morales held up and examined a roll of it.
  61. . . . Someone said they were concerned that the print might get all over the area ‘down there.’
  62. . . . SLOGAN:  Look before you wipe.
  63. . . .  UH . . .  “Wipe Out” – The Surfaris, on Dot Records.
  64. . . . Ha Ha Ha.

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