Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beach
And this year's recipient of the Sue Simmons "Swear It Out Loud Award" goes to Mr. Clemente!
What a shame he wasn't given a second chance! He's quite cute.
Momentary brain fart, apparently. How could he not know his mike was live? The broadcast had begun, the music was playing.
It's a shame but even if the mike wasn't live, why does he have to be using those words on the set on his first day at a new job... guy is a total maroon. I'd have fired him on the spot.
[quote]What a shame he wasn't given a second chance! He's quite cute.
He is terrible at presenting the news. Terrible.
[quote] I'd have fired him on the spot.
Me, too. They only suspended him.
I agree -- first day, new job, first 15 seconds on camera and that's what you say aloud? No fucking (shit) way. You're on a tv broadcast, you're not stocking shelves at Piggly Wiggly.
[quote]He is terrible at presenting the news. Terrible.
In all fairness it's probably really hard to read a TelePrompTer while you're shitting your brand new Men's Wearhouse suit.
They both seem like a couple of stupes. Why are they hiring kids with such awful voices/diction?
One of our weather readers here has such a Lawn Guylant accent it's like nails on a blackboard. Can't they even [italic] try [/italic] not to sound like marble-mouthed rubes?
He was probably one of those special snowflakes that got a gold star for everything in school. The guy obviously has a lot to learn.
That can't be a real broadcast. That looks more like a really bad in-class exercise.
[quote]They both seem like a couple of stupes. Why are they hiring kids with such awful voices/diction?
Bismarck ND is probably one of the 5 smallest TV markets in the US. They get the bottom of the barrel 22 year old kids who start there and try to claw their way up to a big market like Sioux Falls or Des Moines.
It's North Dakota, folks!
He keeps talking to himself while she's introducing him, and it's throwing her off. What an ass.
WalMart is the seventh largest employer in Bismarck.
That should tell you all you need to know.
[quote]He keeps talking to himself while she's introducing him, and it's throwing her off. What an ass.
That was weird. Wasn't that enough of a clue that they're on?"
The fraus of America have already attacked the station's Facebook page in droves, posting hundreds upon hundreds of comments demanding that the anchor be given a second chance.
"F Bomb" is one of the most pussified words in the language.
"The F Word" was enough, on those occasions where you feel you can't say "fuck," but "F Bomb" is for douchebags, pussies, and morons.
R17, uptight much?
I agree r17!
Ewwwww, ouch...that was painful to watch. Both of them, actually. They're both terrible from start to finish. I'M humiliated.
No rapport. It *does* feel like some kind of audition. Good lord.
I second R20
Surprisingly, I thought Walmart would be the number one employer in Bismarck.
[quote] What a shame he wasn't given a second chance! He's quite cute.
So....... you like your men really, really stupid, inarticulate, practically illiterate (from the sound of his opening news reading), inappropriately profane and with an obvious speech impediment. And used to um....being .... umm......from the east coast.
Actually, his lack of ease with repartee was far worse than his swearing.
I don't know if this is the case anymore, but 20 years ago the Jitney Jungle supermarket chain was the second largest employer in Jackson, MS behind state or federal government funded agencies, schools, etc. This was according to a Chamber of Commerce videotape which was sent to interested visitors or people who were moving there.
R27 ... ???
I should have referenced R14 and R23 in that post.
I bet he got the job because he was veteran.
First job becomes last job in 10 seconds.
In New York TV reporter Arthur Ch'ien was being bothered by teens jumping up and down and screaming before his live shot. He missed the cue. Metro New York saw him say "Get the fuck out of here." He was unemployed for more than a year.
Apparently he was trying to say the Boston marathon winner's name.
What a humiliating performance. What does this say about West Virginia colleges and education? And don't they teach their students to look into the camera that has the little red light on? I'm sure that was one of the questions on the final exam.
Doesn't he say, "Gay...Fucking Shit"?
[quote]Doesn't he say, "Gay...Fucking Shit"?
[quote]Apparently he was trying to say the Boston marathon winner's name
I finally watched this, but with the volume off at work. It was painful to watch. The hand gestures and talking to himself during her introduction. Could he have been so lost in his anxiety that he wasn't fully aware of his surroundings?
I never even said fuck when I was on high school. We just didn't. Only student radicals said fuck, as in "Fuck the war" and "Fuck the army." True, I did go to catholic school, so maybe we were a tad behind the times.
Years later I was shocked when I went to pick up my 5th grade nephew from school and every other word out of the mouths of these elementary school boys was "fuck." Now everyone says it so freely that this guy probably didn't even think it was ... you know... like, not good.
I'm shocked that was an actual broadcast. Thought for sure we'd find out they were interns doing an after-hours audition. That was the most amateurish TV production I've ever seen.
[quote]I'd have fired him on the spot.
Thanks for weighing in, Joan Holloway Harris.
Hopefully, he can find a career in gay porn.
It's got to be better than doing the news in Bismarck, ND.
[quote]Years later I was shocked when I went to pick up my 5th grade nephew from school and every other word out of the mouths of these elementary school boys was "fuck."
Those little cunts!
r32/3, Arthur was later hired PIX-11. While he was reporting from the Halloween Parade, a guy in a clown suit wanted to get on the float. He reached up and grabbed Ch'ien who went face first onto the pavement. After facial reconstruction many months later he returned to PIX. In their "Welcome Back" the doctor who performed the surgery was interviewed showing detailed photos.
These two just aren't cut out for this. What a terrible broadcast this was, it looked like one of those programs on public-access channels. There are a couple of straight out of college newly hired broadcasters on a few on my local news programs and they're pretty good. I was surprised to see how bad these two were but R11 helped me understand why they're so bad.
Don't people have to move up to being an anchor? Starting as a beat reporter who goes out to crime scenes, etc., gets on camera experience with ad-libbing as needed before they get such a visible position.
Imagine what the guys who auditioned and didn't get the co-anchor job sounded like.
[quote]Don't people have to move up to being an anchor? Starting as a beat reporter who goes out to crime scenes, etc., gets on camera experience with ad-libbing as needed before they get such a visible position.
It's a weekend desk job in a tiny market. They'd be lucky to have one field reporter on the weekends. Plus the guy was a sports reporter, which only involves narrating some clips and giving the scores.
Maybe it was an "affirmative action" hire.
Does anyone in CT recall the black Hartford anchor who would mumble his poems into the microphone all hunched up, back in the 70s?
r46, the female co-anchor said he had been a reporter.
Well I think he is adorable, and my bet is in the end this will help his career.
I think the awkwardness in the clip was due to:
1) Co-host Van freezing up when she realized immediately that AJ's comments were on-air.
2) AJ not expecting the "tell us about yourself" question.
While it's easy to pile-on, the kid probably was a bit nervous to begin with on his first day; moreover, this is a pretty shitty job. I would bet the annual salary is in the low $20ks range. You don't get Walter Cronkite doing your weekend news in North Dakota for that kind of pay.
Not only do I think this will end up not hurting him, I think it will be a big plus.
[quote] his sports resume tape is linked.
That was horrible. I read better than that in third grade. And he does something that drives me crazy --- pronounces "the" with a soft e in front of a word beginning with a vowel -- "thuh owners" instead of "thee owners."
He also says West Virginia is on the east coast.
When did they move it?
r55, don't be dense.
He mispronounces many words and names, Perterno for one. His email is attached to the beginning of that 6 minute clip if you want to write to him, Cheryl.
Omg, that was the fucking WORST! He's like some caveman learning how to read.
And can I say that both AJ and Van have HORRIBLE TASTE in clothing? His cheap suit is too big, and her red/blue polyester ensemble makes her look like she's straight out of the 1970's!!
What's that thing on his upper lip?
He has no skill at recognizing his cues.
He has no skill at reading the teleprompter.
He has no skill at ad libbing.
But at least it's good to know that he's used to...being from the East Coast.
It's not super important, but just as a clarification the dude said he was audibly trying to pronounce the male winner of the London (not Boston) Marathon - Tsegaye Kebede.
He was trying to sound out that name when he gave up at 'gay' and then dropped the 'fucking shit' comment.
He's rude. He keeps his head down reading aloud while his co-anchor is welcoming the aufience.
And of course he expected to give an intro. The people here excusing his complete lack of skill or talent because he's "kind of" cute is pathetic.
Hooked on Phonics worked for him!
That video resume confused me. Who is Alex Borrero? An alter-ego?
[quote]Who is Alex Borrero? An alter-ego?
It would seem. When he has the stache he seems to go by Alex Borrero.
Maybe he is on a sexual predator list and changed his name.
Alex is his drag name?
He's happy to be from the East Coast.
Okay. So am I. But that's a rather awkward greeting to say to the 10 viewers in North Dakota.
He's not so much happy R68. He was just used to it. Maybe people there don't say intrusive things to rattle you - like "Tell us a little bit about yourself".
He's an arrogant mutha fucker. He says he doesn't deserve to be fired now.
By the way Eddie I see you have a key stroke logger on this.
Couldn't you have typed that without posting, R71?
I'm sure he didn't know he was on camera. He probably figured they were on a closeup of his co anchor while she was speaking.
Sure, R73. And I guess he "forgot" he was mic'd too.
[quote]Maybe it was an "affirmative action" hire.
Is he black or Latino? I couldn't tell.
I don't get it. Why does he say he's used to being from the East Coast? How do you get used to it?
Delete the F word from your vocabulary and you won't have to worry about a slip. Anyone who can't communicate without profanity should just keep their mouth shut.
A numbskull with a mouth filled with filth! Who has no clue what it takes to be a TV reporter.
r77 is racist. Without the f-word black people couldn't talk. You're saying all black people should shut up. Racist cunt.
OMG, that newscaster who said "Keep fuckin' that chicken!" What must have happened to him after that broadcast?
He was obviously nervous, but what a horrendous debut on camera.
And BOOM goes the dynamite.
They should get this kid on the fast track to be the replacement for Greg Kelly.
He was on the Today show and Savannah and Matt were very nice and allowed him to take the show to a commercial. He was STILL AWFUL. He was nice and apologetic and explanatory about his gaff but he STILL SUCKS. Such a long way to go if another station DOES give him a second chance.
Yeah, dude, I'm sorry. I did broadcast journalism stuff for a while, and am still in the industry. This guy is fucking awful. There are technical things one can learn about being on camera, but really 80% of it is natural ease and charisma, of which he has absolutely zero. He's just really, really, really bad. Someone with even a modicum of talent could've used all this attention to bag an agent and a better job, but this guy would be lucky to get a slot in a market in the 80's.
I could see him not making it as an anchor because he's not very good, but to fire him because of a word? Ridiculous. This has to be the most immature society in world history. How do you fight these people?
The funny thing is that his co-anchor is not much better than he is. I'm not sure that he should have been fired,but boy are they scrapping the bottom of the barrel in North Dakota.
He was on Live with Kelly and Michael today, and they are going to give him a job as an entertainment correspondent for the show for a new Pierce Brosnan movie's red carpet premiere. Sorry if this has already been posted.
The job with Kelly Ripa isn't official. It was just her riffing with Michael about how nice it would be if they could give him a job as a correspondent, maybe an outdoor correspondent or an entertainment correspondent.
He's a cutie
I find it really obnoxious that this guy, who is so clearly just BAD at his job, royally fucks up right out of the starting gate, but now he's feted with sympathy, job offers and publicity. Meanwhile industry veterans with decades more experience (let alone talent) are unceremoniously laid off DAILY. The TV biz, especially at the local level, has been hemorrhaging staffers for years. But this yahoo, who never should've gotten hired in the first place, is the new "thing" because he's a celebrity now and that all that matters in our culture.
He was hired for his looks, his sort of bland handsomeness.
News stations don't hire for talent, or poise, or the ability to count to 10, or much of anything else.
He's literally as dumb as a box of rocks.
He is no anchor. He's 15 minutes is about up.
He is from New York.
[quote]I don't get it. Why does he say he's used to being from the East Coast? How do you get used to it?
I think he was just patching together random words & fleeting waves of thought...much like this famous idiot:
r89, AJ's Red Carpet interview will air today on Kelly and Michael.
In Bismark AJ's co-anchor is Vietnamese, he's Hispanic and their weatherguy is black. Hardly the demographic of North Dakota. The FCC puts EEO pressure on stations to keep their licenses.
Send AJ back his hometown of the Bronx to Cablevision News12 where he can carry a camera, set it up, and report from the field.
his anus is neither warm, most or inviting
First thing he should do is slice off the ugly black mole on his upper lip.
The Red Carpet clip aired soon after Kelly and Michael began today. AJ started by interviewing a woman who told him she wasn't in the film. Carson Kressley made fun of his square-toed shoes.
[quote] That was the most amateurish TV production I've ever seen.
At least it was in HIGH DEFINITION!
This poor station in North Dakota probably flew him in from West Virginia for an interview and said, "Yes! He's the guy we want anchoring our weekend news!" And then he packed up his things and moved halfway across the country for this job. And after all of that, he can't even figure out that when his co-anchor says, "Good evening, I'm Van Tieu ..." he should shut the fuck up because they're on the air.
I can understand that the really small markets don't exactly have the best talent, but didn't anyone tell this kid that his career goal was unattainable? He simply cannot broadcast.
America's smallest TV market, 210th, is Glendive, Montana. AJ should start there. Then he can work up to 151, Bismarck.
If you look at his Twitter account, you can go back and read him tweeting about getting the job in ND and making the big move. Apparently, he had been on the job for a couple of weeks as a reporter before they decided to move him into anchoring. Just a few hours before the newscast, he tweeted, "Alright News Director and GM checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if i am ready for anchoring.....Awkward Turtle......."
r10, I guarantee it's a real broadcast, it looks like a lot of small-market newscasts. We used to have a Fox affiliate station in our town, with our own local nightly news program. It was awful. By the time the affiliate left (well, switched to full-time religious programming) the entire show was anchored and run by mostly college graduates. It was kind of painful to watch, but the anchors were hot as hell.
He cant even read!
He's getting way too much attention. He has no on air presence and can barely read the teleprompter. He needs to find another line of work. Perhaps reading to the hearing impaired.
Since I'm not from the East Cost, I guess I don't have the proper perspective on this.
Is it sometimes challenging for native East Coast residents to adjust to their homeland?
Based on the way anchorman Clemente mentions how very comfortable he's become with...um...being from the East Coast (as I believe he so eloquently worded it), I gather that it can be quite the ordeal. He still can't even state it confidently without a hesitant stumble in his speech.
Kind of a shame to know that it's such an issue for folks, but I'm happy that this brave and inspirational guy seems to be coming to terms with it.
[quote]News stations don't hire for talent, or poise, or the ability to count to 10, or much of anything else.
That's not really true. It is a looks-driven field (it's a visual medium), and their definition of talent differs from most, but TV stations (larger, more profitable ones with more sophisticated audiences than Bismarck, ND, anyway) actually do look for poise, diction, delivery and the vague but definitive ability to "connect" with the audience. Add a naturally empathetic demeanor and a knack for quick thinking under pressure (or the ability to fake either), and that's your ideal news anchor/reporter.
Yes, these are mostly shallow, simplistic attributes, but that's why TV people don't need to be all that smart. They're mostly mouthpieces for the writers and producers who do the real storytelling behind the scenes, before the broadcast. They're also always equipped with an earpiece on air, so they can be fed late breaking information while reporting live on camera (we've all seen this). Basically, a news anchor needs to be a bit sharp and a bit clever, but he does not really need to be all that knowledgeable. It's not as easy as it looks and it does require a certain kind of talent. Love 'em or hate 'em, people like Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper and Diane Sawyer certainly possess talent, poise and "the ability to count to 10".
This douche possessed none of that.
It was stiff competition this week, but Clemente had the Best Week Ever (according to the VH-1 show).
DL has changed: 6 pages and no wit.
On-topic: given that you can say many words on TV that you couldn't in the past, it'll probably be standard vocabulary on the air in a few more years.