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Fresh out of college news anchor drops the F-bomb during his first TV broadcast!

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by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11504/27/2013

And this year's recipient of the Sue Simmons "Swear It Out Loud Award" goes to Mr. Clemente!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 104/22/2013

What a shame he wasn't given a second chance! He's quite cute.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 204/22/2013

Momentary brain fart, apparently. How could he not know his mike was live? The broadcast had begun, the music was playing.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 304/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 404/22/2013

[quote]What a shame he wasn't given a second chance! He's quite cute.

He is terrible at presenting the news. Terrible.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 504/22/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 604/22/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 704/22/2013

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?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 804/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 904/22/2013

That can't be a real broadcast. That looks more like a really bad in-class exercise.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1004/22/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1104/22/2013

Exactly, R11.

It's North Dakota, folks!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1204/22/2013

He keeps talking to himself while she's introducing him, and it's throwing her off. What an ass.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1304/22/2013

WalMart is the seventh largest employer in Bismarck.

That should tell you all you need to know.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1404/22/2013

[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?"

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1504/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1604/22/2013

"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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1704/22/2013

R17, uptight much?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1804/22/2013

I agree r17!

Fuck you!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 1904/22/2013

Ewwwww, ouch...that was painful to watch. Both of them, actually. They're both terrible from start to finish. I'M humiliated.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2004/22/2013

No rapport. It *does* feel like some kind of audition. Good lord.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2104/22/2013

I second R20

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2204/22/2013

Surprisingly, I thought Walmart would be the number one employer in Bismarck.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2304/22/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2404/22/2013

He's been fired.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2504/22/2013

Actually, his lack of ease with repartee was far worse than his swearing.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2604/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2704/22/2013

R27 ... ???

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2804/22/2013

I should have referenced R14 and R23 in that post.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 2904/22/2013

I bet he got the job because he was veteran.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3004/22/2013

First job becomes last job in 10 seconds.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3104/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3204/22/2013

Apparently he was trying to say the Boston marathon winner's name.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3404/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3504/22/2013

Doesn't he say, "Gay...Fucking Shit"?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3604/22/2013

[quote]Doesn't he say, "Gay...Fucking Shit"?

[quote]Apparently he was trying to say the Boston marathon winner's name

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3704/22/2013

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?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3804/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 3904/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4004/22/2013

[quote]I'd have fired him on the spot.

Thanks for weighing in, Joan Holloway Harris.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4104/22/2013

Hopefully, he can find a career in gay porn.

It's got to be better than doing the news in Bismarck, ND.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4204/22/2013

[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!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4304/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4404/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4504/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4604/22/2013

Imagine what the guys who auditioned and didn't get the co-anchor job sounded like.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4704/22/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4804/22/2013

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?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 4904/22/2013

r46, the female co-anchor said he had been a reporter.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5004/22/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5104/22/2013

He should have just blamed his Tourette's.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5204/22/2013

Took some searching, but his sports resume tape is linked.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5304/22/2013

[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."

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5404/22/2013

He also says West Virginia is on the east coast.

When did they move it?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5504/23/2013

r55, don't be dense.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5604/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5704/23/2013

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!!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5804/23/2013

What's that thing on his upper lip?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 5904/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6004/23/2013

Over enunciates.

NEXT!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6104/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6204/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6304/23/2013

Hooked on Phonics worked for him!

That video resume confused me. Who is Alex Borrero? An alter-ego?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6404/23/2013

[quote]Who is Alex Borrero? An alter-ego?

It would seem. When he has the stache he seems to go by Alex Borrero.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6504/23/2013

Maybe he is on a sexual predator list and changed his name.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6604/23/2013

Alex is his drag name?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6704/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6804/23/2013

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".

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 6904/23/2013

Keep fuckin that chicken!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7004/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7104/23/2013

Couldn't you have typed that without posting, R71?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7204/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7304/23/2013

Sure, R73. And I guess he "forgot" he was mic'd too.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7404/23/2013

[quote]Maybe it was an "affirmative action" hire.

Is he black or Latino? I couldn't tell.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7504/23/2013

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?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 7604/23/2013

OMG, that newscaster who said "Keep fuckin' that chicken!" What must have happened to him after that broadcast?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8004/23/2013

Fuckin' Shit....!!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8104/23/2013

He was obviously nervous, but what a horrendous debut on camera.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8204/23/2013

And BOOM goes the dynamite.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8304/23/2013

They should get this kid on the fast track to be the replacement for Greg Kelly.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8404/23/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8504/24/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8604/24/2013

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?

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8704/24/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8804/24/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 8904/24/2013

^Scraping

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9004/24/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9104/25/2013

He's a cutie

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9204/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9304/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9404/25/2013

He is no anchor. He's 15 minutes is about up.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9504/25/2013

He is from New York.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9604/25/2013

[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:

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9704/25/2013

r89, AJ's Red Carpet interview will air today on Kelly and Michael.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9804/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 9904/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10004/25/2013

his anus is neither warm, most or inviting

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10104/25/2013

First thing he should do is slice off the ugly black mole on his upper lip.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10204/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10304/25/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10404/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10504/25/2013

America's smallest TV market, 210th, is Glendive, Montana. AJ should start there. Then he can work up to 151, Bismarck.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10604/25/2013

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......."

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10704/25/2013

This is dreadful!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10804/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 10904/25/2013

He cant even read!

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11004/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11104/25/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11204/25/2013

[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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11304/26/2013

It was stiff competition this week, but Clemente had the Best Week Ever (according to the VH-1 show).

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11404/27/2013

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.

by Sue Simmons, enjoying a fuckin' Tequila Sunrise on the beachreply 11504/27/2013
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