Thursday, June 02, 2005

Ted Turner drops in to help out

Ted Turner took time off from worrying about the billion bucks he owes the United Nations to provide some pearls of "wisdom" at a CNN 25th anniversary celebration hosted by Christiane Amanpour who was apparently supposed to make sure he didn't create a public spectacle. She didn't do too well:
And at one point he claimed partial credit for ending the Cold War.

Amanpour asked his if he honestly thought he had a hand in it.

"I'm absolutely certain I did," he said.
I hope his minders are keeping sharp objects out of his reach. But Ted's big rant was saved for CNN itself:
CNN should cover international news and the environment, not the "pervert of the day," network founder Ted Turner said Wednesday as the first 24-hour news network turned 25.
"I would like to see us to return to a little more international coverage on the domestic feed and a little more environmental coverage, and, maybe, maybe a little less of the pervert of the day," he said in a speech to CNN employees outside the old Atlanta mansion where the network first aired.

"You know, we have a lot of perverts on today, and I know that, but is that really news? I mean, come on. I guess you've got to cover Michael Jackson, but not three stories about perversion that we do every day as well."
Hmmm, international news, environmental news, and perverts. Maybe they could do a threefer if they would resuscitate Ted's pet project, Captain Planet, which was always a little weird:
Gaia, the spirit of Earth, awakens from a century-long sleep to the pillaging of the planet by a largely oblivious humanity. Fearing for the future, she sends magic rings to five youngsters from around the globe - Wheeler (North America), Linka (Eastern Europe), Gi (Asia), Kwame (Africa) and Ma-Ti (South America) - Gaia's team in the battle against further destruction of the Earth.

As the youngsters place the rings on their fingers, they are magically transported to Gaia's home, Hope Island, an uncharted, unpolluted tropical isle far from civilization. There, Gaia teaches them the secrets of nature.
Nothing like those "secrets of nature".

Ted Turner and Captain Planet

International - check.
Environment - check.
Pervert - check!

What's not to like?