Saturday, 4 October 2008

Wrestling with the Truth

Everyone has a secret TV guilty pleasure - one of my old a housemates, a top business consultant in the city, couldn't miss an episode of Corrie. My late Grandad, who in public would lambast any programme other than the news as rubbish, was an avid fan of Brookside (sorry Grandpa!) and my other half has just too many to mention (no jokes about her bad taste in other areas please!)

Mine has to be... WWE wrestling!

Yes I know its all fake and staged - not really fitting given the blog title - but once you get into it and suspend your disbelief, it really is dramatic and athletic... ok, ok I can't defend it. Its straight up light entertainment at its worst!

Anyway I was watching an episode of Smackdown! the other day when the character 'JBL' came on moaning about the fact that the US government was going to bail out some of the banks and said that his wife was going to be giving evidence to congress on the matter.

Interested as to whether this was true or just part of wrestling kayfabe i looked him up on wikipedia - low and behold not only is it true, but JBL - a wrestler that pretends to hit people for a living - is a regular panalist on Fox news!

I guess shows the sort of 'fair and balanced' views they are interested in touting!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Joe Kinnear's rant at the journo's

Just seen this transcript of a Joe Kinnear press conference over at Football 365 - it gives a great insight into the world of football reporting (albeit a slightly weird one).

The first few pars are the most shocking/funny but the obvious Truth Revenge angle doesn't come in until about halfway through with the NUFC press officer pleading for all the tapes to be wiped!

Press officer: Let's get on to football. Let's have an agreement that everything said so far, if anyone has got their tapes on, it's wiped off and we're not discussing it.

Journalist: But that's what Joe has said he thinks of us.

Press officer I'm saying don't push it. Let's accept what's been said and try and move on.

Journalist: Move on to not doing any more press conferences?

Thanks to 365 for ignoring them and letting us see it in all its glory.

The Mirror also has a full recording - its interspersed with stupid mirror overlays so no-one can record it and claim it for themselves - but fortunately retains all the swearing.