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Monday, July 01, 2002

I complained the other day about a particular bit of incompetence on one of Buffalo's local news stations. Well, one of the other stations was not to be outdone. On Saturday, as everyone probably knows, President Bush underwent a colonoscopy during which he transferred power to Vice President Cheney, for all of about an hour. Bush was back on the job by mid-afternoon. However, this didn't stop Channel 2 from cutting its primetime news promos as follows:

"President Bush undergoes a medical procedure and is forced to transfer power to the Vice President! When will the President return to power? The latest information on his condition, live at eleven!!"

I'm wondering if this isn't just the type of thing that Chevy Chase was skewering when he would say, "This just in: George Washington is still dead."

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