Certain Speculation
By CB Hackworth
newsmanatl [at] gmail [dot] com

Remember “Journeys With Brenda Wood?”

Ok, never mind.  Not important.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine — often described as a “leading” Republican candidate for governor — has launched his own show, “Journeys With John Oxendine.”

I kid you not.  It’s on his YouTube Channel.

Good stuff?  You bet.  I think he consulted the creators of “Robot Chicken.”

It’s certainly not unusual for the parent of a newborn to whip out the ol’ camcorder to remember the moment with some first shots of the newest family member. Shooting a campaign commercial…?  It tells you all you need to really know…

I’m not aware that any of Atlanta’s broadcast media outlets have picked up on the strange things candidates are posting about themselves online. Like, say, this zinger from Secretary of State Karen Handel.

These shameless, smarmy self-promotions are starting to eat up a lot of YouTube bandwith, they’re as funny as anything on “Saturday Night Live,” and nobody in the mainstream media is paying attention.  I suspect Atlanta’s news directors don’t regard the governor’s race as a ratings grabber, but I’m telling ya — this stuff is better than the early rounds of “American Idol.”

Can hardly wait to see who gets voted off the island first!

5 thoughts on “Journeys…

  1. Snozz

    I have to say, my favorite thing about the campaign migration to web 2.0 is the gross insecurity that leads virtually every one of them to neuter the whole thing, and take the social out of “social media”.

    Karen Handel is I think a great example of a -yes, “zinger” is the *only* word for it- candidate so tightly packaged into micro sound bites and postcard slogans that they are only capable of “zinger”s. Here she takes a national constitutional and civil rights issue enmeshed in an intermingling of church and state and responds to it in – count them- 22 words:
    — 18 words identify the issue:
    “For anyone who wants to say that marriage is something other than between a man and a woman…”
    — and Handel “answers” the issue with 5 words:
    “… I say: bring it on.”
    Beg pardon? Huh? I mean, well…. what?
    Bring *what* on, exactly? Bring on the gay marriages, you said?
    Oh, no- you mean you’re rough and tough and spoiling for a fight!!!

    So, Karen, if you’re so ready to rumble, so eager to keep churches in the business of judging civil contracts – – – and marriage is, please remember, a civil contract and legal status that is conferred by priests, pastors, etc – – – if you’re so readddddddyyyyy to rummmmmmble….
    why have you made it impossible to “bring it on” (as you say)?

    Why are comments not allowed on your YouTube site? ‘Cause without them, dear, it’s *not* web 2.0, and there’s no social in your media- without them all you have is some shrewish harpy in some mini-commercials that make. no. sense.

  2. Dan

    Ok- enough political stuff from this guy CB. I miss the old blog! I’m ready to throw in the towel. Bring back the media posts by live apartment fire or other qualified media people. Please! This is already getting old.

  3. juanita driggs

    Let’s give John Oxendine credit where credit is due. He’s very media saavy and usually comes over quite well on camera or doing phoners. Most importantly for those of us in the business, much like Bob Barr when he was U. S. Attorney (dating myself here) neither has ever run across a camera or mike that he could walk away from. Like it or not, this is the type of “theatre” that spices up local news casts. (The above comment is neither a paid or unpaid political endorsement.)


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