'The Puppet's Court'

January 20, 2012
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No cameras in court? No problem! One news station has decided to cover a federal corruption trial using puppets.

I can’t believe a legitimate news organization has resorted to using puppets to reenact the happenings of bribery and racketeering trial in Cleveland. The news station says it’s lampooning the trial which is frequently “absurd” and sometimes “comical.”  But you know what? It’s hilarious and I think more people would be interested in court coverage if acted out by Sesame-Street-like puppets.

See for yourself: http://www.woio.com/category/211979/video-landing-page?clipId=6656785&autostart=true

If anything, the use of the puppets is a great way to draw attention to your news coverage and generate traffic to your website. If not for “The Puppet’s Court,” I would have no reason to visit Channel 19 Action News’ website.

Our Indiana Supreme Court is still considering the pilot project of allowing cameras in state trial courts. Until they are allowed – if ever – I’d be OK with news stations using puppets to tell viewers about a trial, within reason of course. You don’t want to lampoon serious issues like a murder, molestation or rape trial, but when there are Rolex watches, prostitutes, sexually transmitted diseases, gambling and fake invoices for refrigerators involved, puppets seem kind of appropriate.

Apparently, the puppets even look like the parties involved in the case, although I’m not sure why a squirrel puppet is playing the role of the news reporter.

 

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  1. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  2. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

  3. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  4. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  5. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

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