Larry King Interviews A White House Press Release
New York, New York - Tonight, Larry King made television history by spending the entire hour of his show interviewing a press release from the White House. This ground breaking program was originally supposed to be an interview with President Bush and his wife Laura. However, at the last minute, President Bush decided that he would rather watch a rerun of Gilligan's Island on Nickelodeon instead. So, in place of the President and First Lady, the White House sent a two-page press release with all of their talking points.
At first, King seemed uncomfortable talking to the two-page press release but he quickly warmed to the task with his usual charm. Said King, "Wow! What an experience! I asked the press release a question and then my crack crew would highlight the answer from the press release and put it on the television screen. It was exciting. I am still shaking from the experience."
Tom Shales, television critic for the Washington Post, called it a defining moment in modern media in which the last vestiges and pretenses of true journalism were finally put to rest in the course of a single hour. Said Shales, "When you realize that there is really no substantive difference between Larry King talking to the President or Larry King talking to two sheets of paper, you start to understand everything that is wrong with the media, with the public and with America. God help us."
Tomorrow, Larry King plans to interview a half-eaten piece of fried chicken that was discarded by Dick Cheney.