Jamie Kellner, the CEO of Turner Broadcasting, apparently needs a better PR keeper. He gave an interview to Cableworld magazine in which he made some toweringly stupid comments. The original piece is behind Inside.com’s tollbooth, but this link to the Yale Law School’s excellent Lawmeme weblog copies much of the salient idiocy — then lampoons it.
My two favorite quotes — and these aren’t the jokes:
[Ad skips are] theft. Your contract with the network when you get the show is you’re going to watch the spots. Otherwise you couldn’t get the show on an ad-supported basis. Any time you skip a commercial or watch the button you’re actually stealing the programming.
… and …
I guess there’s a certain amount of tolerance for going to the bathroom.
Gee, thanks, Jamie.
I remember that after Ronald Reagan was elected president how surprised people were when they discovered that he actually was going to do all the things he said he was going to do. I’m just afraid that not enough people will take Kellner and the movies’s Jack Valenti seriously