In case you missed it, CBS News was caught slenderizing Katie Couric in a magazine piece. Take a look. The real Katie (left) and the photo-shopped Katie (right).
Now, I don't want to pick on the perky-but-trying-to-be-grave CBS anchor-lady, but here's how she opened her broadcast a few days ago when storms were battering Oregon and Washington:
"We begin tonight in the upper left-hand corner of the country..."
"Upper left-hand corner?"
Does CBS think we're too stupid to understand the word "northwest?" Now, I know most high school students couldn't find Spain on a map if they had Penelope Cruz helping them. But c'mon, CBS. The median age of your viewers is 60. Your advertisers know this and hawk the oldsters Prilosec, Viagra and Cialis. It's not necessary to dumb down the news for them, Katie. They actually learned geography in school, along with conjugating vebs, punctuation, and basic grammar.
And speaking of dumbing down...
FAVORITE ALL TIME QUOTES FROM THE DECIDER-IN-CHIEF
"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."
"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."
"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"
But that's enough from W.
WE TURN NOW TO THE UPPER-LEFT HAND CORNER OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN
"Solomon vs. Lord" was just published in Japan, and I'm startled to learn that Steve Solomon (a) smokes and (b) wears a wedding band, and (c) has a manly jaw.
The Japanese publisher released the book with two separate covers, one with a Solomon photo and one picturing Victoria Lord.
Whether we're writing or reading, we all draw our own pictures of the characters. How many times have you gone to the movies and been disappointed (or shocked) by the casting? (Does anyone remember Elliot Gould playing Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe?)
I have my own mental images of Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord. I'm certain that's not my Steve on the cover, but the Victoria photo is pretty close.