Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lazy Sunday #225: The Wiener’s Circle

We all know the difference between reality and what we see on TV.

Or we used to.

TV’s gotten better at mixing up or hiding what’s real and what’s not. What we thought were “reality shows” are now being exposed as just as manufactured as their competing dramas.

Even news shows blur the lines to stir up a little excitement.

This week MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir read a story of Republican Candidate Mitt Romney embarking on a bus tour Bashir felt might go awry. This was followed by shots of buses blowing up.

Bad joke? Unfulfilled hope for a better lead? Either way, nothing to do with news –- and not much with entertainment either.

And most of the other networks are not any better. On Friday, ABC’s coverage of Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls kept insisting “this has never happened before” omitting mention of the dozens of daredevils who’ve done the same stunt.

It’s as if TV is making a concerted effort to make sure we don’t know what’s really going on.

Case in point – The Wiener’s Circle, a Chicago burger joint famous for the way its staff insults its clientele.

This week Conan O’Brien did an extended segment on the Weiner’s Circle that’s gone viral – and it’s funny as hell.

But the reality of The Wiener’s Circle is something quite different.

Here at “The Legion” we show you both sides…

Even if the truth hurts -- Enjoy Your Sunday.

From “Conan”:

From “This American Life”:

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