Commentary

Say it ainít so Ashlee!

For many the real shock isn’t that Ashlee Simpson Milli Vanillied on Saturday Night Live, it’s that The Today Show covered the lip-synch story. (Go here for the video clip.) What about corporate censorship? After all, both are NBC shows. Even with all the fears about media consolidation, stories still get covered. If a network doesn’t cover its own flubs, others will. Don’t go to Fox for the latest on the Bill O’Reilly sex-extortion scandal, but other outlets will cover itââ?¬â??often, quite gleefully.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.