We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Glenn Beck wonders why HBO is still picking on Sarah Palin, a look at how your TV news covered the purported spike in Tide thefts, and a newly rediscovered Robert Altman primer on how football is played.
HBO's Game Change adaptation, which the bulk of people we talked to seemed to think was "pretty OK, I guess," was not at all OK with Glenn Beck. Not because it lacked historical accuracy, which Beck likes to think he is a stickler for, though that was part of the problem: Beck's main issue is that HBO would have spent millions of dollars on a movie that didn't portray Sarah Palin in a balanced light. In effect, Palin is over, and that her critics should move on to bigger game. [GBTV]
If we learned one thing from monitoring this news cycle, it's that today's modern thief -- for reasons that are unclear and might not even exist -- love stealing Tide detergent almost as much as television news producers love segments about the thieves who inexplicably love to steal Tide detergent. Which, based on the number of news segments (locally and nationally) devoted to the purported detergent-swiping uptick, means they love stealing Tide very, very much. [My Fox DC and ABC News and KNBC and My Fox Phoenix]