When I wake up in the morning I have the arduous task of deciding whether to watch Sunrise (Channel 7) or Today (Channel 9) before I head off to work. It's like an ironic Sophie's Choice! However, Channel 7 have thankfully made it much easier because some time this past week their "current affairs program" (we use that term lightly) Today Tonight did a story on Today host Karl Stefanovik appearing on air drunk, the night after the Logie Awards (apparently our "Night of Nights", but I think whoever coined that term was also very drunk), a night that's famous for over-drinking. It's also famous for overdosing, but that's another story altogether (sidebar joke: Who was seen snorting coke in the bathroom during the commercials? EVERYBODY!)
Here's the Today Tonight story, which I found at Mamamia,
Apparently his appearance has the whole of Australian TV talking, which I find amusing since I'm sure most of those people were at their home/hotel rooms sleeping off the very effects that Karl is suffering from in the clips. I can't even judge what Channel 7 saw as being beneficial about running this story since, to me obviously and I'm sure a few others, it acts as an advertisement for their networks' rival morning program.
Far be it from me to go on at lengths about the journalistic pros and cons of these two shows - they are basically as bad as each other - but I would much rather watch a drunk Karl Stefanovic than David "Kochie" Koch and whatshername with her annoying perma-grin and their grating "We know you're doing it tough!" bleating and sighing as they sit around with their $500,000 a year contract (or thereabouts, surely). I'd even go so far as to say though that what Today Tonight did was "unAustralian!" (you can't get more media-cliched and hyperbolic than that saying, can you?) If there's one thing Aussies are good at it's shakin' off those morning after shakes and rocking up to work still three sheets to the wind. Good on ya Karl, you've got my ratings point (if I "had" a ratings point for the roughly 20 minutes or so that I actually watch before I have to go to work.)
I was surprised they forgot to mention when Matthew Newton (a current star over on Channel 9 thanks for Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities) appeared inebriated whilst appearing on John Foreman's chat show. Even more respect lost for Channel 7 there since if you're going to do a story like this you should at least try to kick the rival as many times as humanly possible. That "television writer" Di Butler chimes in with her completely unbiased opinion was perhaps the icing on the proverbial cake. What about this for a doozy of a quote: "I often felt like I needed something to get me through the Today show, so I can kind of understand it."
YOU'RE A CHANNEL 7 WHORE, DI BUTLER! Granted, I don't know who it is that you write for, but, christ, at least try to hide the fact that Channel 7 obviously have you on retainer and that you don't, like everybody who watches this morning tele programs, actually think they're both a crock of shit.
Karl eventually apologised for being "tired and emotional" (emotional about what? realising Sunrise was nominated for a Logie with the word "Entertainment" in the category title?) Maybe he can get drunk one day and throw something at Richard Wilkins and Richard "Token Effeminate Gossip Gay" Reid? I'd send him a cheque personally to pay for the liqueur.
And, hey, at least his drunken shenanigans were more entertaining than Channel 7's Andrew O'Keefe rumbling about in a drunken stupor in a Toorak gutter with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and fumbling around with a blonde floozy. A story that, oh yes, Channel 9's A Current Affair exploited to the best of their "abilities".
TV journalism. It's the tops!