Thursday, July 29, 2004

Where the fuck are the balloons?

I didn't catch that much of Kerry's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, but I did catch some speech I plainly wasn't supposed to hear. On CNN's coverage of the immediate post-speech festivities, as balloons trickled down slowly, you could clearly hear the convention's producer, Don Mischer (helpfully identified by CNN via a "Voice of" chyron), yelling into an open microphone: "More balloons! More balloons! No confetti! Where the fuck are the balloons?!"

CNN's anchors subsequently apologized to any viewer who'd been offended by the use of this Cheney-esque word.

Update: Of course I was paraphrasing above. Drudge helpfully transcribes the tirade, however (and includes an mp3 to boot):
"No confetti. No confetti yet. Go balloons. Go balloons. More Ballons. All balloons. All balloons. Come on guys, let's move it! Jesus. We need more balloons. I want all balloons to go, goddamn! No confetti. No confetti. No confetti. I want more balloons. What's happening to the balloons? We need more balloons. We need all of them coming down! Balloons. Balloons. Balloons. What's happening! They're not coming down. All balloons. Where the hell! Nothing is falling. What the fuck are you guys doing up there?"

I was right about the confetti, you'll see. Mischer didn't seem to care so much for the confetti.


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