We woke up on New Year's morning and questioned the wisdom of CNN's decision to not only ape its Time Warner cousin, the corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com by partnering its camp newsreading star with a cult comedian and treating the Times Square ball drop like the West Hollywood Halloween Parade, but to also include crass, distasteful TMZesque commentary on the internationally-seen report ("Happy New Year, and yes, this is CNN").
This morning, a day late and a scoop short, the Drudge Report copies us. Today, talk radio hosts in search of material will use Drudge for their phony outrage.
(We don't like using words like "ironic," but only days ago we noted the TMZ's waning influence in 2008. Perhaps the Griffin-Cooper display was the corporate overlords' way of pumping it up.)