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The K-Files

05.02.07

::George Does PETA::
I didn't quite know what to expect as I tuned into Coast to Coast AM Monday night. According to the website, George Noory would be welcoming actress Pamela Anderson and author Dan Mathews on the show to discuss their involvement with the PETA organization. Oh jeez. I was getting visions of lady's man Noory dressed up in his t-shirt and leather jacket best with way too much Old Spice putting the moves on a militant and uninterested Pam Anderson.

Unfortunately, the reality of the interview wasn't much less uncomfortable than what I had imagined.

As I sat there listening to George discuss the finer points anal electrocution and the fun of getting arrested while protesting naked, I could bring myself to say only one thing: "This is a new low, George." The whole first hour of the program felt like one long, confusing joke that never could find a punch line. Its surrealism was matched only by the embarrassment I felt listening to it.

Ok, maybe I'm being too hard on George Noory, but I stand by my opinion that Monday night's show was a new low for our weekday host. Coast to Coast AM has always been a platform for esoteric or otherwise non-mainstream individuals and organizations. Even those as unpopular as PETA have been welcomed in the past, especially if they have a book to promote. So my problem wasn't so much with the guests, but more how George handled the interview. More and more it seems, I find myself cringing at many of Noory's questions and comments that can only be described as awkward.

To a point, George's lack of elegance has worked for him in the past. Unintentional hilarity has sprouted from more than a few Noory responses--so much so, I'd go as far as to say that his image as somewhat of a kind oaf has become his trademark of late. Itís a trademark that was far too blaring as I cringed through Mondayís interview.

Again, I donít want to come off as a Noory basher. I listen to his show just about every night of the week, so I think itíd be hard to make a case that I donít enjoy his hosting, but sometimes I canít help but feel turned off to the direction heís taking Coast to Coast. On the one hand, it was under Nooryís watch that Alex Jones and the 9/11 truth movement was brought to my attention. Also, I canít deny that George has indeed broken a few national news stories well before his mainstream counterparts. But then, on the other hand, he becomes his own worst enemy when it comes to getting respect for Coast to Coast topics.

As a host, George Noory walks a fine line between hard-hitting newsman and goofy showman. I wonít begrudge him the right to play both roles the way he sees fit, but I think he stepped too far over to one side to the detriment of the other.

At the end of the PETA interview, another thing crossed my mind. Although George was able to pull it off with at least a comedy aspect, the only thing that could have made it any worse was if Art Bell was hosting. I would have loved to have seen Art's reaction to the interview if he was listening. If even Art would have done such an interview himself is in question, but I can only imagine how incredibly dry it would have been. And maybe therein lies George Nooryís true strength.

I laughed, I cringed, I nearly criedÖa low point or not, it was definitely one that I wonít soon forget.
 

:: Dead End ::

Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2007.


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