How do you know you’re watching television with a Consumerist editor? Our commenters will probably formulate all kinds of punchlines for that setup, but last night, I was half paying attention to former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on CNN when I happened to see an elderly supporter waving her Medicare card at the camera. Her name and Social Security number were completely legible. “We can read her card! Stop showing that!” I shouted at the TV. The people on the television never listen to personal finance bloggers who are shouting at them. [More]
The Clark Howard Show recently joined us at Consumer Reports’ Yonkers offices for a look behind the scenes at The Consumerist. What’s an EECB? What’s it like to be constantly on the prowl for evidence of the effects of the mythical Grocery Shrink Ray? Why do we post so many cat pictures? [More]
Our special segment on the Clark Howard TV show will run this weekend. Take a sneak peak into the world of the editors of Consumerist. Join Ben and Meg as they show you how we made this blog and the special sauce that goes into making it hum along. They’ll delve into the EECB, the Grocery Shrink Ray, and reveal the answer to that burning question, what’s up with the cat pictures? The show airs on HLN at 6am Eastern on Saturday 7/2 and Sunday 7/3. [More]
UPDATE: As it turns out, the segment will air in a subsequent week, not this weekend. Sorry folks! Stay tuned and we’ll tell you when it gets rescheduled. [More]
It may be a random confluence of sponsorship, but this poll from the front page of CNN.com last night is too funny not to share. Thanks to Douglas for sending it in.
Sure, I use coupons, and I’m decent at it, but for me watching this video of the “Coupon Queen” is like a little kid enrolled in her first karate class watching an expert ninja.
In one brain-melting two-minute clip, watch all the media frenzy, punditry, and cable-news excitement of the financial meltdown, courtesy of CNN’s own Rick “The Twitter Board Is Blowing Up!” Sanchez. [YouTube]
Michael wrote in to point out that CNN has a weird new feature on its site—now you can proudly display your favorite, uh, headlines(?) on your body with their “CNN Shirt” service. It’s beta, naturally, and they pick the headlines you can choose from—so no “What drove dad who kept ‘house of horror’?” tee to shame your parents during the next family holiday. (That’s the current top headline on their home page.)
This is Round 27 in our Worst Company in America contest, Blue Cross Blue Shield vs CNN. Vote which sucks more, inside…
Vincent Ferrari may not have hit prime-time on CNN last night, but his clip yukking it up with Jeanee Moos has made its way to the net. Here’s a ghetto screen capture: