WashPost TV Critic Prefers Charms of TV Monkey to 'Remote' Sarah Palin

Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever was reviewing NBC's new veterinarian comedy "Animal Practice" on Sunday and saved his biggest praise for Cyrstal the "crafty Capuchin" monkey. "I have never seen a fresh-faced celebrity work harder to please, with barely a hint of a treat or a reward coming. Crystal did everything she was asked and then some; she apparently decided it is her job to save NBC from itself. "

Stuever met the monkey as she worked the room at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, and then decided to say she was much better behaved than snooty Sarah Palin, who was also present:

She chirped hello and granted face time to anyone who wanted to meet her, in sharp contrast to the celebrity all the way over on the other side of the pool, Sarah Palin, who was there ostensibly to help promote her husband Todd’s NBC reality show, “Stars Earn Stripes.” Palin played it cool and remote — that whole don’t-talk-to-me shtick that famous people pull when they’re pretending they don’t want any attention. If only they could all be more like Crystal and get with the program.

Be careful as to whether this version of the tale is convincing, since Stuever concluded by saying the monkey show could be a hit according to a "poolside scrum of semi-drunk TV critics."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis