Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Simon Tweets Bauble

You might recall that Scott Simon's handsome salary made waves at the NPR Ombudsman's blog back in September. This past Saturday, Simon - returning from India - was not hosting Weekend Edition, but he was Tweeting:

If you click on the picture above you will be able to see the following tweet he posted from India:

I guess when you're clearing $300,648 your spending on "baubles" can be off by a $100 or so...zounds!


Nate Bowman said...

I thought baubles had to cost less than $100 total to begin with. Otherwise they might be misconstrued as extravagances.

geoff said...

"king?" Jong Il? I understand that tweeting demands an economy of characters, but "king" requires an extra key stroke, so it's not a typo, is it? Apparently Scott (flushable wipe) Simon believes that the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defense Commission is a "king." It's weird that somebody who is paid as much as SS to be knowledgeable about global politics is such a screaming ignoramus.

geoff said...

Ok, so "king" might have been a deliberate poke - the guy is a riot, after all. Twitter makes him a non-stop stand up and gives him something to do to earn all that $$. For example:

In studio. Lottsa news this ayem: Detroit, Capitol Hill, Tehran, Kosovo, Flagstaff . . . 4:35 AM Dec 26th, 2009

There you go! All you need to know about the world on Boxing day in gross characters or less.

Anonymous said...

Why does he tweet this personal information? Do NPR listeners care? Maybe he should have had his wife contribute them to the local NPR station. They could get a tax deductution. Might help his accountant find ways to save on taxes for that big salary.

geoff said...

Scott is a moist, flushable bauble.

Main Entry:bau£ble
Pronunciation:*b*-b*l, *b*-
Etymology:Middle English babel, from Middle French
Date:14th century

2 : a fool's scepter
3 : something of trifling appeal

Main Entry:trin£ket
Etymology:origin unknown
Date:circa 1527

1 : a small ornament (as a jewel or ring)
2 : a small article of equipment
3 : a thing of little value : TRIFLE

Main Entry:1tri£fle
Etymology:Middle English trufle, trifle, from Anglo-French trufle, triffle fraud, trick, nonsense
Date:14th century

1 : something of little value, substance, or importance
2 : a dessert typically consisting of plain or sponge cake often soaked with wine or spirits (as brandy or rum) and topped with layers of preserves, custard, and cream

Anonymous said...

I think Scott is channeling Larry King with his tweets!

Anonymous said...

I thought all simon's radio pieces were tweets -- ie, worthless, meaningless utterances that require no thought to produce.