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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Flannery and his old company

New Cincinnati school board member Michael Flannery, three weeks into life as an elected official, is perhaps still best-known by his former titles, standup comic and reporter for WCPO-TV Channel 9.

On Thursday morning, he merged his roles as comic and politician - and needled a videographer for his former employer.

At a dedication ceremony for the newly built Academy of World Languages magnet school in Evanston, Flannery followed Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland and CPS Superintendent Rosa Blackwell in short speeches. The trio did the usual political speaking, heavy on acknowledgements, public thank-yous and uplifting remarks, but light on actual news.

Near the end of Flannery's speech, he turned his attention to WCPO's videographer. Despite the low likelihood of news, the region's news media turned out for a view of the First Lady and the photogenic school children dressed in world cultural garb.

"I'd like to thank the Channel 9 camera guy for coming in in the middle of the governor's wife's statements," he said. "Can I get you anything?"

With a comic's timing, he then landed the punchline: "Maybe a watch?"


at 1:23 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Shouldn't be surprising:

9 is no longer on your kids side !

at 3:13 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the long history of Cincinnati schools and WCET, perhaps they should revive "Club 19...er 48" with Michael.

at 3:12 AM, January 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

M Flan is the Man
9 is not worthy !!

at 7:10 AM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The trio did the usual political speaking, heavy on acknowledgements, public thank-yous and uplifting remarks, but light on actual news."

I cannot find a better description of the Enquirer plitical blog than this.

at 1:26 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flannery had to quit his failing comedy career because of lame humor just like this. Now we're laughing at Flannery as he struggles to appear competent on the school board.

at 3:55 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How really odd. The more I learn about Flannery the more disappointed I become. I had such high hopes. As a Cincy School Board member, shouldn't he "mature" and realize that the focus is no longer on him (as it has been for most of his life) but on the children he serves? Whatever beef he has with Channel 9, this shows how self serving he is. The point of the event was to celebrate the opening of a world class language arts school for our children. He should get on his knees and bow down to any member of the press who shows up to cover that event. Any press is a blessing. Acting like a child doesn't do service to the children. And I would imagine it made the Governor's wife and the other dignitaries there just a bit uncomfortable. Does he speak for them? It's just childish. Period. Can you recall this guy before he makes a really stupid mistake, like in front of a President and embarasses us all?

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