9News gives away airtime for Peanuts

Snoopy rocks the vote.

This morning at around 5:30 a.m., I switched on Channel 9's morning show in the middle of an excerpt from a vintage Peanuts animated TV special that went on for several minutes without any commentary whatsoever. I wondered: Did anchor Gary Shapiro need to use the bathroom, prompting the technical crew to screen whatever footage they had on hand to cover his absence? (Back in the day, radio DJs used to use "Stairway to Heaven" in a similar way.) So I called Shapiro, and it turns out that what I saw was actually a canned package assembled by Rock the Vote, the organization that sponsored yesterday's Beastie Boys-Tenacious D press conference and concert at the Fillmore Auditorium; it featured scenes from 1972's You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, which was released on DVD last month. Problem is, 9News got around to publicizing a little late. The site's main gimmick was an election that pitted Peanuts characters against each other -- but the main page reveals that the final vote is in, and Snoopy already won.

So relax, everyone. The most important election is already over, and a worthy candidate won. Still, I bet Lucy is pissed. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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