Sunday, March 6, 2011

Boy do I hate Mo Rocca.  I mean, I just can't stand the guy!  Whether it's a "CBS Sunday Morning" segment, an episode of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" or a 30-second Blackberry commercial, his presence always makes me want to change the channel.  He's the type of guy you might have accidentally listened to as a teenager, back when you were too young to realize that most of the people who have jobs in creative fields are just older versions of the people you went to high school with. 

One day during the Fall of 2008 I was riding an Amtrak train.  I picked up the copy of Arrive magazine and saw Mo Rocca on the cover, looking befuddled and perplexed while wrapped up in an American flag.  (Dammit.  Get out of here Mo Rocca.  Nobody likes your style!)  The cover story, which featured additional photos of Mo Rocca, was about crazy presidential campaign stories throughout American history.  This exact same theme had been done in Mental Floss magazine, not more than a month ago.  I began browsing the piece, and discovered that Mo Rocca and the Mental Floss writer had used the exact same source material to research their respective articles.  What luck!  What a coincidence!  Here was a case study to determine whether or not Mo Rocca, working with the same material, could fashion a better article than a no-name, non-celebrity writer at Mental Floss.

I read the article from start to finish. 

It turns out....Mo Rocca's article was fucking terrible!

It wasn't funny.  It wasn't informative.  It wasn't entertaining.  It wasn't intelligent.  It wasn't insightful.  It wasn't compassionate.  It wasn't mildly pleasant.  It wasn't the least bit inspiring.  It didn't accurately portray the human condition.  It didn't accurately portray the mind of a person doing hard research.  It didn't accurately portray the mind of a person trying to write a good article.  And it didn't accurately portray the mind of a person who gets offended when he reads lousy articles in Arrive magazine--because if Mo Rocca were such a person, he wouldn't have written this article.

10 comments:

  1. I SO feel you on this. I am really glad I googled "I hate Mo Rocca" just now. I had the unfortunate event of turning the channel to his Saturday morning kiddie show. I want to drop the f bomb here, but I will respect your post and refrain since I am in mixed company. Thank you for expressing your disdain. It is mutual and it actually pisses me off that the likes of him can even be remotely successful in this field.

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  2. Just googled "I f-ing hate Mo Rocca" this came up as the first link. I just watched him on CBS Sunday Morning doing a tease for some new "Mo-bituary" podcast he's doing, he is such a self-grandizing asshole.

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    1. I did the same thing you did and here I am on this blog. If you read his bio it screams "jack of all trades master of none" He is the reason I DVR Sunday Morning. He comes on I hit ff.

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  3. I have been watching segments of Innovation Nation. I agree with the previous comments AND I just don't like his voice. His simple minded puns are stupid and juvenile. He actually diverts you from interesting topics with his nit-wit commentary. He makes it confusing to focus on the important topic at hand. And, he really thinks he's clever. I am very interested in the people and ideas he is presenting but wish it were done by a normal human being...not an eternally silly egotist inserting himself and puns continually.

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  4. Haha I also googled "I hate Mo Rocca"... his commentary on the vh1 "I love the..." series is so cringy!!!! He is NOT funny!!

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  5. We actually play a drinking game when CBS Sunday Morning comes on and Mo is featured. We all must take a drink from our bloody mary when he wears sneakers and a blazer to an interview, wears some fashion eyesore, has a closeup feigning sincerity, asks a stupid hipster jargon question to an elder interviewee, struggles with correct pronunciation, ... new categories are created in almost every episode. We have a fine buzz on by the time the next segment runs and he never disappoints. I have asked many Wait Wait fans and Sunday Morning viewers who he appeals to and NO ONE finds him humorous, witty or bright. Comments like sophomoric, off target and annoying are frequent responses. Viewers and listeners should be at peace with understanding that at least 50% of the population could do his job better than he can. He is a talentless twit who mass media (who is his target base?) has forced down our throats and I will gladly puke him back up. You suck, Mo!

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    1. I love your post. Make him a drinking game! He has sucked in everything I have seen him in. My question to CBS is why do they think this jerk in talented. The latest installment of garbage is Mobituary. I love history they would be considered history if anyone else was doing it. CBS is currently to blame for promoting his career. I am sure there is a corporate reason for it. With many companies under one umbrella I am sure they gain financially with Mobituary$ I do not wish him ill but I just want him to go away. DVR the show and hit ff when he comes on or take a big sip.

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    2. Glad to hear I have a following! Thank you. Was posted for a month and was thinking; am I alone?!
      Here's the bloody mary recipe;

      Two fingers Sobieski Polish rye vodka
      Dash Tabasco chipotle hot sauce
      Shake of celery salt, pepper
      Dash of worschester sauce
      Fingertip dap of horseradish
      Clamato regular tomato juice cocktail
      Stir and add garnish of your liking; bacon, pickle, pepperocini, celery, etc.

      Bon appetit!

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  6. He knocks the public's perception of an intelligent, focused and responsible gay man back two decades. You sold out, Mo.

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  7. Not being gay I may not have the right to judge your comment but I agree with you. Not intelligent, not focused, and not a responsible man. He is a self promoting jerk. CBS Sunday Morning should re-think the amount of air time he receives undeservedly. He has increased the DVR business. Fast forward and Mo have become one in the same. Ruins a good show.

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