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Charlie Rose, Black Eye, Saves "Air"
March 20, 2008 10:24 PM   Subscribe

Charlie Rose Suffers Black Eye to save Mac Book Air Charlie Rose fell while walking on a NYC street the other day. He tripped in a pot hole. Rose happened to be holding his new Mac Book Air. On the way to the ground he chose to protect the laptop, rather than his million dollar face. Picture on Salon link. {via salon.com}
posted by doug3505 (44 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
...he had a big decision to make: Protect his face, or the beautiful machine? In the split-second before he kissed the pavement, Rose chose to save the computer.

"In doing so, he pretty much hit the pavement face first, unfortunately," producers told Arrington.


I feel bad for Charlie (who I have a soft spot for), but...

This post sucks without video.
posted by slogger at 10:31 PM on March 20, 2008


You want video? You got it.
posted by doug3505 at 10:35 PM on March 20, 2008


Is this what the kids are saying these day instead of "I bumped into a door"?
posted by Cranberry at 11:00 PM on March 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Pepsi Air!
posted by blacklite at 11:04 PM on March 20, 2008


If the second related video is anything to go by, Rose's injury may not be as accidental as it seems.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:08 PM on March 20, 2008


Funny, but that is not Rose. It is Richard Holbrooke with the patch.
posted by doug3505 at 11:11 PM on March 20, 2008


I watched his show last night. I figured it was a pretzel or a rabbit.
posted by Sailormom at 11:15 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I used to like Charlie Rose until I saw his interview with Jon Stewart, when Rose behaved like a total ass.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:17 PM on March 20, 2008


It is Richard Holbrooke with the patch.

It's Leslie Gelb, who obviously was less successful in fighting off the Air than Rose. Admit it, this post is just propaganda created to distract people from the fact that Airs are trying to harvest our eyes, isn't it?

I knew there was something about "No optical drive" that I didn't like...
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:20 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


This post is as thin as air.
posted by HotPatatta at 11:20 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I've heard nothing (other than this) about the Macbook Air. I know even less about Mr. Rose.

Cute story, anyway.
posted by flatluigi at 11:24 PM on March 20, 2008


Rose was one of my favorite interviewers. Then, for some reason, he started slowly encroaching on his guests. Until, some time ago, he was positively dominating many of his interviews.

I didn't watch his show to hear Rose expound on some issue, but all too often, that's what happens on his show, nowadays. He's still brilliant, but I lament the change.
posted by darkstar at 12:08 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


yes, I suspect he interrupted a guest one time too many
posted by Auden at 12:13 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


It was clearly the right choice to save the computer because if you even get the point where you are choosing between a head injury and a consumer product you already have nothing much to worry about in the head injury department.
posted by srboisvert at 1:37 AM on March 21, 2008 [10 favorites]


I bet that on the same day 200 people sustained black eyes trying to save their Dell / Toshiba laptops. It's just that when you save a Mac it's a creative, noble, empowering act.
posted by rhymer at 1:51 AM on March 21, 2008 [8 favorites]


This is probably a good place to note that you can now download free PDFs of The Cult of Mac and The Cult of iPod.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 4:01 AM on March 21, 2008


Is this what the kids are saying these day instead of "I bumped into a door"?

Are you implying that Charlie and his Mac Book had a little "domestic incident" and he's covering for it? Those fucking Macs.
posted by Pollomacho at 4:27 AM on March 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


...when you save a Mac it's a creative, noble, empowering act.

*grind*grind*grind*

(macs grinding, hah!)
posted by splatta at 4:29 AM on March 21, 2008


All you Mac fanboys/fangrrls take note:

Charlie Rose is hardcore.
posted by chara at 4:50 AM on March 21, 2008


Rose was one of my favorite interviewers. Then, for some reason, he started slowly encroaching on his guests. Until, some time ago, he was positively dominating many of his interviews.
I didn't watch his show to hear Rose expound on some issue, but all too often, that's what happens on his show, nowadays. He's still brilliant, but I lament the change.


+++
I agree completely. I still watch the show because Rose consistently has the best mix of guests and topics. And, even with Rose's overtalking, the discussions are the best on the tube. But all too often I just want to scream "Shut the fuck up and let your guests talk!!!"
posted by Thorzdad at 4:52 AM on March 21, 2008


Ira Glass vs. Charlie Rose.
Steelcage grudgematch.
Who walks away?
posted by Dizzy at 5:02 AM on March 21, 2008


This is isn't surprising. Clearly Charlie Ros could afford to buy another Air, no problem. But his laptop (doesn't matter if it's an Apple) probably had lots of important files, so losing them as opposed to getting hurt is no contest. Kinda funny how important all those bits become, eh?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 AM on March 21, 2008


I fell off a 3-foot high stage one time, and my only thought on the way down was "SAVE THE BASS!" My right elbow took a slight but permanent injury to protect a '66 Jazz. I'd do the same for my Powerbook.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:35 AM on March 21, 2008


There's an SCTV sketch with Rick Moranis pretending to be David Susskind. The whole joke is that Susskind keeps saying stupid things and his guests keep telling him no, that's wrong, you don't understand, why would you ask such a stupid question, etc.


That's generally how I feel when watching Charlie Rose. He has fantastic guests, but I don't really get the appeal of Rose himself.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 5:51 AM on March 21, 2008


> Ira Glass vs. Charlie Rose.
Steelcage grudgematch.
Who walks away?


...and who gets rights to the hour-long show about how this brief moment in time represents a little of each us, our humanity, and all its complexity?
posted by ardgedee at 5:57 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


You know, I probably would have done the same thing, which is rather baffling to realize. But honestly, a black eye's not that bad. Having to replace a laptop, or especially the laptop's files? That's painful.

I would also take a bullet for my iPod.

Okay, not really. But I'm serious about the laptop thing.
posted by Nattie at 6:27 AM on March 21, 2008



Having been a producer for Charlie Rose a while back, I am absolutely astonished by this. He is so protective of his face that he sometimes did his own make-up (he thought he was as good as the make-up artists, but this was not the case).
posted by Maias at 6:41 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I am not a strong skier.

I had this hat that I got while trekking around South and Central America years ago and I wore it all the time. It wasn't a fancy hat. It wasn't expensive. It was warm and comfy, but really it was just a damn alpaca wool touque. As I said, I'm not a strong skier, honestly, I suck at downhill all together. Somehow, as happens from time to time, my friends who do ski and ski well wanted to go on a ski trip. Now I love snow and mountains and all, but, I'm just not good at the whole slidy thing. So, long story short, I start getting my confidence up. I'm managing to ski without busting my ass. I've moved from the bunny hill to an actual beginner slope. On the last run of the night, my friends decide we should all start out together on the next level up from the beginner. I'm nervous but I agree. We make it down through the woods, I'm still up, I'm skiing man! We turn corners, still skiing! Over some moguls (that's the bumps right?) still going. One last quick, steep run and there's the bottom, I'm home free and I'm really doing it! My friend shouts to me that there is an icy patch on the slope, but it's too late, over I go, end over end, skis fly, legs go directions they aren't supposed to go and there's a horrid cracking sound. Lying in a drift, I get my bearings. I'm in one piece, but OH MY GOD MY LEG OW! But that's not the thought that sits mainly on my mind, no, not the possibility that my very painful leg is broken, no. The Thought paramount in my mind is, "where is my hat?" My hat! I try and get up but the pain forces me back down, but there it is! Stuck in a drift up the slope a bit. I drag my broken and bloodied visage up the slope for that damn hat. Why? I have no idea, but I got it and somehow, the next few hours of x-rays and emergency rooms didn't matter, because I had my hat.
posted by Pollomacho at 6:42 AM on March 21, 2008 [4 favorites]


Maias: Well, after that tidbit I want the scoop on what it was like working at the show. Any fun anecdotes you'd like to share?
posted by boubelium at 6:47 AM on March 21, 2008


Star fucker.
posted by cytherea at 8:09 AM on March 21, 2008


One of my more favorite blog headlines on this was "Charlie Rose Face-Plants to Save MacBook Air."
posted by WCityMike at 8:28 AM on March 21, 2008


Of all people, Charlie Rose should know: it's whiskey and water, not whiskey and Air.
posted by breezeway at 8:30 AM on March 21, 2008


Ira Glass vs. Charlie Rose.
Steelcage grudgematch.
Who walks away?


The audience...

*ba dum bump...*
posted by stenseng at 8:46 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I saw him with the black eye yesterday and was wondering what that was about. It makes sense that he'd dive for a Mac Book Air; the commercial makes it look like a budgie could snap it in half. (Incidentally, what kind of moron keeps a computer in a manila envelope?)

"Shut the fuck up and let your guests talk!!!"

Take note, Conan O'Brien. And Jesse Thorn.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:59 AM on March 21, 2008


But his laptop (doesn't matter if it's an Apple) probably had lots of important files

Of course it matters. If it wasn't an Apple it wouldn't have been posted here.
posted by rocket88 at 9:22 AM on March 21, 2008


Thank you rocket88. You're right on the money.
posted by davebush at 10:05 AM on March 21, 2008


Somebodies daddy got drunk on crazy juice again. What did I do to make him do mad, anyways?

I hate the smell of drunk daddy.
posted by tkchrist at 1:18 PM on March 21, 2008


Funky that he alluded to the old saw as “you should see the other person” going for the gender neutral term.
I mean what, he gets in fist fights with women?
posted by Smedleyman at 1:19 PM on March 21, 2008


That is so sexist! Besides, it's fun getting in fist fights with women, I do it all the time. And who doesn't?

Generally, I'll walk up to a woman (or perhaps a gay man, just for kicks) at a party and say "Oh, what a lovely outfit. Where did you get it?--Don't tell me--Did your boyfriend pick it out of a catalog for you while watching attractive women have sex on TV for money?" At which point, I've disoriented them, and it's an easy manoeuvre for me to slap my face across their hand. Which leaves me in a perfect position to end the fight on my own terms; I distract them by bursting into tears and running from the room.
posted by cytherea at 3:12 PM on March 21, 2008


...rather than his million dollar face...

I like Charlie, but that's a bit of a stretch!

The talking thing he does is kind of his trademark. It gets bothersome sometimes, but I think he's doing something that other interviewers and news in general don't do, which is establishing context. He's talking to high-level politicians and pundits and artists and scientists and such, and he seems pretty good at keeping up with a variety of different subjects, but with the kinds of conversations he's doing, it's probably easy to let it drift to a level that is beyond the average viewer. I find it's more bothersome when he's on a subject I'm familiar with, but on other topics I can appreciate that he's often clarifying or summarizing some of the conversation's underlying assumptions with which I'm not familiar.
posted by troybob at 3:52 PM on March 21, 2008


I bet that on the same day 200 people sustained black eyes trying to save their Dell / Toshiba laptop

I think you meant to write sustained black eyes trying to use their Dell / Toshiba. alas, I'd take this ridiculous bet. you couldn't find fifty.

I for one still am a rose aficionado, though I skip the shows with entertainers and actors. his interview with david kilcullen was stellar and I love him for giving interesting guests such as tim weiner ample opportunity to elaborate. the recent interviews with general hayden and erik prince had me nailed to my seat. the only one remotely coming close to what rose is doing seems to be terry gross, who has her share of haters as well, but if you feel that I am missing someone far better than them, please do list them. (no, glass doesn't cut it. that's a different format.)
posted by krautland at 7:15 PM on March 21, 2008


Yeah, I turned on the CR show a couple of nights ago and I'm like "Dude, WTF?"

CR had a mitral valve replacement a couple years ago so I suppose he's probably on warfarin, which would explain the extent of the bruising.
posted by neuron at 10:42 PM on March 21, 2008


I enjoyed Anderson Cooper's well-timed bon mot about the molectomy he had near an eye: I hadn't planned on mentioning this. But I still have stitches and you'll no doubt notice them. ... Don't want you to think I got into a fistfight with Charlie Rose.
posted by dhartung at 10:47 PM on March 21, 2008


FWIW I like Charlie's method of interviewing his guests. Its a lot like the conversations I have with friends and family. We don't always politely wait for a reply, we often talk over each other and try to clarify what we are saying. I also appreciate the wide range of guests he has on his show. If you want a polite question answer interview watch Larry King.

I also think more people would like Ira Glass if he sounded more like Johnny Cash.
posted by Sailormom at 9:49 AM on March 22, 2008


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