Change the Tone!

February 15th, 2013

Everyone talks about “changing the tone” in politics and political media. I propose starting with…The Cycle. No, I’m not proposing getting rid of S.E.—I want to change the other tone.


“TheCycleMSNBC:Please,for the love of God,change that ANNOYING transition tone!” — @Newsericks
“That’s not rhyming, @Newsericks.”  — @TheCycleMSNBC
“OK, how about this?” — @Newsericks


To the Producers and Stars of The Cycle:


First, I’d like you all to know

That I really love your show.


But I don’t think that I’m alone

In being annoyed by your transition tone.


I get that you’re going for that Law and Order touch,

But I don’t like yours nearly as much.


That incessant pling-pling-pling-pling-pling

Is the show’s second most infuriating thing.


I’m not sure why I find it so annoying—

It’s just so irritating, and cloying.


So I’m begging you: please please change it.

You’ve got a great show—Don’t shortchange it!


Here’s today’s discussion of the Triumph cruise ship debacle, beginning with that annoying tone.

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The one starting this segment is better—why don’t you start using this instead? Or better yet, you could do what Hardball does and use a part of your theme song as transition music.

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Here’s the Law and Order tone. This may have been the kind of effect you were going for, but I don’t think it worked.

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