The First Draft: Blank screens
The U.S. government has spent years preparing for the switch, which aims to free up airwaves for broadband and enhanced emergency communications.
The change-over will only affect those who get their TV over the air, rather than through cable or satellite connections.
But many consumers probably still haven’t gotten a converter box which will allow them to watch the new digital signals with their rabbit-ear antennas.
That means they’ll miss out on the frothy mix of news and entertainment (newsertainment?) of NBC’s “Today Show,” where this morning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared she’s “absolutely not necessarily” the future of the Republican Party.
In case you’re wondering, Palin’s still steamed at talk show host David Letterman, who made sexual jokes about her daughter a few nights back.
“It was a degrading comment about a young woman and I would hope people really start rising up and saying it’s not acceptable,” Palin said.
In Washington, the CEOs of General Motors and Chrysler appear before Congress to explain the process of closing dealerships — not a popular move with lawmakers who have taken millions in campaign contributions from car sellers.
President Barack Obama meets Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the White House at 3:30.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (Palin joins former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and wife Judith Nathan at a Yankees game, June 7)
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