There is a scene from "Shawshank Redemption" where Tim Robbin's character asks the warden, "How can you be so obtuse?" To which the warden angrily banishes Robbins to several days of solitary confinement. That's an honest, realistic event.
Yesterday, on the "Today" show, America's favorite whipping boy, Tom Cruise, went off the standard promotional script ("Oh, Mr. X is great to work with, always cracking us up on the set.") and got in to a substantive debate with Matt "How's my hair"Laurer.
The pros and cons of drugs, therapy, and Scientology are for other posts - but let's sit back and enjoy the fact that a major motion picture actor called a major media mouthpiece "GLIB" - and Matt took it smiling.
For those of us who only studied vocabulary for the SAT's here's the dictionary definition
1: marked by lack of intellectual depth; "glib generalizations"; "a glib response to a complex question"
2: having only superficial plausibility; "glib promises"; "a slick commercial"
3: artfully persuasive in speech; "a glib tongue"; "a smooth-tongued hypocrite."
Mr. Cruise, thanks for turning on the media which is conveniently turning on you.
News media, take note. Just following the pack and staying on message, you may look pretty in the short term - but when someone finally stands up to you, you will loose all credibility. And that won't come back easily.
Honesty can be very refreshing....