Larry King Minutes
Hugh Hewitt has come up with a brilliant meme:
“LKM” stands for Larry King Minutes –the number of broadcast minutes that Larry King would devote to your death if it occurred today. Michael Jackson has set a very high standard, swamping all other coverage from Larry’s show and triggering hours and hours of extra programming from Larry.
Conor Friedersdorf and Andrew Sullivan have already pointed to this, with the latter quipping, “I suspect that neither Hugh nor I would make it past a few seconds. Which is, in so many ways, a relief.” I can easily top that, in that King wouldn’t notice at all.
When I came back out, [Christopher] Hitchens was having a smoke, and [P.J.] O’Rourke had rejoined him. Watching the two of them, I suddenly had a sinking feeling. If our convoy went up in flames, I wouldn’t even rank in the group obituary. It would read something like, “Found next to Hitchens and O’Rourke was an unidentified crispy critter from the British newspaper, the Evening Standard.”