Brian Williams Math

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about or seen the latest Brian Williams faux pas. Of course, the former NBC News anchor, now relegated to what, MSNBC? is discussing the failed campaign of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And basically, Williams and a New York Times reporter are discussing a Tweet that someone sent. It basically says that there are 325 million Americans, and that Bloomberg spent $500 million in advertising during his failed campaign and that had Bloomberg just opened up his checkbook, he would have been able to give ALL Americans $1 million each!

Well, if you do the math, they’re off a little bit. Basically, he could have given all Americans $1.53, not a million with “lunch money left over” as Williams pointed out.

And here is the problem I have with this. Journalists, and yes, Brian Williams IS a journalist, are supposed to do their homework. They are supposed to have gone to J-School. In case you’re wondering, Williams didn’t. In fact, he never graduated from college. He attended Catholic University, and George Washington University, but never graduated. He has an associates degree from a community college. Apparently, they never taught math, or didn’t put much stock in telling the truth there.

The whole point of this is that what we are shown on television newscasts, and granted, this was only MSNBC, which isn’t watched by a ton of people anyway, but what we are shown is not very well vetted. In fact, the producers of Brian Williams’ show probably should be fired for allowing that on the air in the first place. Isn’t that the job of a producer? Don’t they fact check what the host is saying? Apparently not in this case.

The old saying, “when you assume something, you make an ass out of you and me” couldn’t be more spot on. And it is just an example of the level that journalism in this country has sunk. Think back, and I know I use these guys a lot in analogies, but do you think that Murrow, or Cronkite, or Huntley, or Brinkley would have ever let something like that go on the air? Of course not! Those guys were consummate professionals. Yes, they were all liberals, but they took their jobs seriously, and were so much better trained than the peons that come out of today’s colleges and universities.

Brian Williams has been on the outs for a long time, ever since he was canned at NBC for lying about his involvement in the stories he covered. And his banishment to MSNBC has proven that you can’t really trust much that comes out of that network anymore. And yes, the same can be said about all networks these days. Finding the truth in a newscast is like an enigma. You need to peel it back and do your own homework in order to find the truth. And when you think about it, if you have to do that much work to fact check today’s journalists, why do we even need them in the first place?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Matthews Is The Next Newscaster To Go?

Chris Matthews announced this week he is retiring because…well, because he couldn’t control the acid tongue which spewed on a nightly basis. He opened up his show with the announcement that he was quitting, and retiring…followed by a commercial, and he was gone.

While I really wouldn’t call Hardball’s Chris Matthews a “newscaster” per se, he’s more of a talk show host, he very well could be the latest TV personality on the cable news channels and broadcast channels to be fired. He did not co-host the South Carolina Democrat Primary returns show, as would be expected.

Matthews is the acid tongued host of “Hardball” on MSNBC. He’s been around for a very long period of time, and had quite a following back in the day. His numbers have fallen recently. And while the liberals out there love his attacks on the president, he’s made quite a few gaffes over the past week. Add to that the fact that this past Friday, he was accused of some sex abuse problems with a journalist.

Journalist, Laura Bassett has accused Matthews of using “sexual language” around her when she visited his studio at MSNBC to appear as a guest. According to Bassett, back in 2016, they were both in makeup before the show, and Matthews said to her, “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” A couple of minutes later, he said to the makeup lady, “Keep putting that makeup on her, I’m starting to fall in love”. Now, that’s rather mild when it comes to some of the sexual antics of newscasters that we’ve heard about in the past year or two. But still, it’s not something you say.

Bassett wrote an op-ed in GQ magazine because of the fact that Matthews pressed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over her attack on Michael Bloomberg in which she accused the former New York City mayor of telling a pregnant woman to “kill it”.

Earlier in the week, Matthews misidentified a politician on the air. Now, I can personally say I’ve done this one myself. Back in the day, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the mayor of Toledo’s name, even though I had interviewed him a dozen times. So, I have to give Matthews a pass on this one!

But he’s still catching flack, even though he apologized for comparing Bernie Sanders’ Nevada Caucus win to the Nazi’s 1940 invasion of France.

I don’t know what it is with these newscaster types. You had Brian Williams at NBC fired because he couldn’t tell the truth and embellished stories about himself. Over at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly was caught up in the sexual “#MeToo” scandal. Eric Bolling, who used to co-host The Five at Fox News, had sent a dozen women pictures of his genetalia. Rick Sanchez from CNN was fired for very anti semitic remarks about his bosses at the network. And who could forget Matt Lauer of the Today Show, who was accused of sexual harrassment and abuse of several women.

Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of Matthews. He plays “gotcha” way too often with his people. I put him in the same vein as Bill O’Reilly, another guy I’ve never really liked. And since Matthews has to bite the bullet and join those folks who’ve lost their jobs, I’m not going to be losing any sleep over it. I doubt MSNBC will either.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Death Of Mainstream Media

As I sat and watched the coverage on Friday of the vote to deny witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, it became very clear to me that two things have happened in our country. The first is the Democrats’ unwavering desire to get their way, even if they have to defy logic, reason, and the law in order to do it. The second is the death of mainstream media.

Let’s look at both of these issues.

Democrats couldn’t get to media microphones fast enough to declare that Donald Trump wouldn’t be “acquitted” because in order to be “acquitted” you have to have a trial, and you don’t have a trial without witnesses and further documentation. They totally forget that part of the whole trial process was the House’s job, and the House failed in their job. And they forget that the Senate sets the rules for the trial and just because a court of law runs a certain way, doesn’t mean that Congress runs the same way in trials they hold. If they did, then the President’s defense team would have been able to call witnesses, and cross examine them in the House inquiry stage of this fiasco.

The other thing I find to be sad, being a former member of the media, is the death of mainstream media. Journalists used to be non-partisan. As liberal as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite were, you never knew it by their on-air persona. Chet Huntley and David Brinkley were equally liberal, but again, they played it down the line when the red light of the camera was on.

In today’s media, it’s a free for all. You’ve got people on CNN and MSNBC that relish in the fact that they proudly wear their liberalism on their sleeve and damn anyone that disagrees with them. That’s not journalism. That’s partisan hacking. And what it’s led to is a total blatant disregard to societal norms that call for our media, the media that are supposed to be protected under the First Amendment, to be fair, balanced, and honest. In today’s world, you have a media that consistently makes up stories, spins views to their way of thinking without presenting both sides, and spoon feeds their viewership into believing that they are the right view and everyone else is wrong. That’s not media. That’s partisanship.

It is hurting all media. Newspapers have become dinosaurs, and this constant bickering partisanship that we see out of Grand Old Ladies like the New York Times, and the Washington Post has hastened their decline and their death. Neither newspaper makes money any more. They continually cut staff, and continue to spew their venom…not realizing that it’s the venom that is helping accelerate their decline. It’s not the only reason…there is a life cycle to media, and newspapers and magazines are at the end of theirs. They will indeed die out eventually, but it’s been sped up by ten or twenty years.

The decline in viewership at the three major network newscasts (ABC, CBS, NBC) has shown that while they still maintain a slightly larger audience than the cable newschannels, it is slipping faster than the Titanic into the sea. Meanwhile, viewership at CNN, once the flagship of news around the world, has become a joke. When you have people like Don Lemon, Morning Joe, and the like breaking down in laughter during a newscast segment? There’s nothing unbiased and news-worthy about that.

Media is dying because of liberalism. Our country is not liberally based. We are a country that is a center to center-right country, and always have been. Yes, there have been instances when the liberals have tried to drag us left of center, like back in FDR’s day, but what happened after he and Harry Truman left office? We went sliding back to the center and the right under Eisenhower. The same thing happened between Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon. And, the same thing happened more recently between Bobo Obama, and Donald Trump. The only problem is, the media hasn’t caught on to that. I guess they forgot to teach history in J School!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Meanwhile, Back On The Trail…

Democrats are just praying that Hillary Clinton will go away. It seems every time the Democrat Party is primed to move past the dynamic duo of extra marital affairs, scandals, and scams, something pulls them back together again. This time it was an interview in the Hollywood Reporter for her upcoming mini-series on Hulu, which airs in March.

Hillary, never one to pull a punch except when she’s running against Donald Trump said about Bernie Sanders, “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said. “He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”

That raised the eyebrows of more than one upper level Democrat. Of course, people in the Clinton camp said that it was all Bernie’s fault because he really didn’t come to her aid and help her win the presidency as his backers sat home rather than vote for her. Bernie’s side, and most Democrats for that matter, say that she was to blame for losing a very winnable election, and she’s still trying to come to terms with how she could have been so badly whooped by a neophyte politician.

I will give Sanders some credit on this one. When they asked him to respond, his comment was, “Look, Hillary Clinton is certainly entitled to her own opinions. But, my focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”

So, my point, and it’s been my point since January 20, 2017 is simply, why is anyone still listening to Hillary Clinton? Why is anyone in Hollywood interested in doing a mini-series on her for cryin’ out loud? She’s a loser. Did we do a mini-series on John McCain, or Mitt Romney or Michael Dukakis after they got their rear ends whipped? The answer is no…we didn’t. Nobody cared. So why should anybody care about what Hillary Clinton thinks of anything? Yes, Bernie’s right in that she’s entitled to her own opinion, but her opinion and $3 will get you a grande coffee at Starbucks.

And why in the world would she come out now when the news media is all excited about impeachment, covering this most boring display, gavel to gavel? Did she really think her interview would hurt Donald Trump? It actually helped him! It took everyone’s attention, if only for a few brief moments, off the soap opera being played out in the Senate, and shoved her front and center in front of everyone.

Of course, this isn’t going to change anything. Hillary Clinton isn’t going to win any election any time in the future. She’s not going to influence enough people to not vote for Bernie Sanders, and her mini-series on Hulu will go the way of her live show with hubby Bill…it bombed. This will air for a month or two on Hulu, and will be around as they try to recoup the cost of producing it, but will die shortly thereafter; probably for reruns of MASH or some such program that will be more valuable to the typical Hulu viewer. And Hillary Clinton can once again, slink back inside her case of Chardonnay!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed

Too Many Stars…Too Many Wars

I gotta come clean on this one. I’ve never been a fan of Star Wars. Oh, I saw the original way back in the 1800’s when it was released. And maybe my wife or my kids dragged me to the first sequel. But after that, I lost interest. Star Wars, was a cute love story. It was a modern day soap opera set in space. But beyond that, it was too much hype and not enough entertainment for me.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Mark Hamil, and Carrie Fischer. But beyond that, I thought the acting was rather trite, and the plot line was a cross between some ninja warrior films and General Hospital.

As if that weren’t enough, Disney got involved. Someone at the Mouse Ears decided that it would be a good investment, so they bought the Star Wars brand from George Lucas and Lucasfilm for $4.5 BILLION! And we’ve been besieged with the property ever since.

Apparently though, America is getting tired of the brand. “The Rise Of Skywalker”, the latest installment only earned $175 million at the box office it’s opening weekend. Now, you kinda sorta have to take that with a grain of salt. Everyone felt it would be north of $200 million it’s first weekend. The other big blockbuster to hit the silver screen this past weekend was “Cats”…you know…the musical? It had an all star cast. And it only did $6.5 million and it was also considered a flop since it was projected to do $10-$15 million. So, comparatively speaking, Star Wars blew it out of the water. But, the critics hated it, giving it the worst rating since “The Phantom Menace”, which people tell me was the worst Star Wars installment yet.

I think it’s just a Star Wars overload. Disney has made the Star Wars figures front and center at it’s theme parks, in the movies, wherever Disney is sold. And with good reason. If I’m going to spend $4.5 billion on anything, I’m certainly going to get good use out of it. But how much of a thing is too much of a good thing?

Disney is doing the same thing with their comic book series. They purchased Marvel back in 2009 for $4.2 billion! And since that time every time you turn around, there are new movies, there are TV shows about Marvel characters all over ABC (which Disney owns), and I’m expecting soon, that Luke Skywalker is going to be hosting Monday Night Football on ESPN (also owned by Disney).

My question is, whatever happened to the mouse?

Disney has done one thing well over the last decade. They’ve run two rather popular series into the ground. They’ve given us not dribs and drabs, but gushers of both Star Wars and Marvel. I get it that they want to get their money’s worth…but can we call enough enough already? Isn’t anybody in the kingdom of the mouse creative enough to come up with new characters and new plot lines?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Tale of Another Whistleblower

Well, you know it had to happen. With all of the attention in America focused on this unnamed “whistleblower” that Democrats hope will be the silver bullet to accomplishing the impeachment of Donald Trump, there is another whistleblower that has emerged. This one isn’t dealing with Trump’s phone call to a Ukrainian president. This one deals with the media.

And this whistleblower is aiming at CNN.

There is a group called “Project Veritas” that for years has gone out and interviewed whistleblowers, talked to people undercover, and then aired on whatever broadcast facility they could get on some very damning evidence on politicians and the like. They’ve interviewed abortion doctors who claimed to be selling fetus parts after an abortion, they spent a good deal of time in Missouri before the big election between Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley that Hawley won by about 6%. And they are at it again.

Project Veritas (you can read all about it at: https://www.projectveritas.com/2019/10/12/on-the-eve-of-the-cnn-insider-blowing-the-whistle-on-his-own-network/ ) is on the verge of giving America proof of what most of us already know…that CNN has been biased against Donald Trump and the Republicans for decades. This whistleblower has tapes of the top brass at CNN telling their employees how to fudge stories, lie, calling on them to be biased and do whatever they can in order to discredit the president.

And finally, someone has come forward that disagrees with their actions, and is about ready to lower the boom on them. Hopefully, it will be the first of many, and others working at the big three TV networks, and MSNBC can do the same.

Where the whistleblower the left is banking on to impeach Donald Trump and remove him from office has already come under fire, and has had his/her credibility already blasted into the nether regions of out space, this whistleblower seems to be legit. I would encourage everybody to go out and listen to the tapes, and bookmark the Project Veritas website and visit it often. They do an incredible job of bringing the truth to us as to what the left is up to these days and the slimy ends they will go to in order to distort the truth.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Media Takes ANOTHER Hit

If you’re old enough to remember the “Golden Age” of media, think back to when Walter Cronkite hosted the CBS Evening News. Over at NBC there were the two guys, Chet Huntley (the older one), and David Brinkley (the younger one). And at ABC, which was the upstart network at the time, there was Howard K. Smith. Remember that? People trusted those guys to give them the news straight. You had no idea that all of them were flaming liberal snowflakes! They took their jobs seriously, wanted you to know that facts, and that’s what was presented.

I can’t think of what would have happened had any of the four news anchors mentioned above would have been accused of “faking” the news. And yet, a scant 60 years later, it’s commonplace. Media giants like the three broadcast networks, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others have all been found guilty of making up stories and having to fire reporters because they fudged the facts.

So, what’s this mean as to our trust in media?

It’s declined. Now, it’s not the worst it’s ever been…but it’s getting closer. Only 41% of us, according to a September 26th Gallup poll, trust the media to give us unbiased information. That’s down from 46% last year, and is inching ever closer to the all-time low of 32% which occurred right before the 2016 elections when it looked like the media was in bed with Hillary Clinton.

The highest this poll had it was back in 1999, as the Clinton presidency was winding down. Back then 55% of us felt the media was trustworthy (the poll was started by Gallup in 1997, right around the time of Clinton’s impeachment. I couldn’t begin to tell you what the percentage of Americans trusted Cronkite, Huntley & Brinkley, and Smith, but I bet it was at least in the 80% range.

Media today is a circus. As a former member of that profession (and REALLY glad I’m out of it!), newscasters, journalists, columnists, talk show hosts, disk jockeys, and the like are all on the outs. I’ve regaled in these blogs all of the problems of media in this day and age, and the fact it’s almost impossible for the big corporations to continue making money. So, they have to turn to the yellow journalism, made up stories, fake news, and tabloid-like coverage of stories that they used to deride as “National Enquirer trash” only a couple of decades ago. For a news journalist of any kind to be likened to that publication used to be a death blow to their career. Today, National Enquirer is actually more trusted than most of these networks and publications that I mentioned.

We discussed yesterday how liberals and conservatives, all members of The Club, are fighting for their very lives. Well, the media is involved in that too. They are complicit in this charade, and give rise to the whole problem we’re seeing. And as they continue to jump on the Democrats’ lying about trying to find anything to get rid of Donald Trump, the media circus puts on more clown face, and goes about their business.

It makes me very sad to have to admit I was once a member of that group!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!