Welcome to the club, boys! pic.twitter.com/2jvRqsZXF5— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) April 27, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Needless to say, that's a very bad sign.
The New York Times has a piece this morning looking into this subject matter, with the headline: Sean Hannity Defends Executive as Fox News Turmoil Continues.
It's really looking like the Murdochs won't stop until they purge the place of everyone associated with Roger Ailes. Based on the huge number of lawsuits and accusations, I'd say that's a pretty prudent path forward.
LATE UPDATE: This could end all their issues...
There are really two events. The first one is a luncheon at Cliff Dwellers (my favorite spot) on May 4th. Starts at noon on Thursday, May 4, ends about 1:30 or 2 p.m. The price for the luncheon and program is $30. Reservations are required, and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 312.922.8080. Click here for more information.
Later that evening is the actual induction ceremony. That begins around 5pm, and it's free. This one is at the Newberry Library. Click here for more information.
I'll be there, so I hope to see you there too.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
In his first week on the job, Jesse made a joke about Ivanka Trump. The joke was about the way she held the microphone, and it was clearly and without question, a blowjob joke. If it had been about Hillary, no worries. But this time it was about a Republican president's daughter.
The next day Jesse took an unexpected sudden vacation.
The expected 100 layoffs at ESPN began on Wednesday as many long-time TV and radio hosts were dismissed. Many of them, including Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Jayson Stark, and Trent Dilfer took to Twitter to post the news. Kanell tweeted, “Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go ‘all in’ 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes.”
And then there are some who will have their roles dramatically reduced. From the Hollywood Reporter...
They include Baseball Tonight's Karl Ravitch, ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo and Hannah Storm, who has been a mainstay at ESPN for a decade and hosted various iterations of flagship SportsCenter. (An ESPN source said that Russillo will continue at ESPN Radio.)
Ravitch is one of my favorites on ESPN. Bad day for sports on radio and television.
How much does he love these cars? This video answers the question better than I ever could...
It's obviously gone quite a few more miles since then--we're pushing 150,000. Also, my boys drive it now, so it looks like it's been in a demolition derby.
I have fond memories of this moment. It was one of the last stories I cut from the book version of Father Knows Nothing, mainly because it wasn't technically a Father Knows Nothing column. It written for Shore Magazine, when I wrote a regular column for them called "A Fine Mess".
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The cut of 100 on-air personalities represents 10% of the workforce.
UPDATE: NFL expert reporter Ed Werder is first to announce he was laid off by ESPN.
From Bob Ley pic.twitter.com/rjJVi7JZaZ— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) April 26, 2017
WBBM received Illinois AP’s first place “Best Spot News Coverage” award for “The Rally that Never Was,” highlighting Steve Miller, Bob Roberts, Rob Hart, Lisa Fielding, Geoff Dankert and the retired Don Schuble from the WBBM staff.
The station also received Illinois AP’s first place “Best Newscast” award for the 7 p.m. newscast, on March 11, 2016 highlighting Cisco Cotto, Geoff Dankert, Bob Roberts, Steve Miller, Rob Hart, George Ofman, Bernie Tafoya, Paula Fagan, Frank Strait, Jeff Bellinger, Brad Robinson, Ken Kosek, Susan Glick, and Brian Callahan from the WBBM staff.
Individual awards were also presented. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding received the “Best Series” award for her Generation Heroin series; and WBBM’s Rick Gregg received the “Best Sports Report” award for The Ballad of James Shields.
I've previously interviewed a few of them (Bernie Tafoya, Rob Hart, Cisco Cotto) and Geoff Dankert is in my Cubs season-ticket pool. Happy for all of them. They are true pros.
Big loss. NPR starts a nationwide search for his successor immediately. Don't be surprised if the candidate is already working there in the Washington office.
"I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure."
The campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," by a Kenyan wildlife conservancy and the dating app, focuses on the rhino named Sudan.
The 43-year-old and his last two female companions are unable to breed naturally because of issues that include old age.
Sounds like the big fella needs a little rhiagra.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It's really the story of the decline of the local newspaper--which used to give us a much better feel for how every part of the country felt-- and how the national media is essentially located only in urban centers. Urban centers are more likely to be liberal and journalists live and work in that environment, so it's only natural they have a more liberal outlook. Food for thought.
Tony's podcast Lossano and Friends also returns this week on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network.*
*Full disclosure: Tony is also the Executive Producer of Minutia Men, my podcast with David Stern.
Read all about her here.
Hopefully this means that the State Department will have regular briefings again (like they've had for 50 years before this presidency).
I'm interested to see if she really is a draw or not. Did her former conservative fans tune in only because she was on Fox News or will they tune in to NBC? Will the non-conservatives accept her? Will her new show be less conservative?
We'll find out.
The complaint says InfoWars released a video on April 11 describing Chobani's practice of hiring refugees and a sexual assault case that did not involve the yogurt company. During the video, an Info Wars reporter republished statements that claimed the Chobani plant brought crime and tuberculosis since it opened the plant five years ago while also pointing out previous reports of its willingness to hire refugees in Twin Falls.
This is very reminiscent of the phony "sex-ring-in-a-Washington-pizza-parlor" story they made up during the election. There was no sexual assault. There was no tuberculosis. They employed some refugees and nothing bad happened.
Chobani is a big company and has the deep pockets to sue. Those Sandy Hook families (Alex Jones/Infowars claimed it was a staged event) are not in the same position.
Monday, April 24, 2017
By the way, despite protests in hundreds of cities around the world, and being the #1 trending subject on Twitter all weekend, the Sunday morning political shows didn't even mention the March for Science. Tell me again how the mainstream media is biased in favor of liberals?
[House Hunters episode]— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) April 19, 2017
HUSBAND: I'm a freelance hamster trainer
WIFE: And I tune harmonicas part-time
HUSBAND: Our budget is $950K
[House Hunters episode]— Josh M (@JG_KB24fan) April 20, 2017
HUSBAND: "I sell used 8-track tapes"
WIFE: "And I hang potatoes in people's garages"
HUSBAND: Our budget is $950K
[House Hunters episode]— Billy J. Smith (@thatbillysmith) April 20, 2017
HUSBAND: I'm a sandwich artist.
WIFE: And I have a blog about meat and beer.
HUSBAND: Our budget is $875K
Here's an excerpt from the article...
iHeartMedia, owner of iHeartRadio, has massive debt on its books mostly because of a $24 billion leveraged buyout of billboard-advertising company Clear Channel Communications, MarketWatch reported on Friday.
The company has nearly $350 million of debt due this year, and another $8.3 billion in 2019.
"Management anticipates that our financial statements to be issued for the three months ended March 31, 2017, will include disclosure indicating there will be substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern for a period of 12 months following the date the first quarter 2017 financial statements are issued," iHeartMedia said in its filing.
In Chicago, iHeart owns Kiss-FM, My-FM, WGCI, WVAZ, and Big 95.5.
Trump will not be there. He cannot handle people telling jokes about him, and he loathes the press like a spurned lover.
So he will hold a rally instead, letting his supporters stroke his very brittle ego and make him feel like everything is going great.
It's hard to imagine a whinier and more emotionally fragile President. And he calls everyone who doesn't agree with him a snowflake. That's what the psychologists refer to as projection..."Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others." (Sigmund Freud)