Friday, June 22, 2018
I not only attended more than a dozen concerts at the Star Plaza (in Merrillville), I was part of two different groups that performed there. It was a great mid-sized concert hall with good accoustics and good sight lines.
I guess time marches on.
It will be called The Connors, and it will feature all the characters minus the racist one.
Roseanne actually had a very adult response to this: "I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved."
Was this really a Marie Antoinette moment?
The BBC offers five possible explanations for this ridiculous moment.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Days after Seth MacFarlane's outrage over Fox News host Tucker Carlson's suggestion that viewers should discount any other media besides Fox News, the creator of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Orville made a $2 million donation to NPR and another $500,000 to KPCC/Pasadena, the top news distribution for NPR content in Southern California. The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
In MacFarlane's tweet last Saturday, he criticized Carlson, whose comments he interpreted as telling viewers, "don't think critically, don't consult multiple news sources, and in general, don't use your brain."
To counter that impression and to support NPR's mission to create a more informed public and strengthen democracy, MacFarlane's sizeable donation is designed specifically to support NPR's Collaborative Journalism Network, which was created to better connect NPR's nearly 1,800 journalists embedded around the world by linking newsrooms within geographical regions to better share resources, cover breaking news more efficiently, collaborate on overall coverage and ramp up investigative reporting, hire and deploy more beat reporters and elevate local and regional stories to the national level, eliminating "news deserts" in certain areas of the country.
Amen, Mr. McFarlane. I applaud your efforts.
I met Jerry several times while his show was airing in Chicago and found him to be very different off the air. He was thoughtful, intelligent, and very funny. He guested on John Landecker's show a number of times. I always thought he would get back into politics one day. Maybe that day is now.
Too late. It's happening again, and once again, it will be very bad for consumers and employees of those media giants.
Right now there is a bidding war going on over 21st Century Fox. Both Comcast and Disney are bidding, and bidding such ridiculous price tags that they will be in debt forever. Comcast bid $65 billion (with a B) last week. Disney is now bidding 71.3 billion (with a B)
You've seen what happens when six companies own all the media in this country. We're about to see what happens when only five companies do.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Rachel Maddow chokes up and cries on air as she struggles to deliver news that migrant babies and toddlers have been sent to "tender age" shelters pic.twitter.com/O6crm8cvyR— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018
I see like this guy does...
A tale of two parties...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) June 20, 2018
Rachel Maddow breaks down while reporting about children being taken from their parents...
Corey Lewandowski mocks a girl with Down Syndrome being taken from her parents...
You decide which side of history you want to be on.
Those numbers come from the latest edition of the global Small Arms Survey, a project of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
The report, which draws on official data, survey data and other measures for 230 countries, finds that global firearm ownership is heavily concentrated in the United States. In 2017, for instance, Americans made up 4 percent of the world's population but owned about 46 percent of the entire global stock of 857 million civilian firearms.
I still love my country, but I don't love this shameful part of it.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Here's what he said: "First of all, Jeff [Zucker] needs to continues to do what he does, which is continue to run the organization incredibly well, and that first and foremost will continue and as you know he is here for the ride going forward and I’m really pleased and excited about it. He’s a very talented indivdiual and that will obviously be the first driver."
(Full article is here)
As a veteran of at least five corporate media mergers, all I have to say is, watch your back Jeff Zucker.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Not sure why everyone was e-mailing each other, but Lou Manfredini let loose with a critique of the on-air product, suggesting they return to less politics and a friendlier, less polarizing approach. Dean Richards responded with a counterargument--suggesting they have no choice but to point out what is going on while the world is burning.
Interesting stuff. Worth a read.
My two cents: Lou is probably correct. I've heard that from many older former die-hard WGN fans, many of whom are Republican. They don't like having the person they voted for in the White House rubbed in their faces. It's impolite.
That said, I don't know how you can report the news these days without pointing out the constant lying and norm-breaking. It seems like that's a pretty big part of the story.
Next stop: The Nationals in Indianapolis!
Very impressive. So proud of these girls. (Not technically my girls--but my club--and I've known all these girls since they were little).