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Musings, observations, and written works from the publisher of Eckhartz Press, the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer, co-host of Minutia Men, Minutia Men Celebrity Interview and Free Kicks, and the author of "Back in the D.D.R", "EveryCubEver", "The Living Wills", "$everance," "Father Knows Nothing," "The Radio Producer's Handbook," "Records Truly Is My Middle Name", and "Gruen Weiss Vor".
Friday, October 27, 2017
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Steyer versus Trump
This is how the president reacted, because of course, he was watching Fox and Friends.
Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
There has never been an easier person to manipulate than the president. Foreign leaders must be licking their chops waiting to pwn him.
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“To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner,” said a spokesman for Bush on Wednesday, while noting that the former president’s wheelchair posture keeps his arms at butt-level.
Could that “same joke” be the one that he allegedly told another actress, Jordana Grolnick, while posing for a photo with her in August 2016? Grolnick told Deadspin that Bush and wife Barbara visited her backstage at a Maine theater, that the president asked her to guess his favorite magician, and then, as he squeezed her rear end, revealed that the answer was “David Cop-a-feel.”
Clearly he shouldn't do it, but I doubt any woman was worried about her safety around this 90-something year old man. That's like a scene out of a Mel Brooks movie.
More Details about the Creepy Mark Halperin
The Washington Post has more details on Mark Halperin, the famous journalist and author, who was working at MSNBC until CNN dropped their bombshell report the other day....
The fallout from the CNN report has been swift. HBO said Thursday that it has canceled a miniseries based on “Game Change.” MSNBC said Halperin “is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”
The Post spoke with nine women, including May, who said they were aware of, or had directly experienced, unwanted contact by Halperin over a period dating to the mid-1990s. All except May spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe their encounters, or colleagues’ encounters that they said they were told about.
The alleged conduct ranged from relatively trivial unwelcome contact — grabbing and holding women’s hands, for example — to inappropriate late-night phone calls and aggressive and repeated sexual propositioning. Several of the accusers recounted episodes in which he rubbed his erect penis against them — a claim specifically denied by Halperin in an interview. One woman said he appeared wearing only an open robe when a young campaign operative was summoned to deliver information to his hotel room.
Fellas, seriously, what's with the open robe thing? That's common to all of the accused so far, and none of them are exactly Fabio. Look in the mirror.
The Kennedy Files
Another outlandish plot described talks of prepping a “booby-trap spectacular seashell” that would be submerged in an area Castro enjoyed diving. The seashell would be loaded with explosives that would go off once lifted. “After investigation, it was determined that there was no shell in the Caribbean area large enough to hold a sufficient amount of explosive which was spectacular enough to attract the attention of Castro.”
I'm not Tom Puller
Not sure if he or she is Russian scammer, but he or she is definitely a scammer.
And by the way, that picture is from 12 years and 20 pounds ago, sadly. It was my promo picture for my column Father Knows Nothing.
Two More Famous Victims of Another Hollywood Creep
The name of Hollywood writer and director James Toback was brought up last weekend by the LA Times, and at the time there were 38 on-the-record accusers. There are now 300 women who have come forward, including famous actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams. From ABC News...
Blair, 45, said her meeting with Toback happened in 1999 after she filmed "Cruel Intentions." She says that while she protested, Toback insisted she meet in his hotel room to talk about a new project called "Harvard Man," which would eventually star Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joey Lauren Adams as two of the female leads.
"Against my better judgment, I went upstairs," she told the magazine. "I went in the room feeling a little off balance about the arrangement, but he seemed nonplussed. He pulled out the script and said, 'I look at you, and I see that we have a real connection. You could be an incredible actress, just by your eyes. But I can tell you don’t have confidence.'"
She says less than an hour into their meeting, he asked her to "do this monologue naked.”
After taking off her sweater, Blair says he asked if she would sleep with him. She said, "No," but that when she "went to leave," he stopped her. To avoid being assaulted, she says she conceded to let him touch her while he masturbated.
She says he also threatened her life if she ever talked about what happened.
"When my manager called me back and said, 'James Toback wants to see you again,' I said, 'That man is vile. And I never want to be in a room with him again. Do not send any girls or women to him,'" she said.
McAdams, 38, says she was also invited to his hotel room to read for "Harvard Man," where he allegedly admitted to masturbating while thinking about her.
"Eventually, I just excused myself. I can’t remember how long I was there. I felt like I was there forever. This has been such a source of shame for me -- that I didn’t have the wherewithal to get up and leave," she told Vanity Fair.
Eckhartz Press author Brent Petersen ("Truffle Hunt") has started up his own author page. He blogs there regularly and it's quite entertaining. (He will, however, make you feel like you never get out of the house--the man is a world traveller!).
If you'd to check it out (and bookmark it), here is THE LINK.
The Founding Fathers React
Whoever did this is a damn genius. pic.twitter.com/htTVbET6c2— Enzo A Moray (@JaimsVanDerBeek) October 20, 2017
NEVER expected when I became dear friends with Radio Hall of Famer and legend John Records Landecker that he would one day Title a chapter in his new book after me. HONORED beyond words. ❤️ Get your copy while they last...https://eckhartzpress.com/shop/records-truly-middle-name-radio-hall-fame-limited-edition/
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 71
EP71 – Rick and Dave discuss tickets for singing, punny Halloween costumes, extreme nagging avoidance, the Mad Monk, and Rick’s brush with Lara Flynn Boyle.
You can listen to it here.
Another Creep Revealed
CNN has the details.
These stories are going to keep on coming.
FCC Chair Wants to Relax Media Ownership Rules
This bunch doesn't appear to care about millions of complaints. They want their media giants to get gianter (new word), and they don't care if anyone has a problem with it. Mark my words--these three FCC commissioners will wind up working for the gianter conglomerates when their time is up, and they will be handsomely compensated for having done the opposite of their FCC duty. The FCC's prime directive is to work in the public's interest to protect the public airwaves.
Sounds almost quaint, doesn't it.
Wish I didn't have to run this video every few years...
O'Reilly May End Up at Sinclair
The details are here.
Their scruples are in a waste-basket in the corner over there.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
RIP Fats Domino
Between 1950-1963, Fats Domino hit the R&B charts a reported 59 times, and the pop charts a rollicking 63 times. https://t.co/18pDg2ecZI— NPR (@NPR) October 25, 2017
Fats was one of the most important figures in early rock and roll. This is the song that probably had the biggest impact...
Cumulus Quietly Spends $71 Million in Chicago
Fun Day in Indiana
Then we went to Purdue University and I interviewed John in front of a freshman communications class. That was a blast. The hour and fifteen minutes flew by. The whole thing was filmed for future broadcast.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
RIP Robert Guillaime
RIP Robert Guillaume. He was the first African American actor to win best actor in a comedy series, for Benson. He was 89. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/odndYQpMys— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) October 24, 2017
Going Back to Indiana
(While we're out there, we'll also get John to sign all the copies of the limited edition Hall of Fame version of his book "Records Truly Is My Middle Name". That book is shipping to customers later this week.)
Country Star Harrassed by DJs
Armiger says she was at a radio station in Texas taking a photo with one of the DJs after a performance. She says, “He grabbed my butt during the photo. And at the same time he was whispering in my ear, ‘When are you going to be legal?'” After complaining about the incident, Armiger says she was told to get over it, that’s how the business worked (Armiger is now 26).
According to the lawsuit with Cold River Records, Armiger said she was asked to “purchase ‘hot, game-changing’ clothes,” and “hug, kiss and flirt” with radio programmers. Armiger said she was told she needed to make the programmers “wish you would take them home with you.”
In a second example, Armiger says during a lunch meeting a PD asked everyone to share their “top five list of women they would want to sleep with.” After sharing his first choice, Armiger says the PD turned to her and said, ‘But you would absolutely be my No. 2.'”
Armiger also says a DJ was interviewing her about her album at the 2010 ACM Awards when he became inappropriate. “As we were doing the interview, he is trying to feel me up under the table — this is on air — trying to ask me whether or not my album title was true because surely I couldn’t be a nice girl. I had to be a naughty girl.”
Armiger told Fox News she is not naming names out of fear of retribution, and she’s telling her story now hoping changes will be made in the country music world.
Russia probe might snare a Democrat
I say fine, bring it on. Whoever is involved in this has to go down, and I personally don't care what party they are in.
Radio Hall of Fame Ceremony
The sold-out event November 2 from Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications will be live-streamed and available on-demand on TuneIn, the online podcasting site. It starts at 7 p.m.
Heading the list of this year’s inductees is Chicago radio legend John Records Landecker, who’ll be presented by longtime colleague and friend Bob Sirott. The two worked together at WLS AM 890, where Landecker rose to fame during his first run from 1972 to 1981.
Monday, October 23, 2017
New CNN spot
“Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana.” #FactsFirst pic.twitter.com/LbmRKiGJe9— CNN (@CNN) October 23, 2017
I watched the Patton Oswalt comedy special on Netflix last night. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.
The first half is hilarious. The second half is moving. The whole package is a masterpiece.
Seriously. I'm a tough comedy critic. This is gold.
KFC on Twitter
The five Spice Girls, and six guys named Herb.
Get it? A tip of the cap to the folks in KFC's social media department.
More of a Plea than a Question
Now that the Cubs won’t be champs anymore, can the world return to normal again please? We’re sorry for disrupting everything.— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) October 22, 2017
Apology not possible
"[Pres. Trump] couldn't remember my husband's name. ... That's what hurt me the most." - Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/px5io2RbJB— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
Trump followed up with this tweet, essentially calling the widow a liar...
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
Even if you are right, Mr. President (and I believe her more than I believe you), in this case wouldn't a simple "I'm sorry my words weren't heard the way I meant them. We all grieve for your loss" be more appropriate? Your inability to say you are sorry, especially in this situation, is absolutely unbelievable.
RIP George Young
The biggest hit of their career is this one from 1967.
Super Bowl Halftime
I DO have the time. Half the time...#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/4Z4Dz29l3X— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017
Yet Another Hollywood Creep
The LA Times is on it.
The first shoe to drop belongs to director James Toback. 38 women came forward to accuse him, and they all tell a remarkably similar (creepy) story. The names of the victims aren't as famous as Weinstein's, but that shouldn't make a difference. This is some pretty reprehensible (and probably criminal) behavior.
Since the article came out, the number of women who reported similar behavior from Toback has doubled.
Every harasser in Hollywood (and elsewhere) is shaking in his boots today, worried that the gig is up. To which I say...Good!
(And every time a new story comes out, someone will mention that we elected a serial harasser as president)
O'Reilly's Harrassment Payoff
By the way, is there a human being in the world (no matter how rich) who would pay $32 million if they were innocent?