Friday, April 06, 2018
But there's a good reason that Bill Maher calls him "Thurston Douche the Third" and this article in the Huffington Post is a great example. In it, he talks about what a bummer it was to be at the Playboy Mansion with his pregnant wife, how he wants to follow in his father's footsteps to be rich and bone hot chicks, and the relative size of his penis compared to his father's.
Class act, all the way.
Today's entry is called "The Much Belated Tale of The City Boy and the Country Bunny"
Maddow averaged 3.058 million viewers for the month, narrowly topping Hannity’s 3.00 million. That also marks Maddow’s best performance ever in the 9 p.m. ET time period. Maddow also won in the adults 25-54 demographic, nabbing an average of 671,000 viewers in the measure compared to Hannity’s 616,000. CNN’s Anderson Cooper finished third in the hour with an average of 1.125 million viewers and 382,000 in the demo.
MSNBC also had a strong month as a whole, with the network’s prime time, daytime and total day numbers all setting new MSNBC records in total viewers. MSNBC’s primetime lineup averaged 2.398 million viewers in March, up 8% over the same month last year. Both Fox News and CNN saw declines in the same period of 18% and 16% respectively. MSNBC was also up this March in both daytime and total day, while Fox News and CNN saw declines.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
With all due respect to @themasters, allow me to put my 6 Green Jackets in the closet for a moment and say that I don’t know if I have had a more special day on a golf course. To have your grandson make his first hole-in-one on this stage.... WOW! #Family #memoryofalifetime pic.twitter.com/3TSLwlV0m9— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 4, 2018
Aaron Weiss, a former news director at a local station who quit after it was bought by Sinclair, appeared on CNN’s New Day to explain what it’s like to have the broadcasting group begin to influence coverage.
In 2013, Weiss was a news director at a station in the Midwest that was bought by Sinclair, when “we started getting these must-run pieces everyday that would come down from corporate.”
“The must run pieces were generally political,” he explained. “Some of them were pre-produced packages from corporate, some of them were scripts that anchors were expected to read. And the expectation was that they would be read entirely, untouched, without any oversight.”
Weiss added that the scripts were of terrible quality, “but corporate expected us to run them untouched.”
He continued that the scripts were not local, but “entirely national, and they did have a conservative slant.” Weiss said that while he has no problem with conservative or liberal slanted news, what Sinclair does is more insidious:
“The problem with what Sinclair does, is they co-opt the credibility that local anchors have built up in their communities over years and decades, and use that credibility to promote a political agenda. And that, to me, is what it so ethically inappropriate about what Sinclair does.”
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
The king of the movie reviewers is Roger Ebert. In addition to being the best film critic on the planet, Roger is one of the smartest human beings I know.
Some people that become big stars get big heads. That wasn’t the case with either Roger or Gene Siskel. Roger was totally welcoming to me when I became a critic, which wasn’t the case with all of the critics. Remember, I was just this radio guy who was a big fan of movies, and happened to review them on my show — I wasn’t really doing it as a job like the rest of them.
But Roger came up to me at one of my early screenings and made a big point of saying in front of everyone: “You finally have a worthwhile profession.”
The highlight of my time as a film critic probably came when I was on a two-man panel discussion about film in Indiana with Roger Ebert — just the two of us. Not that we were on the same level in any way. This is a man who can dissect a film shot by shot, frame by frame. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of film. He knows just about all there is to know... and suffice it to say, I don’t know, and can’t do, any of those things.
One of the people in the audience asked Roger what his favorite genre of film was, and he answered “Film Noir.” I said, “I don’t even know what that is!”
I have two more stories to give you an idea of how passionate Roger Ebert is about film. When the movie Babe came out, I loved it and I knew Roger loved it, but my wife at the time had no interest in seeing it. I asked him if he would come on my show to help me convince her that she had to see the movie. He did it with great enthusiasm. It’s hard to say no when the greatest film critic in the world tells you that you have to see a movie.
Another time I invited Roger and his wife over to my house for a party (along with a bunch of other friends). I had just gotten this new plasma television, and asked Roger if he wanted to come in and see it. I put on the film Wyatt Earp which had just come out on DVD, because I love that opening scene — the way they use sound is unbelievable.
While we were watching that opening scene, with the sound cranked to ear splitting levels, Roger was doing a dissertation on why Val Kilmer should have been nominated for an Academy Award for that role, and Roger’s wife Chaz walked into the room.
She looked at what we were doing, sighed, and said. “Oh great. Just like home.”
RICK KAEMPFER remembers
Rick was also there for the Ebert movie dissertation that day... "My three kids, who were all little at the time, were also there. They sat quietly and listened to Roger pontificating about the genre of Westerns, and the acting in some of those old Westerns, and before he was through, a small crowd had formed. All of us were spellbound. When we got in our car to leave later that day, my oldest son Tommy, who was about eight or nine, said to me, “Who was that friend of John’s? Boy, he sure does love movies.”
Records Truly is My Middle name is available on paperback here at Eckhartz Press, and the e-book is available at all the major e-book distributors including amazon.
I can tell you the exact date of my most memorable experience at WILS-Lansing. It was April 4, 1968. We had a very special guest in the studio that day; Stevie Wonder. Stevie was a big star at the time for Motown Records in Detroit, but he also supported a local school for the blind in Lansing, so he came to town semi-regularly. The music director at WILS (Craig Dudley) knew Stevie, and knew that he loved playing disc jockey, so he invited him to come to our station, sit at the control board, play records, and talk on the air.
I was there that day, and was lucky enough to watch him in action. It was just an amazing sight. He cued up the records, turned the knobs, turned the microphones on and off; you name it. Even though he couldn’t see a thing, he knew exactly what he was doing. There were a few Motown Records employees with him, but he was doing it all by himself. I was standing in the back of the studio watching the whole thing, in awe of his abilities.
That’s when the news came across the wire that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot.
At first it wasn’t clear if King was dead or not, but we all suspected he was. An instant tension filled the room. The Motown executives didn’t say a thing. None of the radio station employees (including me) responded, and neither did Stevie. But we all knew we were experiencing a significant moment.
Even though this clearly affected him, Stevie was a total pro. He finished the show.
Ron Magers: We’re skipping a step here. Before the anchors were ordered to read it, dozens of General Managers signed off on it. Did not one say, “This doesn’t work in my market for my station!”
Forget their political agenda and remember that Sinclair is making a mockery of serving a local community. For me, that’s evidence enough for the FCC to say no to this deal.
But we all know it won’t happen that way.
And can we guess that the orders to muzzle WGN employees came from up top where any number of executives stand to reap a financial windfall when the Sinclair deal closes?
It led to this response this morning on Robert Feder's page...
Bill K Walsh · Loyola University Chicago
Why did Ron and the elites, not notice the key last sentence was missing from the Soros like permutation of the Sinclair video.
.......At [station] it’s our responsibility to pursue and report the truth. We understand Truth is neither politically "left nor right." Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility, now more than ever.
iit allows them to be condescending and ignore the actual total perspective of the statement. It applies as much to the Wolf Blitzers and the Shep Smith’s.
Which Ron Magers again answered quite well...
Ron Magers · Toppenish High School
Ron and The Elites was the name of my quartet in the 60's. How did you know?
What I did notice is that the category of "Fake News" as presently used for political purposes is itself fake. "Fake News", in our era, started as a false story circulated mostly on the internet for the purposes of influencing opinions. The Russians, our own political parties and fringies of every variety got quite good at it. Certain politicians have now taken up the term to denigrate any story or outlet that doesn't agree with their political position. Mr. Trump has, on countless occasions, used the term to describe stories that were true and accurate and, somehow, his base agrees with him. It is sad to see.
Mainstream journalists may sometimes make a mistake but they don't practice "Fake News". That dark art is a specialty of those who have you, Bill, in their bulls eye.
So, if you want to start up a new Loop station, you can. You just need to buy the rights from Cumulus.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
He tells the whole story on his facebook page.
I had no idea at the time that the opening band would be Dawes. The guitarist of Dawes is Trevor Menear, son of my old Loop pal Kevin Matthews.
State Department confirms that Russia can replace the diplomats, alleged to be intel officers, expelled last week.— Julian Borger (@julianborger) April 2, 2018
US "is not requiring the Russian bilateral mission to reduce its total number of personnel" a spox says. New accreditation to be reviewed on a "case-by-case basis.”
Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, has a pretty plausible take about Trump's involvment with Russia in this morning's New York Times...
Evidence of Russia’s intent to interfere in the election is overwhelming, and documentation of Trump campaign members’ collusion not only exists but is growing. The special counsel’s investigation into collusion ultimately comes down to two questions. First, did President Trump or any member of his campaign willingly coordinate their actions with Russia? And did President Trump or any member of his campaign knowingly coordinate their action with Russia?
Trump campaign members certainly colluded with Russian influence efforts, some willingly, some possibly knowingly. The president denies the Kremlin’s hand, either still unaware or in denial of being manipulated by Mr. Putin’s minions. For Mr. Putin, it’s likely everything he hoped for — America riddled with political infighting and mired in investigations, a weakened NATO alliance vulnerable to aggression and a United States president seeking his adoration, obstinate and ignorant of the great caper the Kremlin just orchestrated.
The problem for the president is that ignorance is not immunity. The problem for America is that ignorance of Russian interference is vulnerability.
The highlighted portion above was not highlighted by the New York Times. It was highlighted by me. The fact that people are still questioning it, despite such obvious public evidence, is absolutely amazing to me.
Jeff Hoover, a longtime producer and on-air contributor for WGN-Channel 9’s top-rated morning news show, was the first employee to speak out Monday about the impending takeover of the Tribune Media station by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
He also was the last.
In response to a video montage that went viral last weekend showing anchors at Sinclair stations delivering identical messages parroting President Donald Trump’s anti-media talking points, Hoover tweeted: “Re: Sinclair – There is NO WAY any of our on-air anchors and reporters will read their scripted messages on our show. Chicago’s Very Own, not owned.”
The normally free-spirited Hoover later said he could not talk about what he had written and declined further comment. Other sources confirmed that Hoover had been admonished by his bosses for the unauthorized tweet.
I know the people on that morning show felt a little bulletproof because of their incredible ratings, but these Sinclair folks don't care about ratings. They are in this to push a political agenda. I said it at the time, and Feder says it too, Mark Suppelsa sure picked a good time to get out.
I still hope that Sinclair won't mess with what's working, especially that morning show. But the reaction of the current WGN bosses sure makes it look like they aren't exactly convinced.
This John Oliver piece from last summer might illuminate you to what WGN will be soon facing...
Monday, April 02, 2018
The question is...will Laura return?
If not, fear not right-wing fans. There's always another conspiracy theorist in the backup bin. They will never run out. What would America do without an alternate reality?
Not finding a hard boiled egg? Not an option, for obvious (smelly) reasons.
After we searched for about 20 minutes, he admitted he was kidding. He only hid two. April Fools.