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(1.26.16) Pretty much all of this month, I've been busy working on my own business projects designed to make me more money. So, like most would, I decided to concentrate on them, wickedly venal as I am, at the expense of this little publication. My Web site analytics show people dropped by, knocked on my digital door, but quickly left. Nothing new here. They may have imagined me in my underwear passed out on the couch surrounded by an assortment of whiskey bottles. I would never do that. That would be an abuse of good whiskey. (Of course, those on my mailing list would have spared themselves such a mental image only venturing into my digital neighborhood when receiving a notice--above left.)
Anyway, its not that there hasn't been anything to write about.
But what I saw on TV last night propelled me back to these pages like I was a rock in a slingshot: the Democratic candidates answering questions from obviously pre-positioned Dems in a roomful of same. It was an opera by the Untrustworthy One, the Good Looking One and the Commie--Clinton, O'Malley and Sanders. The dentist may as well have been drilling.
This exercise of journalistic pablum was brought to you by CNN's Chris Cuomo and assorted "people" questioners bearing such urgent questions as equal pay, gun control, Obamacare, raising minimum wage and even slatheringly supporting Hillary's performance before the latest failed Benghazi committee.
Incidentally, no one asked her where the *&^% she was during the 13 hours when Obama and co. failed to bring aid to Americans under attack. Ditto with a guaranteed national income that put the Dem poverticians' freebie programs out of business. Continue on with Daesh and fascist Islamic movements globally. To the Democrats their atrocities and even homeland attacks apparently don't exist.
Now, these type of controlled political extravaganzas appear under the pretext of "information" provided by the TV gatekeepers ostensibly to provide real questions from members of the public. Last night the questions may have been real, but they have been rehashed repeatedly. The candidates threw their hash and TV ate it up.
The same, of couse, can be said of the Republicans.
This type of tv format journalism dominates and shapes the quality of information flowing to the public. Such format is even imitated on local TV. Here in Memphis local mayor candidates were assembled where news moderators controlled the crowd as if they were a classroom of eith graders. It was embarassing for all concerned. My view: let eith graders be eith graders and the candidates forced to be themselves before them.
In fact, TV hosts and commentators everywhere are so overexposed and processed, they will, if they haven't already, experience the same rebellion from viewers as politicians from voters. Viewers have wised up to the overpaid talking heads who don't have a clue to what its like to keep your lights turned on and your rent paid. Hence, the vast gulf between their questions and most people and the reason people are searching the internet for real information.
My solution: Uncontrolled open audiences of throwing questions spontaneously to the candidates of opposing views (or parties). Then would you get to see candidates at their best and worst. News moderators don't come close to getting to the marrow of an issue like invested participants. They are too concerned about being "professional."
Would any of the candidates have the courage to face them, to face hostile questions as never before? Questions that, like really, represent the hot opinionated opposition?
(1.3.16) All of last year the media elite were predicting the demise of one Donald Trump. He was a flash in the pan, a glint of the tacky casino gold found in the foyers of his properties. As the media sucked off his ratings feed, the commentariot all but tripped over their dangling jaws. Despite their dire warnings, Trump just kept rising in the polls, even devilishly baiting their camera crews.
(12.9.15) In the face of jaw dropping smoking gun evidence, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are once again revealed to be outright liars regarding the Benghazi coverup. We are not referring to the now discredited manufactured fiction of a video that Clinton and her underlings claimed prompted the Benghazi attack, but an email from Leon Panetta’s chief of staff Jeremy Bash regarding Americans under attack at the time. Such a response could have possibly saved at least two of the four who lost their lives defending the American Embassy there.
The smoking gun email reads: "After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [redacted]."
In what should, but won't, be a nail in the coffin for her political career, Judicial Watch, the organization that has kept pressing for State emails of the 9/11/12 attack, notes this, "...leaves no doubt military assets were offered and ready to go, and awaiting State Department signoff, which did not come.”
Said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The email makes readily apparent that the military was prepared to launch immediate assistance that could have made a difference, at least at the CIA Annex. The fact that the Obama Administration withheld this email for so long only worsens the scandal of Benghazi.”
Meanwhile, the Obama administration declared yesterday Donald Trump "unqualified" to be president for outrage of prohibiting terrorist seeded Muslim populations from entering the country. Aside from wondering what makes him think he can decide who is "qualified" to be president in the first place, we wonder, considering these most recent Benghazi revelations, what ever made him qualified?
(New York 11.24.15 BenQQ) His casual remark rang like someone banging a frying pan with a hammer. Don Lemon and apparently approving anchors of CNN's New Day, Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira, revealed the network's heavy racial slant. That is, blacks have not made headway in the news biz until recently, kept out by the man. Hogwash. At best it reveals a certain lack of depth and at worst, a willingness to exacerbate newfound racial tension.
Brought onto this morning's New Day to tout the latest CNN poll on race relations in America, Lemon said "30 to 40" years ago they would not be "sitting here," apparently referencing Pereira and himself. (I did not find immediately the New Day segment yet on-site. Lemon might have said, "probably," but my gist here is the same.) Does anyone at CNN know their own, if not general, broadcast news industry?
In glaring contrast to the content of Lemon's tilted remark, let it be known that Bernard Shaw anchored the first CNN news cable cast when Ted Turner launched CNN in 1980, 35 years ago.
Bernard Shaw Source Wikipedia
Even in the big three broadcast news networks there was black headway into the news industry in contradiction to Lemon's remark.
Max Robinson came to national prominence in July 1978 when he became a co-anchor the ABC News weeknight program ''World News Tonight.''
Max Robinson Source: NY Times
In television generally, the 1960s was actually a golden age for black performers with 38 series featuring blacks as stars, co-stars, or continuing characters. A far cry from what viewers would be lead to believe with Lemon's remark. Source
When reporters, especially national media, want to paint the history of race relations in extreme colors, as Lemon did this morning regarding his show tonight on the CNN poll, perhaps he, and they, should think about who came first.
(Los Angeles 11.19.15 BenQQ) Apparently not caring they sounded like Nazi thugs threatening performers in a prewar Berlin nightclub, as in the movie Cabaret, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, said recently a "prominent" member of Hillary Clinton's campaign demanded he take down a three minute video, entitled, what else? “Hillary vs. The First Amendment.” It of course made fun of the candidate. As a result, Masada said, “I have received complain(t)s before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video,” according to the Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles. Not only that, he said the unnamed campaign officio wanted to know the personal contact information of the performers in the video. Here's the story and the link to the video. The three minute video is still running.
Perhaps more important, it would be interesting to know if current Hillary supporters believe this tactic is OK with them. If so, expect worse. Seig Heil, Hillary, Seig Heil.
(10.21.15 BenQQ) Here are seven little questions I'd like to ask Hillary Clinton regarding the 9-11-12 attack:
If you were visiting these pages soon after Sept 11, 2012, you might recall my outrage culminating in a call for Obama's impeachment because he failed to offer not even a concern to protect American soil during the attack. Both Clinton and Obama apparently have gotten a pass for not being particularly responsible before the attack (despite numerous warnings).
The Democrats have exhibited a shameless craven partisanship in pretending to want to get to the bottom of this scandal, the only Obama scandal that has resulted in loss of life. They point to the previous seven (7) hearings as quite enough, thank you. They, and their media as well, fail to point out the previous hearings were mostly finger pointing exercises from one agency to the other.
The American people, not government agencies, most deserve to have the answers only the Benghazi committee can bring them. With the exception of a few investigative reporters, no other body has the mission nor the budget to uncover the truth.
Watch the hearing tomorrow.