A Real Blue-Collar Guy

  Ed Schultz is dead. To paraphrase Shakespeare, we’re probably not going to see his like again .Not on TV, anyway. There used to be more people on TV like Ed, people who stood for something, who spoke their minds, without sugar coating what they had to say. Now – left or right – it […]
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Yes, I’m a Rachel Fan

  Has it been nine years, Rachel? Nine years???  Even taking weekends and nights-off into account, that has to be more than 2,000 shows.  And I don’t think I’ve missed a week’s worth. Yes, I confess. I’m a fan. Sandra grumbles about that thing you do with the papers, shuffling them as if they contain […]
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Trump is at it Again

i think the world of Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell  and the rest of the MSNBC crew, but I suspect they’re falling for one of those classic Trump gambits. They are seriously pondering the implications of Trump firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to dig up the facts behind the Russian hacking scandal. Of course Trump […]
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I Miss Elizabeth Warren

It’s all Trump, Trump, Trump in American media these days. Occasionally you’ll get a noxious blast of fabricated “scandal” featuring Hillary. But I’m not hearing much about Elizabeth Warren. And that’s a shame. She is every bit as colorful as Trump (but in a good way), and she has the wit and guts to match his […]
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How to Ruin a TV Channel

    I’m convinced it’s not just Congress that’s gone nuts, it’s the entire political and business world. No, this is not another Donald Trump blog. This time it’s TV I’m railing against. More specifically cable TV. And most specifically MSNBC-TV. The geniuses who run MSNBC seem determined to drive me away. First, they sack Ed. Then […]
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Grab Jon, MSNBC! Quick!

  If I were calling the shots at MSNBC, I would mortgage the farm to get Jon Stewart on my cable channel. In prime time of course. I would reschedule either Chris Matthews or Chris Hayes to make room for Stewart. I would not ask Stewart (top photo) to be funny, or do tricks or wave […]
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“Liberal Media” is a Joke

Back when I was young (yes, waaaay back), conservatives constantly grumbled about America’s “liberal press,” claiming that reporters by definition were sympathetic to “leftist” causes. Things sure have changed. In the media world of the 21st Century, a  potty mouth like Rush Limbaugh can smear the Pope with impunity while an informed and courageous journalist […]
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Poor John McCain. Foiled Once Again!

John McCain must be furious. He came so close this time. But once again his hopes of another war have been dashed. How cruel is that? I bet the aging Arizona senator will hold his breath till he is blue in the face, stamp his feet and tear out clumps of his hair. But it […]
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Hunger is the Best Sauce. Or is it?

I’ve been really hungry. Once. I was working for the Haiti Sun and my boss, Bernard Diederich, had set off on his mother’s yacht, leaving me to run the newspaper for a month. Sadly, he had neglected to leave me banking authority. For most of that month, I was able to afford a lemonade, a […]
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Low-Wage Workers Shafted while we Celebrate

On this July 4, in this America freed from British tyranny so many years ago, new tyrants threaten the freedoms for which the colonists fought and died. How can Americans celebrate their rights with fireworks and patriotic speeches while tyranny stalks the country in new and ever more threatening forms? How dare we suggest that […]
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