Meet The Press

We know you like it when the hosts get into it and we know you like it when one of them gets triggered by a certain Chief Executive. So –no spoilers!– we think you’ll enjoy the opening segment of today’s Big Show. But stick around, because we want to introduce you to two members of the media we think you ought to be aware of. First up: Alex Berenson, once a card carrying member of the elite media (the New York Times) and now a novelist who does some independent journalism on the side. His work on COVID over the past six months (available on Twitter and on his website  is not to be missed. Then, meet Andrew Beaton, who covers sports for the Wall Street Journal. His no nonsense reporting on COVID and sports and the impact of the social justice movement is not to be missed. But that’s not all: we’ve got a new Lileks Post of The Week, courtesy of  @DoctorRobert  (it’s about oboes). Finally, we lost a great one this week. Well, those of us who were aware  of him did. Guess which one of our podcasters is not really aware of the contributions to the culture Edward Van Halen left us?

Music from this week’s show: Dance The Night Away by Van Halen

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Quick, download it before @blueyeti fixes anything!  :-)

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  2. kedavis Member
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    They didn’t just use the “ditto” MACHINE in “Fast Times At Ridgemont High,” that one teacher’s nickname was actually “Ditto.”  Because that was his whole class and method of teaching, apparently.  The other teachers got upset because he would monopolize the machine.

    And then he died in the middle of a class period, of heart attack or something, and nobody noticed maybe for hours…

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  3. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    I havent listened yet, but I know it was Rob Long who had no idea about Van Halen, as obviously Peter has all their records…

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  4. kedavis Member
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    Editor Note:

    How about waiting at least a few hours after the podcast is released before giving this away?

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):
    I havent listened yet, but I know it was Rob Long who had no idea about Van Halen, as obviously Peter has all there records…

    Oh man, that was something.  Since “Monty Python’s Life Of Brian” pretty much broke me for laughing at anything else less ridiculous ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slSb72vwaBc ), I can’t think of anything that actually made me laugh out loud (LOL) until [redacted for spoiler] guessed that Van Halen was ABBA!

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  5. Annefy Member
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    “Do the work”???

    I’m out 

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  6. Arahant Member
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    Rob screams at us rather than trying to persuade us. Physician, heal thyself.

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  7. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    Is that how James cuts Rob’s hair?

    (Former congressman James Traficant said that he used a weed-whacker until it was later revealed to be a toupee.)

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  8. kedavis Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):
    I havent listened yet, but I know it was Rob Long who had no idea about Van Halen, as obviously Peter has all there records…

    Oh man, that was something. Since “Monty Python’s Life Of Brian” pretty much broke me for laughing at anything else less ridiculous ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slSb72vwaBc ), I can’t think of anything that actually made me laugh out loud (LOL) until [redacted for spoiler] guessed that Van Halen was ABBA!

    Come on, nobody is going to be surprised about THAT part.

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  9. Brandon Member
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    First episode I’ve listened to in a long time that was hard to listen to.

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  10. Arahant Member
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    That Tommy John segue was brilliant, @jameslileks.

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  11. MISTER BITCOIN Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    That Tommy John segue was brilliant, @jameslileks.

    This is not for elbow surgery?

     

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  12. MISTER BITCOIN Inactive
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    @blueyeti Did you consider song of the week to be Jump?

     

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  13. EJHill Podcaster
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    MISTER BITCOIN: This is not for elbow surgery?

    Not that Tommy John. THAT Tommy John thought about suing but changed his mind because the underwear guy’s first and middle names are Tommy John. 

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  14. EJHill Podcaster
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    As for the Oboe post: Get Woke, Go Baroque.

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  15. Arahant Member
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    A René Girard reference? @kirkianwanderer, are you listening? (It’s about 70 minutes in.)

     

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  16. Arahant Member
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    Like the music and the flub at the end.

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  17. Arahant Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):
    Come on, nobody is going to be surprised about THAT part.

    He’s right, you know? I mean, if anyone were laying money on it, it would all go where it should have.

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  18. Arahant Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    As for the Oboe post: Get Woke, Go Baroque.

    So bad. It’s an interesting subject, though.

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  19. JennaStocker Member
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    I felt @jameslileks opening this morning when I went outside and breathed deeply the warm, fall, manure-hues like maple leaves covering my yard. Probably the closest I’ll get to the Cow Barn at the much-missed State Fair. Very good podcast, gentlemen.

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  20. NYLibertarianGuy Thatcher
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    Not impressed with Rob’s analysis.  Too much reliance on “polls,” and as they say–garbage in, garbage out.  Is Rob suggesting that we would be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president four years ago?  I’m not sure on what his views are … and I suspect Rob isn’t clear on his own views either. 

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  21. Arahant Member
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    NYLibertarianGuy (View Comment):

    Not impressed with Rob’s analysis. Too much reliance on “polls,” and as they say–garbage in, garbage out. Is Rob suggesting that we would be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president four years ago? I’m not sure on what his views are … and I suspect Rob isn’t clear on his own views either.

    Luckily, he’ll be voting in a blue state.

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  22. NYLibertarianGuy Thatcher
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    NYLibertarianGuy (View Comment):

    Not impressed with Rob’s analysis. Too much reliance on “polls,” and as they say–garbage in, garbage out. Is Rob suggesting that we would be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president four years ago? I’m not sure on what his views are … and I suspect Rob isn’t clear on his own views either.

    Luckily, he’ll be voting in a blue state.

    I doubt he’ll vote at all. Lots of talk, little substance. Any time he is challenged on the substance, he raises his voice instead of making actual cogent arguments.  Again, not impressed with Rob.  Thought he (like many others) saw the light after 2016.  Has been backsliding since July. 

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  23. kedavis Member
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    NYLibertarianGuy (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    NYLibertarianGuy (View Comment):

    Not impressed with Rob’s analysis. Too much reliance on “polls,” and as they say–garbage in, garbage out. Is Rob suggesting that we would be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president four years ago? I’m not sure on what his views are … and I suspect Rob isn’t clear on his own views either.

    Luckily, he’ll be voting in a blue state.

    I doubt he’ll vote at all. Lots of talk, little substance. Any time he is challenged on the substance, he raises his voice instead of making actual cogent arguments. Again, not impressed with Rob. Thought he (like many others) saw the light after 2016. Has been backsliding since July.

    Rob’s argument seems to amount to “you have to make stupid people smart!”  Yeah, good luck with that.

    Either that or “you have to make arguments for smart things, that stupid people will understand, and that they’ll like better than the other side promising them rainbows and unicorns and everything is free!”  Good luck with that, too.

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  24. SParker Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    “Do the work”???

    I’m out

    What took you so long?  Rob’s been saying this at least once a year since at least 2012.  The normal state of the nation is 49-49* on most things, big or small.  The requirement to get anything lasting done or undone is somewhere north of 60%.  This gap problem’s solved in a liberal democracy by Rob’s suggested method (make the argument, choose candidates who can make the argument).  Or…both sides can stamp their feet, fervently support honor-challenged imbeciles whose only real ability is to say they “fight” for them,  and dream dreams of ramming a murky, incoherent, but preferred, course of action down everyone else’s throat.  Ugly and pointless, but where we currently seem to be–in spades.

    There’s a non-zero chance this is a Maynard G. Krebs misquote meant as a joke.  If so pardon the sermon.

    *Probably more like 29-29-39 (Leave me alone, I’m busy)-2 (I just don’t know, I just don’t know)-1 (say what now?).  It’s arguable that the country was designed for the sensible 39% and that it’s a pretty good experimental design.

     

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  25. James Lileks Contributor
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    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    I felt @jameslileks opening this morning when I went outside and breathed deeply the warm, fall, manure-hues like maple leaves covering my yard. Probably the closest I’ll get to the Cow Barn at the much-missed State Fair. Very good podcast, gentlemen.

    It was . . . pervasive, wasn’t it? ;) I love knowing that the ag economy can make its presence known with such ease. The Cities think we’re the be-all / end-all, and the farmland laughs and sticks its funk up our noses without even trying.

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  26. Blue Yeti Admin
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    The now obligatory screen shot from today’s show:

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  27. kedavis Member
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    The now obligatory screen shot from today’s show:

     

    Y’know, I think Rob was the only one with a fake background.

    :-)

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  28. Bishop Wash Member
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    I haven’t listened yet but how horrible are Rob’s takes this week? 

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  29. WilliamDean Coolidge
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    I haven’t listened yet but how horrible are Rob’s takes this week?

    Never open up and look inside the bean burrito. Just eat it.

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  30. Annefy Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    I haven’t listened yet but how horrible are Rob’s takes this week?

    I nearly gave up when he said “do the work”. Gag me. I have no idea how this election will turn out, but like four years ago I wonder how Rob can be so hysterically sure. 

    But A Berenson was terrific. 

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