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. Arahant Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

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

    The show is eighty minutes. Rob’s rant is only a few minutes, even if it seems hours.

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  2. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Rob leaves out that Trump was massively harassed by the deep state or whatever. They couldn’t just let him govern. So many Republicans are so OK about this,

    Regarding the “do the work” comment. Almost always, it takes four sentences for us to explain how conservatism or libertarianism works when it takes one to explain leftism. I got that from Paul Ryan. It’s a huge disadvantage. The other thing is central banking completely distorts everything and it’s very hard for libertarianism and conservatism to actually work or sell in these conditions,

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  3. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Alex is completely right about the number “200,000”. He’s also dead on about how it takes one second for them to talk like that and it really takes 10 minutes to explain the right way to look at all of this. Never Trump and the Democrats are just running with it. 

    Claire Berlinski is one of those. She can just go on and on about “200,000”.

    I really think the best thing that could happen is we completely lock down and destroy the economy. Then people will think straight.


    Watching the rhetoric on Twitter it looks to me like the Democrats in Minnesota are going to take every chance to go crazy if normal community spread hits a nursing home worker. I mean seriously, what the hell can you do about that?

     

     

     

     

    You get it by 15 minutes of contact indoors with someone who is spreading.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    I am so angry about how the government is pushing masks without any explanation.

    People think you are a killer if you don’t have one on. It’s collectivist lunacy. I want to kill myself every time I hear the US Surgeon General on a PSA whining about it. 

    Somebody has to know a libertarian sugar daddy that can ambush these guys with a public relations campaign. It would be easy. Force them to put on a dog and pony show.

    I don’t mind being forced to put on a good paper medical mask in obviously problematic situations. What I do mind is the lack of a decent explanation of how forcing everybody to do this all the time change is the R0. 

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  5. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    I got into the NHL after my brother-in-law explained the rules to me. Then after a while I figured out that I don’t have the slightest idea of what they are doing to make a goal. Later my brother-in-law sent me an article about what they have to do generally to win and how it makes the game more boring. I think the reality is, the NHL size rink is a more esoteric game and if they had international size rinks it would be more understandable and more fun to watch. 

    It is disgraceful how they are getting rid of all of those minor sports at these colleges. Congress hasn’t supervised any of it at all. I hate the power five system. I don’t see how anybody thinks it’s more interesting. Who are these people accountable to? Nobody. 

    Now the whole Education Edifice is collapsing. I wish them nothing but grief.

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  6. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Here is some supposed modeling about masks in case anybody’s interested.

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  7. Patrick McClure Coolidge
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

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

    Same take, louder volume.

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  8. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    @GlennAmurgis

    I agree with Rob on Trumps behavior is the reason he is behind but his attitude to what the Obama administration did to done Trump is what is frustrating.  Many of the old line GOP talking heads who harp on the norms don’t seem to care about this.  

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  9. RufusRJones Member
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    I agree with Rob on Trumps behavior is the reason he is behind but his attitude to what the Obama administration did to done Trump is what is frustrating. Many of the old line GOP talking heads who harp on the norms don’t seem to care about this.

    It makes me sick. They need to explain themselves.

    The Republicans that are voting for Biden or are effectively helping him get elected need to answer three things:

    Why do you want single payer shoved down your throat?

    Judges are the only ground the right gets to keep after they take it. Why would you want to end that?

    Why don’t you want the Durham investigation to finish under a Republican administration?

    What is so damn bad about Trumps foreign-policy? The freaking Middle East just got put on auto pilot.

     

    Supposedly, what is killing him are suburban female Republicans.

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  10. RufusRJones Member
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  11. EDISONPARKS Member
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    I still say Rob’s hyper woosy NT twit is all an act to trigger the audience much like the AWA All-Star Wrestling Villains.

    The All-Star Wrestling fans used to pack the stadiums because wrestling fans loved to hate the villains like Dick the Bruiser and The Crusher.

    Let’s not forget Rob is an entertainment producer, always striving to find ways to put ears in the Ricochet Podcast seats.

    5 Things You Didn't Know About Da Crusher, Milwaukee's Blue Collar Wrestling Hero

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  12. Bishop Wash Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

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

    The show is eighty minutes. Rob’s rant is only a few minutes, even if it seems hours.

    So use the advice from the holy hand grenade part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “skip a bit brother”?

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  13. davenr321 Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    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…

    Ditto is from “Teachers” not “Fast Times…” my dad thought that Ditto was the only successful teacher from the movie as he’d actually trained the kids the complete work!

     

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  14. EHerring Coolidge
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    @EHerring

    The opening took me back to the days of the “dirty purples.” I also had a reverse experience than Peter, I was the parent the daughter took to the barn to help muck the stall after her horse unloaded a present. [How we became horse owners of an off-track thoroughbred is another story.] 

    Tommy John segue!!! 

    Great sports point…so much on TV that audience is diluted. However, I still believe there are folks like me that were so fed up with politics that they tuned out politics wherever it popped up…or tuned out sports that targeted them for scorn. 
     
    re covid, thank goodness for Sweden. 
     
    re Trump, so many reasons the left gives for hating him are lies. They merely tag some things to excuse their hatred, to justify it. I assume they feel the same about me. People say Twitter is a cesspool and not like the real world. I see the same on Facebook, with people I know, and on Nextdoor in discussion groups among neighbors in surrounding neighborhoods. I am insulted for supporting Trump, wanting kids back in school, mentioning that cloth masks aren’t that effective, etc. The left can’t tolerate dissenting views. We see more divisiveness because there are more lefties and they now feel empowered due to their numbers. I ignore the polls. Voters who are undecided still, at this point, shouldn’t vote because they have no grasp of the real issues. Elections every time seem to turn on the opinions of people who seem to have no basis other than emotion for their decisions.

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  15. Brian Watt Inactive
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    These are the reasons that I’m voting for Donald Trump, even in deep blue California:

    • his policies on ending onerous regulation and in reassessing foreign trade actually resulted in a booming economy that created opportunities for millions and helped to lift some segments of society out of poverty;
    • he’s actually bringing peace between Israel and her neighbors;
    • he has effectively marginalized the world’s leading sponsor of terror, Iran;
    • he effectively and decisively annihilated the ISIS caliphate;
    • he actually supports the sanctity of human life not just by his words but through his actions
    • and through quick and decisive action he actually helped to minimize the number of deaths from a novel and deadly virus unleashed upon the world and unlike some Democrat governors did not order that infected elderly patients be sent into nursing homes to infect other elderly patients who died unnecessarily

    Here are the reasons I could never vote for Joe Biden:

    • he’s a failed career political demagogue who has no record of legislative achievement;
    • because according to a former Secretary of Defense from the Obama administration Biden been wrong on every foreign policy and national security matter for the last 40 years;
    • he has a documented history of fondling young girls;
    • he has a decades-long history of graft that has made him and his family rich;
    • he continues to plagiarize and pass off speeches and policies he’s stolen as his own (including the President’s COVID response efforts);
    • because he claims to be a devout “practicing” Catholic but broke up a marriage and he promotes the murder and dismemberment of unborn children up until the moment of birth “under any circumstances”;
    • he has refused to condemn violent anarchists like Antifa and BLM, claiming that these are only movements and not organizations;
    • he’s content to embrace the most radical socialist agenda that his party has ever put forward;
    • he continues to lie on a whole host of topics (Charlottesville, Trump’s supposed denigration of servicemen and women, that accusations about his son Hunter’s financial improprieties have been proven false – to name a few) and not get called out on his lies by a lickspittle media;
    • and because he is struggling with the onset of dementia and is likely to be replaced quickly after becoming president by a radical Leftist hell-bent on retribution of those who supported Trump or anyone who would cross her.

    Now there are those here on Ricochet who would contend that I’m just too emotionally invested in my support for President Trump and really haven’t thought this through. Yeah, okay, I’ll try to watch that and not raise my voice unnecessarily.

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  16. EHerring Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):
    I got into the NHL after my brother-in-law explained the rules to me.

    NHL is a sport that really must be seen in person. You need to see the whole rink, the line changes, etc.

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  17. RufusRJones Member
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    EHerring (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):
    I got into the NHL after my brother-in-law explained the rules to me.

    NHL is a sport that really must be seen in person. You need to see the whole rink, the line changes, etc.

    I agree with that. The other thing is the warm-ups are really cool. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen.

    The first NHL game I saw was the Wild against Pittsburgh and it was the first time Sidney Crosby came back to Minnesota. He was at a boarding school for hockey here. It was absolutely insane. It was like being at a college bowl game because at least a third of the crowd wanted Pittsburgh to win. The wild also have this very over the top opening ceremony that they made sure it was extra crazy for that game. That was one of the most fun things I have ever done.

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  18. Buckpasser Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    These are the reasons that I’m voting for Donald Trump, even in deep blue California:

    • his policies on ending onerous regulation and in reassessing foreign trade actually resulted in a booming economy that created opportunities for millions and helped to lift some segments of society out of poverty;
    • he’s actually bringing peace between Israel and her neighbors;
    • he has effectively marginalized the world’s leading sponsor of terror, Iran;
    • he effectively and decisively annihilated the ISIS caliphate;
    • he actually supports the sanctity of human life not just by his words but through his actions
    • and through quick and decisive action he actually helped to minimize the number of deaths from a novel and deadly virus unleashed upon the world and unlike some Democrat governors did not order that infected elderly patients be sent into nursing homes to infect other elderly patients who died unnecessarily

    Here are the reasons I could never vote for Joe Biden:

    • he’s a failed career political demagogue who has no record of legislative achievement;
    • because according to a former Secretary of Defense from the Obama administration Biden been wrong on every foreign policy and national security matter for the last 40 years;
    • he has a documented history of fondling young girls;
    • he has a decades-long history of graft that has made him and his family rich;
    • he continues to plagiarize and pass off speeches and policies he’s stolen as his own (including the President’s COVID response efforts);
    • because he claims to be a devout “practicing” Catholic but broke up a marriage and he promotes the murder and dismemberment of unborn children up until the moment of birth “under any circumstances”;
    • he has refused to condemn violent anarchists like Antifa and BLM, claiming that these are only movements and not organizations;
    • he’s content to embrace the most radical socialist agenda that his party has ever put forward;
    • he continues to lie on a whole host of topics (Charlottesville, Trump’s supposed denigration of servicemen and women, that accusations about his son Hunter’s financial improprieties have been proven false – to name a few) and not get called out on his lies by a lickspittle media;
    • and because he is struggling with the onset of dementia and is likely to be replaced quickly after becoming president by a radical Leftist hell-bent on retribution of those who supported Trump or anyone who would cross her.

    Now there are those here on Ricochet who would contend that I’m just too emotionally invested in my support for President Trump and really haven’t thought this through. Yeah, okay, I’ll try to watch that and not raise my voice unnecessarily.

    • He wants to outlaw Christianity (or at least the parts he doesn’t like-being anti abortion, not allowing Church services).
    • His position on the 2nd Amendment is the same as Beto O’ Rourke’s position.
    • He thinks making us dependent on foreign oil is a good thing.
    • etc
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  19. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
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    @JeffHawkins

    I think in a better world, Rob is right about “convincing”

    But, he has to know through his showbiz friends that this is how these things go.

    “I think low taxes encourage corporate growth, investment and jobs”

    “Why are you a racist?”

    Every non-Fox show, every media personality, every “culture influencer”

    The problem is people think we can just walk into the culture and be welcomed if we’re not too “in your face” and we know our stuff.  I’m here to tell you they keep you out if they find out.

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  20. EJHill Podcaster
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    RufusRJones: I am so angry about how the government is pushing masks without any explanation.

    This may border on crackpot conspiracy theory but I don’t care: The mask mandates and the rioting have gone hand-in-hand. At any other time in American history large gangs of people hiding their faces from public view would be scandalous. But the government has essentially given them permission to evade identification from law enforcement. 

    Remember the question of whether or not Islamic women could be forced to unveil for their BMV photos? Good times. 

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  21. Miffed White Male Member
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    EHerring (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):
    I got into the NHL after my brother-in-law explained the rules to me.

    NHL is a sport that really must be seen in person. You need to see the whole rink, the line changes, etc.

    I’ve been to a lot of IHL/AHL games (Milwaukee Admirals), but never to an NHL game.  Is there a significant difference?

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  22. RufusRJones Member
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  23. kedavis Coolidge
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    davenr321 (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    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…

    Ditto is from “Teachers” not “Fast Times…” my dad thought that Ditto was the only successful teacher from the movie as he’d actually trained the kids the complete work!

    Dang you’re right.  How did I get those confused?  All the ditto fumes, I guess. :-)

    Or maybe I comingled Ditto with Mr Hand?

    • #53
  24. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    These are the reasons that I’m voting for Donald Trump, even in deep blue California:

    • his policies on ending onerous regulation and in reassessing foreign trade actually resulted in a booming economy that created opportunities for millions and helped to lift some segments of society out of poverty;
    • he’s actually bringing peace between Israel and her neighbors;
    • he has effectively marginalized the world’s leading sponsor of terror, Iran;
    • he effectively and decisively annihilated the ISIS caliphate;
    • he actually supports the sanctity of human life not just by his words but through his actions
    • and through quick and decisive action he actually helped to minimize the number of deaths from a novel and deadly virus unleashed upon the world and unlike some Democrat governors did not order that infected elderly patients be sent into nursing homes to infect other elderly patients who died unnecessarily

    Here are the reasons I could never vote for Joe Biden:

    • he’s a failed career political demagogue who has no record of legislative achievement;
    • because according to a former Secretary of Defense from the Obama administration Biden been wrong on every foreign policy and national security matter for the last 40 years;
    • he has a documented history of fondling young girls;
    • he has a decades-long history of graft that has made him and his family rich;
    • he continues to plagiarize and pass off speeches and policies he’s stolen as his own (including the President’s COVID response efforts);
    • because he claims to be a devout “practicing” Catholic but broke up a marriage and he promotes the murder and dismemberment of unborn children up until the moment of birth “under any circumstances”;
    • he has refused to condemn violent anarchists like Antifa and BLM, claiming that these are only movements and not organizations;
    • he’s content to embrace the most radical socialist agenda that his party has ever put forward;
    • he continues to lie on a whole host of topics (Charlottesville, Trump’s supposed denigration of servicemen and women, that accusations about his son Hunter’s financial improprieties have been proven false – to name a few) and not get called out on his lies by a lickspittle media;
    • and because he is struggling with the onset of dementia and is likely to be replaced quickly after becoming president by a radical Leftist hell-bent on retribution of those who supported Trump or anyone who would cross her.

    Now there are those here on Ricochet who would contend that I’m just too emotionally invested in my support for President Trump and really haven’t thought this through. Yeah, okay, I’ll try to watch that and not raise my voice unnecessarily.

    You should add blaming a “drunk driver” for the death of his child and first wife.

    • #54
  25. Theodoric of Freiberg Member
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    @TheodoricofFreiberg

    Rob says the reason the public doesn’t care about the fact that the Russian Collusion thing was cooked up by the Clinton campaign is because most people hate Trump. That’s pure nonsense. It’s because the MSM (ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, etc., etc., etc.) pushed the issue as truth for three long years and now have no interest in covering the real story. One political party knowingly used bogus evidence to obtain FISA warrants to have the awesome power of the federal government spy on the opposition campaign. If the parties in this scenario were reversed, it would have been much bigger than Watergate. That’s the actual “whale beneath the surface.”

    • #55
  26. Full Size Tabby Member
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    @FullSizeTabby

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Rob leaves out that Trump was massively harassed by the deep state or whatever. They couldn’t just let him govern. So many Republicans are so OK about this,

     

    It’s also interesting how often when I ask someone why they hate President Trump so much, they respond with something from media reports of what Mr. Trump said or did, reports that are either objectively false, or at least a long way from what Mr. Trump actually said or did. 

    • #56
  27. Bishop Wash Member
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    @BishopWash

    That ABBA song at the beginning made me think I’d downloaded a Mike Gallagher Show episode.

    • #57
  28. Headedwest Inactive
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    @Headedwest

    Rob is getting worse. I don’t need that aggravation in my life right now.

    • #58
  29. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Rob is getting worse. I don’t need that aggravation in my life right now.

    It’s a very small part of the whole thing.  The rest is worth hearing.

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  30. Brian Watt Inactive
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    In Nevada Joe Biden thinks he’s in Arizona. Not that that’s important or anything that a potential President should know where he is at any given moment. Not the first time he’s done this. FWIW.

    • #60
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