Tag: Brian Williams

Join Jim and Greg as they shred President Biden’s speech on several points after Biden offers up nothing more than straw men arguments, false statements, blame shifting, and empty promises. They also cheer veteran Matt Zeller for ripping the speech to MSNBC’s Brian Williams who praising Biden for “owning” his actions.  And they laugh as the United Nations and the U.S. State Department expect the Taliban to create an inclusive government in Afghanistan that affords political opportunities to women.

Killer Apps

 

I’ve had it up to here with you people out there making harassing calls to my technical staff to rush our new smartphone apps to the market. My number one technology guy, R.N.D. Funding, is threatening to quit. If he does, I’m coming after each of you fat [expletives]. Like many Americans, I have access to the NSA tapes and transcripts of your abusive calls to R.N.D. If you think Gen. Flynn got a raw deal, just wait until I get a hold of you.

However, my public relations consultant and part-time rodeo clown, Robin “Hood” Wink, has urged me to placate you knuckleheads. I told her, as I’m always ‘splaining to my Nobel Prize winning shrink, Sarah Bellum, I try to like people, but they are all so [expletive] stupid.

US Department of Fake

 

I ran into Greg Potemkin in DC yesterday when I was in town to lobby for The Euthanamerica Foundation, which I helped establish to counteract the obsessive focus on young Asians being promoted by the Oregon-based Euthanasia Society.

Greg is considerably younger than I, but we became fast friends five years ago when we toured Uzbekistan together for the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) to promote magic awareness and escapism. After exchanging the traditional IBM greeting, which consists of pulling multi-colored scarves from each other’s ears until we were worn out, we retired to the nearest Starbutts to catch up.

Rule 19 for Media?

 

Last week at my local Mensa Club klatsch I mentioned that my high-energy college basketball coach, Al E. Oops, was in town for the “Rule 19 For Media?” conference at our local university.

I was shocked to learn that many in our club did not know I was an NCAA Seventh-Team All-Conference Honorable Mention in college, and still hold the record at my alma mater for most double-dribbles in a single game.

Faker Dan Rather Teaches Fake News

 

Disgraced former CBS news anchor Dan Rather is teaching an online course on how to spot fake news. For those of you who have been looking for a definition of “irony,” you’re welcome.

Calling Rather “disgraced” is accurate, and kind, really. In 2004, Rather, and his producer, Mary Mapes, pushed a story about then President George W. Bush. They claimed that Bush got preferential treatment while in the Texas Air National Guard. In addition, Rather and Mapes suggested that, “…he did his all to evade duty in Vietnam.”

The memos, supposedly from Bush’s late squadron leader, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, claimed that there was pressure on him from higher ups to “sugarcoat” Bush’s Guard service.

Righting the Ship at NBC

 

lack2Andrew Lack was a producer at 60 Minutes at CBS in 1992 when his opposition at NBC blew up. Literally.

Dateline NBC had produced a story about Thomas and Elaine Moseley whose 17-year-old son, Shannon, died when his Chevy truck exploded after being T-Boned by a drunk driver. When NBC couldn’t replicate the crash, they rigged it to get the footage they wanted.

At first, NBC News president Michael Gartner called it an accurate representation. GM sued and, within weeks, Dateline‘s producers were fired, Gartner would resign, and Jane Pauley and Stone Phillips were forced to read an on-air apology.

Andy Ferguson Narrows the Field

 

In all the hoo-hah about them over the last 10 or so days, one of the things I found most annoying was that Brian Williams and Jon Stewart kept being described as journalists. Performers, yes, but journalists? Either of them? Not even close.

That was my reaction, anyway, but then I got to wondering: Does journalism, real journalism, even exist anymore? Original research and reporting, good, accessible writing, all presented with freshness and energy and intelligence? Is it still around? Or has journalism become so debased that we might as well concede the collapse of another corner of what used to be called Western Civilization and go ahead and grant that, by current standards, Williams and Stewart really sort of were journalists?

Member Post

 

Brian Williams has issued the following statement.Effective immediately, I am giving up my positions as acting President of NBC News, Senior Communications Consultant to the Democratic National Committee , Special Advisor to the President and Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News. These actions are entirely my decision and are the result of recent, troublesome events in […]

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