Posted on Dec 20, 2013

The Morning Banter: Phil Robertson’s OTHER Awful Comment, the Hack List, Mix-a-Lot Revealed, and Hitch Plays Santa Claws

Posted in Media, Uncategorized

For most of you it's the last day before a very nice extended vacation. (For some of us it's just the usual Friday because the holidays don't mean we'll stop working for you, the seven or eight readers who'll still be around.) Anyway, here's some nonsense you can skim through while preparing to cut out of work early to go down a bowl full of egg nog and prepare...

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

The Silly Machinery: Why Sam Youngman’s Politico Article Reminds Me of Almost Famous

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

Sam Youngman’s article won't whisk you away with tales about sex, booze, or even briefing rooms. It won't leave you feeling jealous of the "rockstar" life of a high-end political journalist or did make you want to move to a second-tier city to get more hands-on with my journalism like Youngman intended. It will remind you of "Almost Famous."...

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

Sorry, Sarah Palin, But There’s Nothing in the U.S. Constitution Protecting Us from TV Executives

Posted in Media, Uncategorized

We have to perform the same nauseating dance every time a moron is fired or suspended for saying something profoundly dumb and/or offensive on television or radio. But here we go again. The "free speech" clause of the First Amendment does not protect you from public outrage, or your employer, your studio, your radio network, your cable news network or any other entity other than the U.S. Congress....

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

The Positive and Negative Sides of the President’s NSA Commission Report

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

Guess what? I agree with Glenn Greenwald on something. Specifically, I agree that, overall, the report issued Wednesday by the president's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies is a positive event in this ongoing NSA saga. That said, I believe it's positive for different reasons than Greenwald does, but there it is....