Sunday, August 28, 2016


Here's a great example of free will. Shortly after being sentenced to 13 years in prison, Jason Binkiewicz, 42, escaped from his courthouse guard and jumped to his death from the third floor of the Steubenville courthouse. Some news reports call it a "tragedy". Prosecutor Jane Hanlin called it a "heart-breaking day". Certainly not for Binkiewiz who is now dead and will not have to face the daily depression of prison life. In a few brave moments (yes, brave) he avoided 13 years of misery and confinement.


Just when I thought I might be getting too vitriolic about the media, a friend sent me two recent articles. The first, Why Trump Can Lie and No One Seems to Care by Neal Gabler suggest what I have been saying: the media, notably the broadcast media, is more interested in entertainment than fairness or fact. They don't seem to care that they might be slanting the news to the detriment of their country. Scary. The second article, Current Practices in Journalism May Reveal the Dark Side of Speculation by Todd Gitlin comments on how the media, without any factual evidence, will predict the future or irresponsibly predict how the public will respond to any given news story or even create the news story as they do when they lynch Hillary Clinton before the hearing has begun or all the facts are in. Edward R. Murrow died in 1965 and his level of truth in journalism has been slowly withering ever since. However it has taken a turn for the worse since the recent election cycles.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Almost every night on the network news you will hear some report about an accident or traffic jam that took place on the innerstate highway or sometimes on the innastate highway, but never on the actual location, the interstate highway. For some reason diction is no longer a requirement for announcers. They seem to be completely unable to pronounce certain words correctly, mostly words with an interior t like interstate, Internet, interview, Atlantic and hundreds of others. Amazingly many of these announcers still get paid a fortune despite this handicap, which nobody seems to notice, David Muir of ABC News being the greatest offender. And while it's true that these words are also mispronounced by the general population, they are not paid for their oratory skills. But I have to accept that this doesn't seem to bother anyone but me. I wonder why. We have a great language. I think it's worth protecting.


No, this is not a photo of a senile old alcoholic in a nursing home trying to remember what day this is. And, no, that thing around his neck does not have his name and address in case he wanders the streets again. And don't let that lost expression and open mouth fool you, this overstuffed sofa of a man is Donald Trump's newest campaign chief. Formerly an Editor at Large for Breitbart news, this is Stephen Bannon. While it would be easy to dislike an anti-Semite and ex-wife abuser, he is more to be pitied than censored. Promoting Donald Trump is a depressing uphill climb it itself. Add to that that he has been charged with illegally trying to vote in Florida by fraudulently listing as his residence a house that nobody lives in. And if that weren't enough to arouse your pity, just look at him. This man is only 62.


All of us are guilty of some grammatical error, misuse of a word, a double entendre, or even a malapropism. But there is one error we have all been making for years, maybe centuries. It is so common, most people wouldn't even accept that it's wrong, but it is. Quite simply it's this: There is no reason to say, "the reason why". It's redundant. Why say, "The reason why I went to France was to study."? when you can say, "The reason I went to France was to study." You'll find this works just as well in any reason why, or reasons why, situation. The reason I wrote this blog was I just realized this simple truth myself.

Note: See how much better the above sentence would read written correctly: Forget all the reasons it won't work and believe the one reason it will.


A new NBC News exclusive delivered by Lester Holt and Hallie Jackson, gives credence to that bizarre letter from Trump's physician Dr. Harold Bornstein. This despite the fact that the unkempt doctor (shown above) is a gastroenterologist, wrote the letter in five minutes while one of Trump's drivers waited, and wrote it last December, which was eight months of stress and fast food ago. The doctor also admits he was "rushed and anxious", yet continues to praise Trump's health as he did in that completely unprofessional letter with its glowing non-medical terms.  Also I note that NBC chose to use a photo of a much younger and more glowing Trump to put next to the letter. Why? Shame on NBC for treating this story as if it cleared up some questions and had some validity when it reeks of deception.

Friday, August 26, 2016


"News is supposed to be impartial. Here's an example"CNN reported the highly anti-Hillary (Rodham Clinton) results of a pol... What they didn't say—I read it later—was where the poll was taken: in the cafeteria in Washington, D.C. of some Republican group."  Writer-Producer, Paul Jarrico

I read that quote today in one of my favorite books Hollywood and Whine. I found it very interesting since I myself have complained about CNN's attacks on Hillary this week. But that complaint by Mr. Jarrico wasn't written this week, but 15 years ago in 2001. So I guess they're still at it.