Bernie’s Q&A: Carlson, Cheney, Hawley, and more! (5/7) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Bernie, enjoyed your commentary “What Trump and Biden Have in Common.” This is exactly why I pay to listen to you and read your writings. We are all entangled in our personal biases and as a result interpret everything through this prism. Your commentary is, I believe, appropriately critical of the Media, but a little soft on Biden (at least out of the blocks). While Trump was/is brash, Biden is unengaged (not reserved) and Trump was/is impulsive, Biden is detached (not cautious). You are correct that Trump is mean (and I’d add unpresidential), but Biden is the opposite, not a “nice guy”, but rather a “vulnerable guy” (the type bullies pick on). The real question is why do people fight to the death for their bias. I think you’re correct, that this is not about Biden, but rather a disdain for Trump. The soft touch with Biden might be because, after Trump, the Press has lower expectations or it might be that our journalist have fallen so far down the hate-Trump rabbit hole, that they just can’t find a way out. I would like to hear why you think the Press is not introspective enough to notice that they wear blinders. Do they not see that the progressive path leads ultimately to their own destruction? — George A.

There’s long been bias in the news but what we have now goes way beyond bias. Ideology doesn’t sneak into news stories. It’s out in the open — and for a reason. Much of the news business these days is based on pandering to the news consumer. The audience wants its own biases, its own values and views, validated. So that’s what the viewer and reader get. And now the bias, the pandering is so ingrained in the business model that it has corrupted what used to be fairly (or at least relatively) honest journalism. The audience continues to get away with contributing to this problem. Cable news, the NY Times, and other are giving the audience what it wants — fearing if it doesn’t pander it will lose that audience. We hear complaints from news consumers about bias. But what they really mean, I think, is that they don’t always get the kind of bias they want.

Regarding Presidential lying; I’m still trying to get over not being able to keep my Doctor and not enjoying my reduced healthcare costs. How many lies or more importantly how significant will the lies need to be for the media and voters to begin turning on The Biden Administration? What’s it going to take? Maybe something as significant and outrageous as Watergate perhaps (sarc)? Or is it way too early yet and we have plenty of more lies to look forward to.  –ScottyG

I think, Scotty, it’s your last option: We have plenty more lies to look forward to. If the American people turn on Biden in a big way, then the media will follow. But if Biden’s approval numbers are over 50 percent, the media will continue to give him a relatively easy go of it. Sorry for the bad news, my friend.

Sir Bernie/—we have repeatedly seen the liberal media shills called out for their hypocrisy and dishonesty by you and other honest pundits. We all know they have a narrative to push. However if liberals truly want to solve the problems of Blacks and Asians being attacked and/or murdered, WHY in the world do they constantly push a fake narrative that white supremacy is the big Boogeyman trying to harm Blacks and Asians when the discomforting reality is that more often than not it is other Black thugs committing crimes against innocent Blacks and Asians? If doctors are fighting cancer, then it wouldn’t make much sense for them to treat cancer as if they’re treating a broken leg, but that’s what liberals are doing which leads me to ask you—-do liberals and Democrats truly want to help poor minority communities? Or is there something far more sinister or just plain idiotic about their solutions? –“Beware of the White Boogeyman” Regards From The Emperor

Two points, Emperor: One, you’re being rational. That’s why you’re confused.

Second, check out my next column that will go up Monday morning. It’s called “Why Liberal Journalists Don’t Cover Race Honestly.” And let me know, what Your Highness thinks.

Tucker Carlson has been trying to scare his audience to death again. This time it was by pointing out on his show this week that over 3000 Americans have died after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The keyword here is “after”, not “from” (though Carlson was discreet about it). There’s no data in the database he cited suggesting those deaths had anything to do with the vaccines. It’s a straight death count that includes all causes. Thousands of people die every day in the United States, and because millions and millions of Americans have already been vaccinated, random probability decides that a large portion of those people will have been vaccinated.

What do you think Tucker gets in return for scaring people into not getting a life-saving vaccine? Is it all about the media buzz that craziness generates, and getting attention and publicity for his show? — Ben G.

Yes. Unfortunately.

I think Tucker Carlson is both mean-spirited and often dishonest. And let’s not pretend that that’s exactly what his audience wants.

I’m a big ‘free speech’ guy, but I also believe privately owned platforms should have the right to decide which content they do and don’t want on their platforms — even if they’re politically biased in their decision making. It seems that what politicians like Josh Hawley want is essentially a Fairness Doctrine for social media, and I’ve been a Republican long enough to remember how we on the right thought that was a terrible idea when liberals proposed it for talk radio. I’m more than happy to shame “Big Tech” over their biases, but I don’t like the idea of getting the government involved. I’m interested in your thoughts. — Sean S.

I’m with you Sean– except for one major point. Social media platforms have something called rule 230 protection. This means they can’t be sued for content placed on their platforms. If Congress takes that away, then they will have the same rights as newspapers and TV news operations have — they can be as biased as they want and while it’s unfair and detrimental to the democratic process, it would be legal. But as long as they have protection from libel suits, then they should not have the right to censor political views they don’t like.

Hi. New member here. What are your thoughts on Liz Cheney losing her high-ranking GOP leadership spot next week? — Jerry P.

Welcome, Jerry.

I think it would be a big mistake for the GOP. She’s standing up for what she believes. If her own party cancels her, while that will go over well with Donald Trump and his allies, it won’t go over so well with less partisan swing voters in key districts the Republicans will need to win if they want to take back control of the House.

I had to get my passport renewed and was caused to rethink the ongoing paradox: ‘does my gov’t benefit me?’ I’m in El Salvador where the US Embassy is a palace, not the scrappy, old embassy facility. It has 25 acres in a upscale area and has: an Ambassador’s Mansion; separate buildings each for State and Consular Services; Marine Barracks; a large swimming pool; tennis courts; employee parking (not for US citizens) for about 500 cars; and who knows what else. It was built during the war and security is impressive (windows, walls, roof, etc.), a little odd that they didn’t add a moat. But how much does it cost to operate this? What does it do, does it slow illegal immigration? Is it helping to stop MS-13? What justifies the enormous expense? – ElSal is a country of 6 M people, a bit bigger in land than NJ, so take this and extrapolate it out to the rest of the world, and wow! A veritable paradox. We have to be the most wasteful country on the planet. And the current adm. is going even crazier with reckless spending that benefits who? We do many good things as a country, but we also do many highly questionable and not so good things. — DonEstif

Can I book a vacation at the embassy in El Salvador? Sounds pretty nice. Maybe our government can put the “Palace in El Salvador” on Airbnb. Might make a few bucks.

This summer, Jesse Watters will be releasing his first book entitled “How I Saved the World.” In it, whoever wrote it under his Watters’ name will detail the Fox News hosts’ winding, illustrious journey from a smug, overly-hairsprayed, know-nothing cable-news lackey to Bill O’Reilly… to a smug, overly-hairsprayed, know-nothing, cable-news lackey to Donald Trump.

My questions:

  1. Were you solicited to provide a blurb for this book, which will assuredly be a biographical masterpiece?
  2. If not, what is the blurb you would write if asked?
  3. How many copies have you personally pre-ordered?

Thanks. John D.

I see what you’re trying to do, Mr. Devious John D. You’re trying to get me to say something snarky about Jesse Watters. Something like why would he write a book in the first place? Who the F cares what Jesse Watters has to say — about anything? But I’m not going to play your game. I’m not going to say he’s a doofus or a lightweight or a pathetic Trump toady. That would be wrong. True, but wrong. Question: Do crayons come with Jesse’s book or do we have to buy our own?

 


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Off the Cuff: The Gun Violence the Left Ignores

How much do you know about victims of gun violence in Chicago?

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Bernie’s Q&A: Election Consequences, Tucker Carlson, and more! (4/30) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Hello Bernie, Do you still blame Donald Trump and his offensive, egotistical, personality for the advent of the Biden administration in all its wokeness, and can you see things getting much worse, leading to economic depression and outright race wars. — Fred N.

Yes on the first question, Fred. I still blame Donald Trump for what we’re stuck with now with Mr. Biden and his team of left wing ideologues. Had he not been so offensive, he might have won a second term. And if he had not been so irresponsible after he lost, the Senate might still be in GOP hands. Can I see things getting much worse? Depends on what you mean by “much.” But yes, things can get worse. But no, I don’t see an economic depression or a race war. One more thing: Biden’s non-stop talk about “systemic racism” in this country will not calm things down.

S0 I’m ready to watch some TV. I open my saved recordings and was going to open a show I watch fairly frequently, ABC News’s 20/20 and what do I see for a storyline? They spent two hours “profiling” the life of…….wait, George Floyd. My anger meter immediately went from 0 to 100. Has any major network ever profiled the life of a cop or policeman killed in the line of duty.? But this career criminal does!! Obviously I didn’t watch it, can only wonder if his seven separate incarcerations, one involving the home invasion of a pregnant woman were covered. GRRRRRRRRRRR — John M.

There’s no hope for the woke.

I was trying to put logic to the Democrat strategy of court packing and making DC and Puerto Rico states. Now that preliminary commentary is coming out of a possible shift in power of the House based upon the Census data, it appears to be logic behind their madness. Do you think is the core of their strategy or is it an outright power grab? — Tim H.

It’s an outright power grab.

I’m sure [Monday’s column] will play well with the majority of Republicans, but Democrats will discard it as pure partisan attack. I think Biden’s rhetoric about “Neanderthals” and “Jim Crow on steroids” are certainly not unifying, but also are the standard political fare. The party line vote on COVID relief matches the party line vote on the Trump tax cut. Fiscal sanity is gone from both parties. Illegal immigration under Biden is a problem, but the mainstream media is giving that some airtime. It appears the Biden administration is poised to spend much more on government and that may be a departure from some campaign perceptions, but those bills haven’t passed Congress yet. Your hair trigger for attacking the left went off just a bit early. — John R.

I’ve spent plenty of time taking on the right … now that the left is running the show … I’m more apt to take them on.

[Regarding Monday’s column]: The vote counting was halted on election night in several key states – in Georgia the phony excuse was a water main break… So we do know that observers were sent home and the count continued through the night without them. These are facts. Add in the 5,000+ affidavits from people at the polls (sworn under penalty of perjury) citing unusual counting procedures, and the “pristine” unfolded, un-mailed “mail-in” and absentee ballots counted – tens of thousands by some accounts… I’d would say lots of people have got some ‘splainin’ to do. — Laurie S.

Donald Trump’s team of crack lawyers — not lawyers ON crack — filed numerous lawsuits … and none of them succeeded. That tells us something, don’t you think? It’s one thing to make comments in front of a TV camera where you can get away with a lot. Quite another to make comments — without hard evidence — in front of a judge. That can get you in trouble.

Bernie, one of your readers/members scolded you under your column this week for rightfully saying that Biden won — not stole — the election. His comment: “Since there have not been performed any forensic examination of the 2020 presidential election, you should not present it as a fact that the claim of the stolen election is bogus.”

I don’t know what a “forensic examination” is, and I doubt that reader does either. But if one wasn’t “performed” for the 2020 election (which was probably examined and litigated more than any other), it definitely wasn’t performed for any prior U.S. presidential election — including 2016’s when Trump won. So does that mean the NO presidential election’s certified outcome should be accepted as fact?

I’m being sarcastic here but this is getting really old. — Jen R.

I’m with you, Jen … this IS getting old. Yogi is alleged to have said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Here’s the bad news for anyone who thinks Trump really won: It’s OVER!

Hi Bernie – I am wondering what you think about news outlets “critiquing” other news outlets about how they cover certain stories. To me, it’s kind of like they are a) a sibling telling on another sibling and b) simply preaching to the choir, i.e. their base. For example, I saw this latest headline from Fox News: “ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC all skip John Kerry controversy over alleged leaking of Israeli intel to Iran”. — Tony P.

Ideally, I’d say let the Sunday media shows on cable deal with how the competition is covering the news. But Fox isn’t likely to criticize Fox and CNN isn’t likely to bash CNN. That said, if they’re going to critique the competition, put it in a media segment — and say something like, “In Tonight’s Media segment, let’s look at how CNN covered such and such.” But you’re onto something, Tony. Each channel is good at taking on the competition but not so good at taking on their own channel for similar offenses. One more reason I don’t take cable news prime time shows seriously.

Hi Bernie. Great piece on Monday and the Off the Cuff on Maxine Waters rings so true. I will admit that I’m a staunch conservative, and am no fan of any of the liberal news outlets. I am guilty of watching Newsmax and a little of Fox. And listening to conservative radio such as Chris Plante. And I can’t help but wonder with the likes of yourself seeking to make a reasonable point out of shear lunacy at times, and others of that ilk such as Bill O’Reilly, Glen Beck, Mike Levine, and a host of others, who is listening to the message? And as much as we hear how the ratings on all of the liberal outlets have tanked, why is it their message seems to fill the airwaves? I would also say the papered outlets but the only reference I hear about The NY Times or the Washington Post is how they are also scrounging for online subscriptions and ad dollars. Are we again walking down the primrose path concerning elections where the pendulum usually swings back, or have we crossed over into something much more disconcerting? — Rod A.

I don’t see the pendulum swinging back — to the middle — anytime soon, if ever. There’s money to be made pandering to the extreme tastes and biases of the news consumer. Saying on the one hand this, but on the other hand that, is not how cable TV news or subscription print outlets make their money. We can point fingers at the media but as I’ve said before, the audience is the un-indicted co-conspirator. They’re getting what they want. The audience is part of the problem, Rod.

I agree with your point that Biden ran as a moderate and is governing like a progressive. I have a related theory: During the campaign, I don’t think Biden expected or even wanted the Democrats to win the Senate. That way, he wouldn’t have been under pressure to try and deliver on some of the lip-service he gave to progressive Democrats early in his campaign.

However, when Trump suppressed GOP turnout in the Georgia runoff by telling everyone the state’s voting system was corrupt, which lost Republicans the Senate, Biden was probably thinking: “Shoot. Now I’m going to have to try and deliver on some of this over-the-top stuff, so let’s throw every left-wing thing at the wall and see what sticks, because the GOP will likely win back the house in two years.” 

What do you think? — Ben G.

I know what you’re suggesting, Ben, but I don’t see it that way. Joe Biden is a lifelong politician — and lifelong politicians want majorities on their side. So I do think Biden wanted Democrats to win. I don’t think he cares about any supposed pressure to deliver progressive policy. I think he see it as an opportunity to transform America.

Bernie, I’m curious about something you said in this week’s audio commentary. Who are some of the people you listed in your book “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America” that you now think shouldn’t have been on the list? — Alex D.

Barbra Streisand for one. She says dopey left wing things … but is she “screwing up America”? Probably not. Howard Stern? Paris Hilton was a big deal when the book came out. I listed her parents for raising such a seemingly empty headed kid. Not sure they deserved to be on the list, either. There are a few more. But they’re the exceptions. Almost all the others belonged on the list … though 100 People Screwing Up America is still my least favorite book.

As our government looks to be poised to spend tons of money — and I hope we do get some good things in return for it — I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Is Bitcoin’s rise a vote against the Dollar? — John R.

I don’t understand anything about bitcoin. It’s a mystery to me. That said, I wish I bought in at $300.

Sir Bernie, I hear tales of liberal Democrats supposedly getting fed up with blue state governance, so they move to red states to escape the excessive taxes, crime rates, homelessness problems, ad nauseum. However I also hear that these same liberals move to red states and then continue voting for the same types of politicians who promote the same liberal policies that these people were allegedly trying to escape in the first place. However I have not seen any stats to back any of this up. Inform me please if you know—are these allegations true and if so, then WHY In the world would liberals flee to a red state, only to end up consciously voting for the same Dunderhead policies they originally tried to get away from? –“Singing The Red State Blues” Regards From The Emperor

I’m tempted to say, “Beats me” — and leave it at that. I’m not sure all the people who leave a blue state and move to a red state can be lumped together. I don’t know, either, of any stats to back up how they vote in their new state. I suppose some who’ve had enough of liberal policies, abandon them when they move to conservative states. But for others, liberalism is in their blood. They move but their politics remains in place. Go figure, right?

LeBron James is an extremely polarizing figure – not just in the country, but in my head. I can’t seem to square the two LeBrons. He was born to a teenage unwed mother and a non-present father who was in and out of prison. Through an extreme work ethic and dedication to teamwork, LeBron developed his natural talents to become a great basketball player and the face of his league, winning multiple championships and MVP awards. Off the court, LeBron has spent millions opening schools, a housing complex, a community center and a retail plaza in his native Akron, along with donating bikes and a multitude of other necessities to the Boys & Girls Club, etc. Privately and most importantly, LeBron is a good and present father to his three kids. But here’s the part that’s hard to square – LeBron’s words and tweets are too often hateful, bigoted, hypocritical and destructive to the collective community. He was critical of those who supported Hong Kong protestors in defiance of Communist China, is an active participant in the victimhood narrative of black America, and most recently openly targeted and incited the mob against the police officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant, who was in the process of stabbing another black girl. So three questions: Should LeBron James be fined and suspended by the NBA for his incendiary rhetoric that is clearly inciting mob violence toward a police officer? Should he be suspended by Twitter for those same words? And is he only the most recent and high profile public figure who can’t preach what he practices – living a life of responsibility and agency over your own actions? — Steve R.

Should he be suspended by the NBA? No. I don’t want players suspended because they made comments I don’t like, you don’t like or that even reasonable people don’t like. There are boundaries … not anything goes … but for his comment about Bryant, no on suspension.

No regarding Twitter suspension too.

Here’s how I would handle LeBron’s comments: I’d ask him what he would want that police officer to do if Ma’Khia Bryant was about to stab one of his children … or his mother? That would be enough for me.

Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson instructed his millions of viewers to “call the police immediately” and report child abuse if they see children wearing COVID masks while playing outside. He also said that a vaccinated person wearing a mask outside is like a grown man exposing himself in public. In neither case was he joking.

Do you think that those of us who have parents or parents-in-law who watch Fox News every night (and day), and hang on Carlson’s every word, could successfully sue Carlson to help pay for the costs associated with those family members inevitably being committed to mental institutions? Also, how much would one have to pay you to make Carlson’s laugh your ringtone? — John D.

Let me first take on the most important part of your observation … the part about Tucker Carlson’s laugh. Rightly or wrongly, we no longer waterboard terrorists. Yet there’s no law against Tucker Carlson’s laugh — or Kamala Harris’s either, even though when I hear either of them cackle, it’s torture as far as I’m concerned. I’d rather be waterboarded than be exposed to either of their moronic laugh. Seriously.

As for those who hang on Carlson’s every word … my sympathies to their loved ones.

 


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The GOP’s Challenge: Making the Party Serious Again

The Hill ran a piece this week with a headline that gave me a bit of a chuckle: “GOP worries fiscal conservatism losing its rallying cry.”

My amusement, of course, came from the notion that any party position could immediately excite people again, after effectively being banished for five years — not just in practice, but even rhetorically. The only force with that kind of rejuvenating power is nostalgia, and it generally requires more than five years to take hold.

As The Hill piece points out, the GOP’s wholesale abandonment of fiscal conservatism, to facilitate Donald Trump’s political instincts, makes it very difficult for the party to combat (or even argue against) President Biden’s efforts to pass trillions of dollars in new government spending. After all, roughly $8 trillion was added to the national debt under Trump. That four-year accrual nearly matched what was added under Barack Obama in the span of eight years.

Still, some in the GOP, like Senate Republican Whip John Thune (who was interviewed for the piece), say the party has to try.

“I’m frankly very concerned about the level of spending and debt,” said Thune, “and I think Republicans have got to be the adults in the room and exercise the fiscal responsibility that seems to have been absent, lacking the last several years.”

Having some adults in Washington would certainly be nice. Our debt crisis is an inarguable, looming disaster — the most predictable catastrophe our country will likely ever go through. The problem is that there’s no longer any passion for addressing it. Those who were serious about fiscal conservatism (like Paul Ryan and Justin Amash) were chased out of DC for being insufficiently loyal to Trump, and those who only pretended to be serious about it (like Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows) simply washed their hands and moved on to Trumpier things.

With such issues off the table, the GOP spent the last four years fueling populist emotion off of mostly rhetorical cultural battles. This put the party in a box that it could have some serious trouble breaking out of (if it even wants to). In front of cameras, Republicans in congress continue to channel clownish cable-news pundits, exciting their base not by attacking big-government spending and other serious national threats, but by lashing out against things like “Big Tech”, Black Lives Matter, and alleged Dr. Seuss and hamburger bans.

Cultural outrage porn sells very well, of course, and the entertainment wings of both the political right and left certainly thrive off of it. But this is no way to govern a country.

A former cable-news pundit recently told me that he believes “the biggest single institution dividing Americans is cable TV news.” I think he’s probably right, which is why it’s a terrible idea for elected leaders to be emulating hosts on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN.

Case in point, Tucker Carlson’s show is the highest rated political program on television, watched every weeknight by millions of impressionable, narrative-hungry GOP base voters. And what did those people hear when they tuned in last night? An angry Carlson instructing them to literally call the police and report child abuse whenever they see children wearing COVID masks outside.

No, Carlson wasn’t joking. And yes, stuff like this is where all the passion is on the right. Carlson is even being added to presidential primary polls for 2024.

The Democratic party abandoned fiscal conservatism decades ago. It’s not coming back on the left. But the GOP and most right-leaning voters at least understand the problem, and aren’t so much opposed to pursuing it (or even view it as a liability) as they are distracted from it in today’s wacky political environment. This belief — that had a lot of game-changing passion behind it not so long ago — may currently be little more than an abstract vision through the thick haze of incessant cultural catastrophizing, but a haze can be cleared.

The trick is how to clear it.

At the onset of this column, I mocked the idea that a party position could immediately find passion again after its years-long abandonment. But what if that passion comes from outside of the party?

People should consider that the fiscally-conservative Tea Party movement, that arose in 2009, and led to the GOP winning back the House and later the Senate, started not with political leaders or partisan narratives, but with a single, impassioned rant by CNBC’s Rick Santelli on the floor of a stock exchange.

Many on the right like to pretend that those party gains weren’t successful in curbing Obama’s spending, but they actually did keep additional trillions from being added to the debt, including the trimming of deficits in Obama’s second term.

In other words, it can be done. The GOP may not have the credibility or will left to pull it off themselves, but perhaps some individual or event does. Who or what that might be, I don’t know. But I hope it happens, and I hope the GOP pays attention and harnesses it.

Because right now, they’re a fundamentally unserious party during very serious fiscal times, and they’re in desperate need of a wake-up call.

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: LeBron James, President Biden, Dr. Fauci, and more! (4/23) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Hello Bernie, I think your analysis was wrong to blame Trump for causing Republicans to lose the senate and house and thus paving the way for the very destructive radical victories. Trump was a God sent to a Republican party that had loss its way. Trump faced censorship from the corrupt corporate media. With the large unchecked mail in voting nothing could have prevented a a Biden victory. The fix was in regardless of what Trump did or did not do. A shame and as disgrace. — Frederic N.

We disagree. Obviously.

Fairly recently, there were headlines alleging that the FBI deliberately ignored tipsters and people who wanted to be interviewed about their knowledge of bad and inappropriate behavior from Brett Kavanaugh. Supposedly these tipsters had genuine evidence that gave credence to Christine Blasey-Ford’s rape accusations against him. Well… I have not seen much follow up to this. Is there any hard evidence showing that the FBI somehow tried to cover up a possibly embarrassing truth about Kavanaugh? Or is this just another bit of nonsense being pushed by the left in the hopes of getting him removed from the Supreme Court so that President Biden can replace Justice Kavanaugh with a judge who is more comparable to Ruth Bader Ginsburg? What are your thoughts on this? — “Continue Beating A Dead Horse” Regards —-From The Emperor

I have no inside information but if the FBI was protecting Kavanaugh the New York Times would be all over the story. Until I hear something resembling evidence, I’m not giving much credence to the accusation.

Is traditional news dying? Are the talking heads becoming talking corpses, who just don’t know that nobody is listening anymore? I’m in my early 60’s and I’ve watched as balanced objective news reporting on TV and in print, have become tabloid blather. TV or print news today is more like TMZ or the rag you see at the grocery store checkout counter (“woman has Martian’s baby”). More and more of my friends are turning to the internet or podcasts for either balance reporting or to reaffirming an existing opinion. The younger generations have bypassed traditional news and “go directly to podcast”. Just look at the popularity of Ben Shapiro, Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Young Turks and David Pakman. Just like in, “The Death of a Salesman”, this Death of a Newsman seems to be a struggle between the dwindling viewership reality and the illusions that they are still relevant. Trump was a shot of adrenaline for traditional news, but I wonder if TV and print news will one day be parked next to the Town Crier and Hieroglyphics. — George A.

Newspapers used to be supported by advertisers. Now they get their money from subscriptions. So the New York Times needs to keep its readers happy. If they give them news that makes conservatives look good (or progressives look bad) they may lose subscribers. So they pander to their audience. Same with cable. Give the viewer what he or she wants or they might not return. Soon there likely will be no actual newspapers. And as news gets more biased — and more unreliable — people will go to other places for their information. But … those other places likely will be places that reaffirm what they already believe. Not good.

Many on the right feared that Biden would be little more than an empty vessel, a puppet with the radicals on the left pulling the strings. Biden denied this during the campaign saying, “I beat the Socialists.” Lets look at his record so far:

  1. he appointed Kamala Harris as his point person to address the immigration/border issue. Now maybe due to his decreasing cognitive issues he mis remembered that Kamala campaigned on open borders when she was running for President. So why would a person who wants open borders roll her sleeves up and jump right in on her assignment? Almost a month later and she has yet to do anything and has not made one visit to the border. No incentive and apparently Biden is not pressing the issue. Kamala was seen in a photoshoot at some crochet fabric shop recently.
  2. Friday, Biden announced that he would be leaving the U.S. refugee admissions cap for this year at where Trump had placed it, 15,000. Well the radicals led by AOC and her crew were having none of that and let Biden know they were not happy. By the end of the day the WH issued a statement that Biden would set a “final increased refugee cap” for the remainder of the fiscal year on May 15.
  3. Biden, during the campaign was luke warm on the subject of another “major want” of the radical left, packing the SCOTUS. When he was in the Senate he called FDR’s plan to do so “a bonehead idea”. Last Fall he stated on 60 Minutes that he was not a fan of court packing. And now, he has a commission that will spend six months looking into it.

So yeah, we know who’s calling the shots. — John M.

My column posted last Monday begins with this: “You have to hand it to Sen. Bernie Sanders. He lost the Democrats’ presidential nomination but won the presidency. Congratulations, Bernie, that’s quite an accomplishment.” The rest makes the case that you make, John.

I believe its been almost a month since Biden announced to the nation that his VP will be in charge of the border. I’m waiting. But now I’m thinking that maybe their plan is in place. That in reality they want this crisis to push for open borders. I hope I’m wrong. — Tim H.

I hope you’re wrong too, Tim.

Bernie, is a white person racist if they protect a black person from being attacked by another black person? I’m not asking for myself, this question is for my friends up in Columbus, Ohio and LeBron James, who is desperately worshiping at the woke alter in the hopes that doing so might somehow elevate him over Jordan. — Joe M.

I don’t think that’s what motivates LeBron. I think he sincerely believes that black people have targets on their backs. In a way he’s right. Young black men have more to fear from other young black men than from rogue white cops. But so no one misunderstands: Rogue white cops who use excessive force should be held accountable for their actions. I just wish LeBron and other athletes and coaches, black and white, would speak out about what’s become sadly routine in places like Chicago. I wish the national media would speak out about it also.

Bernie: You and other journalists have well chronicled the president’s and Congress’s extreme policies out of the gate in 2021 (trillion dollar “relief” bills, a plethora of executive actions, proposals to pack the court and add states, end the filibuster, etc.). The general thought among conservatives seems to be that the Dems think they have some sort of voter mandate. Though they control the House, Senate and Presidencies, their majorities are razor thin, and the 2020 elections were far from a blue wave. I actually think these hard left policy proposals are the RESULT of their slim majorities, not despite them. Dems know they will probably lose significant Congressional seats in 2022 and won’t have this hardball advantage much longer, so better cut to the car crash now. It’s also why Biden is barely paying lip service anymore to unity and bipartisanship. These take time, a commodity he knows he doesn’t have. What are your thoughts? — Steve R.

You’re right, Steve. The clock is ticking. Democrats have only until the midterms to push through has much as they can. After that, they figure they might not have control of (at least) the House. So, it’s all hands on deck right now.

Spring is upon us and I expect a glorious summer. I was hoping most of us getting vaccinated would end the COVID tyranny of government overreach, yet I’m hearing lots of reports on variants, vaccine passports and other troubling news. Do you think we’ll see a wind down of the lockdowns, et al soon? — John R.

I think most Americans have had enough of lockdowns and masks and all the rest. Early on, it made sense. I got vaccinated twice. I understand that Dr. Fauci believes that I may still get the virus — without symptoms — and pass it along to someone else. Well, John, if that “someone else” has had the opportunity to get the vaccine … and chose not too … here’s my scientific response: tough noogies. I’m going to take off my mask whenever the store or restaurant allows it.

Bernie, us members knew you left Real Sports a couple months ago. Now it seems to be a big story. Are you surprised by all the exposure it’s getting? — Ben G.

Surprised is a giant understatement. I’m flabbergasted. A blogger became a subscriber to my website, dug through anything I ever said about my departure — which was next to nothing — and wrote a story about it which got picked up all over the place. I’ve turned down numerous opportunities to speak about this. Not interested. But … one more piece by that blogger will be coming out soon, I’m told. And that will be the most complete version of the story. At least I hope it is.

Yesterday I turned on the TV looking for a movie to watch. When “Saving Private Ryan” appeared on the screen list, the choice was easy. Not only because it is a great movie, but also because it gave me a chance to feel good about my ( our) country. Like millions of others earlier this week I awaited the verdict in Minnesota in part out of  fear ( would there be riots? ) and in part out of optimism (would a guilty verdict allow us to renew our faith in our justice system and thereby begin  to move forward in a positive and constructive manner?). Happily and sadly, the answer to both of these questions appears to be no. We seem to be past the point of healing. Is there any question anymore that a large number of Americans view this country as “systemically racist”and filled with “white supremacists?” One need only listen to the post trial soundbites of our elected leaders to know the answer. This past week our new UN ambassador made clear how she feels about America when she said that “White supremacy (was weaved) into our founding documents and principles.” Are these sentiments shared by our President and VP, our Speaker and scores of our senators and congressmen? If so, how can they  tell us that they love America and their fellow citizens who do not share  their negative views of America? This all begs the question of where do we go from here when there are powerful voices in this country that believe in their hearts that the only way to “cure” America is to strip it of its heritage and traditions and essentially start all over? I could not help but think as the final scene ended in Private Ryan whether millions of Americans today would view that movie with the awe and reverence and thankfulness that was palpable in movie theaters just 23 years ago. How do we ever recapture those feelings when we are inundated on a daily basis with vitriol about this nation by our politicians , media and even our schools? It will be very interesting to see how those who hold and constantly share these negative views talk and behave on July 4th this year. — Michael F.

After the verdict in Minneapolis, the vice president spoke about what a racist country America is. She was followed by our president who said the same thing. This was indefensible. The same words about how supposedly racist America is could have come from our adversaries — in Russia or China. When they come from our top two elected officials, it is a very sad moment for this country.

Despite the very high effectiveness and increasing supply (and distribution) of the COVID-19 vaccinations, Dr. Ben Carson was on Neil Cavuto’s show this week still advocating for hydroxychloroquine as an alternative treatment for COVID-19.

Are you surprised the political players on the right are still going to bat for hydroxychloroquine in light of wide vaccine accessibility, and also the medical determination that the anti-malaria drug never provided much (if any) benefit to COVID-19 patients? Also, do you believe, at this point, that a number of doctors who later went into partisan politics should have their doctoral degrees recognized as more of a personal branding title, similar to Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati? — John D.

You are being totally unfair, John D. Totally! To Dr. Johnny Fever. One of the great scientific minds of the last century.

True story: I interviewed a doctor in California for Real Sports years ago. The subject was addiction, athletes who use pain killers and get hooked. After I got the essence of his knowledge about the subject, I very seriously said to him: “The Rascals have said, ‘I’ve got the fever, you got the cure.’ What exactly is the cure?”

He looked at me like I just dropped in from outer space. It was hilarious. He was the only one who didn’t laugh. Absolutely true story.

 


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