Bernie’s Q&A: Tucker Carlson, Andy Ngo, Barack Obama, and more! (7/9) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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The left has been very effective and in two tactical areas: incrementalism and enforcement. What starts as a request for acceptance ends up encoded and enforced into the culture by a strident leftist mob. In what policy areas can we on the right employ these same tactics to fight back and implement our agenda? –Steve R.

Very smart observation, Steve. First let me say that the left — if they haven’t already flat-out won — are definitely winning the culture war. I keep hoping the American people — including many traditional liberal Democrats — will wake up and see what’s happening to their country. We can see the beginnings of what we can do to fight back: Parents are saying NO to what their kids are being taught about racism in America, about how it’s pervasive and in our DNA. That might spread to other parts of our culture; at least we can hope it does. That’s the best I’ve got, Steve.

Regarding [Monday’s] article on San Fran-stinko which similarities are also prevalent again in The Big Crapple; why is it these progressives think this is the way to go? Do they think chasing away tourism income and high income tax payers who are moving out while increasing their public “dole” expenses is sustainable? Shouldn’t Economics 101 be a prerequisite for politicians? I like you grew up in NYC, sadly I won’t be going home to visit the Five Boroughs or to SF anytime soon, maybe never again. –ScottyG

You ask a good question: Why do they allow chaos in their cities that costs them tourist dollars and income tax from residents who are saying bye-bye. The only answer I’ve got, Scotty, is because their left wing ideologues. They want to fundamentally change America and the traditions that brought us this far. And they don’t think their policies will really destroy their cities. If rational people stop electing these clowns, there’s hope. If they continue to elect progressives who don’t have a clue about governing, their cities will slowly fade away. The ball is in their court.

I visited [San Francisco] from Australia in 2012 and again in 2019. The downward slide in the disparity gap was obvious. Not a fan of people trying to bum a cigarette off you as soon as you walk out of the international terminal to having mentally ill demanding food in your hotel foyer. Not going back again. –Tom F.

You’re not alone, Tom. Trust me, you’re not alone.

There’s been some major-paper reporting over the past few weeks that Tucker Carlson (despite attacking the mainstream media nightly on his show) has been one of the MSM’s best sources of leaked information in recent years — both on happenings in Trump World and the drama and gossip going on behind the scenes at Fox News. In a NYT report, almost 20 journalists confirmed this to be true. Carlson was supposedly even a major source for Brian Stelter’s anti-Fox book. This revelation has gotten some Fox people like Sean Hannity and Mark Levine (who’ve been at the forefront of some of the leaked reports) very upset. They’ve both attacked Carlson on-air, though not referring to him by name.

As a longtime journalist and someone who worked for Fox, does any of this surprise you? — Jen R.

First, Jen, let me share with you (if I haven’t already) a very brief story involving George Carlin. I interviewed him when I was at CBS News. We hit it off. Two former blue collar guys from New York. At one point said, “Bernie, I root for chaos.” He thought things had gotten so bad all over the place that he wanted to see chaos which might set the stage for a new beginning. Either that or he just liked chaos. Carlin wasn’t just funny. He was also smart. So if Hannity and Levin and who knows who else are fighting with FNC’s biggest star, that, Jen, is media chaos. And it puts a smile on my face. I want even more chaos. Those doofuses deserve what they get given what they’ve done to our culture. Does it surprise me? Nothing Carlson does surprises me. Nothing any of what the giant TV egos do surprises me. If Carlson thinks his opinions are so important that the world needs to know about them, he’ll share his “brilliance” with reporters who want to know what he thinks — even if they comprise the supposed “enemy.” He’s a mean-spirited person who attributes the worst motives to people he doesn’t like. If he’s now in the crosshairs, GOOD!

The decay in big cities seems to have accelerated with COVID (more graffiti, homeless camp sites, boarded-up businesses). I can’t help but think that many workers will not want to return to downtown. This would in turn depress commercial real estate. Richard Riordan (Los Angeles) and Rudy Giuliani (NY) won Mayorships when city dwellers were exhausted by similar circumstances. Do you think we could see more competitive Mayor races in big cities as a result of this decline? — John R.

Here’s my hope: that people who live in these big cities and who reflexively vote for the Democratic candidate (even when he or she is a left wing progressive who couldn’t run a lemonade stand) might finally wake up and say, “ENOUGH!” If that happens we will see more competitive races. If the voters continue to reflexively cast ballots for the kind of politicians who don’t know how to govern, their cities will go into further decline. They can vote any way they like … but they deserve what they get.

Recent polls have revealed that more Republicans now place blame for the January 6th attack on Joe Biden than do Donald Trump.

I remember when Bobby Jindal took a lot of party criticism back in 2013 for calling the GOP the “stupid party” but does it now seem he was being too generous? Yes there are a lot of stupid Dems too, but this is just beyond normal partisan dumbness. — Ben G.

I saw that poll, Ben, but if true, “STUPID” doesn’t begin to describe Republicans who think that. And you’re right, (again if the poll is accurate) it goes way beyond normal partisan dumbness. Way, way beyond.

“President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, inspired by My Brother’s Keeper, to scale and sustain this mission. In late 2017, MBK Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity”.

This was taken from the MBK’s website. At the risk of boring you yet again, why not write a column decrying the national news media’s lack of coverage of MBK and other such groups aiming to alleviate some of the major problems in the inner city – i.e. Fatherlessness and gang violence? You’ve loudly made the point several times that groups like BLM and some liberal whites (showing their “racial good manners”) hypocritically will not focus on these statistically greater risk to lives of African -Americans. While much of the right-wing media lecture about these problems, they do so as a rebuttal to BLM and certain white supporters’ reaction to the injustice of unwarranted police violence to African-Americans and their supposed hypocrisy for not focusing on the inner city problems of gang violence and Fatherlessness. You’ve repeatedly – and correctly – bemoaned the profit motive of the national news media overriding good reporting. Isn’t this another instance of the hypocrisy of much of the right-wing medias and of the national news media in general? — Bob H.

Fair point, Bob … but there’s a tendency in the news business, as I’m sure you know — and that is to focus on bad news. I’m not suggesting this is a good thing, but it’s not new; it’s always been the nature of news. But your suggestion is worthy of consideration. Thanks.

Sir Bernie, your weekend column about immigration and the hatred of America by the woke left got me to thinking about a possible scenario. Let‘s Imagine What would happen IF…

The U.S. became two separate countries not through civil war but by consent. That is, the Red States of America and the Woke Blue States of America. Now let’s imagine that Red State America is enforcing strict immigration policies and The Woke Blue States are having the immigration policies that are more to their liking. Let’s also imagine that Red State America is pro law enforcement and pro military but still welcomes people of all skin colors, religions, ethnic backgrounds etc. as long as they are law-abiding citizens.

Now let’s speculate—- which of the two countries do we think would have more people trying to immigrate to it? This includes Black people, Latinos, Muslims, as well as foreigners from other countries, gays, and other disenfranchised groups that the left wingers claim are constant victims of White Supremacy and the systemic racism that is so prevalent in current historical America? I welcome all thoughtful comments from you as well as the rest of this community that I’m pleased to be a part of. –“Nation Building” Regards from The Emperor

I’ve written about my friend who suggested to me that we do just what you’re suggesting — have Blue State America and Red State America … and we can all choose to live where we want. I don’t think he was kidding, though it’s obvious in real life this could never work. But — as to your question — if we did have Two Americas, while just about everybody on the right and some on the left would choose to live in Red State America, the hard core progressives wouldn’t. They’d rather live in a culture of like-minded folks even if it means more crime and more cultural decay. You, and others, might think just about everybody would make the choice to live in a country with sensible policies and values. But don’t bet on it. Being rational is not a strong point of ideologues — on the left or the right.

In the wake of this year’s July 4 tantrums (coming courtesy of Cori Bush, NPR and The Squad’s Godmother Auntie Maxine, among others), can we now conclude that for many who hold high political office or work in national media there are no remaining constraints on their expressing disdain and hatred for America, the Declaration of Independence, The Flag and various other aspects and symbols of our history and values? All of this begs the question of what exactly do they want? We all should be holding our collective breath each time an American wins a gold medal in Tokyo. At least those of us who have reverence for the Flag, the Declaration and the Constitution. Care to predict how the NBC sports announcers will discuss or ignore the obvious elephant in the room when it comes to these matters? –Mike F

I agree with you Mike that there likely will be political fireworks at the Olympics regarding the American flag. Unless NBC sport has gone totally woke, the announcers will have to acknowledge what just happened. In my opinion, they should do it without commentary — either bashing it or praising it or even understanding it. Just the facts.  If they ignore it, they’ll be making a big mistake — and I won’t be the only one pointing that out.

Bernie G! I just received my copy of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo. Any decent human being will feel some form of frustration watching the cowards shown in the videos Andy posts on his Twitter. I hope folks would fight fire with a hotter fire when coming across these punks, but that’s unwise and uncivil.

THREE questions: what are some of your thoughts on Andy, his work in general, and his book, if you read it? And, how should law enforcement and our elected representatives and officials deal with the problem of Antifa, specifically since they’ve largely ignored the issues that causes Antifa to grow? Finally, what do YOU want Christians to do and say about Antifa? –D-Rock

All I know about Andy Ngo is what I’ve seen and heard directly from him on television. He seems like a reasonable guy who’s gone through a lot. He’s described as an independent journalist — but I think it’s fair to say he leans right. As for how law enforcement should handle Antifa: the way they’d handle any criminal element. But in places like Portland they get away with all sorts of mayhem. That’s got to stop or they’ll be at it again in full force soon enough. Finally, I don’t want or expect Christians to respond any differently than any other American regardless of religion.

With your statistics [on the political leanings of college professors] in mind, will the chasm between the haves and the have nots widen? So many middle class parents have sacrificed to send their children to higher education institutions for a better financial future. A “degree” is/was the key to success, although the building trades suffered. It could be that intellectual diversity is gained by simply reading worthwhile books or mentored on-the-job training. — Sandy S.

Don’t underestimate the power of ideological teachers (in college or kindergarten) to influence impressionable young students. So while reading good books is certainly a plus, colleges that preach diversity need to recruit a more diverse teaching staff if we’re going to produce a more intellectually diverse citizenry. I don’t know if the chasm between the haves and the so-called have nots will widen — let’s just hope economic policies lift the have nots so they have easier lives. I agree with you that we’ve neglected the building trades. Not everybody should go to college. We need good plumbers too.

Earlier this week, Michael Flynn posted pictures of himself, along with fellow pro-Trump conspiracy theorists Lin Wood and MyPillow guy Mike Lindell, posing in front of the enormous whiteboard pictured below:

At the center of the whiteboard is an image of Donald Trump, with hundreds of lines and arrows connecting notable Trump sycophants, Trump family members, and even Jesus to the former president. There’s also lots of scripture.

After studying this colossal, cryptic, and complex flowchart for 9 hours straight, I believe it could hold the key to Trump regaining the presidency (and perhaps ultimately ruling the universe). What I don’t get is the mysterious inclusion of famed self-help guru Tony Robbins. How does Robbins play into all of us this? Could he be the secret ingredient in the MAGA stew that could change everything? — John D.

Let me see if I understand your question: They have Jesus as a prominent player in this thing … suggesting that Jesus and Donald Trump and the 2020 election are somehow connected … that Jesus may know something about the foul play that went on in the election, primarily in Pennsylvania … and that Jesus may have had a conversation with the pillow guy about how Trump gets back to the Oval Office sometime this summer … AND YOU’RE ASKING ME ABOUT TONY ROBBINS???

Good question. But I don’t know. Thank you for asking. You lunatic.

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: Carlson, McCarthy, Rumsfeld, and more! (7/2) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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We all love science. Who wouldn’t? My liberal friends defend “The” science about climate change, defunding police, COVID origination, and numerous other so called indisputable scientific evidence. I respond to them saying I’ll pay more attention to “The” science when “The” science can indisputably prove that Subway uses real Tuna in a Tuna sandwich. So my question is, do you like your Tuna sandwich with or without Mayo? — Tim H.

A very important question, Tim — and indisputable proof of the intelligence of my audience. With mayo.

Bernie, I loved you on HBO Sports and now with Bill O’Reilly. Realizing that your co-hosts were basically …especially Mr. Gumbel. I always thought his speech at Ali’s funeral is something of a classic. I also was a great Letterman fan …but both he and Bryant have seemed to allow their views to overwhelm almost everything they do. Do you think this “woke” treat” will continue on forever or at some point (similar to Bill Maher) are we reaching the point of “enough is enough!” — Rich T.

I’ve already reached the point of “Enough is enough!” And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. The crazies always go too far. And when they do, the sane crowd tells them it’s time to knock it off. It can’t come soon enough to satisfy me.

Professor B, what do you think about video cameras in the classroom? — Tony P.

Haven’t given this any thought — until now. If I were a teacher the only way I’d want a camera in the classroom would be to protect me from malicious and fake allegations about almost anything. Otherwise, don’t think I’d be a fan. That said, if the teacher is preaching political propaganda, it would be nice to have video evidence.

Bernie, I wanted to get your thoughts about the upcoming Olympics and the decision of he US Olympic committee to permit “protests” at the start line and medal ceremonies. I read the statement of the USOC and my two cents is that it smacks of the two sets of rules approach that we see all too often these days. I expect we will see quite a lot of ” I am here for myself and not the systemically racist USA” on display. Care to venture a prediction of how low TV ratings will be for this Olympiad? — Mike F.

First, a clarification: The rule allowing protests is for the trials … not the games themselves. But I have little doubt that there will be demonstrations at the Olympics. And I hope the ratings suffer because of it. Check out my Off the Cuff from Wednesday. It’s on the subject of your question, Mike.

Hi, Bernie, from your 4th Patreon member! What do you think African Americans who rose to the top of their profession — let’s pick Bryant Gumbel and Lester Holt, not that news-o-tainment is the only profession where blacks have risen to the top because Kenneth Chenault became CEO of American Express 20 years ago and Barack Obama was elected POTUS twice, if I remember correctly — whether their success is due to ability or race? In contrast, if there is a distinction to be made, what do you think today’s successful black Americans would say? Hmmm, I bet I know the answer(s). Happy Independence Day! — James P.

I’m more than willing to acknowledge that black Americans who have risen to the top of their profession had a great deal of ability. You don’t become a news anchor or a corporate CEO if you’re not good at what you do. Does race play a part at the jump, in hiring? Yes. And let’s be honest here — whites have taken advantage of their race, too over the years.

Nice article [on Monday], and I guess I’m part of the problem. Another problem in 2024 is that Joe Biden is too old to serve another four years and his Democratic natural successor, Kamala Harris, won’t be able to win a national race. So I’m wondering if Biden will run for re-election, with all the incumbent advantages, win, then a month or two after being inaugurated, resign. That’s the only path I see for Harris becoming President. Do you think this is plausible? — John R.

Could be, John, but if I had to guess this far out, I’d say, Biden doesn’t run and the race for his successor is wide open. Harris being just one of many candidates. But 2024 is a very long way off.

I saw this video of Kory Yeshua and his young daughter calling out Critical Race Theory for what it is—- a bunch of hateful racist foolishness embraced by cowards and idiots. THEY seem like the All-American family next door that many of us would like to have as neighbors in our communities—-Mr. Yeshua is NOT allowing himself or his daughter to be seduced by the racist hatred of the left, and we need MORE people like him calling out the left wing weasels.

We can reasonably speculate on how the liberal media members and Liberal Democrats would have responded to this video had this message been delivered by a white man with his young daughter, but then this begs the question——why don’t more liberals (and this includes those in the mainstream media and the Democrat party) actually EMBRACE this message from Mr. Yeshua and his daughter? Logically speaking, wouldn’t it actually be to their benefit to prop this man up as a great example of fatherhood and as a promoter of unity? However it appears to me that only the right wingers are promoting this man. Your thoughts? — “Love Thy Neighbor” Regards From The Emperor

The kid is very cute, no question about that. Here’s the handy dandy rule of thumb, Your Worship: If conservatives are for something, the left will be against it — and that goes for just about everything, including a cure for cancer. But let’s be honest: If liberals are for something, right wing TV types will be against it. But on the particulars of the video: Father and daughter make a lot of sense. Common sense … that as you say, more of us should embrace.

I found your summary of the poll on Qanon interesting, scary but interesting. Doing some basic Googling, I found this article that delves into the subject of why and how people answer polling in at times bizarre ways. I am not trying to discredit the polling summary; I found that full polling report as well. You want to put any faith in maybe those polling results being inflated or tilted? –Rocco S.

Not all polls are created equal, Rocco. I agree with that. I simply thought I’d share that one and everyone is free to make of it what they will. I do find the crazies on the right different than the nutballs on the left. The loony left finds fault with just about everything in America. The wacko right is deep into conspiracies. I don’t want to get too close to either side.

What are your thoughts on Tucker Carlson trashing General Mark Milley, calling him a “pig” and “stupid” for Milley voicing his thoughts on reading about Critical Race Theory. Also, do you think the NSA is spying on Carlson, and trying to take him off the air, as Carlson is suggesting? I’m thinking there’s nothing Tucker wouldn’t say for ratings. — Ben G.

First … I think Carlson is one nasty piece of work. He goes out of his way to put the worst spin on everything he dislikes. I thought he was the one who looked bad when he called the general a “pig” and “stupid.” If Carlson disagrees with the general then rebut his argument without the childish name-calling. As for his contention that the NSA is spying on him: When you make a charge like that you better have hard, indisputable facts to back it up. At this rate, Carlson is going to step over a very bright line and even the money people at Fox (who masquerade as news executives) may have to do something about it.

After driving efforts to (successfully) strip Liz Cheney of her committee assignment, and successfully block the bipartisan independent commission on the January 6th attack, Kevin McCarthy is now threatening to strip any GOP member of his or her committee assignments if they agree to serve on Pelosi’s 1/6 commission. Meanwhile, McCarthy has NOT stripped committee assignments from Paul Gosar (who meets with genuine white supremacist groups) or Marjorie Taylor Greene (who’s done everything possible to warrant internal party punishment). 

I know the Democrats haven’t stripped Ilhan Omar of committee assignments either (they’re hopeless), but at some point I keep hoping that the GOP leadership returns to some moral and ethical high-ground, but it just doesn’t seem in the cards. Your thoughts? — Jen R.

Keep hoping, Jen. But bring your lunch while you’re hoping. It may be a while. As for Kevin McCarthy: Let’s just state the obvious. He’s no profile in courage.

Donald Rumsfeld just passed away. What are your thoughts of him as a public servant? — Marco

I think he was a decent man but one who got us into some very bad situations. For example, he said that getting rid of Saddam Hussein had “created a more stable and secure world.” I don’t think so. And in a farewell address at the Pentagon he said that — as the NY Times reported –“quitting Iraq would be a terrible mistake, even though the war, the country learned, had been based on a false premise — that Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader, had been harboring weapons of mass destruction.” The best and the brightest often make big mistakes.

Bernie, You were recently a guest on Mark Reardon’s Show. At the end of the discussion, Reardon complimented your website and said something along the lines of, “Both you and John Daly do a great job over there”… at which point, you failed to acknowledge Daly in any way. Is it possible that you had fallen into a bit of a trans, in which you were thinking about just how great of a job Daly does, and you couldn’t really formulate it in words? Or were you unsure of who Reardon was even taking about? Asking for a friend. — John D.

I have a confession to make to all my subscribers. I’ve lied to you for too long. Way too long. I am not Bernie Goldberg. Bernie Goldberg does not exist. I made up the name. I am John Daly and I use the name Bernie (or sometimes Bernard) Goldberg because it’s so much classier than … well … than John Daly. The guy who saw on TV for so many years … was me, John Daly, posing as some goofball I called Bernie Goldberg. So when radio host Mark Reardon said that Bernie and John Daly do great work, I panicked. I didn’t want to reveal the truth, that there is no Bernie. I’m so ashamed. Will all of you forgive me? I was, am, and always will be the GREAT JOHN DALY … pure and immodest but GREAT. But you may call me Bernie if it makes you feel better. Next time, I’ll share my family’s plans for Hanukkah 2021. Thank you all.

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: Kyrsten Sinema, Chris Christie, Norman Lear, and more! (6/25) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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[The conspiracy theory culture is] a worrying trend. I wonder what it will take for people to come to their senses? I hope it isn’t an all out war with a certain country because a global pandemic apparently wasn’t enough. — Tom F.

I keep hoping for good old-fashioned common sense to kick in. But some people NEED conspiracies. Without them, their life is sort of dull. Others believe in conspiracies because they see crazy stuff going on all around them — cops being tarred as the villains while violent demonstrations don’t get prosecuted — that make no sense. Conspiracy theories fill the void.

Loved you on Real Sports for years but understand and support why you left. Thrilled to find you on substack. I’m a registered independent and a Big fan of your work. — Nick P.

Many thanks, Nick. Very much appreciated. Check out my column coming out on Monday which is more about my departure from Real Sports.

Interesting the questions [last] Friday regarding conspiracies, like the FBI participating in Jan. 6. Even bin Laden’s niece (Noor) was promoting the “Trump Won” theory on Lake Geneva last week while Joe was relecting on his quick meet with Vlad. While there is very low/near zero probability of a change in this election outcome, it seems wise that we establish some protocols to manage such an improbable situation. Apparently there are presently no guidelines to handle such a situation. We should plan for that possibility now to avoid an even bigger mess than the chaos (& violence?) that would ensue upon any overturned election. (Can you imagine how nuts it would get if it was determined that Trump won? – phew!) — DonEstif

I’m for whatever needs to be put in place to avoid the craziness we witnessed after the last election. But — and this is important — the craziness was pushed hard by you know who. If he were out of the picture, we wouldn’t need too many new protocols.

Hi Bernie, Do you think Chris Christie would have any shot at getting the GOP nomination in 2024, with or without Trump in the race? — Artie A.

With Trump in the picture, Christie would have little to no chance. I doubt he’d even run. Without Trump in the picture, maybe. But 2024 is a very long way off. Let’s revisit your question over time.

Good column Monday about the ACLU and its embrace of broad liberal ideology. I’m noticing this among several groups whose name appears to narrowly focus their mission but are all too willing to take on greater political causes to the left. As you say, the ACLU will gladly sacrifice free speech rights if it hurts Trump. Teachers unions regularly advocate for leftist platforms like LGBTQ issues and anti-poverty programs that have nothing to do with education. BLM is for transgender rights and distancing from “the Western-prescribed nuclear family”. What do these have to do with race? Major League Baseball moved their all-star game out of Atlanta due to objections over changes in voting rules that were democratically passed. Why are sports leagues part of the leftist enforcement of their version of voting laws? So why do these seemingly narrow interest groups lose focus on their mission? I think deranged thinking and hatred over Bush and then Trump got them off their game. Could it also be a desire to be part of the hip leftist crowd and accepted in their tribe? — Steve R.

I think it’s very much a desire to be part of the hip leftist crowd. I’ve long thought that, actually. They want too how how “With It” they are. And if you don’t like it, they don’t care. Unless and until it hurts their business, which I hope it does.

Apparently diversity was an issue even back in the 1970s. I was watching an old “All In The Family” rerun. It’s the episode where there is another home for sale on Hauser Street. Archie Bunker is worried that more black people might move in, so he begins circulating a petition basically stating that no homes should be sold to minorities since they will likely bring property values down in the neighborhood. Meathead explains to Archie that his property values are likely to rise, citing that studies have shown that multi-ethnic neighborhoods tend to raise property values. As expected, when Henry Jefferson (George Jefferson’s brother) hears about Archie’s petition, he is enraged and enters Archie’s home, threatening to tear up the petition. Henry Jefferson immediately changes his tune however, once the prospective new neighbors enter the Bunker household and reveal themselves to be Puerto Ricans. Jefferson demands that Archie give him the petition so that HE himself can sign it. After that, Archie Bunker and Henry Jefferson are now drinking buddies. Of course the irony of that episode in relation to the current climate is not lost on me.

From your perspective, was Meathead correct that neighborhood property values actually do increase when diverse people are living there?  If so, then why would that make a difference? I would assume that it was the average income of the residents rather than ethnic or religious backgrounds that increase property values.  –“Stifle yourself, Edith, and bring out a coupla’ beers for me and my friend Henry Jefferson!” regards from The Emperor

I have no idea if property values go up when there’s more diversity in the neighborhood. Studies may have indicated that — and those studies may even have been accurate. Or they may have been biased based on the ideology of the “scholars” doing the research. But as I say, I don’t know. I do know that in some places at points in our history, it wouldn’t matter if a black family had a lot of money — some people didn’t want them in the neighborhood anyway. And the excuse they’d use was that “property value would come down” with them living there. They’d rather have a white family with less money than a black family with more money. Sad but true. And there’s something else I know: Norman Lear, the genius behind All in the Family, was way ahead of his time in pinpointing issues that matter to people and influence the broader American culture.

Thankfully it appears that parents across the country are pushing back on CRT in their children’s schools. I know that many on the left are denying that CRT is being taught (or used) in schools but it appears those denials are being rebutted quite effectively from what I’ve read.

What right do parents have with regard to what is being taught in their children’s schools, especially when the subject matter appears to be unrelated to reading, writing and “rithmetic?” Perhaps one of the silver linings of teachers and their unions keeping schools closed (and the resulting use of zoom learning) was that parents got a very clear picture of what was being “taught” to their kids. The desire of the unions, politically oriented school boards, and politicians to keep parents in the dark as to the curriculum is very telling. Bravo to all those soccer parents out there who are making their voices heard at school board meetings across America. The contrast between these parents and many of the CEOs across the country is breathtaking and is proof that only a bottom up approach will help us move past this insane period or wokeness and cancel culture. I also would give a shout out to Bill Maher and Jon Stewart (and others) during the past few months for having the courage to speak “truth to power” as the saying goes. — Michael F.

I’m with you, Michael. Whether it’s technically Critical Race Theory or something just like it parents are speaking up and I wish them success. My next column which will appear on Monday is about Bill Maher’s recent comments about the woke culture.

If you had the opportunity to have a round table discussion with 4 or 5 other journalists on national TV pertaining to todays journalistic standards who would you want on that round table and what would be the subject matter. I hope you include liberals? — Tim H.

Brit Hume (Fox) … Juan Williams (Fox)  … Gerard Baker (WSJ) …. Peggy Noonan (WSJ) … Bret Stephens (NYT) … Lance Morrow (essayist)… and for giggles Brian Stelter (CNN). Why do so many Americans have so little trust in the news media?

Meghan McCain brought up what I thought was a good point on Twitter the other day: “Same journalists and pundits who go OUT OF THEIR WAY to bring up my Dad and applaud him for his maverick ways are sure spending a lot of energy ripping apart and defaming Krysten Sinema.”

The media hypocrisy is obvious, but what I like about Sinema is that she doesn’t seem in the least detoured or intimidated by those on her side of the aisle who are coming after her for being a “maverick” herself. My guess is that Biden won’t run for re-election in 2024, and that Harris probably will but won’t get very far (her phoniness is very off-putting). Do you think Sinema would be a strong presidential candidate if she decided to run? The far-left is mad at her at the moment, but the Dems don’t seem to hold grudges like Trump era Republicans do. — Ben G.

First, Ben, let be say I agree with you 100% about VP Harris’s phoniness — and how off-putting it is. And that cackle. Make it stop!

I think Sinema would have a hard time if she ran because the far left, I believe, will stay mad at her. Progressives won’t vote for the GOP candidate, but they might sit home on Election Day. The sanctimonious left is very unforgiving. (So is the sanctimonious right.)

I’ve been watching a CNN mini-series on the history of late-night talk shows, and one common theme that seems true of most of the hosts (including the most successful ones like Parr, Carson, and Letterman) is how miserable they were in real life, EXCEPT for when they were in front of the cameras doing their nightly thing. Do you think that same thing is true a lot of news people? I ask because I can’t figure out why someone like Jeffrey Toobin would ever come back to CNN after what happened, or why Larry King would take so many weird TV gigs after CNN (I think he was even on Russian TV and/or Al Jazeera at some point). Do you think that being in front of the cameras is a lifeblood for some people, and they don’t know how to be happy otherwise? — Alex D.

For some TV people air time is … air. They need it almost as much as regular folks need real, actual air. That’s why they do gigs like Russian TV and Al Jazeera. I’m on TV therefore I am … kind of a thing.

Earlier this week, actor Michael B. Jordan publicly apologized for culturally appropriating the name of his rum brand, “J’Ouvert,” from a Caribbean holiday. He says he’ll be changing the name to something else.

In that spirit, Bernie, would you like to take this opportunity to finally apologize for culturally appropriating the title of your book, “Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right” from the Scottish rock band, Stealers Wheel, and their hit song, “Stuck in the Middle with You”?

This is unless, of course, you can provide genealogical information, or a long-form birth certificate, to prove that you are of Scottish descent. — John D.

I resent your question, Michael Jordan was a great baseball player and if he wants to change the name of his rum brand that’s his business — and maybe he would let Phil Jackson weigh in.  Shame on you, Mr. John D.

Now to the rest of your question: I am of Scottish descent and my name alone is all the proof you’ll need. What? You think Bernard Goldberg is not a typical Scottish name? What’s wrong with you?

Yer bum’s oot the windae, JD. (Look it up).


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Bernie’s Q&A: Limbaugh, Netanyahu, Trump, McDougal and more! (6/4) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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I’d like to hear your thoughts on Clay Travis and Buck Sexton moving into the 12-3 radio time slot once occupied by Rush Limbaugh. Clay Travis carved out a niche a few years ago when he became one of the more high profile moderate / conservative voices in sports talk radio. When everyone at ESPN was going ga ga over Kapernick, Obama, and everything anti-Trump, Travis went the other direction. I am not sure if he is totally sincere in his beliefs or if he is just an opportunist, but I have to give him credit for realizing that being another liberal voice in the sea of liberal media voices won’t help you stand out. — Joe M.

It takes a certain amount of courage to challenge the prevailing “wisdom” in the world of sports journalism (or journalism generally). But I have a theory when it comes to replacing iconic figures like Rush Limbaugh: You’re better off waiting and replacing the person who replaced Limbaugh. Now Travis and Sexton will inevitably be compared to Rush — and it’s a comparison that can’t turn out well. But hey, it’s a job and a paycheck, so good luck to them.

Bernie, I believe that most of your readers accept that the media has become more bias as compared to when you first started. Many commentators point to educational indoctrination and fiduciary motives as the root cause of Media bias. I’ve wondered if this transformation is more deeply rooted in this country’s detachment from our country’s original Judeo-Christian values? Americas Judeo-Christian beliefs accept the inherent corrupt nature of humans and it is these Judeo-Christian values that in the past, had kept our worst nature in check. As communication via media increased so did the influence and power of politicians and “The Media”. Could it be this new power and lack of our original value constraints, that provided the impetus for Politicians and Media to feel that they can act without consequence. Might this also be the reason why the media is so frightened of Judeo-Christian values? — George A.

Good question, George, but honestly … it’s too deep for me. I think bias in the news is a problem for more secular reasons: too many liberals in the world of journalism who think their values are reasonable and even moderate. So to some extent they don’t see their bias as bias at all, but as the “correct” way to report a story. If it’s more than that, if it has something to do with the breakdown of Judeo-Christian values, I’m not the guy with an answer. Sorry.

Sir Bernie—apparently President Biden (our legitimate president) made a rather… ahem… discomforting remark …about a young girl and how he loved the barrettes in her hair, and how she looks like she’s 19 years old sitting there with her legs crossed. Is this something that conservative media websites blew out of proportion? I didn’t see who was being addressed so I don’t know if it was taken out of context or not. Even if it is what the right wingers are insinuating, I (as a right winger) see it as inappropriate and weird but not necessarily sinister—-just a doddering old man saying something that’s F—ING DUMB!

Here’s what I want to know—-in your opinion was this simply a dumb remark blown out of proportion, or was it something creepier? Also—-dumb or creepy, what do you think the mainstream media’s take would have been had President Trump made the same observations in the same context? — “Cross Legged 19-Year-Old” Regards From The Emperor

I watched the video. What’s the big deal. I’m so sick and tired of partisans on the right picking at everything Biden does … just as partisans on the left picked at everything Trump said or did. Okay, if Trump made the same comment, it might have been big news. I’m shocked! But one of the reasons I watch almost no cable in prime time anymore is because I’ve had enough of the stupid, partisan shots at whoever the enemy is. But let’s me clear: That’s what many viewers want and the cable channels and the dopey websites are more than happy to give the customer what he wants. Count me out!

Bernie, [regarding Monday’s column], I love you like a brother and think your heart is in the right place but I do not believe we can dismiss the election malfeasance narrative. We have already seen that there is very little that the Left won’t attempt in their Machiavellian world / mindset. It is VERY important that we find out what happened and probably has been happening for years. Brained washed youth and illegal immigrants form a fairly solid and growing base, throw in the possibility (needs to be proven) of perpetual cooking of the voting books and we have no chance going forward. If I were Trump I wouldn’t let it go either. Put yourself in his shoes and I think you might understand the frustration. — Thomas C.

Take it up with Donald Trump’s legal team — the same team that brought more than 60 cases alleging fraud … in front of all sort of judges … some appointed by Trump himself … and they lost every time out. If there was fraud that was so widespread that it turned the election for Biden, Trump’s team failed to prove it. As far as Trump not letting go: He’s a narcissist of monumental proportions. He can’t accept defeat. And, sorry, Thomas, but he’s bamboozled a lot of his fans into believing his nonsense. I know you won’t like my answer, but unlike the idiots on cable TV, I won’t pander.

Hi. Answering your question to me from last week: there are MANY things that the Democrats do that concern me. Policy wise I think they’re wrong on most things (foreign, fiscal, domestic, etc.). On the culture, the wokeness stuff drives me crazy and I think a lot of it is bad for society. But being a Republican myself (for a very long time), today’s GOP especially embarrasses and disappoints me because they no longer stand for any of the things that made me a Republican in the first place. They scrapped conservatism for Trump populism. Character no longer matters. The truth no longer matters. Accountability no longer matters. Not even the constitution matters – look at all the Republicans in congress voted against certifying the last election. I have no real expectations for the Democrats. They have been getting it wrong for a LONG time. I expect the GOP the be better than them but they no longer are. Both parties are jokes. — Jen R.

I couldn’t have said it better! Thanks, Jen.

It looks like Benjamin Netanyahu will be ousted as prime minister of Israel. Do you have any thoughts on him as a leader, and do you think Israel will miss his leadership? — Ralph P.

I don’t keep up with Israel’s domestic politics. That said, Netanyahu is a tough pol who often gets criticized for his toughness. But he lives in a tough neighborhood and that needs to be taken into account. Generally speaking, I like him. But again, if I were more savvy about Israel’s internal politics I might have another opinion. Israelis may miss his leadership in the long run but it looks like he’s on his way out, so in the short run they won’t miss him. They’re the ones kicking him out.

Naomi Osaka made a lot of news recently when she revealed mental health issues that make post-match interviews virtually impossible. Ricky Williams also had social anxiety issues, and a number of other notable stars admit to similar limitations. From the fan’s perspective, revealing sports star interviews are few and far between. I can’t think of the last one I found interesting. We hear a lot of coach-speak and bland statements from players. With the rise of 24/7 sports media, social media and commentary, do we really need these anymore? I’m all for “shut up and dribble 2.0”, where players play and commentators comment. — Steve R.

I just did an interview with sports journalist Jason Whitlock for a new online men’s magazine. I’ll share at least some of it with you when it goes live. Whitlock is the exception to the rule: He’s black, he’s conservative, and he says interesting things. Players have the right to speak up on issues they find important. And fans have the right to say I didn’t tune in to a basketball game to get a lecture on critical race theory.

A lot was talked about Stormy Daniels and the Trump payoff a few years ago. This week we’re hearing more about actress Karen McDougal who also (allegedly) had a sexual affair with Donald Trump. AMI, the company that publishes The National Enquirer and has close ties to Trump, just paid an almost $200k fine to the Federal Election Commission over their efforts to suppress her account of the affair, during the 2016 election cycle, by buying the exclusive rights to McDouglal’s story, and then sealing them shut. The FEC said the action was an illegal contribution to Trump’s presidential campaign. Also in that election, the National Enquirer relentlessly went after Hillary Clinton on their front pages –and before that Trump’s primary opponents including Ben Carson and Ted Cruz– while promoting and endorsing Trump to the moon.

I  haven’t seen this talked about much, but it does make me wonder. We all make fun of the tabloid, but much of the country still reads its cover in checkout lines. With the pub also helping Trump behind the scenes, is it possible that the National Enquirer may have actually been the tipping point of the 2016 election (which was in the end decided by only about 80k votes in a few close states)? — Ben G

Interesting question, Ben. I guess it’s possible given, as you say, a lot of people read that crap. But I’m not sure they also vote.

Hello. Are there any companies that you have personally boycotted over a political stance they or their CEOs have taken? — Robert M.

I don’t drink Coca Cola anymore. That’s about it. For now.

Bernie, Trump is reportedly telling people that he’ll be reinstated as President of the United States in August. Sidney Powell recently told a panel audience the same thing, as did My Pillow guy, Mike Lindell. I have some questions:

  • Why wait until August? If America is going to be made great again, it feels like a shame to take the summer off.
  • Will Trump get 7 months added onto his second term for time lost (therefore permanently changing the presidential inauguration date), or will the term be creatively prorated somehow to reflect a proportionate amount of MAGA awesomeness?
  • Will Mike Pence be required to resume his job as Vice President? This could be awkward being that Trump still blames him, and his adherence to democracy, for Biden taking power in the first place.
  • Will Lou Dobbs be re-hired by Fox?

Thanks. — John D.

I have one more question, John D. When will you start taking your meds again?

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: Chris Cuomo, John Cena, George Floyd, and more! (5/28) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Bernie. I enjoy your Off the Cuff’s. Have you thought about doing longer, podcast type commentaries where you talk about weekly media bias and other things? Podcasts have become very popular. — Benny H.

I’ve thought about it Benny, but so far that’s as far as it’s gone. I like what I’m currently doing.

Hello. In last week’s answer to me on the January 6 commission, you wrote: “Republicans who voted against the commission say it’s because they want more than Jan 6 to be investigated: they also want the commission to look at left wing rioting. Democrats don’t want any part of that. So who’s the villain here?”

In this situation, the Republicans opposing the commissions are the villains. Right after the Capitol attack, there was a congressional consensus for this type of targeted commission. John Katko (R) at McCarthy’s direction spent a lot of time negotiating with the Dems to make the committee structure as fair and independent as possible. But Trump surprised many in the GOP by remaining a political force, and is now back as the party’s leader. He doesn’t want a commission (we know why) so Republican excuses are now coming out of the woodwork.

If the GOP wanted commissions into other riots, and the Dems said ‘no’ out of fear it would hurt their party, then they would be the villains. The point: lumping ALL riots together into one investigation isn’t serious. At the U.S. Capitol, we had an insurrection. The rioters were trying to overturn a constitutional process and stop the peaceful transfer of power inside our legislative branch. They were doing it based on Trump’s lie, and we still don’t know among other things what Trump and other key reps were doing during the attack. This incident should be investigated differently than what has mostly been indiscriminate mob-violence from BLM and Antifa people. You thoughts? — Jen R.

I was conveying the GOP position regarding their opposition to a commission, which they see as partisan and not needed because there are other investigations already underway. Personally, I have no problem with a commission investigating what happened on January 6. But politicians have all sorts of concerns that you and I don’t — like how Democrats might use the commission to release its findings right before the 2022 midterm elections. How they might play up only findings that make Republicans look bad. Granted, Republican opposition isn’t free of politics. We know that. But Democrats are political animals too and they figure the commission findings will hurt not only Donald Trump but the GOP in general. And that’s also a consideration for them.

Now I have a question for you, Jen: Is there anything Democrats have done, are doing, or likely will do that concerns you in a negative way? I look forward to your questions; they’re always smart. But it hit me some time ago that your concerns go only in one direction — the anti-Republican direction. You’re obviously under no obligation to reply. I’m just wondering.

Just curious when you are confronted on the street to take a knee to some young and typically “white woke” person what apology you will make? I’m thinking I’ll apologize for the western imperialistic “capitalist” vaccine that save millions of people. Oh, I’m not taking a knee doing so! I’m too old to bend that far. — Tim H.

If  I’m ever “asked” to take a knee and apologize for something or other, I’ll look the guy asking in the face and tell him to F off. I might add, “And have a nice day.”

I need a reality check here. Is the controversy surrounding Chris Cuomo actively advising his brother’s gubernatorial staff regarding media response a horrible breach of journalist ethics? Or is this self-righteous pearl clutching on our part of an activity that goes on regularly, and Chris Cuomo was just guilty of getting caught? — Steve R.

A journalist can’t advise the governor on how to react to a crisis, even if the governor is his brother. But I wouldn’t call Chris Cuomo a journalist. He’s a partisan like everyone else on prime time cable news shows. And it’s a safe bet that in their many conversations Hannity (and others on the right) gave advice to President Trump, which would be another breach. But on cable news, the only crime is not sticking to the assigned party line and maximizing ratings.

[Regarding Monday’s column]: Yeah but what about the people in the media and society that do not see racism hardly anywhere? The ones that say because we elected a black President proves there is no more racism. Many of these police shootings of black people get coverage only because we speak up about it. In the Chicago case of Laquan McDonald. The officer finally was tried and went to jail. But the police sat on the case for over a year. Police do bad things and largely get the benefit of the doubt. It was also months before the case of Trayvon Martin got some attention and movement. How is that justice I ask you? And when we do raise the issue, here comes the Black on Black crime “Straw man argument”. I say straw man because white people kill white people but no one ever talks about that. It is a fact that people harm people in their own communities. I do not mind telling stories of black people doing bad. But when will there be stories of white people doing bad things. I am talking about stories that slant the in a way. To show that white people have and still do bad things. But no one wants to talk about that. Let me stop or I will be here all day. All I am really asking for is balance. There are unique problems in the white community too. — Douglas S.

The reason I bring up black on black crime, my friend, is because the conversation these days in the media and in the civil rights community is about rogue white cops killing unarmed black people. That, as I wrote, is a legitimate and important news story. But if we’re concerned about the relatively few white cops who use excessive force against black people, then we should also be concerned — and cover in the news — the far bigger problem of black men killing other black men. You’re right that crime usually stays within racial boundaries, meaning whites generally kill whites and blacks generally kill blacks. But as I’m sure you know black violent crime is disproportionate to the black population in this country. I wish it were not so, but it is.

I certainly agree the media is providing much more heat than light on racial matters here in America. It’s interesting to me that although Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the U.S., you just don’t get these kind of police brutality stories involving them. While I’m a big police supporter, I doubt bad acts are all against just one minority or even majority population. It seems to me Hispanics are kind of invisible to the media unless they’re doing a story on illegal immigration. Do you agree? Why would that be anyway? — John R.

Maybe, John, it’s because of our racial history that we focus more on police brutality — real or otherwise — when blacks are involved. Any use of excessive force against blacks conjures up the bad old days of flat out racism in America — and therefore makes for more “interesting” news.

With protests (some of them turning into riots) being a big topic in recent years, I found myself wondering something: Have you, Bernie Goldberg, ever participated in a protest/march for a certain cause? Or has your life-long career as journalist compelled you to never even consider it? — Ben G.

Never, Ben. Never demonstrated … never even considered it. A journalist can’t be an activist. I’m glad you asked.

So on Tuesday, the White House for the first time in history honored a career criminal. It was George Floyd day at the White House to mark the anniversary of his death at the hands of police. That ambulance chasing attorney, Benjamin Crump was front and center. I’m so sick and tired of hearing about George Floyd and his now $27 million richer family. This was a freaking criminal who was in and out of prison seven times, took part in the home invasion of a pregnant woman. As far as I’m concerned his death was, as Ebeneeze Scrooge would say, “eliminating the surplus population.” I would add the good for nothing surplus population. Adding to my outrage was seeing that the U.S. Embassy’s around the world flying the flag of the Marxist BLM Organization. Never thought there would come a day that I would see a U.S. Embassy flying a Marxist Organizations flag. GRRRRRRR 3 1/2 more years of this disgusting administration. — John M.

First let me say, John, that I wish you had something to say about the despicable cop who murdered George Floyd. That you didn’t say anything about that, honestly, makes me uncomfortable. What makes me even more uncomfortable is your comment about how his death simply is eliminating the surplus population. You don’t have to like George Floyd to detest the cop who murdered him. Yet you don’t seem to.

Let’s move on.

I wish we were at a point in America where we could say George Floyd was killed by a bad cop … but that said … George Floyd wasn’t a hero. He was a man, as you say, with a criminal record who had done some very bad things in his life. And for many black people and white liberals to turn him into some kind of saint, leaves me more sad than angry. It’s possible to hate the cop and not turn George Floyd into a hero.

Which host’s show have you most enjoyed being a guest on over the years (this can be a TV, radio or podcast host, and I won’t tell Bill O if it’s not him. haha)? — Albert B.

If I answer your question, Albert, I just might offend all the other hosts who I didn’t pick. So I’ll have to answer your question this way: Yes, I like being on with O’Reilly. And I liked being on with Tim Russert. And I liked being on with a few others. That’s the best you’re going to get out of me, Albert.

Earlier this week, wrestler/actor John Cena apologized to China for accurately referring to Taiwan as a country. He obviously did so in hopes of keeping the upset Chinese government from banning his new “Fast and Furious” movie, which is about to be released internationally.

From what I understand, you are an absolutely huge fan of both the “Fast and Furious” franchise and John Cena  (I’ve heard about the extensive Cena action-figure collection you keep in multiple display cabinets in your basement). Has Cena’s demonstration of cowardliness compelled you to re-evaluate your fandom, and perhaps throw in with Liam Neeson’s “old guy kicking ass” action films instead? — John D.

Let me tell you a Bernie/John Cena true story: He came over to the house for lunch during the height of COVID last year. I told him he had to wear a mask inside my house — at all times … even when eating. He refused.  So — as I say, true story — I kicked his ass and asked him, “Who’s your daddy, girly boy,” and he said — again, true story — “You are Bernie Goldberg, YOU ARE.” And then he started crying like a baby. It was embarrassing. So should it surprise you, John D or anyone else, that Cena wouldn’t stand up to China? Come on, man! That (Come on, man) was MY line and Biden plagiarized it. True story.

 


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