Bernie’s Q&A: Woodward & Bernstein, Roddy Piper, and more! (8/13) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Judging by the comments and questions you get, it seems like your readers are mostly Republicans? No problem with that but if that is true, I wonder why you don’t attract more Democrats being that I find you to be a balanced reporter? — Tony P.

It’s because in these hyper-partisan times most people don’t want balance — they want the views they already hold simply validated. That’s how cable news operates. Give the audience what it wants to hear. I’m not saying this to pander to my readers but I firmly believe they’re more than a cut above your typical subscriber to website that carries political comment. Even when they disagree with me (regarding Donald Trump, for instance) they’re civil and their comments are both reasonable and smart. But that’s the exception not the rule.

A lot can, and will, happen between now and November 2022. And in the end does it really matter whether Biden or a moderate (swamp) republican gets elected? Both sides continue down the same road of ever bigger and more intrusive and controlling government, albeit the republicans about 20-30 years behind the democrats. Just giving the people what they want! Also, is there a major media outlet that does not regularly, even without realizing it, shill for a particular political party, personality, or ideology? — Scott K.

Yes, Scott, it does really matter if a Democrat or what you call a “swamp” Republican gets elected. I get your point but if you care about limited government you’ve got a better chance with a Republican, even a moderate Republican. As for the media: I like the Wall Street Journal. I think the paper is fair. But generally speaking, news outlets cater to their paying customers — and that includes the New York Times, not only the obvious: cable news.

As a long-time observer of American news, sports and politics, is there anything that has surprised you lately? Or we are now entirely too predictable? — John R.

Very little surprises me anymore, John. If I see a conservative on cable TV praise a liberal or a liberal praise a conservative, I’ll be surprised. But generally speaking, I understand the business model: Give the audience what it wants to read and hear and hope they come back for more.

In the 1940s, the New York Times lost their credibility when exposed for the WWII Nazi extermination crime coverup. The power they wielded at the time was forgotten, and life went on. For many years, the liberal/conservative pendulum seemed to swing both ways. The “conspiracy theories” of nearly 30 years ago were either laughed at or shrugged away. It could never happen in America, the leader of the free world! We were too self-assured and confident that being liberal was normal societal progress. But changes crept in while we slept. Will what we see happening in today’s America wake up the sleeping giant within us enough to make a difference? — Sandy S.

We seem to be accepting more and more of what, not that long ago, would have been unacceptable. Not that long ago while we realized there were still some bigots among us — in a very big nation, there are bound to be — we didn’t accept the idea that America was fundamentally racist, that racism is embedded in just about every American institution. But now it’s widely accepted — even by corporate leaders who a decade or so ago would never have bought into this kind of thinking. Things will get back on track when enough of us have had enough. Radicals often go too far. They probably will again.

Excellent [piece on revisiting “Bias”]! I’m retired right now. (Thank God.) And, I am able to live off my retirement savings very well. I feel sorry for the people who have to work in this environment. I think that you probably don’t like Mark Levin, but I am reading his book, American Marxism, right now. And, a lot of what he says is on target also. I’m also going to use his game plan and that is to fight back (mainly through the WSJ blog), and start boycotting – no more movies, watching TV news or much TV at all. (I wish that I could get rid of it.) No more going to see woke prima donna sports stars who are making multi-millions, while trashing the country that provided them that opportunity, No more going to major cities except to go and quickly come back. No more traveling to states run by Democrats, e.g. California, Hawaii, NJ, NY, Connecticut, etc. (Sadly, I live in one, Illinois, and I’ve tried to get my wife to move to Wyoming or South Carolina or Tennessee but she likes it here, so I live in a town called “Libertyville”.) — Jerry G.

I’m with you about not supporting movies or TV shows or athletes whose views you don’t agree with. That’s up to you. But we differ on no more traveling to Blue States. I know somebody on the left who won’t visit Red States. How do you feel about that, my friend? Does that make sense to you? It doesn’t to me.

Bernie: “Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth” is never more evident than today in the language of the left. In that spirit, please power rank the following popular leftist lies: “The rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes.” “The greatest threat to our democracy is white supremacy.” “Women earn 72 cents on the dollar for performing the same jobs as men.” “Proposed voting laws are the new Jim Crow.” “Men can get pregnant and have babies.” — Steve R.

They’re all tied for first place as far as I’m concerned Steve. But a friend points out that many of the same people who are hammering the left for their BS remained silent during 4 years of Donald Trump’s BS. I’m not saying you’re one of those people — just passing along a respected friend’s thinking on the subject.

Sir Bernie, I’ve heard that back during the campaign of 2020 that a Biden/Harris campaign bus was passing through Texas when a caravan of Trump supporters surrounded the bus and tried to run it off the road. There seemed to be some facetious remarks made on the internet about the Trump caravan welcoming and “escorting” the bus through Texas, prompting Trump to say “I love Texas!” There are several videos on You Tube showing the caravan and one of the vehicles driving a bit erratically near the bus. It’s obvious that the Trump supporters were NOT welcoming and escorting the bus through Texas, that’s for certain. However I didn’t see any deliberate attempts to run it off the road either. Supposedly the San Antonio police were investigating the incident, but I never heard of any final decision on the matter. In the clips that I’ve seen, at worst it appears to be Trump supporters following the advice of Maxine Waters by being confrontational and letting the “other side know that they are not welcome here.” (I wonder how Auntie Maxine felt about Republicans taking her advice to fruition, but I digress). I just want to know if you know whether or not incident was ever proven to be inappropriate intimidation or harassment, OR an attempted criminal assault. What can you tell us about this incident? — “My Way Or The Highway” Regards from The Emperor

Like Sgt. Schultz … I know nothing. And just between us, a bit surprised that this matters to you — now.

I am the same age as you, Bernie. Growing up I heard the following over and over: there is no such thing as a free lunch; money doesn’t grow on trees; and finally, when I protested one of my parents dictates, the standard reply. Life’s not fair, get used to it. Today our government is doing it’s damnedest to prove these adages obsolete, much to our detriment I am afraid. When as a country, did we stray so far from our upbringing? — Douglas C.

It happened over time. The more society tolerated the more of what we tolerated we got. Like the frog in boiling water: By the time Froggie realizes what’s happening, it’s too late. But … when they go too far the pendulum might swing back. But no guarantees on that.

Care to predict for us how -BIAS- journalism will be 20 years from now? Is there any chance we will see a shift back towards center? Hmmm, How close to center was it ever in your mind?  — ScottyG

Twenty years is a long, long time — and my crystal ball doesn’t work that far out. So I have no way of knowing what bias will look like in 2041. Yes, there’s a chance reporting will shift to the center, presenting credible points of view from all sides. But there’s also a chance we’ll get even more opinion masquerading as fact. Get back to me in 20 years for an update.

I read with interest your look back at Bias and Slobbering Affair…. as one who’s been in the game for awhile does any of this resonate with you: Woodward & Bernstein became cult heroes when they broke Watergate. Arguably one of the “poster child” moments in investigative journalism. Underdog journalists brought down corrupt leaders, or so the story went. It seems to me something good went way wrong when investigative journalism transitioned into advocacy journalism (oxymoronic in my view) and all those who grew up wanting to emulate Woodward & Bernstein got swept up into a storm unleashed by the always present liberal bias of the media (under the cover of society “needs” us to deal with abuse of power). At the same time, Roger Ailes and friends saw not just a need to tell the other side of the story but to make a ton of dough in the process. Thus, the road to polarization was open for business and journalism as we once knew it is now essentially extinct, laying in repose right next to common sense, which died a painful death a few years ago. Your thoughts? — Paul M.

I like your analysis. Advocacy journalism brought a response from Ailes and his brand of advocacy journalism. And so the two sides went at it … and everyone soon realized that there’s a lot of money in dividing Americans — or as you correctly say: “the road to polarization was open for business.” Things can get better but only if the audience demands it and I don’t see that in the near future. The audience likes the polarized news they’re getting.

Bernie, have you ever had the chance to interview anyone in the WWE? I believe John Daly wrote an article on your site a while back about the “Roddy Piper Presidency” and I recall him mentioning that he was a fan of Roddy. I recently saw a biography on A&E about Roddy and several other pro wrestlers. The documentary about Roddy was interesting but also extremely sad. He apparently had a falling out with WWE over an interview he gave to Real Sports in which he correctly predicted that he would not live to the age of 65 because of the toll wrestling took on his body. The lifestyle for many pro wrestlers appears to follow an often tragic path that involves tremendous success followed by a tremendous downfall that in one way or another leads to a shortened life. I was curious to know if you’ve ever interviewed anyone at WWE and what your thoughts are about that industry. — Joe M.

At CBS I reported a story about how popular with the chic set professional wrestling had become. It wasn’t only for the blue collar crowd anymore. It had become hip. It was a fun piece. Later as you correctly say, Real Sports did a serious piece on the subject. In my story,  I remember interviewing a giant, nasty-looking hulk who supposedly was from Russia. His Engish was (supposedly) limited …  and I asked him, “What part of Cleveland are you from.” He simply replied, looking unamused … “Moscow.” I looked up at him, laughed, and walked away.

Rudy Giuliani has reportedly been struggling to pay his legal fees going back to the work he did for former President Donald Trump. He hasn’t received payment from Trump for the election lawsuits he filed on his behalf (Trump says it’s because the lawsuits failed), he’s been the target of multiple lawsuits himself (including over false claims he made about voting-system companies), and he’s also having to deal with a federal investigation into his dealings with Ukraine.

So, with times tough and money tight, Giuliani has started to do what any reasonable person in his position would do: sell personalized video messages from himself to anyone willing to pay $200.

My question: Since I have a couple hundred burning a hole in my pocket from that child tax credit check, what would you like Giuliani to say in the video message I’ll be ordering for you? — John D.

Here’s what I want Rudy to say for the $200: “Bernie, you were right. Anyone who gets too close to Donald Trump will regret it. I wish I had listened to you. You are such a wonderful, humble, decent, fair and modest human being. And make the check out to ‘Cash.’ I don’t want to report it to the government.”


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State of the Media 20 Years After ‘Bias’

Editor’s Note: From time to time over the course of the rest of the year, I’m going to publish columns about how journalism has changed since my first book came out 20 years ago. This is the first installment.

Twenty years ago I wrote my first book, Bias, about liberal bias in the mainstream news media.

I didn’t write the book as a conservative, mainly because I wasn’t. At the time I considered myself an old-fashioned liberal. Someone who believed in the free exchange of ideas, for example.

But I’m a conservative today — because over the years liberalism kept moving to the left, leaving me, and a lot of others, less than thrilled with what we were witnessing. Liberalism was becoming progressivism. It was becoming something I no longer wanted to be a part of.

I wrote the book simply as a journalist, one who as a correspondent at CBS News for 28 years noticed how unfair, how biased, news coverage could be – and how sanctimonious journalists could be.

My main point was that, contrary to what some conservatives believed, there was no conspiracy. Dan Rather, then the anchor of the CBS Evening News, didn’t summon his top lieutenants into a room where he doused the lights, lowered the shades, gave the secret handshake and salute, and said: “How can we screw those conservatives today?”

It simply did not happen that way. The problem was groupthink – too many like-minded people in the newsroom. And since those like-minded people were overwhelmingly liberal, the news was covered from a left of center perspective and the result was … liberal bias.

Liberals didn’t even see themselves as liberal, as hard as that is to believe. Rather, they saw themselves as … reasonable.

But as bad as it was 20 years ago, it’s far, far worse today.

Fairness and objectivity have been in the crosshairs for quite a while in a media world dominated by journalists who operate in a comfortable liberal elite bubble. Democrats more often than not got easier treatment from reporters than did Republicans.  A lot of journalists, as the title of my 2009 book indicated, had a slobbering love affair with Barack Obama.  Even a liberal like Chris Matthews acknowledged the obvious: that the media had turned Obama into “Saint Barack,” that he had been “deified.”

So putting a thumb on the scale for liberals was nothing new. But things changed, dramatically, when Donald Trump decided to run for president.

I have a theory. A lot of liberal journalists felt responsible for Donald Trump’s victory in 2016. They didn’t believe they were tough enough on him. How else to explain his victory? Did the American people really prefer such a vulgar, dishonest human to their candidate, Hillary Clinton?

Guilt is a great motivator. And so, when Donald Trump won, I believe, a lot of liberal journalists – many at the New York Times, the paper that sets the agenda for other news organizations, including the television networks — were determined to make up for what they saw as their role in such a travesty. That’s when the war on President Trump began. That’s when it went beyond bias.

Bias is something, to one degree or another that affects everybody. It’s part of the human condition. But journalistic bias is another matter. In a democracy we need to have confidence and trust in the mainstream media. We need to know that they don’t take sides.

But when journalists are accused of bias, the knee jerk response is something along the lines of, “We’re professionals. We don’t let our biases affect our work.”

If only it were true.  But, as I had written, there are guys who work the overnight shift at 7-11 and sell Marlboros to insomniacs who have more introspection that a lot of journalists.

Whenever journalists are called out for their biases, they tend to circle the wagons – and if they’re not saying they can set their biases aside and do their job, they’re busy blaming the accuser for being the one that’s really biased.

As a network news correspondent once told me – after being assured I would never identify him by name – “If arrogance were a crime, the jails would be filled with journalists.”

A conservative friend, who if it matters was a liberal back in the 1960s, has been telling me for some time that if leftists ever had the chance they’d stifle and even try to shut down speech and ideas they didn’t approve of.

He saw them as authoritarians, as Stalinists.

I thought he, and lots of other conservatives who shared that dark view were needlessly worried. Sure, liberals, like conservatives, had their biases … but shutting down ideas they didn’t like? That was a bridge too far for me.

Well, it turns out, the concern was well founded; it wasn’t right-wing paranoia.

The cancel culture overwhelmingly – though not entirely — is the work of those on the left. They’re the ones who have devised the modern day blacklists, which were once rightly despised by Hollywood liberals who lost their jobs and their livelihoods back in the 1950s because of their political beliefs. Now, they’re something the “enlightened” left has taken a liking to.

It’s as if progressives in America read George Orwell’s 1984 and missed the point. Instead of seeing it as a warning, they saw it as a guidebook on how to shut down “unapproved ideas.”

Editor’s Note: As I say, other columns on the current state of journalism will follow.

Bernie’s Q&A: The Cuomos, Trump, the Cancel Culture, and more! (8/6) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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It was reported last week (including by Fox News) that back in December, in reply to DOJ officials telling Trump that the election was in fact NOT rigged and that they wouldn’t (and couldn’t) do anything to change the results, Trump told them to “just SAY that the election was corrupt” and “leave the rest to me and the Republican Congressmen.”

None of this is surprising based on everything else he did, but it still blows my mind that no matter how much new info comes out about that period, none of it will change anyone’s mind about whether this guy abused his power and damaged the office so badly that he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the White House (again). If I remember right, you were against impeachment. Is there anything that could come out about Trump’s administration some day –maybe from the 1/6 investigation– that would make you change your mind about that? — Ben G.

First let me make clear that I am not one of those loyal Trump supporters who aren’t bothered by anything he does. The opposite is true. I’ve criticized him repeatedly. I understand that you’re asking about one specific position I held, about impeachment. My point was that he’s on his way out the door … do we really want another impeachment and the division it will bring to an already deeply polarized country? And I concluded, let him just leave and be done with it. Reasonable people may disagree. But again, for the record, I do believe he damaged the office of the president … but I want the voters to decide what comes next for him. I hope he stays in Palm Beach and also stays quiet.

Another ‘Neanderthal’ wrote a book claiming/proving that masks aren’t what Fauci and CDC told us (actually the opposite): What should done to these “Science” deniers that employ science to argue/prove a contrary position to government policies that NEVER provide scientific studies to justify the policies? At a minimum, Twitter should cancel them, right? — DonEstif

I can’t do justice to your question, Don. I don’t know enough about the book. But frankly I’m growing weary (and more confused by the day) of the “mask/no mask” debate. Sorry, Don, I’ll do better next time.

Now that the New York Attorney General has stated, as a matter of fact, that “Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women” and that he broke the law, do you think he’ll resign or do you think he’ll hang in there and fight for his job? Granted, I’m writing this on Tuesday and we may already have an answer by Friday. Either way, I’m guessing that brother Chris will again avoid covering this at all costs. — Marty B.

I don’t believe he’ll resign despite the massive pressure. But he may not last long, anyway. He may be impeached. As for his brother over at CNN: He should avoid covering the story. You can’t cover your brother.

[Regarding your Monday column on crime], a lot will also depend on what former President Trump and his most loyal supporters do. Like to the extent that they’ll try to influence primary elections for any GOP members of Congress they deem insufficiently loyal to him. The Democrats may be handing the GOP the issue of crime on a silver platter. But the Republicans can easily throw that advantage away if they keep obsessing about the 2020 elections. –HCI

I’ve written specifically about this and came to the same conclusion you came to.

Bernie, you speak of common sense [in your Monday column] and nothing these democrats do comes even close to resembling common sense. Begs the question, is common sense dead? I believe, among a large percentage of the population it is and that is a large and difficult problem. Nothing that you or anyone like Bill O’Reilly tell me will convince me that there wasn’t massive cheating in 2020. Begs another important question, what will stop them from employing this strategy again. Lets follow the logic here, rioting that is protesting, law enforcement that is deemed evil and racist, education (CRT) that espouses America as a bad, evil, racist country. I could go on. Do you really believe that there are any limits to the means these people would employ to achieve their desired end? I don’t, and it is a sobering thought. Yet we go along and tell ourselves that our votes can save the day. Hope so but I wouldn’t bet the farm on that one. –Thomas C.

If there’s nothing i say that will convince you that there wasn’t massive cheating in 2020 then I won’t waste my time and yours trying to convince you. But I find it more than a little interesting that you say common sense is dead … and then you go and (unintentionally, I’m sure) go ahead and prove how dead it is with your belief that Trump got robbed.

Bernie: A couple of months ago I sent you a question about the ethics of CNN’s Chris Cuomo advising in secret his brother Andrew regarding Andrew’s media and public response to the sexual harassment investigation. Now that the AG’s scathing report is in, and we have the perspective of some finality, I wanted to return to this issue. Does this change or color your opinion any of media members providing PR assistance on the side to the prominent politicians they cover? Is it different if this advice is to a family member? Is it also different now that we see Andrew was guilty of all that was alleged, like Chris was part of a cover-up? Finally, should Chris Cuomo at least be suspended by CNN, something he wasn’t when this was first revealed? — Steve R.

My opinion was and is this: Journalists should not offer PR assistance to politicians — whether they cover them or not. When Donald Trump called me and wanted my advice about whether he should run, I said I don’t give advice to people who are thinking of running. (He didn’t run that time around.) As for family members: If you’re going to give your brother political advice, then you can’t cover him — at all. You say, Steve that “now that we see Andrew was guilty of all that was alleged” … I don’t see that. I see only allegations in a report. Finally, should Chris Cuomo be suspended: Maybe, but making clear to the public what went on and making sure he doesn’t cover his brother the governor works for me. But if I weren’t in a generous mood, I’d come to a different conclusion.

Hunter Biden to me is the poster child for everything wrong with Washington. The surrounding Washington area has become some of the most expensive real estate in the country. And it’s all due to legal corruption. Hunter is not alone and many politicians have put family members in a position to suck off our hard earned tax dollar; on both sides of the aisle. I believe that this is the biggest reason so many Americans rate politicians so poorly. My brother is a retired engineer with several patents. He was paid one dollar for each one. I believe there needs to be a royalty system on income made during service and a period after. I am leaning towards term limits. And I believe we need laws restricting relatives in influencing positions. Any thoughts on your end how to clean it up? — Tim H.

Joe Biden should have told his son: Look, I’m running for president. Knock it off. If I lose, do what you want, so long as it’s legal. But if I win, it’s going to look like you were peddling influence.

Instead, he said his boy did nothing wrong.

As for royalties, I’m guessing the government figures you came up with whatever you came up with while working for us. We own the patent and all the revenue that flows from it. Not an unreasonable position. Not a generous one, either.

Ben & Jerry’s has decided to cease doing business with Israel because they disagree with the nation about the “occupied territories.” Many on the woke left are praising this decision. It’s a free country so Ben & Jerry’s can do business (or not) with any entities they want. Ron DeSantis is threatening to punish the parent company (IUnilever) by barring state pension funds holding investments in Unilever. I have mixed emotions about this.

On the one hand, I don’t think DeSantis should do this because Ben & Jerry’s has a right to operate their business as they see fit. However I can’t help grinning when I think of this: those same woke lefties got Chick-Fil-A banned from college campuses, they continue to harass and try to shut down Christian bakers who refuse to cater gay weddings because THEY disagree with gay marriage (just like Ben and Jerry’s disagrees with Israel), and let’s not forget how the woke lefties celebrated the decisions of Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball to punish the state of Georgia because said corporations wanted to protest Georgia’s voting laws.

Personally I prefer Thrifty and Baskin-Robbins over Ben & Jerry’s anyway, so it’s not like I’m costing them any business, but I’m curious——what are your thoughts on this whole situation, and which flavor and brand of ice cream do YOU prefer, Sir Bernie? — “Three Scoops Of Hypocrisy Covered In Whiney Woke Sauce with Sullen Sprinkles On Top” Regards from The Emperor

I don’t like the cancel culture no matter which side is doing the cancelling. Ben and Jerry can do whatever they want. I’m against punishing them for their decision — except for consumers who can punish them all they want. But is there hypocrisy? We know the answer to that. My fav ice cream flavor: Almost anything but strawberry. And I can’t believe the Emperor really gives a crap what my favorite flavor is. Am I right, Your Worship?

I feel sorry for Simone Biles on many levels, but especially because she was not able to compete after working so hard over the past five years in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics. It is too bad that she had to deal with her very difficult personal issues in a fishbowl for all the world to see. We tend to forget that Simone is only 24 years old. (As an aside do you ever think about the fact that we tend to see star athletes as much older and more mature than their actual ages simply because we see them on television all the time?)

The “mental health” issue seems to have dominated the news. In Simone’s case, the mental health characterization was adopted and then repeated incessantly although I am not sure it is the correct diagnosis of what Simone was dealing with (and no I am not a doctor). At the same time we have thousands of young girls (and others) who are trying to cope with mental health issues that affect their every day lives because of the coarseness and vileness that has become commonplace in our society as witnessed by cyber bullying and sundry other ways that they are demeaned, teased and shamed on a daily ongoing basis. The same is also true for thousands in the workplace (and schools) who have been bullied into silence or forced to forsake their values in order to keep jobs or protect their status at work or their grades. I would argue that these people too are dealing with their own mental health issues as they try to make sense of it all and live their lives. The difference is that no one seems to care about their suffering and illness, both of which arose because of overt intentional actions that were meant to harm them. Hopefully as Simone moves into the next phase of her life she can make a difference by actively taking steps to make this an issue of national concern. — Michael F.

Thanks for the commentary, Michael. We live in the United States of Entertainment (as I’ve said before) and so entertainers will get our attention a lot quicker than will “ordinary” Americans. Unfair perhaps but true.

I read an article the other day about Harry Truman, the 33rd president, who complained he was being ‘allowed to starve,’ but actually left the White House a very rich man. He was not truthful in how much he made on his autobiography. Lots of other facts were presented how he got richer than he ever let on from newly released materials. I didn’t read any bias one way or the other in the article, which is unusual nowadays. I clicked on the comments to see what others thought. What a shock. About 99.9 percent of them were bashing Donald Trump, who had nothing to do with it. Also, a friend, who is a photographer, posted on Facebook a photo of Rush Limbaugh’s grave stone that was put on his burial site. The vitriol in the comments to the photo was obscene. Does doing this make liberals feel better and more righteous about themselves? What can possibly be the point? What a sad situation we find ourselves in the current age where hatred is the norm. Do you see this changing any time soon? — Warren

I do not see this changing anytime soon, sorry to say. I think social media has encouraged this nastiness because the haters who post these comments are safely hiding in some dark corner of a basement. But as a friend of mine points out … while you’re right, “it ain’t just liberals” who are guilty.

[Regarding Wednesday’s “Off the Cuff,”] One only has to be alive long enough to notice the circular nature of political arguments. This pandering to criminals at the expense of their victims occurred widely in the 1960’s through the late 1980’s. I was alive to hear it. It seems to me that the fundamental issue is how human nature is evaluated. Those who believe that humans are basically good must blame bad behavior on something, so they will blame anything other than the perpetrator. Sometimes they will even blame the victim. On the other hand, those who believe that humans are basically selfish, needing guardrails and restraints built into the system to maintain lawful order, tend to place all of the eggs in the incarceration basket. Rather than broach the societal gorilla in the room, the breakdown of family structure which is particularly acute in the areas most affected by crime, they take the first step of getting the thugs off the street as the only step. This creates a revolving door of conundrum. To creatively misquote Ronald Reagan, “there we go again”. — Jesse B.

If the problem of no fathers in the house isn’t fixed, the crime problem won’t be fixed either. We need charismatic men to make that case. Instead we either get silence or blame put on society at large. But in the short run, I’d rather get the thugs off the street than feel sorry for them.

Former President Trump just released a statement on the US Womens’ Soccer Team taking Bronze in this year’s Olympics, saying that if the team “wasn’t woke, they would have won the Gold Medal instead of the Bronze.” He added, “Woke means you lose…”

This got me wondering… Do you think Trump lost the U.S. presidency, Senate, and House for the GOP because HE was too woke? If so, do you see this opening the door in 2024 for a Republican presidential primary candidate who’s less politically correct than Trump to take the party’s nomination? I don’t think Fred Phelps is alive anymore, but there’s this crazy old guy named Hank who lives at the end of my block. The back of his truck is covered with Infowars and confederate flag bumper-stickers, and he’s always yelling at people, and once called me “Fancy Boy”. He may fit the bill. Hank 2024? — John D.

Want some free advice? Don’t do anything that makes Hank angry, Fancy Boy. If I don’t see a question from you next week I’ll know you didn’t take my advice. I’m curious: Why did he call you Fancy Boy? Were you wearing a clean t-shirt that day? Or pants? Hank in 2024 sounds like a crazy idea to me. Which is why we (you!) should try to make it happen, Fancy Boy. I root for CRAZY!


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Bernie’s Q&A: Simone Biles, FNC Hosts Mocking Cops, Ashli Babbitt, and more! (7/30) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Bernie, now that the Summer Olympics are finally kicking off, I am reminded of the opening scenes of your documentary, Do You Believe in Miracles. During the first few moments, the audience is told of how the events leading up to the 1980 Olympics made Americans wonder if the country had begun to lose its way or lost its edge. I see a lot of parallels between what happened before that Olympics and what is happening today. In the last twenty years we have gone through the pains and horrors of 9/11, market crashes, recessions, racial and political riots, an unstable job market, withdraw (some may argue defeat) in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and an utterly chaotic and disorganized response to COVID-19. Back then, sports was the perfect unifier, and that Olympics made people proud to fly the flag. I do not think sports unify us any more and I do not have any faith that our Olympians will give us the same kind of pride our hockey team gave us in 1980. I believe our athletes will only further remind us of how “America has lost its way” by protesting and turning their backs to the flag. Do you agree and do you think any teams, person, or event, inside or outside sports can help us regain our lost pride? — Joe M.

In 1980 it wasn’t the culture so much that was the problem. It was stagflation, gas lines, interest rates and the like. We weren’t polarized then as we are now. That said, I’m with you on your analysis of how sports is no longer a unifying force in America. And if athletes turn their back on the flag, that will only divide us more. As for who can help us regain our lost pride: No name comes to mind … and that’s because we’re so divided that anyone the right likes the left will not like and the other way around.

Bernie, if you like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, which I like also, you should check out the version by Lorrie Morgan. Absolutely beautiful rendition. — Bob K.

Just listened to it, Bob. Very nice. But (for me) the song “belongs” to the Shirelles.

I guess you can consider my entry this week “Bernie’s Q&A: Olympic Edition.” TV ratings are way down – How much of this is due to lack of crowds (no atmosphere), the strange off-year pandemic delay, or 1/2 the country being tired and put off by athlete protests? A related question – What is the proper venue for free political expression by an athlete, and what goes too far?: out-of-uniform (civilian) press conference, press conference while wearing the U.S. Olympic uniform, pre-game kneeling, fist in the air while on the medal stand? Final serious question – Will we ever see an athlete protest in favor of traditional marriage, pro-life or pro-2nd Amendment? Talk about a profile in courage. — Steve R.

I think the ratings are now because there are no fans and therefore less excitement, less drama. Also the time difference factors in. By the time I watched the USA-France basketball game on TV I knew who won. But I think there’s a possibility that it’s also what you say — that fans are put off by athlete protests. We used to watch the Olympics to root for America. Fewer people are rooting for America these days — and that might very well translate into crummy ratings for the Games.

I think athletes can say what they want away from the medal stand. If they’re asked a question at a news conference, I think they should be allowed to give their opinion — even if many of us don’t like that opinion. In 1968 when John Carlos and Tommy Smith raised their gloved fists, I didn’t object. Because in 1968 there was a lot of racism in America.  Let’s just say that despite what the woke crowd believes, America in 2021 is not the 1968 America. So I’m against raised fists on the medal stand at this year’s Games.

Frankly, I don’t want to see athletes protesting in favor of the things you mention, either. Do it someplace else at some other time. But I get your point, Steve.

Bernie, in a perfect world, you were just voted the most popular reporter in America and won the chance to get a seat on either Richard Branson’s space plane or Jeffrey Bezos’ rocket on the next scheduled trip. If so, would you go and which vehicle would you choose? Also, would you ask any Bernie Goldberg type of questions of either billionaire during the flight? Thank you and I look forward to the answers for this hypothetical scenario. — Patrick M.

What? You mean I wasn’t voted the most popular reporter in America?

If offered a ride in a rocket ship to the edge of space I would decline — especially if the Yankees were playing and didn’t stink up the place as they’re now doing. As for my question to the billionaire whose space ship I was on: What the F am I doing here — and why did you let me on this thing?

Wokeism is proving Einstein’s brilliant axiom of the two infinites everyday. I need to check my Prime and Netflix accounts to see if the best baseball movie of all time, “Major League,” has been excommunicated. Of course, that movie focused on the Cleveland Indians, but now that team name (100+ yrs) is offensive to woke beings, but not necessarily to Native Americans. And again, the now Cleveland “Crosswalk” Guardians are even less inspiring than they were at the outset of the movie. This is an organization that all should take a knee to (preferably in it’s groin), and the Crosswalk Guardians along with the Washington Spineless football team should change the last line of the anthem to “. . . the land of the kinda free, and the home of the inane.” This is embarrassing and has got to stop, we are deep in that proverbial absence of reason. — DonEstif

I can’t top your take on this Don. Very nice! But before I go, let me say this: What’s wrong with the word “Indians”? It’s not a slur. And the team got the name because its star player was an American Indian from a tribe in Maine. Does anybody know THAT? The team was paying him a tribute. What’s next? The Braves? The Chiefs? The Vikings?  I can’t wait until these idiots go so far over the line that even liberals scream “ENOUGH!”

Recently a certain Monsignor Burrill, a rather high ranking member of the USCCB (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops) did not one but TWO very newsworthy things. First he was instrumental in recommending that Catholic President Joe Biden be denied receiving Holy Communion because of his pro-choice stance on abortion, which of course the Catholic Church opposes. The second thing that put Msgr. Burrill In The news was his resignation of his position after it was revealed that he not only made regular visits to gay bars but also was a regular patron of a gay hookup app called GRINDR. I should emphasize that there are no allegations of sex with minors, so he hasn’t been accused of any crimes, however he DID break Canon Law. Whatever anyone here thinks of Canon Law is irrelevant; what IS relevant is the fact that a BIG F—ING RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITE directly went against Jesus’ teachings about casting stones at other sinners and got exposed and called out on it, much to the JUSTIFIED DELIGHT of many on the left. Now in the interest of full disclosure, I am a practicing Cafeteria Catholic myself with my own sins to worry about. Here’s what I want to know from you, Sir Bernie:

We’ve always had religious and secular hypocrites, but currently the hypocrites are especially vulnerable in this day and age of social media, a 24/7 news cycle full of attack dogs just waiting to rip apart people they don’t like, and available technology that opens us up to all sorts of opportunities for “adventure” as well as the high risk of exposure (hello Jeffrey Toobin). WHY would a prominent religious leader who KNOWS that he could easily be exposed and have his reputation and career destroyed overnight be so damn eager to condemn another individual’s reputation and religious life, especially when it‘s another public figure with a lot of mainstream media support? Are conservative religious figures in the public eye that F—-ING DUMB!? Finally, have you yourself in your religious worship at the temple or synagogue ever called out bad behavior from one of the rabbis or other religious leaders, and how did that turn out? Your comments are always anticipated. — “Hypocritical Stone Casting” Regards from The Emperor

No question the Monsignor was on thin ice when he started condemning anti-Catholic doctrine while he was busy participating in anti-Catholic doctrine. I guess he never heard of social media.

As for my personal story: I called out Moses once, a long time ago I forget exactly what my beef was but it had something to do with one of the commandments. As I recall, Mo said, “You make a good point, Bernie … now shut the ___ up!

If I quit watching “The News” am I not also looking out for my mental health? As for today’s blossoming athletes, is this recent phenomenon of them letting off the gas when things get to be too stressful and their fame and fortune get too much for them a legit mental health concern or is it possibly a result of left leaning trophy participation parenting? Did Roger Maris quit in 1961 when he was losing his hair chasing down The Babe? Should he have? — ScottyG

I don’t want to play down the reality of mental health issues … but … there’s something about this Simone Biles story that’s troubling me. I keep wondering if she dropped out because she thought she might lose. I’m not saying that’s the case, only that it crossed my mind. I’m with you, Scotty: Generally speaking, I think athletes were tougher in years gone by. But I don’t know what’s going on in Ms. Biles head. Hope this makes sense to you.

Bernie, let’s say you are right, and people will turn against Biden and the Democrats next election. With Trump and the Trump mindset so dominate on the right, what or who does the right have to offer? I do not see these voters wanting more of Trump or his blind followers in power again either. — Douglas S.

Whoever the GOP offers us, he or she will have to walk a tightrope. They’ll have to appease the loyalists who still love Trump but not so much that they turn off the moderates. This won’t be easy. Trump can do Republicans a great big favor if he just gets lost and doesn’t open his mouth — ever again.

Hi Bernie, I would love to get your take on the Simone Biles situation. The high school version of me thinks she let her team down. The adult version of me, who had his own mental health challenge with depression, thinks she made the right choice. Thank You! — Hendrick G.

I talked about this earlier in this Q & A. It’s a tough one. If she’s genuinely depressed … she has to look out for her well-being. But maybe she should have thought of this before she went to Tokyo. If she didn’t think she could handle the pressure, don’t even try. But maybe this problem just surfaced. Or maybe, as I said earlier, she was afraid she’d lose and didn’t want that to happen, so she dropped out. I just don’t know.

I am curious to hear your assessment of Simone Biles’ exit from the Olympics. My wife and I had a spirited discussion about this. While I am a huge fan of balance in work/life and self care (I am a physician and truly do understand stress and managing your mental health), I think elite athletes are set apart from the slew of great athletes out there by the ability to withstand the mental pressure of the spotlight; however, she thinks the pressures athletes such as Biles and Naomi Osaka are under and their forthrightness to explain the toll it takes mentally, along with publicly leaving competition is courageous and virtuous. What say you? Man in the Arena, a la Theodore Roosevelt or Balance in All Things, a la the Greeks? — Peter S.

Check out my earlier answers, Peter. But let me comment on one specific word you used: Courageous. If she needed to drop out for mental health reasons, okay. But whatever that is, it’s a stretch (for me) to call it courageous. She’s suffering no consequences and only a little blowback for what she did. And interestingly, this — like everything else in our culture — breaks down along partisan lines. Liberals praise her … some conservatives question her toughness. I’m pretty sure of this though: If Tom Brady said he couldn’t play the second half of the Super Bowl because he couldn’t handle the pressure, he’d be treated a lot differently than Ms. Biles. Is that because he’s a man and we expect toughness? It can’t be because what she does is more dangerous than what he does. Right? So I’m answering your question with several of my own. Best I can do, Doc.

In regard to Daly’s column this week, it doesn’t surprise me that Fox News people have been mocking and trying to discredit the two Republicans on Pelosi’s January 6th investigation committee. I must admit though that I WAS surprised that those same people mocked and tried to discredit the 4 DC police officers who testified on Tuesday. One of those cops nearly died on 1/6 (heart attack and brain injury), and Carlson and Ingraham mocked him for saying that the experience left him with psychological trauma? So much for “Back the Blue” I guess. — Jen R.

Hey Jen. What gets me is that Carlson and Ingraham knock anybody who doesn’t support the police. Except they don’t “back the blue” when the police are saying things that the Fox audience doesn’t want to hear. Hypocritical doesn’t begin to explain it. Pathetic comes a lot closer.

Bernie, What are you thoughts on some people on the right — including Trump — trying to turn Ashli Babbitt (the woman who was shot and killed by a police officer as she broke through a barricaded door at the Capitol on 1/6) into a martyr, and even a murder victim? To me, this is similar to how many on the left tried (to some degree of success) to make Michael Brown a martyr after he was killed by the police officer he was attacking. — Ben G.

Interesting analogy, Ben … except Michael Brown had hit the cop and tried to wrestle his gun away. Big difference between that and Ashli Babbitt. Let me be clear: She had no business being where she was when she got shot. But the same people who want to know everything about a white cop who shoots an unarmed black man, have shown little to no interest in who the cop who shot her is, why he did it, or anything else about him. I don’t want to turn Ms. Babbitt into a martyr … but I do want to know more about the officer’s reason for shooting her — and if reasonable people would conclude it was a legitimate shooting.

I have given the CDC the benefit of the doubt a number of times during this pandemic but I’ve lost faith in their ability to properly message and guide the public. They’re now saying that even vaccinated people should go back to wearing masks indoors, and the science just doesn’t defend such guidance. I’m as frustrated as anyone (angry is the better word) that anti-vax people have prolonged the health crisis, but what the CDC is now saying is that vaccinated people should put on masks to protect the people who refuse to get vaccinated. This is backwards! Your thoughts? — Gerald M.

My thoughts, Gerald, are pretty much the same as yours. And let me go out on a limb and state this for the record: If people choose not to get vaccinated that’s their decision. But I don’t want to wear masks for the rest of my life because they don’t want to get the vaccine. I don’t want to spread the virus to them but that’s their problem not mine. If that sounds cold, sorry, but I don’t think I’m alone on this. I understand that some people for medical reasons (and some for religious reasons) can’t or won’t get the shot. I’m not talking about them. But to everyone else who has chosen not to get vaccinated: Do what you want but don’t expect me to alter my life to keep you safe.

Bernie, Legendary singer/songwriter David Crosby made headlines the other day when he said that Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch should be “taken out and shot.”

My question: Were you as surprised as I was to learn that Crosby is still alive? I totally thought he passed away like 6 or 7 years ago. — John D.

Interesting that liberals who hate guns want someone they disagree with “taken out and shot.” Talk about “Cancel Culture.” Crosby is taking it to an extreme, don’t you think? I liked David Crosby better before he changed his name. Used to be Bing. I bet you didn’t know that.


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I just read an opinion piece in Politico by Jeff Greenfield titled, “The Democrats Need A Reality Check”. Greenfield is pretty open about being a partisan Democrat who wants the Dems to win both at the polls and in policy, but thinks propping up Biden as an advocate for FDR/LBJ transformative politics is a ridiculously losing proposition. Greenfield finds Biden and Congress have no mandate for such extremism. I found myself agreeing with some of Greenfield’s analysis but not some others – a perfect combo platter of opinion journalism that we need more of. I had two thoughts and wanted to get yours: I wish we could see more pieces like this from both sides – partisan analysis that is open, objective and realistic. I also remember Jeff Greenfield from his days as a Nightline and ABC News “objective reporter”. Isn’t it interesting that he, Sam Donaldson, etc. who used to masquerade as neutral journalists feel that it’s entirely safe now to wade into the waters of an openly liberal viewpoint? — Steve R.

Greenfield was covering media for ABC News yet I can’t remember him ever doing a story about liberal bias in the news.  so how objective was he even back then? On the broader subject, I have no problem with reporters who holds liberal or conservative views — but keep them private while reporting the news. If they want to openly express political opinions when they’re no longer hard news journalists, I’m good with that. I was a reporter for quite a while and don’t think my biases slipped into my stories. Now I’m a commentator and everybody knows where I stand.

Hi Bernie, I trust you are well. I’m writing to suggest that you read Andrew Sullivan’s latest work (on Substack) entitled “What happened to you?” It’s an excellent, full, deep, sophisticated, cogent, repudiation of the current woke culture, critical race theory and the proponents of these political theories/movements. I’d love to hear your reaction. — Andrew M.

I read it. All of it. And there was a lot to read. In fact, I’m quoting from it in an upcoming column. Sullivan is an old fashioned liberal — one who, for example, believes in free speech. The radical leftists in the Democratic Party have trashed traditional liberalism. Sullivan nails it. I hope you think I do too in my upcoming column.

So it appears Hunter Biden, seemingly overnight, has become Picasso esque painter. His paintings are offered for sale reportedly for between 75 and 500K ! What we will not know is who purchases them. Daddy in the WH has determined that no purchaser is to be known/named publicly. Why is that? I’ll tell ya, the Bidens have really bought in to “we’re untouchable”. And why not, who has pushed back at them, actually investigated them? So they have no problem doing things like this in plain view. You’ll never convince me that the Biden’s potentially aren’t one of the most corrupt political families in history. Oh yeah, and I thought Daddy was not aware of the business opportunities Hunter was involved in. –John M.

Let’s see if I have this right: The White House wants to make sure no one is buying Hunter Biden’s art in order to, at the same time, purchase accessibility to the president. So how do they do this? By not telling us who’s buying the paintings. This raises a question: HUH?

I grew up in Ohio. After college and grad school, I lived and worked in Japan (18 years) and Singapore (9 years). I now live in Arizona after a short stint in San Francisco (1 year) and NYC (2 years). My wife is Japanese and my son is half US/Japanese. Whenever I hear people claim that the US is “the greatest county on the earth”, it gives me pause. If I were to ask my wife, she would say Japan. If I were to ask my son, he may not answer. While I think the US gives a lot more opportunities, Japan and Singapore has a lot more safety and stability. I’ve had fun and enjoyed my life in all three countries. So if I were asked if the US is the greatest country, I can only respond it is one of many. Am I somehow not a patriot for answering this way? Our even if asked “are you proud to be an American?” While the US has done a lot of great things, it’s also has done many bad things. To me, all I can say is that I am happy and fortunate to be an American, the only thing I’m proud of is my son. Is that wrong? Maybe a good question for your Friday column. — Tony P.

Your patriotism is not in question — not from me anyway, Tony. But you say Japan and Singapore have more safety and stability. Japan is not a melting pot. It’s a homogenous society. We welcome people from all over the world. That may create a certain instability. As for Singapore, I went there to report how restrictive things are. Sure there’s more safety — because if you step out of line — even a little — you just might get arrested. You’re entitled to feel uneasy when someone says America is the greatest country on earth. But I hope we can agree that America gives its people more opportunity than just about anyplace else. That’s why so many people want to come here. And so few want to leave. But hey, it’s a free country. Feel free to believe whatever you want.

What are your thoughts on Ron DeSantis forbidding private companies in Florida from requiring proof of the COVID-19 vaccination from their customers? Norwegian Cruise Lines is currently suing the state, arguing that they can’t safely resume operations (in an industry that was hit especially hard by the pandemic) without ensuring passengers and their crews are vaccinated. They have a point, and it’s pretty strange to me that a Republican governor is imposing this level of government intervention on private businesses. A few years ago Republicans would have been standing up for the rights of the company, like they did the Colorado cake-baker. — Ben G.

You make a strong point about how it’s strange that a GOP governor is intervening in private business as DeSantis is. When Democrats get political and try to tell people how to run their businesses, conservatives holler. Whether it’s a good idea to require proof of the vaccination is a secondary matter. It may in fact be a good idea. But this is political in that, by and large it’s the right that’s complaining about “mandatory” vaccines. Is anything free of politics? Even baseball isn’t.

Bernie, Great evidence that fact is indeed stranger than fiction. That fact that Hunter Biden can nonchalantly turn to art as a money making scheme is a sad commentary on our media’s uselessness. If his last name where Trump, his escapades would be the stuff of outrage and vitriol. I can barely look at the guy quite frankly. — Thomas C.

Sure, the mainstream media would be going nuts if his name were Hunter Trump. No question about that. But you have to give Hunter credit: He’s figured out how to make money — with very little talent.

The good people of Cuba are rebelling against the Marxist tyrants, demanding freedom and basic civil rights, all the while carrying those symbols of systemic racism and white supremacy known as the AMERICAN FLAGS during the protests (cue the left wing pearl clutching)! Okay so the Biden Administration is spinning this as a protest inspired by Covid. Funny but with that free government healthcare in Cuba that genius Michael Moore brags about, I’m shocked…but I digress.

I’m NOT hearing any opinions about the current revolution in Cuba from Bernie Sanders, AOC (and the rest of the SQUIDS), Ta’Nahesi Coates or BLM leaders or ANTIFA. I find that odd since these folks had a lot to say about the affairs of Israel and Palestine, but again…I digress. I know I’m asking you to speculate here, but I’d really like to know your thoughts on why you believe these normally vociferous and opinionated people are being so quiet about such big news, and do you think that they are angry and upset about the rebellion, since it pretty much debunks THEIR Marxist vision of what they want the U. S. to be? — “VIVA LA REVOLUCION” Regards from The Emperor

Those pesky Cuban protestors are putting the American woke left in a bad spot. If the demonstrations were happening in a right wing dictatorship the progressive left would have plenty to say. You wouldn’t be able to shut them up. But this is happening in the dictatorship they’ve been praising for decades. How inconvenient. Reasonable people know that the hard left’s refusal to flat out condemn the Cuban communist dictatorship makes them look hypocritical. Good. Maybe they’ll lose some credibility along the way.

All true [regarding your “Off the Cuff” on Hunter Biden], but this joins the long list of nothing new under the sun. Neil Bush (son of George H. W. Bush) was put on the board of directors for the Silverado Savings and Loan. Why you don’t ask? Because his father was President. Heck go back further to Billy Carter, Jimmy’s brother. Remember those loans Billy got from Saudi Arabia? Have you ever gotten a loan from Saudi Arabia? Everybody does it is no defense, but alas everybody in power does do it. Nice to have it pointed out, but this is a non-partisan moral deficit in our country. — John R.


I’m curious if any of your (former) Real Sports colleagues have reached out to you since leaving the show to talk about your departure. — Darrin S.

When my resignation letter circulated, I received notes from some producers and two on-air reporters. Gumbel had already sent me a note. Let’s just say the ones who didn’t say, “Sorry to see you go” probably weren’t sorry to see me go. Fine with me.

On Wednesday, former president Donald Trump sent out an email to supporters in which he praised Jesse Watters’ new book. That praise, however, was quickly discovered to have been copied and pasted directly from the publisher’s description of the book on

My questions:

  1. Which of these three things is harder to believe: that Trump actually read the book, that Watters actually wrote the book, or that anyone who’s bought the book will actually read it?
  2. Being that Watters served for 5 years as one of Trump’s most embarrassing media sycophants, don’t you think he deserved more from the former president than essentially a photo-copy of the back of his own book?
  3. Do you think that Trump would still be president today if he had spent all of those hours on Twitter tweeting Amazon product descriptions instead of angry nonsense?

Thanks. — John D.

Coming from you, John D, these are surprisingly good questions.

  1. I don’t believe Trump’s actually read the book. Nor do I believe that Watters wrote the book without massive help. I do think anyone who would actually buy a book by a lightweight like Jesse Watters might actually read it. Hardest to believe? One and two are tied.
  2. For all the ass-kissing Watters did, of course he deserved more from Donald Trump than a fake review. But anyone who expects Donald Trump to care about them enough to actually write a real review is delusional.
  3. Maybe.


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