MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-July 2016 Edition

June 28, 2016

AN OUT-OF-TOUCH MEDIA CAN’T GET IN TOUCH— Ed Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid must be turning over in their graves at today’s ‘media’ trying to cover, in an unbiased way, the mud fight between Hillary and Don. Very few journalists/reporters/producers can be unbiased. It’s human nature to have feelings about people and issues that carry […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-June 2016 Edition

June 8, 2016

HE BORROWED IT FROM A WHITE ‘WRASSLER’— ”I am the Greatest”…”If You Talk Jive, You’ll Fall in Five”! On July 9, 1971, almost 3 months after he lost the heavyweight title to Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden, Muhammad Ali told my WIND radio audience how he perfected the in-your-face brashness that became his trademark. […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-May 2016 Edition

May 1, 2016

JUDGE PINS DENNY TO THE MAT— Fifteen months in prison…admitted sex offender…almost 40 years of keeping secrets about Denny Hastert’s ‘teaching techniques’ when he was the ‘rasslin’ coach at Yorkville, IL high. In this sordid case the words of federal judge Thomas Durkin say it all. “Nothing is more stunning than having the words ‘serial […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-April 2016 Edition

April 8, 2016

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE MESSAGE— Key to a good communicator are important messages supported by stories and examples that anyone with a college diploma to a high school dropout can understand. Fences along the Mexican border…throw the Muslims out…get rid of NAFTA and other trade ‘boondoggles’…make the one-percenters pay more into the American pot…etcetcetc? […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-March 2016 Edition

March 1, 2016

NATIONAL MEDIA ‘TOOTHLESS’ WITH PREZ CANDIDATES— Go ahead, blame the media for not pressing the Presidential candidates on issue ‘specifics’. You’d be right. Can’t count on one hand network big-shot reporters who have held any of the candidates’ feet to the fire. Guess they’re afraid of being branded too ‘aggressive’ if they don’t get an […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-January 2016 Edition

January 16, 2016

CHI TRIB TRUMPS EMANUEL— What do wannabe president Donald Trump and pleasebelieveme mayor Rahm Emanuel have in common? Tough to think that the word TRUTH is in their vocabularies. The Jan. 14 front-page Trib exposes Emanuel and his flock of flacks as twisters of the truth, withholders of public information and sleazy behind-the-scenes shape shifting […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-December 2015 Edition

December 6, 2015

IT’S SIMPLY BLACK AND WHITE AND CYNICAL— The Laquan McDonald execution and the furor it has finally raised is the latest chapter in the immense failure of City Hall and Cook County Democratic pols to demonstrate commitment rather than conversation. You know most of this brutal story already. October, 2014 cops corner a black man […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-November 2015 Edition

November 1, 2015

UNITED IS NOT TOO MEDIA FRIENDLY— United Airlines’ reputation for poor communications took another hit when CEO Oscar Munoz suffered a heart attack and its commo folks kept a tight lip about it even to its board of directors. Said one source “the board was stymied by a lack of information” about Munoz’ condition. So […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-October 2015 Edition

October 3, 2015

I AM ASKING FOR YOUR TRUST—Who has been watching VW and other global car/truck makers and fact-finding claims about auto emissions? Certainly not government regulators anywhere…certainly not the media anywhere. Some of the best-know auto writers are now admitting they were duped by diesel emission numbers and so-called defeat devices. Little known fact–in 1973 VW […]

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MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-September 2015 Edition

September 1, 2015

ONE NO-TRUMP CAN BE A WINNING OR LOSING BID—Is Donald Trump a blowhard or a cunningly clever seer of the times? The best communicators always have a message for their audiences. Trump does. The best communicators always flavor their messages with stories and examples. Trump does. The best communicators always target a key audience for […]

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