MEDIASTRAIGHTalk-April 2014 Edition

April 29, 2014

BANNED, FINED BUT NOT (yet) SELLINGThe NBA has banned for life and fined Donald Sterling $2.5 million for taped racist comments made by the billionaire owner to his girl friend. Not everyone has jumped into this one loudly ranting. Measured comments from Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban: “What Donald said was abhorrent. I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope. “ Cuban, in an ESPN story, said he was concerned about an arbitrary line being set for forcing people out of the league because of controversial beliefs that could be considered offensive. “In this country, people are allowed to be morons, “ Cuban said. “They’re allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts.” Sterling was on the verge of getting a second Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP when his ‘lips sank ships’. Must have liked his financial contributions and community programs over the years. One of the really rare times when Reality and Perception shake each others hand.

CNN DELIVERS CHICAGO CROCKUMENTARYIf you need another reason to laugh out loud at the media, how about Ted Turner’s old newsy network cozying up to Rahm Emanuel and his PR flacks for a multi-episode doc about the “star” who runs Chicago. City Hall should have been given major closing credits for writing and producing most of the drivel that revealed, among other things, that crime runs rampant in many parts of the city, the teachers union (and its president) can’t stand Rahm and that this Mayor loves grand-standing. Congrats to the Trib for serving up more than 700 e-mails between CNN producers and City Hall PR flacks showing readers what a contrived ‘production’ Chicagoland was. Be careful what you wish for…

PAY NO TAXES AND EARN A BONUSIf you work for the IRS, that is. Almost $3 million in bonuses handed out to employees with discipline issues. More than $1 mil to those who didn’t pay their fed tax. A fed watchdog group says 1150 IRSers got bonu$es within a year of proved tax compliance problems. The old adage: Listen to what I say not what I do!

GM LOVES FINGER-POINTINGAfter millions of recalls which will cost GM billions in civil suits and faulty ignition switch repairs, the new CEO, Mary Barra, “early-retired” the Veep of Global Engineering, put two other engineers on leave and let go the senior VP of Global HR and senior VP of Global Communications and Public Policy. Congress thinks there’s been a GM ‘coverup’. One wag suggested Ms Barra’s contrition-without-admission won’t stand the test of time. It took Mary’s colleagues more than a decade and fatalities to recall cars. Maybe this is one BIG biz where the ‘buck doesn’t stop anywhere’.

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