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 answer and reload and reload. Trump runs over reporters and Clinton brushes questions aside. Other than a brick fence that “Mexico is going to pay for”…what else do we know about immigration reform from the donkeys and elephants? More good-paying jobs…growing the middle class…more expansive vocational education for those who don’t want to go to college…really helping black and hispanic kids grow up with a chance to succeed. Anything close to specifics from these wannabees? The future of our kids, grand kids and beyond might be in the hands of a guy who doesn’t know anything about the Ku Klux Klan and then blames his moronic answer on a bad TV ear-piece or a woman very few believe because she seems rarely to speak with straight tongue.

Today’s media is as light as a cork–asking very few tough questions and settling for celebrity and easy pickins’video. Where are the Cronkites, Sevareids and Murrows when we need them?

TURNABOUT MAY BE FAIR PLAY UNLESS— Democrats want President Obama to name a new Supreme Court justice to succeed Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans say “don’t waste your time.”
Dems say the Constitution demands a successor NOW. Republicans respond ‘not on Obama’s watch’.
A minimum amount of homework will show that the President supported a Senate filibuster against Justice Samuel Alioto in 2006 when Obama was a senator. Veep Joe Biden , in 1992, said a potential vacancy on the big court should wait until after the election to come. Joe was a Delaware senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2016 Pres. Obama says he “gets the politics of it.”

He who has the gold makes the rules. The modern day political twist on a dialogue that seems to have no end.

YANKEES WANT PLAYERS TO ACT GROWN UP— After Carolina QB Cam Newton mentally disintegrated at the post Super Bowl news conference and walked out…the New York Yankees decided to act. They are showing their players at spring training the right way and wrong way to deal with defeat when talking to the media. Doing it ‘well’ may be filled with sports cliches and tripe but, occasionally, an athlete will go off script and give the reporter and the audience a glimpse at a jock with substance.

Maybe it’s time to eliminate the “what was going through your head?” type of questions altogether? Solid prep would cure that.

‘SO’ IS THE LAZY WAY TO BEGIN A THOUGHT IN 2016— I guess the word is so annoying at the beginning of a sentence. So why is it used there so often these days? Seems to be the lazy person’s way of ‘buying’ a second or two to collect her/his thoughts before launching into conversation. Guess educators are spending less time these days teaching proper English usage (which includes c u r s i v e).

Would you agree? So what else is new?

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