Ain’t no woke in that stroke. Snowflake meltdown in 3-2-1…
Ever since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, much of the news media universe has pounded him. And he hates them back.
He brings it on himself.
Trump is rude, arrogant, thoughtless, narcissistic, and ill-tempered. He uses Twitter to insult political enemies and even some private citizens with whom he disagrees.
Certain media people are rude, arrogant, thoughtless, narcissistic, and ill-tempered. But they’re not the president. That’s the difference.
Trump’s war with media has been his biggest conundrum and an odd victory for his supporters. With the President of the United States constantly declaring any criticism as “fake news,” it has weakened the overall perception of the media business even if it has bolstered the subscription rates and TV ratings of the some obviously liberal outlets. That’s a short term gain juxtaposed with a long term business meltdown.
Media egos are bruised. Jon Stewart nailed it in a CNN interview where he described Trump’s ability to deflect attention from real issues by hurting media members’ feelings. Forget issues, “it’s all about the fight.”
The pure-hearted, noble, nonpartisan media was angered by Jon Stewart’s assessment of their fragility. Remember too that Stewart was an actual fake newsman that millions of TV viewing idiots considered their primary nightly news source.
Let’s get honest. The massive majority of American media is liberal. People want to argue with me about how impartial and objective their reporting is but the proof is in their work.
What determines if something is a story in the first place? News gatherers, particularly those in charge, do the story selection.
All humans are biased because all humans have their own frame of reference. Training and education shine a light on impartiality but human nature overrides everything. News decisions are ultimately based on personal intentions.
There is no math in journalism. Engineers and scientists fail if their math doesn’t add up. Journalists instinctively wade through feelings to come to their conclusions. There is no math chart for feelings. They are interpreted individually.
Biased human beings pick the stories and biased human beings sidestep other stories that they feel are unworthy of illumination. These same biased people also select story placement…is it a LEAD story, a website header, or BREAKING news? Potential interview subjects with whom the journalists disagree may not be woven into the narrative.
In a city the size of Louisville, there are hundreds of gatherings of people in small groups to, say, volunteer at the mission, help the homeless, and clusters that create some type of problem (vandalism, shoplifting, selling drugs).
But most media companies will fill airtime by repeatedly running to one loudmouth politician or fame ho who constantly pitches some singular issue that the news manager agrees with. Forget highlighting the community helpers, let’s go talk to Billy Blowhorn one more time about how his neighborhood suffers from airplane noise.
We’re DOING THINGS! Not REPORTING THINGS, we are DOING THINGS! We are THE MEDIA! Hooray for us!
Just ignore that we cherrypick our pet projects. How many other news topics could have been covered if not for human deflection of potential stories? That’s where Trump gets his Fake News fuel.
It’s not Fake News. It’s just skewed news.
Media companies undoubtedly cover compelling stories that improve cities, help distressed people, and force changes for the betterment of all. That’s a column for another day.
This post addresses how media gets pulled into Trump’s spin cycle and stupidly fights instead of reporting. We have not seen this level of media vs. incumbent acrimony since Nixon.
Does this font size scream “fair & balanced” or “we hate this jackass and can’t wait until he’s out!” What’s old is new again.
I’ve worked in media outlets for four decades. There are lots more Democrats than Republicans in positions of influence. So instead of keying in on these hysteria-powered Trump days, let’s go back in time to compare media coverage of previous administrations.
Here’s some long form math: Go online and search media coverage of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter. That’s 40+ years of newspaper front pages, nightly TV news, late night comics, pop culture references in music and TV shows, animated commentary, and magazine covers regarding these presidents and their administrations.
Clips from TV shows, musicians, LeBron, late night comedians, and actors are inserted into news shows, giving cover to the news managers who’ll say, “Not my words, just the words of this popular person.”
Bruce Springsteen charged you $300 to go to his concert but he spent 25 minutes railing on Trump. That’s the clip on the next day’s news. Instead of Born to Run we get Born to Rant. Another slanted message embedded into the skew. Mission accomplished.
Even without a first research click, you already know how this collection of news items will lean. So just stop with the notion of impartial coverage in the vast media universe. The only reason Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are so popular is because they are representative of the few conservative gladiators in a colosseum filled with liberal media counterparts all waving THUMBS DOWN!
Any time Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity is mentioned in the so-called mainstream media, they are labeled as a conservative. How often is a liberal labeled in a news story? Almost never. They are called pundits, commentators, influencers, or newsmakers. Never just liberal.
When a politician gets in trouble, take note of where in the story the person’s party affiliation is mentioned. Hilariously predictable.
Electronic, print, and digital coverage of Barack Obama’s presidency was 8 solid years (plus the 2007 campaign year) of kissing his ass. Fawning, loving, breathless, boot-licking coverage of anything that Barack & Michelle do or say even today is GLORIOUS.
A recent Courier Journal column declared NO ONE AND (NO TOPIC) IS OFF LIMITS to its cartoonist Marc Murphy. The piece noted that Murphy could remember one cartoon where he took a shot at Obama. But it’s just one out of thousands drawn, mostly vilifying conservatives. At least Murphy is honest about his partisan venom.
The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Joel Pett mirrors Murphy’s one-party political fervor.
Trump won Kentucky. So did both Bushes and Reagan. It’s as though the state’s two largest newspapers are still touting My Space when the majority of their potential customer base long ago moved to Instagram. (Bill Clinton won Kentucky once).
The media mantra is that we are “holding power to accountability.” Check that. It should be “holding conservative power to accountability.” Dems are scrutinized on a case-by-case basis but almost always lovingly. Pants dropping Dan Johnson was a rare Democrat skewered by local media.
Remember how Barack Obama himself chuckled at the White House Correspondents Dinner that “most of you covered me, all of you voted for me.” (followed by huge applause from assembled media and guests)
Just take a minute or two to search for coverage of George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor. Same tone? Same fawning? Same lovefest? Please.
Now that George H.W. Bush has passed away, suddenly the impartial network scribes are gushing with praise for the entire Bush family. Journalists are lovingly reflecting on both Bush presidencies and the family’s grace and honor.
These hardworking journalists are finally seeing Bush family nobility whereas when they were in office, both President 41 Bush and 43 Bush were war mongering, cruel, clueless, rich white guys. George W. was a cocaine addict, spoiled idiot whose daddy must have paid off Ivy League schools to get his boy’s fake degrees from Harvard and Yale validated.
I learned all of that from our fair and balanced mainstream media. I also learned that many “impartial” journalists go on Twitter regularly to trash politicians. Again, go deep diving and see if they were harsh with the previous president back in the day. Nope, not likely.
Do the math. The imbalance is embarrassing for our media business. The proof is available online for those who are so partisan that they cannot see it through daily living.
All that aside. Donald Trump is a dimwit, rude, caustic prick. But he is still the President of the United States. Dealing with him is the same challenge bullfighters experience; no one quite knows what will happen next.
Get in the ring, ask your questions, but don’t try to make yourself the story. The only worse sin for a “journalist” who pushes a personal agenda is one who showboats to insert herself into the story.
Trump is the POTUS. You are the questioner. You’re not equals. That’s verifiable, too.
Let’s all try to do our media jobs with more balance and less partisanship & hostility in 2019. Our customers deserve to hear all sides of stories.
The voters will determine who’s next at the podium.
Louisville news viewers lost two pillars of the local media on Friday, December 21, 2018. WHAS-11’s Rachel Platt, above, had long planned for her smooth departure.
WAVE-3’s Scott Reynolds had no chance to make his own plan. He was informed in October that his contract would not be renewed at year’s end. It’s a money squeeze induced by the merger of WAVE owner Raycom and Gray Television. This blending of Gray’s 93 stations and Raycom’s 63 stations would only happen if Raycom reduced the payroll at certain outlets.
Raycom operators had hoped to keep the RIFs (reduction in force) quiet but former WAVE news anchor Cheryl Case broke the Reynolds story on Facebook in a December 19 post.
Affable Scott Reynolds, a 61-year-old sitting at the top of the payroll chart when the company is trying to tighten its operating costs, becomes the bullseye. WAVE told Reynolds that his position was being eliminated by RIF. That strategy makes an age discrimination lawsuit nearly pointless. Age was no factor, they’ll say. It was simply a body count issue.
Reynolds was crying on the phone one day before his departure, unable to piece together his farewell message for viewers. His first draft was edited by WAVE management, purging a veiled reference to the fact that the company was forcing his ouster. Raycom hoped to make it sound as though Reynolds was leaving by his own choice.
Platt’s 29 years of solid journalism and community service were celebrated with multiple parties, on air celebrations, and loving support from WHAS-11 management.
Rachel loved her co-hosting role with the WHAS Crusade for Children, generating stories about children with physical and mental challenges to heighten awareness to their needs.
Reynolds earned the same respect over 22+ years of great field reporting, anchoring, and community service. He was given a WAVE-3 newsroom celebration that was seemingly cut short after a few co-workers spoke of their love and concern for Reynolds.
Raycom execs have sidestepped inquiries about merger metrics or why many anchors were being released. In a business that demands transparency from newsmakers, media companies rarely offer answers to questions arising from their own business practices.
The merger received its official FCC blessing a few days ago.
Here are the official statements of the WAVE-3 general manager and news director:
OLD NEWS = TODAY’S NEWS
In 2009, WAVE-3 management essentially forced the departure of Jackie Hays, a Louisville favorite, by downsizing her salary. That move provided short-term help in accounting but the station’s prestige and ratings glory soon slid away.
The entire terrestrial broadcasting business is under pressure from a new universe of digital news competition. Nonetheless, local news and analysis of community issues gives hometown media its raison d’être.
It’s yet to be seen if Gray/Raycom’s current dismissal of popular news talent in at least 7 other markets will hinder ratings or local impact. We shall see.
Platt is celebrating the holidays with her husband, sons, and other family and begins her new job as director of community engagement for Frazier History Museum on January 14.
Reynolds does not know where he will eventually work but he is hoping to stay in broadcasting. He has a nine month non-competition clause that evaporates next September.
As for his immediate future, Reynolds texted that he will “focus on the kiddos with all my heart and the birth of our Savior.”
With its massive package sorting hub facilities around Louisville International Airport, United Parcel Service is one of Kentucky’s largest employers. About 11,000 people work for UPS in the Louisville area.
With the burgeoning growth of Amazon’s Prime Air fleet, much of which is directed toward Northern Kentucky’s Cincinnati airport, the next few years could could create incredible headwinds for UPS, Fed Ex, and other package delivery companies.
Amazon would love to cut its operating costs by flying their own packages instead of paying UPS and others to do it for them. Amazon, the second most valuable company in the world (trailing only Apple Inc), is putting together its own air force to dominate yet one more business market.
Since permits and aeronautical complications have slowed the pursuit of drone delivery, Amazon has instead built its ground fleet through a franchisee system in many areas of America. UPS, FedEx, DHL, and others have enormous ground fleets but Amazon is farming out work to entrepreneurs so they can leapfrog the other companies.
One way or the other, Amazon will go toe-to-toe to takeover any business that costs it money. If you own a cardboard box factory, get ready to make a deal. You’re next.
📻 Here’s Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on the phone with me. It’s our annual year-end summation interview wrapped up with a Christmas message for all.
His staff promised me 20 minutes on the phone but the governor got rolling and we went a full half hour. Of course, Matt Bevin was extremely frustrated after this week’s aimless special session, plus he sustained a recent unanimous rejection by the Kentucky Supreme Court on the pension issue.
What do we learn? He’s definitely running for reelection, encourages others to challenge him, takes a hard pass at marijuana & sports betting, and paints attorney general Andy Beshear with dereliction of duty. I also asked who will be the next Lt. Gov, if the 2019 legislature agenda will swerve away from him, and why Ky Democrats are happy dancing to this week’s hapless special session. He closes with a strong Merry Christmas message for all. 🎙 #KYpolitics
Lexington Herald Leader cartoonist Joel Pett echoes Gov. Bevin’s claim that his polling numbers are perpetually anemic. Bevin says in the interview that he is the best candidate to negotiate deals and to navigate Kentucky’s financial headwinds.
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) December 21, 2018
Former U.S. Secret Service agent Greg Gitschier tells his incredible story in “Sneakin Deacon.” He details wild career adventures, global security insights, danger, compassion, personal protection of luminaries, plus his transition to becoming a deacon in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
The opening chapter takes you along with a 21-year-old rookie cop into a harrowing situation where Gitschier has to quickly decide whether to shoot a rapist who burst into a woman’s apartment.
Sneaking’ Deacon takes you around the world into turbulent hotspots and gentle encounters that show the delicate work of law enforcement and protection. This book grows even more heartfelt appreciation for the men and women who quietly protect America and its leaders.
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THE BEASMAN coach cal is crazy
LARRY, WE NEED A SHRINK OVER HERE AT U UH KAY TO GIVE COACH CAL A CHECKUP FROM THE NECK UP! DADGUMMIT, COACH CAL SAID HE WANTS SLICK RICK PITEENER TO COME BACK TO U UH KAY AND THAT CAT FANS WOULD BE NICE TO HIM. WHAT KIND OF CRAZY TAWK IS THAT? DID COACH CAL FALL AND HIT HIS HEAD? AND GUYS LIKE OSCAR COMBS AND JOHN CLAY FROM THE HARK THE HERALD LEADER AGREE WITH CAL. HAS THE WORLD GONE OFF ITS NUT?
— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) December 16, 2018
WE DON’T WANT NO SLICK RICK CARPETBAGGIN BUTEENER BACK IN RUMP ARENER UNLESS IT’S TO SHOOT HIM OUT OF A CANNON AND RIGHT INTO JAIL, DADGUMMIT! WHAT IN THE SAM HILL IS A-GOIN ON AROUND HERE, PEOPLE TAWKIN NICE ABOUT THE TURNCOAT TRAITOR BENNER-DICK ARNOLD BUTEENER!
IS COACH CAL OFF HIS NOODLE? YOU USUALLY LOCK UP CRAZY TAWKERS IN A RUBBER ROOM BUT WE NEED COACH CAL TO KEEP THE CATS WINNIN STREAK GOIN. WE WHOOPED UTAH BY A HUNDERD FIDDY POINTS JUST LIKE I BUSPECTED, BUT NOW WE GOT THEM NARTH CARAMALINER TURD HEELS MEETIN US UP IN CHICAGO.
IF A PSYCHIATRISKET CAINT FIX COACH CAL, MAYBE I CAN HOOK HIM UP TO MY SEARS DIE HARD BATTERY AND WE CAN LECTRIC SHOCK HIM! OR WE CAN GIVE HIM A HANDFUL OF THEM NERVE PILLS LIKE MAMA TAKES TO CALM HERSELF WHEN HOLIDAY GUESTS IS COMIN OVER. TELL COACH CAL TO GOBBLE A FISTFUL OF PROZAC AND GIT BACK TO TAWKIN ABOUT BIG BLUE NATION, NOT NO CRIMINAL CARDINALS. US CAT FANS IS BACK IN LOVE WITH COACH CAL, LARRY.
LAST WEEK WE HATED HIM FOR NOT CALLIN A TIMEOUT AGAINST CEDAR HALL BUT CAL DONE GOOD AGAINST UTAH SO WE WANT THAT CAL. EAT THEM CRAZY PILLS AND START GAME PLANNIN FOR NARTH CARAMALINER, CAL. THEY JUST BEAT GON-ZAGGER SO WE CAINT PLAY AROUND WITH THEM TURD HEELS. NO MORE TAWK ABOUT SLICK RICK COMIN BACK TO RUPP UNLESS HE TAKES A MINIMAL WAGE JOB WARSHIN JOCKS AND MOPPIN UP VOMIT IN THE LOCKER ROOM. (laffs) YEAH!
US CAT FANS WOULD GIVE A STANDING O FOR SLICK CRAWLIN ON HIS KNEES AND BEGGIN FOR OUR FORGIVENESS FOR FLIPPIN THE BIRD AT US A FEW YEARS AGO. MEMBER THAT? COME ON, COACH CAL. DON’T TELL US SLICK RICK SAVED OUR PROGRUM BACK IN THE 90s.
IT WAS THE GHOST OF ADOLPH RUPP THAT COME DOWN AND TAUGHT RICHIE FARMER AND THEM UNFORGETTABLES HOW TO RISE UP TO MAKE KENTUCKY GREAT AGAIN! (laffs) TRUMP STOLE THAT FROM US, YOU KNOW! MAKE THE CATS GREAT AGAIN!
COACH CAL – HE GOES TO MASS EVER DAY – HE BETTER STOP WORRYIN ABOUT SLICK RICK AND START FIGGERIN OUT HOW TO GET THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPERCHIPS. COACH CAL GITS ALL THESE GOOD RECRUITS BUT THEN THEY FADE BEFORE THE FINAL FOUR. BALDY CHRIS MACK DON’T WANT NO SLICK RICK COMIN BACK AND SO NEITHER SHOULD COACH CAL. GIT FOCUSED ON BEATIN THEM TURD HEELS AND THEN LET’S BEAT THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF BALDY CHRIS AND HIS BAD NEWS BEARS IN LOSERVILLE’S CHICKEN BUCKET OF SHAME.
GO BIG BLUE! GO CATS! IT AIN’T REALLY CHRISTMAS TIL WE BEAT THEM FILTHY CARDINAL CONVICTS ON THE 29TH SO DON’T KNOW CAT FANS OPEN PRESENTS UNTIL THEN. ONCE LOSERVILLE GOES DOWN, U UH KAY CHRISTMAS CHEER GOES UP! AWWWWW C-A-T-S CATS! CATS! CATS! THREE YEARS FROM NOW WHEN THE 19&96 NATIONAL CHAMPION KENTUCKY WILDCATS IS HONORED, WE GONNA SCREAM REAL LOUD FOR THEM BUT IF SLICK RICK WALKS OUT WITH EM, IT’S GONNA TURN INTO A RIOT LIKE DOWNTOWN PARIS. BAN SLICK RICK! BAN SLICK RICK! BAN SLICK RICK! AWWWW C-A-T-S CATS! CATS! CATS!
Ben Hogan's swing never gets old. pic.twitter.com/enkX3NiD36
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 16, 2018
Want to hit golf balls as close to perfection as is possible? Study this swing.
Or this one.
What happens when @McIlroyRory's ball lands in a fan's pocket?
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 15, 2018
Repeat. Maybe some day you will hoist the hardware.
A bunch of smart, hard-working conservative journalists are now looking for work just before Christmas, and this is the president’s response: https://t.co/z2vAZeVWke
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 15, 2018
Must media teams fight each other when we we are stronger poisoning America with our hilarious bias? I vote no.
If Trump quits jacking around with China maybe we will get back to: “we’re going to win so much you may even get tired of winning…Mr. President, I am tired of winning.”
For now, nope.