P.J. Gladnick

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I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.

I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy. 

Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list. 

 Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.

When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry,  due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).

Latest from P.J. Gladnick

Today is the day of the Great American Eclipse. Those along its path of totality will (if the clouds permit) see an amazing sight that will never be forgotten by those watching. Your humble correspondent knows this because he was once lucky enough to view a total solar eclipse. So who could possibly detract from this magnificent celestial event? Atlantic magazine which completely trivialized the eclipse by politicizing it by making it all about the racial makeup along its path.


Dude, who stole my Trump-Russia collusion investigation? Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, appeared on CNN's State Of The Union today with host Jake Tapper and the interview was much more notable for what was not asked than what was discussed. And what was not asked was anything about Schiff's Trump-Russia collusion investigation. The very absence of this topic screamed loudly since almost everybody now aware of Schiff know him solely because of his role in the investigation to nowhere.


So just how low has Katie Couric fallen? The former co-host of the Today Show and anchor of CBS Evening News has been on a rapid career plunge recently. Her last regular gig was as Global Anchor for Yahoo!News but she left that in June.  Couric has now apparently reached the bottom of the barrel. It is impossible to see how she could go any lower than this interview session for InStyle magazine where she asks cringeworthy questions to total strangers. Among the questions posed by Couric are "Do you watch porn?" and asking the husband half of a couple from Colombia, "Have you ever cheated on your spouse?" Watching the interview is actually much worse than reading about it so please be prepared to go into a state of total cringe.


Lost amidst all the mainstream media furor over what President Trump said about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he said it, and who he condemned is any real analysis on their part about why that violence occurred in the first place. Specifically why were the state and local police ordered to stand down, allowing the white nationalists and Antifa groups to clash.

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe claimed that the state police were ordered to stand down because of stashed weapons caches around Charlottesville and because militiamen on the scene were better armed than the police. An investigation (something the MSM has failed to do) by Reason magazine reveals that not only were these flat out falsehoods but that the New York Times actually edited out some McAuliffe quotes on this after initially publishing them.


President Donald Trump suggested at his August 15 press conference that after you start taking down Robert E. Lee statues that it could lead to the same fate for George Washington or Thomas Jefferson statues because they owned slaves. The response from much of the mainstream media was quick. They utterly mocked the notion that such an outcome could take place. An example of the MSM reaction came from the Associated Press via the PBS website. 


The mainstream media slams at President Donald Trump came in fast and furious on the heels of his August 15  press conference in which he again talked about violence at Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. Among the biggest critics was the New York Times which seemed to be upset with Trump blaming "both sides," the white nationalists and Antifa for the violence. Here is a bit of their criticism which you can see in their title, Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames ‘Both Sides’:


"Kim Jong-un blinked and backed off some of his threats. So is it possible that some of the President’s amped up rhetoric worked?" That was John Berman today at CNN's Newsroom blurting out that perhaps President Donald Trump should get credit for North Korea backing down on its threat to hit Guam with a missile. Unfortunately for Berman he broke an important taboo among the left that Trump should never be given credit for any positive achievements.


Remember all the recent caterwauling about President Donald Trump's policy towards North Korea in the mainstream media in general and at CNN in particular? Folks like the reliably ridiculous Chris Cillizza slammed a Trump tweet about "locked and loaded" as inflamatory because many people supposedly would not read the rest of the tweet which puts that term in context. 


You actually expect me to read an entire 140 character tweet? Oy! The aggravation! That means putting a tremendous strain on my eyeballs. Just a step away from reading the entire "War and Peace" in one sitting. If you think that was ridiculous, try to pretend that many people won't read an entire tweet as Chris Cillizza did on Friday's New Day on CNN. Cillizza seemed to think that many people will focus only on the "locked and loaded" part of  President Donald Trump's August 11 tweet and ignore the rest of it which puts that term entirely into context.


It appears that the mind of David Brooks has been infected with the image of Donald Trump and he needs to take extreme measures to quit thinking about him. Perhaps Brooks could hang a pair of Barack Obama's pants in front of him and stare at its perfect crease for hours on end to take his mind off the Trump demon that has infected him. Yes, David Brooks in his August 8 column described his main problem in life as Getting Trump Out of My Brain.


Within the next few months we can expect to see the Trump administration support a bill to lower the corporate tax rate. Of course, it is 100 percent certain that many liberal entertainers will be screaming and protesting about how unfair it would be to lower that tax rate. Every one of them should therefore be asked if they are therefore willing to quit working for the media corporations that pay them their exorbitant salaries. The reason is that Variety has reported that the media company executives, despite their political differences with President Donald Trump, are completely in support of him lowering their corporate tax rates:


Although the liberal media is purposely avoiding the fact that the Trump-Russia collusion investigation is, as CNN's Van Jones noted in a candid moment, a big "nothing burger" most of the public has already reached that conclusion. Thus far Bob Mueller and his team of Democrat-donating investigators have only come up with a quickie inconclusive 20 minute meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and a Russian lawyer. Hardly time for "collusion." This might explain why they are now on a fishing expedition for matters completely unrelated to Russia.


Clear the decks! E.J. Dionne has a prediction! I repeat... E.J. Dionne has a prediction!The reason why this is so momentous is that Washington Post op-ed columnist E.J. Dionne has an absolutely humiliating track record with his Donald Trump predictions. It has been so bad that it would not be surprising if he had refrained from making any more Trump predictions ever. 


A quick check of the Newsbusters archives reveals that Samantha Bee is one of the more notorious Trump haters in the media. Therefore it was amusing to watch the TBS host of Full Frontal go into a state of shock on her August 2 show in a segment where she traveled to Kurdistan in northern Iraq and discovered that (GASP!) the Kurds love President Donald Trump. 


Some of you might remember when liberals in the media mocked former First Lady Nancy Reagan for merely dabbling in astrology. Well, thirty years later it is the media liberals who are seriously consulting astrologers in the desperate hope they might reassure them that perhaps the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21 could spell doom for the Trump presidency. 


What is it with Chelsea Handler and syphilis? She seems to have it constantly on her mind. The symptoms of her syphilitic fascination first became evident last April when Handler claimed that President Trump is suffering from the ailment that Handler can't seem to cure herself from thinking about. Handler's latest syphilitic fascination attack happened yesterday at Politicon in Pasadena where she again claimed that Trump has that which she has yet to rid from her thoughts. 


Right about now, Trump hating actor T.J. Miller must be starting to regret that he burned his bridges behind him when he bad mouthed his former cast members of the hit comedy Silicon Valley when he left that show. Perhaps he thought that he was just so chock full of talent that he would be too big to fail. Well, his newest project, The Emoji Movie, has just been released and it has been universally panned. Critics hated it so much that for awhile it earned a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (now upgraded slightly to 3%).


It has been announced today that Showtime has given the go ahead for a 10 episode series of animated shows about President Donald Trump to air this Fall. So will this cartoon series be done in the spirit of good fun such as the way Vaughn Meader satirized John F. Kennedy in his First Family album over 50 years ago? Well, the fourth sentence of this Variety article reveals that probably won't be the case. 


This weekend the annual Politicon political convention returns to Pasadena, California. There will be many panels and discussions but how seriously should we take them? Well, judging from Politicon 2016 perhaps we should take it all with a yuuuge grain of salt. A stroll down Memory Lane reveals that the discussions and most panelists were laughably off the mark especially as to anticipating what is now viewed as the greatest political upset in American political history a few months after that convention.


If  you would like to become a CNN producer for Wolf Blitzer, the above line is pretty much all you need to recite into the mic leading to his earpiece. In fact most CNN shows, and especially the July 24 Wolf show, could be renamed the Kushner Kuhner Trump Russia Kushner show.  Wolf and much of the rest of the CNN crew have become even more monomaniacal in pursuing the Trump Russia White Whale of CNN president Jeff Zucker whose obsession is sending CNN ratings into the toilet by boring his viewers. Trump Russia collusion which began as an evidence-free lame excuse to explain Hillary Clinton's 2016 defeat is now the limb that Zucker has forced a cable network to climb out upon. This has resulted in hilarious results as exemplified by Wolf Blizer whose utter lack of self-awareness has prevented him from realizing how ridiculous he appears to sane people. You can hear the words from his show below but all you come away with is: Kushner Kushner Trump Kushner!