P.J. Gladnick is a freelance writer and creator of the DUmmie FUnnies blog.
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).
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Schadenfreude, schadenfreude, oh beautiful, beautiful schadenfreude! You will soon be able to enjoy some great Election Night 2016 schadenfreude again in the form of HBO's documentary, The Final Year, which will soon be broadcast on that network. As you can see from the trailer below it appears to be mostly a big borefest of Obama administration hype about how wonderful and wise they were. However, its saving grace is that the HBO film crew was at a Hillary "victory" party hosted by former UN Ambassador Samantha Power to celebrate Hillary Clinton winning the election.
If recently retired New York Times publisher, Arthur O. "Pinch" Sulzberger, expected to finally receive some respect now that he has turned the keys of his newspaper kingdom over to his son, A.G. Sulzberger, he would be quite disappointed after reading the January 14 Politico Magazine story. Senior Media Writer Jack Shafer ridicules Sulzberger and how he ran the Times during his quarter century reign there until he retired on January 1. The profile of just how out of his depth the elder Sulzberger was is brought to us as part of advice to Sulzberger the Younger in which Shafer suggests that he Sell the New York Times. Now.
Imagine if it was discovered that a couple of FBI officials had targeted a newspaper reporter to the extent that they not only searched out the reporter's home address and spouse's name but also, most creepily, the names of his children. Would that not be a major story in that reporter's newspaper since it involved an obvious attempt at government intimidation?
Well, it would normally be a blockbuster story in almost any newspaper with the very notable exception of the New York Times when such a report would prove incompatible with its political motivations. Such an example happened this week after a January 8 report in The Hill revealing that FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, bureau lawyer Lisa Page exchanged disparaging messages about the reporter they were targeting, Matt Apuzzo of the New York Times. The reaction from the Times? Nothing. No report. Zilch. Nada.
It should have been an easy Monday interview for Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin (D). After all it was on MSNBC and his interviewer was Katy Tur who claimed that she wanted to throw up when Donald Trump won the election in 2016.
Yet more evidence that Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" book is a work of fiction comes to us by way of Cindy Adams, the long time columnist for the New York Post's Page Six. In contrast to Wolff's claim that Melania Trump cried on Election Night 2016, her Monday column states that she was with the Donald Trump family on Election Night and definitely did not see any such tears. In addition, nobody else Adams was with that night saw any Melania tears:
Even many reporters from liberal publications are questioning the veracity of Michael Wolff's book of gossip, Fire and Fury. The latest such person who reveals just how laughable the vetting process of Wolff's book was is Mark Berman, a reporter at the Washington Post. Wolff placed Berman among others attending a breakfast at the Four Seasons restaurant with Ivanka Trump. It turns out that Berman was most definitely not there and he had a very good reason for not attending as he revealed to anchor Fredricka Whitfield on CNN Newsroom on Saturday.
Don "Dr. No! No!" Lemon of CNN shouts down contrary opinions he doesn't want to let his audience hear. Chuck Todd has a bit more subtle yet equally annoying method of accomplishing the stifling of inconvenient facts. He overtalks the interviewee. The more uncomfortable the fact is to liberal orthodoxy, the more desperately Todd performs his overtalk shtick.
An example of Todd overtalking in order to suppress facts he doesn't want his audience hear happened on Tuesday's Meet The Press Daily on MSNBC when he was interviewing Republican Congressman Mark Meadows. Because Meadows was presenting solid evidence of bias against President Donald Trump among the leadership of the FBI, Todd attempted to stamp out the discussion via overtalking Meadows as you can see in the video below. The more specific Meadows got with his evidence of bias at the top of the FBI, the more Todd tried to stop that flow of information via the overtalk interruptions.
Because President Donald Trump has been spotted holding water bottles a few times with both hands, a committee should be formed to examine his brain in order to make recommendations about his removal from office via the 25th Amendment. Such is the fantasy of one James Hamblin, a senior editor at Atlantic magazine who, perhaps, should have his brain examined for proposing such a nutty idea.
Hamblin even analyzed Trump's speech patterns when he was interviewed years ago by Larry King and Oprah to make the determination for brain analysis by committee. This bizarre proposal comes as no real surprise since several months ago Hamblin proposed that we give up beef for beans in order to reduce climate change. Hamblin's latest idea is equally as full of flatulence as we shall see in Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?
Despite cracks beginning to emerge in the mainstream media such as the CNN legal analyst declaring last week that Trump is right about the FBI, they continue to cling for the most part to their beloved orthodoxy that there was collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign. It is this near religious belief that was mocked in the January 4 London Review of the Books. That leftist periodical is certainly no fan of Trump as a quick perusal of its pages would confirm but they are honest enough to admit that the MSM is absurd for swallowing the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory hook, line, and sinker as you can see in this article by Jackson Lears, What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking:
CNN legal analyst Paul Callan on Wednesday questioned the objectivity of the FBI and the Department of Justice in their investigations of President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as you can see in the in the video below. It wouldn't have been too surprising if Callan had backtracked a bit and claimed that he had "misspoke" or something of that nature. Instead he doubled down in a December 29 column and went into greater detail as to why Trump is right about the FBI.
Andrew Prokop of Vox wrote a rather dispirited December 28 article about how no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion has yet appeared despite the mainstream media early this year loudly hyping the reality of such collusion. In fact, it seemed that finding evidence of such collusion was a mere formality since the MSM guaranteed it happened. The only problem is, despite nearly eight months of intense investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, no such evidence has been uncovered.
Is NBC News sending a not so subtle message to its viewers and, especially, to its correspondents on the true state of the much touted Trump-Russia collusion investigation? One has to ask this question because, remarkably, NBC News published a column by Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson that asks about the possibility of a collusion charge and answers it in Will President Trump be charged with collusion in 2018? Not a chance.
The New York Times published a glowing paean to the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, today. The reason for such hype is that Schneiderman is completely obsessed with going after Donald Trump to the extent that we have reached a new milestone. He has taken 100 legal or administrative actions against the Trump administration and those evil congressional Republicans. The ironic thing is that idolizing reporters Danny Hakim and William K. Rashbaum also revealed his obsession is so overboard that the real duties of that state's attorney general are pretty much a sideshow.
Well, that didn't take long for her to get her mind right. It only took a few hours from the time Mika Brzezinski on Friday's Morning Joe criticized the sexual harassment accusers of Mark Halperin for not meeting with him personally to apologizing for it later that afternoon. Seeing your own career starting to slip away can be a powerful incentive for producing an apology.
"Moses had a temper but he never left a girl at the bottom of the Red Sea." If anybody feared that the upcoming "Chappaquiddick" movie would be a whitewash of Ted Kennedy, the recently released trailer should disabuse them of that notion. Legal Insurrection describes the movie as the "portrait of a weasel." Kate Erbland of IndieWire reviewed it as a Compelling Teddy Kennedy Biopic That Pulls No Punches.
You better not fire Robert Mueller! Firing Mueller would cause a constitutional crises making it easier for impeachment to take place! ...So why haven't you fired Mueller yet? Watching the "outrage" over the possibility of a Robert Mueller firing in the mainstream media in general and on CNN in particular the past few days, one could be forgiven if the suspicion is aroused that the outrage is really frustration that such a convenient firing has not happened and probably will not happen.
Oh, Chris! That manly one handed grip you demonstrated on today's New Day on CNN to chug down a pretend drink is so impressive! It almost makes us forget that one of your nicknames is "Fredo." Chris Cuomo's demonstration of how he grips a glass before downing a drink came in reaction to a video clip of President Donald Trump using two hands to drink some water.
On the same day that net neutrality was repealed, a net neutrality obsessed reporter for the New York Daily News was arrested for going on a drunken rampage at a hospital. The New York Post published the details of sad saga yesterday in Daily News reporter arrested after drunken melee at hospital:
The names being added to the list of accused sex harassers in the media and politics is increasing so fast and furious that it seems you only have to wait a minute until a new name is added. Since we already have Chris Matthews newly added to the list, we need only to wait a minute and..... FLASH! Just in. The latest name added to the sex harassers list is... MattTaibbi of the Rolling Stone.
With the latest sexual harassment news about MSNBC's Chris Matthews having to pay a $40,000 settlement to an assistant producer for Hardball in 1999, can anybody be really surprised? The reason is that Matthews over the years has a record of very strange behavior of a leering nature around women, much of it recorded for posterity. A couple of the more notable examples are presented below starting with the the uncomfortable 2007 incident in which Matthews asked Erin Burnett who was then the anchor of CNBC's Street Signs to lean in closer to the camera so he could get a better look at her.