Andrew Breitbart Would Be Livid With Steve Bannon Right Now

  The Friday firing of Trump advisor Steve Bannon has already been exhaustively overanalyzed, but there is at least one significant aspect of it which has gotten little or no attention. Now that Bannon is returning to lead Breitbart.com, what would Andrew Breitbart, the late founder of that news organization, think of what has transpired in this last super crazy year now that things seem to have gone full circle for Bannon. In my view, Andrew would be furious with Bannon on multiple levels. I am well aware of the inherently precarious nature of trying to speak on behalf of someone who is dead. This is particularly the case when the person in question is a man with whom you had a dramatic falling out a couple of years before his shocking sudden demise. For context, Andrew and I were quite close in the 2006-2010 range. We spent Continue reading "Andrew Breitbart Would Be Livid With Steve Bannon Right Now"

Andrew Breitbart Would Be Livid With Steve Bannon Right Now

  The Friday firing of Trump advisor Steve Bannon has already been exhaustively overanalyzed, but there is at least one significant aspect of it which has gotten little or no attention. Now that Bannon is returning to lead Breitbart.com, what would Andrew Breitbart, the late founder of that news organization, think of what has transpired in this last super crazy year now that things seem to have gone full circle for Bannon. In my view, Andrew would be furious with Bannon on multiple levels. I am well aware of the inherently precarious nature of trying to speak on behalf of someone who is dead. This is particularly the case when the person in question is a man with whom you had a dramatic falling out a couple of years before his shocking sudden demise. For context, Andrew and I were quite close in the 2006-2010 range. We spent Continue reading "Andrew Breitbart Would Be Livid With Steve Bannon Right Now"

The News Media Thinks They Finally Have Trump Cornered, But They Are Wrong

  It has long been said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Such a strategy never worked out well in Wylie Coyote’s endless pursuit of the Roadrunner, and it is still very unlikely to do so in the mainstream news media’s quixotic quest to bring down Donald Trump (after having gleefully given him billions in free advertising just over a year ago). This week, after this Trump’s bonkers press conference — where he did great had he been a television guest on Fox News, but performed really horribly as the president of the United States — the news media seems to think they finally see political blood in the White House water. After all, there are some significant signs that THIS controversy is different and that dynamics have somehow fundamentally changed. A southern GOP Senator has Continue reading "The News Media Thinks They Finally Have Trump Cornered, But They Are Wrong"

All of this ‘Virtue-Signaling’ Over Charlottesville Is Setting Dangerous Precedents

I am well aware that when something as awful as what occurred on Sunday in Charlottesville happens, all “good” people are supposed to express their outrage to exclusion of all other reactions. Inevitably, there then becomes a bit of a contest over who can most dramatically express their indignation. When the issue is race and the circumstances are perceived as white “right wingers” causing violence in name of racism, then prominent conservatives are especially prone to making VERY sure that they aren’t painted with this broad brush of career death. In the case of Charlottesville, we have seen numerous examples of this phenomenon, some of which have thrown the concept of free speech out the window in the rush to publicly proclaim “look how NOT racist I am!!” As a person that is quite secure in who he is and has no regard for being “popular,” my reaction Continue reading "All of this ‘Virtue-Signaling’ Over Charlottesville Is Setting Dangerous Precedents"

After CNN’s Silly Firing of Jeffrey Lord, the List of Troubled Pro-Trump Commentators Grows Large

While he seems like a nice guy, I am no fan of Jeffrey Lord’s work blindly defending Donald Trump over the past two years on CNN. To me, he has been the saddest of all the Trump television sycophants. He’s old and smart enough to know better, but he simply couldn’t resist making a deal with the devil in exchange for his soul. Now, after having been fired by CNN over a harmless and totally overblown Twitter incident, it appears that Lord’s days in the media limelight are over and he will have very little to show for his sell out. He will now be remembered, to the extent that he will be, solely as the guy who would almost literally defend Donald Trump if he took a “dump on the desk.” Lord’s firing was not only unjustified (he was very clearly mocking Nazi-like behavior, not saluting Continue reading "After CNN’s Silly Firing of Jeffrey Lord, the List of Troubled Pro-Trump Commentators Grows Large"

Did the Media’s Obsession With Princess Diana Pave the Way for President Trump?

Last night and tonight, ABC is airing a two-part special on the life of “Princess Diana,” who died in a car crash almost twenty years ago. This is one of numerous media tributes in our country surrounding this almost anniversary, all of which commemorate the life of a woman who was neither American, nor ever held any position of actual official power in her country, from which we fought a war for independence. This is a fascinating phenomenon in need of explanation. I hope to provide some here. It may surprise people to know that my connection to Diana’s story is rather deep. Especially for a fifty-year-old heterosexual American male who has disdain for both monarchies in general, and the “princess syndrome” in particular. My younger sister was infatuated with Diana when she was a child and often forced me to play the role of Diana’s husband Prince Charles for Continue reading "Did the Media’s Obsession With Princess Diana Pave the Way for President Trump?"

North Korean Threat Exposes the Price We All Pay For Electing a Pathological Liar as President

Last week, I wrote about how President Trump benefits from being a prodigious liar with effectively no regard for the truth because we have all become so desensitized that each individual lie has very little negative impact, while also enabling him to say anything he wants to keep his base jazzed up. However, there is one aspect of being president where this trait is definitively still a significant hindrance: dealing with a potential war. There is nothing a president does which requires more moral authority than the decisions he makes which could cause lots of people to die in warfare. This president clearly has less credibility to do that than any other in modern times, and maybe ever. A new CNN poll indicates that only about a quarter of Americans has a great deal of trust in the word of this president and his White House. This means it is Continue reading "North Korean Threat Exposes the Price We All Pay For Electing a Pathological Liar as President"