Monthly Archives: April 2018

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
~George Orwell, Animal Farm

Our latest visit to Room 101 (from Orwell’s 1984) comes to us, courtesy of those fine folks at Sinclair Broadcasting:

Sinclair allows critical ad to air, sandwiched between its defense
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney

Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to air a commercial from a liberal consumer watchdog that’s critical of the broadcaster’s actions. But there’s a catch. The company is running its own message right before and after the ad. So viewers are seeing a 15-second defense of Sinclair, then 30 seconds of criticism, then another 15-second defense….

Yes, chilluns. I have never seen this kind of immature and demagogic behavior in my six decades plus, but perhaps, in some backwater of Utah or Texas or Arizona it transpired. Still, consider: they’re going to take the money, but then they’re going to UTTERLY repudiate the ad, because, as they say in their “defense”: This station, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is proud to present both sides of issues. Continue reading

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April 7, 1862 The Union Wins @ Shiloh + Drawings

April drawings.

This was an intentional meditation on the time we’ve come back to. And last night/this morning was the anniversary of the formation of one of the great military partnerships, under a peach tree at a place called Shiloh in 1862.

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The Tea Party Express is a FRAUD – redux

Originally published as It’s August and We’re Into Reruns 21 August 2011
{note: many links are, alas, dead.}

Two [reruns], in fact. Thursday’s last Daily Show before a two-week hiatus featured a familiar graph:

Recognize it?

Yup, you saw it here first, on April 16, 2010

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Fifty Years Later

Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee fifty years ago today.

And now we have a klansman in the White House.

How messed up is that?



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How My Free Press Got Sold

In my little town … (click for vids)

One brave soul resigned over the “Big Brother” Sinclair Broadcasting “must read” info-torial accusing all other media of bias.

Sinclair producer in Nebraska resigns to protest ‘obvious bias’
 Brian Stelter / CNNMoney

—  Ex-Sinclair news director: We had must-run pieces  —  A morning TV producer at a Sinclair-owned station in Nebraska has resigned in protest of what he calls the company’s “obvious bias.”  —  Justin Simmons gave notice at KHGI TV on March 26.

Media Matters has kindly collected all 66 Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” newsreaders in lockstep for Sinclair Broadcasting, including my local CBS and NBC affiliates (click pic for them).

Sinclair Employees Say Their Contracts Make It Too Expensive to Quit

After Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. drew widespread criticism for having anchors read a statement taking aim at the integrity of other U.S. media outlets, many wondered why some of the company’s journalists didn’t just quit.

The short answer is the cost may be too steep. According to copies of two employment contracts reviewed by Bloomberg, some Sinclair employees were subject to a liquidated damages clause for leaving before the term of their agreement was up: one that requires they pay as much as 40 percent of their annual compensation to the company….

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TFTD #001

TFTD = Thought For The Day.


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Easter, Alas.

A couple of memes:

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