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Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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I said "You've heard of '...and the children shall lead'? How 'bout '...and the cartoons shall teach'? Next up, Big Bird!"

Is that mitt wrongney's Halloween costume? A changeling if ever I saw one.

Tried to make like he was a moderate at that debate, after wearing the colors of the teabaggers and birthers and other assorted vermin for all these years...

He's got a lot in common with this little critter. They're both REPTILES!!!

Welcome to DU, courseofhistory! I think it's called Sore Loserman Syndrome.

That's what this whole three-and-a-half year nightmare with the damn teabaggers and birthers and all the rest of the inmates in this asylum has been about. We saw it during the two Clinton terms. What they hated, simply put, is that one of THEIRS did not win the White House. It's what I call the World's Biggest Entitlement Program: the attitude of the republi-CONS that the White House is somehow just automatically THEIRS. By birthright or some divine fiat or some such thing. THEY alone are entitled to the White House, to the reins of power, to the top of the ziggurat in Washington DC. They ALONE.

And when the universe does not conform to this divine dictate, all is LOST! Hellfire and damnation stampedes across our land! Well, actually, the wrath of the adult-size three-year-old tantrum-throwing snot-noses in the teabag nation, neoCONS, republi-CONS, libertarians, birthers, Focus on the Pharisees, Ladies for Women, and whatever-the-hell else they're calling themselves these days. We've seen a belly-full of that crap, and that acting-out. It's adult-size tantrum-throwing. I'm surprised they're not all out there stamping their little feetsies and holding their breath until they turn blue (OOPS! Can't do that! And be thought of as a Democrat?????).

They've fooled themselves into believing that THEY ALONE, CONservatives, whites, majority-male, are somehow superior beings blessed with a Divine Right to Rule. An inferior dares not aspire to their lofty heights. And when Barack Obama did, and proved he was superior to them in EVERY way from intellectually to morally to ethically, well - that was just HORRID! The END of the WORLD!!! I WANT MY AMERICA BACK!!! Well, what they think is "THEIR America" is a cruel joke, a mirage, painted for them with disappearing ink by the CONs in the media and the think tanks and the upper levels of the 1% where public policy is determined and influenced and where the real money is and where the real money talks AWFULLY LOUDLY. These evil assholes are exploiting this anger and outrage for their own political ends.

Just one big fat oozing ICK. A big vile putrid pus-filled, selfish, UN-Christian, UN-American, UN-patriotic ICK, and the biggest spoiled sports I've ever seen outside of a Trump Tower play-date. They're also, if you really wanna know, guilty of treason - if anyone in power really wanted to push it. They're attempting NON-STOP obstruction of the Commander-in-Chief DURING WARTIME. That's TREASON.

I hope they all get the ever-lovin' snot beaten out of them in November.

Now THERE'S The Question of the DECADE.

Actually - of the Last THREE Decades. If they hate it so damn bad, why do they want in so damn bad?

Welcome to DU, btw! Glad you're here! We need you - to help us fight and BEAT these assholes! This election is NOT won yet.





Now get to work.

Isn't it just adorable that the old racist fart pat buchanan finally found a new home.

They finally had enough of him on MSNBC (where he was WOEFULLY mis-cast and DID NOT belong), so where does he wind up? And why am I not surprised? You don't get a do-over on the Civil War, you racist bunghole, regardless how much you long for it. And too damn bad if the non-whites are starting to outnumber your precious WASPs. Times are changing and populations are shifting and demographics are evolving, and Neanderthals like you, buchanan, are just gonna have to get over it.

Try joining the 21st Century when you have a few spare minutes, pat.

And ALWAYS, when saying the name "republi-CON" use your face as well. A curl of the lip or a frown

or some facial expression to underscore, visually, what you just said audibly. VISUALS. Important in this kind of country where almost everyone processes information visually.

I remember watching ghwb do that kind of thing at the republi-CON CONvention when he was either running on his own or for another term with reagan. EVERY time he uttered the word "liberal," he made a face. A very slight face. It was VERY subtle. Just an ever so slight curl of the lip. But YOU CONVEY FURTHER MEANING when you do that!!!! I can't tell you HOW MANY times I heard or participated in discussions about news anchoring and reporting - both on camera and on mic. How a single arched brow at a key word or phrase conveys ALL KINDS of extra meaning for you, that you don't have to flat-out say with your words. Especially if maybe you're in the kind of job where you're not supposed to stick your own opinions into any ol' place or story that comes by. So it becomes VERY important how an anchor would tilt his or her head, or which way the corners of his/her mouth turned up upon utterance of some word or phrase, how they'd sit, whether they'd sit straight or lean forward, etc. You add meaning to your words with little tricks like that. The way you stand conveys all kinds of shit - posture, how your feet are positioned, what you're doing with your hands, do you tend to lick your lips after you say something? LOTS of ways to add extra meaning.

And you can do it on the radio too with the way you use your voice - emphasis, inflection, a hint of snicker or laughter, a strategic pause, loads of little devices. And those little devices are devious (AHA! Lookie there - both words start with the same first syllable!) and they're almost invisible. And that's how they work. Totally subliminally. But the MESSAGE is conveyed. And most people don't even realize they're taking delivery on these messages. They don't realize all the complex scents they're breathing in.

You can start tainting the word "republi-CON." See, I can't even type it another way anymore! But you can start adding a - um - shall we say "pungency" to the word. Always an unpleasant word. Because it's an unpleasant concept. So it's not even fun to say the name anymore. When you always make a VERY slight face (VERY slight, so it doesn't look like a device of some sort, like you did it deliberately - even though you are!) when you say this word, whoever you're with will get the message that the word is unpleasant. May not even matter why. It's just UNPLEASANT.

That's how you start poisoning the well. Let's take THEIR name and RUN WITH IT!!! Run AMOK with it, that is!

I'm kind of iffy on Point 1. I believe in fucking with republi-CONS as often as possible.

We haven't done it enough, on our side. Always taking the high road - and more often than not, it takes us straight over a cliff. I believe in fighting back in any way possible. I've stated many times here - I'm as machiavellian as the next guy. No going to the gun fight armed with a feather duster for me.

Taste of their own medicine, see how they like it. And preferably either up the back end or down their miserable throats.

No mercy for republi-CONS. NONE. With what they want to do to this country? NONE WHATSOEVER.

I cried, too.

The GOP has hearts of stone. The Dems just have hearts.

The nuns are like the 99% compared to the bishops and cardinals - as the 1%.

The nuns have always had their hands in the dirt while the male hierarchy live like dukes and princes. The nuns are the ones out there in the trenches and on the front lines doing the hard work while the bishops and cardinals were safely in the rear, leading from behind where they don't have to get their hands dirty (discounting the molesters of course, who have true FILTH and SIN on their hands). The nuns are where the rubber meets the road as far as doing the work of the Lord.

Welcome to DU, Gal Friday. I'm afraid I can't agree with you on that.

Tim Russert disappointed me greatly. As a retired broadcast journalist myself, I was acutely - and sometimes uncomfortably - aware that as the business was increasingly deregulated, the goal of presenting both sides honestly, equally, and dispassionately seemed to fade from a lot of my colleagues.

Once upon a time, no network anchor or lead correspondent would wear a campaign button favoring one party's candidate over another to a social event where many of his/her peers and newsmakers of all kinds were in attendance, and then go around flashing it sneakily to various key people. You were supposed to be objective AT ALL TIMES. Your credibility and impartiality were sacrosanct - and all you had to reinforce your own good name. You were expected to cut through the crap, not show favoritism, and make sure equal attention was paid to each side. You would not even think of loading up your talking-head panels or table of guests with a 3:1 or sometimes 4:1 ratio favoring one party over another. You would seek out the views of those who weren't getting comparable attention, and not completely suppress them. Tim Russert did all those things, and with an increasingly noticeable gleeful twinkle in his eye. As the persecution of Bill Clinton grew to a shrieking climax in the late '90's, Russert gobbled it up hungrily, using his "Meet the Press" vehicle to further the agenda and the policies and the successes of the GOP. He continued through the bush-2 years with an almost obscenely lopsided presentation favoring the bush/cheney administration, serving as one of the lead cheerleaders for the drive toward war in Iraq. There were precious few voices offered airtime or face time on "Meet the Press" AT ALL during those years. And he shilled for dubya's victories in 2000 and 2004. It was he who wore that bush/cheney campaign button into a big reception hosted by GE CEO Jack Welch, and he'd flash his jacket open to specific people to make sure they knew where his heart secretly belonged. And Jack Welch made a point of being IN the NBC Network Newsroom on Selection night and, many of us believe, did so to make sure his presence was CLEARLY felt all over the newsroom - by a room full of employees who knew painfully well which side Welch was betting on.

The way things were ramrodded through during the dubya years, and impeded during the Clinton years - was LED, at least at NBC News, by Tim Russert. He set the tone, as host and managing editor of "Meet the Press," which is still regarded as the longtime and highly-venerable news program of record on Sunday mornings. Its reputation was severely tarnished during the partisan Tim Russert years. I used to admire him, but as I watched his objectivity fade, my dislike for him and distrust of him only grew stronger.

Full disclosure, I got into the news business during the mid-70s when the FCC began to make it clear to America's radio and TV stations and networks that they better start hiring some women. I worked for some of the biggest local news stations and news departments, and at the network level at NBC News, ABC News, the RKO Radio Network, and a couple of brief bits for the Mutual Radio Network while it still existed.

Tim Russert was once a hero of mine. Unfortunately, that changed. Frankly, a LOT of those people I idolized and grew up wishing I'd someday be able to work with some of them turned out to be as guilty of bias and news malpractice as Tim Russert. Russert became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chairman Jack Welch, of NBC's parent company, and did not do a thing that he knew would displease the big guy. Many of them were swept away into Bias-land during the Clinton years, with the pile-on and media takeover by the wrong wing and all its think tanks and propaganda campaigns and rewordings and re-meming, and the development of Pox Noise.

This was made possible by the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine and Equal Time Provisions at the end of the reagan era, after "the Gipper" had spent his entire regime softening up America to the idea that government was something bad instead of something "of the people, by the people, and for the people" as an instrument for the common good. reagan got us all brainwashed into thinking regulations were bad and taxing the rich was worse, and that the poor were nothing but lazy moochers. His rightful heir, lo these many years later, is mitt wrongney, as we've seen. And as big business was unshackled from the frenzy of mergers and acquisitions - and the kind of slicky-boy ponzi schemes that wrongney himself pioneered at Bain Capital in the hedge fund heyday. By the time Clinton came along, the other shoe was forced to drop - with the restrictions on media ownership lifted. WHICH MEANT that any big conglomerate could own as many broadcast/media/cable/TV/radio properties in any one market as they wanted. No further restrictions. They crowded out all the mom and pop stations like the ones where I got my start, and sold eager CONservative legislators on the idea that more consolidated corporate ownership would ironically provide MORE consumer choices! What a crock of shit THAT was. We can all see the results of that crimping and pinching and "narrow-casting" as a handful of Goliaths can run the table because they own it all - and they have cluster managers now, one programmer or programming consultant overseeing maybe half-a-dozen stations (all playing pretty much the same damn thing, no personality DJ "clutter" and the same damn stale boring hits that you can hear on 20 other stations in the same town). When I was starting, it was ONE P.D. per station. ONE News Director per station. ONE Music Director per station. ONE Chief Engineer per station. There were also unions clearly delineating who did what. By the time I retired, the unions had been defanged, declawed, and skinned alive, and as stations merged, the layoffs of whole departments (for example, it might be 90% of the AM staff that got laid off and the FM staff would then have to double up on the work load - and for no additional pay).

Sorry - I could rant on about what happened - for many pages longer than this. I saw the mission of reporters and anchors and producers shift - from OBJECTIVELY covering the news, and getting to the bottom of the story, and asking follow-up questions at a press availability, and not gluing yourself to pre-determined questions during an interview - to not rocking the boat if it might piss off some sponsor or friend of the general manager. I saw people coming into the business who thought their job was merely to let Guy #A spout off his piece, and then Guy #B spout of his piece, and that was that and "well, we'll just have to leave it there..." RATHER THAN - "excuse me Guy #A but do you realize what you just said was NOT true?" No. They thought their job was just to show this side and that side, or read from their press releases, and then leave it at that. No analysis, no truth-digging, no fact-checking. I have heard, over and over, ad nauseam, versions of "it's not MY job as a journalist to sift through what they say or fact-check them..." THE HELL IT ISN'T!!!!!!! The result is, the falsehoods stay alive, unchallenged, unquestioned, and there's nothing added or inserted to check them in any way.

And as a result, we had a Presidential election completely STOLEN (some also argue with facts to back them up) that not only the 2000 election but the 2004 election was stolen as well. And we were ramrodded into an illegal, immoral war in Iraq - whose objectors and challengers and questioners were ignored and muzzled by the media. And that brings us back around to prominent news figures like Tim Russert. AND Tom Brokaw. AND Chris Wallace, AND Diane Sawyer, and George Stephanopulous, and Wolf Blitzer, and LEGIONS more who pay more attention to who's signing their massive paychecks and what those paymasters expect in exchange for those princely salaries. And they should be paying attention to THE NEWS. And even more critically important, THE TRUTH.

This is just what I saw, and the dots I connected, being neck-deep in it for quite awhile - maybe a quarter-century or so, give or take a few months.