13 thoughts on “Open Forum…Over to You!

  1. Jack, I have baseball question. Would you say, that MLB getting an anti-monopoly exception in the early 20th century was unethical, and the fact that they still have this exception is a failure of the judiciary to be impartial? As I understand it, no other league in the US has such an exception.

  2. “Washington reporters have long considered the role of White House correspondent to be the crown jewel of American political journalism. It has launched high-profile television careers, scored countless reporters book deals and been bestowed on media veterans for years of ink-drenched work.

    But during the age of Biden, a perch inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room has become something altogether different. It’s become a bore.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/04/29/the-fall-of-the-white-house-correspondent-00028272

    Apparently, Joe Biden is such an excellent president that the WHPC cannot find anything of interest to cover. Hunter Biden’s legal woes, the 8.5% inflation rate, the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal (abandonment of 10s of billions of dollars worth of military equipment along with US citizens), the Ukraine war, empty supply chain, stagflation, southern border crises, surge in fentanyl deaths, soaring crime, and the steadily declining mental state of the POTUS just are not interesting topics to cover.

    What are the ethical implications of a WHPC refusing to do their job while whining that they are bored?

    • Let’s unpack just this little tidbit:

      “Jen [Psaki] is very good at her job, [Surely, you jest] which is unfortunate,” [She lies so effectively she is unassailable? You’re kidding.] one reporter who has covered the past two administrations from the room said. “And the work is a lot less rewarding, because you’re no longer saving democracy [There’s that Democrat talking point. You’re delusional.] from Sean Spicer and his Men’s Wearhouse suit. [What a snotty remark. A guy’s suit isn’t up to the press corps’ standards?] Jawing with Jen just makes you look like an asshole.” [Wow. Questioning a paid liar is not a good look? For a reporter? Didn’t Sam Donaldson make his fortune being an asshole? Oh, wait. He was being an asshole to Republican administrations. What was I thinking? I forgot, when there’s a Democrat in the White House, you’re supposed to be a lap dog and get scratched behind your ears.]

      I think this article can be considered signature significance, to borrow Jack’s term. How could any editor let this be published?

      • Agreed. The entire article is bizarre. I don’t know if the author is simply a bald faced liar or certifiably delusional, but the entire thing is signature significance.

        “The dulling down of the White House beat is not due to a lack of reportorial talent in the room.”

        I beg to differ!

        “Rather, what is happening is the fulfillment of a central Biden promise. Running for office against Donald Trump — the most theatrical, attention-seeking, Beltway-panic-inducing president in living memory — he pledged to make Washington news boring again.

        And, well, mission accomplished sir.”

        This is just an ad hominem attack combined with an outright lie.

        “ For the vast majority of Americans, and even plenty of people in Washington, it’s all been a relief — the minute-by-minute churn of presidential politics is no longer so omnipresent and existential in their lives.”

        Presidential politics is far more omnipresent in my life than it was under Trump. Every time I go to the store, get gas, or make a basic decision I have to take the effects of Presidential politics into consideration. What to cook tonight? Can’t make what I used to because it costs to much. All my daily habits have to be constantly updated and altered. Mean tweets were easy to ignore. Empty wallets are not.

        “ It’s a boring and difficult job. It’s tough to be a White House correspondent if you want to break news, they’re so airtight,” another reporter who covered both the Trump and Biden White Houses from the briefing room.”

        What happened to all your anonymous sources? Your soliloquies on freedoms of the press? What a load of crap! Biden is one of the least accessible Presidents in modern history, but suddenly crickets from the peanut gallery?

        Just one false statement after another filled with humble bragging and delusional whining. It isn’t what it is all over the place.

  3. The disinformation board sounds pretty awful. It sounds like a large part of the left wants to establish a government entity that will regulate what is and isn’t true and silence people who state something that goes against the disinformation board. The fact the Biden administration isn’t even hiding it terrifies me.

    Elon Musk’s tweet about the left moving further left is spot on.

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