February 27, 2017

One Liners

"La La Land should have spent more time in Wisconsin." - Andrew Clark

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How complex can it be to figure out how the wrong envelope got in Beatty's hands?  Do we need Woodward and Bernstein on this?  So we don't know who caused the Oscars mistake without (apparently) a big investigation. And we think we'll solve the Russian hack?

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The press is outraged that the NYT is barred from a press conference. My question: do press conferences ever make news? Aren't they a way to feed the media beasts predigested facts and mixed with falsehoods?  The whole thing seems like a way for reporters to be able to tell their kids and grandkids they were in the same room as the president or his spokesman. And a decent way for journos to avoid honest show leather reportage.

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Unintentional hilarity from a MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski tweet:
"Exclusive: Bloomberg cancels WHCA dinner afterparty via @axios"
Oh no! The afterparty of a dinner that serves no purpose but glorify the incestuous relationship between "journalists" and the people they cover has been boycotted by Bloomberg! Wake the kids and phone the neighbors.

The whole WHCA dinner jumped the shark years ago.  It's probably a pretty reliable indicator of the decline of journalism: As the dinner became bigger and glitzier and celebrity-driven, journalism became sillier and more biased.

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Trump asked Kasich to a meeting?  That's odd; it would seem to take a surprising amount of humility for the potus to do that.  People are complicated, not reducible to caricatures.

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"This is the core claim of populism,” writes Jan-Wener Muller in 'What is Populism', “only some of the people are really the people.”

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"I'm pretty sure President Trump is basically Hitler. You can tell by how terrified people are to appear in public demonstrations against him." - James O'Keefe

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"I think it is the Judges who generally indulge in contempt of court." - Chesterton

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Ironically, the 9th Circuit is like Donald Trump: ego-driven and uninformed.

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"Electorate would be more willing to abide by advice of expert-class if expert-class wasn't viewed as having messed up so many big things." - Chris Amade

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