Zzz Rated

Ratings tanked for daily diatribes of Schiff & Co. Major networks average 3 million daytime viewers. 1 million for the marathon Senate Trial. In a moment of rare lucidity CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said, “If you are winning, shut up.”  Schiff didn’t get that memo.

Tribes are not moved to watch the other side in any event. As a commenter in the New York Times wrote, “I was glued to every minute of the House Managers but I cannot bring myself to watch the President’s defense team.” A partisan political exercise pure and simple.

NYTimes Picks 2019

This year the NYT editors picked my comments about a long ago trip to Alcatraz, two of the Democrat debates, whether Biden is the most electable, and my never-ending lament on America’s gun-lust.

NY Times Retrospective, Native American Resistance Alcatraz 1969
NY Times Op-Ed Columnists, 10/19 Democrat Debate Winners & Losers
NY Times Front Page, El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings
NY Times Op-Ed Columnists,7/19 Democrat Debate Winners & Losers
Jamelle Bouie, Is Biden Most Electable Democrat

2019 Good/Bad List

GOOD

BEST
Watching Tiger win The Masters  with Gary & Ben
mAdBen’s crazy cool career &  interview

TV
Succession
Killing Eve & Fleabag
, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
The Affair, Series Finale – The Whole of the Moon

THEATER
Moulin Rouge
Peter Dinklage as Cyrano
Brothers Wright
by Colby Herchel

JOURNALISM
Miranda Devine, Steve Cuozzo NYPost & West Side Rag
Shining the bright if futile light on the scaffolding cabal

POLITICS
Mayor Mike joins the Dem race

BOOKS

A Decade of The Side Trek

 

BAD

WORST
Hotels have become kennels
Sheds shroud the entire City
Man-hating woke-tards

JOURNALISM
If everything is a bombshell breaking news story,
nothing is a bombshell breaking news story

SPORTS
NFL IR List
Bryson de Chambeau’s robot golf

POLITICS
Mueller Report fizz
Schiff Show bore
Dem Scrum – too many meh candidates

TV
Mrs. Maisel  Season 3
Catherine the Great

Im Peach Pit

In the giddy gleeful atmosphere of the media’s hype of impeachment inquiry on TV, Brian Williams made the ecstatic declaration that “Impeachment will be in the first line of Trump’s obituary”.  Yay. Colbert had an Impeachment Eve tree and celebration.

The public hearing has begun. At 10am. 11:30am. Two guys still droning on. Everyone looks like they are taking a nap. Including the Dems. Imagine what the rest of the country is feeling. Yawn. And can’t watch anything else. Already in a ditch.

Trump may have done something wrong. Yes. But. This is not going well so far. Keeping the public interested. Probably not.

Jibber-Jabber

Maybe 10% of media content is actual news. Most of what is happening in the country is not reported at all. If it’s not about Trump. International events maybe 1%. The rest? Jibber-Jabber. Editorializing. Speculating. Opining. Panel-speak. So weak.

Speaking of empty chatter. Zuckerberg is before Financial Services Committee addressing Facebook’s Libra Coin and other related technology issues. None of the members seem to know the topic. Yet. They talk anyway. It’s kinda like regulators policing banks. No clue.

Classical Notes

Wimbledon Men’s Final. A riveting rare classy classic. Could have gone either way. Djokovic and Federer beautifully played a 5-set 12-12 tie-breaker. First time in history. Didn’t get to the Park until after three.

Pete Buttigieg on David Axelrod’s great CNN show. It seems they’ve known each other for quite some time. At one point, Axelrod reminded Pete that his piano teacher told him not to just play the notes perfectly, but to make music. Axelrod as campaign maestro.

Journalism’s Last Gurgle

Debates start this week. A new story for the media to cover. Or is it? Will they focus on the future of the Democrats. Who has the best ideas. Who has charisma. Or. Will it just be another chance to trash Trump.

The best commentary I’ve read on Journalism’s demise is by Gary Abernathy in the Washington Post –

“…I wanted Trump to break Washington… but as a longtime (Ohio) newspaper editor, I didn’t want him to break journalism… while the former has proved stubbornly resilient, the latter has crumbled like old newsprint…

… this new style of journalism … reporters injecting themselves into their stories rather than quoting other sources… gives the widespread perception that the media is out to get the president…

new rules of reporting … militarize fabled pens far beyond allegorical swords… returning to the glory days of unbiased, dispassionate reporting depends on a recognition that the old rules still work best…  journalism is gasping for air…”