Masked Ball

Masking. Unmasking. It’s a dangerous dance. A waltz of so-called classified leaks on both sides of the floor. CNN’s national security guy Jim Sciutto worked in Obama’s White House. His former ABC colleague was none other than Susan Rice’s husband. Hmm. Wonder where Sciutto gets his “inside info” on alleged Russia connections. It’s a CNN obsession.

Meanwhile. Korea. Syria. China.

Breaking News!

Every story on cable. CNN the worst culprit. 3 day-old retreads still qualify as “Breaking News!” Russia. Leaks. Women’s marches. Wire-taps. Tweets. What are we going to think when there really is a critically important story? Yawn. Yes. Trump is fertile fodder for filling airtime. But. Get a grip. The only real story is that I watch way too much political TV. Most of America does not. Many still like what the President is doing. Railing against the press.

As for International Women’s Day. I’m with Canada’s First Lady Sophie Trudeau. Google it.

Exaggerate Gate

Watergate was then. In retrospect not that great. Of a scandal. But. Everything now is constant press overreach. Russia-gate. Comey-gate. Server-gate. Benghazi-gate. News-cycle silly-gates galore. Woodward & Bernstein sit on panels recalling glory days of yore. Investigative reporters straining to break the next bombshell. Exaggerate non-stories hoping one will stick. Sad!

Con Flick

Was it okay for John McCain to make Sarah Palin his running mate opening the door to Donald-ism. Or. For Jeff Zucker to have installed Trump’s Apprentice show at NBC. Then. Propped him up by running his rallies non-stop and uncensored on CNN for ratings? And. Now. Both McCain and Zucker conspire to take the President down with Russian dossiers and intelligence leaks? Guilty as charged.

Is it wrong to like both Lena Dunham and Milo Yiannopoulos?

Loco Motive

Don’t blink. While Morning Joe & CNN are hand-wringing for hours on end, the story’s around the bend by 9 am. As journalists ponder and smirk and sigh over Trump’s latest tweet or random sound bite, they are derailed by noon. Numerous executive orders signed in the President’s first three days are already on a high speed track.

If cable and print outlets don’t keep up, the Trump train will have left the station and they will still be standing on the platform wondering why they missed it.

Tweet the Press

Media elite retreat? As tweets beat the press a new era emerges. The good news may be that those cozy with the Washington ruling class no longer hold sway. Incestuous relationships formerly affording access and creating bias will be broken up. Hope so. Maybe reporting will return to what it was meant to do. Objective investigative work with no political agenda. It could be a better journalistic environment serving the general public.

Unless. Oops. Mika & Joe seen lurking around Mar-a-Lago. Nothing’s perfect.

Sonnet Sets On 2016

The sun finally sets on this quake year
Disruptions left fissures as yet unclear
Nation shaken by Heartland’s frustration
Rally-rocked stadiums in rural towns
While shuttered Main Streets heaved up in despair
As tone deaf hunkered under safe bunkers
Beneath cloistered thought-gated college lawns
In cocktail cult kissass-disguised newsrooms
Consulting class glass shattered on both coasts
Hit by a political tsunami
From Brexit to Nexit the EU cracked
Populists tilted globalist axis
Expect tectonic economic shifts
And frequent volcanic Trump eruptions