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…”

Know When To Fold ‘Em

Met Gala is an anachronism. But. It you want to grade ’em for CAMP.  Lady Gaga. Cardi B. Jared Leto. Katy Perry. Best in Show.

Tiger was emotional as he received his Medal of Freedom in the Rose Garden. If we cannot celebrate that, the country is screwed.

And. Please. Just go Hillary & Joe. Know when to exit the stage.

NYTimes Pick

And They’re Off

Breaking News. Seriously. Network television just broke into regular programming to announce the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby boy. Yup. That’s journalism today.

The Derby. Notice a familiar theme? 20-odd horses in the field. 20-odd Democrats running for President. How did/will that turn out?

As the troops descend on the Red Keep, arrows fly from the sea. Dany is now down two dragons on GOT. Cersei is up to her familiar evil tricks. Jaime a likely lynchpin. And. Arya and The Hound are together again. To take revenge and position Sansa for the throne?

The Hound’s brother could be the key.

Bracket Madness

The NYPost’s Mueller Madness is hilarious. With overreaching pundits and entertainers competing for fomenting the most Russia collusion hysteria. Rachel Maddow solidly beats Stephen Colbert in the Finals.

In that other bracket. My final four are still in the Sweet Sixteen. Michigan State. Texas Tech. Tennessee. UNC. As are Joey3Sticks’ Duke. Michigan. Virginia. Kentucky. And mAdBen’s. Duke. Michigan. Tennessee. Houston. Although. Duke barely eeked it out.