Morning Chyrons

How to start the day.

CNN: 2 Giuliani associates arrested for campaign finance violations

FOX: Investigation widens of Hunter Biden & Burisma in Ukraine

MSNBC: Turkey invades U.S. Allies in Syria

Creating a Clamor

Clashing competitions to create a clamor. Democrats. Media. Trump himself. The attention-seeker-in chief. On a par with impeachment-crying-wolves. Calling for it since before the inauguration. There’s fodder for all. Biden’s son got rich ’cause Daddy was Veep. Trump kids on the hot seat, too. American people see politics, profits, ratings.

Accomplished. Nothing. Except. Lots of noise.

Time for TNN

Fox News Channel isn’t working for Trump anymore. Time for TNN!

Bring back the old timey crowd. Piers Morgan. Larry King. Geraldo Rivera. Regis Philbin. Bill Shine. Bill O’Reilly. Greta van Susteren. Howie Carr. Pilfer the loyal foxes. Sean Hannity. Jesse Watters. Jeanine Pirro. Laura Ingraham. Corral some former Apprentices. John Rich. Snoop Dog. Gary Busey. Bill Rancic. And oh for good measure. Just forgive Omarosa. She’s ratings gold. Throw in both Huckabees.

Managing Executives. Mark Burnett. Kanye West. And. Bill Barr.

Area 51 Where Are You?

Let’s all head to AlienStock and the Desert of the Great American Southwest. Area 51. West of the Rockies. You are on the air. Yes. Of course Art Bell will be there. And Whitley Strieber. As will Lizard Men. And Greys. Probing bodies. Mining minds. Extraterrestrially speaking. So. Hop on that Trailways bus. Close encounters guaranteed.

Beats bleary-eyed visions of Trump 24/7 on TV.

Making Assumptions

The candidate casino. $100 in chips today. How’d you bet? $35 Warren. $15 Biden. $10 Harris. $5 Booker. $5 Buttigieg. $5 Woo-Woo Williamson. $25 Somebody Who Can Win.

Scaramouche has had a come-to-Jeezus epiphany about our Petulant Adolescent President. Why? He’s looking to make a buck by convincing Nikki Haley or Mark Sanford to make a primary run at Trump.

FedEx Cup. That end of season golf thing. After an even more convoluted fan-phobic structure this year. Who will win? Who cares?

Mary’s teleportation to Heaven from Earth. No surprise there. She was still a virgin when she gave birth.

Side Trek Sass

Still Like Mike. For Prez.

The Family on Netflix. Chilling documentary. Church & State.

Succession returns to HBO. Best series on that TV thing.

The Rahm & Chris Show. Emanuel & Christie should do a cable news politics gig of their own. They are funny, savvy and cheeky together.

Bry v. Bro. PGA champion Brooks Koepka has been outspoken about golf’s pace-of-play. While enduring the annoyingly slow Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks complained. Words exchanged. Money’s on Bro. My new hero.

Slow golf quiz for duffers from Williston, Vermont is EXCELLENT.

Ogilvy’s Head of Global Partnerships is Linked In.

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…”