Why We’re Gloating Over The Oscars

No, it has nothing to do with that whole media hubbub about the nomination process.

Like we’ve mentioned before: The President of The Academy is a black woman. How racist can they be?

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This is about how wrong the media can be. And how we made money from it.

Like many in the world, we enjoy a good wager. And when we saw that the odds for Best Supporting Actor were screaming that Sylvester Stallone was a sure winner, well…we knew better. We took the long odds and went with the best acting job we’d seen all year: Mark Rylance in “Bridge Of Spies.”

Rylance got the Oscar. We cleaned up.

Rylance’s wasn’t a showy performance. In fact, he practically disappeared into his character. So much so that you couldn’t keep your eyes off him.

Rylance is British, from the stage and well known for his chops. He’s currently onstage in New York now. When “Bridge Of Spies” came out his performance was singled out in most reviews.

Yet, somehow, in the media’s “we-only-care-for-what’s-in-front-of-us-not-what’s-in-our-rear-view-mirror” attitude, every article prior to the Oscars touted Stallone as the overwhelming favorite.

Why? Because he’s a sympathetic old white guy? Because like lots of old Hollywood types he’s hyped on steroids and HGH (except Sly got busted for bringing HGH into Australia back in 2007)?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/05/15/sylvester-stallone-pleads-guilty-to-bringing-human-growth-hormone-into.html

You can only speculate on why the media got this particular Oscar thing wrong. Because they were all so sure about it.

Now, if we could all make money every time we knew the press was wrong…

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National Press Ignores Ben Carson Financial Scam

Never before in the history of the United States Presidential elections has a candidate ran simply for the purpose of the financial enrichment of himself and his friends.

Ben Carson is doing that right now.

And the entire national press has the facts and is ignoring the story.

As Ben Carson’s Campaign Tanked, Top Advisors Reaped Millions

http://docquery.fec.gov/pres/2015/YE/C00573519.html

The facts released in Carson’s campaign fourth quarter spending statement showed that of the $22 million he raised, most of it was paid out to companies of his friends and associates who were in charge of – RAISING MONEY.

That’s right.

Carson’s entire campaign is essentially about getting money and paying it to his friends who got that money.

It’s all in his federal campaign forms.

And the national press has ignored it.

Carson continues to run even though he has no shot whatsoever to win. Why?

Because he and his friends can’t make money if he isn’t in the game. His websites are up and running and still seeking funds from his religious “true-believers.” How cynical is that, Doctor Carson? He’s still showing up – at churches – giving speeches. Getting money. True believers.

Ben Carson’s campaign has always been a national joke, run not by a professional campaign manager but by his personal business manager.

Why has the national press ignored these outrageous facts? Because they don’t take him seriously. They chose to ignore Ben Carson’s historically scandalous campaign finance scam.

The same way the press refused to take Donald Trump seriously for months and months and refused to challenge him, to set the record straight on his scandalous business dealings.

Now the nation is up to its neck with the mess of the fascistic Trump.

 

NYT’s Puffs On Paul George’s Feminine Side, Forgets His Abhorrent”She Ain’t Trippin”Ray Rice Tweets

In the New Sports Journalism model, any player who scores lots of points and wins games immediately becomes a person worthy of hero worship.

Start writing up the puff pieces. Find some small angle and make a big hero out of him/her.

That’s what you’ll find in today’s New York Times Sports section about the NBA Pacers Paul George who just happens to be on a big scoring binge.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/29/sports/basketball/paul-georges-secret-he-learned-to-play-like-a-girl.html?ref=sports&_r=0

The problem is that there are those of us who do follow sports and have memories and know something more about players than just how many points they scored last week.

And for a NYT’s sportswriter to play up Paul George’s “feminine” side is a grotesque slap in the face of all women. Especially after the tweets George sent back in 2014 after Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his girlfriend in an elevator then dragged her like a rag doll from that elevator.

Paul George, in support of fellow professional athlete Ray Rice, said that if Ray’s girlfriend wasn’t “trippin” about the event, then Paul George wasn’t “trippin.” “lol.” (!) “Let that man play!”

Of course, George prefaced his comments by saying “hittin women” isn’t “coo.”

But then his logic is, if the woman doesn’t complain, NO BIG DEAL.

So, NYT’s cub reporter Scott Cacciola who wrote this piece extolling the sweet, feminine side of Paul George, is this the mindset of an NBA player who really supports women?

Or is it an NBA player who thinks a privileged, million dollar star athlete can punch out a woman, then drag her across the floor of a hotel like a rag doll, then expect to go right on playing and making millions of dollars from the public no matter what he does? LOL?

LOL. That is: “Lots of laughs”, to Paul George, when women get knocked out cold by big athletes.

Then there’s Paul George’s tweet about when it’s OKAY to HIT A WOMAN:

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So, just to keep this straight, Paul: If the woman hits you first, go right ahead and knock her out? Homie Ray Rice made the “mistake” of a straight-up hit?

This was less than a year and a half ago. September 2014. Recent event.

Yes, George got lots of support from certain quarters of supporters.

But the quarter that matters, Pacer’s President Larry Bird, came down on the other side. Bird came out with an apology from the Pacer’s organization and a dress-down on George. George later released his own public relations-written apology that was in such stark contrast to his tweets it was obvious George had no input whatsoever on its composition. He simply had to pretend he wrote it. For the public. For the press.

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We’ve made the point before with Peyton Manning and we’ll make it again here.

Why do these paid journalists expect us paying customers to buy heroic lies? Are they setting up Paul George to be more valuable as a million dollar spokesperson? Like Peyton Manning? By creating heroes for public consumption?

Babe Ruth was a drunken, womanizing baseball player. But a great player. We could accept that. If he beat up women when he was drunk, we wouldn’t accept that.

Paul George scores points. That’s all. Those who know more about him know he is no leader. There is no there there. Yet cub reporter Cacciola wants to spin a story around him that covers-up the truth of who he really is.

Well, we know the truth.

And we aren’t buying Cacciola’s bunk.

 

Trump Compares Self To Mussolini By Retweeting Quote

Donald Trump gets more and more disgusting every day. Literally. Every day.

Today on national TV he refused to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and the support he is getting from its former Grand Dragon, David Dukes.

The Ku Klux Klan. An organization so ignorantly racist that it’s hard to be taken seriously if not for the reprehensible ideas it supports.

Yet Donald Trump, by avoiding saying anything bad about the KKK, is knowingly courting all the racist southerners who are voting in the Super Tuesday primaries. Insidious.

When will the national press begin to make connections between Trump and Hitler’s rise in Germany? The correlations between the two are far too numerous for them not to take notice by this time.

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Then comes Trump’s more ignorant side.

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/02/28/donald-trump-retweets-post-likening-him-to-mussolini/

Most of us are familiar with Mussolini’s quote:

“It’s better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

Trump isn’t. And he re-tweeted the quote as something good.

It’s a quote only Donald Trump, Mussolini, and deranged mass murderers could love.

 

 

Double Standard For White Duke Player Who Flagrantly Fouls

Duke’s Grayson Allen was given a pass by the ACC and his school, Duke University, after flagrantly tripping a Florida State player in a game Thursday night. Not only did the refs NOT call a foul, but the ACC conference and his coach Mike Krzyzewski think it’s no big deal. They didn’t suspend Allen, just apologized for him. Even though Allen in an earlier game was called for a flagrant foul for tripping ANOTHER player at Louisville and has had numerous other dirty-play incidents.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/02/26/dukes-grayson-allen-cant-stop-tripping-people/

2 weeks ago the Big Ten conference suspended Maryland player Diamond Stone one game when the referee refused to make the right call of a flagrant 2 foul on Stone hitting an Ohio State player.  Diamond Stone is black. Grayson Allen is white.

We must assume the ACC conference and Duke see a difference.

Need another example?

Earlier this season in a Pac-12 game an Oregon State player was supended 4 games for tripping a referee. That player was black.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/pac12/2016/01/18/pac-12-review-jarmal-reid-trip-referee-oregon-state/78960688/

So if you’re a white guy that plays dirty for Duke University you can get away with a lot of stuff. And beloved Coach K will stick up for you, too.

Especially when you’re his best player.

 

 

NYT’s Despicable Love Letter To FIFA’s Blatter

It’s been a little over a week since the website SB Nation caused a national uproar by publishing a bizarrely wrong-headed piece that took a sympathetic slant toward a serial rapist. SB Nation quickly took down the piece and its publisher is reviewing all the editors involved in allowing that despicable piece to be published.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/business/media/sb-nation-daniel-holtzclaw.html?_r=0

Apparently, The New York Times editors have no qualms or standards about publishing their own despicable stories.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/26/sports/soccer/sepp-blatter-fifa-president-election.html?ref=sports

Today in the Sports section the lead was a huge glamorous, soft-focus picture of FIFA’s criminally corrupt Sepp Blatter and a story touting him as “a happy man,” “unbowed,” “wistful and whimsical” all the while ignoring how Blatter has corrupted FIFA to the point of making it one of the world’s largest, most profitable criminal organizations.

NYT’s cub reporters Sam Borden and Rebecca R. Ruiz slobbered so much over Sepp’s leather loafers he had to call in a Swedish lobby boy to polish off their saliva after the interview.

Our sources report Blatter had The Times cub reporters Borden and Ruiz tip the lobby boy as Sepp’s money is all locked up in his Zurich accounts by INTERPOL investigators.

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The New York Times no doubt promised Blatter a flattering story for the sake of the interview. Again, despicable.

Journalism at The Times reaches new lows every day now. With the (forced) retirement of public editor Margaret Sullivan, Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Publisher Art O. Sulzberger stroll lower and lower, arm-in-arm, toward that cesspool they view as The Future of Journalism.

NYT’s Ignores Hillary’s Confrontation At Fundraiser

The New York Times is turning a blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s latest embarrassing campaign episode. It’s up the the Washington Post to pick up the salient facts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/25/clinton-heckled-by-black-lives-matter-activist/

Of course, anything embarrassing to Hillary Clinton is NOT going to be covered by the NYT’s.

Sure, we’ve heard of Black Lives Matter activists confronting candidates. But this time is different. This time, the activist reminds Hillary of her own words used in 1996 calling some blacks “super-predators.”

Say, what?

And here we thought Hillary was all in with the African-American community.

It’s a good thing some activists are doing their research. There is no better weapon against a politician than their own words.

What’s worse, the confrontation came at one of Hillary’s private, very expensive, undisclosed-to-the-press fundraisers at some big mansion.

And there are Hillary’s Big Money Hustlers hustling the activist straight out of The Man’s Big Mansion while Hillary drones on about nothing in particular – like all those 10 minute speeches she gave to all those Wall Street corporations and then collected $300k checks from.

And whether you like it or not, unless something miraculous happens, it’s going to be Hustling Hillary in the White House next year, kicking all the small people out the door while welcoming Big Money, Big Interest, Multinational Corporations in, and clearing the way for her and Bill NOT to be broke after they leave the White House THIS second time.

(If you don’t get the “broke” quote, it was used by Hillary as one of the rationalizations for charging 6-figures for all those speeches.)

Addendum: The Times on 2/26/16 published an opinion piece asking Hillary to release transcripts of her Big Money speeches which she has refused to do. The Times has NOT reversed its endorsement of Hillary as our next President.