With the entertainment industry pumping out a different crop of reality shows every season, a new phenomenon had occurred. Business, success, and making money are suddenly portrayed positively. Reality shows depict business as a positive thing because, in reality, average Americans don’t see business and money as an inherently bad thing. That’s a complete turn-around from how businessmen have been pictured in scripted TV.
There are more than a dozen reality shows that portray a softer, more human side to businessmen and women. A&E has had huge success with its show “Duck Dynasty” that follows the self-made millionaire family that invented and patented the Duck Commander Duck Call. In fact, the season three finale of “Duck Dynasty” that aired on April 24, 2013 broke records with an astounding 9.6 million viewers.
After asking the politically sensitive question Friday, "Is the Boston killer eligible for Obama Care to bring him back to health," Donald Trump continued offering his views concerning Monday's attack via Twitter moments ago.
"What do you think of water boarding the Boston killer sometime prior to allowing our doctors to make him well? I suspect he may talk!"
As NewsBusters reported Monday, Donald Trump is suing HBO's Bill Maher for the $5 million the comedian offered to the real estate mogul if he proved that he wasn't the product of his mother having sex with an orangutan.
With the suit having been filed in California court hours ago, NewsBusters has obtained a statement from Trump via his EVP and Special Counsel:
As NewsBusters reported in early January, HBO's Bill Maher offered Donald Trump $5 million if he could prove he wasn't spawned by a father that was an orangutan.
On Fox & Friends Monday, Trump announced that he was suing Maher for $5 million for not following through on his offer (video follows with transcript and commentary):
As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, Bill Maher on NBC’s Tonight Show offered Donald Trump $5 million to prove that he wasn’t “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”
Later in the day, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir actually echoed Maher’s contention challenging Trump to come out and disprove it (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Bill Maher on Monday offered $5 Million to the charity of Donald Trump’s choosing if the billionaire could prove that he wasn’t “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”
Such happened on NBC’s Tonight Show which clearly was in on the gag (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
For at least 24 hours, the mainstream media have been trying to figure out a way to make Hurricane Sandy an aid to Barack Obama's re-election.
On Monday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews had a related concern asking guest John Nichols of the Nation magazine, "How long do you think it’ll take for Donald Trump to take a crack at the President for engineering this?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Adopting Obama campaign talking points that Mitt Romney has dramatically shifted positions, on Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer asked Donald Trump: "Are you happy with the Romney campaign right now? In the last couple of weeks he has clearly moved toward the center, way closer to the center than he was during the primaries and the early part of the campaign. His comments on abortion out in Ohio." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Trump dismissed any concerns: "I think he's doing amazingly. It started with the debate. We were all a little bit worried for a while. He just knocked it out of the park in the debate, and you look at the polls, he's generally winning." Lauer pressed: "But you think he's the same candidate that you signed on with several months ago?" Trump replied: "I think he's a great candidate and I think he's going to win." Lauer couldn't let it go: "Same candidate?" Trump reiterated: "Yes, I think he's a great candidate."
The media's seemingly incessant attacks on the Koch brothers continued Wednesday.
On CBS's Late Show, host David Letterman aired an insulting mock ad by the Republican National Committee that depicted the Kochs as running a "dirtbag multinational corporation" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Trump: If Conservative Mocked Someone’s Religion Like Maher Mocks Romney’s – ‘End of That Person’s Career’
Donald Trump on Monday had some harsh words for Bill Maher's incessant attacks on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism.
Appearing on Fox News's On the Record, the real estate mogul said, "If a conservative Republican made a like statement about somebody else's religion, there’d be hell to pay. It’ll be all over the place. It would be the end of that person's career as you know it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: You talk about laughing, and more of the controversy about Bill Maher. And let me repeat he is a, you know, standup comic. He does satire. His whole thing is comedy. But one of the things he says, he refers to Mormonism, the religion of the Republican nominee, as being stupid. And that is just old fashioned bigotry. And, you know, your thoughts, I mean, you know, he is laughing at it and he’s got the crowd laughing with him. Your thoughts on that?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, it's tough stuff, I mean, when you say that. He’s a comic, but that is really not funny, and frankly, it's amazing, and if the other side referred to somebody else's religion, as an example, if some nice conservative Republican said something about another religion, I won't even say which one, but let’s say another religion, there would be hell to pay. It would be a front page of every newspaper tomorrow. And here’s something that is hardly being covered, although you're covering it, but it's hardly being covered.
VAN SUSTEREN: But it's interesting when the crowd laughs, it's so hard to, you know, people oftentimes don't realize they’re being bigots if they get people laughing with them, even other bigots I guess.
TRUMP: Well, I know Bill Maher, he’s doing his thing, and he’s having a good time doing it, and he’s doing well with it, I guess. But it’s a tough statement, and frankly, if somebody else made that statement, and certainly if a conservative Republican made a like statement about somebody else's religion, there’d be hell to pay. It’ll be all over the place. It would be the end of that person's career as you know it.
Indeed it would. But with the current media, you're allowed to say anything you want about a conservative with total impunity.
As Trump said, it really is amazing.
The Big Three networks certainly have their priorities straight. ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning shows on Wednesday dedicated more time to entertainment news than the results of the Wisconsin recall election. On CBS This Morning, Disney's new ban on junk food ads from its kids programming received a minute and a half more than the political story. The same gap occurred on ABC's Good Morning America, but instead of junk food, the Miss USA pageant got the extra time.
NBC's Today, however, one-upped its competitors, as they devoted over six minutes to former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus getting engaged, while Republican Governor Scott Walker's victory received under four and a half minutes. Today also spent over five minutes on the Miss USA story.
All three networks led their morning newscasts with the Wisconsin election results. CBS This Morning spent the most time covering the story, at five minutes, 45 seconds. The relatively new program aired three full reports back-to-back from correspondents Dean Reynolds, Bill Plante, and Jan Crawford on the election at the top of the 7 am Eastern hour. However, an hour later, at the beginning of the 8 am hour, they led with a report from Jim Axelrod on the Disney junk food ban, followed by a panel discussion on the issue, which together, lasted seven minutes and 14 seconds.
Good Morning America devoted the least amount of time to Governor Walker's recall, with just over three and a half minutes. ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl reported on the story six minutes into the 7 am Eastern hour, and news anchor Josh Elliot gave a brief an hour later at the top of the 8 am hour. But in between, during the 7:30 half hour, the morning show spent almost five minutes on the court battle between actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin.
Twelve minutes after Elliot's news brief, correspondent Paula Faris gave a report on an accusation from a contestant that Miss USA officials fixed the annual beauty pageant. Anchor George Stephanopoulos then interviewed Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA franchise. Overall, Good Morning America devoted just over five minutes to the controversy, for a total of about 10 minutes on the celebrity stories.
NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander gave the sole report on the Wisconsin election just after the top of the 7 am Eastern hour of the Today show. News anchor Natalie Morales also gave two news briefs on Walker's victory during the four-hour broadcast, for a total of four minutes and 27 seconds of coverage. But like ABC, they spent over five minutes on the Miss USA story, which also included an interview of Trump.
Cyrus's engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth, however, was apparently bigger than either Wisconsin or Miss USA. Morales gave a report on the story during the 7:30 am Eastern half hour. Anchor Ann Curry then brought on Kate Coyne of People magazine to discuss the entertainment news. Together, the two segments lasted six minutes and 20 seconds, more than two minutes longer than all of the Wisconsin coverage.
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Did I waste my time last Sunday? In the morning, I was reading "The New York Times," acquainting myself with precisely how the rich and famous live. The editors of the Times chose this story for its front page, so I figured they thought it important. It involved the Romney family and someone called Jan Ebeling. It turns out I could have spent my time otherwise.
On Sunday morning, the syndicated columnist George Will appeared on ABC News' "This Week" and, though I failed to watch it, he ruminated over Mitt Romney's fundraising and those donors whom he cultivates. George noted one donor in particular, Donald Trump. He called Trump a "bloviating ignoramus." That was not the end of it. Trump detected George's rude utterance somehow and leapt to Twitter, where he twitted — I presume that is the verb — that "George Will may be the dumbest (and most overrated) political commentator of all time." What an exciting exchange of ideas!
Meanwhile I was lost in the Times' vast explication of the toney life of the Romneys with Ebeling and a cast of what seemed like hundreds of rich people, their lawyers, the horse cardiologists and, of course, their horses. Mrs. Romney's is, by the way, named Super Hit.
Ann Romney, some years ago, took up horseback riding as therapy for multiple sclerosis. That would be bad enough, for these were expensive horses, but it gets worse. She took up a very posh kind of horseback riding called "dressage." At first, I thought dressage involved cross-dressing or something risqu‚. After all, the Times's tone was decidedly alarmist. But the story is more troubling still. Dressage is very, very expensive and, as the Times sees it, frivolous. Moreover, the Romneys had become very friendly with this fellow Ebeling, who emigrated here in 1980 from Germany. Since then, Ebeling has become a mentor to the rich and famous and is now trying out for our Olympic team. The horse he plans to ride at the Olympic tryouts is in part owned by Ann Romney, and she and her husband, the Republicans' presumed nominee, have loaned Ebeling and his wife money for their horse farm at which the Romneys take quiet getaways in a "Mediterranean-style guesthouse." Why a Mediterranean-style as opposed to an Igloo-style is left to the imagination.
Well, those getaways will not be quiet any longer. The Times has blown the whistle on the whole sordid deceit, and I anticipate we shall be informed of even more lavish recreations in the months to come. The Times and "The Washington Post" are nothing if not exhaustive and exhausting. Recall, if you will, the Post's extensive piece about Romney's high school bullying of a boy or the rumor of his bullying of a boy, or some Democratic acquaintance's recollection of Romney's bullying or, perhaps, someone else's bullying of the boy who, incidentally, is now dead and whose family objects to the Post's characterization of him.
Frankly, I think I shall stick with "The New York Times." For sheerest boredom, they take all cakes. What of Mitt Romney's other recreations? Doubtless before this election is over, we shall read all about them. We already have heard about how he treated his dog twenty-nine years ago. And then the Romneys have five sons. They may be windsurfers, as Jean-Francois Kerry windsurfed during the 2004 election. They may be bungee-jumpers. Was not Al Gore a bungee-jumper until he developed those multitudinous inner tubes of flesh around his midsection? On one subject I think we shall hear very little — Mitt Romney's drug use as a young man. It is abundantly clear that he did not use drugs, not even caffeine.
On the other hand, President Barack Obama did use drugs. And he actually did bully a fellow high school student, though the student was not a boy. President Obama admits in his memoirs, Dreams from My Father, to having bullied a girl. Where did he get the money to pay for his drugs and why did he bully a girl? I shall never know. I read "The New York Times."
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator and an adjunct scholar at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Death of Liberalism." To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.