Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Oddly and probably not so coincidentally, two major newspapers have stories/editorials today on the urgent need to stop Donald Trump. An editorial in the Washington Post is headed this way: "GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump." There's a front page story on that site as well dealing with this. The New York Times has a front page header dealing with several stories on this issue: "GOP Fears What's Next If Trump Can't Be Stopped".
All of a sudden our media/journalistic world is worried Trump can't be stopped. They have been enablers of this guy since day 1. First it was a great and funny story no one took seriously but he was good copy. From then on he was the headline, the lead in every news cast and every cable and network news program to the detriment of all the others running. So they aren't innocent in all this Trump mania. So what's different all of a sudden.
I'd be lying if I wasn't cynical about the news people's motives. Why do they suddenly want the GOP to knock him out? I'd venture that being the left leaning people they are, they are suddenly worried that Trump has the distinct possibility of beating Hillary Clinton as well as all the republicans. That this is suddenly the story after months of non stop reporting on Trump and mostly only Trump, is questionable. I'd guess the word has gone out among the media that they have to work to stop Trump for the sake of the GOP but underlying that is for the sake of the democrats.
Hey Media. How about you begin demanding real answers from Trump to questions instead of loud brags.
The most troublesome thing to come out of the Mizzou protests this week is the attempt by faculty and students to keep the press away after it ended. You can't use the press to help explain your side and then try to hide from them when it's over. The fact that one member of the faculty doing this was part of the communications department and another from the journalism school is just wrong.
Last night's debate hosted by CNBC was one of the most infuriating, awful, insulting and consecending bodies of work by the moderators I've ever experienced. And I am not alone, except for MSNBC maybe which had the Morning Joe panel doing their utmost to keep anyone from mentioning how bad things were for the moderator/journalist.
How bad was it? So bad that even other more liberal news people weighed in.
Howard Kurtz: "An absolute train wreck for CNBC…snide, hostile, condescending, borderline insulting'
Ron Fournier: "Biggest loser of this debate isn't JEB. It's MSM. We've earned this bashing."
Piers Morgan: "Come on CNBC moderators, get your damn facts right. This is embarrassing."
Juan Williams: "The moderators were so often wrong...the candidates were able to say 'I didn't say that.'"
Maybe it's good that the main stream media bias was on such obvious display last night, they were snide, adversarial, downright rude. But this behavior was so bad and so obvious that finally GOP candidates pushed back in a strong way. That push back is a long time coming, but so important.
Tonight the debate no one has been looking forward to brings together (according to a USAToday headline) Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the rest of the 2016 Dems.
Wow. The others are merely "the rest". So who are these unnamed people who are also running for president? They are in no particular order: Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, former Virginia senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee.
CNN is the host and moderator for this debate and as of this morning, CNN isn't going to have the candidates debate each as happened with the republican debates. What they'll do is anyone's guess but it sounds like it may just be a press conference.
A story broke yesterday which hasn't gotten much play in various news outlets but which is very telling on modern day journalism.
Seems back in the Benghazi days of 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hired an outside intelligence group to fact gather. This company employed a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller, to supply intelligence for the secretary of state at the same time he worked as a paid consultant to CBS News — acting as a "consultant" just as the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi broke.
One reporter found found multiple CBS employees who said that Drumheller had a key role in shaping the network's coverage, quite contrary to what the CBS public relations office told him.
An article in which we should see a finger pointing at all of us and is well worth a read. See examples in piece running the whole cultural continuum from the refusal to look at the Planned Parenthood videos to Immigration to the school boy's homemade clock. The decline and fall of the American debate. Just watch the less than thoughtful, and mostly politically partisan, talk which will come from discussion of the Pope's address to Congress.
"For years it’s been remarked that we no longer have one American culture but many, that we’ve become Balkanized into a dizzying array of interests and identity groups separated by race, ethnicity, religion, and much else.
But we’re also separated, increasingly, by the news and commentary we read and watch. To the extent that it informs us of what’s going on, and why, and what to expect, our fragmentation and insularity has reached a dangerous tipping point: we no longer agree on what’s real."