OpEd: Meet the Press? Don’t Bother

Michelle Cottle, writing in the paper of record:

Conducting daily briefings was once a core function of the press secretary. The White House put its spin on the news of the day; reporters pushed for more information or clarification. Somewhere in all the give-and-take, the public interest was served.

Under President Trump, such sessions have all but vanished. Since the first of the year, Ms. Sanders has held two formal briefings. She has also developed a frustrating reputation for not responding to media inquiries in general. […]

In Ms. Sanders’s case, the growing lack of access is arguably less troubling than the lack of credibility — a problem highlighted in last Thursday’s release of the Mueller report.

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Remembering Prince Rogers Nelson 6.7.58 — 4.21.16 #prince #purplerain #purplereign


Sunday 21st of April 2019

Happy Esther!


The GOP Is the Anti-Vaxx Party Now

Sophie Weiner writing at Splinter News:

Six states now have bills authored by Democrats that would make forgoing vaccines for children more difficult. In nearly all of those states, which include Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and Maine, the bills have faced Republican opposition. Meanwhile, in West Virginia and Mississippi, the GOP has introduced bills that would loosen childhood vaccine laws.
Looks like the GOP is fine with pseudoscience fueling a pandemic of preventable illness! Who woulda thought! As fewer parents vaccinate their children, measles outbreaks have become a bigger problem. In 2019, there have already been 555 cases across the country, just 19 years after the disease was eradicated.


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

“I’d tell you to go to hell, but I never want to see you again.” — Mack “Uncle Mac” Johnson, speaking to a preacher as he’s throwing the preacher out of his whorehouse, Mad Men, S6E13, “In Care Of” (June 23, 2013). #MadMen #TVquotes


Monday 15th of April 2019

Just re-watching The Post (2017), and I keep feeling like I’m watching Tom Hanks guest hosting Mr. Show with Bob and David!


Thursday 11th of April 2019

Just passed an #AppleMaps car ~15 miles east of Knoxville, TN on I-40.


Saturday 23rd of March 2019

“Karate! Karate-karate! Regular punch! Just kidding, that was karate…” —DJ Slizzard (a.k.a. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne), Party Monster: Scratching the Surface(2018) #MovieQuotes


Thursday 21st of March 2019

“For me, it turned out that without Facebook, there wasn’t much I really missed out on — except targeted ads.”. Hear, hear. I quit Facebook about 3 months before the NY Times’ personal tech columnist and don’t miss it one bit.


Sunday 17th of March 2019

“What I can tell you is this: this is not Stu’s first marriage. There was a whore in Las Vegas a couple of years ago…” —Alan, The Hangover Part II (2011) #MovieQuotes