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BEZOS TAKES OUR ADVICE

As far back as January 22, 2011 and actually before that date, I wrote that if CNN and other liberal news outlets wanted to survive and thrive all they had to do was give the people what they wanted. I also said they need not reinvent the wheel. FOX already did it and the blueprints were there for everyone to copy, i.e. become alternative conservative news sites. Obviously, they did not take my advice to their imminent peril. Hundreds of CNN employees will soon be canned as the company’s worldwide empire shrinks faster than Britain’s in the last century. It’s what happens when you consistently slap potential success in the face because you just don’t like the way it looks.

There is however someone who not only thinks my advice is spot on or is simply another great mind thinking like a greater one. Both of us being master common sense visionaries, me in a vacuum, him on a yacht somewhere, Jeff Bezos has just made a decision that has the potential of breaking the liberal hold on the mainstream media.

It took Bezos awhile, perhaps to wisely assess the situation, but things at the Washington Post are about to change big time. In an announcement by the paper itself today, Frederick J. Ryan will be the new publisher of the Washington Post. He will be replacing the liberal, Katherine Weymouth who is the last in the line of the Graham family’s choices to publish the paper. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com purchased the Washington Post for $250 million dollars in 2013. The right or wrong of his purchase decision is still up in the air, but he today made it clear, WAPO’s days of being the bane of the right are over.

Who is Frederick J. Ryan? The Post itself states the 59 year old attorney is “a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico [dot com], a primarily digital news organization that competes with The Post on political coverage. [Ryan] spent years rising in the Reagan administration, eventually becoming a top presidential aide and key leader in the construction of his presidential library and numerous other initiatives after Reagan left office in 1989.”

Need we say any more?

Sometimes being so far ahead of the curve is infuriating for me, but this time it is somewhat soul-satisfying though few will ever know the game plan originated here in the humble halls of PJ Fusco On The News.

With Ryan at the helm, the Washington Post will now, at the very minimum, be more fair and balanced. If it wants to make money, it will become the New York Times’ worst nightmare, a competitor with an engine firing on all cylinders instead of another liberal rag catering to a blown out political agenda.

The die is cast for a monumental makeover at the Post, Ryan telegraphed his determination in an interview on Monday. According to the above cited article, “Ryan called The Post ‘a world-class news organization’ that has made substantial progress in building a digital readership. He said it would continue to pursue a ‘growth strategy’ that involved investing in journalistic innovation to expand The Post’s reach and audience (italics ours). What that means should be clear to every paper-reading news hound with any sense at all. He’s going after the largest audience, the conservative audience which demonstrates its strength every day by making FOX by far the most watched news organization in the country in every demographic that counts. The Post will no longer be flavored with liberal syrup and its reach will extend beyond mere using the successful Politico template Ryan developed. Under his leadership the Post will develop muscles years of lazy liberalism left to atrophy. The potential is enormous since the audience is not only there, but anxiously awaiting a giant member of the print media to go toe to toe with the industry’s liberal elite. It will be FOX News in print.

Now, because we were right three years and more ago when we offered this very same advice to all media outlets on the left, allow the following predictions:

The effect of Jeff Bezos’ decision to replace a Graham family appointee as publisher at the Washington Post with an erstwhile Reagan advisor will be tsunami-like throughout the mainstream media. Liberals never saw this coming. Worse, it comes at a time when liberalism under Barack Obama is crumbling. Support for liberal causes and candidates will plummet as the media begins to mimic the Post. You will see a wholesale shift in the media’s political leanings. Why? Because if there are truly sheeple in America, they are concentrated in the media. It sees the New York Times and the Washington Post as royalty, what happens when those dinosaurs stamp their feet ripples throughout the media world. Soon you will see CNN follow suit, then other media outlets across the country, then, as a function of the necessity to play in the same arena or die altogether, the networks will be forced to detach themselves from a discredited agenda, they will join the new fold. Finally, the likes of MSNBC will be shuttered once and for all, the New York Times will be sold to someone like Donald Trump who will radically change it to compete with other conservative outlets.

It will take a few years, but the change is upon us. Someday we will look back and credit Jeff Bezos for helping kick start a revolution which has been brewing for a decade or more. Liberalism is yesterday’s philosophy, like 1960s hippies in a drug induced dancing frenzy it will be an embarrassing reminder of what self-inflicted stupidity looks like.

 

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THAT DIALOGUE ERIC HOLDER SAID WE WERE TOO COWARDLY TO HAVE

In a February 18, 2009 speech to Justice Department employees, Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States in some people’s eyes, infamously stated we “are a nation of cowards” as the term presumably attends to discussions of race in the United States of America. He is right of course, but not in the main.

The cowards are those who will not speak their minds out of fear. But, there are those of us who will speak our minds, be promptly accused of racism when we do and not care. Who are the cowards then? Those who will not speak or those who are so afraid to hear what others think, shut them down when they do speak up?

This is precisely why this piece is being written, to state bluntly and without care of whether or not a reprisal in the form of being labeled a racist is forthcoming. Mr. Holder wanted a dialogue, let’s have at it.

I cannot speak to the black experience in America, I am not black. But one does not have to be a certain skin color or ethnicity to understand what it’s like being shunned for something over which one has no control. My ancestors were from Italy. I do in fact know what it’s like being looked down upon because of it. Did it make me angry? You bet, but not sufficiently that I lashed out at the rest of the world and justified it by chanting a mantra of institutional victimization.

If you want to know the truth, the bitterness on the part of white people directed toward black people has very little to do with skin color. It actually has more to do with an offense Americans find far more onerous than discrimination based on the color of one’s skin. It comes down to fairness. We’re angry that government pushes you to the front, makes excuses for you and generally accommodates your whims at a price the rest of us have to pay. You’re only 13% of the population, why do you deserve anything more than 13% consideration?

White Americans are by and large generous and giving, always willing to extend a hand, we’ve proven that over fifty years and $15 trillion dollars of anti-poverty measures meant to help black people get out from underneath their endemic miseries. But our charity has not only been wasted, it is scorned by black people as something owed to them, reparations for slavery if you will.

That’s crap. There isn’t one person alive in America today responsible for slavery. There isn’t one black person alive today who was ever enslaved. On a personal level, my grandfather came to America at the beginning of the last century. He had nothing to do with black slavery in the New World, nor did any of his antecedents and by extension then, neither did any of his descendants including me and mine. In point of fact, there is no one in the United States who had anything to do with slavery, so why do we owe black people a nickel’s worth of consideration more than they’ve already received on the matter? And where’s your gratitude for everything we’ve done to help you out? Instead of purposely walking in front of the white man’s car as slowly as possible, you should be skipping across the street and tipping your hats for all you’ve received out of his pockets.

White America wonders how it is their sons and daughters are turned away from the finest schools because there needs to be room for black students. What if my kid is in every way more qualified than yours? Where’s the justice if Harvard bumps my kid with the most stellar record academically and otherwise in the freaking world for your kid who couldn’t come close? It doesn’t matter the color of anyone’s skin, it offends the American sense of fairness. But you desperately want that leg up and you raise momentous howls when courts strike down what is so plainly unfair. You want a level playing field, then when you get one you balk at playing on it. Compete with the best and see if you can succeed among them without any help from anywhere. You do it in sports, why not in every other endeavor?

It is of course a tragedy that an eighteen year old kid was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, but where’s the justice in using the event to loot and pillage, to outright destroy and steal from people who had nothing to do with it? How is it those who did the damage aren’t even being pursued much less punished? How come because you’re black and part of a mob, you get to do things that would get any white person alive arrested, convicted and imprisoned? That’s the way it looks and anything you might say to the contrary to justify such wholesale thuggery is to us another lame excuse for the worst among you just because their skin color is the same as yours.

As far as education is concerned, we’re sick and tired of having to dumb the entire system down because your kids can’t cut it. And it makes us angry that no one points to the obvious when discussing the behavior of black kids in our schools. Eric Holder’s demand that school systems stop suspending black kids is so offensive any teacher to whom the idea is put responds by rolling their eyes in disbelief it was even suggested. As an ex-teacher, I would love to watch Eric Holder in a classroom of belligerents. He wouldn’t last ten seconds before expelling them all.

Maybe it’s because they come from predominately one parent households, or maybe it’s the environment in which they grow, but guess what? We don’t care anymore about that because our kids are being negatively affected by yours. You wonder why white people fly from urban areas where the majority population is black? If you need the straight answer it’s because no matter where you are, there’s decay. When you come into a neighborhood you bring drugs, gangs and violence. No person, no matter their color wants to live in that environment so they move as fast as they possibly can before losing every bit of value in their homes or their lives.

Your leaders are all left-wing socialists and/or communists who hide beneath a leftist political philosophy so as to lend some kind of perverted legitimacy to their real agenda, taking from everyone who earns and redistributing it to those who won’t. You are mistakenly under the impression that you are getting over on the white man by calling this scheme “social justice.” But we know precisely what you’re doing, perpetrating a scam with the government’s approval.

And don’t think for a moment we are happy with the jaundiced view of America and Americans both your president and attorney general have. You don’t think we know why they are so desperate to align themselves with black people and their causes or why they are so adamant about blowing open our borders to anyone and everyone? This is their way of overwhelming the white man, of finally taking from him his majority status so as to fully punish him for being white. It’s Obama’s “final solution” being desperately carried out by Eric Holder.

The polls show it better than I could ever articulate the point, we are more racially divided under Obama and Holder than at any time in recent history. There’s more of a divide today than there was in the 1960s. Why? Because they want it that way. If they didn’t, this would be a far different country as a result of their administration.

We think what you want is to be more than equal. We know you think that way because you believe you’re owed it. You deserve to be more equal than the white man, after all, the white man has been more than equal for so long, it’s time for a switch in levels. But we owe you nothing. You owe yourselves, not to be more than equal to everyone else, but to drag yourselves out of the mess you created to a point where you can not only be equal, but be respected. If you want to rise above your circumstances, do what every other ethnic group has done in America, work hard and move forward as a consequence of that work, not of ludicrous demands for social and economic justice. But you haven’t and you won’t as long as you continue to make excuses and lay blame on the white man. You’re essentially in the same position you were a hundred years ago and out of some occluded sense of logic, you blame white people instead of yourselves. Do you know how sick that is? It flies in the face of every experience all other ethnic groups have had with America.

Your resentment of the successes others worked to achieve only exacerbates the problem. It shows up in almost everything you do. Your comedians routinely use white and people of Asian ethnicity as the butt of their jokes with an insensitivity and brutishness that would send you running for Eric Holder and the DOJ if the tables were turned.

You want to be equal? First you have to look in the mirror, then you have to decide who the hell is staring back and after that you either deal with the realities of your culture or continue to pull at a fantasy which condemns you to waiting for someone else to give you an identity better than the one you presently own. That’s the thing, isn’t it? You’ve been told by your leaders and Democrats for decades that yours is coming, but it never does and it never will unless you change what you are.

You think white people hate black people because of skin color. I think black people hate white people for that reason more than the other way around. If there is anything white people hate about black people is that part of your culture which poisons everything around it while at the same time assuming that no matter how evil and depraved, because it emanates from black culture the rest of us must find it acceptable or else we are racists.

You have us all wrong actually. It isn’t the color of your skin. It’s anger. It’s being pissed off that you, just because you’re black, should be given a pass on all manner of destructive behavior and that somehow the rest of America has to not only accept it, but pay for it too. You better do what Aretha Franklin tells you, “You better think…” because the end of that era is upon us and ironically, it has been ushered in by Barack Obama and Eric Holder.

You wanted a dialogue, well, there you have it. I am under no misconception however. The backlash will be swift and venomous, but I don’t care and I’m willing to bet fewer and fewer people do. In the final analysis it isn’t hatred at all, it’s the dawning of indifference which will turn to intolerance which will turn to violence should we be forced to concentrate on your problems rather than taking care of our own.

 

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 28, 2014

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Today:

Immigration, what on-the-ground Conservatives and Republicans really think may surprise you.

Hispanic/Latino culture precludes the insulting liberal/Democrat assumption that they will end up Democrats because they enjoy the dole.

Peter adds it all up for the mid-terms with a prediction some will find very disturbing.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 27, 2014

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1.)  Just a word about O’Reilly’s show yesterday and how he reiterated that which Peter wrote about in a book some few years back called, “A Father’s Guide To Raising Conservative Gentlemen (and saving America at the same time).  And also to AGAIN state that all you have to do is listen to TPFP and you will not need to listen or watch anything else.

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Rob Astorino, Republican For NY Governor (And…he’s better looking than Cuomo)

2.) Rob Astorino for New York Governor…an excellent choice if he accepts our advice (which was given for free and is thus a bargain).

3.) It’s always the economy.

 

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ROB ASTORINO’S SHOT AT THE TOP, AND HOW HE MUST TAKE IT

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is running against Andrew Cuomo in the UricaandMarcellusformationsupcoming gubernatorial race to lead New York State forward if such a thing is possible. I personally don’t believe it is unless Upstate and Downstate divorce each other, but the chances of that happening are about as slim as Barack Obama going down in history as a good president. Still, though a decided underdog, there is a way for Mr. Astorino to come out from underneath Cuomo’s name without shaming the man any more than Cuomo has already shamed himself.

First piece of advice as author of Running: How To Design and Execute A Winning Political Campaign: Forget about bringing up corruption in the Cuomo administration. Corruption in New York is as ubiquitous as white plastic lawn chairs. It is so common, New Yorkers wouldn’t recognize good government if it slapped them in the face daily.

Second, to win this election there is one thing you can do that Cuomo cannot, pull out the Ronald Reagan card and ask, “Are you any better off today than before Cuomo took office?” The answer is without question, “No” and everyone with the exclusion of a wealthy Downstate and those with state jobs knows it. You see what we’re driving at here? Turn the Democrat/liberal tables back on them.

Now the tricky part, and you have to have giant cohones to do this, tell the people of New York you can absolutely guarantee an economic boom the likes of which New York has not experienced in over 100 years. How are you going to achieve it? Energy. When you juxtapose your plan to allow energy production in this state with Cuomo’s refusal, you will be creating precisely the political urgency any rather unknown candidate in a brutal race could want. You will be making it clear that a bunch of fringe frighteners who have not the slightest fact to underscore their claims will not be allowed to restrict the average New Yorker looking for good paying work from getting it. You will be turning the tables on liberal elitists in New York by championing the economic prosperity of the very demographic those Dem/Libs have been using for decades. Your message is, “No, it’s not just Wall Streeters who deserve to live well, it’s you, the regular New Yorker, Upstater and Downstater alike who gets up in the morning and hopes a better economic day is at hand, but finds it’s never the case. It’s you who deserves the chance at prosperity without government stepping in your way at every turn. It’s you who should know that for as long as liberals have been in charge of New York government they’ve been, to steal a phrase from The Outlaw Josey Wales, pissing down our backs and telling us it’s raining.

You Mr. Astorino, through the process of promising to allow the development of that resource critical to every single economic success in the world will bring hope to millions of New Yorkers, the kind that says, maybe your sons and daughters will come home again if there is the kind of economy here that lured them there.

You will have the left screaming and hollering, but you expect that anyway and know it will come. Your case however has already been made for you by no one other than your opponent. He has singlehandedly said “No” to the average New Yorker’s plea for economic prosperity. No amount of money touting a ridiculous story of high-tech businesses running to New York for ten years of tax abatement can convince the unemployed twenty-something on the Southern Tier or the forty year old laid off factory worker in Buffalo that it’s going to get better for them. But you can convince them if you make your case simple, clear and absolute: In the history of modern man, cheap energy is the engine of enormous prosperity.

Now for your ammunition.

Consider that the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), not in cooperation with the oil and gas industry, but as an independent government organization has released the map you see here indicating the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) assessment of how much gas and oil are available in the combined Marcellus and Utica formations.  This estimate is based on the latest geological tests which now include increasingly sophisticated techniques.  But it is only a very small part of the story.

In an article by Dan Sharp for the Bismarcktribune.com on June 11th of this year, the claim is made that government estimates are falling far short of the realities.  He states that the Marcellus formation alone already surpasses production in what was a few short years ago declared to be the largest shale formation in the country, the Bakken formation in and around the Dakotas, Colorado and surrounding states.  You will note that unemployment in those producing regions is at historic lows, e.g. 2.6% in North Dakota.

Now consider the following statement:  “As impressive as Marcellus numbers are shaking out, it’s really only half the story back East. Another tight shale formation underlies the Marcellus and, according to some industry officials, has the potential to exceed the Marcellus’ performance. It’s called the Utica shale [formation] [which] gets its name from the city of Utica, N.Y., where it outcrops at the earth’s surface.”

But here is the most astounding finding of all:  “In October 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the Utica shale to contain approximately 38 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil, and 208 million barrels of natural gas liquids. In comparison, the agency’s April 2013 assessment placed Bakken recoverable reserves at 6.7 Tcf of recoverable natural gas, 7.4 billion barrels of oil and 530 million barrels of natural gas liquids. (Italics mine).

But the Ohio Geological Survey goes beyond even those estimates. It “calculates a Utica/Point Pleasant recoverable reserve potential estimate for the Buckeye State (alone) of 1.96 billion to 8.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent. And yet the area of the formation in New York is larger as you can see on the map with the greatest prize, the deeper Utica formation underlying the Marcellus being largely centered in Pennsylvania and New York.

The reason these technical aspects are important to a political campaign are twofold:  First, the USGS just a few years ago (2005) was reporting that the formation was less than half the size they now know it is.  Second, the estimates of size, scope and volumes of potential reserves have skyrocketed as the discovery technology advances.  What this all means is that if you can capture the collective imagination of New Yorkers and convince them there will be an economic dawn of unprecedented proportions under your leadership as a result of energy development you will have effectively set off an energy boom that will have a profoundly positive effect on not just New York, but the entire country. Moreover, you will have helped marginalize Middle Eastern oil producers which will directly affect America’s global influence while at the same time indirectly putting pressure on antagonist states surrounding our ally, Israel. That’s presidential stuff Mr. Astorino, it sets the stage nicely for an ambitious conservative governor of a ridiculously blue state.  Better than that, the net effect of the energy boom you will set off will force domestic prices down to the point that cheap energy will set the entire United States on a footing to compete with China.

Energy is the key sir, and energy alone is what will bring New York back to being the Empire State for all New Yorkers, not just the wealthy few.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 26, 2014

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In which Peter discusses the racial divide.

“The root of racism is the clash of cultures, not the difference in skin color.”

“Without fathers in the household boys are at a significant disadvantage all their lives.  Fathers teach their sons respect.  Once learned, respect fosters a sense of dignity.  When a boy becomes dignified, he becomes a man.”

“American culture has been perverted by liberalism for it disallows shame.  Where there’s no shame, there is no gentility and where there is no gentility, there is no dignity.  Where there is no dignity, there is no culture.”

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PAUL RYAN TOSSES PRINCIPLES OVERBOARD, REPLACES THEM WITH EGO

When Scottie Nell Hughes writes, “Paul Ryan has decided in his new book The Way Forward to damn conservatives as the crazies behind a ‘suicide mission’ for the paul ryancountry…” what she reveals is a quirk in the man’s character not dissimilar to so many people who crave fame, get it, then believe they deserved it all along not for their principles, but for their egos. Very much like greedy people and money, there are those who need fame and acceptance so badly they will not only turn on their friends and colleagues to gain them, but on themselves. It is a lunatic’s dance with the realities.

Ryan has succumbed to the Hollywood syndrome wherein a nobody becomes a somebody almost overnight. There is no drug in the world that can offer the same high. To sustain it, people of weak character will do anything, including capitulate to what was once entirely antithetical to their belief system.

For Paul Ryan, it is more than a simple need for notoriety. What he covets is the Presidency and nothing less, but not to serve the United States, to control it and therefore us. He is cut of the same cloth as Barack Obama and sees in Obama’s stealthy plan to destroy America a structure so well executed that if he co-opts it he can make things right again. In other words, Paul Ryan suffers from the same malady as does Barack Obama, he believes he’s our savior and as the great white knight he will brook no dissension from the opposition, which of course is anyone who disagrees with him, especially those who remain faithful to conservative ideals and a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Ryan’s turn to the dark side has been rapid and fraught with a lack of subtlety only a novice egomaniac displays in spite of the fact he has hinted at his willingness to compromise, i.e. capitulate for several years. According to Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller as reported in Redstate.com over the years “Ryan voted FOR (sic):

  1. The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, whereby the government purchased assets and equity from financial institutions.
  2. The auto-bailout, which essentially implied he agrees car companies—especially the ones with an auto plant in his district—are too big to fail.
  3. And for a confiscatory tax on CEO bonuses, which essentially says the government has the right to take away private property—if it doesn’t like you.”

And if that isn’t enough, his “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013” was as Byzantine in its configuration as it was entirely contrary to Ryan’s clearest calls on cutting spending. Through a use of language which would have Thomas Jefferson spinning in his grave, Ryan essentially made a complete 180 degree turn on the singular issue for which he is best known. Instead of cutting spending, he surrendered to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) individually, Harry Reid and all other Democrats effectively by agreeing to increase spending. What is worse, he used that old, worn out Democrat promise that the current increase in spending will be addressed by cutting sometime in the future. Wait a minute, isn’t this the same guy who during the 2012 presidential campaign so stridently railed against an unsustainable deficit? Isn’t it Paul Ryan who injected into the national conversation a sense of immediacy for cutting spending or face the reality of a financial crisis so large the United States would be forever crippled?

If one considers Ryan’s support from the usual suspects, it becomes more clear his desire to be acceptable so as to garner favor as the Republican establishment’s wunderkind extends also to a concept so steeped in historical failure it is a mark of rank political immaturity. He is that kid who so desperately wants everyone’s approval, he will reach across the aisle whenever called upon to do so. In politics it’s called compromise, in reality it’s called defeat, for the minute a Republican makes nice with a Democrat, he is raised on his own petard. That his comrades, John Boehner, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham and the two most prominent for being losers, John McCain and Mitt Romney all support their boy no matter his casting overboard the principles he once so firmly espoused is singular testament to Mr. Ryan’s view of himself as the real savior of the people. He has the Republican establishment eating out of his hand, now all he has to do is get liberals to love him as well.

If you are still on the fence about Paul Ryan and you sense a somewhat visceral harshness coming from me if not Ms. Hughes, consider the support…that’s right, support he received from that bastion of conservative thought, the New York Times, just before the 2012 election. The details of the article by Thomas Edsall are not as important as the glowing praise and heaps of admiration poured over the then vice-presidential nominee. The title of the article renders the verdict itself: “Paul Ryans’s Liberal Fan Club.” With a measure of liberal syrup so thick one needs an aqualung before diving in, Edsall writes of almost bipartisan support for Romney’s choice of Ryan for the latter’s handle on budgetary matters. Edsall cites the opinion of National Review editors at the time who wrote, “while Ryan has a national reputation as a budget cutter, he is a full-spectrum conservative.”

How the beliefs and passions of political men and women change over two years. Instead of the knight-errant, Paul Ryan has become the knight-error. His conservatism seemingly gone, he has picked up the Republican establishment’s banner and is running with it. Perhaps Mr. Ryan should take a look at someone as young, but far more principled and arguably more talented if he wants to see the future of the Republican party and the United States. Oddly enough, he doesn’t have to look very far for Trey Gowdy is right there in the same chamber on the same side of the aisle.

 

 

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HOWARD KURTZ’S SLAVISH ADMIRATION FOR MEDIA DINOSAURS

Howard Kurtz of FOX News regularly displays his Hadean view of the media. He slavishly cites the New York Times and to a lesser extent the Washington Post whenever seeking a media authority as if both newspapers are still “of record”. Kurtz should try to yank himself into the twenty-first century by eschewing those feeble old rags and embracing what is effective citizen journalism. To paraphrase a line out of the cult classic, Big Trouble In Little China, “The news is here, Mr. Kurtz.”

In a piece he wrote (and televised) on August 22, 2014 under the overly lengthy headline, “Obama Stands Alone: Even the media are baffled by his deepening isolation” Kurtz writes, “President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media. That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times.” From there he cites the “Times” throughout including Maureen Dowd and develops his story as if every word written in the Times should be cherished as the undeniable truth and therefore irrefutable. Why? Well, because it comes from the New York Times. Has Howard been living in a cave? Or has he simply disengaged from an America which views the New York Times like a subversive enemy in our midst?

Kurtz among other media drips is gaga over the mainstream media and he’s under the impression Americans think the same way. He’s dead wrong. According to a Gallup poll done in 2013, “77% of Americans distrust mainstream media television”. In 2012, the Pew Research Center reported that only 23% of Americans read a newspaper regularly. They added the number has dropped eighteen points over the last decade and continues to decline. More recently, Gallup reported that America’s confidence level in both newspapers and mainstream network television has sunk to all time lows of 22% and 18% respectively.  And while television is still the main source of news for Americans, ABC, NBC and CBS each account for 1% or less of viewership according to Gallup with FOX News at the top of the list with 8% of those polled responding that it is their main source for news.

The real hit is taken by Howard Kurtz’s idols. Only 6% of respondents indicated they get their news in the main from print with the New York Times sharing their rating of 1% with the Wall Street Journal. That statistic is profoundly underscored by the Times latest financial statement which is gloomier than an Obama economic report. In every meaningful category, the Times posts negatives. By contrast, three times the number or 18% of those polled indicated they go to the Internet for their news. So, why is Howard Kurtz so desperate to use the old, maggoty Gray Lady as the source for everything newsworthy? It appears because he’s like that kid on the playground who desperately wants to be on the best team only the best team has grown old and is now the worst team and Kurtz, though the glory days are over, still idolizes the codgers irrespective of their irrelevance.

When less than a quarter of Americans trust the traditional news outlets it’s not because those outlets are doing stellar jobs of reporting the truth. It’s the opposite. People don’t trust the traditional media because they’ve been blatantly lied to by it for decades. But it’s a new era. In this one there are fast and effective ways of getting to another point of view, if not the entire truth. Today, everyone is a potential journalist. Everyone has a combination still and movie camera at their fingertips. Their pictures and clips rarely lie. Moreover, no news gathering organization in the world can compete with them. It would take resources beyond any modern communications company’s capacity to be, like citizen journalists are, everywhere every time an event occurs. More than that, people are under no misconception that the media lies or distorts the truth with an increasingly overt liberal agenda. This is shown in another Pew Research poll which stated that only 26% of those polled think the media gets the facts straight, 20% think the media is “pretty independent” and only 19% said they thought the media is “fair to all sides.” In spite of it all Kurtz and others in the business continue to deflect that abundance of criticism regarding liberal bias by claiming it’s merely a perception, that the little people just don’t understand how real journalists think.

That old shibboleth doesn’t get traction any longer however. All anyone needs is a computer or smart phone to see the truth played out right before their eyes. It no longer matters that the mainstream media deliberately lies and distorts or ignores stories altogether if they don’t fit the liberal paradigm. There are millions of people who are there to fill the vacuum presenting the other side of stories or simply reporting what the traditional media conveniently ignores.

Take the latest from that paragon of restraint, Harry Reid. Speaking to an Asian-American business group in Las Vegas on August 21, 2014, Reid told the crowd, “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.” He then followed that insulting gaff with another: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight”. But it wasn’t until the Republican research group, America Rising heard of Reid’s statements and found the clip that the story was reported. The fact is, were there not people in the crowd who actually recorded the clips, the mainstream media would not have reported the incident at all. With such advancements in news reporting, how is it Kurtz keeps going back to his dying little corner of the world and acting like it’s as healthy as Jack Lalanne in his prime while audiences in general are absolutely sure he and his media buddies not only lie to our faces, but lie by omission? It’s that kind of elitist arrogance those who consume news dislike so intensely. It smacks of a singular desire for stardom and acceptance into a society of like-minded liberals rather than one for getting the untainted truth out to a public starving for it.

Listening to Howard Kurtz talk about the media is an exercise in embarrassment over his boyish enthusiasm for what he wants everyone to believe is still the fourth estate. Clearly it isn’t, not even close. The same Pew poll cited above makes the point. Americans by a large majority, 68%, believe the media should “keep leaders from doing things that  shouldn’t be done”, i.e. be the unbiased bastion of truth delivery, but in the poll respondents make it known what goes for journalism in this country is hopelessly lost and entirely unreliable, the antithesis of what Kurtz portrays as our modern media.

But it’s Kurtz’s effusiveness when reporting on the media that is sometimes difficult to watch. One can sense how he strains to subdue a desire to outrightly defend liberals and their causes, like kicking against the goads as a manifestation of liberal DNA. He flubs and flounders around the periphery of critiquing the media succeeding only in being embarrassingly deferential to it in the final analysis, especially those crippled dinosaurs, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He would be much more credible if he refrained from mentioning them at all since by the cited polls herein, only a paltry few read, watch or trust them.

Why FOX hired the man is beyond this writer’s understanding. That Kurtz’s show is relegated to the weekend is something for which we can all be grateful however. It’s when FOX slides him into other programs that I go scurrying for the remote. I’d rather watch a black and white test pattern.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 21, 2014

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Ferguson, MO.

Dear Al Sharpton, we’ve all had enough, especially of you.

The staggering number of Americans on some kind of public assistance.

There are good, bad and ugly cops.

Self-defense is the most fundamental aspect of life.

Justice by fear is no justice at all.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 20, 2014

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On today’s program:

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Rho Chalmers – Dem Activist on Texas Grand Jury

The plan to “get” Rick Perry and the three people responsible.  Hint:  one is a Democrat activist who happened to be on the Grand Jury indicting Perry; one is the drunken bum who is at the center of the hatchet job and last, a Texas attorney accused of tampering with witnesses.

Next Peter discusses the Obama administration’s milquetoast, limp-wristed response to the beheading of journalist James Foley.  Another farce in a presidency meant to look good, but accomplish nothing.

Finally, the immigrant experience in America and how twelve percent of the population has been consistently left out as a result of a leftist agenda meant to re-enslave them along with all illegal immigrants pouring into the country.

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