Archive: March, 2013
Michael Smerconish should say a huge thank you to his soon-to-be=former employers at WPHT-AM (1210). Last week, he announced that he's leaving for satellite radio, because the audience for old-fashion AM radio political talk was "too old, too white, too male and too angry."
Today, WPHT proved him 100 percent right by hiring right-wing whack job (and former Bill Clinton advisor...go figure) Dick Morris to be on the air for four unlistenable hours, from 2-6 p.m. Like today's GOP, the folks running the CBS station seem to be throwing in the towel, riding out their declining years until every last angry old white male listener is in Florida or otherwise unable to listen.
I was just in the car coming back from an interview (Breaking news: Reporter leaves office) and I heard Mayor Nutter talking abouit the brouhaha down at City Hall today, the one where union protestors drowned out his speech. Si I couldn't take notes, but the Mayor's comment afterwards was something to the effect that there are certain places that shouldn't be disrespected, like Congress, or Council chambers.
So that's pretty much where we are in America these days. It's horrible to disrespect...a building. But when it comes to working men and women, anything goes.
The corruption shoes keep dropping here in Pennsylvania -- how many feet do we have, anyway? You'll be shocked, shocked to know that there was massive corruption at the then-Democrat controlled Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, something to ponder when you drive out west like I did last summer and realize that unless YOU commit a felony you won't be able to meet their extortionist toll demands. Then we have the unfortunate case of Fortunato Perri.
And there's more from the good people at StateImpactPA, which has been playing tag-team with me on reporting gifts and possible conflicts of interest involving Gov. Corbett., especially relating to the oil-and-gas industry. Specifically, they drilled deeper on one benefactor, the Philly-based powerhouse law firm Blank Rome, which is involved with the pro-industry Marcellus Shale Coalition and represents fracking clients. They noted that if you go back further into Corbett's tenure as attorney general he and his wife reported more than $15,000 in gifts from Blank Rome, mostly yearly tickets to a swank gala at the Academy of Musc.
So 2013 is officially the Year of Francis. To use a mixed metaphor, they are the yin and the yang -- TV's shrewd, conniving Francis Underwood and the Vatican's humble and awestruck -- and yet somehow also ambitious -- Jesuit Pope Francis I.
I should read New York Times obituaries more often. Over the weekend, thanks to my obsession with all things 1960s (OK, 1970, but same thing) related, I stumbled across this obit for a lawyer who sued the authorities on behalf of the victims of the deadly massacre of four students at Kent State. It seems that Joseph Kelner was quite a man -- he was 53 at the tiime of the Ohio shootings, but he was very moved by young people and their unrest over what was happening at that time.
The obituary concludes with an op-ed he wrote in the Times around the time of the Kent State incident:
You say you want a revolution...against the liberal media? Be careful what you wish for.:
The latest rumor about the next owner of the L.A. Times, which is for sale, is a doozy. A bombshell. It's a doozy wrapped in a bombshell exploding inside a Drudge siren.
Probably not...because Rick Perry's been re-elected by the people of his state three times. But it does feel like the knives are out for Gov. Corbett as his plans for a 2013 turnaround don't seem to be materializing, and when it comes to the great and powerful Daily News columnist John Baer, the first cut is the deepest. In today's column, Baer turns around Corbett's famous pledge to make Pennsylvania the Texas of natural gas to wonder if instead Corbett is becoming "the Rick Perry of Pennsylvania."
I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to say "oops" or "ouch."