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Showing posts with label Today Show. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Huckabee Should ID Supporters Of His Remarks

Huckabee reaches to grab a piece of Trumpism. But, there is something sickening about his strategy and his choice of words were disgusting. His remarks were particularly appalling when one considers Huckabee is what some call an evangelical minister. Words for US History and a comment for the Republican Hall of Fame.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Mike Huckabee.

Over the past few days, I haven't read nor heard a word of affirmative praise or supportive agreement for the minister's comments. I have seen total condemnations from media, progressive politicians, and a few words of abhorrence for one GOP presidential candidate.  

Early today Huckabee sat with Matt Lauer and handled himself as do many conservative politicians. They make outlandish claims that do not lend to substantiation.
“The response from Jewish people has been overwhelmingly positive,” Huckabee said on the Today show. “The response from Holocaust survivors, from children of Holocaust supporters. Last night I was in an event, I was probably one of four gentiles in the entire event, people were overwhelmingly supportive.”

Mike Huckabee Jews Support My Holocaust Comments

Huckabee's claim doesn't seem to stand with any degree of veracity.

In fact, the majority of media are broadcasting Jewish guest and other expert commentators who do not support Huckabee's backroom claims.  
MSNBC Jewish groups react to Mike Huckabee’s ‘oven’ remarks

Huffington Post  American Jewish Leaders Dismayed By Mike Huckabee’s Iran Deal Remarks

The Anti-defamation League press release, July 26, 2015.

ADL Sharply Criticizes Huckabee Comment Suggesting Obama is "Leading Israel to the Door of the Oven"

New York, NY, July 26, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today sharply criticized Mike Huckabee for suggesting that President Obama is “leading Israel to the door of the oven” in the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Whatever one’s views of the nuclear agreement with Iran – and we have been critical of it, noting that there are seriousunanswered questions that need to be addressed – comments such as those by Mike Huckabee suggesting the president is leading Israel to another Holocaust are completely out of line and unacceptable.
Israeli military and security officials have repeatedly said the Obama Administration has been as strong as any other American administration in keeping Israel secure. Just a year ago, during the war in Gaza, the president signed off on an additional $223 million for Iron Dome anti-missile weaponry to protect the lives of Israeli civilians. 
To hear Mr. Huckabee invoke the Holocaust when America is Israel’s greatest ally and when Israel is a strong nation capable of defending itself is disheartening. The great tragedy of the Holocaust saw the Jews of Europe without allies and without power at the worst possible moment. 
There is a serious debate taking place over the next five weeks within Congress over the Iran deal. We have called on all sides, regardless of whether one is liberal or conservative, to conduct that debate responsibly and civilly. That plea should apply to presidential candidates as well.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, ADL takes no position on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for office.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

Huckabee's claim reminds of this groundless drivel from Donald Trump just before the 2008 General Elections. 
"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Albany's Talk Radio 1300 Thursday. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."
And, again from his current campaign opponent, Donald Trump.
Hillary was the worst secretary of state in the history of our country. I think that the person she doesn’t want to run against is me because I say it, and [Jeb] Bush doesn’t say it, nobody says it … I would beat Hillary and I’ll tell you what, a vote that I will win is the Hispanic vote … I’ll create jobs, and I’ll get the Hispanic vote … the Hispanics love me.

Conservatives make such claims and are more often than not given a pass by accommodating media. While we realize any on camera appearance is undertaken with strict time constraints, such constraints should not provide a platform for poor journalism. Why can't US media fulfill its basic tenet of information dissemination in a fair and balanced manner? Is there a code of television PC (host/guest) ethics that manifest when the host fails to simply ask in response to claims as those offered by Huckabee: "Name a few of those people?" Who are you speaking of when you say Jews support your comments about the Holocaust?" 

When the host fails to probe, the host effective serves as a conduit for misinformation and lies. What Jewish leaders or Jewish people can Huckabee produce or name who offers the support he claims? Why not straight forward ask the question and when the guest reacts with reticence probe further? Lauer pushed Huckabee fairly thoroughly, but he did not probe about Jewish leaders or Jewish people who support his remarks. When Huckabee stated, "The response from the Jewish people has been overwhelming positive," why to ask the name (s) those of whom you speak? Or, can you provide evidence of that claim?"

Maybe, the case of the Trump claims regarding "the blacks" and Huckabee's more recent claim, serious probes isn't good TV.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Palin's Pens A Letter From A Dog

One day after the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2014 transforming our the calendar to 2015, Sarah Palin hit social media with what I am certain she felt would be cute and attention garnering. Problem is as always with the inane Palin what appeared as staged shots may that not be ready for her cable channel.  Moreover, the shots denote a celebrity mindset not shared by virtually 99.9 % of people who are earn millions exposing themselves to glutton star worshipers. Basically, there aren't many people period who would reach to exploit such an exhibit. Those who would "go there" would think to preserve their celebrity in a much more congenial and favorable light.

PETA responded to the Palin exhibition with anticipated contempt and Palin lashed out with yet another rambling discombobulated diatribe that only she and her family could truly understand.  

Wouldn't you know the wounded celebrity accepted a Today Show opportunity to pen an " I am the the victim"  item that reads as follows.  As you read the following psycho-drivel, think about the decision via the Today Show management to actually read it on their air.  I can only assume the item was read by someone on the show I find the show a joke and a major bore and have not watched it in over two decades.  If Today Show management did not allow reading of the diatribe, I will re-position my criticism to the person who penned the item.  Alas, I suspect the item made Today Show air.  Networks must entertain viewers.


Palin Continues Animal Rights Group Attack With Bizarre Letter From A Dog

  “Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”

After initially defending the photo on Saturday, Palin penned a statement for NBC's "The Today Show" on Monday. 
"They're not attacking me because I showed people a special needs child and his happy, healthy, beloved service dog; they're attacking me because, well, I'm me. So what's new? PETA throws raw meat in front of their attack dogs and says sic ‘em, and we have a choice in how to react to these kind of haters who'll keep on hating," Palin wrote. 
She also posted a letter from the pet dog of Kevin Scholla, host of Mama Grizzly Radio's "The Palin Update," to her Facebook page. 
"That Trig kid was standing on you I see. Well that hit home! I have a six year old friend too. She's pretty gentle with me. Girls seem to be that way. But she has this brother. He's four and he reminds me of Trig a bit," the letter from Scholla's dog Rex to Palin's dog reads. "But if you think you have it bad with Trig on your back, listen to this. He makes me play Batman every day! I have to be Ace the Bat Hound!" 
"Have a great winter in Alaska. We are both fortunate to be spoiled pups in loving homes," the letter continues. "Oh, and don't listen to these people saying bad things about the picture of Trig on your back. They have a political agenda. I'm not sure what that means but the guy in the house I mentioned earlier told me that."
The utter lack of judgment and tendency to self denote landmines in her own face seems to consume Palin,  After responding to PETA over the weekend, why continue to show cognitive missteps that most shed as they age. Her continued efforts to rationalize the photos of her son and the dog amounts to using a shovel to free oneself from a quicksand pit. 

Where are Palin's advisers? 

She continues to reinforce the seriousness of just how close McCain and Palin came to serving as the Executive Branch of the United States of America.  The letter from the dog shows a state of mental acuity that is uncommon among people who have full mental capacities.

The story reaches even farther into the existence of the United States as a viable international leader. We live in a country that has a political party that so disregards that which is good for the nation, it is shameful. Palin should have remained a figure in Alaskan politics until she blew it and returned to Wasilla. A return to a world in which she is comfortable and not exposed to the scrutiny of people who posses rational thought and the gift of discerning mental capacities. It is so obvious her antics and entertainment to maintain a life resultant for the "gift of the GOP" has to be wearing on even her most staunch worshipers.

She has moved to coming across as a nut case. And, with every episode she reflects on the party that placed her in position for an office in the White House.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Paula Deen Sits With Matt Lauer

Paula Deen and a crumbling empire, worn away by the pitfalls of racism.

Ms. Deen is the victim of her family life, upbringing and social development at a very young age. 

My professional background includes diversity and inclusivity workshop facilitation, training, and management development coaching and employee relations/race relations in the workplace.  I know intolerance of others by some white people as well as I know my way to my home from work.  Years of Human Resources Management in Fortune 250 Corporation also contributed to an even deeper understanding of the nooks and crannies of situation interactions which end similar to the fate of Ms. Paul Deen.  

Unfortunately, Deen (and her brother) became so comfortable in their social development as true southerners and people accustomed to life in Jim Crowe, they never bothered, like some many, to work on personal development to exorcise themselves of the demons of racism,  These two people are not bigots, they are hardened racist who literally benefited from the existence of blacks who purchased her products as surely as slave masters who benefited from the toils of save labor. 

If we had opportunity to view Deen in the following Cycle, it would be easy to see there is a point where intervention tends to lessen avowed and overwhelming racism. 
Cycle of Oppression

Deen never stepped outside of the paradigmed cycle.   Deen  stated on the Today show, "I am who I am and I am not going to change." She cannot change.

What's right is right! 

Matt Lauer, Today Show, interviewed Deen early this morning. The segment is 13 plus minutes long. I contemplated creating a sub-clip, but deferred to your judgment in deciding how much of the segment you choose to watch.  It should be noted, I did not see lots of tears in the segment In fact, I do not even recall seeing "crocodile tears."

As these tragedies develop, it can be an emotional experience to watch as people succumb to their family environment and social development with reckoning coming many years later. Reckoning never comes for most with people. They go to their graves with internalized racism. There is really no major issues with internalized racism when it is outside the purview of impact on others.  What do I mean by impact on others? A manager with authority to hire and fire, a politician who has responsibility to his/her constituents, a celebrity that feeds his/her racism to fans, raising a family, or simply being a good neighbor are ready examples of impact on others. 

Deen's past caught-up with her.  She is fighting a multiple million dollar legal battle that has uncloaked her racism.  Ironically, the discrimination /harassment legal action involves a former employee who is white. If there was no legal action Deen would continue the life of a cloaked and powerful racist.   Now, she is suffering an expected reaction from corporations who subscribed to her celebrity and her sponsors.

"We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman. "We will work with suppliers to address existing inventories and agreements." 

Tovar said the retailer is still working through the details with suppliers. 

The severed ties with Wal-Mart are the latest blow to Deen's business. Meanwhile, Paula Deen's name is being stripped from four buffet restaurants owned by Caesars. Caesars said Wednesday that its decision to rebrand its restaurants in Joliet, Ill.; Tunica, Miss.; Cherokee, N.C.; and Elizabether, Ind., was a mutual one with Deen. 

Last week, the Food Network said that it would not renew the celebrity cook's contract. And on Monday, Smithfield Foods said it was dropping her as a spokeswoman. Smithfield sold Paula Deen-branded hams in addition to featuring her as a spokeswoman.
It is sad to see a human being suffer the outcomes of their early formative years.   However, reckoning is generally always sad.  You and I did not contribute in any way to the crumbling of life for Deen and her brother; I personally have no sympathy for the wealthy celebrity.