Podcasting since 2007, Doug has been mostly in the politics space. First with the (late) Shire Network News, then his own show, "Consider This!", which won the 2018 People's Choice Podcast Award in the Politics & News category. He also co-hosts TV show fan podcasts for the Golden Spiral Media network.
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Episode 272: Interview with Brian Kilmeade, “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers”
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Brian Kilmeade I had the honor (once again!) to interview Brian Kilmeade, of Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends”. He has another book out with a deep-dive into an historical event called, “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History”. While the story of the Alamo is familiar to most, few remember how Sam Houston led Texians after a crushing loss to a shocking victory that secured their freedom and paved the way for America’s growth. You can buy his book at his own website or on Amazon. Mentioned links: BrianKilmeade.com On Twitter, @kilmeade Bio at FoxNews.com Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript I want to welcome back to the Consider This podcast Brian Kilmeade. You know him from the Fox News Channel morning show “Fox & Friends”. You can also catch him on his nationally syndicated radio show “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Talk from 9-12 noon. Brian has a history show on the FoxNation streaming service called, “What Made America Great”. He has a number of history books selling on Amazon. But not like history textbooks. These are titles like “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History”, “George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution”, and a book I talked with him about earlier this year, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny”. This time out he’s looking behind the scenes of another historical event with “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History”. Brian, thanks so much for coming on the show today. First of all, I have to ask, where did this interest in history come from? Let’s start with the Alamo. Sam Houston was not at that battle, but names we might recognize were; Jim Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett, who all died there. Famous men had died in battle before, but you suggest that the death of these three in particular changed something regarding the idea of a “war hero”. What changed, and do war heroes of today have the same sort of cultural significance? I also did a podcast for the time-traveling TV show “Timeless” where, in one episode, they had to make sure that William Travis wrote the “Victory or Death” letter while under siege at the Alamo. What effect did that letter have on the Texas independence fight? So back to Sam Houston, after he hears of the defeat at The Alamo by Santa Anna, what was Houston doing at the time, and what affect did this have on him? The forces that Houston had at his disposal were far outnumbered by Santa Anna’s troops. How did Houston manage to defeat a guy who was called the “Napoleon of the West”, and could his tactics still be useful today? I learned from Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” that Sam Houston knew his enemy’s habits well. He attacked at 4pm when he knew that Santa Anna would be napping. Can you confirm that? After getting their independence, Houston lobbied to get Texas admitted in the United States. What do you think would have happened to Texas if it had stayed independent? The post Episode 272: Interview with Brian Kilmeade, “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers” appeared first on Consider This!.
Episode 271: #SaveJamesYounger
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James Younger A 7-year-old boy is the latest victim in a sexual orthodoxy that will not let you disagree with it. The father is trying to save him from a gender transitioning that he is convinced was brought on at the urging of his mother since the boy was 3. Can a 7-year-old really make that kind of decision? Mentioned links: ‘Mommy says I’m a girl’: Dad fights to save 7-year-old son from gender ‘transition’ Jury rules against dad trying to save his 7-year-old from gender ‘transition’ WALSH: Here Is The One Crucial Detail Everyone Is Overlooking In The Case Of The ‘Transgender’ 7-Year-Old Judge rules dad will have say in gender ‘transition’ of 7-year-old Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript This is the story of James Younger. He’s 7 years old, and he and his twin brother Jude come from a broken home. The breaking of the home seems to have started soon after the twins were born. The husband, Jeff Younger, started noticing strange behavior by his wife, Anne Georgulas. Well, it appears to me that strange behavior was there from the start. According to Jeff, they had quite the “prenup”. “In the prenuptial agreement we disclosed our education, all assets that we owned, and our income levels, with proof pay stubs and everything. In addition, we gave each other Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers in order [to do] a background check.” Interesting. Anyway, after the twins were born, things got stranger. “She had told me at one point she was seeing lights. She had a couple of mental breakdowns where she would just pass through every human emotion about every 20 to 30 seconds.” And when the twins were 3 years old, she started something else; telling one of the twins, James, that he was a girl. In a video posted on YouTube, James says, “Mommy says that I’m a girl.” More than that, she would dress him in dresses, put hair clips in his hair, and paint his nails. On his fifth birthday, Anne made it something of a “coming out” party. He wore a dress in public there even though everyone who was in pre-K with him knew him as a boy. In school now, he’s referred to as Luna. But the thing is, now that the parents are separated, James, who is now 7, gets out of his girl clothes and puts on his boy clothes when it’s time for his visits with dad. While there, James and Jude enjoy wrestling, plastic sword fighting, playing “nature detective” (searching for animal tracks and identifying bugs and plants) and playing video games. When a reporter from LifeSiteNews.com showed up, James referred to himself as James. His mother, Anne, however, got court orders to keep his dad Jeff from saying anything at school other than this is a girl named Luna. That is, he’s required, by court order, to lie about his son. He can’t even say that to his son. The mother also recently won a jury trial which requires all visits by the dad to be supervised. But here’s the kicker; she now has the permission of the court to start transitioning James, including the administering of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. It probably won’t be happening soon, but she has the go-ahead. She has this permission because she got a counselor to claim that James has “gender dysphoria”, even though he does not actually meet the requirements of that diagnosis. And at least the fact that James changes his preferred identity depending on the parent he’s with should be sending up red flags. But alas, there are no flags on this play. Matt Walsh at the Daily Wire has been beating the drum on this case, so much so that he got #SaveJamesYounger trending in the US on Twitter. He notes one really interesting angle to this. Originally, James wanted to take the name Starfire as his female name, but his mother urged him to choose a different name. Odd that he can decide to change his gender, but she won’t let him pick his new name. But the bigger deal here is where he got his new name from; a girl superhero on “Teen Titans Go!”, his favorite cartoon. This is a game to him, a fantasy. He doesn’t think he’s a girl; he thinks he’s a cartoon superhero who happens to be a girl. He identifies as a girl about as much as, when he pretend swordfights, he identifies as Sir Galahad. And as I’ve asked before, can he also decide that he doesn’t need a bedtime and have Cap’n Crunch for supper every day? I bet you his mom won’t allow those decisions, but based on a cartoon character and the brainwashing of his mother, at some point he’s going to be pumped full of drugs to make lasting changes to his body. And searching the TV news websites while I putting this episode together – CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC – I found no mention of this. The papers; NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Washington Times? Nothing. And yet this courtroom ordeal (well, at least the part about transitioning James)  has been going on for over 18 months. Save James, indeed, but save us all from a culture and a judicial process that makes something like this bit of child abuse possible. That’s the story. The divorce is bad enough, but it doesn’t rate national news. What should be national news is that people are being bullied into, not just tolerating, but affirming that this insanity is a good thing. The Right has been accused for decades of wanting a theocracy and wanting to police what people think, and yet a better example of exactly that you would be hard-pressed to find. Well, you might not find much of it now, but the slope, it is exceedingly slippery. I know because we’ve seen the slippage year after year until now 7-year olds are the cannon fodder in the culture war. But it is indeed a religious war where they enforce their orthodoxy using their high priests of judges, psychologists, and counselors that drank the cultist’s Kool-Aid. And if you can bully the populace into understanding the ramifications of heresy, you can get a jury to agree. I’m sounding harsh, I know. But something like this ought to be a wake-up call. Let’s start with legislation. If you can’t drink, smoke, vote, or dress yourself, you shouldn’t be allowed to make such life- and body-altering decisions. But legislation isn’t the cure-all. We need to change hearts and minds. The law is just a stop-gap measure. It starts with #SaveJamesYounger. Some late-breaking good news on this front is that this past Friday the 25th, the judge said that the parents will have joint custody so that Jeff will have a say in this gender transition. Of course, what that “say” will actually consist of is yet to be known. Ad remember, chemically castrating your child is perfectly fine, but spanking them; that’s abuse. The post Episode 271: #SaveJamesYounger appeared first on Consider This!.
Episode 270: A Medical Miracle and a Medical Monstrosity
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Good news and bad news This time out I’m talking about good news and bad news on the medical front. The good news is that one set of parents in the UK succeeded where the parents of Charie Gard and Alfie Evans failed. Is it a trend? I hope so. The bad news is that, in Canada, if you can’t afford your health care, they’re certainly willing to help you die. Mentioned links: Parents of severely disabled Tafida Raqeeb, five, win the right to keep her on life support and take her to Italy for treatment despite doctors arguing she has permanent brain damage and no chance of recovery Disabled 41-Year-Old Man is Euthanized After Funding for Home Health Care Runs Out B.C. man receives assisted death after funding cut for in-home care ‘OK’ hand gesture added to list of white supremacist hate symbols ASL sign for: nine OK gesture [Wikipedia] Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Good news on the Medical front! No, I’m not talking about the latest cure or breakthrough. I’m talking about how a child in the UK is being taken to Italy for continuing treatment after the National Health Service, the NHS, wanted to withdraw life support. Sound vaguely familiar? Yeah, but with a different ending. Finally. Here are the details. A blood vessel burst in 5-year-old Tafida Raqeeb’s head in February and Royal London Hospital doctors concluded she could no longer move, see or feel. They said she had no prospect of getting better and asked the High Court for permission to withdraw her life support. During a five-day hearing in September, Tafida’s mother begged the judge to allow them to take her child out of the country for further treatment. Now, in this case, “further treatment” just means continuing life support; the Italian hospital has not, as far as I understand, made any promises about experimental treatments in this case. But these parents succeeded where those of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans failed in that the judge granted them permission to do this. In fact, after making the ruling, after the proceedings were over, the judge said, “I want, now that my part of this being over, to wish you both well to wish Tafida well – you have all my best wishes for the future.” So I guess I should have led with “Good news on the Parental Rights front.” This is what I glean from all this. Socialized medicine strips you of your rights. You lose your parental rights if you want to give your child the best chance of living, even if you’re willing to pay for it yourself. You may not spend your own money to treat your own child. Well, but here’s the thing; if you can find a single soul in the judiciary, if you draw the right card or roll the right number on the dice and get someone sympathetic to you, only then can you try to save your child, or at least give them a chance. When you let the government spend money on you and yours, they get to decide what to buy. And unless another government official allows you to, you’re out of luck if you need something, even if you’re willing to pay for it yourself. This is not where I want to go. Do you? Canadian Sean Tagert was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which reduced his ability to move his body, eat, or speak. However his mental awareness remained unaffected. Doctors recommended 24-hour in-home care to support him. After all, that is Canada, where they have more socialized medicine than we do. However, Vancouver Coastal Health, VCH, the local government arm of the Canadian health care system, only offered Mr Tagert 15.5 hours of care a day, which was then raised to 20 hours a day, after a fight by Tagert and his family. But that meant that he had to pay $263.50 for the remaining care that he needed to survive. That’s $263.50 a day, just to stay alive. He came to the point that he was just tired of it all, and filed the paperwork for a medically-assisted suicide. A month went by with no word, although some VCH personnel did come by to tell him that his hours were being cut. Finally, on August 6th, he was given his assisted suicide. There’s more to the story, none of it mitigating to the Canadian health care system. Links, as usual, are in the show notes. I guess my question here is, how much was Sean Tagert’s life worth? Was it less than the $96,000 per year that the extra 4 hours a day would have cost? When proponents say that socialized medicine avoids big medical bills, is this what they’re referring to? If Sean had been rich, he could have afforded his care. Since he wasn’t, he couldn’t, but the system was certainly willing to kill him. Because savings! Wow, there’s a “truth in advertising” motto for the Canadian system. “If you can’t afford your care, we’ll help. If you still can’t afford it, we’ll let you kill yourself.” Talk about culling the herd of the poorest among us! This is the opposite outcome that they sold us on. Their answer will, of course, be that Canada’s system needs to be more properly socialized. A little poison will kill you, but a lot of poison, that will do the trick. And finally, the number 9 is now racist. Well, only if you’re deaf. Allow me to explain. The Anti-Defamation League, the ADL, added the OK sign to the list of symbols that are considered alt-right and racist. Never mind that it started as a joke on the notorious 4chan website. The problem is that white supremacists started taking it as their own, and have essentially spoiled it for everyone. Now, “OK” is racist. You know the hand gesture. You put the tips of your index finger and thumb together to make a circle, and your other 3 fingers are up. That’s meant “OK” for 180 years or more, according to The Source Of All True Knowledge™, Wikipedia. But listener Barb wrote me (at considerthis@ctpodcasting.com) that this is also the sign in American Sign Language for the number 9. So she’s wondering if, at the next press conference where there is someone signing what the speaker says, will they have to be careful of a 9-car pileup or when 9 people were killed or injured? Will there have to be some sort of obligatory disclaimer for the signer? Welcome to the 21st century. The post Episode 270: A Medical Miracle and a Medical Monstrosity appeared first on Consider This!.
Episode 269: The Lesson of the Cricket / Accidental Hero Gets Smeared, Media Hardest Hit
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The 6-year-old and the cricket A funny Facebook post from a friend of mine shows the similarities between what a 6-year-old does with crickets and what our government does. A college student looking for beer money comes into a windfall and does the right thing with it. One reporter decides to smear him. The results say more about the reporter and today’s Cancel Culture(tm) than it does about the college student. Mentioned links: Today, Explained [Winner of the 2019 Podcast Awards in the Politics & News category] WALSH: A Man Raised Money For Sick Kids, So Journalists Went Through His Old Tweets To Humiliate Him. This Is Psychotic. Viral beer money guy Carson King raises nearly $3 million Reporter who exposed good Samaritan’s old, offensive tweets loses job over his own old, offensive tweets Reporter who exposed racist tweets no longer at the paper after readers revealed his offensive tweets Iowa reporter who found a viral star’s racist tweets slammed when critics find his own offensive posts Fired Des Moines Register reporter blames “right-wing ideologues,” likens backlash to oppression faced by women, minorities Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript I just have to relate a funny post I saw from one of my Facebook friends, and it takes a turn into current events. She posted this, “I found a small cricket in my sewing room today. When I asked my 6-year-old about the origins of this critter inside my house during bedtime, I got this answer. ‘Oh, it’s OK, the cricket is part of my catch and release plan. First I catch them and then I release them inside the house.’ #WhatDoYouMeanByThemIOnlyFoundOne #JesusTakeTheWheelAndDriveTheExterminatorOverHere” Well, as funny as that was by itself, I, of course, found a political angle. I replied, “Hey, that’s our immigration policy! The cricket should now get free healthcare from you”, with the obligatory smilie. Her response, while humorous again, also highlighted what I believe is a wider opinion held by many like her. She said, “As a legal immigrant that doesn’t believe in collecting welfare unless you’re in dire temporary circumstances, I evicted the sucker and sent it back to his homeland.” And yes, another smilie. Funny but makes a salient point. And I would really like to have a poll that asks legal immigrants about this. I couldn’t find one, but if you can, post it in the Facebook group or in the comments for the show notes. Thanks. This is the story of guy who just wanted more beer money, and how he was targeted by the media for what’s being referred to these days as “cancelling”. Carson King thought he would try to take advantage of social media and held up a sign at a college football game that read, “Busch Light supply need replenished. Venmo Carson-King-25.” (Venmo is a payment system that’s owned by PayPal, FYI.) Funny little stunt, and somebody videoed it. Heh, just remember, everything seems to be videoed these days. If you don’t believe in an omnipresent God, at least realize that phones are everywhere. Anyway, the video went viral. Who knows why some do and some don’t, but this certainly did, and in response to that, people from across the country tossed him some beer money. After about $1,600 poured in, he was shocked. At that point he announced that any donations would go to a local children’s hospital. Not what you’d expect a thirsty college kid to do. When the dust settled, Carson King, beer enthusiast, had nearly $3 million in his account! (Minus, I imagine, the price of a case or two of Busch Light.) His philanthropy did not go unnoticed. He was honored with an official “Carson King Day” in his home state of Iows, and an “Iowa Legend” beer was produced in his honor. Both Anheuser-Busch and Venmo said they would match the donations. He thought then that he would make fundraising a career. He said, “I found a passion here.” I hope he hasn’t lost that passion, in spite of what happened next. Reporter Aaron Calvin at the Des Moines Register performed what he called a “routine background check” of King’s social media history. Is that what the media does now; perform a “routine background check” of every accidental hero? Because there’s nothing worse than a guy who give $3 million to charity but doesn’t have a spotless past. Because almost all of us have a spotless past, right? Well this eagle-eyed reporter scrounged up two tweets from 7 years ago, when he was in high school, that quoted an obscure comedy TV show that were racist. Because almost all of us never said stupid things in high school, right? And this was considered “news” and, as the Register’s editor wrote, in the “public good”. And the media wonder why people’s trust in them is waning. Matt Walsh, opining at the Daily Wire (linked to in the show notes), disagrees strongly that this is in any way the “public good”. Giving $3 to a children’s hospital; that’s the public good. Having to go back to 2012 to find 2 bad tweets (back when they were only a max of 140 characters) is not helpful at all. How unhelpful is it? Let’s start with the cowardice of Anheuser-Busch, who backed out of any further connection with Carson, citing that their “values” did not align with the tweets. And then there’s this. Let me start with the old saying that really goes, “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”, and so some people demonstrated how unhelpful this was by really saucing this gander. They poked back into the social media history of Aaron Calvin, and found some inappropriate tweets that “included derogatory language against black people, gay people, same-sex marriage, and women.” The paper that had, at first, defended his actions, then announced he was no longer employed at the Register. That’s the least they could do if they wanted to be consistent. At first the reporter apologized for his tweets, but has since taken to blaming other for his plight. “I recognize that I’m not the first person to be doxxed like this — this whole campaign was taken up by right-wing ideologues and largely driven by that force.”  Doxxed by right-wing ideologues. He “reported”, they “doxxed”. Right. He continued. “It was just a taste of what I assume that women and journalists of color suffer all the time, but the kind of locality and regional virality of the story made it so intense.” He “reported”, they oppressed. He’s the victim, dontcha’ see? No, I don’t see. You give the journalism trade a bad name, but he gives thirsty college students a great name. The post Episode 269: The Lesson of the Cricket / Accidental Hero Gets Smeared, Media Hardest Hit appeared first on Consider This!.
Episode 268: NYC Backs Down / Newspaper Problems / Making Theft More Attractive
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Backing down New York City is backing down on freedom of speech and freedom of choice restrictions. Guess who you have to thank for that? What’s the biggest problem with newspapers today? Their product is the news we read, and what job have they cut (or outsourced) that devalues it? California made theft more attractive. Guess what they got? Mentioned links: Fearing Supreme Court, gay NYC councilman moves to repeal conversion therapy ban Episode 150: The Main Reason Why I’m Voting for Trump [Consider This] Corey Johnson (politician) [Wikipedia] Elimination of copy editors has been disastrous for newspapers California Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In… More Retail Theft Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Way back in episode 150, I explained the main reason I was voting for Donald Trump for President; the Supreme Court. I felt we needed to hold on to the conservatives we had there, and hopefully add to them. What I wasn’t considering was that the President nominates people for courts all up and down the federal system, and that also makes a lasting impression. And here’s one of those impressions. New York City has a ban on so-call “gay conversion” therapy. Any counseling to help someone modify their same-sex attraction is unlawful. New York City even goes further than other similar bans around the country in that they ban it even for adults. That’s right; willing adults are not allowed to make that choice. (But minors are allowed to choose to kill their children. Anyway…) But on September 12th, the gears started turning to repeal this law, and the person who did it was a Democrat; a gay Democrat, Corey Johnson. What could have happened to cause this change of mind? Well, he didn’t actually change his mind. Instead, there was a change of venue. Well, actually the venue changed underneath him. Here’s his reasoning, “Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this. I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups. But the Supreme Court has become conservative; the Second Circuit, which oversees New York, has become more conservative.” And sometime in the future, counselors will have their freedom of speech restored, and adults will have their freedom of choice restored. I’m not going to debate or discuss the merits of such programs here, but I think that the change in the judiciary is going to bring back freedoms we have lost. I’m going put this in the Win column, and it’s one more reason to hold your nose, and a few other things, and vote for Trump in 2020. Keep your freedoms. I got a tip sent to me at considerthis@ctpodcasting.com. Listener Barb sent me a link to an article with the headline, “Elimination of copy editors has been disastrous for newspapers”. The article goes on to say that newspapers have been losing money, mostly from declining ad revenue (but I’d also suspect the loss of subscription revenue), and one of the first jobs to be cut were copy editors. These copy editors make sure that the product the newspaper sells – reporting text – is both grammatically clean and meets the paper’s standards, and is accurate. And those jobs have been getting cut. I understand the need to make cuts and reduce staff in the face of budget issues, but that just means that we the readers, whether of the paper or the online versions, need to keep that in mind. The author of the column, Rosie DiManno, puts it this way: Now, journalists must be our own copy editors, most of the time. We miss that extra set of eyes, or three sets, or 10 sets, as it used to be. On newspapers that still employ copy editors at all — some have outright trashed that department or outsourced the job — there is often just one solitary person at night, handling all the copy that pours in, especially for deadline-driven sections such as sports. They have to do so much with only minutes to spare, so I don’t blame them for the mistakes and garble that sometimes get through. I remember back in the day when the individual bloggers were big, with some actually breaking stories, but the newspapers were disparaging them as losers trying to get attention, writing their blogs in their pajamas, with no editors to check them. It seems like, these days, newspapers are becoming the blogs that they ridiculed. This just in: decriminalizing theft results in…well, I’ll let you think about that for a bit while I relay this story. Back in 2014, California passed Propositon 47, called the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. One way it tried to make neighborhoods safer was to decriminalize a number of smaller offenses, including retail theft. The law raised the value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly $1,000. OK, now answer the question; what do you think it resulted in? When you incentivize behavior you get – say it with me – more of that behavior. Realizing that a slap on the wrist awaited them only if they get caught, the young whippersnappers out there do what’s called a “mass grab and dash”. Large groups of kids run in to a store, grab an armful of stuff, jump back in their cars, and off they go. It was completely predictable, but if those stores go out of business because they don’t want to lose money, that’s OK. I’m sure they were racist. And finally, no, I’m not going to discuss the call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, and the impeachment inquiry that started before all the facts were out. I’m not discussing it because, well, not all the facts are out, although I have posted a few opinions in the form of political cartoons in the Facebook group. I did notice this set of tweets from Hugh Hewitt. “Thank you whistleblower. Before this began I didn’t know that Hunter Biden has been paid 50K a month for five years to sit on board of Ukrainian gas company while his dad was VP. I didn’t know about the China deal. I didn’t know @JoeBiden bragged about a quid pro quo in Ukraine. I don’t know if anything about any of these facts is corrupt. I haven’t seen any evidence that they are. But no doubt U.S. Attorney Durham has a broad writ. We should all just wait and see, as I advised on Mueller. Doubtful Wylie E. Coyote Dems/Manhattan Beltway elites will wait.” Aaand of course, they didn’t. The post Episode 268: NYC Backs Down / Newspaper Problems / Making Theft More Attractive appeared first on Consider This!.
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