March 4, 2015

BACK AT DAWN ON MSNBC

I was sick last week but it's back to my early Thursday morning inanity on MSNBC at 5:15, Eastern. Funny: Last week, nobody noticed I was gone.

February 18, 2015

A COLD START ON MSNBC

In winter there's nothing like a Thursday dawn spent with me on TV to get your blood boiling. MSNBC at 5:15 Eastern.

February 12, 2015

BITTER NASTY MEDICINE

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BITTER, NASTY MEDICINE
BY BOB FRANKEN
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It’s easy to see the differences between Marshawn Lynch and Chris Christie -- really, really easy -- but the two have some traits in common. Lynch is the running back for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks who famously likes to diss the media when it suits his purposes. Christie is also someone who’s running, but he’s nasty to the press if they don’t suit his purposes. When reporters tagging along on what was supposed to be his London photo-op trip continued to pepper him with questions after he said he didn’t want to talk with them, he snarled “Is there something you don’t understand about ‘no questions.’”
Christie seems to snarl a lot. He’s the guy who told a persistent critic at a ceremonial gathering to “sit down and shut up.” This is the same Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, who believes that his Jersey way of bad manners will work on the national level. He’s all but sure to get in the presidential race. The best that can be said about him is that he runs a real mean charm offensive.
Of course, it’s not hard to understand why he was a tad defensive in Londontown. After all, the herd of journalists had asked him earlier about the current spread of measles and the controversy over those who refuse to get their children immunized in the face of overwhelming assurances from medical professionals that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to protect everyone else’s kids. His answer caused him no small amount of grief: While supporting the idea of vaccinations, he went on to say “But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide

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February 11, 2015

THE WINTER DREARY WEARY ON MSNBC

It's my usual Thursday morning on MSNBC, obscenely early at 5:15 Eastern. So let my remarks at the start of the day, inspire some appropriately obscene comments from you.



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