January 28, 2015
I'm on MSNBC at 5:15 again on a frigid January Thursday where my dawn commentary is also guaranteed to leave you cold.
January 26, 2015
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PETE AND THE POPE
BY BOB FRANKEN
Back at the beginning of my TV career, in Cleveland local news, on-camera minority reporters were few and far between. Our business was just discovering the imperative of diversity. We had just one on our staff, a guy named Peter. Pete taught me a lesson that I’ve remembered through the decades.
The KKK was having a gathering in Cleveland, and, for some ridiculous reason, Pete was assigned to cover it. Pro that he was, he went to the event and ended up doing an interview with the grand dragon. Happily, the cameraman made sure to stay in a two-shot as the Klan guy described blacks as “beasts of burden” and “mules.” Imagine the impact of the image on the screen: Pete’s placid demeanor as he held the mike without outwardly reacting to the racist pig’s spewed hatred. It was a profoundly effective condemnation of bigotry.
Sadly, it is not the way most of us usually react to deeply offensive attacks. Take the gratuitously malignant cartoons that the French magazine Charlie Hebdo routinely publishes ridiculing Islamic and other religions’ sensibilities in the most juvenile, gross ways. Of course, we know that violent assassins presenting themselves as Muslim extremists launched a murderous attack in response to the cartoons depicting Muhammad. They killed a dozen people and spawned other fatal assaults.
January 21, 2015
Be amazed on a Thursday pre dawn at 5:15 Eastern on MSNBC, that I or anyone can string a sentence together. Not that it will be coherent...
January 20, 2015
I'm on the Wednesday Morning Joe on MSNBC at 8:30-ish Eastern. So tune in-ish.