Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chris Cuomo has his own interview show on CNN Prime Time

I wanted to acknowledge that Chris Cuomo now has his own hour as a news analysis and interviewer on CNN, following Anderson Cooper, prime time, weeknights (and preceding Don Lemon).

Cuomo follows Piers Morgan and then Smerconish (now on Saturday mornings) on that spot. 

Cuomo, while nominally a mainstream Democrat like his father, is known for detailed questioning of people he interviews, as to the logical consistency of the claims they make.  He often seems harder on the Left than on the Right.  Cuomo’s analytical questioning style seems to come from his education first as an attorney (he has a JD). 

Last night, for example, he gave Cory Booker (D-NJ) a hard time given his remarks connecting Trump and Kirstjen Nielsen with racism.  

It would be a natural question, would Chris Cuomo be a good candidate for president in 2020 for the Democratic Party?  Hardly anyone (except Anderson Cooper) knows policy better, as being qualified for “the job”. Or would he seem too elitist? 

I keep hearing other reports from mid-America in some towns (like Youngstown, OH) that Trump has been good for them, as far as more manufacturing jobs coming back. They seem not to care about Trump’s language. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Shaun plays hooky, goes on a road trip and finds love on "The Good Doctor"

The second half of “The Good Doctor” on ABC is less convincing. It is a two-part subseries called “Islands” (link )

Shaun plays hooky, which I don’t think he could get away with; but he finds romance and love with a girl who gets him out of his shell on a road trip to the wine country, even to drive a car.  He gets drunk and even pukes, and then they shack up in a motel.

Shaun gets a lecture that a "road trip" is not a personal emergency.  You don't get to whine if you don't have the opportunity for a walk-off win and have to hold a lead in the bottom of the Ninth. 
Then in Part 2, he gives notice that he will leave and follow her to Pennsylvania and get another job.

In the meantime, the hospital separates two twins joined at the head.  Then one of them needs to die to provide a heart transplant so the other one can live.

It looks like Shaun will stay and his becoming less autistic because of his relationship. I bet they have a child before the series ends. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CNN: Axelrod interviews Condoleezza

Saturday night at 7 PM on CNN, David Axelrod;s “Axe Files” featured an interview with Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under President Bush.  The podcast link is here

Rice, who was single when holding the position, had almost become a concert pianist.

Rice seemed to agree with Trump that it may not be possible for the US to accept a nuclear-powered North Korea, although her language was calm.

But she also indicated that Olympics diplomacy could solve the North Korea crisis. 
She was a bit equivocal on George W. Bush’s contention that Saddam Hussein had possessed WMD’s when the US went to war in 2003. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Inside the Rule of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un"

On Friday, Jan 12, ABC 20-20 ran “Inside the  Rule of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un”, 

The broadcast presented the two younger half-brothers, and gave the history of how they both “disgraced” the family with their contacts with the west.

Kim Jong Un is presented as growing up and being educated in Switzerland as a spoiled child, eventually groomed to rule by default,  even though technically he was a family “bastard”.  The broadcast called this a "Game of Thrones". 

After he came into favor as the next leader, the put on weight to emulate his grandfather, inviting fat-shaming from conservatives in the west.  Even that could have contributed to the Sony Pictures hack at the end of 2014 of the movie “The Interview” (Movies, Dec 27, 2014).  Theaters at first feared terror attacks if they showed it but soon relented.

The documentary also showed the execution by artillery obliteration of two members of his own staff for disloyalty, one of them for sleeping in a meeting.

The broadcast shows the assassination of Kim Jong Nam with VX in an airport in Malaysia.  His is reported to have the antidote with him at all times.

All this bodes poorly for Kim Jong Un’s predictability once he has nuclear weapons.

But the episode covered Un's fascination with basketball, where he can shoot well even though he is only 5 ft 5 in.  It covered Dennis Rodman's visit. 
Wikipedia attribution link of statues of Kim family, by de Roo, CCSA 3.0. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Discovery Communications to move out of Silver Spring

I have often walked near the Discovery Communications buildings in Silver Spring when going to events at the AFI Silver Theater.

So today everyone is surprised to learn that Discovery will sell its building in late 2019 as it moves much of its operations to New York City.  It will retain operations in Sterling, VA and Knoxville TN and may have other smaller locations in Maryland.

I’ve often watched many cable shows on Discovery, which has made many important television documentaries, mostly about science, ranging from astronomy to wildlife, somewhat akin to National Geographic.

The Washington Post has a major story here

Sunday, January 07, 2018

"Golden Globes" 2018: Impassioned calls for women to speak up

Sexual harassment (mostly heterosexual) and #MeToo was a major theme tonight on NBC’s “Golden Globes” ceremony, especially with a keynote speech from Oprah Winfrey.  The NBC News principal story is here. Many observers saw her speech as indicating she would run for president in 2020. 

One director said he gave back some of his salary so that female directors could be paid more.
There were also calls for more directorial roles for women.

Here is the New York Times complete list of winners in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Lady Bird”.

I didn’t notice any awards for “The Good Doctor”. 

There was also a nasty incident of "virtue signaling" (and shaming people into conformity on supporting a politically correct cause openly) involving Blanc Blanco, as explained on "Intellectual Takeout" by John Miltimore. 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

CNN: The Trump-Russia Investigation with Pamela Brown

Friday, January 4, CNN Presents aired a 90-minute special report, “The Trump-Russia Investigation” narrated by Pamela Brown, link.

Much of the early part of the film did with the ironic firing of James Comey, and the whole idea of inviting someone to dinner to ask him to be loyal.

There was a lot about meetings with Russians that had business overtones. 

This is a president who seems to believe you can make policy by governing hierarchal relationships in a power chain, rather than by doing the math first.   He thinks individuals need to take care of each other in relationships rather than just take care of themselves come what may.