Saturday, April 21, 2018

"My Reality: A Hidden America" on ABC 2020: sexual harassment of low income domestic workers

“My Reality: A Hidden America” aired on ABC 20-20 Friday April 20, 2018 with a report on sexual harassment of women in the workplace, with viewer link here.  and a writeup here. This broadcast appeared to be an episode in a running 20-20 subseries.

Yet the most interesting aspect of the report was the coverage of how hard the physical labor is of domestic work, as in hotels.  A typical expectation on a shift is 14 rooms cleaned to military perfection. There was a trace of cultural revolution in the report.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"McCain" biography on PBS Frontline

Tonight PBS Frontline presented a one-hour film “McCain”, link
The biography covered the excruciating details of McCain’s capture by the North Vietnamese and his attempted suicide before capture, because he feared dishonor if he confessed under torture.  I can relate to these feelings.

Yet his life recovered enough for the 2008 presidential nomination and loss to Obama.  McCain would not go along with the tribalist far right, with its birtherism and its uncompromising demands that its candidates remain hyperpartisan.  However McCain appointed an ideologue as a running mate in Sarah Palin, who "didn't know anything"  (See HBO "Game Change", movies, March 11, 2012). 

The documentary covered McCain’s no vote on undoing Obamacare in the middle of 2017.

It briefly covered his new struggle with a brain tumor, which has required some absence, but he seems to be doing much better medically than perhaps was expected, with new treatments.
McCain was hesitant about the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” at the end of 2010 but has been fine with saying that indeed some transgender troops are entirely fit to serve, in response to Trump’s attempted transgender ban.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stephanopoulos interviews James Comey on his new book concerning Trump

James Comey gave a special interview on ABC 20-20 tonight at 10 PM with George Stephanopoulos. Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” 

Comey says that Trump’s leadership culture resembles that of a mob boss, even if he hasn’t followed through with any personalized violence.

Comey was particularly concerned about the 1:1 dinner and Trump's expectation of "loyalty". Comey describes it as a "shakedown".  

Comey says that he released the letter on Hillary Clinton’s emails appearing on a laptop connected to Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandals. (on Oct 28, 2016) because he feared if he withheld them, and Clinton won (which he expected) he would appear to have withheld possibly pertinent information out of political considerations, and the FBI must remain non-political.
At the end of the hour Comey said that he views Trump as morally unfit for the presidency.
The best ABC link for the interview is here.   The transcript is here.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

David Hogg's footage of a California beach incidents in August 2017 (CBS)

Here is a CBS2 (LA) interview with David Hogg made six months before Parkland, when David filmed an incident on a beach in California involving a lifeguard.

Then the video moves to cover David’s initial coverage of the shootings at Parkland Feb. 14. 
David seems determined to film what he sees and annotate it in detail. 
Everybody says that the University of Missouri is the main journalism school in the nation. I remember that from my days at KU in the 1960s.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

"The Kennedys" on CNN continues with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

The Kennedys” continued Sunday April 1 on CNN with an episode that focused on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Kennedy was at Hyannisport and knew that there was suspicious activity in Cuba about a week before getting the intelligence photos (as in the movie “13 Days”). 

Extensive plans were made to evacuate the Kennedy family, but Jacqui wanted to stay by her husband’s side even if they were to die in a fireball together, or of fallout.

The episode also emphasize how important the work of Robert Kennedy (Attorney General) in setting up the final compromise with the Soviets removing a base in Turkey.  

I was at GWU in Washington in a cafeteria eating dinner when I heard the speech.  I had to return to NIH later that evening.  I had heard about an hour before that there was a serious threat from Cuba.  Back at NIH, the patients knew nothing about it.
I was not as shaken personally now as I would be now.

Monday, April 02, 2018

"The Crossing": Asylum seekers from an AI-dominated future

ABC’s “The Crossing” started this evening, with a Pilot.  Off the California coast, bodies start showing up, and some people survive.  They claim they are refugees (or asylum seekers) from the future, where AI has taken over the world and decided who is fit to live. That’s after a war.  They get put into detention at first. 
Then we find out the refugees have “powers”, and that some of them are already here.They want to change the future as it is the past for them, and that always presents a problem of logic. 

The series is created by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin. Steve Zahn is the lead DHS ICE cop as the series starts.
Does this sound like “The 4400”?  Maybe with a little of “The Event”.