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Category Archives: Television

Wild Trump Video

As a Russian intelligence agent and aficionado of good educational TV, I was at first intrigued by excited commentators on CNN and MSNBC who proclaimed they had an audio tape that offered a stunning conversation between Donald Trump and his legal consigliore Michael Cohen. They instead broadcast a barely audible and utterly boring conversation about […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Karen McDougal, Michael Cohen, Pornography, Russia, Sex, Stormy Daniels, Vladamir Putin

Trump Blasts the Media

(The following highlights are from President Donald Trump’s speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C. on February twenty-fourth.) What a fantastic standing ovation. You’re incredible. And outside people are lined up for six blocks. Please, please sit down. You’re embarrassing me with all this love. But you won’t read about this tomorrow. […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Media, Newspapers, Radio

Bruce Jenner Opens Up

I was twenty-three in the spring of 1976 and often played basketball in the Sacramento State University gym and then drove to the all-weather track on the south side of campus and jogged before running wind sprints. People often complimented me for being in good shape, and I considered myself a stud but must’ve known […]

Also posted in Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, Drugs, Elvis Presley, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Murder, Newspapers, O.J. Simpson, Sex, Track & Field, Transgender

James Garner Mellows Out

I know people think I’m confident and easygoing and maybe I am, now, as an adult but as a kid in Norman, Oklahoma I was scared a lot especially after my mother died and my dad married a horrible woman who beat hell out of my two brothers and me and sometimes made me wear […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Cocaine, Games Garner, John Belushi, Marijuana, Movies

Cable Wars

Ben loves war documentaries especially those with Alexander riding Bucephalus into hostile flanks, and Washington rousing frozen untrained troops, and photogenic Grant and Lee posing before ordering slaughter of several hundred thousand young men, and grainy Great War footage showing death in fetid trenches, and better films of proud performers Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Roosevelt, and […]

Also posted in Adolf Hitler, Alexander the Great, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Robert E. Lee, Short Pieces - GTC, Ulysses S. Grant, War

Romney Pummels Obama in First Debate

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Economics, Health, Mitt Romney

Women in Television News

In the vast and luxurious clubhouse of Seven Oaks Country Club, the League of Women Voters of Kern County hosts three female veterans of television news broadcasting in Bakersfield. Prior to their appearance the audience is treated to cashews and cake and a political history lesson: eleven states allowed women’s suffrage before the Nineteenth Amendment […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Civil Rights, Condoleezza Rice, Diane Sawyer, Media, Politics

Role Reversal

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Marriage, Short Pieces - GTC

TV from the Ass

tv ass aimed at toilet heads lack toilet ears for radio To see an image of “Toilet Heads” on Facebook, please click this link

Also posted in Facebook, Media, Poetry - GTC, Radio

TV Discipline

andy disgusted by cable fanatics mesmerized by two hundred insipid channels and lives fine on basic package except when some sports require big cable options then calls fanatics who’re busy and refer to sports bars

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Sports

TV Terror

big flat screen best tv ever owned but lacked size and high def most friends had couldn’t stand at big electronics store got even but week later wanted more and made switch smoking credit card and trapping home weekends

Also posted in Loneliness, Poetry - GTC

Old Newscasters Never Die

The chronology unfolded about like this: I recently visited my hometown Sacramento, which I’d left in 1991, and was as ever moved by familiar places laden with ancient memories, and shortly after returning to Bakersfield I wondered what had become of several television newscasters from my youth. And in particular I was interested in Harry […]

Also posted in Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Comedians, Harry Martin, Jay Leno, John Wayne, Media, Paul, Paul Newman, Sacramento, Stu Nahan

Son of John Gotti

I hereby celebrate avoiding every commercial during the Super Bowl between the wildcard Green Bay Packers and the hardscrabble Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t have to dodge any pitches during the first third of the game since I overslept as I battled sinusitis. Joining the showdown with the Pack leading fourteen to three, I thereafter held […]

Also posted in 60 Minutes, Advertisements, Commercials, Crime, John Gotti, John Travolta, Kidnapping, Media, Movies, Murder, New York City, Organized Crime

Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Alcohol, Auburn, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Burbank, California, California Youth Authority, Carmel, Cars & Driving, Chico, Clint Eastwood, Coast Ranges, Construction, Drugs, Electricians, Errol Flynn, Families, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fresno, George S. Patton, George Thomas Clark, Grass Valley, Hollywood, Interstate 5, Los Angeles, Manual Labor, Marijuana, Media, Mental Health, Monterey, Newspapers, Pacific Ocean, Rocklin, Rolling Stones, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Sierra Nevada, Stephen Stills, Stockton, Unions

Sarah Palin Shoots Back

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Arizona, Barack Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Guns, Jared Loughner, Media, Mental Health, Murder, Radio, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Tucson

Letter to my Cable Company

Dear Cable Company, Please excuse me for annually asking you to send a technician to upgrade my service from a “limited-basic” menu of twenty-one channels to the still-merely-“basic” package of seventy-five, and then a few months later recalling your cable guy, always a different one, to climb the telephone pole in my back yard and […]

Also posted in Advertisements, Alaska, Basketball, Blake Griffin, Commercials, George Thomas Clark, Glenn Beck, Internet, Jerry Springer, Media, Sarah Palin

Harvest of Shame

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Documentaries, Edward R. Murrow, Homeless, Humphrey Bogart, Media, Movies, Poverty, Radio

Highlights from the 2008 Olympics

I see many noble commentators have downplayed if not altogether ignored Olympic sports in order to rebuke China for a range of civil rights concerns and thereby imply the nation today is as ill as in the era of Mao, who shred at least as much flesh as Hitler and Stalin.  China has in fact […]

Also posted in Asia, Basketball, China, Gymnastics, Media, Olympics, Swimming, Track & Field

Bob Costas Explains Olympic Coverage

BEIJING – Every night during the Olympic Games I’m frequently overcome by sensual gratification and the release of absolute power: this invariably occurs as I tell billions of inconsequential viewers that, in essence, their time matters not, and fragments of headline sports they’ve waited months to watch will be shown in two or three  hours, […]

Also posted in Bob Costas, Media, Olympics

Skipper Stu Nahan

Wednesday night, after I’d scurried around the airport in Fresno, looking for luggage that wasn’t there, my cell phone vibrated but I ignored it and instead stepped to customer service and politely scolded the airline representative for shoehorning me into a connecting flight that, especially during holiday season, was unlikely to receive bags from my […]

Also posted in Harry Martin, Media, Stu Nahan

Superman George Reeves Discusses the Mystery

I must emphasize that “Hollywoodland” is a fine and entertaining movie and certainly better than any screen effort in which I had a substantial part.  In my first year as a film actor I appeared in the opening scene of “Gone with the Wind” but didn’t have much to do.  I should’ve been on screen […]

Also posted in Media, Suicide, Superman

O’Reilly Clarifies Al Qaeda Remarks

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Bill O'Reilly, Conservatives, Media, Radio, Short Pieces - GTC