Dale Hansen Is Signing Off, Taking the Anchorman Era With Him – The Ringer

I’m reposting this because Dale Hansen is a legend. One of a kind.

The Dallas sportscaster will end a 41-year run delivering the local news when he retires in September. His style, which has earned him internet fame in recent years, harkens back to a bygone era of broadcast television.
— Read on www.theringer.com/2021/7/22/22589312/dale-hansen-dallas-sportscaster-anchorman-era

Reality Check

First, here’s what President Trump Tweeted. Then we’ll talk reality:

Everybody can twist ratings to say something good, but the reality is that all three cable news nets were down for the month. ALL OF THEM. Yes, FOX is number one, but MSNBC is a solid second place. HERE’S THE WAY Forbes reported it.

Freedom of the Press

Please tell me if there’s anything right about this:

Bryan Carmody, a freelance reporter in San Francisco, awoke Friday to the sounds of someone trying to break into his house. About 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department were bashing the front gate of his home in the Outer Richmond neighborhood with a sledgehammer, he said. It was just after 8 o’clock in the morning. Carmody called out and said he would let them into the house. The officers showed him a search warrant and proceeded to go through his home — from “top to bottom” he says — with their guns drawn. ”They treated me like I was some kind of drug dealer,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. Carmody was being raided in connection with…

There really is NOTHING right about this story. CLICK HERE to read it all.

Music Break

I love politics, but I’m also fascinated by music history. Particularly music from the Arkansas Delta. My friend, Roby Brock, publishes a wonderful magazine called Talk Business and Politics. Enjoy!

Dewey Phillips was lying in his bed one night listening to a radio show. It was 1948 and he was living in Memphis, Tenn. As he listened to the show unfold, he had an epiphany. ”I can play that music and do just as good as he is doing,” he told himself. More than a year later, he started the radio show “Red, Hot, and Blue.” Little did he know, along with Sun Records founder Sam Phillips — no relation — that they would change music history forever and…

The entire article is RIGHT HERE. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Local News Media Finances

Looks like many folks have the wrong impression:

A new Pew Research study highlights a widespread lack of awareness about the revenue challenges facing many local news media operations. Even amid declining revenues and staffing, about seven-in-ten Americans think their local news outlets are doing very or somewhat well financially (71%). When it comes to their own financial support of the industry, just 14% of American adults say…

CLICK HERE for the complete summary via Mediaconfidential.

Ever Heard of “Lugenpresse”?

BERLIN — When a video of two Donald Trump supporters shouting “Lügenpresse” (lying press) started to circulate Sunday, viewers from Germany soon noted its explosive nature. The defamatory word was most frequently used in Nazi Germany. Today, it is a common slogan among those branded as representing the “ugly Germany”: members of xenophobic, right-wing groups. Its use across the Atlantic Ocean at a Trump rally has worried Germans who know about its origins all too well…
HERE’S THE FULL EXPLANATION from the Washington Post

That Sudden Vacation

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is headed for an (apparently) unplanned vacation after some audio tapes came to light of Carlson’s past visits on a radio show. Late night TV folks wasted no time jumping on the story. Here’s just one example:

Fox News and the Trump Administration

Facts are facts. Aren’t they? Consider these numbers reported by the New Yorker:

After members of the press pool got out of vans and headed over to where the President was about to speak, they noticed that Sean Hannity, the Fox News host, was already on location. Unlike them, he hadn’t been confined by the Secret Service, and was mingling with Administration officials, at one point hugging Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of Homeland Security. The pool report noted that Hannity was seen “huddling” with the White House communications director, Bill Shine. After the photo op, Hannity had an exclusive on-air interview with Trump. Politico later reported that it was Hannity’s seventh interview with the President, and Fox’s forty-second. Since then, Trump has given Fox two more. He has granted only ten to the three other main television networks combined, and none to CNN, which he denounces as “fake news.”