Wednesday, April 07, 2021


Here's Jimmy Dore to start with.




Stan covers the shows PRODIGAL SON and CALL ME KAT -- both air on FOX. In the past, he's covered shows like NO ORDINARY FAMILY, ARROW, and THE CAPE. I've covered MODERN FAMILY, CHUCK, FRINGE, NIKITA and MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD -- among others. He was going to grab SUPERMAN & LOIS if no one else wanted it (see his ""). I told him I could grab it. I also told him we could cover it together like we did with WANDAVISION. He and Ruth used to do that with a show (I'm sorry, I'm forgetting which one -- I think it was MISTRESSES).

His worry is that he'll get caught on something. When HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER was on, it could be a pain if he wanted to cover something else. I understand that (he eventually handed it off to Betty). FRINGE and MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD both ended up Friday shows and that could be a problem. I might not catch one until the next day but wanted to blog on Friday and start my weekend. Then I'd have to remember to blog about it on Monday but might forget.

So I'm fine with grabbing SUPERMAN & LOIS and fine with him weighing in at his site when he wants as well (I will link to any of those).

SUPERMAN -- one of TV's first superheroes. In the 50s George Reeves played the role. Superman is a superhero who came from the planet Krypton. His parents put baby Kael into a rocket and he landed on earth -- they sent him to earth because the planet Krypton was coming to an end. Due to the different sun in our solar system and other issues, Kael develops super powers on earth -- including the ability to fly, bullets bounce off him and he's got x-ray vision. Kael is adopted by George and Martha Kent who raise him on their farm in Smallville. When he grows up, he moves to Metropolis where he fights crime and, as Clark Kent, is a reporter at THE DAILY PLANET. It's there that he meets Lois Lane. Unlike his high school girlfriend Lana, Lois is the love of his life and the match for him because she's just as brave.

In the 70s, Christopher Reeves and Margot Kidder would begin playing Superman and Lois in a series of films. There was a SUPERBOY TV show in the 80s. The 90s saw LOIS & CLARK where Teri Hatcher played Lois and Dean Cain played Superman. I thought that was a good show and that they had good chemistry. I don't own the series on DVD but I always stop to watch anytime I come across the show.

The '00s saw Brandon Routh play Superman in a film. Wasn't too crazy about the film. (Brandon wasn't the problem and I want to be clear on that.) Also in the '00s, THE WB offered SMALLVILLE starring Tom Welling as a teenage Clark Kent (who grew to be an adult during the course of the show). Then, in the 10s, Henry Cavill started playing Superman. He's grown into the part and I now think he's the best actor to play Superman so far.

Which means Tyler Hoechlin sucks, right?

Wrong. He's playing Superman and doing an amazing job. I really am impressed with him.

THE DAILY PLANET has been taken over by a Jeff Bezos type and Clark is fired. Around the same time, Clark's mother passes away. Lois and Clark end up at the farm with their two boys and decide to make a go of it in Smallville.

Lois is played by Elizabeth Tulloch who was a regular on another show I used to cover here -- GRIMM.

After Clark and Lois, my favorite character on the show is Kyle Cushing who has married Clark's high school sweetie Lana and he's played by Erik Valdez. Kyle seems like a real person. He's thrilled that the Bezos type guy, Morgan Edge, is bringing business to Smallville and doesn't want Lois investigating and ruining the deal. The town needs it and that's where he stands on the issue. But we know Lois is right and I'm assuming that Kyle's pride in Smallville will allow him to switch sides at some point and do the right thing. He's a good foil for Clark. If the show goes on long enough, it would be great if in season four or five Kyle could discover Clark is Superman and come to a new appreciation for Clark.

The teenage sons are played by Jordan Eisass (Jonathan Kent) and Alex Garfin (Jordan Kent). I will not be commenting on Alex. He's not yet an adult. The actor playing Jonathan is an adult. I note both teenage characters but I will not offer positive or negative on Alex. Ava and C.I. started covering TV at THIRD back in 2005 and early on an actress who is a film actress and about a 100 and other things called about one of the reviews. They had praised a child actor and this actress was wondering if they planned to also offer negative? Her point was that the feedback and focus really did a turn on her as a child. Ava and C.I. listened to her and stated that they might mention a character or that it was played by this or that actor but they would not critique the performance of someone who was a child at the time the wrote. I think that's a pretty good policy and intend to follow it as well.

Jonathan and Jordan?  Jonathan's the jock.  Jordan's the 'different' kid.  I hope they bring more to Jordan because he is a bit weaker as a character.  He has super powers like his father.  Jonathan doesn't.  They thought it might be the other way around, or Clark did.  I honestly believe we'll find out that both sons have powers.  

Wole Parks plays Captain Luther.  He may or may not be a Lex Luther.  He's from a different universe and, in his universe, Superman destroyed everything.  He's out to destroy Superman.

Speaking of Ava and C.I., they covered the new show here.  So that's a basic summary.  The show hasn't had a new episode in two weeks but next week will be back with another new episode so I'll pick it up then.



Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


 Tuesday, April 6, 2021.  Media, media, media . . . 

Let's start with media.  At the end yesterday's snapshot, I noted that Eric London's appearance on THE CONVO COUCH was bad manner at the very least:

We're going to note Eric London's appearance last week on THE CONVO COUCH.

Fiorella and Craig were  smart to have him on and Eric was smart not to pull a Jerry White -- or rather a full Jerry White.  Jerry made an ass out of himself -- a point Ann made at WSWS before WSWS pulled her comment -- on THE JIMMY DORE SHOW -- by having a fit over a previous guest.   See "The WSWS embraces censorship and derangement (Ava and C.I.)" for the'outrageous' comment that WSWS pulled.   Eric didn't have a fit but he wasted everyone's time.

Unlike Eric, I've been on talk shows -- nationally broadcast ones -- and I've never felt the need to say, "Dave, before we get into the new project, let's just have Paull and the band take it down a notch because r just need to go back a moment because the guest in the segment before me said . . ."  No one cares.  It's rude.  it's outrageous.  If you're on a talk show to promote something -- film, music, ideology, whatever -- use your time wisely.  

I get it, Eric, I do.  You and WSWS painted yourself into a corner and don't know how to get out of it.  You launched crazy conspiracy nonsense in the fall of 2020 and never let up.  You used it -- let's be honest -- to try to steep people into voting for Joe Biden.  That's what it was about and that's why your magazine's lousy candidate Joseph Kishore all but closed his presidential campaign over a month before the election.

You need to let it go.  It's done too much harm to WSWS.  People walked away and some are not going back.  "I was wrong" or "What was I thinking" -- two easy phrases to get out of the mess you are currently in.

Two e-mails to the public account insist that if Eric hadn't brought up another topic, people would have thought he agreed with THE CONVO COUCH.  No, they wouldn't.  That topic was not a part of his segment.  If Steve Martin tells a joke or does a bit I don't agree with and I follow him or I don't care for the band that follows and find their music to be offensive due to whomever they're ripping off, I don't have to stop my segment to tell the host just how much I disagree with another segment I was not in.  

It wasn't Eric's place.  He wanted to lecture Fiorella who was actually on the ground in DC, he wanted to tell her what she saw.  I like WSWS but they do that from time to time.  Trina took them on -- and she likes them as well -- when they were falsely reporting on her city (Boston) and doing so with no correspondent in Boston.    If WSWS wants to be known as the outlet that picks fights whenever they are a guest, they'll quickly find that they won't be invited guests anymore.

WSWS went off the nutty cliff with regards to Donald Trump in the fall of 2020.  They have refused to admit that they were wrong.  They have used the DC protest and the riot that followed it to argue that they were right.  No, they were not right.  They're embarrassing themselves.  

They should have apologized for that coverage.  Instead, they now appear on other programs to attack people who observed first hand what went down.  It's nonsense.

Especially the "other programs" aspect.

Does no one get that?

Because if Eric London wants to froth at the mouth over Donald Trump -- who is not in the White House -- he can do so . . . at the WSWS YOUTUE channel.  But that would mean actually creating content and goodness knows that they aren't very good about doing that.

They posted a video 2 days ago, 6 days ago, 1 week ago, 1 month ago . . .


They have how many correspondents and they can't even do any videos?  

If they're that worried about what's on YOUTUBE, they should get off their lazy ass and post content to their YOUTUBE channel.

I tend to post videos here without streaming them and the reason is because I don't want to be Eric London.  A writer I enjoy, three weeks ago, repeated a falsehood that had been fact checked and found to be false.  I posted the video and didn't feel the need to comment.  The video was about more than that one falsehood.  

I usually post Glenn Greenwald but I won't be posting his latest interview because there are just too many falsehoods.  There's the claim that he was tough on Barack.  When, Glenn, when?  When you and Jane were going around trying to get him the nomination?  Was that when you were hard on him?  When he failed to end the Iraq War?  Help me out on when you started being hard on Barack -- or even skeptical of him?

I've told you for years he's a sexist.  Listen to his comments about Sady Doyle in that interview and you'll see what I'm talking about.  

I'm not going to post that video.  

I like Glenn and he's an important voice but he's a real struggle with honesty when it comes to him.  His blog that he self-describes?  It was a pro-war blog, specifically pro-Iraq War.  He tends to erase that -- and did in the interview with ZERO BOOKS -- the one I'm talking about above.

Fiorella and Craig's work on the DC incident is well known as is their stance.  If it made Eric that uncomfortable, he shouldn't have gone on the show.  Just like I won't be posting ZERO BOOKS' interview with Glenn because I made the mistake of listening and there's just too much in there that I know to be false.  

As for Noam Chomsky, I don't lie whores and Noam's a whore.  Glenn talks about poor Noam.  Not poor Noam.  Others have been doing "Noam Chomsky admits he was wrong" type reports about Noam admitting he made a mistake in urging people to vote for Joe Biden.  I'm not four years old.  I have a good memory.  Every four years, Noam endorses a Democrat and then, after the election, oops, I was wrong.  I'm sick of it.  He's a whore.  His endorsements go against his body of published work over and over again.  I'm sick of it and I'm sick of him.

Jimmy Dore.

Ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris' appearance, we called it out.  I forgot to return to it to make a point.  Jimmy addressed the appearance yesterday.

Did he talk about The Clinton Foundation?  I don't know, I'm asking because I haven't streamed it.

But Kamala should not have appeared at that event.

I have not attacked Kamala, I've not made this a site for Kamala hatred.  I know her.  Not very fond of her but I try to be fair.

I can't be fair on this.

The Clinton Foundation has had serious problems with transparency.  

After she's out of office, if she wants to appear there, fine.  But presently she is the Vice President of the United States and she needs to take that role seriously.  That includes not allowing yourself to be whored by Bill and Hillary Clinton to prop up their troubled foundation.

Bill left office in disgrace.

That is reality. 

The Supreme Court stripped him of his ability to practice law.  Al Gore blamed his 2000 loss in part on Bill and Bill's scandals.  

There's no need for a sitting Vice President to be whoring for Bill Clinton.

It was cheap, it was tacky and it was embarrassing.  It should never happen again.

Peter Grier, reporting for THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR in 2016

The problem is donors have been asking for stuff. Emails disclosed due to a lawsuit by the conservative group Judicial Watch reveal a number of instances where people who gave money to the foundation used foundation contacts to funnel various requests to Clinton’s State Department staff.

For instance, a wealthy West Coast sports executive asked a Clinton Foundation official for help in getting a visa for a British client, a soccer star denied entry to the US due to criminal charges. The Crown Prince of Bahrain asked a foundation official for help getting a meeting with Clinton.

“Good friend of ours,” noted foundation official Douglas Band when forwarding the request.

At least 85 people from private interests who had donated to the Clinton Foundation met with Clinton while she was secretary of State, according to an Associated Press review of her calendars. 

Kamala needs to be above reproach.  Rubbing shoulders with Bill at a Clinton Foundation event doesn't allow her to appear that way.  

It was bad optics, it was bad in every way possible.

We'll talk about  the garbage CNN is offering next time.

ADDED: We'll talk about it now -- 1:41 EST 4/6/21 because a number of you are asking for it including KeShawn who pointed out that Iraq is just a mention in the snapshot without talking about it.

From the CNN article:

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, a frequent critic of Biden administration nominees for supporting the Iraq War and other "forever wars," himself wrote in support of the Iraq War prior to becoming a senator in newly uncovered blog posts.

"The question should not be, When do we get to leave? But instead, How are we going to win?" Hawley wrote in one blog post from 2005 about Iraq.
Regardless of whether former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024, Hawley has positioned himself as a potential presidential candidate with a pro-Trump platform that has included largely voting against President Joe Biden's picks. Hawley has attacked Biden's team for being "pro-endless wars," citing past support for the Iraq War, and calling Biden's team "warmongers."

[. . .]
Phillip Letsou, a spokesman for Hawley, said Hawley's views had changed and pointed to his support in the Senate for withdrawing from Afghanistan and opposition to sending additional troops to the Middle East.
"Senator Hawley's views have definitely changed since his school days. If the twenty-year failed experiment in 'neo-conservative' globalism in the Middle East doesn't convince you that nation building doesn't work, nothing will," Letsou told CNN in an email.
It does not appear that Hawley campaigned on opposing Middle East wars prior to his election to the Senate, according to a KFile review of campaign events and interviews.

It's cute the way CNN goes after some and not others.  It's cute the way they lie to.  Hawley was 22 or 23 when the war started.    Pieces that written in 2005, when he was 24 or 25, are big news to CNN.  That would be the same CNN that let Joe Biden slide repeatedly over his Iraq War claims -- including his claim to regret his vote -- he doesn't, listen and he'll tell you his regret is that he trusted Bully Boy Bush would get the numbers right, etc.  Bully Boy Bush tricked him!!!! Wah!! Wah!!!  

Now Joe wasn't a college student when the Iraq War -- that he voted for and supported -- started.  He was a grown man who had already been in the Senate for decades.  He was on year thirty in the Senate when he voted for the Iraq War.

So there's that.

It's also nonsense because I've yet to see CNN do the opposite -- point out an anti-war critic who changed their mind.  The Iraq War is still going on and you can ask Senator Mike Gravel about how one member of Congress can make an impact -- if they choose to do so.

Third, we're talking about CNN which allows Christiane Amanpour to advocate for war on a regular basis.  

Fourth, huh????????

Unlike CNN, I was opposed to the Iraq War.  I started speaking against it one month before it started.  So I don't have any apologizing to do.  CNN ignores its own past which allows it to pretend it doesn't owe any apologies.

But we were not all on the same page in the US.

The country turned against the Iraq War in 2006.  So Josh's experience tracks with that of the majority of Americans.  Does CNN not get that?  How stupid are they?

It's hard to believe that this isn't a slam at a member of Congress for being opposed to forever wars.  Especially when you consider how little CNN noted the 18th anniversary of the Iraq War just last month.

I don't know if Hawley's for real, I don't know if he isn't.  But Josh's actions are not the indictment CNN seems to believe they are.  If he rethought his position, he did so while the rest of the country was doing so.  (Which is why I don't get why Glenn Greenwald can't cop to what he did in terms of supporting the war at the start.) CNN did a very poor job.  It reads like advocacy -- bad advocacy on the part of some idiots who can't take the time to first do the work required -- not like journalism.


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