Radio Hosts Are Nuts

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The Fisher King

Oh dear, Jack Lucas is one of those jerk off type radio hosts. I love how this woman, well, I don’t love how she’s speaking so slowly. It makes me want to bonk her on the head to see if it’ll make her go any faster. Well, I do love how he starts interrupting her and finishing her sentences for her. Clearly within the first ten seconds he heard why the woman’s husband is always finishing for her. She speaks slower than molasses running down a hill. He’s the type of radio host where you know he’s a pretty rude guy who doesn’t care if he offends others, but that’s what draws in the ratings. Even when he’s pressing the woman about her affair with a state senator, he’s pretty ruthless and making fun of her, but he wants to know what happened! Him talking to her was amusing to listen to, rude yes but I would listen to him just for the fact that he’s so amusing. Not sure if I’d hang out with him though, he seems the type you would want to listen to, but not be stuck with in person.

Talk Radio

Seems like Barry has had enough, he has the serious crazy eyes as he’s ranting into the microphone I mean….damn.

You know, I feel that Barry and Jack should hang out with each other. I feel like Jack would understand Barry’s rant and where he’s coming from. Since Barry says all he does is berate people and they just call in for him to be rude to them.  I’m sure Jack knows what it’s like to have such listeners since he too essentially berates his listeners.  While listening to his rant, I was starting to wonder if Barry is what Jack becomes in the future. It’s like Jack is Barry, when Barry was first doing the show and he was the hot new radio host who didn’t care about what he said or how he said it. Yet now, months or years later here he is wondering why people love him for that, and what’s wrong with the world. He seems like an interesting individual.

Pump Up the Volume

When a man starts out his ‘motivational speech’ by talking to a lizard in his hand, it’s a safe bet he’s been through some tough times, or he’s lost his mind.

….He humped a dress at the end…. So yes he has to be crazy, but even so I would hang out with him. What he says in his speech is…well it’s sort of empowering to the youth. It’s empowering and inspirational, why kill yourself when you can just make people think you’re crazy and out of your mind? What he says and how you just watch these kids lash out and rebel to get rid of their pent up emotions, it’s a powerful scene to watch.

Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech part 3

“Necessity is the excuse for every infringement on freedom.” – Professor Eric Foner of Colombia University

Freedom of Speech seems to be the hot topic of controversy when it comes to the Bill of Rights. There’s this need for us to say whatever we want so we can express our own views and perspectives in society. Then there’s the issue where an individual feels the need that he can say what he so pleases, but another person isn’t allowed to say such things. We want to be able to express everything we have to say but once someone shares words that we disagree with we want that right to be taken away because we find that it’s wrong or cruel. In the documentary when there is a scene showing protestors with their signs saying ‘fag’ I remember the controversy over gay marriage rights. People could feel that they shouldn’t be able to protest and say such horrible things about another group of people, but it isn’t putting anyone in immediate harm, so they are allowed to share their words. It’s not like they are in a crowded theater shouting ‘fire’ (as seen in the clip 8:47). That would start a riot and create chaos and possible death, but people expressing their opinions, even if they’re laced with hatred, isn’t physically hurting anyone.

Freedom of Speech part 4

The Chase Harper story is one of the things that really makes me question how schools handle certain situations. Chase Harper being questioned by an armed sheriff? For a T-shirt? That’s absolutely absurd. I understand when a school doesn’t want kids wearing shirts that have naked women on them, profanity, I get that, but an excerpt from the bible on his shirt is offensive? No one complained about his shirt, no one was offended as they know of, it’s absurd.

His vice principal telling him to leave his faith at the car, because it’s offensive? Along with free speech you could argue his right to freedom of religion. If a girl walks into school and she’s wearing a hijab and someone finds that offensive, is she supposed to leave that in the car as well?

Not allowing speech on a campus that they feel is offensive to students is too rash of an idea. Different things offend different groups of people, soon enough they just won’t be able to speak at all because they’ll be trying to put so many limits on speech. One could also argue that they’re just sheltering the kids far too much by trying to eliminate any offensive speech. No one wins when this kind of ordeal goes on in schools. I understand the need to protect students and not to start any controversy, but students should be exposed to these different forms of speech. Eliminating this isn’t helping them at all; it’s sheltering them and making them more close-minded.

The Newsroom

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The Newsroom- Jeff Daniels certainly isn’t Harry Dunne driving around in a sheepdog van anymore (That’s a Dumb and Dumber reference people, get with the times)

I just have to start by saying you know you are into a show when once everything starts to pick up, the program stops and you want to jump and hurt whatever stopped the program from working.

In The Newsroom Jeff Daniels plays Will McAvoy, a prominent news anchor often compared to Jay Leno because he “doesn’t bother anyone”. That alone sets the events that later follow, and the viewer can assume that McAvoy doesn’t push people to their limits when he questions them. Later on when his ex-girlfriend McKenzie is hired to work with him the two fight and she says how he has gone soft. He’s only there for money and this really gets the ball going. After being berated and shouted at by her it seems on the outside as though he is un-phased by her, but when he reports on the oil spill and questions those involved it’s easy to see that her words did in fact impact him and he’s going back to the way he used to report.

Apparently McAvoy has a very lovely personality, “smart talented guy who isn’t very nice”. This is why his former EP wishes to leave, because he berated him in front of all of the crew for them to see. Sounds like someone is a bit of a baby…

When I saw that Sam Waterston was playing his boss, Charlie Skinner, I was so excited. I loved him in Law & Order so I was interested to see what character he was playing here. After all, the character of Will McAvoy kind of reminded me of Waterston’s character Jack McCoy (even the names are similar). Anyway, it was a real treat to see him go from this happy old man to his random outbursts and shouting, such as “I’m a marine I don’t care how many protein bars you’ve had I will beat the shit out of you” shouting in McAvoy’s former EP’s face. It was absolutely hilarious.

This show had me addicted within the first few minutes of Daniels’ character not answering questions straight forward. He would add humor to his responses but never actually say what they wanted to hear. Until he went on a rant saying why America isn’t the greatest country anymore, going on a rant and listing several statistics to prove such a point, but later explains how America can go back to being that way. Oh, and addressing the young lady who told him to say why America is the greatest country, by calling her ‘sorority girl’ is always nice, the poor thing looked like she wanted to cry but it was still amusing.

Give The Newsroom A Try

Beck & Stewart

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Jon Stewart and Glenn Beck: Can’t even think of a witty title for this.

Not even sure where to begin with this. I’ll start with the presidential campaign I suppose. Both brought up the fact that Obama said “Vote for revenge” and Romney turned it around to say “vote for love of one’s country”. While Stewart took a more humorous approach to this, it seemed that Beck tried to paint Obama as a villain who simply wants revenge, in support of Romney. Stewart takes a more neutral approach to his ‘reporting’ on The Daily Show. He doesn’t stick to berating one political party, rather he makes a joke out of the whole process by using two middle-schoolers as an example. Beck however you can see with the way he critiques Obama and keeps insisting the government will fall under his ‘rule’, one would assume he’s a Republican (he’s a conservative member of the tea-party, and that’s a huge difference, apparently). Stewart doesn’t show a preference when reporting, he keeps a straight face when announcing the winner of the presidential election. Meanwhile Beck grins with confidence and jokes around, believing Romney will win the presidency (that turned into a real nasty surprise for him).

Oh, here’s an non-controversial similarity between the two! They both host a show! Nothing wrong with that!

Well…one is a comedy show to make you laugh while another show beats you with facts until you’re brain dead and convinces you that the government is full of conspiracies…

Anyway…

Stewart does use comedy to share his information; after all, it is a show on Comedy Central.  While Beck’s program is strictly informational and serious, he does manage to sneak in humor. While it isn’t exactly the ‘laugh out loud’ type of humor you would get from The Daily Show, he does throw in sarcastic or witty comments to give the viewer a break from his conspiracy theories and constant bombardment of information.

Watching The Daily Show didn’t feel like an assignment like the Glenn Beck Program made it feel like.  The Daily Show has a light, comical atmosphere that makes absorbing this political information a bit easier to handle and retain. Meanwhile having Beck bombard you with information is completely different. His show isn’t amusing or fun to watch. Even though he’ll throw in a sarcastic comment or make a joke (like sitting with a crystal ball and Ouija board to make his prediction), it’s really all informational and not meant to be amusing. That isn’t his goal, his goal is to get information across and to enlighten his viewers, comedy is the least of his troubles.

You know what I noticed between the both of them did I enjoyed? There’s a nice bit of each of their shows that doesn’t focus on making fun of something or showing their wrong-doings, but rather focuses on the good or those who need help. Stewart mentions Hurricane Sandy relief, while Beck talks about a young disabled girl being bullied in school. While both are completely different topics, this showed a nice side of humanity to them, not that I doubted it was there, it was just a nice thing to see.

Stewart’s show has his ‘field reporters’ which go out and question Americans or other people in politics, just like Beck had done when it came to the fiscal cliff situation. Stewart uses this technique more though, and while in both cases you see what Americans think is going on with the government or news stories, Beck hardly uses this and I think it’s a shame, if he sent people out to do questions more, I believe it would make a stronger argument for his points.

I realized both shows brought up interesting government conspiracies. While I doubt Stewart’s was actually serious, Beck was absolutely positive about his theory.

Ah yes, and I liked that with The Daily Show, you get something different each day. If you watch three different segments of the Glenn Beck Program, they mostly cover the same story each day, just for slightly less time each episode. The constant coverage of the Petraeus case grew bothersome, and each time it seemed like it was a little less information and just more sarcastic commentary.

Petraeus: A Lifetime Movie Event

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 Glenn Beck Program – November 15, 2012

(Right in the beginning he mentions he is wearing the creepiest Kermit the Frog sweater, thank god he knows it’s disturbing.)

Glenn’s got a smart mouth on him whenever he is reporting on this show. He brings up Obama’s first press conference in eight months, and the questions are asking if and when he is going to sit down with Romney, how will he try to work together with Congress, and what he plans to do about climate change. Beck doesn’t hold back, and says these questions are beyond childish when he states that his eight year old son would be disgusted by such questions and would be able to ask better ones. According to him, Obama avoids questioning about Benghazi, and the Petraeus case (which Beck jokes will soon become a lifetime movie, and I have no doubt that this will in fact happen).

Beck still talking about Petraeus made me want to bash my head into a wall, but thankfully he changed topics and instead sat in a Halloween-like setting.

Oh yes, he had the creepy spooky lighting, an Ouija board (to talk to the spirits) and a crystal ball, where he made a few predictions:

  • Administration, President will not be impeached, will raise taxes on rich.
  • Benghazi will just go away in the middle of the night.
  • Media will continue to ask softball questions.

Beck talks about how history is simply repeating itself. Before explaining this, he has someone go and interview Americans, asking them if they knew what a fiscal cliff was. He showed the ignorance of Americans, who thought it was a real location. His interviewer joked around with it, explaining to people it was in Aruba or out west and that it was a beautiful place. How sad is that? He says people don’t know what the fiscal cliff is because it wasn’t talked about. It wasn’t talked about since it wouldn’t help anyone politically. In fact, if people were informed on what it was, it would actually hurt certain people politically.

He goes on to compare America to Germany, and their Weimar Republic before it fell. They began to print more money to make up for the debt they fell into after WWI, then inflation began.  Beck predicts that America is going to fall like Germany’s government did, and we’ll all soon be waiting in line for bread, butter, and gas.

Beck uses a lot of history to support his predictions. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it. Although history does repeat itself, I feel that if it’s caught soon enough, there’s an opportunity to change what will happen for the better. Now, upon hearing this I’m sure Beck would call me an idiot and make fun of me for not understanding 98% of America’s financial woes, but that’s the case with most of the population. If Beck is right however, and the government does fall (which he seems to believe will happen because of the sex scandals ruining trust in the government, and now the economy), then kudos to him, he finally has a correct prediction.

Petraeus Sex Capades

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Glenn Beck Program – November 13, 2012

(I’m a terrible person, Glenn Beck wearing glasses makes me think of a hipster Glenn Beck…I have issues. Also does he dye his hair? It looks …more platinum, if he grows it out and spikes it he can be Guy Fieri’s twin brother.)

“Forget murdered ambassador, Petraeus is having sex on the shuffleboard court!” That was followed by a weird giggle by Beck, and me wondering if I heard that correctly, which I did. That’s quite traumatizing, especially since he again refers to this as grandpa’s having sex, geez if you’ve ever wanted to throw up your meal, Beck will help you do just that. He calls the media’s “sexier stories” the “Petraeus Sex Capades”. Well look at that, no one can seem to give up this juicy story. It’s as though the government has turned into a terrible TV drama made for teenagers with everything that is going on. You have general John Allen sending inappropriate emails to Jill Kelly, who is engaged in a catfight over Petraeus with Paula Broadwell who sent Kelly a letter something like “stay away from my man!”. Kelly is so concerned she sends this to the FBI, who are not interested, except one person who believes they should pursue this, but he is removed from the case when it is found out that he sent shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelly. Well good for her, she can get everyone in the government she desires huh?

These sex scandals just really know how to shake a nation. Such scandals are basically designed to discredit the military (again, another conspiracy which Beck is strongly supporting, which is now making even me paranoid). He mentions the only other sex scandals heard of was the White House being involved with the Secret Service sex scandals (what he describes as basically sleeping with hookers overseas). Well, the government is an active bunch now aren’t they?

The show actually mentions something besides sex scandals, mentions bullying. Man without arms and legs who tried to kill himself at the tender age of ten years old (Nick Vuijicic). Also mentions the disabled girl who is subject to bullying in high school, Chy Johnson. Beck talks about the heartwarming story of a young athlete and their entire football team defending this young girl from her bullies. A phone call from the girl’s mother asking what was going on turns into him and his team defending the young girl and eventually becoming friends with her. It’s as though she has an entire family at school to defend her. This is heartwarming to hear from him, as well as interesting to see some emotion from him. The family was supposed to be on satellite with him but the satellite stopped working, which is a shame. I thought the entire how would be about the Petraeus and sex scandals within the government, but this took a different turn which was enjoyable to see.

Petraeus Was Betrayed

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Glenn Beck Program- November 12, 2012

(Just loving how in the beginning he announces how bad he is at ‘calling the election’, take that Romney supporter!)

“The media is at its last stand…can’t count on any of the major outlets to report the truth.”

In the beginning of the program Glenn Beck mentions how the media is failing to report the truth due to inaccurate major news stories.

He then goes on to discuss the Petraeus case, his affair, and what the government did wrong. Beck states that he believes Petraeus was put in charge of the CIA because he was hated. The old saying ‘keep your enemies close’ was used quite literally, as this provided them with a fall guy and someone to manipulate. By making this affair known, it would disgrace Petraeus and destroy his reputation, which would cause even more distrust among the military and government from the people.

“Only hurdle left for progressives was military…weaken every institution…only one left standing, the military”—Beck stating that for progressives to overthrow the government was to weaken the military. According to the administration, as Beck notes, they had no idea of the affair beforehand, and Beck states that is unlikely because of the administration is radically left wing. That they are lying about the situation and it was not a vetting problem. If vetting was in fact a problem, then several people should have been fired as a result. (I just had to look up vetting, never heard it used before, I was beyond confused, apparently it means to make a careful and critical examination, well alrighty then.)

From the beginning it seems as they were setting him up because he was being considered for the CIA’s top spot, rather than have him run the department of defense, which is his expertise. The fact that Petraeus was using an open email also supports that the government knew what he was doing. According to those Beck has questioned in the government, no one using email because it can be so easily hacked. Of course the government would know what Petraeus was doing.

While watching this program, I was surprised at Becks’ demeanor when it comes to reporting. He expresses a lot of emotion in his reporting, using a heavy amount of sarcasm. He also likes to crack little jokes, such as stating “Mommy and daddy are doing pushups in the other room,” in regards to Petraeus’ mistress saying they would work out or do pushups. He adds this subtle bit of humor and sarcasm to his reporting, in contrast to Jon Stewart who adds a lot of humor in his show. I like that Petraeus brings background information and evidence in his reporting. He recounts on interviews and questioning he has done in regards to the situation, rather than stating how this is all one big conspiracy, he supports his facts.