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RIP: Larry Hagman

It is with sad news that we announce Larry passed away this afternoon, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. His family has released this statement:

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for.” The family requests privacy at this time.

“I was blessed to … witness his heart that was so full of passion and charity and mischievousness,” Mr. Cain said. “His friendship will be missed by many, including me.

Recently on a trip to Santa Monica, I was initiated into a celebration, a ritual that Larry performed with guests as the sun set over the ocean, where we shouted out to the sun as the final sliver passed over the hills. … I know he would want us to stand and shout and celebrate his life and the passion with which he loved and lived it.”

Michael Cain, founder of the Dallas International Film Festival

Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless businessman J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

His supporting film roles include appearances in Fail-Safe, JFK, Nixon, and Primary Colors.

His television appearances also included a handful of short-lived other series, guest roles on dozens of shows spanning from the late 1950s up until his death, and a reprisal of his signature role on the 2012 revival of Dallas. He also occasionally worked as a producer and director on television.

Hagman was the son of the actress Mary Martin. A long-time drinker, he underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 1995, and although a member of a 12-step program, he publicly advocated marijuana as a better alternative to alcohol. He died on November 23, 2012, of complications from throat cancer.

In August 1995, Hagman underwent a life-saving liver transplant after he was diagnosed with liver cancer in July. Numerous reports state he was drinking four bottles of champagne a day while on the set of Dallas. He was also a heavy smoker as a young man, but the cancer scare was the catalyst for him to quit.

He was so shaken by this incident that he immediately became strongly anti-smoking. He recorded several public service announcements pleading with smokers to quit and urging non-smokers never to start.

He was the chairman of the American Cancer Society‘s annual Great American Smokeout for many years, and also worked on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation.

Hagman died on November 23, 2012, at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas, from complications of throat cancer. The cancer had reached stage 4 complications and he had been suffering with this for a period of six months.

Hagman was born in Weatherford, Texas, near Fort Worth. His mother, Mary Virginia Martin, later became a Broadway actress, and his father, Benjamin Jackson “Jack” Hagman, was an accountant and a district attorney.

His father was of Swedish descent.  Hagman’s parents divorced in 1936, when he was five years old. He lived with his grandmother in Texas and California while his mother became a contract player with Paramount in 1938.

In 1940, his mother met and married Richard Halliday and gave birth to a daughter, Heller, the following year. Hagman attended the strict Black-Foxe Military Institute (now closed).

When his mother moved to New York City to resume her Broadway career, Hagman again lived with his grandmother in California.  A couple of years later, his grandmother died and Hagman joined his mother in New York.

In 1946, Hagman moved back to his hometown of Weatherford, where he worked on a ranch owned by a friend of his father. After attending Weatherford High School, he was drawn to drama classes and reputedly fell in love with the stage and, in particular, with the warm reception he received for his comedic roles.

He developed a reputation as a talented performer and in between school terms, would take minor roles in local stage productions. Hagman graduated from high school in 1949, when his mother suggested that he try acting as a profession.

Hagman began his career in Dallas, Texas, working as a production assistant and acting in small roles in Margo Jones‘ Theater in 1950 during a break from his one year at Bard College.

He appeared in The Taming of the Shrew in New York City, followed by numerous tent show musicals with St. John Terrell’s Music Circus in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Lambertville, New Jersey.

In 1951, Hagman appeared in the London production of South Pacific with his mother, and stayed in the show for nearly a year.

In 1952, during the Korean War, Hagman was drafted into the United States Air Force. Stationed in London, he spent the majority of his military service entertaining U.S. troops in the UK and at bases in Europe.

After leaving the Air Force in 1956, Hagman returned to New York City where he appeared in the Off-Broadway play Once Around the Block, by William Saroyan. That was followed by nearly a year in another Off-Broadway play, James Lee’s Career.

His Broadway debut occurred in 1958 in Comes a Day. Hagman appeared in four other Broadway plays, God and Kate Murphy, The Nervous Set, The Warm Peninsula and The Beauty Part.

During this period, Hagman also appeared in numerous, mostly live, television programs. Aged 25, Hagman made his television debut on an episode of Decoy. In 1958, he joined Barbara Bain as a guest star in the short-lived adventure and drama series Harbormaster.

Hagman joined the cast of The Edge of Night in 1961 as Ed Gibson, and stayed in that role for two years. In 1964, he made his film debut in Ensign Pulver, which featured a young Jack Nicholson. That same year, Hagman also appeared in Fail-Safe with Henry Fonda.

After years of guest-starring in television series, Hagman’s profile was raised when he was cast as Barbara Eden‘s television “master” and eventual love interest, Air Force Captain (later Major) Anthony Nelson in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie for NBC ran for five seasons from 1965.

The show entered the Top 30 in its first year and was NBC’s answer to both successful 1960s magical comedies, Bewitched on ABC and My Favorite Martian on CBS.

The show ended in 1970. Two reunion movies were later made, both televised on NBC: I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991), though Hagman did not appear in either of them.

In November 1999, after 29 years, Hagman agreed to reunite with Jeannie co-stars Barbara Eden and Bill Daily and creator/producer Sidney Sheldon on the The Donny and Marie Show.

In 2002, when I Dream of Jeannie was set to join the cable channel TV Land, Hagman once again took part in a I Dream of Jeannie reunion with Eden and Daily, this time on Larry King Live.

On the TV Land Awards in March 2004, Hagman and Eden were the first presenters to reunite on stage. The following October, Hagman and Daily appeared at The Ray Courts Hollywood Autograph Show. And the following year, 2005 brought all three surviving stars from I Dream of Jeannie to the first ever cast reunion at The Chiller Expo Show.

Hagman reunited with Eden in March 2006 for a publicity tour in New York City to promote the first season DVD of I Dream of Jeannie. He reunited once again with Eden on stage in the play Love Letters at the College of Staten Island in New York and the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

The appearance marked the first time the two performers had acted together since Eden appeared with Hagman on Dallas in 1990.

In 1977, Hagman was offered two roles on two television series that were debuting. One was for The Waverly Wonders and the other for Dallas. Maj Hagman told Larry Hagman to take the role in Dallas. In Dallas, Hagman was cast as the conniving elder son and businessman J. R. Ewing, a man whom everybody loved to hate.

When Hagman read the script for the role of J.R. at his wife’s suggestion, they both concluded it was perfect for him. Seen in over 90 countries, the show became a worldwide success and Hagman became one of the best known television stars of the era. Dallas inspiring several prime-time soaps. Producers were keen to capitalize on that love/hate family relationship of J.R.’s, building anticipation to a fever-pitch in the 1980 cliffhanger season finale in which J.R. is shot.

At the beginning of the third full season later that year, audience and actors were trying to guess “Who shot J.R.?“, now one of fictional TV’s most famous questions to have ever been asked. During the media buildup, Hagman was involved in contract negotiations, delaying his return in the fourth season.

Holding out for a higher salary, Hagman did not appear in the first episode of the show until the final few minutes. Producers were faced with a dilemma whether to pay the greatly increased salary or to write J.R. out of the picture. Lorimar Productions, the makers of the series, began shooting different episodes of Dallas which did not include Hagman.

In the midst of negotiations, Hagman took his family to London for their July vacation. He continued to fight for his demands and network executives conceded that they wanted J.R. to remain in Dallas. From then on, Hagman became one of the highest-paid stars on television.

At the beginning of the 1980-81 season, writers were told to keep the storylines away from the actors until they really found out who actually shot J.R., and it took three weeks until the culprit was revealed on November 21, 1980 in a ratings record-breaking episode.

For his performance as J.R. Ewing, Hagman was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1980 and 1981, but did not win. He was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, between 1981 and 1985.

He was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award seven times for Outstanding Villain on a Prime Time Serial, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial, Favorite Super Couple: Prime Time and Outstanding Actor in a Comic Relief Role on a Prime Time Serial, and won five times.

In 1984, co-star (Barbara Bel Geddes) left the show after suffering a heart attack. At one point, Hagman suggested to his real-life mother (Mary Martin) that she play Miss Ellie, but she rejected the suggestion and Bel Geddes was briefly replaced by Donna Reed. Reed was fired from the show, just months before her death in 1986, aged 64, from pancreatic cancer. Bel Geddes returned to the role in 1985 and stayed until 1990.

By the end of its thirteenth season in 1991, ratings had slipped to the extent that CBS decided to end Dallas. Hagman was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes. He had also made five guest appearances on the Dallas spin-off series Knots Landing in the early 1980s. Some years after Dallas ended, Hagman appeared in two subsequent Dallas television movies: J.R. Returns in 1996, and War of the Ewings in 1998.

Hagman reprised his role as J.R. Ewing in TNT’s continuation of Dallas, which began in 2012.

Rest In Peace Larry

You Were One Of Us…



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Prayer given by John Brown of Monticello to the East Metro Bulldog Club:

Tonight our Lord we are gathered as members of the Bulldog Nation and we thank you for the blessings of being a Bulldog.

We thank you for fall afternoons between the hedges, we thank you that we are blessed to hear the Redcoats playing “Glory, Glory,” and we give thanks for the chills we get when the trumpet tones the battle hymn. We give thanks for the smell of ribs cooking on the grills of campus tailgates and we gave thanks for the chapel bell ringing after a victory, and are grateful  for the sheer joy of wearing red and black.

We thank you for those moments that we treasure, Tarkenton to Herron, the flea-flicker versus Bama, Appleby to Washington, that kid outa Johnson County running through two men, run Lindsey run, sugar falling from the sky, Butler kicking it a million miles, hobnailed boots  that still hurt in Knoxville and Johnson in the end zone.

Tonight we thank you for Aaron Murray, a fine young man who did not charge us $180,000 to play quarterback.

Tonight we thank you that Mrs. Geathers and Mrs. Jenkins allowed their sons to discover biscuits and pound cake at an early age so that we might have a nose guard for the 3-4 defense.

Tonight we thank you Lord for the potato industry in Idaho so that the boys from Boise will have something to do after they learn they know nothing about football.

Tonight we thank you for the new Nike uniforms. We may not like them but we know they look better than a Gator in a tank top and jean shorts.

Tonight we thank you that as we gathered here that we have been blessed, we have been blessed to live in land that stands for freedom, for those who have given of themselves to defend our freedom. We thank you for the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we pray for your blessings to continue on we who are gathered here this evening that may truly understand that it is great to be a Georgia Bulldog.


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Ernest Thorwald Johnson (June 16, 1924 – August 12, 2011) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. The 6’4″, 195 lb. right-hander was signed by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent before the 1942 season. He played for the Boston Braves (1950, 1952), Milwaukee Braves (1953-1958), and Baltimore Orioles (1959).

After serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Johnson made his major league debut in relief on April 28, 1950, against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park. His first big league win was also in relief, coming against the New York Giants on June 30, 1950, at the Polo Grounds. He spent part of 1950 in the Eastern League and all of 1951 in the American Association before returning to the major leagues for good in 1952. He started 10 games for Boston in 1952 and then appeared almost exclusively in relief thereafter.

From 1953 to 1957, the first five years that the Braves were in Milwaukee, Johnson led the pitching staff with 175 relief appearances, an average of 35 per season. He was followed closely behind by Dave Jolly, who relieved in 158 games during that five-year span. During those seasons the closer’s job was held at different times by Lew Burdette, Johnson, Jolly, and Don McMahon.

Johnson had an important role on the 1957 World Series Champion Braves with a 7-3 record and four saves in 30 games. In three World Series appearances against the New York Yankees that October he gave up only one run in seven innings, but it happened to be a game-winning home run by Hank Bauer in the seventh inning of Game 6.

In nine seasons Johnson had a losing record only once (1955) and had an overall winning percentage of .635. Career totals include a record of 40-23 in 273 games, 19 games started, three complete games, one shutout, 119 games finished, 19 saves, and an ERA of 3.77.

Following his playing days Johnson was a longtime color commentator and play-by-play broadcaster on Braves radio and television, working from 1962 to 1999 and becoming an icon in Atlanta. He was elected to the Braves’ Hall of Fame on August 24, 2001. His son, Ernie Johnson, Jr., worked with him from 1993 to 1996.

Johnson died on August 12, 2011, after a long illness.

Source:   Wiki

A journey with Ernie

Following the ‘Voice of the Braves’ from Boston to broadcasting

Georgia Magazine – BY JACKIE KENNEDY

Before Chipper Jones could crawl, before Atlanta’s baseball team went from worst to first, before Hank Aaron hit all those homers, even before the Braves ever thought of moving to Georgia … there was Ernie Johnson.

Hailed through the years as the “Voice of the Braves,” Ernie Johnson Sr. could just as easily be dubbed the “Heart of Baseball.” He’s been at the game—either on the pitcher’s mound or as an announcer—for six decades.

What a journey it’s been.

A native of Brattleboro, Vt., Ernie played with both the Boston and Milwaukee Braves and announced games for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves for nearly four decades. He pitched in one World Series game against the Yankees, called games when Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy were in their prime, and was named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year three times.

Last year, his daughter, Chris Johnson, spearheaded a drive to secure her dad a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting. More than 2,000 fans have signed the guest book of an Internet Web site (designed by family friend John Amato as a surprise for Ernie) devoted to this living legend’s career, deeming him everything from “a great announcer and human being” to “a role model for the ages.”

…In 1962, he was hired as the color commentator for the Braves on WTMJ, a TV station in Milwaukee, and in 1965 he moved his family to Atlanta, where he started setting up the Braves’ radio network across the Southeast. The next year, the Braves followed and Ernie joined Milo Hamilton and Larry Munson as the Atlanta Braves’ broadcast team. He and Milo worked together for 10 years and, in 1976, Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray joined Ernie in the announcer’s box. Beginning in 1973, when the TBS Superstation debuted, Ernie’s voice was heard by millions across the country.

His sincerity, humor and ability to educate were key elements to Ernie’s success. In his home, there’s a plaque with a quote from French-American historian Jacques Barzun: “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.”

“Everything I know about baseball, I learned from Ernie Johnson,” says Kathleen Boyd, LaGrange fan, echoing hundreds who’ve signed Ernie’s Web site guest book.

Braves pitcher John Smoltz sums it up this way: “Ernie Johnson Sr. has handled his job just like his family, just like his life—all with class, dignity and humility. Ernie Johnson’s attitude towards all of these areas of his life has been an inspiration to me as well as many others who have gotten to know him.”

Ernie’s secret to broadcasting: “I was told ‘Just be yourself,’” he says. “And I got some good advice in the beginning, to not talk down to my listeners.”

…When it comes to Braves baseball, Ernie’s just about seen it all. He was there for the first game at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in 1966 and he was back in 1996, for the final game against the New York Yankees for the World Series. But one of the most special nights at the old ballpark was in 1989. The Braves finished in last place and their attendance that year was lowest in the National League. Despite the dissatisfaction with another losing season, 42,000 fans (the largest crowd that year) showed up on Sept. 2. It was “Ernie Johnson Night,” and they’d come to say goodbye.

The beloved “Voice” retired from full-time broadcasting that night but returned to announce games on Sports South and Fox Sports for another decade. In 1999, he retired for good after 35 years in Braves broadcasting. Even now, though, he continues to fill in two or three times a year, a treat his fans enjoy.

The highlights of his career as an announcer were being on the broadcast team when the Braves won pennants and the World Series, and calling the games when Hank Aaron was breaking records.

“Going from last to first in the ‘90s was really fantastic,” Ernie recalls. “There were great players and such big crowds. I was so happy for the fans; they had suffered a lot through most of the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

Earlier, Ernie had watched Aaron hit his first homerun and he’d called the games when the superstar hit homerun number 500, 600 and 700, and when Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s record at 714.

“It was a great feeling doing play-by-play on those,” says Ernie, “especially since I’d been a friend of Hank’s since he was about 20 years old.”

Aaron recalls sharing many road trips with Ernie when they both played baseball. He considers the broadcaster a close friend.

“Ernie has a homey, easy-going manner, and the fans feel like he is their friend, the kind gentleman who lives next door,” Aaron says. “I have heard Ernie bring life to a game that wasn’t so lively, and truly convey the excitement of exciting games. He was a credit to the team both as a player and a broadcaster.”

RIP Ernie. We Will Miss You…

This is Too Much For Me


I have, for me, shown an amazing amount of restraint in keeping my mouth shut on an issue about which I can stay silent no longer — GOProud and CPAC.

RedState’s parent company, Eagle Publishing, Inc., is a long time sponsor of CPAC. RedState itself is helping FreedomWorks sponsor Bloggers Row. We were the sole sponsor of Bloggers Row last year. I will be speaking at CPAC at the Young America’s Foundation luncheon named in honor of Tom Phillips, my friend and also the big boss at Eagle Publishing, Inc.

I have done my best to stay out of this business, keep my mouth shut, and appreciate my friends on both sides of the CPAC divide. Had I not seen this particular attack by GOProud against long time solid conservatives I’d continue keeping my mouth shut. But this is too much. And my guess is that there aren’t many if any willing to call foul, so I will do it.

As someone who spent time trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, I accept this as conclusive proof that, while it is a Republican organization, GOProud is not a conservative organization. Let me tell you why. What has my blood pressure up is this particular bit from the article:

Of the Heritage Foundation’s decision, he says, ”They’ve chosen to – and it’s a mystery to me why – but they’ve chosen to align themselves with the losers.”

Asked to explain, Barron places the blame at the feet of Cleta Mitchell, the big-name Republican D.C. lawyer who was the attorney for the groups trying to keep marriage equality from coming to the District. Mitchell did not respond to multiple requests from Metro Weekly for comment.

”I think there’s a couple people in Heritage who, at the behest of Cleta Mitchell – who is just a nasty bigot … she got some of the people at Heritage early on fired up about this,” Barron says. ”We tried very, very hard to smooth this over and to avoid any public fight with Heritage and then when Heritage came up with their excuse about how this wasn’t about GOProud – first of all, we knew it was, we knew it was six months ago – but we were willing to publicly let them.”

You really should read the whole thing. You’ll learn that should you disagree with GOProud, you are a bigot too…

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The State of the American Conservative Union

CPAC 2011 Chair :: David Keene

Oh how we have grown.  Today we kicked off the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC.  This annual gathering of concerned conservatives is always a bellwether of the state of the conservative movement in general, and the American Conservative Union specifically.  And I am happy to report that both the movement and the ACU are stronger than ever.

The 2011 CPAC will host more attendees, more exhibitors, more participants and a wider spectrum of voices and views than any past year.  Many dynamic conservative leaders in the nation will be speaking to the more than 11,000 attendees – sharing ideas and receiving feedback and support.  In this centennial of the birth of President Ronald Reagan – a conservative icon above all other – it is good to see so many still rallying to a cause he helped take mainstream.

With the election in November 2010, we were heartened to see conservatism triumph by such resounding margins at the ballot box.  Many conservative champions and friends of the ACU, like Congresswoman Kristi Noem, Congressman Tim Scott and Senators Pat Toomey and Mike Lee among many, many others, were elected nationwide, giving our movement more advocates in elected positions than we have seen in a decade.  At times it seems as if the numbers and strength of commitment of our conservative leaders nationwide are expanding every trip to the ballot box.

Additionally, our conservative coalition is growing.  We have found over the last few years that we have lots and lots of friends; individuals who support traditional conservative values of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and the founding documents of our nation. While we don’t, and never have, agreed on every important conservative issue, as President Reagan said “If you agree with me 80 percent of the time, you are my friend.”  Including these varied groups in our movement has made us better and more influential.

Our range of influence is also growing.  As evidenced by our recent delegation to the Republic of China, we have expanded from a focus on conservatism domestically, to a desire to see conservative values blossom globally.  We have also taken steps to better reach past the traditional power corridor of the beltway and out into local communities – the real foundation of conservativism – to better reflect our commitment.  These efforts have lead to more people hearing our message and more people joining our cause.

When I look toward the next few of years, I am excited to see Al Cardenas take over as Chairman of the ACU to continue the work we started twenty-seven years ago and that many of you have so generously supported throughout my tenure.  I expect great things from Al and I know you do as well, especially at such a pivotal time. With important issues like the debt, immigration reform, entitlement reform and healthcare all to be debated this year we must continue to influence the debate.

Additionally, we all know 2012 will be an exciting year for conservatives.  These elections, with the potential to set the political and social agenda for the future are so important that we are fortunate the ACU and the conservative movement is so healthy.

The ACU is growing.  We are winning the battle for American values.  The last twenty-seven years for the ACU have been ones of tremendous achievement.  I expect the next quarter century to be even better.

Thank you for your support and God Bless America.

CPAC 2011: Whose Bright Idea Was it to Put Rumsfeld and Cheney in Front of Screaming Libertarians?

Slate – By David Weigel

First, a word about hecklers: It’s awful that they get so much attention. A few bad apples in a room of thousands can create the impression of massive dissent, when it really isn’t there.

That said, boy, was there a lot of heckling when Donald Rumsfeld arrived at CPAC to accept the Defender of the Constitution Award. The ballroom for big events fills up many minutes in advance. In this instance, the people who wanted to hear Rand Paul speak at 3:45 had to arrive around 2:30, and stay there. If they did, they sat through a speech from Donald Trump (a surprise to attendees who weren’t checking the news frequently), and used every possible moment to yell “RON PAUL” at the Donald. When Trump responded to one of the heckles, and said that Paul “can’t win” the presidency, there were loud and righteous boos.

It takes a while to exit the ballroom. This means that hundreds of Paul fans — recognizably younger and sometimes beardier than the median CPAC attendee — are in the room or in lines as Donald Rumsfeld is introduced.

“I am pleased to recognize our chairman, David Keene, to recognize Donald Rumsfeld,” says emcee Ted Cruz.

There are loud boos.

Keene mentions that this is the “Defender of the Constitution Award.” More boos; also, shouts of “RON PAUL! RON PAUL!”

When Rumsfeld takes the stage, the boos keep going, because some anti-war conservatives have stuck around to heckle. When it sees Dick Cheney, the crowd’s din drowns out the boos… for a while. I find a place on the floor next to several activists wearing Ron Paul gear.

“Bringing in Cheney made it worse,” says Nathan Cox, a Richmond, Va. activist and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “I kinda feel like yelling something.”

He doesn’t yell, but another activist yells “Show us the shekels, Dick! Show us the shekels!” It’s a not-so-veiled critique of Israel that gets him immediately kicked out. Another anti-war conservative yells “Draft dodger!” and he’s kicked out.

By this point, enough supporters of the last Republican administration are in the room to fill it with cheers of “Cheney 2012!” and to drown out a heckler who yells “Where’s bin Laden?”

BREAKING: Donald Trump Begins Not Running for President

TIME – By James Poniewozik

… “Listen: I’d love to be wrong about this, simply for entertainment purposes. (And as far as the world is concerned, Trump is now primarily an entertainer.) But what we know about Donald Trump is: he loves attention and to be treated fawningly. As long as he is an exciting potential candidate, stringing along the press until summer or so, that is what he will get, not just from celebrity journalists whom he picked as the winner of a game show.

But what Trump does not like is losing, humiliation and being made to look bad publicly. And if Trump runs for President (on the GOP ticket, as he has been flirting with, or as an independent), he will lose, be humiliated and be made to look bad. Once Trump were to actually get into the race, he would have to be taken seriously by the political media, his inconsistencies parsed, his business history audited, his personal foibles exhumed.

As it is right now, everybody is willing to give him a pass on this right now, because, let’s repeat, Donald Trump is not going to run for President. But there’s a symbiosis; he gets exposure and gives the political media a handy, attention-getting story during these slack, silly months before actual candidates actually declare. See also: stories on a potential Michael Bloomberg candidacy, potential Democratic challengers to Barack Obama, a Vice Presidential switcheroo, &c. Enjoy the show while it lasts.”



CNN coverage of Cyclone Yasi places Queensland in Tasmania

US media giant CNN’s reporting of Cyclone Yasi blew Queensland off the map, when it depicted the weather-ravaged state as being in Tasmania.

The international news breaker was roundly mocked around the world, when its map of Australia on a news bulletin pointed to Queensland being several thousand kilometres south in a bulletin last week.

While CNN appears to have quickly removed the offending graphic from its website, bemused Australian media watchers and others quickly sent the image viral. It appears CNN researchers googled Queenstown, which  is on Tasmania’s west coast, instead of Queensland, when researching the report.

Today the image continues to be sent to inboxes and posted on Twitter and Facebook with tongue-in-cheek comments to match. Among the finger-pointing at the media giant’s redrawing of Australia’s map include: “Beautiful one day …” and “Whoah. Yasi was powerful!”

Britain’s Daily Mail also redrew Australia’s State boundaries last week in its flood coverage, splitting Queensland in half and adding a seventh state, Capricornia. That graphic was also removed, but not before scores of readers had pointed it out to the news site.

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