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AUTO DEALERSHIP ADS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 1, 2017

BRYCE ON ADVERTISING

– Do they really have to be so bad?

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I’ve seen a lot of bad advertisements in my day, everything from ads on television, to radio, to billboards, to print media and the Internet, but I would have to say that local automotive dealers have been consistently the worst I’ve seen. I think “obnoxious” is perhaps the best adjective to describe local car ads and maybe they have to be as it is a highly competitive market. I think they try to put their best foot forward but inevitably they end up becoming overbearing and look like classless bumpkins.

I used to think California had the most obnoxious car dealers in the country, but I believe just about every one else has caught up with them. On television you commonly see loudmouthed sales managers, or you have the dealership owner who is usually a “Jolly Wally” type who means well but has no business being in front of a camera. Local sports figures are commonly used by dealerships, but I think it’s only so the dealer can get his autograph.

Most dealers use some sort of gimmick and catch phrase for the public to associate with their dealership. This is probably not a bad idea, but most are pretty cheesy expressions which makes most people groan. These catch phrases are then splattered everywhere on television, radio, newspapers, the dealer’s web page, and on auto decals and license plates. This last item particularly bugs me; You buy a new car from the dealer and after it is prepped to take home you find it has become a rolling billboard for the dealer with his name and slogan neatly labeled on your car and with his license tag frame. I always admired the audacity of the dealers for putting their crap on our cars. Remarkably, few people ask for it to be removed or to be paid for advertising the dealer’s company.

Flags are often used to draw attention to car dealerships, particularly down here in the South. Quite often you’ll find huge American flags waving overhead to appeal to your sense of patriotism when you buy a car. I find this particularly amusing for dealerships featuring foreign cars, like Japanese, German, or Korean. Come on, who is kidding who here?

Then of course there are the key chains, shirts, and other trinkets that bear the dealer’s name and slogan. I find it interesting when they want us to pay for such items as opposed to paying us to advertise their firm.

Auto dealerships rarely offer first class advertisements. Most simply can’t afford it and slap together some loud ad which would make just about any Madison Avenue ad exec cringe. The one exception seems to be Oregon’s Suburban Auto Group with their legendary “Trunk Monkey” series of commercials. Whereas other dealerships aren’t taken seriously because of their ads, Suburban tries to lighten things up and in the process has garnered nationwide recognition. The point is, auto dealership ads really don’t have to be as bad as they are.

First published: August 11, 2008

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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MY SPEECH ON THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 24, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– An impromptu talk which garnered considerable applause.

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Recently, I was asked to give a talk at a local Republican Club meeting regarding my experiences with the press. Actually, I was a last minute substitution for a gentleman who was suddenly called out of town. Having only fifteen minutes to prepare, I jotted down some notes and “winged it.” Fortunately, it went well and I was heartily congratulated afterward. Herein, is the reconstructed talk based on my notes from the back of a cocktail napkin:

First, let me begin by saying we (Republicans) are not the party of hate or discrimination. Nor are we fascists, Nazis, or the “alternate right.” These are characterizations invented by the Main Stream Media (MSM) to try and stereotype our party. We are the party of Lincoln who freed the slaves; the party of Theodore Roosevelt who carried a “Big Stick” and preserved our national parks, and; the party of Reagan who brought down Communism and the former Soviet Union. We support and defend the Constitution, believe in liberty, capitalism and smaller government, as well as the rights of the individual.

During my talk I will describe my experiences with the press and make some observations.

As many of you will remember, in 2016 I was writing for News Talk Florida who sent me on assignment to cover the Trump Rallies in Tampa, specifically at the State Fairgrounds, at Lakeland Airport, and at the Tampa Amphitheater. This was a first for me as I had never been with the press corps on a large scale. In addition to the print media, both national and local, all of the television media was present, including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and local programming.

At all three venues, the Trump Rally began with an invocation, a non-denominational prayer asking for guidance from Deity. Aside from myself and maybe one or two other individuals who stood up for the prayer, the rest of the press corps sat and continued to type on their computers. Next, the rally performed the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Again, aside from myself and a couple others, the press corps continued to sit and type. I guess they had better things to do than to stand a few moments for God and country.

Interestingly, I observed all of the members of the printed press completed their articles prior to Mr. Trump taking the stage. When I read some of the copy the next day, it had nothing to do with what happened at the rally or what the candidate said. As a writer, I understand the necessity of getting copy out the door as quickly as possible, but I found it makes more sense to prepare the article as a template that can easily be completed based on what was actually said. However, I didn’t observe this happening with the writers I saw present. They were not interested in reality, just producing copy that sells.

As I sat with the press corps behind the safety of metal fences, I could feel the heat of anger from the audience towards the press, particularly CNN who was considered persona non-grata. I quickly learned to keep my distance from the television news, including NBC, ABC and CBS. While the press ignored the people in attendance, I went out of the press area and talked to some of the attendees who gave me their thoughts regarding the rally. Interestingly, they were surprised a member of the press would stop and talk to them.

From this initial experience, I concluded the MSM was not patriotic, had no appreciation of Deity, and their journalistic ethics were highly questionable. Their Achilles heel is they are pseudo intellectuals who honestly believe they are smarter than most Americans. I also feel they are being manipulated by their superiors. For example, we recently heard a lot about North Korea preparing to strike America with nuclear-tipped missiles, the defacing and destruction of American statues and monuments, and the anti-Hate movement. I predict this will all fade from view rather quickly and the MSM will refocus on Russia again.

Bottom-line, the MSM has lost the trust of the American people. Even the Associated Press (Apr 17, 2016) reported, “just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.”

This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project, an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The report also stated, “Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.”

In fact, people are turning more to social media for news as opposed to official news outlets. Social media may not be the most reliable news service, but it speaks volumes of how the American people feel about the integrity of the MSM.

I blame the behavior of the press on the 24/7 news cycle they operate under which has resulted in fierce competition for the almighty dollar. The result is sensational news intended to sell papers and advertising as opposed to honesty and truth. Americans understand this which explains why they are frustrated with the news media.

I also made some observations regarding the companies who conduct polls. This was based on a study I performed in 2016. From my research, I discovered most of the polling organizations were owned or controlled by Democrats. Just about everyone predicted Mrs. Clinton would defeat Mr. Trump, some said by a landslide. I believe this was done to give the Clinton campaign the appearance of momentum. Not surprising, they got it horribly wrong thereby doing damage to their credibility and reputation. I don’t see any reason why anyone should trust the polls anymore.

There is something horribly wrong with the MSM and it is up to the public to take them to task. For example, I had no problem with people picketing CNN’s office recently demanding truth and honesty. Frankly, I’m surprised such demonstrations aren’t more commonplace.

The Fourth Estate has evolved from watchdogs of government to a formidable political power of their own. If they side with a candidate, usually a Democrat, they will attack his/her opponent viciously often using “Fake News.” This is obviously not fair and balanced, which is another reason why Americans do not trust the press. If President Trump shares anything with former President Theodore Roosevelt, it is they both were despised by both the New York Times and Washington Post.

I concluded my talk by saying, “No, we are not the party of hate; the reality is, we are the good guys.” As we approach the 2018 Midterm elections, I believe the anti-Trump movement (aka, “Resistance”) will cost the Democrats the election. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (“Pocahontas”) D-MA recently announced the progressive liberals now run the Democratic party. The only problem with this is, Middle American Democrats now feel deserted by their party and are migrating to the GOP.

However, Republicans have no time to sit on their laurels, it is time to fix Health Care, clean up our taxes, reduce the deficit, move towards a balanced budget, and defend the country. Frankly, Congressional Republicans need to get off their duffs and conquer the problems facing us, and if this means new leadership in both chambers, so be it.

The speech lasted approximately thirty minutes and I received a nice round of applause as well as congratulations afterwards. I didn’t consider this too bad for a spur of the moment presentation. Maybe I should do this more often.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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HOW TO WRITE NEWS LIKE THE BIG BOYS

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 3, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It’s really quite easy; just fill-in the blanks.

Day after day, President Trump is under attack by the Mainstream Media with alleged leaked information from anonymous sources. Whether the sources are legitimate or not appears to be inconsequential. They have become so common, the public has become skeptical and the credibility of the press has deteriorated. It is no small wonder, people today overwhelmingly do not trust the press and prefer getting news from other sources, particularly social media.

In studying such articles in the press, I have discovered there is a pattern in terms of how they are written. So, as a public service, I am providing a template for how to write such a column. I’ve developed this as one of those crazy fill-in-the-blanks stories we remember from our childhood. To use it, either answer the questions as they are introduced or have someone solicit the multiple choice answers from you before you begin. This is intended to be a fun way to demonstrate an important point, the American public is being fed pablum under the guise of valid news.

DATELINE – Enter date and location:
(select)
– The White House, Washington, DC
– Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
– Albany, NY
– Chicago, IL
– Sacramento, Mars

In a stunning change of events in the nation’s capitol, President Donald Trump has been accused of the heinous crime of
(select)
– Developing legislation revoking Sanctuary Cities.
– Disorderly conduct with Congressional Democrats.
– Failing to recognize CNN anchor Jim Acosta.
– Firing a government employee for leaking information to the press.
– Pulling the pigtail of a girl in 5th grade.
– Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “Oddjob.”
– Slandering “resistance” Libtards.

The accusation, as reported in The Times and The Post, came from anonymous sources close to
(select)
– The President.
– The Vice President.
– Congress.
– The Pentagon.
– Mrs. Ferguson’s Third Grade Class.

Even though there is no physical evidence to support their contention, the media stands by the statements made by their sources, who like most other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

The incident has already been dubbed by the Mainstream Media as
(select)
– Fruitgate.
– Lynchgate.
– Mediagate.
– Putzgate.
– Slimegate.
– Snowflakegate.
– Tailgate.

When asked about the incident, the President responded
(select)
– “I’m not even going to dignify that with an answer; next?”
– “It’s just another example of more Fake News; next?”
– “It’s time to drain the Mainstream Media cesspool; next?”
– “Who is making this crap up for you, the ACLU? Next?”
– “You’re kidding right? Where’s the beef? Next?”

By failing to answer the question properly, news media insiders took this as an admission of guilt by the president.

Learning of the news, Democrats were incensed. “This is clearly a violation of Constitutional Law. I am appalled with the conduct of the president. Here is another example of why he is unfit to lead the country. This is grounds for impeachment and certainly would not happen under our watch,” said
(select)
– Cong. Nancy “We have to pass it to see what is in it” Pelosi (CA).
– Sen. Chuck “The Schill” Schumer (NY).
– Fmr. Pres. Barack Obama.
– Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton.
– Fmr. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.
– Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.
– NYC Mayor Bill “Boom Boom” de Blasio.
– Filmmaker Michael Moore.
– The Wicked Witch of the West (aka “Pocahontas”).

As a result of the unsubstantiated accusation, the Democrats are demanding
(select)
– an independent counsel costing millions of dollars.
– a Congressional Investigation costing millions of dollars.
– a session in “The People’s Court” with Judge Marilyn.
– a Russian Tribunal headed by Vladimir Putin (no charge).
– the president be sent to the principal’s office.

All of which will produce nothing.

Progressive insiders fear Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts will intervene, drop the charges, and order corporal punishment for the Mainstream Media accuser. A good paddling, caning, or lashing with a cat o’ nine tails is suggested.

EPILOGUE

“What I find to be amazing is how narratives are set and a lot of it is not true. … The most breathtaking thing for me has been the difference between what the truth is and what often gets reported. … (Fake news) has become an epidemic.”
– former White House Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus, July 28, 2017

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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MEDIA MONITORS: SPINNING THE SPIN

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 19, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Another reason why the press is not fair and balanced.

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According to recent polls, the news media has been taking a pounding in terms of losing credibility with the American public. People no longer trust the press as they see it as nothing more than a cog in an ideology machine as opposed to a trustworthy source of unbiased information. From this, the concept of “fake News” has emerged, causing people to look for news from other outlets, such as social media, which is also not necessarily the most reliable.

As if the press isn’t bad enough by itself, there are other forces at play to manipulate the public’s perception of news, namely media watchdogs on the Internet, scrutinizing both liberal and conservative voices. With the exception of MRC, these organizations are not members of the press but rather keep a close eye on news related television and radio personalities. Their intent is to note and refute the stories of the opposition. In their own unique way, they spin the spin of the news media, thereby clouding the accuracy of news even further.

Four such institutions come to mind, two pro-liberal, and two pro-conservative:

MEDIA MATTERS (Liberal)
According to its web site, “Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Launched in 2004 by political commentator David Brock, Media Matters was started with funding from sympathizers of the Democratic party, such as George Soros and MoveOn.org.

In addition to analyzing conservative stories, Media Matters helps organize boycotts of conservative news shows, such as the recent push against Sean Hannity. In their May 23, 2017 report, they describe the Fox News talk show host as “a professional propagandist for President Donald Trump, as well as a bigot, a sexist, and a conspiracy theorist.”

Although Media Matters avoids the use of the word “boycott,” there is no doubt as to their intent. They list Hannity’s advertisers, as well as those they claim will no longer advertise on his show. Whether the lists shown are accurate or not is anyone’s guess, but it is obvious they would like to see Hannity gone.

FAIR – Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (Liberal)
Started in 1984, FAIR is another 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee, with roots in academia. On its web site, FAIR also describes itself as a “national media watch group,” and openly defines themselves as a “progressive group.” FAIR appears to be more bullish in terms of protecting 1st Amendment Rights than Media Matters, claiming to be anti-censorship.

In addition to written stories, FAIR produces a weekly podcast, “Counterspin,” to discuss media topics. The broadcast is professionally prepared, but critical of President Trump and conservative causes. Donations to FAIR are tax-deductible.

MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER (MRC) (Conservative)
Launched in 1987 by political commentator L. Brent Bozell III, a nephew of the late William F. Buckley, Jr, MRC claims its sole mission is “to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media.” On its web page, the company claims to receive “no government grants or contracts nor do we have an endowment. We raise our funds each year from individuals, foundations, and corporations.”

MRC has blossomed over the years to include several arms, including: cnsnews.com, mrcNewsBusters, mrcBusiness, mrcCulture, mrcLatino, mrcTV, and mrcAction, all of which aimed at debunking liberal bias in the media.

MEDIA EQUALIZER (Conservative)
The newcomer of the media critics. Founded in 2014 by Brian Maloney and Melanie Morgan, two West Coast newscasters, Media Equalizer produces a blog and claims to be readying a new media channel over the Internet. Their forte is responding to liberal criticisms of conservative talk radio.

All of this represents a unique situation where liberals and conservatives analyze the opposition in the hopes of holding them accountable for their political reporting. Their criticism of the opposition is often used to form talking points. Aside from this, it is not uncommon for them to try and rally their readers to oppose specific news entities, either by boycott or by writing refutations of politicians and news personalities. All of this adds to the static of the news thereby making it difficult to ascertain legitimate stories and analysis and, as a result, further diminishing the public trust of the press.

Some time ago, I wrote about “The Liberal Playbook,” describing the tools on the Internet used by the Left to organize their resistance movement. The liberal media watch institutions mentioned herein are also an important part of this. It also appears the liberals are being more effective in their use of such facilities than their conservative counterparts.

Surprisingly, the general public has no idea such institutions exist, but they represent an important reason why we no longer trust the news being presented to us. If news was truly fair and balanced, such web sites would never have emerged. The fact that they do exist not only suggests a problem does indeed exist within the press, but compounds the problem further.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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HOW LIBERALS CONTROL THE MEDIA

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 22, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Lesson #1: If you don’t play ball, you don’t get the ink.

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The press is howling over President Trump’s recent attacks on their professionalism and credibility, even going so far as contending he represents a genuine threat to the first amendment, specifically the freedom of the press. Remarkably, many people perceive this threat as legitimate. It is not. Thanks to our Constitution, there is no way he can do so, but there is nothing in there about how he treats the press, or they towards him.

Way before he was elected, Mr. Trump has been under attack by the news media, claiming he was a pompous clown who didn’t have a chance in hell of being elected. During the campaign, the press gave the distinct impression they were protecting Mrs. Clinton and trying to smear Mr. Trump. So, even a blind man should realize, there is no love lost between the President and the press.

The question becomes what to do about it. Since Richard Nixon’s term of office, there hasn’t been an amicable relationship between Republican presidents and the press. This includes Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. They were often portrayed as incompetent buffoons and the slightest indiscretion was blown out of proportion. This is not to suggest they were all saints, but by comparison, Democrats did not experience the same scrutiny or ridicule.

Unlike most Republican presidents, who sat there and took the abuse from the press, Mr. Trump is taking a different tact and is willing to stand up to them. He is cognizant of the fact the credibility of the press is at an all-time low, and that the public simply doesn’t trust it. Such low esteem is reflected in diminishing circulation of newspapers and lower TV news viewership.

Mr. Trump’s genius resides in his ability to manipulate the press, something he has cultivated for years as a businessman and entertainer. Although the news media will not admit it, Mr. Trump put millions of dollars in their tills. The presidential debates set new ratings for viewership and circulation. Whether you loved him or hated him, the public watched closely, simply because he was provocative and avant garde. He endeared himself to the voters by saying what had been on their minds for a long time, thereby awakening the silent majority. Simply genius.

Now that we’re past the election, and as the media was embarrassed by Mr. Trump, they have stepped up their attacks, desperately looking for any chink in his armor. For example, I cannot remember the last time I read or heard anything favorable about Mr. Trump from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and others. Not surprising, Mr. Trump knew this was coming and instead of cow-towing to the press, he defiantly stood his ground and turned the tables on the media, to which they claimed “foul!”

I believe there is little doubt the media is biased against Mr. Trump. Having accompanied the press at Mr. Trump’s campaign rallies, I saw this first hand. Beyond this, there is also the problem of having any pro-Trump articles printed by the press. Over the years I have submitted a multitude of articles to different news outlets. One thing I learned from this, if it does not suit their political agenda, it will not get any ink (produced or promoted). And if you don’t get the ink, your career as a journalist will go nowhere.

If the media is owned and operated by the left, anything other than liberal dogma is censored, be it a major article or a simple letter to the editor. It is not uncommon for conservative articles to be ignored or buried by the main street media. Publishers will deny it, but this is a common occurrence. If you don’t play ball, you simply do not get posted or properly publicized. Such censorship has not gone unnoticed by the general public, which helps to explain why circulation is dropping.

I have an illustrator friend who has noted the same attitude by the news media. His work has attracted national attention over the years and has appeared on the cover of just about every major news and sports magazine in the United States. Early in his career, he was contracted to draw a picture of the current Vice President, Dan Quayle, for a major publication. Nearing completion, he was asked by the magazine, “We want you to make him look a little dumber,” and he complied. Then, as the Clinton administration entered office, he was asked to draw a picture of Vice President Al Gore by the same magazine. Using the same style he used for Mr. Quayle, he submitted his picture of Gore, whereby he was quickly reprimanded, “What? You’ve really gone too far this time! Make him look smarter.”

So, Yes, there is a double standard in the news media and frankly, nobody should be surprised by this. Newspapers in this country were founded on political agendas, going as far back as the 1700’s.

This is why I am an advocate of the Constitution First Amendment Press Association’s (CFAPA) Constitutional Journalist’s Pledge which seeks to improve ethics in the field of journalism.

Until such time as the press corps cleans up its ethical standards and truly promotes freedom of speech, look for them to remain at war with the President. This may sell newspapers but is unhealthy for the country overall. One thing is for sure, their days of controlling the president are over, and this is what angers them most of all.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TOO MANY TALKING HEADS

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 6, 2017

BRYCE ON THE MEDIA

– We should thank Howard Cosell for this.

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Just prior to Mr. Trump’s inauguration, he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington, Virginia with VP-elect Mike Pence. As I happened to be in the office at the time, I watched it on-line through a Fox News feed less the usual background chatter from a reporter describing every detail. Frankly, I enjoyed it immensely and saw it as a dignified ceremony. There were no pesky commercials and no talking heads which I normally find irritating.

Throughout the rest of the inauguration, I watched other related events on-line or on C-SPAN, including the parades and balls. Whenever I turned on the television to a commercial channel, I was bombarded by nonsensical trivialities by the news anchors, forcing me to change channels as I had enough of their blather and wanted to watch events on my own.

I understand the need for sports anchors to report play-by-play activities over the radio, but I think we’ve gone too far on television where every scratch and itch is scrutinized. Frankly, I don’t need it, nor want it.

I blame newscaster Howard Cosell for this phenomenon. Back in the early days of ABC Monday Night Football, Howard loved to hear himself talk when others tried to let the camera tell the story. Cosell’s dialog was so irritating, tavern owners across the country began to run pools; if you won, you had the honor of throwing a brick through the TV set when Cosell’s face first appeared on the screen. This was unsettling to Howard, but he did nothing to change his style as an obnoxious broadcaster.

Today, there is a whole new generation of Cosells, not just in sports but in politics as well. Instead of allowing someone to speak, such as a Congressman or the President, there is a tendency to either interrupt the person or talk over what they are saying. The fact I tuned in to see a political figure talk doesn’t mean I want to know the spin of the news reporter. Let me watch the presentation and you can analyze it afterwards, although there is no guarantee I won’t change the channel.

Enough is enough. The anchors should learn to shut-up before people tune them out in favor of uninterrupted on-line coverage. If people want to listen to the anchors, fine, let them access it through the SAP button on their remote control.

As an aside, in the movie “Sleeper,” featuring Woody Allen who wakes up 200 years in the future after undergoing a minor medical procedure, his character is asked to identify various artifacts from the 20th century. Included was a video of Howard Cosell reporting on sports. The scientist asks Allen, “We didn’t know exactly what this was; we’ve developed a theory, we feel that when citizens in your society were guilty of a crime against the state, they were forced to watch this.”

To which Allen’s character replied, “Yes, that’s exactly what that was.”

That’s how I feel about today’s talking heads. Thanks Howard.

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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT THE PRESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 20, 2017

BRYCE ON THE NEWS MEDIA

– Dealing with an irresponsible press.

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In 2016 I attended three Trump rallies as a member of the press corps. Frankly, it was an eye opening experience for me. At the beginning of each rally, there was an Invocation and a Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Few reporters stood up to observe either which I personally found embarrassing. I also noticed the printed press had their columns written before Mr. Trump took the podium. This caused me to question their objectivity as they were more interested in what they wrote as opposed to what Mr. Trump actually said.

From all this, I discovered the news media is a cut-throat business that is more concerned with beating the competition as opposed to reporting the facts. Yet, there is a sense of fraternity among the members of the press. If you attack one, you are attacking them all, and they are quick to come to the defense of each other. When Trump supporters chanted, “CNN sucks, CNN sucks…”, most of the press corps took offense and looked at the crowd with disdain.

From this, I have discovered the press possesses an incestuous relationship, you are either in or you’re out. You either play ball with their sense of politics or face exclusion. This makes them very cliquish and difficult to get to know.

Those members of the press I talked with during the rallies seemed very insecure about their station in life. I found most to be pseudo-intellectuals. They may be excellent wordsmiths, but shallow in terms of original thinking and debate.

Today we are hearing a lot about “fake news,” where stories are dreamt up and lack substance. I’m not sure I like the word “fake” as I tend to see such reporting as “fallacious” or “erroneous.” They will quote someone like Mr. Trump, spin it, and report it to the public as if it were gospel to a gullible public. In other words, there is no such things as ethics among the press. It is considered perfectly acceptable to report a story incorrectly, and be slow in issuing a correction, if at all. Further, the reporter is rarely reprimanded properly.

So, what can be done? In Mr. Trump’s case, he will continue to circumvent the press completely and communicate directly to the American people via social media before the news media has a chance to garble the message. Of course, they will continue to protest Mr. Trump’s tweets, but he should be allowed to clarify his side of the story.

As to ethics, I still believe in prohibiting the issue of press passes or granting interviews to anyone who does not possess press credentials from The Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA). This pledge is a sort of hippocratic oath as applied to journalists. The CFAPA pledge means they will conform to ethical standards.

As an aside, I still like the idea of putting the press corps outside the White House on park benches until they learn to report the news responsibly.

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AMERICANS DO NOT TRUST THE PRESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 30, 2016

BRYCE ON THE MEDIA

– And their popularity is dropping below that of Congress.

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Members of the main street media are angered by GOP candidate Donald J. Trump’s accusations the press is unfairly attacking him. He accuses them of being untrustworthy and unfairly protecting his political opponent, Hillary Clinton. The press, in turn, deeply resents his bombastic style of addressing them. They prefer candidates cow-towing to them as opposed to confronting them. When it became apparent the press wouldn’t give Trump a fair shake, he wasn’t afraid to take them head on. At one of Trump’s press conferences, where he took the press to task, one affronted journalist asked, “Is this how your press conferences are going to be from now on?”

To which Trump answered back defiantly, “Yes.”

This did not sit well with the press. Then again, Mr. Trump is a political outsider and businessman who does not accept the status quo. He would likely pull his punches if the press had any credibility with the public, but Trump knows they do not, and there is clear evidence to this effect.

Last year in a Gallup poll, “Americans’ Trust in Media Remains at Historical Low” (Sep 28, 2015), they reported four in ten Americans say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly, but a whopping 60% said they do not. This ties the historical lows set in 2014 and 2012. Interestingly, prior to 2004, slight majorities of Americans said they trusted the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio.

In a more recent report from the Associated Press (Apr 17, 2016), they claimed, “just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.”

This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project, an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The report also states, “Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.”

If this is true, it should set off warning alarms in the media that their vocation faces possible extinction. If the public does not trust the press to offer fair and accurate news, they will go elsewhere to find the truth, such as scanning the Internet or turning to social media. People may laugh and say, “How can anyone trust the news as reported on social media?”, but if they do not trust the main street media, why not? From this, we can conclude, the more people rely on social media, the less they trust the press.

Members of the media will likely discard such notions out of hand, but they obviously do not want to accept the fact their popularity is in sharp decline, something Donald Trump and his followers are fully cognizant of.

Trump is probably more knowledgeable about the foibles and weaknessses of the press than they are of him. For example, Trump realizes his words are under a microscope with the press. Knowing this, he figures he has nothing to lose and blasts the media every chance he gets.

The press likes to claim Trump is his own worst enemy, but then again, the same can be said about the press as well. As long as the main street media’s attacks on politicians remains unfair and visceral, the popularity of the press will continue to drop below that of Congress, making politicians and journalists two of the most despised occupations in this country.

Now, about those pesky lobbyists…

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WHY THE PRESS NITPICKS TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 12, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Ever watch a good Coon Dog in action? They’re unmerciful.

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It is interesting how Donald Trump seems to be embroiled in the pettiest of subjects. He swats at them like they’re gnats. Actually, it is time to get some bug spray and clear the air.

Mrs. Clinton has unleashed her media dogs who are chasing Trump like a Coon Dog tries to tree a racoon. Why are they so aggressively doing so? Simple, to create a diversion from the frailties and indiscretions of Mrs. Clinton. Somehow I am reminded of the scene where the massive head in the “Wizard of Oz” admonishes Dorothy & Company, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

The main street media is the last line of defense between the public and the truth. They want you to believe there is still infighting in the GOP while, in reality, the Democratic Party is melting down as their e-mail scandal is forcing the top officers to resign. The public doesn’t realize this though, as the press only reports on alleged rifts between Trump and Sen. McCain and Speaker Paul Ryan. Welcome to Fantasyland.

They also do not want you to dwell on Mrs. Clinton’s many indiscretions over the years, her lack of accomplishments, and lack of trustworthiness. It doesn’t matter she openly lies to the American people, as she did in her interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace last Sunday. Nor are they concerned about the Clinton Foundation, her changing positions, and that she hasn’t held a press conference in nearly a year. All of this doesn’t matter to the press; taking Trump down is their main objective, and the American people are terrified to challenge them.

The media’s intent is to attack Trump’s character, not his positions which they know are popular with the American public. If they can depict Trump as unfit to command, they believe Mrs. Clinton can win the White House. They are not so much concerned about his policies, which they seldom report, but with his politically incorrect comments, and by doing so they are trying to box him in and chase him up a tree where he can do less damage to Mrs. Clinton. By isolating Trump from the public, it changes the focus away from Hillary who will be free to say and do anything without fear of being checked by the press.

During the upcoming presidential debates, if the moderators begin by asking Mr. Trump why he said this or that, and if Mrs. Clinton isn’t asked about the Clinton Foundation and only given simple questions to answer, you’ll know the fix is in.

So, Mr. and Mrs. Voter, be wary of the Clinton News Network (CNN), the Clinton Broadcasting System (CBS), the Nation Beholding to Clinton (NBC), and Always Boost Clinton (ABC), not to mention the New York Crimes, the Worthlessness Post, and the Huffingandpuffing Pest. It is time to take the Main Street Media down.

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Dorothy

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THE MEDIA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (MIC)

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 31, 2016

BRYCE ON THE MEDIA

– The press is more powerful than you realize.

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In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower coined the expression “The Military Industrial Complex” during his farewell address to the nation. In essence, it was used to warn of the alliance between the military and the massive defense industry supporting it. It is a recognition that war makes for good business, and such a cozy relationship encourages unending military conflicts to support the American economy.

As big as the military industrial complex is, a Media Industrial Complex (MIC) has also emerged which has a powerful influence on the direction of this country.

Without American politics, the news media would be a mere shadow of itself. Yet, over in the United Kingdom, the Queen just replaced one Prime Minister (David Cameron) with another (Theresa May) at no commercial expense. Formal elections will be called following the dissolution of Parliament and will take less than a month and a half to perform. Canada’s campaign season lasts approximately ten weeks. Mexican campaigns run just 90 days, and Japan is less than two weeks.

American political campaigns can also be costly. For example, according to estimates, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign alone will likely cost a whopping $2 billion. In the United Kingdom, political parties can only spend $30 million in the year before an election, which is peanuts by comparison. Elsewhere there are limits on political ads.

So, the MIC is fueled by enormous campaign finances. Without it, they would evaporate and wouldn’t have the clout they currently enjoy.

Some people naively believe the press represents the voice of the people. Not true. Prior to and including America’s Revolutionary War, newspapers were always an organ of one political party or another. Like any corporation, news organizations are more in the business of making money as opposed to disseminating accurate and unbiased information.

They are an integral member of the “Washington Triad,” which includes politicians, lobbyists, and the media. All three scratch each other’s backs. It’s not about what is best for the country, but how each party can profit from the others. This is what caused radio commentator Laura Ingraham at the recent Republican convention to admonish the main street media, “America is on to you.”

In the media’s case, their responsibility is two-fold: control the public by spinning the news, thereby framing elections, and protect selective politicians from scandal and wrongdoing, particularly those who support the Triad. Outsiders who present a threat to the Triad, such as Donald Trump, are viciously attacked.

Although the presidential electoral cycle generates the most money during its two year cycle, even the off-years, involving congressional and local races, generate substantial money for the media. We are not just talking about millions of dollars, but literally billions of dollars.

According to the Pew Research Center on Journalism & Media, “Digital News Revenue: Fact Sheet” (June 15, 2016) –

“In 2015, $59.6 billion was spent on any digital advertising, including on search engines, social media, news or any other kind of website. This is up 20% from 2014, according to estimates by eMarketer. This growth rate is slightly higher than in the previous three years, when annual growth hovered around 15-17%.”

“Digital now accounts for one-third (33%) of all ad spending ($183 billion) on any platform. That represents a slightly greater share for digital than in 2014, when it accounted for 28% of the $175 billion in total ad spending.”

Remember, this does not include print, television, or any other forms of advertising. Although the military industrial complex leads in terms of spending, 2015 was $598.5 billion, the media industrial complex is quickly gaining ground, thanks in large part to political advertising.

So, why don’t we reduce the American electoral cycle? Simple, the Media Industrial Complex will not allow it to happen. By the end of 2016, ad spending will likely exceed $200 billion. Can’t we use this money for better things?

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