A few minutes ago I watched Oprah’s speech at the golden globes talking about empowering
women that has the left all a twitter (pun intended) about the possibility of an Oprah run for the presidency.
As nothing is impossible I won’t discount this completely but I want to remind all of you of something.
Oprah has been one of the most richest powerful women in the entertainment world for a very long time. She is a person who can make or break a book or a film or a career. All of Hollywood has paid homage to her for many many years. The entire media complex hangs on her words, and as demonstrated this weekend when she talks about the plight of women, people listen.
And yet during all the year that Harvey Weinstein et/all were on the prowl she never bothered to speak out against him or give a platform for his victims to do so!
If anyone had the power to speak out and break this open it was Oprah. Her power and influence was enough that Weinstein and the others would not be able to bring her down for talking, and if they had tried the public would have rallied behind her. All she had to do was speak out and proclaim “Enough!”
She did not.
Oprah speech wasn’t brave, it wasn’t grand, it was designed to change the conversation away from a single basic fact that Glenn Reynolds put very well.
Remember, they’re not making a big deal because they found out what was going on in Hollywood. They always knew. They’re making a big deal because you found out what was going on in Hollywood. https://t.co/fV8YlV5gMk
These guys were a huge source of cash and power for the left, and to expose them and to protect those women would expose the Hollywood left for what they were.
If Oprah really cared about all these things she talked about in her speech at the golden globes as opposed to being a member of the Harvey Weinstein left, she would have given that speech last year, or the year before or the year before that.
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The New Year started in a bad way for the liberal news and sports media.
For the news media you had President Trump finishing strong, between Israel and the Tax cuts and worst of all the lowest recorded black unemployment rate since the government started taking figures by race. Add to that the prospect of a deal that would produce a border wall as the price for legalizing the “dreamers” (illegal immigrants brought to the US as children) you had a narrative of Trump success that was not only contrary to the narrative they’ve been selling all year, but unappealing to their niche market that has become increasingly anti trump.
At the NFL things weren’t looking much better, not only did you have a 2nd straight year of big ratings drops, thanks to the protests during the national anthem that continued all the way to the final week of the season but you had the prospect of the New England Patriots featuring Trump fans/friends Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft once again turning the entire playoff season until Superbowl Sunday into an afterthought.
After all what’s the point of watching the wild card and playoff rounds when everybody “knows” that the only question is: Can anybody get by Brady / Belichick and the Patriots?
That’s the problem, both the news and sports media are stuck with two narratives of success (Trump & the Pats) that don’t appeal to a customer base that hates the former or is bored with the later.
That’s where Michael Wolff and ESPN’s Seth Wickersham come in. Both have come out with “bombshell” narratives that the news and sports media CAN sell.
Suddenly instead of ISIS in retreat, the Economy moving forward and the Russia / GPS Investigations suddenly turning on the left instead of Trump the Wolff Book give the MSM a narrative of a Trump White House occupied by a president who doesn’t want the job, of people who think he’s a traitor or a nut and supposedly the biggest detractor of this administration is the guy who ran his campaign. It’s Trump vs Bannon and the MSM is bringing you a front row seat
It doesn’t matter how improbable all this is, or the lack of actual evidence or even the lack of credibility of the storyteller for an entire week the print, online and cable media have a narrative that they can sell to their customer base.
For ESPN and sports talk radio it’s the same thing. Instead of once again droning on about the Patriots/Belichick system seemingly immune to injury and trying to sell a Tom Brady “decline” when he is once again the leading contender for league MVP and is two wins away from his 8th superbowl appearance and three wins away from his sixth ring, suddenly we have a tale of jealously, rivalry and the longest running dynasty since the Yankees of Stengel or the Celtics of Auerbach about to destroy itself as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick fight it out to the death.
These aren’t two different stories, this is the same story being sold for the same reason to pivot from a story that won’t grab the eyeballs and ears of their customer base to a story that will.
Now for ESPN and the sports media this narrative will sell the dupes that narrative right up until the Patriots actually appear in playoff games and the “Patriots falling apart” meme meets a less team trying to beat them. While in any single game anything can happen, the meme can’t stick unless they actually lose.
The Trump narrative will endure a bit longer sustained by the media bubble until the realities of the economy or Iran and the Norks or the Trump count picks or the tough votes for red state Dem senators force them out of the bubble and into real life.
And then they’ll find a new narrative to sell, because right now it’s all about the dollars because it’s the only thing they are sure of until the Democrats actually win control of something.
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And Jake Tapper who has been one of the toughest critics of Donald Trump and his Administration as GQ put it earlier this year:
With the leader of the Free World now waging a self-styled war with the media, no journalist on TV has become more indignant, more combative, and suddenly more essential than Jake Tapper. The CNN anchor’s ramrod brand of honest outrage has made him a bona fide star and prompted an unlikely question: How, in an age of lies, does a guy make righteous truth-telling so damn entertaining?
Would within 30 minutes of each other Ladd at 5:37 PM
There’s was piece at CNN concerning the compromising of the FBI in the attempt to take down that is so good that one is shocked that it appeared at the site:
McCabe remains a very important figure in the unfolding Mueller investigation; the latest reports arethat McCabe may be a key witness backing Comey’s claim that the President had improperly asked him to terminate the Flynn investigation. McCabe’s credibility, however, may now be compromised by the facts and circumstances regarding Strzok’s text messages, the meetings in “Andy’s Office” and the political contributions given to McCabe’s wife.
While I rarely agree with much of what the President does or says regarding legal issues, this time he’s got it right. The FBI’s reputation has been severely damaged not by the President’s criticism but by a systematic failure of the bureau’s leadership.
The story which lays out the evidence is something but the story behind the story as reported by the Conservative Treehouse is even more interesting:
Mr. Callen broke the cardinal rule, he actually did some investigating of the claims he was criticizing. To CNN’s horror, Paul Callen came away from his research with an evolved and informed position that Trump was right, and his detractors were wrong.
Callen appeared on a CNN segment with Poppy Harlow to discuss his findings on Wednesday December 27th. At the very end of the segment an obviously uncomfortable Ms. Harlow told viewers they could read Mr. Callen’s Op-Ed for themselves and decide.
Except, there was a problem. CNN never published the Op-Ed. However, two days after the interview, around 8:26pm tonight (Friday), the op-ed appears.
Now think about this. You have CNN having an expert look at a matter, their expert writes an op ed on the subject and goes on the air and discuses his findings, and it a full two days after the on air interview from one of their regular hosts before they put it up?
And people wonder why CNN gets called fake news.
Three cheers to the Conservative Treehouse for being on top of this, and all things Trump this year for that matter. If only CNN did as well.
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Last night on the way home from being the only temp who showed up for work I was listening to yet another breathless scoop about how things are falling apart in Patriots land and how the Jimmy G trade is the Patriot apocalypse
This is no surprise lately I’ve been listening to a lot of sports radio on my way to and from work and even without the new story today that’s all I’ve heard for weeks. Brady in decline, Garoppolo the new king. I’m rapidly reaching the limits of my patience with the people who are screaming bloody murder both over Jimmy Garoppolo success in San Francisco.
What Jimmy Garoppolo has done in his first four starts with the San Francisco 49ers after coming over via trade from the New England Patriots before the deadline is unprecedented. Quarterbacks don’t simply switch teams midseason and then light the world on fire. Through that lens, Garoppolo has no equal.
and the so called “decline” of Tom Brady. It’s time to tackle it.
There are two basic lines of complaints, let’s tackle them in order
#1 “We should have traded Tom Brady and kept Jimmy G”!
This argument has but a single basis, but it’s a strong one. Tom Brady is a 40 year old QB and even though he is clearly the greatest QB of all time (youtube arguments not withstanding) if not the greatest football player of all time it is inevitable that either age will finally catch up with him or he will decide that he just doesn’t want to do this anymore. After all the anger over being underestimated or disrespected can only drive a person for so long.
OVER 5 x as many seasons as the average NFL player (5.45)
OVER 4 x as many seasons as the avg QB (4.09)
3 x as many season as the avg rookie who makes an opening day Roster (2000)
OVER 2 x as many seasons as the avg player with 3 pension credited seasons (2.53)
53% longer than players with at least once pro bowl selection
and in what must be his favorite stat
Nearly TWICE as long as the average 1st round pick (1.93) next year it will be over double
On the other hand as he has already blown every single longevity stat out of the water we’ve already established that these state are meaningless when it comes to Brady. There is no reason to believe he can’t continue for as many as two or three more years he continues to move these stats up.
However while the “Shouda traded Brady” crowd are happy to talk about those stats in terms of borrowed time, nobody is talking about how these same Stats might apply to Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo has already played longer in the NFL player than the average player (3.3 years)
Garoppolo has already played over 90% as long as the average NFL quarterback (4.4 years)
Garoppolo has already played 67% as long as the average NFL player who makes an opening day roster in their rookie season (2014) (6 yrs)
Garoppolo has already played over 56% as long as the average NFL player with 3 pension credited seasons (7.1)
Garoppolo despite being a 2nd round pick as already played over 43% as long as the average 1st round pick (9.3)
And presuming Garoppolo makes the pro-bowl next year he will have played 42% as long as the average pro-bowl player. (11.7)
So unless you think that Brady will retire after this year or the next based on current averages unless you have some kind of magic 8 ball into the future you have no reason to believe that Jimmy Garoppolo will outlast Tom Brady by enough years to make it worth while.
They further point to the last five weeks claiming and this ESPN report that this is the beginning of the end for either Belechick or Brady
Let me remind everyone that Brady in December went 4-1 over those last five game in a situation where going 3-2 would have been the difference between the 1st seed or the second seed and anything worse might have been the difference between having a 1st round bye and not, and did so at the end of a season where he’s taken a bunch of hits but the leading contender for MVP
Jimmy G’s 5-0 run while very impressive came in games where the difference between going 5-0 & 0-5 was the difference between finishing last in their division, or finishing last in their division. Before I start crying over having Tom Brady as my QB in 2018 I’d like to see Jimmy and the 49ers win some meaningful games next year against Seattle, Arizona and LA when there is something on the line for both teams.
2. We only got a 2nd round pick. We didn’t get proper value for him.
This argument looks at the success of Jimmy Garoppolo as he takes an inferior team and leads it to victories not only against multiple teams better than his, but defeating playoff bound/caliber teams and it drives people crazy. This take is typical:
With a second-round pick that keeps dropping in value with every win, the 49ers essentially drafted a more polished, experienced version of any passer available in this year’s draft class. They got a a 26-year-old veteran who spent more than three years learning from arguably the best quarterback in NFL history, all the while waiting for his time to shine.
The 49ers are finally giving Garoppolo that opportunity, and the early returns suggest they may have made a franchise-altering decision that could be ushering in a new era for one of the most storied teams in league history.
It’s too early to crown Garoppolo the next Joe Montana or Steve Young, but it’s not hyperbole to say the 49ers may have already won the 2018 NFL draft by spending a Day 2 pick on a polished veteran with all the physical and mental tools to transform their fortunes seemingly overnight.
We had this guy who is obviously great and gave him away for a 2nd round pick. How badly did we get jobbed?
This argument has three holes that I will handle from the smallest to the largest.
Yes we only got a 2nd round pick but not only will that be a higher level pick than the one that produced Jimmy G in the first place and there is no reason why a team wise enough to draft Mr. G will not be wise enough to select a QB with similar potential
It’s a trade to a team outside our conference meaning that the Patriots will only have to face Mr. G once every four years max (or in a Superbowl) as opposed to at LEAST once every 3 years or more and have the possibility of having to go through a Jimmy G led team to make a superbowl. It Mr. Garoppolo is as good as the critics think he is (and it’s very possible he is) then it’s worth getting a later pick to keep Mr. Garoppolo out of our conference.
Football is a sport were everyone is a single play away from being finished permanently. Yes it’s likely that we might have gotten a 1st round pick perhaps even a top 3-5 pick for Jimmy G before game one. But for the price of that drop of from a top 5 pick to a top 40 pick the Patriots had eight weeks of insurance if Tom Brady had to be replaced either due to injury or father time finally screaming “enough”. If Brady had been injured in the 1st 8 weeks and Jimmy G had been traded the same fans and sportswriters screaming about how the pats got jobbed would be talking about how the Patriots threw away their Superbowl chances for 2017.
All of these are reasons why Pats fans have no business complaining about the Jimmy G trade. let me add on one more.
As Brady and Belichick left the field, bundled up in the cold, the only thing clear was that the beginning of the end started a long time ago, masked by success and the joy and pain of the rise, leaving both men this year’s playoffs and their collective will to stave off the fall.
Your New England Patriots are two wins away from the 8th Superbowl appearance in 16 years and three wins away from their sixth superbowl victory in 17 years and enter this situation being led by not only the best Quarterback and the most experienced superbowl quarterback of all time, but with said QB being the #1 or #2 candidate for league MVP.
And you’re whining about the fact that next year you’ll be starting the Quarterback that made this possible AND have a top 40 draft pick vs one who has never played an all or nothing game with something meaningful on the line without said pick?
Closing thought. The biggest threat to turning Tom Brady numbers is him waking up one day and saying: “I’ve got nothing left to prove.” Conversely there is nothing that drives Tom Brady like disrespect from others.
I’d like to thank ESPN, WEEI and every Sports outlet for pushing this story as it is likely to not only motivate him in this years playoffs, but for 2018 and perhaps many seasons to come.
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Well we’ve done our top posts of last year, and my Lemon’s of last year, now I’m going to spread the wealth and remind you of some posts by my magnificent seven writers that for some reason didn’t draw Magnificent numbers
Some great posts by the Magnificent Seven that Deserve a 2nd Look too
I wasn’t the only person who wrote some good post’s that you didn’t bother to check out
Outside of the world’s largest abandoned factory, the Packard plant, a man pulled up in his old Pontiac Grand Am and told me, “I hope you’re a publicist. Because the world needs to know how bad it is in Detroit beyond Packard. All the schools in this neighborhood are closed.”
This post was awesome, How this post didn’t draw a ton is beyond me.
Today, we need Reagan’s concepts of Federalism even more than we did in the 80s. Things have gotten worse. DC is a swamp, and while President Donald Trump is trying to drain it as quickly as possible, he can’t get it all done. In fact, his focus on reducing bureaucracy is righteous but is only one small part of the overall formula.
I feel certain at some point the Democrats are going to attempt to put Landrieu’s name out there for the next presidential election and it’s incumbent on all of us to know what you’re getting with that.
Meanwhile, New Orleans continues with daily shootings and murders, potholes go unfixed, the city’s infrastructure declines, tourism declines and problems amass. The city is more racially divided than ever – a city that was once known for its acceptance of diversity and tolerance.
I see nothing in this post that was any less excellent than all the others that drew fine, maybe people were just monumented out.
Immigration is a very important issue, but my mind is on other things. I bought a house and have spent the last month unpacking (less than 10 boxes to go!) in Central Florida. Now Irma‘s turning up in the map:
It was a good pair of topics but for some reason nobody wanted to read them.
Well that ends our three posts on 2017, I hope you enjoyed the look back, now it’s on to today!
As I said in our top 10 post, blogs posts are like record albums, you don’t know which ones are going to be popular and what is not and in 2017 we had our share of very good posts, some which really deserved more attention, that you just weren’t interested in. Here is a smattering of them
Like last year let’s start with the post whose that I really wished got more attention than it did so please check it out award.
I covered Fr. Imbarrato of Priest’s for life trip to Massachusetts extensively, the protest and Eucharistic processions in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston and Fitchburg. This was the final day including his blessing of the city of Boston:
There is one interesting footnote, both Mary Ann Harold and Fr. Imbarrato got a sense during the prayers that it was the desire of Our Lord and Lady to restore the Shrine. At the time it was built Boston was a faithful Catholic City and Massachusetts was a State known for it’s faith, as the Shrine has fallen into disrepair so has the faith of the city and the abominations that have come out of the state to affect the entire country and the world are too numerous to mention here.
So while I as always hope you might kick in a few buck to DaTipJar to make up for the cost of days of work missed and my time perhaps it might be a better use of your funds to raise the funds necessary to make this shrine what it once was, and perhaps help make Boston the city of faith it once was too.
Alas this post and my plea for the shrine didn’t catch anyone’s eye. Let’s hope this update does a tad better for it.
I did a whole bunch of posts from CPAC and one was covering President Trump’s speech. I put up a post adding lines I thought key, but everybody who wanted to see the speech could do so. Although there was one line that was significant.
[Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had solitaire on my computer and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of someone playing solitaire during Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!]
This was the 2nd least surprising slow post of the year
The Great Question that isn’t as great as I thought award
Two of my 10 top posts concerned the NFL protests, but not all of them
Pizza Hut has bragged that their sales are up , Digiorno’s frozen pizza has been trolling them and plenty of people on twitter have followed suit, but if you look at all the tweets and the words you’ll not there is one thing that they have NOT done.
They have not taken a position on the NFL Protests
They have not moved to become an official sponsor of the NFL
Now if their premise is correct and that Papa John’s stock/sales slump is just about the pizza and not about their association with the NFL, and if all those who insist that the NFL, with it’s still high rating compared to everyone but their own past ratings, are a great deal than if Papa John’s decides to drop the NFL as this article suggests they might;
Pizza Hut / Digiorno / etc all don’t want those questions asked or answered and they will be pleased to know that nobody was interested in those questions.
The big news that really isn’t award
Trump’s moving of the US embassy was a big story but this story didn’t go very far at all.
The significance of this can’t be overstated, by doing what they’ve done Russia not only embarasses Donald Trump by getting to Jerusalem before he does so to speak, but it also throws a gauntlet down to every islamic power, every arab oil exporter and to ISIS itself, literally daring them to do something.
This sure sounded like news to me but nobody else thought so
As you might guess while I had little in common politically with Ms. Flanagan it’s worth noting that Flanagan never shrunk away from those who opposed her politically. She was happy to appear at Tea Party forums to engage and make her case to political opponents at a time when Democrats and media Nationwide were demonizing the Tea Party.
It’s a reflection on an ex pol who is local so for some reason a national following isn’t all that interested so of all the posts that didn’t get attention this one didn’t shock me.
And now the big award of the day the The 2017 I thought Turkeys Could fly award:
This goes to the post that I really thought would generate a ton of hits and maybe fill DaTipJar but didn’t:
2017 was a pretty good year for DaTechGuyblog in terms of Traffic (Up over 10%) Unique viewers (Up 20%) Tip Jar (up 30% though still not making our goal) but as always reporting and bloggering are like recording a record album. You don’t quite know what points are going to be hits.
So since there was too much use to put this up last week, here are the top five post of 2017
This was without a question the saddest post we’ve ever run. It was a follow up post by RH the Navy 36 Grade Bureaucrat asking for prayers for his daughter Rebecca as she went into and prepared to recover from heart surgery. Things had seemed to go well until
Everyone was in shock. We had the best team of pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists, NICU and PICU nurses that you could assemble in America. Rebecca had been recovering. Her echocardiograms had all been good. The pacing wires had been firing. Everything should have worked. It was like the A Team of cardiology teams was on her side. They simply don’t lose people, certainly not kids like Rebecca. But as the head surgeon later told us, “One minute she was fine, the next she was in arrest and would not come back.”
however even in grief that I can’t imagine he discovered hope
I realized that I made a mistake. I focused on Rebecca’s pain. I watched her cry when she was stuck with needles. I watched her struggle to finish a bottle because her heart wasn’t strong enough to breast feed. It made me sad, but what I didn’t realize was that she was changing everyone around her. My focus on her pain blinded me to how she was an instrument to change those around her.
Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.
She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.
It’s post like this that remind you how empty some of our arguments and complaints are
I’ve always been a fan or Irony and I found this story of the NYT running top page banner ads for subscribers at Instapundit rather telling:
Now in one respect seeing a NYT ad at Instapundit is no surprise, after all despite Glenn’s regular critiques of the Times they’ve been advertising at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, furthermore while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water) his numbers are large enough that it’s a logical place to put ads.
But doesn’t it speak volumes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is running banner ads at the top of Instapundit offering their product for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of finding some of Glenn’s readers willing to give them a shot?
This post was prophetic given that the NYT and the left would spend the year producing fake news on Trump while Glenn & company play it straight on truth. It also resulted in the first Instalanche of the year on the 11th day of Christmas which got 2017 off to a pretty good start.
This was and remains one of my favorite posts of the year as it perfectly illustrates how President Donald Trump plays his foes like fools.
this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.
Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.
The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of getting any single part of their fragile coalition together to risk keeping silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of primaries where they are flanked on the left.
What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tactics of the left against them and playing by the same rules that they normally do
Before the end of the year every single Democrat running in a red state or a swing district is going to have to answer if they supported the NFL protests (that still where going on in week 16) and figure out if they want to piss off their primary base or the general election people. Trump saw this a mile away, the MSM somehow still doesn’t.
It’s worth noting that is was the most popular post written by me this year.
For the first time ever the #2 & #1 posts at DaTechGuy blog were written by someone other than me this one came from JD Rucker at the start of the Roy Moore business:
The left won’t believe RedState or Daily Caller. The right won’t believe Slate or Salon. Both are workable dynamics because there’s no illusion attempted by these publications. They’re biased and proud of it. WaPo perpetuates an illusion if journalistic integrity. By doing so, they have far too much power in wielding the “truth” even if it’s spun in the direction they want.
These reports are so old that there’s very little chance they can be proven. Unfortunately, there’s also very little chance they can be properly refuted. That’s the power of the “unbiased” mainstream media. They can cast shadows of doubt in any direction they choose based upon their bias. They can choose to print allegations about Moore. They can choose to ignore allegations about Barack Obama. When a major media outlet is biased while claiming otherwise, we’re left with deciding which truth to believe.
JD pegged it exactly right at the start, even the lack of actual physical evidence (like the Franken photo), settlements (like Cosby), No investigations (like Conyers) , Confessions (Spurlock) or claims made under oath (Bill Clinton) enough of the Voters of Alabama bought what was being sold by the indignant MSM to cost Moore the election. Oddly enough now that he’s beaten the MSM that was so willing to peg him a predator has decided that the “victims” don’t have to pursue this any further and that no being a US senator is the proper punishment for the behavior they claimed of him.
Yes I’m still pissed about it, but JD saw it coming from day one.
Before we get to #1 here are the honorable mentions #6-10