January 21, 2015
Be amazed on a Thursday pre dawn at 5:15 Eastern on MSNBC, that I or anyone can string a sentence together. Not that it will be coherent...
January 20, 2015
I'm on the Wednesday Morning Joe on MSNBC at 8:30-ish Eastern. So tune in-ish.
January 14, 2015
It's another Thursday at dawn for me at MSNBC to start your day at 5:15 Eastern with that inspiring question: "Who cares?"
January 12, 2015
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MARIO CUOMO’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS
BY BOB FRANKEN
I am one of those who mourn the passing of Mario Cuomo, and celebrate his life. Among the more enjoyable experiences of my time as a younger reporter were various conversations I was privileged to have with him during the quiet that would precede the storm of news. He could argue without offending, unless he wanted to, be provocative without provoking. He was an unabashed progressive and will be remembered as one of his generation’s most exciting speakers, inspiring with his rhetorical style as well as his ideas.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the causes he championed, he leaves behind a society that is still struggling. After all, this is the man who thrilled the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco by deriding President Ronald Reagan’s repeated references to the United States as “a shining city on the hill.” He brought the house down with his description of an out-of-touch president who had a limited view from “the portico of the White House or the veranda of his ranch,” continuing, “There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don’t see, in the places that you don’t visit in your shining city.” Instead, he roared, America is a “tale of two cities,” of rich and poor, the haves and have-nots.
Here we are, slightly more than 30 years later, where the same “two cities” description is used to paint a picture of a worsening divide. The nation’s wealth inequality is far greater than it was then, fewer and fewer hold more and more while the bulk of our society struggles to get by on scraps.
As we’ve seen, the lives of whites and people of color still are separated, both culturally and physically. Even though Barack Obama will go down in history as America’s first black president, his contention during a recent NPR interview that we are “less racially divided” than when he took office in 2008 must be juxtaposed with the bitter feelings between blacks and police about law-enforcement tactics involving minorities.