July 1, 2016

JULY 4 ON MSNBC

It's only fitting on Monday the 4th, that I go on MSNBC during the noon hour, Eastern. On Independence Day, you can count on me to offer comments independent of reason. Plan accordingly.

June 24, 2016

SATURDAY MORNING FROLIC ON MSNBC

I'm appearing with Joy-Ann Reid on Saturday's "AM Joy": MSNBC between 10 and noon Eastern. Tune in as she says "You can't be serious Bob."

June 22, 2016

LOW LIVES

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
Low lives
BY BOB FRANKEN
How low can we go? When it comes to politics, that’s a question that has a new answer nearly every day. Each time we think our campaign seems to hit bottom, somebody starts digging us in deeper. And I don’t want to tell you what they’re shoveling, because, well, you know.
So now we have Sarah Palin posting on Facebook that President Barack Obama is a “special kind of stupid.” Mind you, that’s Sarah Palin saying that. She was in a tizzy because the president has been restating since the Orlando massacre his frustration that we can’t put some limits on the easy availability of guns. Therefore, says Ms. Palin, he deserves “no due respect.” Of course he is the nation’s chief executive, twice elected — once when she was on the opposing GOP ticket as John McCain’s running mate. Actually stumbling mate was more like it.
Of course, McCain also is crossing the line with his rhetoric. Two days after Orlando, McCain told reporters that the president was “directly responsible.” After that hit Twitter, he was being showered with so much criticism that he pulled back a little bit, and said he “misspoke.” What he really meant is that Obama’s policies were responsible for ISIS.
Never mind that it was the Bush invasion of Iraq, which he so avidly supported, that created ISIS. McCain did not misspeak; he’s been in public office for a long time, and he knew exactly what he was saying. It’s just that he’s facing a tough re-election fight back home in Arizona, so he has to pander to his party’s zealots, who are head over heels in love with Donald Trump, the guy who will lead the ticket.

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June 20, 2016

MEDIA AWAKENING?

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016
Media awakening?
BY BOB FRANKEN
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“Oh goody,” you’re about to say sarcastically, “Still another media hack is going to write about Donald Trump’s attacks on a free press.” Well, yes, I’m going to do just that, because Trump is trying to shut down a facet of our democracy so fundamental that it is among the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution’s very first amendment -- even with, as Thomas Jefferson put it, the “agitation it produces.”
Trump is exceedingly agitated. Apparently, he has decided that such constitutional principles are suggestions, and not ironclad. So, if he doesn’t like the way he’s portrayed by journalists, he shuts them down, or attempts to. His latest target is The Washington Post. No longer, he decreed, will the newspaper’s reporters get the credentials necessary to get close access to his campaign. That’s because he didn’t approve when the Post characterized comments he made as suggesting President Barack Obama sympathized with Muslim extremism. Never mind that it was an accurate description of his innuendos after the Orlando, Florida, massacre. King Donald was not amused. So bye-bye, Washington Post.
Those of us in the media have not collectively done a great job covering this election, but it’s not because Donald Trump has been challenged unfairly; it’s because he and the others haven’t been challenged enough. Many complain that because his nonstop outlandish comments have made him such a ratings magnet, we have granted him unlimited access to publicity. Worst of all, we’ve let him spit out his moronic hatefulness without taking him on, without remembering that we are supposed to be every politician’s adversary.

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