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Postcards From the RNC, Robo Calls That Is!

I keep getting robo calls from the RNC…. They desperately need $75 from me to fight the biased media and drain the swamp. What?? That is roughly 1/12th of my total monthly income. I have no problem telling them I am living on Social Security and not much of that, but I’m talking to deaf […]

21Nov2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Artistic Interpretation of Trump Victory

Ben Franklin was a Founding Father who used political cartoons as a means of persuasion.  With biting with he would cause a person to reflect and reconsider.  And that was not his day job.  Some people are just naturally gifted at imagery and symbolism used a tools for thoughtful discourse.  I am no expert on […]

13Nov2016 | | Comments Off on Artistic Interpretation of Trump Victory | Continued
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Profiling the Usual Suspects – We Are All Guilty

The facts are not yet clear.  They are muddled more every day by people with agendas who leak information.  One thing is certain – everyone with a comment about Trayvon Martin’s death has an opinion based on limited data.  It seems the profiling did not end with the assessment by the neighborhood watch man accused […]

29Mar2012 | | Comments Off on Profiling the Usual Suspects – We Are All Guilty | Continued
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Trayvon Martin – Racism – and the Media Message

We live in difficult times.  The murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida has refocused our Nation’s conscience on racism.  After a month of media review it appears that the murderer, George Zimmerman, was an over zealous wannabee-police-officer neighborhood watchman.  Zimmerman  was looking for his chance to be a hero.  He saw a young black man […]

24Mar2012 | | Comments Off on Trayvon Martin – Racism – and the Media Message | Continued
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Comcast Buys Out the New Media Christian Paradigm

Scratch Christianity, insert capitalism.  What is the driving ideology – and how do ideologies conflict.  Here is the basic problem with identifying with a specific ideology:  you have to accept the consequences of your ideology.  I have several examples, and I want to take a look at Comcast and the media empires, but I think […]

8Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Comcast Buys Out the New Media Christian Paradigm | Continued
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Sotomayor’s Media Week In Review 5-30-09

Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated by President Obama to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The pick was guaranteed to raised the hackles of the declining fundamentalist movement.  And sure enough – it did. This youtube video highlights the first week in the media after Sotomayor’s nomination: One has to love the pseudo conservatives […]

30May2009 | | Comments Off on Sotomayor’s Media Week In Review 5-30-09 | Continued
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Obama’s War – Afghanistan

At what point does President Obama assume responsibility for a war?  Is accepting responsibility for the war the same thing as owning the war?  When does any President ‘own’ a war?  This is a curious talking point for the 24/7 news media.  Historically, we generally do not tag our Presidents as owners of wars that […]

28Mar2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Anger Is More Fun Than Sanity In The Media

At thefiresidepost.com we write opinion – occasionally adding some news.  I have written around 1500 articles and it seems that anger is much more fun than the boring facts.  Anger is much more fun than fairness.  The media went to town for a drink on Saturday night, joined the lynch mob, and never came home.  […]

27Mar2009 | | Comments Off on Anger Is More Fun Than Sanity In The Media | Continued
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Sarah Palin, Visibility or Exposure

Sarah Palin is on the airways.  Her tact today is to blame others for her troubles.  She forgot the first rule of politics – Get Visibility without Exposure.  Sarah Palin exposed herself as  a small town redneck, generally ignorant of the world beyond the boundaries of Wasilla, Alaska.  This writer is proud to be included […]

14Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Bread or Circus Journalism

Bread sustains our lives, while circus entertains.  We stand at the precipice of change in journalism – debating the choices of bread or circus.  There have not yet been any Pulitzer Prices awarded for blogging – and this writer does not see this happening in the near future.  Pulitizer Prizes in journalism are reserved for […]

7Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

I studied electronics at The Electronics Institute in Kansas City. That was a long time ago. We studied vacuum tubes. Vacuum tube radios and television and radar systems. It was the dawn of the transistor – we talked about transistors in class, and experimented with diodes in building full-wave bridge power supplies. Resonant circuits were […]

12Dec2008 | | Comments Off on The Future Is Not What It Used To Be | Continued
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Tabloid Voyeurism Sells

We are not talking about the National Enquirer here folks.  We are talking about Cable News, Network News, Print Newspapers, Print Magazines, and of course the internet boom in journalistic voyeurism.  We just gave an example  – the use of the term ‘journalistic voyeurism’ is much more interesting than say, ‘Journalistic practice.’ The Fireside Post […]

10Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Tabloid Voyeurism Sells | Continued
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The Internet: From Organized Reporting to Organic Journalism

On the internet, articles are typically written and distributed by persons rather than organizations, Organizations tend to be intimately involved with issues, where people tend to be intimately involved with other people. Some think that this devalues the articles or the authors online, but one cannot deny that internet material is typically apologetically about the […]

6Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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OJ Defines the Media, Media Defines OJ

OJ Simpson is in the news again – a regular for the past forty years.  Ironically – OJ’s celebrity status was a product of the media – but the media was defined in many ways by the celebrity of OJ. The excitement OJ generated on the football field directly contributed to the excitement of televised […]

5Dec2008 | | Comments Off on OJ Defines the Media, Media Defines OJ | Continued
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Palin as Paris Hilton Celebrity

Sarah Palin is continuing to drag down the Republican Party.  The other Republican Governors know this – but they cannot openly say so.  When Palin talks she sounds less oriented than a wild and crazy Paris HIlton.  At least Paris HIlton knows she is just a celebrity – she knows she is not taken seriously.  […]

13Nov2008 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Palin Soaks Up Media Spotlight

ABC’s Kate Snow reports: Bill McAllister is suddenly a very busy man.  As spokesman for the Governor of Alaska, his role was pretty much taken over in an instant last August — the moment Governor Sarah Palin was selected as John McCain’s running mate.  The McCain campaign quickly selected a brand new team of communication […]

13Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Wag the Blog: Media Bias?

By Chris Cillizza It seems that every social event The Fix attends — and that list includes plane flights, field hockey games and shopping with Mrs. Fix, among others — there is someone who asks about bias in the media. Usually the “inquiry” comes in the form of an assertion — the media is far […]

13Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Wag the Blog: Media Bias? | Continued
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CNN’s Hologram – Cool Techonology

Well, this about takes the cake.  Technology is advancing rapidy – but look at this – you still have to read these words.  That is about as old as Abraham.  The differencs is that we have people from Hobart, Australia, reading this commentary.  They might be rednecks but they are able to use the internet. […]

6Nov2008 | | Comments Off on CNN’s Hologram – Cool Techonology | Continued
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This Election Was Personal – And Angry

This election was exhausting.  The campaigns were passionate in a time when deep fears griped each of us.  Even George Bush supporters believe he was treated unfairly by world events beyond his control – but those events happened to all of us.  All of us, Americans and our fellow earthly citizens, have been deeply impacted […]

5Nov2008 | | Comments Off on This Election Was Personal – And Angry | Continued
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Stealing Jesus – The 2008 Elections

Quoting from the book Stealing Jesus” by Bruce Bawer: “The simple word religion lends dignity to prejudice, muffles opposition and obliges the media to tread carefully. Not only politicians but journalists, too, are less likely to criticize frankly the attitudes of individuals or groups when they identify themselves as Christian and attribute their attitudes to […]

16Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Stealing Jesus – The 2008 Elections | Continued
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McGrinch

Media has painted McCain as the Grinch. Here is the story. This McGrinch was a citizen of Peopleville. The residents of Peopleville where a happy bunch, who all would come together for the best interests of the people. There where mainly two types of people in Peopleville. The Republiwhys and the Demawhats. They were a […]

11Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Ethics in Journalism – Seek Truth

The internet has thrown the world of journalism off balance.  The reality today is that anyone can be their own publisher and editor.  The Society of Professional Journalists have a code of ethics.  These ethics are the definition of right and wrong in reporting news. The Fireside Post is doing a series on ethics in […]

5Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Ethics in Journalism – Seek Truth | Continued
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Eroding Deliberative Democracy

The United States of America is a Republic.  From Wikipedia: The word originates from the Latin term res publica, which literally translates as “public thing” or “public matter”.  The idea resides in a representative form of government.  The people elect one of their own to represent them in the government.  Deliberative Democracy is a form […]

15Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Eroding Deliberative Democracy | Continued
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Obama’s Rope-A-Dope Strategy

McCain swings a haymaker.  Obama ducks – suffering only a glancing blow.  McCain swings again, connecting solidly on a defensive shoulder.  Obama is against the ropes, protecting himself with energetic arms – arms raised to defend against a fatal blow.  The barage continues. Obama dances away from the ropes.  McCain stalks, bristling for opportunity.  Then […]

15Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Rope-A-Dope Strategy | Continued
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Writing versus delivering speeches

Barack Obama has raised the bar on the delivery of speeches. Sarah Palin did not match him – but she is better than many politicians.  But the question for this writer remains – is speech delivery as important as original thought? We know today that Barack Obama writes his own speeches.  The delivery is superb […]

6Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Writing versus delivering speeches | Continued
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Gustav Moves In, Iowa Moves Out

Natural disasters are good press.  Its a sure thing.  Its like marketing Jesus.  You can’t go wrong.  But, much like marketing Jesus, you can’t stick with the same old spiel.  You have to be fresh and relevant.  You have to go with the flow. When Iowa was hit with severe flooding this summer, it made […]

4Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Gustav Moves In, Iowa Moves Out | Continued
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Political Humor – 2008

These cartoons are made available by the Time web site.  Thanks to Time for sharing.  Others are self attributed.

1Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Political Humor – 2008 | Continued
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intimate anonymity in the electronic age

If you are reading this article, then it is no surprise to you that our electronic culture is changing faster than we can measure and our connectedness boasts the largest geographical and numerical network in history. The phenomenon of our communication age is a child of several technologies that all dramatically shaped our culture, and […]

2Jun2008 | | Comments Off on intimate anonymity in the electronic age | Continued
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Media Pendulum Swings Right

The phenomenon of the American Media is in full swing. The mass of opportunity is driven by the gravitational pull of pollsters. With the inertia growing, it seems improbable that we will see any shift to professional journalism in the near future. The throttle is open for the pendulum to swing far right. The value […]

26Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Media Pendulum Swings Right | Continued
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Jon Stewart: The Fiber in Your Media Diet

There are some things that we, as a culture, cannot do without. Oil. Television. Wal-Mart. Cell Phones. Media Punditry. In order for these things to exist, we have to continually evaluate them and to find ways of curbing our dependence on them. Otherwise, we become slaves to our devices. Oil, for instance, needs investigation into […]

17Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Jon Stewart: The Fiber in Your Media Diet | Continued
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Diplomatic Gutter Balls

There were two major news developments in the past few days. The President of the United States was in Europe on a diplomatic mission and a Senator from Illinois was bowling in Pennsylvania. Can you guess which received the most media attention? BUCHAREST, Romania — President Bush suffered a painful diplomatic setback Wednesday when NATO […]

3Apr2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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“Take a Listen to this”

The mainstream media is driving me nuts.  People who work in journalism, even bloggers, have some duty to try to use proper grammar.  I make mistakes – because I am not an authority on proper English.  Was I supposed to capitalize English?  The point is that I try to ask myself questions of propriety. I […]

2Apr2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Reporting on Reverend Wright – and Getting it Wrong

It is difficult to grapple with the complexities of faith and politics, and it is disheartening when the two meet like runaway trains in the night while the media circles above like a vulture. Our society is increasingly weary of the cult style theology of the conservative Christian political movement, and rightfully so. I find […]

18Mar2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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This American Revolution – 2008

Son, We are in a time of flux. This is a difficult time for statisticians. The Media Pundits are dissecting the election statistics, trying to make sense of demographics and results. Some say Obama is about generational issues. Clinton is about gender. Edwards about populism. Huckabee about evangelism. This is not a time when these […]

5Feb2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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John Wayne talks about America

Son, When I was growing up John Wayne was the great American Hero. He embodied everything that it was to be a real man, to be a real patriot, to have honor and to honor tradition.  Who are the heroes of today’s youth? John Wayne was replaced by John Lennon. Then Sylvester Stallone and Arnold […]

3Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Barack Obama – The Surge is Working

Son, I am not talking about Iraq.  I am talking about the Presidential Primaries.  Obama is surging in the media – and that translates into votes. The Obama campaign has been managing endorsements all week.  They manage these endorsements in the sense that each endorsement gains free advertising on the cable news circuit.  Announce an […]

3Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Barack Obama – The Surge is Working | Continued
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Bill Moyers and Big Media

Son, You will note that I really like Bill Moyers.  I have addresed the issue of Corporate Media.  I find the pundits seeking Nielson Ratings to meet the needs of their Corporate owners – thus failing the American public.  The idea of the 1st Amendment is central to a free society. Corporate Media ownership removes […]

31Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Bill Moyers and Big Media | Continued
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Boring Republicans run a 1994 Campaign

Son, Much of the media attention is given to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Why is that? Fox news would say it is because the media is too liberal. If the Republicans would ever say anything new perhaps they would be in the news. My notion is that the Republicans are so darn boring. Listen […]

29Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Bloggers in the White House? What is that about?

Son, I’m not sure Hillary Clinton understands the narrative nature of blogging. But she does understand the value of interactive media – and the need for unedited content. She was asked a question recently – well, here is the video. Dad

28Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Bloggers in the White House? What is that about? | Continued
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Grief – an Emotional Response to the Economy

Son, I am suffering the stock market drop. My portfolio for retirement has been devastated. The emotion is gripping. As I pondered my own reaction I realized that I am suffering a grief response. This is not an academic discussion – people across America are suffering the grief of real loss. So what is Grief? […]

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Grief – an Emotional Response to the Economy | Continued
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Interactive Internet News Media

Son, I have written about enjoying hard copy news papers.  This past five months I have been actively engaged in the world of internet news.  The interactive properties have changed the way I see news, and news reporting. Today I regularly read eight different online publications of long standing news organizations – and a couple […]

19Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Interactive Internet News Media | Continued
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Morning Joe degrades bloggers

Son, Joe Scarborough speaks without thinking. He operates out of biased paradigms that are fostered by the good old boys club at MSNBC. Those folks, Scarborough, Russert, Matthews, and Olberman are the bloggers of Television. Scarborough made some innocent but disparaging off hand comments about bloggers. First of all – what is a blogger. Well, […]

18Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Morning Joe degrades bloggers | Continued
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Clinton and Obama expose Media Bigots

Son, This election is probably shaping up to one of the most important ever for understanding our ‘good old boy media.’  All of those old men are harping on race and feminism.  It is as if they cannot grasp issues of charisma, or hope, or ideas, or anything of substance. Pat Buchanan was just on […]

9Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Clinton and Obama expose Media Bigots | Continued
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An American Revolution – 2008

Son, We are in a time of flux. This is a difficult time for statisticians. The Media Pundits are dissecting the Iowa statistics, trying to make sense of demographics and results. Some say Obama is about generational issues. Clinton is about gender. Edwards about populism. Huckabee about evangelism. This is not a time when these […]

4Jan2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Media Hosts Fail in Presidential Debates

Son, Is our inept Media driving foreign policy?  Do we rely on celebrity Media Hosts to define important issues?  I hope not.  Because the Media Hosts are so infatuated with themselves that they are not aware of a big world and real issues that have real consequences. I hearken back to the Democratic Debate.  Time […]

28Dec2007 | | Comments Off on Media Hosts Fail in Presidential Debates | Continued
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Imus and Sharpton – still haggling

Son, Good for Don Imus. He has overcome adversity and is returning to the Radio airways. I am not an Imus kind of guy – I may be a smart-alack like him – but our philosophies are different. But this is not about me – it is about redemption from the pettiness of Al Sharpton. […]

2Dec2007 | | Comments Off on Imus and Sharpton – still haggling | Continued
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Chris Matthews on Morning Joe

Son, Chris Matthews has lost complete touch with reality. Matthews is the host of the MSNBC program Hardball. They call it Hardball because Matthews is supposed to be asking the hard questions. That was probably true – a couple of years ago. On Morning Joe this morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Joe and Matthews were talking […]

29Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Chris Matthews on Morning Joe | Continued
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Media Hosts fail as Celebrities

Son, A tragedy has befallen American Journalism. Cable and satellite feeds have created monster celebrities in the field of journalism. Everyone wants to be Walter Cronkite. The problem is that hey have not earned the stature. Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Bill O’Reilly, Shawn Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, to name a few. These people have […]

25Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Media Hosts fail as Celebrities | Continued
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Dead Immigrants

Son, We have become a disgusting society. Reader – prepare yourself for some sarcasm – this struck me as a blatant disregard for human life – read on. The banner headline on MSNBC as we speak is “Unidentified bodies often buried at taxpayer expense.” Heaven Forbid! What have we come to? Doctor Stern (Someone being […]

28Sep2007 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Bill O’Reilly – friend to Blacks

Son, I am watching Al Sharpton on MSNBC. Talk about conflicted! A couple of days ago Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News Pit Bull bred and trained for news media dog fights, said after visiting a Harlem restaurant, “I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship,” Al Sharpton […]

27Sep2007 | | 2 comments | Continued