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WITHER NEWSPAPERS? … ‘LAST TANGO’ GETS ALL PCd UP … THE PITTSFIELD TRAGEDY THAT NEVER WAS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, 75th ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK) — For the first century, newspapers in America were essentially political screeds. This included emptying both chambers upon adversaries who were lied about, libeled, and labeled. The notion of objective “news” taking precedence over commentary and pamphleteering came in the industry’s second century. Papers made their money by circulation.

In the Victorian Era (mid 1800s to the beginning of the 20th century), visionary publishers and editors (Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Horace Greeley) revolutionized the body and soul of newspapers, especially metro dailies. Advertising revenue replaced circulation as a newspaper’s main money source. Firsts included sports and women’s sections, full business coverage, the op-ed page, star columnists, more pictures and art, better typography, comics, illustrated supplements, and extras. The swing to advertising revenue led to coverage of real estate coverage, classified ads (especially employment), as well as sections on food and travel (including cars) — and tamer content meant to keep advertiser’s happy.

That model held until the widespread use of the Internet. Today, online media and content threatens the very existence of what we call a “newspaper.” It’s clear that young people rarely, if ever, pick up a physical paper. They instead go online to their ever smaller, ever-portable devices. The news cycle is 84,600 second each and every day.

In this frantic environment, newspapers haven’t figured the transition. The online dilemma: Offer free content and eat production costs. Charge for content, on the other hand, and ask people to pay for something they expect for free.

The Berkshire Eagle, a.k.a., The Boring Broadsheet, is not alone in being horned on the points of this dilemma. The paper has hired a new publisher, Alan English. He’s a newspaper guy. The paper also has freshened its appearance to make the paper easier on the eyes. These are positive developments. Content, though, lags far behind.

Being at heart a “newspaper guy,” THE PLANET has given much thought to solving this quandary. Perhaps at some point we shall share the specific formula for newspaper success. For now, let’s leave it at this: The key driver must be content, accent on the first syllable. Content drives circulation. Circlation drives ad revenue. When the accent is on the second syllable, as in content — the condition for way too long at The BB — a newspaper gets complacent, lazy. That won’t work in today’s hyper competitive news market — even if you’re the only local print daily in town.

PC Police Cuff Bertolucci’s Masterpiece

SCHNEIDER and BRANDO in “Last Tango” (PHOTO Universal Pictures)

Forty four years ago, Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci released his masterpiece, Last Tango in Paris. The film earned Bertolucci an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and Marlon Brando a nod for Best Actor. Two score and four years is enough time to bury even a masterpiece, however. The film made news last week with the posthumous quotes of Brando’s then-20-year-old costar, Maria Schneider. The remarks were unearthed in a newly discovered interview with the late Bertolucci.

Tinsel news outlets quoted Schneider on the film’s “pass the butter” sex scene.

“‘Marlon said to me: “Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie,” but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. … I felt very sad because I was treated like a sex symbol.  I wanted to be recognized as an actress and the whole scandal and aftermath of the film turned me a little crazy and I had a breakdown.'”

This is what the amped up and magnified “war between the sexes” has produced: False movie acting memories!

It’s a film, for caper’s sake!! You were acting!!! It wasn’t real!!!!

Brando was ACTING. Schneider willingly signed on at a lucrative price to appear in a psychological drama the script made clear would deal frankly with the heavy mental cost of anonymous sex. She was cast as the young female lead precisely because of her sexuality.

“The movie breakthrough has finally come,” wrote Pauline Kael of the film after its release. “Bertolucci and Brando have altered the face of an art form.”

Instead, in today’s overheated, politically correct environment, even art is not safe. The PC Police co-opted a tiny excerpt of a forgotten interview and hammered the square film frames into a round wastebasket, the one labeled, “All Men Are Bad.”

That should not be good enough for a cultured, literate, art-loving nation.

Newberry’s and the Fire That Never Started

The Central Block. (PHOTO: McLean Realtors)

Speaking of artists, the tragic warehouse blaze in Oakland reminded THE PLANET of a fire in Pittsfield that never happened, thankfully.

Like Oakland’s “Ghose Ship” warehouse, prior to its remodeling into the Central Block, Pittsfield’s old Newberry Building housed — legally and otherwise — artists, actors, musicians, muses, misfits, beats, deadbeats, and an assortment of colorful moochers, magicians, and madmen.

Like the “Ghost Ship,” Newsberry’s was overcrowded, horribly out of code, and replete with a tangle of extension cords, faulty electricity, nearly non-existent sanitation, tons of dried wood, plenty of smokers and drug users, and not enough exits.

The Oakland fire is one of the deadliest in California history. Pittsfield could have had one years ago. We dodged that flame, somehow. Thank God or Bog or whomever or whatever one thanks for alternate realities that could have happened but never did.

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“The only reason I’m in Hollywood is that I don’t have the moral courage to refuse the money.”Marlon Brando

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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heh heh
heh heh
4 years ago

I fully agree that CONTENT would be the key driver to readership. I would also agree that if CONTENT is influenced, either by editing or out right censorship, by the government or special interests, then faith in the paper will lag as well as the customer base.

The Berkshire Eagle could be a huge success but it hobbles itself by trying to serve two masters.

Bill Q
Bill Q
Reply to  heh heh
4 years ago

We have Lift Off. The Planet Salutes John Glenn.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Back in the 1970s a decision was made to buy up newspapers consolidate expenses and reduce news rooms.Control the news control the public.Anytime you have a president controlling news from a twitter account your done.A president lacking in self esteem is scary.Newspaper should take Trumps condition and absolutely attack his weakness until he gets stronger dealing with press coverage.
The Donald needs to understand hes not in charge of the press.He had no problem asking for Obamas birth certificate in the press.Trump loved every story started by him that Obama was illegitimate.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

Trump dictates news coverage, and likely staved off tv news network consolidation or attrition for a year or two.

Rocky Creed
Rocky Creed
4 years ago

Please take a minute today to remember the servicemen who died at Pearl Harbor on this 75th anniversary…some 2300

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Rocky Creed
4 years ago

God bless them.

My father signed up early with guys who were on the Arizona. He was color blind so ended up in England with the 8th Air Force instead of the navy.

B. clairmont
B. clairmont
4 years ago

Dan,

You are right, we did avoid an Oakland situation with the old Newberry’s building.

How did we avoid it? With one of those public/private partnerships everyone bitches about. A TIF and loans. Now the building is paying full real estate taxes, and has been for years. It’s an asset for the city. But without that partnership, we could have had an Oakland situation.

If one of your readers who bitches about these partnerships realizes they can work, ill be happy.

Barry

Local Yokel
Local Yokel
Reply to  B. clairmont
4 years ago

My Dad wasn’t at Pearl Harbor but in the trenches and was wounded by a German from behind, he was in the infantry but actually air support. When he came home he went to work with a disability caused by the action, and had a thirty plus year career. Fortunately he never suffered some of the serious problems that Veterans go through today that lead to other problems like homelessness or alcoholism, drugs…God Bless Our Veterans.

I. Seymour Taxes
I. Seymour Taxes
Reply to  B. clairmont
4 years ago

Hey! yeh, Hey!, Dancing, co-habitating, pillow talking bear. Seniors who are not part of the municipal in-crowd, received their 2017 social security retirement increase notice yesterday.
It is a 0.3% increase or a monthly step raise of $3.00, that’s three dollars a month for the average senior recipient.
Can you grasp this ??? Put your CPA number crunching mind in harmony with this number. Do you think Taxing Tyer and her RAT (Raise All Taxes) Pack are sensitive to the reality of a growing senior population ?
Maybe you think the present will last forever. Get a clue Bear Boy, it may take awhile, but Karma is coming, even to the current controlling RAT Pack.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  I. Seymour Taxes
4 years ago

just give all the money from SS back and make the seniors pay for Medicare instead of the rest of us subsidizing their insurance because they were too stupid to save up for when they couldn’t work anymore.

Both programs are federal overreach and should be rescinded with Obamacare.

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Why don’t these old people just walk off into the forest and die? Then Shakes would not have to drive around their slow moving cars. So selfish of them to continue to exist and get in his way.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Shakes his head. You have no self respect, let alone respect for anyone else.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
4 years ago

You don’t feel should be accountable for their actions?

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  I. Seymour Taxes
4 years ago

When you write posts like that, do you think anyone will take you seriously? Why don’t you use your real name? Are you afraid to say those things to my face? I think you are nothing more than a coward!

Barry

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  B. Clairmont
4 years ago

Who you talking to Barry?

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  B. Clairmont
4 years ago

heh heh

I was talking to “I. Seymour Taxes”

Barry

amandaWell
amandaWell
Reply to  B. Clairmont
4 years ago

Barry, that comment is well deserved by you. It also feels very personal, so I’m thinking it is from the last team to occupy the Office. On that note and being fair, no where did anyone hear,( could be wrong) but hear,the current Mayor would not raise taxes, if correct, I thought she stated she was a Progressive, quite frankly,I’ll give her six months more before I Grade Her. You, my friend, got an A final grade…..Merry Christmas

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  amandaWell
4 years ago

Amanda,

I have narrowed it down to one of three people friendly too or in the last administration, or their spouse.

Thank you for your kind words.

You are correct concerning the Mayor, she did state she was a progressive, never said she was going to cut taxes, or raise them for that matter. She did say would bolster the police department, and kept that promise.

Many here would like to see the school budget cut as an offset to the increase in police. I get that, and to some level could make the arguement for you. The Mayor doesn’t see it that way.

Stayed tuned, good things are a coming.

Barry

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  I. Seymour Taxes
4 years ago

Good post. Trump will be dragging a lot of the money people down with the poorer folk. They won’t be all smirking and twerking next year at this time. They have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads but unless you are high corporate you may very well burn to the ground as well.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  heh heh
4 years ago

Wanting a job that pays a decent wage and not being overtaxed to death is not having “visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads”. That’s what Democrats used to care about before the progressives came along.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  I. Seymour Taxes
4 years ago

I totally agree with you I, Seymour Taxes. I have relatives who received that same $3.00 increase. They are NOT jumping for joy. This city is made up of a majority of people who are seniors. Their needs are NOT being addressed by this administration or previous administrations. Seniors in this city need to make sure they get to the polls to outvote the school employees and others who are happy with the way things are since they are financially happy. Seniors need to drain the swamp here in Pittsfield.

Tequila Mockingbird
Tequila Mockingbird
Reply to  I. Seymour Taxes
4 years ago

Seymour your numbers are correct

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  B. clairmont
4 years ago

I’ll agree but only because I want you to be happy.

Bill Q
Bill Q
4 years ago

Was Brando in the Service?

Tequila Mockingbird
Tequila Mockingbird
Reply to  Bill Q
4 years ago

Didn’t you see Apocalypse Now?

H
H
4 years ago

I am so sick and tired of the Arts and Last Tango in Paris, I could puke..

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
4 years ago

While on the subject of The Left Winged Parrot.

Why do the editors hide, or are they too ashamed, to pen their names to the drivel they compose?

Letters to these phantoms running the Parrot, must be submitted with several sources of verification as to ones identity. Yet these posers hide.

Why is that?

And, yes I’ve submitted letters with all my info to the Parrot.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Mad Trapper
4 years ago

Because they own the paper and like The Planet, we post at their pleasure.

Demetrius T. Gladiator
Demetrius T. Gladiator
Reply to  Thomas More
4 years ago

Good point, Thom but at least The Planet signs his name to all that he posts.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Demetrius T. Gladiator
4 years ago

Again, the editorial board writes the editorials. It is a shared responsibility even if one individual physically writes the opinion. Very simple concept to grasp. Standard across newspapers.

LA Times: Editorial Board
NY Post: Editorial Board
Boston Globe: Editorial Board
The Guardian: Editorial Board
The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Editorial Board

This is industry standard practice.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

A big fan of faux news I see.

Do you have a copy of “Newsweek”, with Queen Hillary disgracing the cover?

They are selling on ebay now for $500!!!

ROFL!!!!

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

The Washington Times also uses an editorial board.

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  Mad Trapper
4 years ago

Part of the reason editorials are not signed is because they are often not actually written by the editorial staff. Much of it comes from city hall or special interests and they sure as hell don’t want their names out there making it obvious that they are pushing for something that benefits themselves.

And a piece unsigned coming from the head of a newspaper? Oh my god it must be coming from a super intelligent source that knows what is best for the masses right? More likely some piece promoting an agenda for a special interest with a kickback on the burner.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  heh heh
4 years ago

Complete fabrication. Each editorial board member’s name is implicit on each editorial.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Do a search on The Left Winged Parrot, for editors and/or editorial members.

I can’t find a thing. 10 results and no names.

Guess they hide in their shame.

If you can find the swine, post their names.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Mad Trapper
4 years ago

Same goes for the editorial board of the Washington Times.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
4 years ago

They have an editorial board. Show me a major newspaper that signs editorials with the author when it is supposed to be a work by the their editorial board?

Non news.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Do you remember the Millers?

They published news.

Pittsfield has lacked that in a paper for many years now.

So whom writes the drivel found in the Parrot these days? Mutt and Jeff? Moe Larry and Curly?

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Mad Trapper
4 years ago

Probably someone that understands the difference between who and whom. Use who is whenever the pronoun is subjective to the verb. Use whom is when the pronoun is an object in the sentence.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

The object of the editorial writing is whom I’m referring to.

QED.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Thank you Strunk

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Barry did you know cutting taxes is better for the senior citizens. Consolidation works in schools not just business.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

If the board here can convince just 1 mayor that school consolidation and tax cutting can work.It’s amazing that before my eyes Trump may be allowing Republicans to be the future party of blue collar labor.Mayor Tyer needs to see the future.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

If the Berkshire Eagle did a in depth series of how Pittsfield can consolidate schools bring more people and services under one roof and make education better.The eagle should be editorial icing how poor cities can save themselves and stop committing financial suicide and help are veterans live well.Mayor Tyer needs to help veterans through lower costs of living as we lose thousands of jobs.

Painter
Painter
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

So far the mayor has been shown me that she cares one bit about how much of a financial burden and taxes are for the citizens of Pittsfield

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Painter
4 years ago

The new Mayor Madame is more full of “stuffing” than a Thanksgiving Turkey.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Mad Trapper
4 years ago

Since you lost your own arguments, now it’s time to make women hating comments. Why don’t you go make these comments to the mayors face at a public council meeting?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

What is next liberal? Play the race card and bigot cards?

Those don’t work anymore!

You ask her why the taxes are up and services are down, I didn’t vote for the witch!

H
H
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

I have no clue

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
4 years ago

If you display racist and bigoted behavior then yes, I will call you out as a racist and a bigot. And if you behave that way you should be ashamed of yourself. It’s pitiful and cheap. I hoped you were an adversary capable of mounting cohesive arguments, but you are mentally impotent.

I disagree with this administration’s handling of some issues, but I don’t think Ms. Tyer is “a woman thought to have evil magic powers and popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat, and flying on a broomstick.” which is the definition of a witch.

if she were a witch that would be some pretty cool stuff.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

What we have learned about Tyer is that if you voted for her as I did she has continued down the same soft path that every mayor has followed. Just raise taxes and cash your check.I expected more police paid for by cutting teachers and administrators.Behnke added in 1 raise the price of a cop.She should not be making 120k….way overpaid.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

The School department cries poverty every year.If the mayor with 6 councilors won’t cut the schools 6 million who will.Pittsfield is not a well run city.

tito
tito
4 years ago

Where the hell is Gene to referee this nonsense???

tito
tito
4 years ago

Did dusty leave?

tito
tito
4 years ago

Is spa in Menel…..paws?

h
h
4 years ago

if Trump is not sincere, you will know the real reason he wanted this (pres)

Local Yokel
Local Yokel
4 years ago

Looks like joe taxpayer quote of Trump not promising us a Utopia is true, never said that, today it is reported two cops murdered again in Georgiacand a young kid shot by Police at at school in front of dozens after wielding a knife…..said was it is going to get worse when he becomes President…Just by the way he talks!

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
4 years ago

Local, what about the beheading in Massachusetts? Trump can’t stop it, could it be any worse?

heh heh
heh heh
4 years ago

More shootin at the Ok corral today? Will the Eagle be allowed to tell the story?

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

I noticed that the school dept has an advertising budget now. Seen a billboard today.

Dr, Whoo
Dr, Whoo
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

Come one come all and enjoy the windfall. the more I drive by Taxconic the better the old school looks.

h
h
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

First Advertisement should read:The Greatest Show Unearthed.

Bill Q
Bill Q
4 years ago

Best quote of the Day…little h

Levitan
Levitan
4 years ago

“Like Oakland’s “Ghose Ship” warehouse, prior to its remodeling into the Central Block, Pittsfield’s old Newberry Building housed — legally and otherwise — artists, actors, musicians, muses, misfits, beats, deadbeats, and an assortment of colorful moochers, magicians, and madmen.

Like the “Ghost Ship,” Newsberry’s was overcrowded, horribly out of code, and replete with a tangle of extension cords, faulty electricity, nearly non-existent sanitation, tons of dried wood, plenty of smokers and drug users, and not enough exits.

This writing embodies what I love most in your column. It’s gonzo journalism without the gunpowder. But what happened to Journalism since the Golden Age? Nothing at all. Read Waugh’s “Scoop”, and it is evident that nothing had changed in journalism since the book’s inception.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Can you imagine any other department telling a mayor we won’t cut anything and as a matter of fact that is the Schools department Superintendent.
A progressive mayor in a city with no financial discipline will in fact give it the discipline it needs to save itself.The School are a financial monster….Purchasing agent Superintendent Behnke has 8 people working for her…someone needs to ask her what she does and what 8 other people do for her.Civil Service dept has only 19 people in the entire office running the state.
Art teachers with 20 years make 75 thousand dollars….ridiculous.

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

Most politicians by nature are a cowering bunch. They did not get into the job to do the hard work of serving the tax payer but rather to do the bidding of special interests who will reward them. For many of them it was not even their own idea to run for office. They were told that the campaign work would be done for them and then they would be told what to say and how to vote. And they do not need to do the hard work because the special interests are telling them what to do much of the time. If they have the gift of gab and can blow smoke up the low information voters ass they are good to go. It is basically a charade with the people who benefit most from the bloated budget pulling the strings from behind the curtain.

Do you think Paul Ryan likes agreeing with every dumb thing Trump does? Of course not. But like many politicians he has no backbone and disagreeing with Trump is not good for his PERSONAL agenda.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

The Pittsfield School Department does not have the intelligence to consolidate.They do not respect the people of Pittsfield who have over funded them for many years.Mayor Tyer did not run to cut taxes and will not do it.
Admittedly it would take political guts of which we have never been offered.I do believe Melissa Mazzeo has the smarts to ask the schools to plan a consolidation.I think her support for everything schools allows her the gravitas to have Behnke stop hiring .
The mayor must meet all principles and tell them to figure out a way to educate with less not more not the same level funds but less or be fired for insubordination.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

You know, with all your ideas why don’t you apply for a superintendent job somewhere? The make good money, I am sure you’d get snapped up in a heartbeat.

heh heh
heh heh
4 years ago

Heard there might have been a shooting in the city last evening and maybe a fire at the Tahiti but nothing in our awesome Eagle

EddieP
EddieP
4 years ago

Heard there was a DOA by hanging on Tuesday last. Nothings come up sofar. More going on here than we’ll ever know.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Shake and bake.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Shake after all this time the question is what do you think?

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Shake after all this time the question is what do you think?I’m thinking Pittsfield needs to spend less money.I’m thinking you need to go where the money is.I’m thinking the schools have most of it.I’m thinking every other department has subsidised the teachers and administrators.You don’t agree.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

I think my kids go to an awesome school that matriculates highly successful young people. It’s one of the top performing schools in the state and the taxes are fair, but we also have world class industry that will expand over the next 5 years. The community attracts and pays for talent. I’m blessed.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

But I also think that for many of the participants on this page, the discussion is very personal. The school department is your friends family and neighbors.

Long term Pittsfield lacks competitive advantages. Access is poor. Ready build sites of any significant size are non-existent. Office uses are a thing of the past.

Growth will not happen unless those conditions are remediate.

Pat
Pat
4 years ago

Another twenty something found with multiple gun shot wounds last night here in the city. This was reported on iberkshires not the BB.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Joe Blow
4 years ago

Very scary. You will never convince locals this can happen here in Pleasantville. Find out if your local bank does bail ins as opposed to bail outs. This could be very important in the future.

Paul Jakacky
Paul Jakacky
4 years ago

3 people resigned from the board of health.
Big deal! They don’t do anything anyway. They can’t even inspect the basics at local restaurants, like hot water temperatures in restrooms. In addition, they couldn’t inspect a commercial kitchen if there life depended on it.

Last Tango in Pittsfield
Last Tango in Pittsfield
4 years ago

It’s the Hair Doo yeah, that’s it, that’s why He was elected.

H
H
4 years ago

What are these clowns behind Trump tonight at the thank you rallies???? One looks like Michael Moore, another like WIlliam Shattner, another like Joe Biden,even a Barry sighting, the guy in the red shirt.

Pat
Pat
4 years ago

A ridiculous person writes a letter to the eagle saying that the media feels bad that they have let the public down in the presidential election. She writes that she gets her news from NPR, the New York Times and the AP if that tells you anything. That’s like people on this board accusing me of only watching FOX news (which isn’t true. I listen to many different news sources). The letter writer hopes that God will bless America in this time of crisis since Hillary didn’t get elected.

The BB letter writer is a perfect example of locals in this area who really do only listen to progressive news sources and they really have no clue that for the past 8 years the media did nothing to criticize Obama on any of his decisions, but liberals are all upset because they think Donald Trump is telling the media not to criticize him. No, instead Trump is telling the media to tell the truth, something that this progressive media finds very challenging. The media now says it will be the watchdog for the public now that a Republican is in office, something they didn’t bother to do when a Democrat was in office.

Knock Knock
Knock Knock
4 years ago

Half the People don’t like Trump and the other Half Hillary. This is either going to be the Greatest President in History,or the Worst. Unifying will be if the First, Anarchy, the Second.

To Russia With Luv
To Russia With Luv
4 years ago

Valenti’s blog is fantastic!