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Trump: Uncharted Not Unchartered

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As I write this the 24-hour news channels are in raptures over the latest Donald Trump gaffe. Wall-to-wall coverage of his gutter-mouth chat with someone called Billy Bush in 2005 has kept the news mills grinding overtime, unearthing numerous other examples of Trump’s misogynist tendencies as illustrated on the Howard Stern radio show.

The way I see it there are two people who come out of this looking at least as bad as Donald Trump. The first is Billy Bush who is heard on the recording gleefully sucking-up to Trump, and the second is Rudy Giuliani.

Countless references have already been made to the unique nature of this year’s election campaign, but this news of the Republican Party on the verge of imploding has, dare I say it, trumped them all. The way I see it there are two people who come out of this looking at least as bad as Donald Trump. The first is Billy Bush who is heard on the recording gleefully sucking-up to Trump, and the second is Rudy Giuliani.

In 2001 after the terrorist attacks on New York then mayor Rudy Giuliani became an overnight sensation. He was calm yet angry, serious, strong and in control. Now as one of Trump’s top advisers he has gone from being America’s Mayor to being a clown. He has steadfastly backed Trump even in this most recent affair.I suspect he has been promised a significant position in a Trump administration, much like Chris Christie. Sadly for these coattail riders their futures are tied to Trump’s and that is not looking like a good career choice right now.

Illustrating the uniqueness of the in-fighting in the Republican Party on two occasions that I heard the word ‘unchartered’ was used instead of uncharted.

But of all the terrible things that one could hear on CNN today, the most egregious was not uttered by Trump, but by others, including the usually bang-on Wolf Blitzer. Illustrating the uniqueness of the in-fighting in the Republican Party on two occasions that I heard the word ‘unchartered’ was used instead of uncharted.

Uncharted is a word that indicates a new experience, from the old days when a body of water would be discovered and therefore no ‘charts’ existed. (Think Gilligan’s Island theme song – The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle. Yep, you’ll be humming that all day now, sorry.) This is the word that should be use to denote a new set of circumstances. Unchartered would indicate that whatever was being referred to has no constitution or had not been rented. Perhaps all those cars on the AVIS parking lot are unchartered. Certainly Gilligan and the Skipper’s vessel was not unchartered.

C’mon Wolf.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk – Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk encouraged bloggers to incorporate video into our posts. A recent Don Lemon piece on CNN affords a great opportunity to do just that!

Dear CNN,

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As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be well aware of what I’m about to point out, and may even be in the process of dealing with the situation. If so please disregard this letter. I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show. Trust me, to paraphrase the old Dr. John song,if you don’t do it somebody else will”.

I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show

Lemon has been a mainstay of weekend programming for some time now as well as a regular fill-in when needed. But recently he has started to outgrow that position. He’s written a book, come out as a gay man, and most recently taken on the Black community in his “No Talking Points” segment in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. He is intelligent, articulate, well presented and fair. Just the kind of person you would want hosting a news and opinion show.

… but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up

The current CNN evening schedule has Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper yet again. All of them great at what they do, and all of them undeniably white. Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooper is great, but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up, maybe the second Cooper hour might be the spot. Perhaps a bright experienced host who is not afraid to be a wee bit controversial.

A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice a snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up

Which brings me back to Lemon. A sixty minute show at ten o’clock would suit his style and make CNN a leader. A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice and snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up.

Thanks for hearing me out!

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Dear CNN: Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

Dear CNN,

cbc.ca

cbc.ca

As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be well aware of what I’m about to point out, and may even be in the process of dealing with the situation. If so please disregard this letter. I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show. Trust me, to paraphrase the old Dr. John song,if you don’t do it somebody else will”.

I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show

Lemon has been a mainstay of weekend programming for some time now as well as a regular fill-in when needed. But recently he has started to outgrow that position. He’s written a book, come out as a gay man, and most recently taken on the Black community in his “No Talking Points” segment in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. He is intelligent, articulate, well presented and fair. Just the kind of person you would want hosting a news and opinion show.

… but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up

The current CNN evening schedule has Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper yet again. All of them great at what they do, and all of them undeniably white. Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooper is great, but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up, maybe the second Cooper hour might be the spot. Perhaps a bright experienced host who is not afraid to be a wee bit controversial.

A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice a snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up

Which brings me back to Lemon. A sixty minute show at ten o’clock would suit his style and make CNN a leader. A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice and snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up.

Thanks for hearing me out!

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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CNN lets it hit the fan

Shit happens on CNN in prime time.

Shit

I couldn’t help but notice that CNN has recently gone outside the box, has been living on the edge, has turned the cable news watching world on its ear. How so you may well ask. Simply by allowing people to express themselves on TV as they would normally; yep, I’m talking about the use of the word shit.  It all started when on a couple of episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown the host uttered the word. Then during the show about Montreal someone said “merde”; French for, you guessed it, shit.

Not since Tweety Bird’s mother shouted “Scat” while wielding a broom at  Sylvester has such a torrent of scatological expression been let loose on prime time viewers.

Not since Tweety Bird’s mother shouted “Scat” while wielding a broom at  Sylvester has such a torrent of scatological expression been let loose on prime time viewers. Bourdain may have opened the shit floodgates –  metaphorically one prays – but it didn’t stop there.  Coverage of the devastation caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma included a very well spoken, proper-looking gentleman pointing out that though it is often said tornadoes don’t hit the same place twice, having lost two homes he could vouch for that being “Bullshit”.

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Did the sky fall? Did the world as we know it cease to exist? Was there a furor over these folks talking like folks? Believe it or not, there wasn’t.  For anyone who remembers the ballyhoo that followed Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction you’ll be pleased to hear that maturity has entered the building. (For those not familiar with the Jackson incident, during a Super Bowl halftime performance a few years ago it was alleged she exhibited a nude nipple for a nanosecond. Much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, to actually see anything untoward requires the film to be slowed down, blown up and computer enhanced. Yet a media frenzy ensued.)

Much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, to actually see anything untoward requires the film to be slowed down, blown up and computer enhanced.

CNNIf the Bourdain and Oklahoma experiments are deemed successful, there’s no telling what’s in store for CNN viewers. Will meteorologist Chad Myers describe a low pressure system as shitty weather? Will commentator David Frum state that Democrats are full of shit and will Paul Begala counter by pointing out that Republicans have shit for brains? Will Dana Bash, after listening to a Senator’s elusive response to her question tell him it’s a crock of shit?  Can we expect Wolf Blitzer to comment on the tense situation regarding North Korea by saying the shit’s going to hit the fan? Does Piers Morgan call the NRA shitheads? The next time Anderson Cooper finds himself reporting from a storm will he say holy shit it’s windy?  The possibilities are endless.

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