Occupation: informers and entertainers of
the general public
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: Bernie? Who's that?
was on Facebook and read a very
thought-provoking post by Michael Moore.
about how the media is saying virtually
nothing about Bernie Sanders. He's selling out
every venue he appears at and is in the lead
in the Iowa polls. Yet, they all claim that
either Grandpa Biden or Elizabeth Warren is in
the lead, simply because in the great words of
Paul Harvey, "exit polls are the crack cocaine
up the fact that Disney didn't want people to
see his 2004 docupic "Fahrenheit 9/11" because
they were afraid that it would offend their
conservative base. So, another company bought
it, it finally got released and made over $222
million at the box office. Moore - 1, Mickey -
0. Well, the longer story was that '9/11' was
supposed to be released through Miramax, a
Disney subsidiary since 1993. Under its
original owners, Miramax was one of the
most-respected indie studios. However, when
Disney bought it, they refused to release
anything they thought was too controversial.
"Kids" from 1995 was a prime example. In the
case of "9/11", Disney simply ended up locking
it in their vault - presumably next to "Song
of the South" - but Moore didn't give up.
Miramax's founders bought the film and the
rest is history.
OK, so I
failed to mention that Miramax was founded by
Bob Weinstein and his disgraced brother,
Harvey. Also, Moore and the Weinsteins had a
falling out, which is partly why Moore chooses
to release his movies through very, very tiny
indies these days.
But yes, it's
true. When people are denied something, it
will create more demand for it. Kinda reminds
me of the South Park episode
where Cartman buys an amusement park and
doesn't allow people to go there. However,
lines start to form outside of the park and
because of the cost of owning and maintaining
the park, Cartman has no choice but to allow
people in, whether he liked it or not.
To me, radio
is like that, too. The reason I created this
website and blog 20 years ago was because I
was forced to live in northern Michigan. The
dominant rock station, WKLT didn't give a shit
about my generation. Want Rage Against the
Machine, KoRn, Tool and others? Too bad. The
station had to play their daily quota of
shitty 70s butt rock from Styx, Eagles,
Journey and Foreigner. Thankfully, there's now
Rock 105 and 95-5, and they're starting to
kick KLT's ass in the ratings! Not only that,
KLT's owners from North Dakota are trying to
sell the station. Shoulda done that 20 years
ago when radio was worth a shit.
Look at WKLQ
here in Grand Rapids: in 2002, their idiot
general manager, Matt Hanlon fucked over that
station royally by demoting Howard Stern to
their shitty AM sister, WBBL 1340. In 2005,
the station canned Stern altogether. Well,
guess what? Stern's move to Sirius and 97.9
WGRD flipping to Active Rock delivered a
one-two punch to KLQ.
GRD these days is, well, too boomer for my
tastes. But since I have SiriusXM, plus
Spotify on my phone, same here. People like me
will revolt from the norm and go with
how I look at the media and their relationship
with Bernie Sanders. They want him to lose
simply because they're scared, period. They're
scared that nasty 'ol Bernie will order the
FCC to stop media mergers from happening. This
means that companies like Disney couldn't buy
20th Century Fox so they can put 4:3 episodes
of The Simpsons on
their streaming service in a 16:9 ratio,
cropping many jokes. This means that companies
like Sinclair and others can't create fake
companies to create mass duopolies and
triopolies like they have here in Michigan in
towns like Traverse City and Flint. This also
means that if Bernie's president, we'll all be
on a universal health plan, so no more Blue
Cross/Blue Shield, Priority and other
healthcare giants that pay big-time bucks for
have spoken. They don't want the media to tell
them who to vote for. Bernie got FUCKED big
time in 2016 by the DNC and they would love a
repeat. After all, a bad president in the
White House means easy jokes for SNL and
late night comedians.
So, like Mr.
Moore said, media, just keep your mouth shut.
The people will decide.
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