Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sterling Controversy Up Front; Radnich Weirdness at KRON Last Night; KTVU Does 'Investigative Report' on Lack of Yellow Crime Tape in Oakland, I'm Not Kidding; Ted Robinson Will Do 49ers Pre-Season Games on KPIX; KGO-TV Trixie Anxiety; Wednesday Media Mashed and Hashed

 By now, everyone on the planet knows the Sterling story. It's had its imprint on the national news and sports cycle for five days. We're not through with it mind you, probably a few more days on the domain before we get our next TMZ-style bonanza.

We've become accustomed to the sensational and outrageous only the media environment in which we live has led to the mighty overblown sensation.

It's a phenomena where we are provided with the initial story--we view it; we react; and then the story stays with us via the Internet and cable and we're intrigued for a start; obviously glued to some degree; and when said story involves sex, (Sterling GF), bigotry, (Sterling's feelings about Black people), and some side events, we gravitate toward it.

Then we sort of move beyond and get sick of it. Are you sick enough already? Have you moved forward? I have. Maybe it's the sign of the times. Truly, racism didn't begin with Donald Sterling and it won't end there either. Institutional, systemic racism, the heart and soul of this story, is at the center of the storm--always has been, but think of it. Does anyone believe this tale would have received the uber-coverage it has had not Sterling's histrionics had a younger, sexual, convenient participant named V. Stiviano? Enter TMZ. Enter us. Enter America. Before the next scandal.

*The idea of sending a news reporter down to Staples Center made perfect sense until it was obvious there was very little demonstrators. KTVU sent Heather Holmes for some live shots which amounted to essentially, well nothing. A good shot of the outside of the Staples Center and a few palm trees.

*If you thought I was hard on 'yous all you might want to read this.

*Something truly bizarre, disturbing and mysterious to the max took place at KRON last night before the 11 PM newscast. At best, it involved some electronic problems that affected the master control, which affected sports. At worst, it most severely ticked off Gary Radnich who, looking flustered and spent, signed off his sportscast with an ominous look and this: "We had a problem here tonight, (facial gloom), nothing big, but that's it." Quick second and bye-bye. It looked weird and sullen, even by KRON standards. We're checking.


*KTVU did a special investigative report the other night, (highlighted by about 5 teases), on, get this, the lack of crime tape--that's CRIME TAPE, you know, the yellow stuff? So 2 does a much-ballyhooed seven minutes on the lack of yellow crime tape in Oakland. It was one of the worst examples of "investigative journalism" I've ever seen; in fact, unintentionally funny. I suppose a hard-hitting piece on crime and murders in the city wasn't sexy enough but the lack of crime tape was somehow worthy of seven minutes. Crime tape? Who cares?!! Holy-FUK indeed.


*Even if the News Director at KGO-TV thinks the sea has calmed down she's dreaming. Dear Tracey: Your "leadership" has allowed a wall to take place inside the newsroom: those that love you, those that tolerate you and the main ingredient: how everyone says the siege mentality has become really out in the open. Normally when that takes place you sort of try to rally the troops. Only, according to my spies, nobody respects what you have to say lately. Gees, I wonder why.


*That well-known local pizza chain that departed when Ralph Barbieri was fired from KNBR, is back on the station and The Razor is none-too-pleased and I'm being diplomatic. Hold the anchovies.


*As I write this it's windier than hell and gonna be hot today in the hills. Cue live shots away from the "Storm Desk" and head to the Oakland Hills and interview neighbors and Fire Dept. officials.


*I had lunch on Tuesday with Ted Robinson who told me he's going to do the 49ers TV pre-season games and that most likely, Bob Fitzgerald, would do radio on KNBR. Just the pre-season.


*I'm walking the other day down California near Battery and a horde of yuppie techs were completely glued, face down, to their IPhones--no wonder a pedestrian gets killed everyday in this crazy city!


*While every concerned citizen and arbiter of race relations paid attention to the Sterling controversy every male in America was busy checking out V. Stiviano and inquiring to each other, "Would you do her?" I'm just being honest.


*The problem with Radnich on radio when it comes to matters like Sterling is that he wants you to believe he's serious about the matter but always tries to inject humor--his brand of humor, into the matter. Problem is when the other two players in the studio don't think it's funny it sounds really bad --almost as bad as the ridiculous traffic sounders blaring relentlessly in the background--the "producer" thinks that's cool. Poor soul.


*The "Non-24" asshole is back. Slap that SOB.


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63 comments:

  1. Of course Rich Lieberman disapproves of the way others covered this story. Now he says it was overdone. Of course he's always ready to complain that some story wasn't given sufficient coverage. But one way or other, only Rich Lieberman knows the appropriate coverage a news story deserves.

    Oh, and Rich doesn't like the way Gary Radnich handled this story. That's a shock. Get ready for Stan to add his routine Radnich screed.

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    1. I am a Radnich fan, but one of his classic passive-aggressive moves is, ask listeners to call in about any topic, then when someone calls in with passion, Gary makes fun of the caller "Hey man, lighten up, this is just for shits and grins, I guess you haven't gotten laid in a while hahaha..."

      Gary - you can't have it both ways; if you open up a topic, let the callers weigh-in without getting insulted.

      On second thought, maybe I'm not that big of a fan ...

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  2. Jehovah Witness ProtectionApril 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Couple things:
    Amici's has been advertizing on the radio and TV for months now, really bad spots with Bruce Bochy come to mind.
    Yellow crime tape in Oakland. I wish I was the salesperson for it, the commissions alone for the Oakland, Richmond and San Leandro sales would be quite a chuck of scrilla.
    V. Stiviano looks like a tranny from Asia SF, not my style. Not that there is anything wrong with that Rich.
    Re the hit piece on SF, noticed an thumbnail article on right of story for "Building a Better Blowjob Machine"---now I know how Rich found the SF story.

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  3. I'll give a crap about how some demographics feel about Sterling when those same people start denouncing the racist and misogynist rap companies and hiphop culture in general. Otherwise it's all BS of the worst kind.

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    1. Excellent post, and a perspective more fresh and original than that of the guy who controls this blog.

      Some original thinking for once instead of cliches. Refreshing...

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    2. Hold on 9:38. Jay Z's alliance with the 5%er's and their belief that whites are devils shouldn't be discussed. It might make some folks squeamish or uncomfortably defensive.

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  4. You're right about the pedestrian deaths and people who can't pull their head out of their phones.

    But of course, it's so much easier to blame those evil car drivers!

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    1. It's called 'thinning the herd'. Darwinian.

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  5. I would like someone to interview a honcho at the NAACP and ask them why they were
    going to present a lifetime achievement award to a well known racist.

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    1. The NAACP took 'sin money' from Sterling, hence the award. Heads should roll at that chapter of the NAACP.
      $ over actions.

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    2. You can't call-out the NAACP about this money grab because you'll be branded a racist. Nice double standard.

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  6. Yes,and the way the local big money puts Radnich on for hours a day,every day? Somebody has to be a critic. And yes,Kate Scott said virtually nothing..only when asked,and Radnich never asked. You could tell Monday,Radnich plan was..denounce Sterling THEN go after the woman who brought down the man Radnich admires for his personal wealth. It was ONLY when the emails,and the non support of his sidekicks made it a hot topic,that Radnich backed off...fast. When he tried to pull that garbage on Pam Moore and Nate Thurmond with his best "If you love me,you will agree" pleadings..he still got a slap. And good for all those who did put Radnich in his place.
    I cant see how the liberal bay area gets these rightwing nuts like Radnich and all the rest to spew their 1864 views of the world all day long. Whats become of us due to the giant media corporation propaganda? Its like a handbrake on progress. I hate them. All of them.

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    1. Stan, your hatred puts you in league with those you deride so frequently. I thought one of the foundations of a liberal mindset was love? Clearly, I was mistaken...

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    2. Yes,and the way the local big money puts Radnich on for hours a day,every day?....

      Local big money Stan? They are called sponsors. That's the way television and radio works.

      I hate them. All of them. Yes Stan, you really do.

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    3. Stan, your undecipherable ranting makes no sense. We get it, you "hate them all" and you despise Radnich. Enough already.

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    4. I don't know,Rich never tires of posting you people saying the exact same thing everyday about me..and then he wont post when I quote Radnich putting down Kareem Jabbar talking about his cancer (Keep it to himself says Radnich) or Radnich making fun of Jerry West and Terry Bradshaw who spoke of like long battles with depression. Or Radnich who actually jokes on air he breaks traffic laws or drops Vicodon while driving. NOW, I'm quoting what he actually said and even today.
      I think that's worthy of a blog post. Rich didn't. Just the same repetitive nutty complaints from all one of you.
      Yeah,I will stop because you would do the same thing for me. I can write that every time too.
      Ironic thing too..is you are the people who DO need to read my posts the most. The converted educated types know already.

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    5. I think that's worthy of a blog post. Rich didn't. Just the same repetitive nutty complaints from all one of you.

      All the more reason for Stan to post his "worthy blog posts" on his own blog. Those who are interested in following Stan's concern's about Gary Radnich's Vicodon (sic) abuse can read all about it there.

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    6. Kareem Jabbar's cancer, Terry Bradshaw's depression, Radnich disobeying traffic laws...

      Stan, no one cares. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Go away.

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    7. Look,I DO post those thoughts on my blog. And it was"Rich" who brought up the "Weird" Radnich behavior. As far as those others? That as you know,was part of another post explaining WHY Radnich felt the need to defend Sterling- Its part of his ego to defend old wealthy crooks,while being cold and unfeeling to honest people with illness's.
      What I wrote has everything to do with this topic that includes Radnich.
      Funny,Radnich gets angry at an unknown KRON producer..it gets a blog topic. Radnich says on air,he happily breaks the law?. That's not a topic.
      I guess we don't see the same thing.
      And last of all? People like to read what I say .Here,there,everywhere. Ask any blogger I post on.

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    8. Stan has quite an active imagination.

      I heard Radnich all week. He never defended Sterling, just the opposite.

      Stan hears things no one else does.

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    9. Gary didn't make fun of Jerry West talking openly about his struggles with depression, what he said was "Geez, I can't believe you're talking about that" ... which is an old school belief that I don't share, but it's Gary's show.

      But Gary respects and admires Jerry West and most certainly did NOT "make fun" of him.

      Once again, Stan hears what he wants to hear.

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    10. I listen to the Radnich show, hear what Radnich says about various things and then later read here what Stan claims Radnich said. The things that Stan claims Radnich said are completely inaccurate.

      Whether Stan can't understand, misinterprets, or deliberately misrepresents, the things he claims Radnich says are just not true.

      Those of us interested in what Radnich has to say can listen to his show. Those who aren't interested can not-listen. But there is no conceivable reason to believe Stan's ridiculous version about what Radnich has said.

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  7. I saw the commercials/previews for the "crime tape investigation". I thought it was lame to begin with just seeing that. Can't imagine sitting through it. What a waste of resources. How about investigating why there is so much crime in the first place (revolving door for criminals out of jail; leniency of judges; illegal aliens/gangs; rap/hiphop culture apologists... and on and on).

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    1. This "investigative" piece touched on what would have redeemed it --- that this seemingly small problem was an indicator of something bigger --- but didn't follow through on that aspect. Instead, reporter tailed local officials to get their opinion on crime tape. I see no problem recycling the tape, unless it's falling apart. A total nonstory ....

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  8. I would like Gary radnich's opinion if he thinks v stiviano is in fact a tranny

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    1. I know guys who pay extra for that.

      Not that there is anything wrong with it.

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    2. Ah yes, the old urban myth about Radnich caught with tranny hookers in the jaguar.

      Whatever.

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  9. Like many others, I think BoobieFitz's performance on his radio show is way beyond horrible. But the guy is actually a pretty decent play by play guy.

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    1. Fitz on KNBR is horrible, yet he's really good doing Warriors games.

      As a great man once said, "two opposite things can be equally true"

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  10. Sucks that things at KGO are soooo bad. They deserve better. Take a poll of Bay Area Newsrooms and you'll find Tracey Watkowski is the most despised ND in town.

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  11. V. Stiviano is attractive in an exotic Victoria's Secret kind of way. I can see her sitting poolside in a red robe made of feathers and lace. She has confidence and a strong presence. She holds her head up and looks you in the eye, which I like. However, I think she had some sort of upper lip work done, and the result is not an improvement. Their conversations felt like eavesdropping on a young person trying to placate an old man, rich, spoiled and set in his ways. She seems used to following a rich man's orders on what to do with her phone, with her private time. V. Stiviano is used to being some man's Barbie Doll. This girl is nothin but trouble! Of course, sometimes, a little 'trouble' can be fun, so long as it doesn't get 'out of hand', if you know what I mean.

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  12. Good thing few pay attention to preseason football. This time, turn the radio off and keep the TV sound on.

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  13. That Non-24 man still sounds like he's saying NINE 24. The ad is way too wordy.

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  14. Amici's back on KNBR. that could be interesting.
    I'd like to hear Ralph Barbieri's comments.
    A company he is so identified with. Does he feel betrayed?

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  15. Rich, when will you debut on ksco? We need you on air to counter the stupid right wingers on that station. First Charlie Friedman let a caller go unchallenged who stated: "racism is not a bad thing" and now we have the crazy southerner Georgina up in arms defending Sterling's statements. She and her callers are calling everyone a racist except Sterling!!??? WTF is in the water at ksco!?! This issue has stirred the right wingers. They seem upset that white guys can't walk around putting down minorities without any repercussions. She just blamed Obama and a caller just brought up Benghazi. Come on Rich! When's the debut? I've emailed MZ numerous times. We need you on air.

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    1. MZ is operating on an outdated model. Listening to the folks who call the likes of Friedman and Georgia I'd venture to guess an average age of 68 and mostly white audience. MZ has to wake up and smell the coffee. That demographic is on its way out. They're a joke. In the light of the Sterling fiasco the two above mentioned Bozos turned the issue into a right vs left argument. Georgia the Southern hag even said it was all a conspiracy to distract us from Benghazi. No wonder tea baggers are a laughingstock.

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    2. "They seem upset that white guys can't walk around putting down minorities without repercussions."

      Without repercussions, liberals routinely put down Christians, social and fiscal conservatives, pro-lifers, advocates of merit-based education and hiring, strict constructionists, cops, old white men, Tea Party supporters, border watchers, rednecks, hunters, NASCAR fans, and, to use your words, "crazy" southerners, "stupid" right wingers.

      Not one of those groups has ever transformed a decent neighborhood or city into an unlivable, crime-ridden, slum, something America's minorities have accomplished hundreds of times. Yet what bothers you is the possibility that a white male might actually believe it's his right to express his thoughts on minorities without repercussions.

      If that doesn't qualify as "crazy" and "stupid" I don't know what does.

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    3. THANK YOU, 9:06! Comment of the month!!! (at least)

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    4. Ass Tetherman longs for the good ol' days when minorities just shut the hell up and sat at the back of the bus. Sorry babe those days are long gone :(
      You and all the right wing hosts can meet and reminisce of the good ol' days while listening to Charlie Freedman's dusty old record collection circa 1776

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    5. Arse shows his true colors, angry, old white guy. A man who hates "American minorities" because they: " transform.. decent neighborhood[s] and citie[s] into unlivable, crime-ridden, slum[s]."

      Arse, the name for people who hate racial minorities is RACIST, that's what you are, aside from being a pompous, self-important, windbag.

      Perhaps you noticed the vast outpouring of public contempt for your fellow racist friend, Donald Sterling. No wonder you're distressed and rallying to support him.



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    6. Anonymous @ 11:16 PM -- You are, once again, showing your true ignorance. You brand me a racist not for anything I've ever done or advocated but for my observations of things as they exist. Using your criteria, anyone studying mass murder in America becomes a racist the moment he observes the perpetrators to be disproportionately white.

      Don't get me wrong, I am not a man without sympathy. I am sorry that you lack the facts necessary to prove wrong your foes (not to mention the intellect required to free yourself of your politically-correct delusions). But take comfort, the Bay Area loves nothing so much as an enthusiastic, ignorant liberal.

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    7. Arse Nardmann - not just an Arse, a racist Arse!

      Donald Sterling made his statements in private, Arse wants the whole wide world to know how he feels about minorities. Nice going Arse.

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    8. Nice job Arse, well said.

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    9. NOT @ 8:43 -- No shovel could've put you in a hole so deep and fast as have with your ignorance. With your comments you've demonstrated a profound lack of mental maturity. Case in point: in a prior comment I noted the relationship between minorities and urban decay. For this you branded me a racist, evidence that you equate stated observations with racism. But when I mentioned the relationship between mass murder in America and the white race you jumped to no such conclusions, despite the identical components of the two observations. Contradictory thinking of this type, when exhibited in a teenage girl, is called being fickle; when observed in a superstitious tribesman, primitive thinking. Which description best fits you?

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    10. Arse Nardmann - not just an Arse, a verbose, racist Arse!

      So many words, Arse. What are you trying to say? Spit it out.

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    11. OK Arse Nardman, May 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM, I get it.
      You're not the Arse Nardmann from April 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM, who blames "America's minorities" for destroying our cities and turning them into "unlivable, crime-ridden, slums."

      That must be another Arse Nardmann. There must be plenty of Arse Nardmanns out there. He's the racist Arse Nardmann, not you.

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    12. Anonymous @ 5:03 PM -- So, attributing responsibility qualifies as race hatred?

      The tech boom is responsible for high rents and home prices, therefor I must be a techie-hater.
      A screaming infant ruined my last flight, so I must be a baby-hater.
      Sunlight bleached the finish on my patio furniture, damn I hate the sun!
      The Giants are responsible for keeping baseball out of the South Bay, so I must hate my favorite team.
      The drought in Brazil is responsible for the rising price of coffee beans, so tell me, do I hate Brazilians or God?

      Lastly, you and your kind are responsible for dumbing down this site, so I guess I hate you.

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    13. Arse,
      You know what they call racists who argue there is a factual for their racial bias? RACISTS.

      Keep rationalizing away. I'm sure in your mind you're no more of a racist than your soul mate, Donald Sterling.

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    14. Arse correctly highlights the left wing hypocracy. Being open-minded to all different points of view only goes in one direction with the jackass Bay Area liberal douchebags. Thank you Arse you speak the truth.

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  16. Who's picking up the tab on these meals Rich?

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  17. Just curious. If this had been, say, Kevin Johnson slamming white people, would there be any difference? If it was Oprah doing the same. What about other notable "people of color" like, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. Would the reaction be the same?

    I think not.

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    1. What if a red Martian with a pimple on his ass had landed on your tin foil hat while you drank moonshine and John Boner started to cry at the same time a unicorn sang "Happy"!?
      Right wingers have the lowest IQ's in the world. Thank you for proving it.

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    2. Typical left-wing ignorance, 10:17. You can't answer the question, so, you resort to what you opine above. You are an ignorant slug. I laugh at your stupidity. Answer the question, asshole, or, can you without 50 shades of ignorance? Didn't your daddy tell you "never answer a question with a question?"

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    3. Why do right wing nuts get so angry every time a white guy gets exposed as a racist? What do the statements of Oprah or Sharpton have anything to do with Sterling's history of racism? Bringing up other cases from 30 years ago has no relevance. Typical Rush Linbaugh and Whiner listeners without critical thinking. Just parroting Fox talking points.

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    4. Minorities of other colors have proven racist, as well. What would happen if Magic Johnson said the same about white people? Sterling is dead wrong, I agree. He deserves all he's getting. However, he's not alone ... on any side.

      Thanks, Karel, you moron.

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    5. LOL, good one 10:17. But 5:51 reminds me of a rabid dog. Come to think of it, he IS a dog...one who can't let go of a bone. Notice how he keeps addressing you in multiple posts (7:40, 7:42, 12:20, 12:37)? The funniest part is how he praises his own posts throughout this string. LOL.
      What a loon.

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    6. "Didn't your daddy tell you "never answer a question with a question?"
      @5:51 didn't you just do the same thing? LOL!

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  18. 10:17, project much?

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  19. 9:29 brings up valid points about things that have actually occurred (Oprah saying whites should die off, Jackson and Sharpton's well known racism, including Al's Tawana Brawley), and asks a valid question. 10:17 projects his own self hatred and guilt and hidden racism on to others such as 9:29.

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  20. Thank you, 7:42 and 7:40. .

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  21. Here ... chomp on this 10:17. Not from 30 years ago ... but late in 2013. Do your homework like others. Also, I voted for Obama. Twice

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/11/15/oprah-racists-have-die-racism-end

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  22. Eric is a very competent reporter. The crime-tape non-story had the markings of a reporter "piping" a story to his editor. Sort of investigations for investigations sake. But news stations tend not to want to step on too many toes in their own back yard. Not even print bothers to do a full-scale investigation of City of Oakland mismanagement. Why alienate your sources?

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