The History of All Media in Less Than 400 Words

john boehnerFirst of all, an apology. To Dick and Sharon, to LA Progressive, to all the readers, to Fox Network, to TBS, and to whomever happens to be jonesing for a real fancy heartfelt apology for my error in a previous column, here it is. Enjoy.

I herewith apologize for the lede of my previous snarky piece about Conan O’Brien, which began, “CONAN’S O’BRIEN’S UPCOMING FOX NETWORK talk show…”

Wrong. Oh, so wrong. O’Brien’s new talk show is going to appear on TBS, not the Fox network.

So, Conan-wise, it’s Fox out, TBS in. Apparently the Fox deal fell through when the suits started haggling over money that didn’t belong to them anyway. It’s television. What did you expect?

Here is really what’s germane to the plot. I blundered, realized it, and told you about it as soon as possible, fully realizing that such a bizarre course of action goes against everything we’re accustomed to getting from Haliburton, Haliburton subsidiaries, BP executives, right-wingydings, politicians, radio blabbers, media whores, talk-show “experts,” broadcast prognosticators, blondish corporate spokesmodels, and the entire Fox News menagerie of well-coiffed ignorami.

It seems to be turning into a semi-pro pastime, this It Ain’t Never My Fault Two-step.

Mike PriceHaving said that, what should probably go here next is an all-too familiar, cliché-riddled rant, one that rails against the prevalent lying, sophistry, and blame-gaming infecting our current culture, but you can read that sort of yawn-provoking blather almost anywhere. Finger-pointing blame-dodging in America today is just like John Bo(e)ner’s cartoonish fake suntan, everybody’s hip to it, but nobody does anything about it.

Almost went with Mitch McConnell’s pinched Ebenezer Scrooge visage, but Bo(e)ner’s more fun.

Oh, yeah, the promised, “HISTORY OF ALL MEDIA IN LESS THAN 400 WORDS.” Next column, I promise. Have I ever not delivered?

Mike Price

Mike Price is a long-time newspaper columnist, talk show host, screenwriter, disk jockey, exercize rider, and Vegas pit supervisor.


  1. says

    Perhaps, Mike, the problem is that too many ‘mericans live too high on the hog and like living the illusion of American Exceptionalism and all that other bull crap spun by the media, leaders, and entertainment that centers on the elite individuals and the cult of the individual. There was a time with The Honeymooners and All in the Family, and there were others, when at least some media dealt with some perspective of the working class. Now we have comedies that make minorities and working people, especially poorer people, out to be mindless ass kissers who never think about organizing or using their union to fight back against unfair or disrespectful treatment. A good old friend of mine used to love to say, “No one can give you freedom, you must take it through struggle, and then fight to keep it.” So when corporations lie, politicians lie and the media repeats the lies as though they are facts then we all either resist or become nihilistic or brainwashed fools.


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