(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 59 - - -

    So, a long time ago in a fairy tale land, an emperor was able to commission a new set of clothes (with a bit of force involved), and such wonderful clothes they were, as all the people told him, and the clothes were made with special thread, if not magical thread.  All that I say in the previous paragraph relates to the trivia question that I posed in the previous edition of T.H.A.T.  And the answer to the question is--The Emperor's New Clothes.

    Let me begin with something that you will not hear or see reported on through such entities as ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and MSNBC or learn about in school, and it deals with the "Great Depression" (of, roughly, the 1930s), and it was a time when Franklin D. Roosevelt was the U.S. President, and a man named Henry Morgenthau, Jr., who the U.S. Treasury Secretary (officially, from 1934 to 1945).  It was on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, that Mark Levin provided to his audience and me during his nationally syndicated radio show (The Mark Levin Show, which airs, for instance, on WJR-AM 760 in Detroit on weekday evenings) what I present in quotation marks in this paragraph; he had also provided the information to listeners about five months previously.  Mark Levin came across--through research for a book--a piece of text that Henry Morgenthau, Jr., (1891-1967), had written in a diary, and the text was: "We've tried spending money.  We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.  We have never made good on our promises.  I say after eight years of this administration we've just as much unemployment as when we started and an enormous debt to boot."  (By the way, I chose the punctuation, not having the diary before me.)  Here are the unemployment rates for 1933 through 1943 (which was the middle of World War II); in 1933, it was 24.9%; 1934, 21.7%; 1935, 20.1%; 1936, 16.9%; 1937, 14.3%; 1938, 19.0%; 1939, 17.2%; 1940, 14.6%; 1941 (when the U.S. entered the war), 9.9%; 1942, 4.7%; and 1943, 1.9% ("Unemployment." Wikipedia.com, 2 January 2009.).  Spending a lot of federal money to reduce unemployment, as is being done today by Barack Obama and his associates, does not work.

    Since the 1970s, I have seen the quality of media-related publications known as Variety (the weekly edition), TV Guide, and Broadcasting & Cable (or Broadcasting) get lower and lower.  One way in which the publications have become lower in quality is the numbers of facts and figures have gone down, and one other way in which the publications have become lower in quality is the publications have reduced the number of stories.  For many years, in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s at least, Broadcasting & Cable (or Broadcasting) was a magazine that had pages that were eight inches by eleven inches, and then in a portion of the 1990s and until the edition for February 2, 2009, the magazine had pages that were ten inches and a half by thirteen inches and a half, which gave the magazine a format similar with Variety (I am not going find out when the bigger version began, since the exact date I do not care about here).  If you see the edition of Broadcasting & Cable for February 9, 2009, you will see the format has been returned to the eight-inches-by-eleven-inches format.  Boy!  The edition for February 9, 2009, was such a shallow magazine--mostly filled with fluff pieces and too much unused space (which is called "white space")--compared with any edition from, for instance, the 1970s, and it cost $4.95.  Generally speaking, if you were only being to learn about what was going on in the broadcasting industry in the country, you would be hard pressed to it to learn what was going on in broadcasting by reading Broadcasting & Cable today.  And so goes the magazine business!

    For some time, I have put forth the argument that we are in a "pseudo-information age," and the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (which was signed into law on Tuesday, February 17, 2009) is a great example of that for many reasons, and one reason is almost no one who was supposed vote on the legislation when it was yet a bill had read the legislation (in the end, all the Democrats and three Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted for it, and remaining senators of the U.S. Senate, who were Republicans, did not vote for it, and all the Republicans of the U.S. House of Representatives and seven of the Democrats of the U.S. House of Representatives did not vote for it, and all the remaining representatives of the U.S. House of Representatives (who were Democrats) voted for it, so, in essence, it was the Democratic Party that is tied to the law), and I can report that the major so-called "main stream" media broadcast entities (especially NBC-TV and MSNBC) did not report what the bill had in it before it was voted on so that the American public was aware of what the bill would lead to.  Even today, I bet most Americans have no idea what the law, which exists as a document of about 1,100 pages, has as features; some of the features are it creates the beginnings of a national-health-care system, and it removes Welfare rules (such as those of 1996) that were designed to urge and get Welfare recipients to work and get them off Welfare, and it begins the setting up of a special high-speed train system between Disneyland (in California) and Las Vegas (Nevada), and it is loaded with much that creates no jobs, and it spends a lot of money that will lead to an increase of inflation in a couple years and puts a heavy burden of debt on people in the future.  I say that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is garbage.  (Incidentally, Barack Obama and Democrats in the U.S. Congress publicly pushed hard to get the bill passed in to law quickly or "fast," or, as Barack Obama said, the country would have a catastrophe, yet Barack Obama delayed signing the bill into law by about four days, and that shows how much nonsense the idea of getting the bill passed "fast" was.)

    Given what you have read in the previous paragraph, you might think that I must be wrong, and if you do, please do no read this paragraph, which has notes for me to remember about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and some other things related to the recent history.  Timothy Geithner became the head of the U.S Treasury Department (which put him in charge of the Internal Revenue Service), and that is even though between about 2001 and about 2004, he failed pay all taxes on income.  Three or four other persons could not become members of the Barack Obama administration because of failure to pay taxes, and one of the persons was Thomas Daschle (a Democrat), who was being considered for the position as head of the Health and Human Services department.  Barack Obama said that his administration would let the public see pending legislation for five days before it would be voted on; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was only available to the members of the U.S. Congress for only a few hours before it was presented for a vote.  It is a fact that such entitles as ABC-TV, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, and MSNBC kept quiet about what was really in the federal bill that became the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and these entities must be remembered as having been in league with Barack Obama's ideas by people in the future; it was mostly talk-show hosts on radio programs, using information from, for instance, the Heritage Foundation that gave at least some citizens in the country a real idea of how bad for the country the bill and future law would be for the country while the bill was being structured in the U.S. Congress.  In the first six weeks or so of the Barack Obama administration, the stock markets continually went down, and it was evident that investors were well aware that Barack Obama's ideas on helping the economy and the provisions contained within his American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 were nonsense.  By the way, I learned (such as through radio programs at first) that the Congressional Budget Office (of the federal government) noted that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 when it was a bill was, in essence, a bad idea and would not do what people, such as Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, were proclaiming it would.

    It was on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, I heard an interview conducted by Mark Levin (of The Mark Levin Show, a nationally syndicated radio show of weekdays) with Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York, and Ms. McCaughey talked about several topics, the biggest of which was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (signed into law on February 17, 2009).  She noted that, within the bill (or act), there is text that sets up something called the "Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research," which she noted, in the medical community, is a "code phrase" for the rationing of health care based on costs.  She said that the underlying medical system that is being proposed works on the idea that the cost of a medical procedure is divided by the number of years during which a patient will likely benefit from the medical procedure, and it was implied that the system sets cut-offs--if the division results in a number below some set marker on a chart, the medical procedure is not done.  Ms. McCaughey showed that the elderly are the most effected--and less likely to be treated for medical problems, such as macular degeneration or diabetes or whatever.  She also noted that the system is based on health-care-system idea written about in a book that Tom Daschle (a Democrat and former U.S. Senator) had published in 2008 (Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis), and she said that, in the book, Tom Daschle says that seniors "should get use to the conditions that come with aging instead of treating them."

    When I think how the anchors of the so-called main broadcast outlets have catered to Barack Obama and kept people ignorant about the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 while the act was being made, I say that, for instance, when did Katie Couric (of CBS-TV) learn to like the idea of hurting millions of persons, such as by keeping them on Welfare and keeping them as sheep and slaves, and when did she become comfortable with what will probably show up in the country in relation to the rationing of health care for elderly in the way that is done in Britain (elderly can be denied care and drugs in Britain)?

    Hold it!  It is time for humor, as might be provided by Jay Leno.  For a number of years--and I do not know how many--Jay Leno has made jokes from time to time about the teeth of people in Britain.  Often truth does underlie a joke.  And it is a fact that truth does underlie the jokes that Jay Leno makes about the teeth of people in Britain.  It is the national health-care system of Britain--a socialist-type national health-care system--that is the cause of the bad teeth; for one, dentists are in short supply, because they have been put out of business as a result of low wages or refuse to work.  It looks as if Jay Leno will be able to tell similar type jokes about Americans in the future.

    It seems to me Katie Couric is most unlikeable and heartless, promoting what will hurt millions and millions of people.

    To learn about all the bad that is the socialized health-care system of Britain, you should see all the articles available through the Web site that I will call "The Problems with Socialized Health Care."  One way to get to it is to go to The Mark Levin Show Web site, and look for the link that starts out as "Examples of disasters caused by government...." (which is on the main page); here is the link to Mark Levin's Web site: marklevinshow.com.  And the document is at www.liberty-page.com (which is liberty-page.com) or is, more fully, www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/socialized.htm.

    On November 4, 2008, a new president was chosen for the United States of America--Barack Obama--and people voted for him, though they could not name any accomplishment that he had made to anything, did not understand his ties to such communists or socialists or dislikeable people as William Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had made statements (noted on documents) that showed he has socialistic believes, had made a statement that shows he dislikes the U.S. Constitution, had not run any business, had not given up records about his past, such as his true citizenship documentation, et cetera.  Such media outlets as ABC-TV, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV had made no clear effort to show what Barack Obama really was before the votes were cast, and I argue the thought that, at least in relation to television, such entities as ABC-TV, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV betrayed the American public.  To see more evidence of my thought, read other documents associated with the Web site of he Hologlobe Press, only one of which is T.H.A.T. #55, which can be reached by hitting this link: T.H.A.T. #55).

    I presented the previous paragraph so that people new to the country can be more aware of what the main broadcast media outlets have become since the 1960s and how the main broadcast media outlets have become clearly and obviously biased in reporting news and political events.  While I was earning a degree in radio-television-film--such as by not plagiarizing others (which seems to be an allowable practice in universities and colleges today)--from Wayne State University in the 1970s, I learned that a news report was supposed to be unbiased as possible.  Being unbiased is to present both sides of an issue equally and to ask questions and such in a same manner of opposing persons (which, for example, Charles Gibson and Katie Couric did not do in 2008 in the coverage of the Republican Party candidates and the Democratic Party candidates).

    Now, let me see if I can give you a little comedy--maybe.  On Wednesday, January 14, 2009, PBS aired the first two episodes of a six-part series entitled Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, which was hosted by Billy Crystal (the series was shown over three weeks on a weekly basis).  I have to note what I saw in series.  Near the very beginning of the first episode, a man named Judd Apatow (a film and television producer) insulted George W. Bush, and right from there, I had the feeling the series was not going to be humorous or funny--for the sake of being humorous or funny.  The first two episodes of the series turned out to push the importance of "social issues" of, for example, comedians and television series more than push humorous segments from comedians and television series on viewers, and based on the first two episodes, I will say that the series had a disjointed feel.  No, it seems that I did not give you much comedy here.

    On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Terry Moran of the television series entitled Nightline, which runs on ABC-TV at about 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, did an interview with Barack Obama, and Terry Moran asked this question:
    "...Why shouldn't you just fire the executives who wrecked these banks in the first place and tanked the world's financial system in the process?"
    You should be disturbed by hearing such a question from a reporter.  The bank executives were not the main cause of the financial crisis--the federal government was the main cause (and you can see information about the topic in the document entitled THOUGHTS AND PIECES OF LOGIC for the individual woman and the individual man, which can be reached at this link: Logic), it is not the job of the U.S. President to fire employees of companies, and it should not be the job of the U.S. President to fire employees of companies, especially when the problem referred to was really caused by the federal government, such as the management teams of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae).
    Barack Obama answered with:
    "Keep in mind, though, there are a lot of banks that actually are pretty well managed, so what we want to do is to say, 'If you're going to take money from the taxpayers, then you're going to be restrained in terms of how you give yourself compensation and shareholders are going to be empowered, ah, if you're not taking money, then we'll let shareholders and boards of directors handle things as they generally have handled them.'"
    Terry Moran's question shows signs of a bad reporter and a dangerous reporter.

    And so during the week of Monday, February 2, 2009, the federal government sort of confused the issue about television station switching from analog broadcasting to only digital broadcasting (at least in relation to full-time television stations), and now the final date for analog broadcasting for full-time television stations is the end of June 12, 2009 (it had been set for the end of February 17, 2009).  In essence, at the start of February 18, 2009, two stations stopped broadcasting in analog form in the Detroit area, and those two stations were Channel 20 (WMYD-TV), Detroit, and Channel 31 (WPXD-TV), Ann Arbor; actually, Channel 31 shut down the analog transmitter for Channel 31 proper and the analog transmitter for the translator station (Channel 48), and Channel 20 continued to use the analog transmitter to run a short locally produced piece (running about four minutes) hosted by Sarah Norat-Phillips (the president and general manager of the station) that was about the analog-to-digital transition for the station, and the piece was repeated again and again and again.  One reason some stations stopped broadcasting in analog form is they wanted to save money (it takes a lot of money to pay for electricity to run transmitters).  What a mess the federal government has made over the switch from analog to digital, and I will always remember the biggest error was the idea of having coupons with expiration dates of ninety days, which were issued when the electronics industry did not have many pass-through converter units available in the marketplace for people to buy, which forced some people to buy non-pass-through units (when they wanted pass-through units) or not use the coupons or let the coupons expire.  So much money was spent to get to transition date of the February 17, 2009, such as on television shows about DTV, and it all got messed up or wasted.

    To end this edition of T.H.A.T., I must add some information to The Emperor's New Clothes thought, though I am giving away the plot of the story.  In the story, there was actually invisible thread, or the new clothes were made of invisible thread.  Do you see what the emperor had?

Stay well!


    P.S.: By the way, remember to tell your children and grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant any president, which was a topic in the previous edition of T.H.A.T., and remember to tell them to not blindly "believe" in leaders, and that is a lesson in this edition of T.H.A.T.

P.S. 2: In February 2009, a reporter (of CNSNews.com) asked a question of Sidney Poitier, and the question wanted to know if Sidney Poitier thought Barack Obama should cap the upper limit of pay on CEOs in Hollywood at $500,000, and Sidney Poitier answered: "Of, course.  Why should Hollywood be exempt?  It's a part of the process, a part of the process.  We have an awful lot of people in our country who are, have no jobs...."

    Special announcement: I have to present information that television newscasts will not cover and that I have hinted at in another of my documents available at the Web site for The Hologlobe Press, because the information is important for an individual to know.  Saul Alinsky (a caucasian) was a communist, who, for instance, was based in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1960s, and because he was communist, he was against the United States of America, and Saul Alinsky wrote the book entitled Rules for Radicals, and Barack Obama learned the teachings of Barack Obama, and here is proof from the son of Saul Alinsky.  Judi McLeod wrote an article entitled "Saul Alinsky's son: 'Obama learned his lesson well'" for Canada Press for September 2, 2008 (which is available on the Internet) in which she noted a quote from L. David Alinsky (the son of Saul Alinsky) that was "Obama learned his lesson well."  Communism attacks and suppresses individuals--white, black, Asian, American Indian, et cetera--and Barack Obama learned communism from Saul Alinsky, and communism is designed so that a few persons control masses of people.  Keep that in mind!

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Date published: March 10, 2009

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