My annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black is now over. It was the best February campaign ever, and the second best of all of my month-long fund-raising campaigns.


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Let this public thank suffice. I say this often, but I must tell you all that you cannot imagine how much your support means to me. I’ve spent my life fighting a culture hostile to my perspective, a hostility that has often served to squelch my success. Your donations have now allowed me to bypass that hostility to reach a large audience.


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A modern journalist, disconnected from reality

First, watch this short youtube clip of NBC anchor Brian Williams on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon expresses his discomfort with President Obama’s activities during the last week (picking the winners in the NCAA finals, traveling to South America) while simultaneously getting us involved in a war in Libya.

Williams, almost as if he is a White House press spokesman, immediately defends Obama.

During Williams’ aggressive effort to defend the actions of the Obama administration, he said two other things that I think are important, though not for the reasons Williams thinks. First, in wrapping up his defense of the Obama administration, he felt it necessary to point out how fair-minded and objective he (Williams) is:

I don’t work for them. I cover them all equally, Democrats and Republicans.

When he said this, I almost lost my dinner. To me, his very defense of Obama on this very clip illustrates how unfairly he covers the two parties. During the Bush administration, one would find it very difficult to locate any clip of Brian Williams ever defending George Bush. Instead, it was attack, attack, attack, something I actually expect from a good journalist. That these attacks go away and are replaced by gentle support when a Democrat is in power demonstrates beyond doubt the bias of this so-called “journalist.”

Williams next summed up his comments by admitting that the White House does have a public relations problem:

They’ve got an appearance issue if you’re [Fallon] saying they do.

It is here that Brian Williams illustrates his complete disconnect from reality. And you only have to glance at the comments for this particular videoclip to see proof. As of 9:30 am today, there are 61 comments, all of which agree with me, that Williams is an incredibly biased reporter who consistently favors the Democratic Party. Or as this comment so nicely puts it:

What the hell. If anyone thinks the media is NOT a bunch of Barry sycophants, just watch this video. Astonishing.

It seems to me that Brian Williams has his own serious “appearance issue,” one that he is completely unaware. Unfortunately, I also think he is as incapable of dealing with this reality as Obama is.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Stu Harris

    I think your headline is hyperbolic, Bob. Williams is not disconnected from reality. On the contrary, he pointed out two factors that are very much reality.

    * The President travels with the full set of communications
    * Canceling the Latin America trip would have been a ridiculous overreaction

    Also, the intervention in Libya is not a war.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Wow, Stu – WAY TO GO ! ! We can tell you’re on the team ! ! BTW – first time I’ve ever heard it said dropping bombs was “not a war”…

    Seriously, though – gas prices are rising, price of everything’s going up (CPI up), the entire Middle East is in turmoil, there was a triple disaster (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear) in Japan, and the pres has time for… taping his NCAA picks for ESPN, a fundraiser, another WH party, and a trip to Rio. You know darn well people would’ve been upset with Bush or any president for having his priorities out of whack, and rightly so.

    It bothers me quite a bit that Obama went to Brazil & told ’em “We’ll be your biggest customer” (of their oil), after banning all offshore drilling here, but gave $2 BILLION to Brazil for… offshore drilling! And guess what? His bud & supporter, avowed Socialist & anti-U.S. billionaire George Soros, is connected with Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run Oil Co. Anyone smell a rat? Looks like payback for Soros’ support & campaign donations to The One in ’08. It not only smells of corruption, it hurts us economically – we’ll have to turn to even more foreign sources for oil, and many of these countries aren’t particularly friendly to the U.S., to say the least…

    Actually, I’m glad Obama’s doing all this – it’s opening a lot of eyes & damaging his chance for a 2nd term…

  • Obama basically does the same dumb stuff that every US President does.. including bombing other countries.

    Why did people vote for him again? Oh yeah, change. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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