He’s been out of office for four months. The changes in our country between then and now are stark because of the stark differences in his agenda and that of Joe Biden. It’s a great, revealing conversation with a man who sounds energized to make a difference in 2022 and 2024. Enjoy
- I sought out the interview with someone from whom I feel the audience will enjoy hearing.
- The guest or his or her representatives reached out to me in the hopes of getting them lined up.
I have an idea, stick with people who won’t challenge you and stay on networks nobody watches. I wish him well with his book. I’ve let his reps know to take me off of their wish list of hosts on whose shows they would like Ryan to appear. First person I’ve done this with in 26 years in broadcasting. Maybe he’ll show more respect the next time he gets the shot to be on someone’s show and talk with his or her audience.
@JoeTalkShow CNN host thought I was using common sense and logic. Conservative radio host doesn’t. Interesting. http://dailysignal.com/2015/09/04/ryan-anderson-talks-kentucky-clerk-case-possible-compromises/ …
(Photo: Michael Vadon) From the moment he announced he was jumping into the race for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump has been mercilessly attacked. But, why? Is it his hair? Bombastic personality? Business acumen? His TV stardom? Nope, it’s his tiny level of concern over what the political and media elites think of him. Over the weekend, Trump held a rally in Arizona to bring attention to something politicians and the media are doing their level best to ignore — illegal immigration. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Trump’s visit to Phoenix, “fired up the crazies.” That raised the level of a once-mundane rhetoric between the two to a new high — or low depending on your perspective. In response, Trump was laying into McCain when pollster Frank Luntz reminded the billionaire that McCain is a war hero. Trump quickly quipped that he wasn’t a war hero — than that he was a war hero because he was captured. He then said, “I like people who weren’t captured, I’d hate to tell you.” That attempt at humor was certainly over-the-line and I think Trump should have said it was an off-the-cuff attempt at humor that fell flat — but, he didn’t. That’s who he is. He just doesn’t care what the establishment thinks of him. In fact, compare it to Martin O’Malley who, many of you don’t know, is running for the Democrat nomination. He was at an event recently where some of the recent racial uprisings were being discussed. He dared say, “All Lives Matter,” He was booed and the comments weren’t well received. Instead of pulling a Trump and sticking to his guns, he found a microphone and camera and apologized for the comment. Yes, he really did apologize for saying All Lives Matter! Networks drop Trump and he calls them stupid and finds a different network. Web sites say they won’t cover his campaign, he makes fun of them directly and laughs in their faces. A politician calls his supporters “crazies” and Trump tells the world he raised over a million dollars for him when he ran in 2008. Another politician calls Trump a jackass and the businessman responds by outing the politician for asking for help and he tells the world the lawmakers personal cell number. A guy who just doesn’t care and has no fear of alienating lobbyists and donors is a scary man to take on in a political race. You attack him and he has no hesitation in attacking back. You skirt issues and he takes them on. I’m not saying Donald Trump is going to be the nominee and I really think he should have simply said the “captured” comment was a bad attempt at levity. That said, I am hoping his brand of fearlessness will rub off on the others so we get some unfiltered, unafraid straight talk for a change about pressing issues affecting all of us and our families. Pags
o thank Premiere, Julie Talbott, Bill May, Peter Trippi, David Bugenske, Miranda Moreno and everyone else involved for their incredible support of me and my show this past year. The Joe Pags Show existed before this opportunity and will continue. If you listen on WOAI, KPRC, KTLK, KHOW and KEX — nothing will change for you. My show will be same time for you after this week. Thank you so much to the great listeners on the America Now stations for taking this ride with us for the last year. Love you guys!! Pags and Cari***Program Note*** I was never the host of “America Now.” From the beginning, my company, has given me the privilege of being heard on many more stations than I otherwise would have. What you have been hearing is “The Joe Pags Show.” It was to be for just a very short time.. and, thankfully, it lasted about a year. Meghan McCain has been announced as the new host of “America Now” and she starts on Monday. I wish her nothing but the very best in this new gig.. and want t
That’s the question I’m asked a lot on my radio show or on social media. Why the freak out? He’s just a person like the rest of us. Is he not allowed to make a mistake? Should his entire career be over because his recollection changed? Simple answer? Yes. Brian Williams is the Managing Editor and Main Anchor of the NBC Nightly News. In other words, he’s the head journalist in charge at NBC News. Is he a flawed person like us all? Yes. Is he imperfect like you and me? Absolutely. But, he makes a mint to be perfect in his reporting of the news. The best I can tell, NEWS is an acronym for “North, East, West, and South,” The job is complicated and simple, difficult, yet reasonably straight-forward. You go to all ends of the geographical area you’re charged with covering and report what you see. A journalist keeps a journal of what he or she sees, hears, smells, feels and learns then delivers the findings to the listeners, viewers or readers. The job changes a little for radio as one needs a voice that grabs attention when delivering the news. On television, it changes even more in that the person delivering the information has to, along with all of the other necessities of a journalist, present him or herself in such a way that viewers will feel comfortable welcoming the journalist into their homes every night. You might wonder why I think I’m an authority on what it is Brian Williams did or didn’t do. I was a journalist for a very long time before jumping to the commentary/opinion side of broadcasting. I’ll list my accomplishments at the end. The reason why Brian Williams’ misgivings are important is because the only thing a journalist has when doing the job is integrity. Brian Williams could have chosen any of a number of lines or work in which he could embellish, dramatize and/or make up stories. He could have written for or starred in a Sit-Com or Sci-Fi piece or made-for-TV drama. He could have written, produced and starred in movies on the big screen. Instead, he chose to be a non-fiction, truth-telling storyteller. With it comes great responsibility. A responsibility he shirked. Williams can lie to his family, embellish that story about the fish he caught to his uncle, make up a story to get out of a speeding ticket but, when he puts on that microphone and peers out to 13 million viewers, he MUST tell us the truth or he may not keep that job. If a person in his position on any level “misremembers” one thing, he can never be trusted to do that job again. It wasn’t a simple mistake of recollection if one simply examines the information available. In examining the original report from 2003, it’s now been revealed by those who were there that not only did the helicopter in which Williams was riding not take on fire much less and RPG, he wasn’t even in that convoy. He was, according to the military members there, in a convoy about an hour behind. So, this story was flawed from the beginning. Then in 2005 in the aftermath to Hurricane Katrina, Williams claimed he’d witnessed a man’s body, face down, floating past his hotel. Problem is, those who run the hotel — the Four Seasons — say there was minimal flooding there and no dead bodies floated by. In recent days, questions have been raised about whether Williams, as he claims, had really met the Pope in the late 70s or whether he’d been held up at gunpoint in New Jersey as a young man selling Christmas trees. Those stories are less important than another story he tells during his time as a journalist. He has often claimed he was at the Berlin Wall as it came down. Information has since come out that he got to Berlin after the wall came down and that it was, in fact, Tom Brokaw who was there as it met its demise. These are not simple mistakes — or misrememberings. These, if true, are egregious acts of deception for the sole purpose of self-aggrandizement. Brian Williams is an amazing communicator. I have always loved his ability to be self-deprecating while “slow-jamming the news,” or deadpanning while being interviewed on late-night TV. He was able to pull those appearances off so well because, to us, he was the authority behind the anchor desk who was above reproach. For him to let his hair down and show that he was a real person like us, was a treat. It turns out, if all of these allegations are true, he was never the authority presented to us. And, that’s a real shame. Fact is, we must now question every Brian Williams ever read or reported to us on the Nightly News. And, sadly, his career is surely over.  I have won or have been a part of winning for my stations, 28 Michigan and/or New York AP awards for excellence in Journalism, a Michigan Association of Broadcasting award for Best Feature and rated the best local news product by the Columbia School of Journalism while serving as reporter, Main Anchor, Managing Editor and/or News Director.
http://reason.com/blog/2013/09/03/bakery-that-refused-to-make-gay-wedding) The overriding question I have in cases like this, why on Earth would gays desire to have this bakery make the cake for their happy day? It’s not about the quality of the cake or that this baker does something no one else does. When I got married, had there been a bakery that made it clear they hated or didn’t want to make cakes for those of Italian heritage. I would never have considered suing them in an attempt to for them to make my cake. I would tell them, “you just lost a lot of money,” before going down the street to give my money to someone else. This is about forcing ones beliefs on others. This is about trying to force this country, which is overwhelmingly filled with people whose religious beliefs see homosexuality as a sin, to accept gay marriage as somehow normal and exactly the same as traditional marriage. No matter what the courts decide, that’s not going to happen. Court orders, threats, fines and forcing people out of business are horrendous. But, now we’re seeing the next level of lunacy. How about this: you’re a Christian minister who performs marriages. You have chosen to only marry Christian men and women. For some reason, a gay couple are insisting you marry them as well. And when you refuse, you’re fined and threated with arrest. You heard me right, do it or go to jail! (http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/city-threatens-to-arrest-ministers-who-refuse-to-perform-same-sex-weddings.html) Is this the America you know and love? Why wouldn’t a gay couple want to be married by a minister who accepts their union? They would, of course. Unless they’re just activists trying to make a point by forcing their own beliefs on others. Before you agree or disagree with me, consider this. Would it be okay to force a Jewish baker to make an, “I love Hitler” cake? Would it be okay to force a Muslim caterer to serve food at your next pig roast? Would it be okay to force a Christian baker to bake a cake which had “If You Don’t Love Satan You Should Be Killed!” written on it? Would it be okay to force a Black photographer to shoot pictures and video at the next KKK gathering? In this country, our freedom and liberties are protected FROM the government. We are allowed to disagree. We are allowed to believe in and follow whatever God or gods we’d like as long as that doesn’t cause physical or tangible harm to others. Thus, we can’t scream “Fire!!” in a crowded theater. That could cause panic and potentially injury as people run out. Remember, this is not about having the right to not serve gays. That would be wrong. Your sexual preference or orientation should never stop you from getting some food, or watching a movie, or getting a job. The reason why these rulings are wrong is because of the forced participation of business owners in a ceremony or event their religion tells them is a sin. There’s a huge difference. There is no harm in allowing the Muslim or Jewish caterers to only serve foods specific to their religions. You want different foods? Go to a business who can cater to your needs. You want someone to photograph or bake a cake for your wedding and you’re gay? There are plenty who would love to. Get one of them. You want someone to memorialize your Klan rally? I’ll bet there are some idiots out there who would jump at the chance. Stop this ridiculous pattern of forcing what you believe on me while telling me my beliefs don’t matter. Enough now.It seems every day there’s another story about gay marriage. States are being forced to allow and recognize the marriages of two men or two women. The courts that are calling state bans on such unions unconstitutional are pointing to the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution as the reason why these state laws are out of line. The 14th Amendment was added to the supreme law of the land to ensure freed slaves were equally protected in our country by all laws. It has been interpreted as a protection for everyone – with which I agree. To that end, the states wisely didn’t ban gay marriage, they simply said marriage is between one man and one woman. This simple difference is why the claims these laws violate the Constitution are dead wrong. Think about it. Do these laws address the idea of love at all? No. Do these laws address which gender those who desire to marry are attracted to or prefer to sleep with? Nope. Therefore, can any man marry any woman in those states? Yes. Any man, no matter his preferences, can marry a woman. And vice versa. But, what if he didn’t want to? Then, DON’T! Therefore, these laws DO, in fact, offer equal protections as required by the 14th Amendment. That doesn’t mean you must marry a woman if you’re a man or vice versa. But, you are certainly allowed to. This is an opinion on the clearly written 14th Amendment and the clearly written marriage laws in some states. You might feel I’m wrong and feel gays should marry. You’re allowed. But, I understand English and find the 14th Amendment easy to understand. I also understand the clearly written laws in these states. This needs to be heard and ruled on by the Supreme Court of the United States. If they’re ruling by the letter of the law and on what’s written clearly, the state laws should be held as legal. Having said that, it’s en vogue for state and appellate courts to deem these state laws unconstitutional. Gays are allowed to marry in a growing number of states. Forgetting the cogent argument I made above as to why there’s nothing illegal about state laws defining marriage, and allowing for the fact that gay marriage is increasingly legal, is the result what we really want America to be? Do we really want individuals in our great land to be forced into taking part in things with which they don’t religiously or morally agree? Also, if you’re gay, why on Earth would you want people like that to be forced to take part in this, your special day? You wouldn’t. Case in point, an Oregon bakery whose owners decided not to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple has been ordered to bake the cake. I believe the owners have every right to refuse to take part in a ceremony they deem a sin according to their religion. The 1st Amendment would seem to agree with me. A court ruling saying one must bake a cake in such a circumstance is a clear infringement of their ability to worship as they see fit without government persecution or prosecution. The bakery has been forced to close its store front and the owners have moved the operation into their home. (
- to refresh you and me of what we lived through and what helped us to figure out how we felt about this country and how it’s run.
- and, more importantly, to give us a resource we can use as a reason to sit down with our kids and talk about the greatest president in our lifetimes and certainly in the last 100 years.