Have you seen Katie from Kansas on your local CBS TV stationâ€™s website? You probably shouldnâ€™t. This post started when I was looking for a story from Miami, but that took me straight across the country. I checked the CBS-owned TV station in the Magic City, and ended up with a story about how Macyâ€™s … Continue reading Your local reporter may be phoning it in
The Democratic caucus in Iowa took place two days ago and we shouldâ€™ve received the results about 30 hours ago, and that's giving the counters a bit of a break. The important number in a primary is the number of delegates each candidate will get. Unlike regular elections including presidential elections, this is not take … Continue reading Iowa Democrats' disaster just a symptom of primary problems
Iâ€™ve known Philadelphiaâ€™s City Council president, who also represents my district, is out of his mind and his response to the *few* Mummers in blackface at this yearâ€™s parade confirms that. He posted on Facebook: Also, Darrell Clarke told the Inky, â€œAt some point, there needs to be a conversation about whether or not this … Continue reading Far worse crimes than a few Mummers in blackface, which was handled
Itâ€™s that time of year again. No. I take that back. A few weeks ago, it was that time of year again. Regular and long-time CohenConnect readers may recognize the Comcast graphic with Santa Claus. I came up with that two years and a week ago, on Dec. 20, 2017. But Iâ€™ve been busy and … Continue reading Have you noticed Comcastâ€™s Christmas gift to itself?
We all have good days and bad days, but both of these quotes refer to the bigger picture at different times in different people's careers, and they both just happened to show up today. â€œUnfortunately, the [TV] station is no longer a good fit for me. I have to respect myself enough to walk away … Continue reading The bad and the good at work (media edition)
This year, I reposted a Facebook memory from all the way back in 2018. It contrasts my good feelings about the holiday growing up in Florida, through last year, which was much colder than this one. Last year, I also posted something nostalgic: my 20th anniversary of being in Philadelphia. Yes, I moved from Hartford … Continue reading To Thanksgiving, and the best TV episode ever dedicated to it
Most of you know how I feel about Florida. Knowing I moved out says much of it, but there are a lot of reasons Iâ€™ll only show up when thereâ€™s a big family event. (Sorry, a high school reunion doesnâ€™t count like it did, 20 years ago.) OK, and maybe if itâ€™s freezing here and … Continue reading Florida is for other people, who may not know…
Really? Thereâ€™s something about catching up on a newspaper or magazine when youâ€™ve fallen behind in your reading. This past weekend, I read both last weekâ€™s and this weekâ€™s editions of PGN, Philadelphia Gay News. (Yes, itâ€™s the same paper I freelanced for in the beginning of this year.) http://www.epgn.com/news/local/15312-city-raises-more-color-more-pride-flag-to-kick-off-outfest In the Oct. 18-24 edition, … Continue reading â€œYour rights in Philadelphia as it pertains to anti-discrimination in your employment are solidâ€
To those of you eager to read more blog posts here (this is blog #150!), and news on ThePhillyFiles.com, Iâ€™m temporarily sorry. No, I havenâ€™t been sitting around, doing nothing. Iâ€™ve been coming up with new ideas for sections and on a separate note, going out trying to make a living. This is the email … Continue reading Havenâ€™t been in touch for a while. This is partly the reason.
I sent the following to subscribers of ThePhillyFiles on Mailchimp: Itâ€™s hard for me to believe but today marks *six weeks* since the kickoff of ThePhillyFiles.com! Of course, itâ€™s not like there was nothing on July 3, and everything suddenly appeared on July 4. I spent time experimenting with issues on the navigation, which articles to … Continue reading ThePhillyFilesâ€™ six-week milestone!
Itâ€™s almost a week since gunmen killed 31 people in mass shootings, 13 hours apart, and nothing concrete has been done to reduce the risk of gun violence in the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the Senate wonâ€™t be taking up any gun bills for another month. He decided to wait, despite … Continue reading The war on guns, from Philadelphia to the feds
AT&T â€” which owns DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse â€” released a statement saying it â€œoffered to pay CBS an unprecedented rate increase and the highest fee we currently pay to any major broadcast network group. CBS has refused.â€ On the other hand, CBS claims itâ€™s â€œsimply looking to receive fair value for its popular … Continue reading Nothing against my friends at CBS, but…
Iâ€™ve never reblogged before. Only heard of it. But heat stroke is deadly, and a serious threat this weekend. A few days ago, it killed former NFL player Mitch Petrus. He was just 32 years old. If heâ€™s not immune, then who is? This post is from his former boss when he went into TV … Continue reading Larger Than Life Personality: Remembering Mitch Petrus â€” Austin Kellerman
Lots of people interested in politics and next yearâ€™s Democratic presidential nomination will have their eyes focused on the Pennsylvania Convention Center through Saturday. Netroots Nation is holding its annual convention there. The groupâ€™s website says, â€œFor more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing thousands of attendees … Continue reading Netroots Nationâ€™s national conference in town, and how I heard of it
HATE-MONGER ARSONIST: Tristan Morgan. A man the BBC calls a â€œfar-right extremist â€¦ who set fire to a synagogue,â€ a year ago, first went down in flames and now the justice system. Tristan Morgan â€” of Exeter, England â€” was caught on surveillance video using a small axe to break a window and pour gasoline into the … Continue reading Video: First fiery justice, then the law
The phrase â€œDigital Firstâ€ is nothing new. Managers in TV station news departments have been saying it for years, but they really hadnâ€™t practiced what it means. Years ago, news directors thought viewers getting information sooner would not feel the need to watch TV newscasts, which was where the money was made and so was … Continue reading Adding my own few points to Nexstarâ€™s â€˜Digital Firstâ€™ strategy
Wednesday, special counsel Robert Mueller spoke out for the first time, saying he was resigning and closing down the special counselâ€™s office. His investigation, overseen by the Justice Department, lasted two years and led to 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. He submitted his 448-page final report more than two months ago and made clear … Continue reading Would you want Muellerâ€™s words about Trump said about you?
You may have actually looked at the homepage of this blog, www.CohenConnect.com, and thought I hadnâ€™t been writing. It may have looked that way, but it sure wasnâ€™t the case. Not at all. Actually, Iâ€™ve been writing â€“ a whole lot! I let you know I took a job working for a local weekly newspaper … Continue reading Lennyâ€™s update, and the writing and posting you may have missed
Vacation time is up. Weâ€™re into May and I havenâ€™t written a â€œreal blog postâ€ for you in a month and a half, since mid-March. I plan to explain â€œreal blog postâ€ tomorrow but if you canâ€™t wait, see the new material to read. Itâ€™s in the menu on the right side of this page … Continue reading Thinking about religion, belief and recent violence
THANK YOU to the two new followers from over the past week, bringing the total up to 116. I hope you like what you read, or at least feel strongly enough to comment. I donâ€™t think people realize thereâ€™s something in it for them! Go back over previous posts and youâ€™ll see the subjects Iâ€™ve … Continue reading Control of the media after the mosque attacks in New Zealand
Tomorrow will be a month since my last actual blog post. Iâ€™ve been very busy working and also spent a little time in Florida to welcome my new niece, and say â€œgood-byeâ€ (lehitraâ€™ot) to her and the others in my brother and sister-in-lawâ€™s family, who will be moving to Israel in two-and-a-half weeks. During the … Continue reading Pre-election politics in Israel, and where Iâ€™ve been
First off, yes, I may be a day late, but this is definitely not a dollar short! I wanted to make sure this post was as perfect as I could make it, like I do with all others. Of course, itâ€™s just a coincidence that Martin Luther King Day, which commemorates the birthday of the … Continue reading Martin Luther King Day, a victim of the (official) Womenâ€™s March
If you want to do something well, watch someone else do it. Thatâ€™s the way to improve in most skills in life. Thatâ€™s one reason I read Scott Jonesâ€™ blog, FTVLive.com. Say what you want about him or his spelling, but heâ€™s usually right on the money when it comes to facts, and wonâ€™t make … Continue reading Reports: Nexstar says no to WPIX-NY, WSFL-Miami
Itâ€™s Jan. 11 and that means today marks four years since my very first blog post at www.CohenConnect.com. Back then, when I started, I was still in Florida. Being new in Bristol & theÂ Tri-CitiesÂ Â March 8, 2015 Getting settled atÂ homeÂ Â March 14, 2015 Getting settled atÂ workÂ Â March 15, 2015 Getting settled inÂ BristolÂ Â March 16, 2015 I hadnâ€™t yet moved … Continue reading Anniversary means time to start something new
Itâ€™s always good to be remembered, and hopefully being your last new yearâ€™s message of the year will keep some of my thoughts on your minds. (Iâ€™d be embarrassed to post something like this more than a week late, even by a few minutes!) Let me start with the most important: that I became an … Continue reading Odds, ends and new beginnings
Sometimes, interesting things happen when you read friendsâ€™ Facebook pages. Iâ€™m not talking about going to look on purpose, which Iâ€™ve done before. Iâ€™m just referring to seeing something on your news feed and clicking on it. That got me, as the title clearly says, banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days! The one … Continue reading Banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days!
My interest started when I was looking at my Facebook feed over the weekend and saw this post from a former coworker. Obviously, weâ€™re Facebook friends. Otherwise, his post wouldn't have come up. Heâ€™s a former Marine. Weâ€™d always worked well together and even though he is the most right-wing person I know, heâ€™d never … Continue reading Exposing hate, close to home (as if acceptable anywhere)
THANK YOU! I donâ€™t know what else to say. Thereâ€™s nothing special about hitting 20,000 blog page views except that itâ€™s a big round number. The blog is a hobby and will be four years old next month. Itâ€™s just a way for me to practice writing, learn better use of the web in blog … Continue reading Blogging better in 2019 after hitting 20,000 views in 2018
Philadelphia is a great place to live. It has so much, so close-by: history, museums, sports. Itâ€™s walkable, livable, has green space. No, it didnâ€™t get Amazonâ€™s HQ2 and yes, itâ€™s often overshadowed by New York and Washington. Too bad it has people in charge who donâ€™t care about serving the public. This goes along … Continue reading Level-headed moderation needed now in The Birthplace of America
It was 20 years ago tonight. Not exactly. It was actually four days off, on Nov. 25, but what really matters is it was the night before Thanksgiving in 1998. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVRhuk8kmQ I had been producing the 11pm news at CBS affiliate WFSB-3 in Connecticut. It was my last newscast there, before moving to Philadelphia â€“ … Continue reading The end of an era, and beginning of this one (Part A of this one)
I donâ€™t remember a seven-day period like the time since last Saturday. Thatâ€™s when I woke up, turned on the TV, and saw what was happening in Pittsburgh. I got very angry and couldnâ€™t stand to hear anything about it after two hours. It took until Wednesday for the anger to turn to sadness. I … Continue reading Difficult week, from anger to sadness, as election approaches
Iâ€™ve known I had another blog post â€œdueâ€ before the election, if you know how I think, but too much on my mind and so much going on â€“ personally and in the news â€“ to actually do it. After this morningâ€™s attack in a Pittsburgh neighborhood where I have family and have been to … Continue reading Not a good day for political thoughts, the USA as a whole
Today, I found out some news about someone who went to school with me, pretty much since kindergarten. In fact, I think he lived two blocks away. I probably havenâ€™t seen him since junior high, which is what we called middle school in those days. He was very smart and probably couldâ€™ve done anything. Eventually, … Continue reading Thinking about teacherâ€™s child porn trouble and my old schoolâ€™s website
The â€œgameâ€ of politics is no fun anymore. Discussing anything having to do with it used to be educating and entertaining, and sometimes enlightening, among friends and on social media. Not anymore. These days, itâ€™s all for the kill. Saturday, NBC Nightly News showed skirmishes in New York and Portland, Oregon. As correspondent Matt Bradley … Continue reading Political pondering, 3 weeks before Election Day
Several times a year, before elections, a man in Florida emails me about who to support in elections down there. The goal is to receive money (Isnâ€™t that everyoneâ€™s?) for private schools. In this case, itâ€™s Jewish religious schools. And thatâ€™s despite public schools being free for everyone â€“ Jews too â€“ and paid for … Continue reading The case against us all paying for private schools
Itâ€™s a happy moment at CohenConnect.com. (Online definition of moment: â€œa very brief period of time.â€ The italics are mine.) Septemberâ€™s blog numbers were high with more than a thousand views, despite the fact I only published four posts. (I know. I have to do better on that. And I canâ€™t complain about the time, but … Continue reading News starting out good but going downhill fast
Sometimes I see or hear something so stupid, I lose control and have to call it out right away. Thatâ€™s especially true when it comes from somebody who makes herself seem like some sort of expert on a topic. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. I woke up to a lot of emails, as … Continue reading Stupid, stupid, stupid!
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be giving the Senate Judiciary Committee calendars from 1982 to back up his continued denial of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford. Thatâ€™s according to The New York Times, late Sunday afternoon. The year 1982 was 36 years ago. Do you have your calendar from back then? Heck, … Continue reading Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, justice and becoming a Justice
I try not to go more than a week without posting something. Unfortunately, it has been 11 days dues to holidays that wonâ€™t be letting up anytime soon, and also my IT support specialist classes. (Last night, I finished Course 2, Week 1, out of 5 courses.) I just donâ€™t like blogs that give a … Continue reading Eric Trump and his shekels
I donâ€™t know, but Iâ€™m pretty sure youâ€™ve had a busy week, between getting used to having your kids in school or planning what to do on this long holiday weekend. Sorry for the folks in â€œsunny Floridaâ€ with plans ruined while dealing with Tropical Storm Gordon. (But you're welcome for this souvenir to help … Continue reading Labor Day weekend leftovers
There are just 69 days until the midterm elections (for those of you who really explored all around this all-around great blog to see what's new and what it has offered for so long, like relevant countdowns) and Florida held its primary yesterday. The ballot was packed and perhaps the biggest race was for Democratic … Continue reading Ron DeSantis didnâ€™t learn from Roseanne Barr
What a morning, and I hadnâ€™t even gotten to the vetâ€™s office! It was time for Friskyâ€™s first annual physical. Thatâ€™s not counting the office visit she had a year ago, after I adopted her from Morris Animal Refuge on Clear the Shelters Day. Frisky has always been a tough one. She was only four … Continue reading Not the typical pet, not the typical vet appointment
Itâ€™s either coincidence, karma or a higher power when things come together in ways previously thought impossible. This weekend, Jewish people around the world read the Torah portion Shofetim (×©Ö¹××¤Ö°×˜Ö´×™×, or â€œJudges,â€ comprising Deuteronomy 16:18â€“21:9). The best-known line in it is the third, â€œJustice, justice shall you pursueâ€ (×¦Ö¶Ö¥×“Ö¶×§ ×¦Ö¶Ö–×“Ö¶×§ ×ªÖ¼Ö´×¨Ö°×“Ö¼Ö‘Ö¹×£, Deut. 16:20). Shofetim also … Continue reading Sanctions against Sinclair? Sounds justified
Itâ€™s a great day in broadcasting, or as great as things can get in this day and age. There will be no merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. Today, according to Axios, Tribune announced it â€œterminated its $3.9 billion merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcasting and that it has filed a lawsuit for breach … Continue reading Tribune to Sinclair: Judge’s gavel instead of merger’s handshake
Hi! This is Lenny with the first of what Iâ€™m hoping will be regular guest columns. Just use the contact form to let me know if you write up something youâ€™d like to share here. Iâ€™ll be happy to post it if the work is all yours and may appeal to the audience. Then, youâ€™ll … Continue reading Cherâ€™s surprise: Stopping by The Cher Show while it gets ready for Broadway
I didn’t plan to be writing this blog right now. I should have already landed in Allentown, got in my car, and been on my way home to Philadelphia. Instead, I made the mistake of flying Allegiant Airlines. Please keep in mind I’m reading this on my tablet. Never done that before. They were an […]
Thereâ€™s something to be said for waiting before starting to write. Thatâ€™s not my nature. I want to get things out first. I type very well but nobody can do it as quickly as my brain, so I often dictate into a phone and email myself. Then, I make any corrections and additions, and create … Continue reading Sinclair sinks, Trumpâ€™s temper, Coxâ€™s cash value
This was starting to get a little hard to keep track of, and I wrote most of this last night. Good thing I waited to publish, because I had to really rewrite today! Itâ€™s looking like the big media merger Iâ€™ve been writing about so frequently may not happen! Even better, it looks like one … Continue reading Big merger, big problem, big surprise!
Iâ€™ve had a lot on my mind lately. Thereâ€™s too much going on, between job stuff, the news and that last blog post I wrote. It was about being attacked on Facebook by someone who was angry I don't think Barack Obama is my favorite president and made nasty knee-jerk comments when I simply asked … Continue reading More moderation in politics, not so in casting calls
I tend to stay away from politics that I really, really care about -- simply due to my background as a journalist and the habit it created over all these years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ncv7QZqwxc But yesterday, while waiting for the final Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary which we ended up not even waiting for because … Continue reading You may be right but don’t let some on the left know (and vice versa)!
The Federal Communications Commission has a very important mission, but itâ€™s not being fulfilled. In fact, the opposite has been happening over the past few days and itâ€™ll likely lead to less childrenâ€™s programming â€“ and less attention when you complain about your TV, phone company or internet service provider. The FCC says its mission … Continue reading The FCC’s war on American children, adults