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?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)!
Philadelphia may be one of the biggest cities in the country and arguably the most historic, considering it is the birthplace of our country. However, it's a whole lot more than Old City and historic places like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall that attract tourists from all over the world. Philadelphia is also known … Continue reading From Philly? How your neighborhood (or one nearby) got its name
NOTE: Shortly before publishing, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he'll retire effective July 31. According to Axios, that'll give President Donald Trump â€œa chance to pull the court significantly to the right for decades to come. This is seismic â€” for politics as a whole, for the court and, ultimately, for the millions of Americans … Continue reading The necessity of public unions, now no chance for compromise
I donâ€™t know why TV stations (and networks) allow mistakes to remain without corrections but itâ€™s certainly a disservice to viewers and readers. One could also say Fake News and fraud. Perhaps the Federal Communications Commission needs to get involved to keep them in line. Local stations use the public airwaves, are licensed to serve … Continue reading Where have you gone, Sasha Savitsky?
First, happy Mother's Day to everyone to whom that applies. I hope you're having a great day! Second, today is also the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, orÂ Jerusalem Day. It's the Hebrew anniversary of when the Israelis recaptured the eastern/holy part of the city in the Six-Day War of 1967. It's where no Arab country's leader … Continue reading In defense: The good Facebook can do when used by the right people
The negotiation spat between Fox and Sinclair is apparently over, and Sinclairâ€™s proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune will have one less hurdle. 21st Century Fox announced itâ€™s buying the seven TV stations Tribune owned that had to be spun off to not exceed ownership limits, but had not yet officially found buyers. Friday, from … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Fox buying Miami station
I hope youâ€™ve had a terrific Tuesday! I have a few thoughts (just a few) I figured Iâ€™d get out today. This morning, Axios reported several news websites â€œlaunched new paywalls within the past year.â€ Sorry! (But not this one.) It namedÂ Bloomberg,Â Vanity Fair, Wired,Â Business InsiderÂ andÂ The Atlantic, and added, â€œLegacy institutions likeÂ The New York Times,Â The Wall … Continue reading Paying for news, one candidate’s free airtime and asking for your comments
I've avoided writing much about Sinclair Broadcast Group trying to buy Tribune Media because Iâ€™ve been busy and I don't want to jinx any possibility the merger will fall through. But there has been some news, and the biggest for a local TV market could be Miami/Fort Lauderdale (of course!). Youâ€™ll remember, one of the … Continue reading Media mega-merger may be moving closer, impacting Miami
I have a lot more on Marjory Stoneman Douglas heroÂ Emma GonzÃ¡lez, not a hero for surviving but for her activism after. She has probably suffered more than her surviving schoolmates after Februaryâ€™s shooting massacre. In late March, USA Today reported Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King drew criticism when someone from his campaign teamÂ mocked GonzÃ¡lezâ€™s â€˜lookâ€™ … Continue reading In defense of Emma GonzÃ¡lez, not that she needs it but deserves it
Iâ€™m not writing to take an opinion on the issues of sanctuary cities or illegal immigration, but have to say Iâ€™m pleased a gang of Republican-appointed federal judges were willing to rule against a president from their own party. Philly.com reports from the Associated Press that this afternoon, â€œA federal appeals court in Chicago has … Continue reading Sanctuary cities judges show they know justice, not politics
I didnâ€™t know much about James Comey until about two years ago. Since then, I thought pretty highly of the guy and that really hasnâ€™t changed. Arguably, Comey was the big political story of the week â€“ so far. Today, his new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership was officially released and Sunday, … Continue reading Comey comes alive with tough talk against Trump
Industry leadersÂ have been meeting in Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters ShowÂ and Adam Symson, president-CEO of the E.W. Scripps Co., made an interesting comparison between broadcast and digital. â€œBroadcasting has been traditionally a very protected business â€” protected by regulation and economically protected because not everybody could have a television station in a … Continue reading Syria, Gaza and the FCC chair babying broadcasters
Iâ€™m actually going to start optimistically and thank you for reading. The blog is getting very close and may have 12,000 hits after this post. (It's at 11,927 as I start formatting at 7:11pm). Please, if you havenâ€™t, subscribe with your email address or WordPress account. There are places on the right side of your … Continue reading Salaries, senators and a spat between a Fox News host and the A.P.
It's not easy being a moderate. That's definitely what I consider myself and it seems to make people on both sides angry. Either that, or because I tell it like it is. Today, the issues that got to me started with this post from Miami journalist Eliott Rodriguez. Fine points, and you can click here … Continue reading Distorting history, stirring up stereotypes
Listen to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJbGCZuB0rM&feature=youtu.be Ever heard anything so absurd? Itâ€™s not â€œFollow the Leaderâ€ because there is no leader. There are local TV news anchors. I donâ€™t think one of them wants to be on the air reciting the crap their corporate bosses ordered them to do. Not even their managers on the job site. … Continue reading My urge: Follow your conscience, despite the cost
It's nice when Americans exercise their First Amendment rights (freedom ofÂ religion, speech, the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances) with good intentions, and that should be encouraged. Last Saturday, many in the country were shocked afterÂ March for Our Lives rallies were … Continue reading Tiffany Trump’s trouble, what unions could do to Amazon and the media
OK. Letâ€™s get this right. Lawmakers and many Americans are angry about Facebook and how it handled 50 million usersâ€™ peopleâ€™s data, but President Trump really hates Amazon. First, itâ€™s owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, which Trump also hates. Second, sources told Axios Trump has talked about changing Amazonâ€™s tax … Continue reading Who Trump hates more, Facebook or Amazon? Oh, and Stormy Daniels’ motion to make him speak!
If you were reading the Sunday paper, you may have come across this full-page ad from Facebook with a letter signed by Mark Zuckerberg. Seems like he spent a fortune but needed to for a chance to save his company. Axios reports the ad ran â€œinside the front section of today's N.Y. Times, on the back … Continue reading Facebook: Friend or foe? Keep or delete?
There are two big changes in weather:Â The snow has stopped and The Weather Channel is being sold. Also, you can say the owner is a real person for two more reasons: The new owner is not a partnership between three corporations, like in the past â€“ and he was one of the stars of the … Continue reading The Weather Channel’s new owner, a real controversial person
People who know me can never, ever say Iâ€™m not loyal to people I like and respect. Youâ€™ll see that in a moment, along with an example of the opposite. (Is your mouth watering yet?) Yesterday, one of Philadelphiaâ€™s daily newspapers published an article called â€œIs the morning news format that fuels Mike Jerrick's 'weird … Continue reading Be nicer to Mike Jerrick, and other thoughts on what’s making news
They havenâ€™t been â€œFair and Balancedâ€ in a while but stating Monday, Fox News will be marketing itself as â€œReal News. Real Honest Opinion.â€ Yesterday, Ad Age magazine made the announcement. Itâ€™ll start with Foxâ€™s own properties and then perhaps go elsewhere. The change follows the huge â€œrevelation of sexual harassment allegationsâ€ that got Fox … Continue reading Fox News: Really â€˜Real News. Real Honest Opinionâ€™?
First, I want to go thank and apologize to everyone who read my last post. It was way too long. Yes, it contained what I think was good information on several subjects. It happened to be on a snow day and I had nothing better to do then let out some of what I was … Continue reading Call to action: Help stop Sinclair from taking over Tribune
Gotta love a snow day if you donâ€™t have anywhere to be. Yes, I have a busy week ahead and things to prepare, but they donâ€™t require going out. The TV people were right this time. Itâ€™s almost 1pm and Iâ€™m supposedly getting 3 inches of snow an hour, which should end up as 6-10 … Continue reading Flakes and facts, lots on my mind
How many of you watched the Super Bowl this year? Of course, in Philadelphia, that's a loaded question with the underdog Eagles in the game and beating the seemingly perennial winners, the New England Patriots. Same thing in New England. Their team was in the Super Bowl and they don't get sick of Tom Brady … Continue reading Got cable, satellite? Youâ€™ll foot the bill for Foxâ€™s Thursday Night Football
OK, I may be a day late (and Iâ€™m definitely a dollar short, these days), but I read three articles on jobs, yesterday morning -- on companies we all know -- and they were a whole lot different when I read between the lines. First, Yahoo reported in â€œDollar Stores hammered by Trump proposal to … Continue reading Your JOB is to read well past the headline
Time for the obvious, yet again. News organizations post their news on Facebook and other social media sites. Those articles, videos, slideshows, etc. also get picked up on search sites like Google, Yahoo and Bing (Microsoft). If they use the correct SEOs (Search Engine Optimization words) and have a little luck (or pay a … Continue reading Don’t post your content on Facebook if you don’t want readers getting it for free!
Last night, I did something I rarely do: open a Facebook post to the public, rather than just friends. Today, I'm blogging about the online battle that followed, something I hadn't planned to do. The story was about one of the hosts of a show on the DIY Network -- part of Scripps Networks Interactive … Continue reading Sad stereotypes too strong to silence (for now)
By now, I'm sure you realize I'm a fan of the underdog. Fly, Philadelphia Eagles, fly! I also strongly believe in holding people in high positions accountable for their acts, even off the clock. Canâ€™t deny that after the recent string of sexual harassment allegations and confessions from some of the smartest and most talented people in … Continue reading The rights of TV station owners vs. the public
I got up extremely early this morning to take Pedro to work, since he didnâ€™t get the holiday off. Soon after getting home, I noticed my Facebook friend Mark Segal -- founder, owner and publisher of the renowned Philadelphia Gay News -- had posted his column from last week. I'm two weeks behind in reading. … Continue reading More details on Israel after the gay paper
First, I have to thank everybody who looked at Monday's blog post. The analytics were incredible, the best ever (and that's all that counts, right? :)). If you haven't seen it yet, it gives a brief overview of the place I worked for 15 months until August. Feel free to comment below it, or on my Twitter … Continue reading Follow-up, fewer watching TV news, future president?
Most of you know I was a web producer for the Fox station in Philadelphia, but fewer of you know I haven't worked there since last August. The reasons are still to be discussed, and probably won't be public. However, I've come across some interesting and incorrect content from that station while working on my … Continue reading The news where I used to work: Unbelievable!
Today, it was Matt Lauer. Some of you want the newest, shocking details. The Miami Herald called the accusations against him â€œcrude misconduct.â€ Less known, it was a two-fer. Well-known Minnesota Public Radio host Garrison Keillor wonâ€™t be showing up for work anymore. Last week, Charlie Rose went down, fired for alleged sexual harassment over … Continue reading Hey, you accused! Would Mom say, wait until your father gets home?
Philadelphia street signs are different than in much of the country. For example, thereâ€™s no downtown. Locals call that part Center City. If youâ€™re driving, and I wouldnâ€™t suggest tourists do, look for Central Philadelphia. Jan. 28, 2017: On I-676 (the Vine Street Expressway), just past the Broad Street â€œCentral Philadelphiaâ€ sign. I was in … Continue reading Special streets, signs in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection)
On Facebook? You're probably signed up for a lesson on mailing a letter, paid for by the U.S. government, like the one above. I was a little out of it, last Thursday, told I was sounding stuffy, so I didn't do much other than read. Part of that time was on Facebook rather than anything … Continue reading Lessons on addressing, our government’s gift to you!
It seems every day in the news, I read about another powerful man resigning, taking time off from a high-profile job, or under police investigation for inappropriate sexual conduct. The stories just keep coming, or the allegations against the men simply increase. CNN offered a list of recent cases more than a week ago, on … Continue reading What is conscience? Elusive in the media, unfortunately
ThisÂ is my first blog in several months, and only my second since arriving back in Philadelphia. The first was shortly after my return, so it has been way too long. Thatâ€™s why I'm happy the articleÂ Let Me Tell You How â€˜The Mediaâ€™ Really Works... really got me thinking and helped me gather my thoughts, some … Continue reading The media: Certainly imperfect, definitely necessary and trying