King Lard, the Press, and the Arts

 

The trivia question for this week is, What famous musician wrote a song about pop artist Andy Warhol?

King Lard announced on Thursday, January 19, that he will pick the media people allowed in the press room at the White House and confirmed where the press room would be. His High Ass said, “The press went crazy, so I said, ‘Let’s not move it.’ But some people in the press will not be able to get in. We have so many people that want to go in, so we’ll just have to pick the people to go into the room. I’m sure other people will be thrilled about that.” Translation: if he doesn’t like what you say, you will not be allowed into the White House press room.

There is only one hope to this restriction of access and resulting banning of information and that is that the press people allowed in will not be less than honest in their news reporting. The profession of a journalist should be a noble and trusted one, requiring straightforward, nonbiased reporting of whatever events they are covering. They are not fiction writers, as Trump portrays them to be. My hope is that this will not in any way be altered by his lordship’s bullying, say-what-I-tell-you-to-say regime. I also feel that it is the responsibility of people like me, the little guy with some voice and an audience no matter how small, to continue to make all the noise we can, even though there might be times when friends and certainly enemies try to bully, belittle, and intimidate us. I have already encountered some of this on Facebook and can only assume they must be happy in their serfdom.

Of course, we all know that Trump doesn’t like the freedom of the arts. Artists have too much to say that he finds disagreeable, for example, his demanding an apology from the cast of Hamilton when they courteously attempted to engage Pence in dialog and then his tirade against Meryl Streep because of her comments at the Golden Globe Awards.  Has there even been a thinner-skinned president?

On January 19, the website The Hill, citing unnamed sources from inside President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, reported that among other cuts, Trump plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump noted that removing these programs would make a remarkably small dent in federal spending as each received $148 million — 0.003 percent of the federal budget — in 2016.  It’s obvious that Trump is not a man of arts (he probably thinks Dick and Jane is a porn novel, and I bet his favorite classic movie is Debbie Does Dallas.)

In the podcast, there will be more thoughts on current events, the answer to the trivia question, and as always some rock and roll. I hope you’ll join me on the shores of Rambling Harbor.

Footnote

Somehow in the podcast I and my fever glazed over the Boston protest which was first on my list and a good friend attended, she tells me it was the best large crowd she had seen in a long time and no arrest.

Advertisements