Hot Air: Killing The Messenger

Among the top villains in the President Gag admin. (w/ the exception, of course, of the chief dope himself), as many, many people opposed to Li’l Duce see it, is spokesbeing Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She’s been vilified as no one in that position since Dick Nixon’s squealer, a former Disneyland carnival barker (true story) named Ron Ziegler.

Me? I have no quibble with SHS. After all, she’s a flack and…, well, let me let Chip Berlet, investigative journalist and tracker of right wing groups, explain things:

OK, She makes me crazy, but … I think much of the criticism of her is sexist. Her job is to represent to the press what the Presidential staff tells her is reality. It is not her job to say the White House is run by a bunch of liars. When she tells the media that she is telling them the information she gets from the White House staff–she is telling the truth.


Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not the problem here, folks, any more than the eardrum-piercing noise of all the fire engines’ sirens is the problem when your house is on fire.

Big Talk, Big Country

Did you miss my gabfest with Russophile Tristra Newyear yesterday on Big Talk? Don’t sweat it: Here’s the link to the podcast.

Tristra, one of our town’s many supremely talented wordsmiths, has written an historical fantasy novel, The Tomb and the Stone, a family drama set in the Central Asia Buryat region of good ol’ Russkie.

The Buryatia region, nestled between Mongolia and Siberia.

Next week, stay tuned for a double play — two guests, bestselling poet Ross Gay and singer songwriter Kacie Swierk.

Big Talk airs every Thursday at 5:30pm on WFHB, 91.3 FM. Then, an added treat, sort of a Big Talk unplugged, Big Talk Extra, a feature of the Daily Local News at 5pm, runs every Monday with material left on the cutting room floor from the previous week’s show. Other future Big Talks include Derek Richey, founder of Bloomington Fading, and bestselling author Michael Koryta, whose newest mystery, How It Happened, inspired by the Jill Behrman murder here in 2000, will hit the streets May 15th.

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We’ll talk.

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