Jon Ellis Meacham — Wolf In Political Hack’s Clothing

I am a huge fan of the writing of Jon Meacham (2009 Pulitzer Prize for biography of President Andrew Jackson).

I have read all of his books.

You will recognize Jon as a man who has taken a high profile on politics of late —  he endorsed Joe Biden for President.

Meacham has been a frequent guest on various news and talk shows such as Charlie Rose, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Need to Know on PBS (co-host), CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, Morning Joe, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, all the Sunday morning political shows, and the 11th Hour with Brian Williams.

On the night Joe Biden accepted the nomination of the Democrat Party, Jon Meacham appeared on the special coverage with Brian Williams and was asked to critique Biden’s speech which he gave a laudatory review.

Jon Meacham — what does he do?

Asked his profession, he would answer: journalist, editor, writer whilst others would add historian and educator.

What is missing is SPEECH WRITER.

Which brings me to the nub of my thought for today — the profession of journalism and the Democrat party are engaged in a sham pretending that  journalism today is that Constitutionally protected “free press” when, in fact, they are lap dogs and an essential, not-so-underground cell of the Democrat Party.

Got any evidence, Big Red Car?

Herein lies my bill of particulars:

 1. Jon Meacham has written extensively about the institution of the American presidency and its occupants including the following books:

Franklin and Winston an Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (2003)

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (2008)

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012)

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (2015)

Impeachment: An American History (2018) – written with others (2018)

 2. Jon Meachan wrote the speech Joe Biden gave at the Democrat National Convention. He did not acknowledge that fact.

 3. When asked by Brian Williams what he thought of the Biden speech (written by Jon Meacham), Jon (the political hack) spoke of it in glowing and commendable terms never once mentioning he had written the speech.

 4. Jon Meacham, political commentator, praised the handiwork of Jon Meacham, the speechwriter, without acknowledging that he, Jon Meacham, had written the speech.

This is why I say that the “profession” of journalism should just acknowledge what the facts tell us — journalism as practiced in America today is just an adjunct of the Dem party, is bound by the organizing glue of bias, and is not a free press.

Journalists are employees of the Dem Party. Tel me how I have it wrong.

Jon Meacham wrote a speech for the Dem candidate for President. He was a speechwriter. That same Jon Meacham critiqued his own speech when delivered by his employer, Joe Biden. He was a political hack.

Why keep pretending it isn’t exactly what it seems to be?



Exclusive Interview With Joe Biden On Healing

Minding my own business and I get a phone call.

“This the Big Red Car?” the voice asks. Sort of gravelly like he was speaking through a mask or had just gotten up from a nap.

“Yes, sir. With whom do I have the pleasure of speaking?” I ask.

“This is Joe, a scrappy kid from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States of America. Want to talk to you, Big Red Car. Give you the benefit of my views on healing. You listening?”

“Well, sir, I am all ears. What shall we talk about?” I was admittedly a little anxious not knowing why he would have called me.

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Killing The Gig Economy

A lot of trends, suspect ideas, cultural quirks, and bad laws start in California and spread across the country.

Case in point is California Assembly Bill 5 which destroys the gig economy by imposing standards on the employer-employee relationship that prevent the gig economy from functioning in a manner as it currently does.

Lyft and Uber have both threatened to pull out of California if the law is not repealed in November.

Joe Biden supports California Assembly Bill 5 which effectively kills the gig economy and wants to pass a Federal law mirroring it. If you are a gig worker, take note.

Cal AB 5 came to life in December 2018 in response to controversy created by the employment of Lyft and Uber drivers, classic gig economy workers. These contract, independent contractor, 1099, gig workers are eliminated under the law that was passed in September 2019 and took effect in January 2020.

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Joe Biden, Democrat Nominee

Joe Biden will be the Democrat nominee for President. Tonight, he won a convincing victory even in some states in which he had next to no presence.

On the other hand, the zaniness of the Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Disney World lineup came to an end with Bernie Sanders being judged, finally, to be too far to the left.

I say this with the complete support of the numbers, the numbers, the numbers — Joe Biden had a bigger victory than Hillary Clinton did against Bernie. Joe won by more than 10% greater margins. This is no tiptoe through the tulips; this was a cage match and Joe Biden won it all. Bernie is still at the Emergency Room having his ears re-attached.

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Mike Bloomberg Is Out — Exclusive Interview

So, I get a call from the Bloomberg campaign saying that Mike wants to sit down and chat about the campaign as he is “reassessing” things post-Super Tuesday.

We visit in Austin, Texas (also known as Tejas) when he flies in on one of his Dassault Falcon 900s — he owns three of them.

“So, Mike, should we start with the planes? You own how many planes?”

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Cut The Crap — Hunter Biden

Your Big Red Car hasn’t posted a “Cut The Crap” sentiment in a while, so here is one today on Influence Peddling.

Hunter Biden is the son of former Vice President and current seeker of the nomination of the Democrat party Quid Pro Joe Biden. [Please forgive me. I couldn’t help myself. I have never liked Joe Biden. I always thought his Amtrak, the Senator from MBNA shtick was obsequious. I also am very cool on Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake, and John McCain.]

Here’s Hunter taking in a basketball game with Dad and a pal of theirs. Who wouldn’t like this guy?

Anyway, unless you have been in some far away place — like the Ukraine, as an example — you probably have heard that Hunter Biden was named to the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company called “We Want Some Influence and Are Willing to Buy It at Full Price.” No, actually the company’s name is Burisma Holdings.

The Big Cheese at Burisma appointed Hunter Biden to the Board of Directors of his company and compensated him at the rate of $50,000 per month for a five year period — that, my friend is what called a “good” side hustle. Biden’s “company” also did some other work directly for the company deriving additional income.

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