Archive for 1970’s

The More Things Change...

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...the more they stay the same.

The photographer who shot that iconic photo at the top of the page was arrested last night in Ferguson, MO. Scott Olsen, a photojournalist for Getty Images, has brought the reality of what's happening in Ferguson to the rest of the world via his amazing photos, many of which can be seen here. 

Apparently, the police didn't want Olsen doing his job where he was standing- as if they wanted him to do his job at all..

Scott Olsen wasn't the only member of the media arrested last night. We know of at least two others.

Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux was arrested this morning while on the ground covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson, who witnessed the apprehension, Ryan and a German reporter he was with were both taken into custody by members of a police tactical team. They were handcuffed and placed in a wagon, and Carson was told they were being taken to St. Louis County jail.

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Update: Johnson and his colleagues did not take the “proper action.” Ryan spent the night in St. Louis County Jail, where he remains this morning. According to officials there, he is due to be released without charge—the initial pretext for his detention was “failure to disperse”—within the hour. Ryan and Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter for the German newspaper De Bild, were both apprehended last night—and shot with beanbags and rubber bullets—while attempting to return to their car after a night of reporting. When they were shot at, they had their hands raised in the air and were shouting, “Press! Press! Press!”

Second Update: Ryan has been released. And a correction: While the situation is still not entirely clear, I believe now that both Ryan and Hermsmeier were hit with beanbags, but not rubber bullets as reported above. Also, I’ve updated the post and the headline to reflect the fact that Ryan was in fact arrested and jailed overnight, not merely detained.

Ryan Devereaux's Twitter stream from last night tells the story of a police force in over their heads and seemingly out of control.

 

 

 

And finally,

That was Ryan Devereaux's last tweet last night. This morning, he tweeted this:

Aside from the Twitter play-by-play accounts, you might be wondering what year this was.

When I heard that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was sending in the National Guard, the first place my mind went was back to Richard Nixon and Kent State.  In his 2008 book Nixonland, Rick Perlstein wrote about the rise of the militarized police.

Rick has a new book out, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, and he joined me on the show this morning to talk about it.  (Since I only got the book yesterday, I haven't had time to read it. Rick promised to return after I do for another conversation.) Obviously, we spoke about the parallels between the two eras.

And in hour two, GottaLaff joined in for our weekly segment, the Gliberal Goddesses. Obviously there was much to talk about today, most of it Ferguson related. But I had a few things to get off my chest too...

Now I'm battling the beginnings of a cold/fluish kind of thing. So it's off to get some rest. Tomorrow, Susie Madrak and Thomas Frank join me... Radio or Not!

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Hollywood Huckster Meets Hollywood Squares

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As many of you know, my book, HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER is out in both print and eBook form. For an upcoming interview, I was looking for some old footage of celebrities that the real Hollywood Huckster and I wrote for -- and then bang. I hit the gold mother lode. I found a collection of Hollywood Squares that has been compiled with only celebs that the Huckster and I wrote for.

It was nothing more than pure coincidence, but finding it makes me want to share it with you all, to give a sense of that era, who the Hollywood Huckster spent his time with and what he could do with these great talents.

With smiles of pride, I ask you to sample this set of classic clips:

If any of you want to know more about the book, feel free to check it out on Amazon.com (where it rose to #1 on the biographies & memoirs list) or at www.HollywoodHuckster.com.

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Video Overnight Thread- The Spinners: Could It Be I'm Falling In Love- Live 1973

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For some reason, all the noise tonight about the Romney campaign made me think of The Spinners. Go figure. If you want a laugh, go check out this coke fueled performance by them a few years later. I'd recognize that lip swipe anywhere.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Ex Michigan Gov Jennifer Granholm on the Dating Game (1978)

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Love ya Jen, but that hair is a distraction unto itself. Via TPM.

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