A rich contrast.

Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 3/3/17


The juxtaposition of the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday night and President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress the following Tuesday is just too rich.

Said Jimmy Kimmel in his opening monologue at the Academy Awards:

This is being watched live by millions of people in 225 countries that now hate us.”

Thus began Hollywood’s completely predictable bashing of President Trump that carried on throughout the broadcast.

Beginning some time ago, and continuing by degrees year-by-year to the unbearable lows of today, the Academy Awards ceremony has devolved from a celebration of high achievement in the art of filmmaking to a shrill, fact-starved political snarkfest put on by the self-righteous Hollywood Left.

Here’s another example in this delightful gem from Jimmy Kimmel:

Some of you get to come on this stage and make a speech that the President of the United States will tweet about in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement…”

Due in large measure to the fact that those not pathologically and rabidly opposed to Donald Trump knew what was coming (and also because, let’s face it, movies aren’t really that good anymore), millions who might otherwise have watched the Oscars found something else to do or something else to watch. The broadcast was the least-viewed Oscars ceremony in nine years, reaching only 32.9 million viewers. (By comparison, the 1998 Academy Awards reached an audience of more than 57 million.)

Jump ahead 48 hours from the Oscars telecast Sunday evening to the joint session of Congress Tuesday evening. The object of all that lefty derision, President Donald Trump, spoke to 48 million viewers and knocked their socks off.

In contrast to the snotty nastiness of the Hollywood elite, the president’s speech fairly brimmed with optimism. The president spoke of a strong, resolute, opportunity-filled America – something we haven’t heard from a president in a long, long time. He literally and rhetorically reached across the aisle on multiple occasions. Unlike his predecessor, at no time did he seek to divide Americans into aggrieved victim groups. Said the president,

We are one people with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same great American flag. And we are all made by the same God.”

Contrast that with Ezra Edelman, director of the ‘best documentary’ Oscar winner, who dedicated his win to,

The victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice.”

Ending the evening as it did by announcing the wrong winner for ‘best picture,’ the Academy Awards broadcast – the premiere Hollywood event – can fairly be characterized as something between disappointment and disaster.

The president’s speech 48 hours later can only be called a triumph.

Liberals like to amuse themselves with the mental caricatures that they have created of Donald Trump. Donald Trump for his part has repeatedly made fools of those who would reduce him to caricature.

And yet, smug and condescending as they are, our elite libs keep coming at him, utterly lacking even the slightest self-awareness.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. Richard Anderson says:

    Donald J. Trump – Forty-Fifth President of The United States is indeed a very welcomed change from eight years of “leftism” which is the alien ideology of the democrats, which they are still trying to foist upon the American People no matter that the will of the electorate on November 8, 2016 was irrevocably clear.
    President Trump must and will stand firm against the baseless attacks of the “fake news” and just “carry on” with getting his agenda –the agenda of the American People– accomplished, “brushing back” the small minded partisans* [*i.e. liberal zealots, never-trumpers, and the national left wing media] who seek derail his Administration. These people are conducting what can be rightly called…. “in the dirt if not gutter ball politics.”

    I am glad I voted for President Trump, and his speech on Tuesday Night was “right on” and perhaps “the best speech” I have ever heard from a Commander In Chief bar none.

  2. Linda E Montrose says:

    These people who think they are being funny or making some kind of profound statement are not doing either one. They are showing disrespect. Disrespect is at an all time high because no one on the liberal side thinks that it needs to be taught to children as they develop and learn about life. When I was growing up, you were taught to RESPECT your elders, RESPECT the police, RESPECT other people’s property and to respect other people’s opinions. Doesn’t mean you have to agree, just respect their right to make them. These rioters are just showing their ignorance and disrespect. They are showing what class of people they really are. People need to take some basic lessons in regards to RESPECTING OTHERS. It was appalling to watch the other night as the democrats were acting like spoiled children sitting there disrespecting the President like that. You may not like the President, but you NEED to RESPECT the office. Respect is earned and I think President Trump has earned it.

  3. Hollywood has “left” behind reason and decorum in their hatred of President Trump–and it follows their hated extends to all who support Trump, my wife and me included. For our part, we will be seeing fewer movies from here out. The media and Hollywood, what a bunch of losers. Thanks for another great column.

  4. Trump NEEDED the home run he hit with that speech.
    Heck, he needed a bunt!
    But it didn’t take him long to flush it away…at odd hours…on Twitter.

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