Wednesday Thoughts

8:40 am: Trump, Minions

Look, my problems with Donald Trump go back to the early 90’s when he and Stephen Bollenbach ushered in an era of “creative accounting” that did a lot of damage to this country.  I’m the last person in the world who would defend him.

I see his candidacy for president as a complete joke.  Kim Kardashian would have a better chance.

I have never watched even one minute of any of his television programs, and I have no idea what golf courses he owns or doesn’t own.  With one exception: Golf Channel has for the past two years rammed Donald Trump down our throats during Doral week.

Now Golf Channel tells me the Grand Slam of Golf won’t be played at one of Trump’s courses.  Am I supposed to care?  It’s a silly season event I wouldn’t watch if you paid me.  Why would I care what course they play it on?

You might wonder why I brought up this topic today.  The answer: Because I just saw John Feinstein on Golf Channel saying something about Trump refusing to walk back “his comments about Mexicans.”

Here’s the transcript of what Trump actually said:

When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They’re not sending you (pointing again). They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people!

Okay, you can agree or disagree with Trump’s sentiments, but you can’t — not logically, not morally — claim he was talking about anything other than illegal immigrants.

Yet John Feinstein is.  And Golf Channel and the rest of the golf media are.

I can’t help but think Golf Channel is marching to corporate orders.  It’s common knowledge that MSNBC very much embraces the “left wing” political philosophy.  By definition, they would find Trump — a “right wing” political type — an enemy.

That’s fine for MSNBC, I suppose.  It’s their raison detre.  Fox News plays the other side in this WWE-style political drama bullshit.  Such childish “politics” does a lot of harm to the nation, but you know what?  I don’t care.  It’s a lost cause, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

But, if you put a lie or illogic in front of me, I’m smart enough to notice it.  I won’t scan what Trump said, point to the word Mexico, point to the word rapists, and proclaim, “He said Mexico is rapists!”

It’s wrong to make real people trying to get by in the real world rearrange their lives just because one political faction deliberately misrepresents what another political faction said.  That might be part of the fun and games in the political realm, but it has no place in golf.

Minions:  This topic fits perfectly with the above topic.  Morning Drive ran an extended “cute” segment this morning wherein Blondie gave the Minions (cartoon characters in an upcoming movie) a tour of the studio.  Or something.  Rather than do a segment on, oh, I don’t know, Jordan Spieth going for the Grand Slam, Golf Channel gave us Blondie and the Three Minions.

Knowing more than a little about cross-promotion in the world of media and entertainment, I immediately pulled up a few Wiki entries, certain of what I would find:

  • Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated adventure action comedy film, and a prequel/spin-off to the Despicable Me franchise. Produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, the film was
  • Universal Studios Inc. (also known as Universal Pictures), is an American film studio, owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, and is one of Hollywood’s “Big Six” film studios.
  • Golf Channel (originally “The Golf Channel” from 1995 to 2007) is an American cable and satellite television network owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal.
  • In December 2009, Comcast announced its intent to acquire a majority stake in the media conglomerate NBC Universal from GE.  The deal went through, resulting in Comcast owning 51% of the company until March 2013, when GE divested its stake; Comcast now owns 100% of NBCUniversal.

I have to laugh because Minions has nothing to do with golf whatsoever.  If the movie were Minions Meet Caddyshack, okay.  It would still be a blatant advertisement, but at least there would be, what is the term, plausible deniability.  With this Minions segment, they might as well have said, “Now, a word from our sponsors,” before showing it.

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17 Responses to Wednesday Thoughts

  1. Ken says:

    Good thoughts Lanny.

    Outside of “Feherty” and during the majors with their “Live at….” shows, I watch the Golf Channel less and less. I did have it on yesterday at 6:00, hoping to get Rory coverage. But it was all Trump stuff. I didn’t realize that he had so many golf properties. They’re everywhere.

  2. Ken says:

    Don’t know if you saw my comment yesterday about Feinstein. But his XM Radio show vs. his guest commentary on GC is like night and day. On XM, you get the impression that he doesn’t like Tiger Woods. Because he says, “I don’t like him.” I wonder just how much GC censors and coaches its guest contributors. It really seems like they have to promote the NBC corporate line when on GC.

    • lannyh says:

      I think they are coached, even if indirectly, i.e., say the wrong thing and don’t get invited back. I did see your comment; I’ve pointed out both good and bad from Feinstein over the years. I can remember some very good things (probably from the radio show, like you said, or columns), but it seems like lately he’s saying a lot of questionable things. I used to put him in my list of all-time greats along with Elling and Jenkins, but I couldn’t do that now.

      But… like you suggested, he’s probably coached about what he can say on Golf Channel. It’s a real shame. When I wrote about the “old lions” a while back being able to write and speak honestly, I really meant it. All these Gold Channel and Golf Digest guys are singing for the supper.

      Even the “rebels” seem afraid. Bamberger, at Sports Illustrated, seems like a guy who is not afraid — err, less afraid — to speak his mind. But I can’t think of any others. Once in a while, some local media guy will discuss something like Woods and PEDs, but it’s rare.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        The ‘track record’ is SO clear on how people get attacked for ‘freedom of speech’ it’s not a coincidence….Build it up in the media, have a few people threaten boycott, then report that like crazy, refuse to allow them to have access to certain things, and ruin their career….Rinse, wash, and repeat for people THEY don’t like….
        Ironically, MOST Americans agree with Trump on Mexicans…..But the HEART of the issue is freedom of speech, which most people don’t realize is being taken away, ‘bit by bit’ and ‘yard by yard’………

      • lannyh says:

        But, see, I think you — inadvertently, perhaps — just painted with the same broad brush as the media. You wrote, “MOST Americans agree with Trump on Mexicans.”

        Trump wasn’t speaking about “Mexicans.” His comments were restricted to illegal aliens.

      • Pooky says:

        Chris “Noonan” DiMarco passingly mentioned the PGA Tour PEDs (no names) this morning, in his defense of Stallings.

      • lannyh says:

        Mentioned he knows players use them?

  3. Sports-realist2 says:

    Just a few days ago in San Francisco, an illegal Mexican murdered a 30 some year old women…He had been deported FIVE times, had done a long list of crimes, and got back in, as San Fran is a ‘safe city’ for illegals…..The guy admitted to the killing…..

    • Ken says:

      The Congress often withholds federal money as a hammer to get states and cities to do what it wants. It’s a tactic that I’ve often disagreed with because I think that it violates the 10th amendment; it’s nothing more than blackmail.

      However, in the case of these “sanctuary cities,” the Congress should withhold every penny of federal money until those places agree to enforce the law. Not that the republicans (or democrats) have any the desire to see the law enforced, or the guts to take action like this.

  4. Ken says:

    Rory is officially out of the British Open. Too bad, but good decision.

    • JordanTheChamp says:

      The phrase, “We’ve never heard an athlete say they came back too late” has been thrown around as a comparison to the phrase, “I (probably) came back to early” that is pretty common.

      Good move by Rory.

  5. Pooky says:

    It’s apparent that The Donald got a Leona Helmsley makeover. Dementia? Or just a New York State of Mind?

  6. I am the last person to politically support the bloviator, Donald Trump, but the knee jerk reactions to what he said have gone from ridiculous to sublime.

    I wonder if that girl in San Francisco who was killed for no good reason by that ILLEGAL FELON IMMIGRANT would want “The Donald” to shut up and go away ???

    There is no reason for Golf to turn it’s back on Trump. He has made serious contributions to the game, regardless of what you think of them or of him !!!

    He re-worked Doral and made it more difficult, but he didn’t turn it into a circus course like the USGA did recently. He converted a dump to a wonderful golf course, and transformed other locations to places where everyone from the PGA to ESPN wanted to play.

    Sure, Trump probably never passes a mirror without kissing his image, or doubling down on statement by repeating it endlessly, but the guy is spot on when it comes to ILLEGAL ALIENS that you and I and all other taxpayers must now support because Barry has decided to follow the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” … Look it up here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward–Piven_strategy and if you’re not convinced, then you’re too far gone for reasoning !!!

    I won’t turn this into something political, that can come a year from now, but to “shoot the messenger” because he’s usually a horse’s ass, is asinine. Everything he’s said about ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS has been spot on, even if it is a sweeping remark !!!

    I hope he sues everyone who has turned on him and has the last laugh, all the way to the bank !!!

    As Always …
    Rock On !!!

    • Ken says:

      Trump has no prayer for the nomination. But by bringing this issue to the forefront, he may have done his country a great service. People are learning what “sanctuary cities” are and they won’t like it. Hypocrites like Clinton and Feinstein are suddenly claiming to be against them when in fact they had supported such policies in the past.

    • Cesar says:

      Dream on. The Donald is doomed.

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