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Arbuckle reading La Vie Parisienne, c. 1920. Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933).

The Destruction of Fatty Arbuckle

In the early heyday of Hollywood, Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle was one of Tinseltown’s favourite comedians. A large man, his stature helped to rocket him to success as he used it in his physical comedy. By 1921, Arbuckle signed a one million dollar contract with Paramount, the largest of its kind at the time.

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle wasn’t Hollywood-hot. He didn’t have any high-profile romances, and the gossip magazines never complimented him on his dashing evening wear. But he was one of the best physical comedians of all time, and from 1914 to 1920, he effectively ruled the movie business. He was, and remains, a marvel to behold. Here was a man who, despite his mass, seemed to float across the screen, and whose comedy had deftness and grace.

But “Fatty” was just Arbuckle’s picture personality, the name given to his various characters in their endlessly hilarious approaches to “hayseed visits big city; hjinks ensue.” Off-screen, he refused to answer to the name, making explicit the distinction between textual and extra-textual persona that studio publicity worked so hard to obviate. Yet it was this off-screen persona that would eventually lead to his demise, when an alcohol-soaked weekend led to the most dramatic fall from grace in Hollywood history. This guy was ruined. On the surface, Arbuckle’s actions were the scandal. But as the details surrounding the event and its handling have come to light, it’s become clear that the true scandal was the willingness with which the studio heads and the media threw the prominent star under the figurative bus.

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CNN is done, stick a fork in them

The Clinton News Network continues to run stupid anti-Trump story after stupid anti-Trump story.

The latest is that he is afraid of stairs…I’m not kidding.

If the final nail hasn’t already been put in CNN’s coffin, this should do it.

In a it-has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed segment, morning hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota — with looks on their faces that say, “I can’t believe they pay us to do this” — introduced a story only CNN could find worthy to air.   Read more »

Finally, despite previous denials, Donna Brazile admits she rigged town hall meetings in Clinton’s favour

Donna Brazile
CNN Democratic Presidential Debate, Las Vegas, America – 13 Oct 2015
(Rex Features via AP Images)

During the election campaign, Donna Brazile was confronted with leaked emails about her assisting Hillary Clinton by forewarning her of questions that would be put to candidates at town hall meetings by media.

She worked as a commentator at CNN at the time. She also denied it and suggested the emails were false.

It turns out she was lying like a flat fish and has now recanted her previous statements.

Former interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile admitted Friday that she forwarded Democratic primary town hall questions to members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign – something she had previously denied.

In an essay for Time published Friday, called “Russian DNC Narrative Played Out Exactly As They Hoped,” the Democratic strategist said she had in fact passed on topics, despite saying she had not when her communications with the campaign were leaked by WikiLeaks in October.

“[I]n October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign,” she wrote.   Read more »

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The MSM’s biggest enemy is now their biggest saviour

The mainstream media went all in at the last US Presidential election showing unprecedented bias in favour of Hillary Clinton and demonising Donald Trump.

Trump won, of course, and the mainstream media doubled down on their hate.

They may loathe Donald Trump but right now he is their saviour…literally.

Who’d have thunk Donald Trump, king of social media, might be a saviour for old-fashioned media – you know, the likes of the “phony”, “fake” and “failing” New York Times?

What industry analysts call a “Trump bump” is turbo-charging new digital subscriptions and even sales of quaint old print editions for dozens of publishing houses, along with a surge in some of their share prices.   Read more »

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It is true that there is a liberal bias in the media

Nate Silver has written a very good article about liberal media bias and it is consistent with what has been saying since before the election.

So did journalists in Washington and London make the apocryphal Pauline Kael mistake, refusing to believe that Trump or Brexit could win because nobody they knew was voting for them? That’s not quite what Trende was arguing. Instead, it’s that political experts aren’t a very diverse group and tend to place a lot of faith in the opinions of other experts and other members of the political establishment. Once a consensus view is established, it tends to reinforce itself until and unless there’s very compelling evidence for the contrary position. Social media, especially Twitter, can amplify the groupthink further. It can be an echo chamber.

I recently reread James Surowiecki’s book “The Wisdom of Crowds” which, despite its name, spends as much time contemplating the shortcomings of such wisdom as it does celebrating its successes. Surowiecki argues that crowds usually make good predictions when they satisfy these four conditions:

  1. Diversity of opinion. “Each person should have private information, even if it’s just an eccentric interpretation of the known facts.”
  2. Independence. “People’s opinions are not determined by the opinions of those around them.”
  3. Decentralization. “People are able to specialize and draw on local knowledge.”
  4. Aggregation. “Some mechanism exists for turning private judgments into a collective decision.”    Read more »
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Stupid headlines with smart answers

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Winston comes good over snowflake and media outrage

Winston Peters looks like the cat that has licked the cream at the moment.

Bill English gifted him the superannuation platform, and Nick Smith is handing over RMA reform control to Maori and now he’s come out against the fascist behaviours of the snowflakes at Auckland University and at AUT while giving the media a good swift kick in the cods:

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has questioned the media’s role in pressure that caused a controversial European Students Association club to disband.   Read more »

Photo of the Day

A picture of the Luetgert factory featured inside a company paperweight. (Courtesy of Jim Luetgert.)

Unable to Dissolve his Marriage

He Decided to Dissolve his Wife

 The Sausage King of Chicago was accused of killing his wife and selling the meat to unsuspecting customers

One of the earliest usages of forensic testimony that concluded the bone fragments belonged to a human female

One of the most bizarre murders in Chicago history was the “Sausage Vat Murder. ‘ Louisa Luetgert, the wife of sausage maker, Adolph Louis Luetgert, disappeared on May 1, 1897. Adolph told his children that their mother had gone to visit her sister on the previous night but never came back. After a few days, The Sausage King went to the police to report her disappearance. Luetgert then claimed to the police that she ran away with another man.

This case was one of the first trials widely covered by the media. Newspapers from Chicago would report on it daily and some of them would try to eavesdrop on the jury deliberation. At the time, the case was called the celebrity case and is credited with putting murder trials in the media. This case also was one of the first to use forensic experts to solve a crime.

Today, the factory still stands on the south side of the 1700 block of West Diversey Parkway; however, it has been converted into condominiums similar to the other town homes and condominiums which now are beside it.

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How low can the MSM go?

The MSM have been relentless in their criticism of President Trump and his staff but have failed to find the scandal that they need to get rid of him. Their latest attempts quite frankly are scrapping the bottom of the barrel stuff.

Kellyanne Conway who is President Trump’s right-hand woman has been accused of kneeling on a couch. It is quite obvious to the average observer why she was photographed kneeling on the couch but that didn’t stop the media calling her “disrespectful” and people on twitter accusing her of having no class.

Kellyanne Conway, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has been accused of showing a lack of respect after she was photographed kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office.

Ms Conway… faced criticism on Monday for the way she was sitting during a photo op with the president and leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

Moments after taking a photo herself, she was seen checking her phone, with her legs tucked beneath her on the sofa.

-telegraph.co.uk

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Media break story they broke 34 years ago in attempt to take out Police Commissioner

The media have gone all in on Mike Bush and a drink driving story written about in the Auckland Star 34 years ago when Paula Penfold worked for them.

Paula Penfold has made out that they broke the story just yesterday in a gotcha sting against Mike Bush.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted a historical drink driving conviction.

Under existing recruitment policies, the conviction would prevent Bush from ever even applying to join police, but he is protected by how long ago it happened.

“The incident happened 34 years ago while I was an off-duty detective constable in Auckland in 1983,” Bush said in a statement.

“I was 23 years old at the time and had been in Police for five years. I pleaded guilty and was convicted. I received a $250 fine and was disqualified from driving for six months.”

Bush released a public statement on Friday morning after months of questioning by the Stuff Circuit investigation team.   Read more »