Unidentified gasbags

"Talk-radio gasbags"? The folks at WPOS? The Juice? Not WGTE? I wish Kushma would have been more precise in his name-calling. We're left with no solid idea about whom he's talking. He does admit that he asked the question that drew out the 9/11 response, but didn't mention how he phrased it. "In your mind, was our water crisis comparable to Pearl Harbor, or maybe Sputnik or maybe something more recent and scarier and deadlier?" I hope readers appreciate paragraph five, wherein Kushma says the purpose of the meeting was, in part, to collaborate on how to create and sustain "a sense of urgency" among the public. And here we thought a newspaper's job was to report, not join in propaganda partnerships. I can see all heads nodding at the table in the mayor's office as someone says, "Then it's agreed. We scare the f**k out of people every chance we get."

http://www.toledoblade.com/DavidKushma/2014/08/24/Pay-attention-to-what-...

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It's a three bagger Don.

As reformed talk radio gasbag well said Don. Mr. Kushma neglects to mention the Blade contribution to the story in the form of the headline and first sentence in the original story.

Mayor says water crisis is similar to 9/11

Mayor D. Michael Collins said on Monday that the water emergency that crippled Toledo’s water supply Aug. 2 was like the terrorist attack suffered by the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 — a wake-up call to community action.

Now I won't pretend to be a newspaper reporter but perhaps it could have gone like this.

Mayor calls for community action on water emergency

Mayor D. Michael Collins called for an all out effort by citizens and elected officials in response to the recent Toledo water crisis. Collins calls the recent crisis affecting Lake Erie a wake up to community action.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

For the record, I've never considered you a gasbag, Fred. A blowhard, perhaps, but not a gasbag, and a show host who, as he ages, is showing signs of the onset of curmudgeon-ness with an increasing number of "when I was growing up in Detroit" anecdotes. Still waiting for the return of "Boom, Boom" to the bumper rotation.

Patience is a great virtue.

Gas·bag
ˈgasˌbag/
noun
noun: gasbag; plural noun: gasbags

informal
~a person who talks too much, typically about unimportant things.~

Blow·hard
ˈblōˌhärd/
noun
North Americaninformal
noun: blowhard; plural noun: blowhards; noun: blow-hard; plural noun: blow-hards

~a person who blusters and boasts in an unpleasant way.~

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

outsider; especially : a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics. in other words, someone living in Michigan who seeks attention from Toledo by meddling in its business or politics. Sound familiar?

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Born at Flower Hospital at Collingwood Boulevard and Cherry Street in Toledo (1950s) unlike the radio BLOWHARD who moved here in the 1980s from Detroit. Own property in Lucas county unlike the GASBAG radio host who owns nothing but a foreign made Prius. http://www.hulu.com/watch/4183 Now Fred who's the carpetbagger?

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

I would say that you are. Thanks for asking though.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

The Blade is still publishing--who knew?!

If you can, for a minute, put aside your anger at the role The Blade played in the deterioration of Toledo (I guess its political views really weren't correct)--you can almost feel sorry for it as the newspaper gasps its last breaths.

What will people like David Kushma do when newspapers go the way of buggy whip factories? I don't mean in terms of employment, I mean in terms of the deflation of self-importance. According to a Pew Research poll, more Americans get their news from CNN or Fox THEN ALL OF THE NEWSPAPERS IN THE COUNTRY COMBINED. Who could still believe newspaper advertising is effective?

Yet, old-school Mayor Collins still thinks The Blade staff is important enough to warrant not one BUT TWO special meetings. How much you wanna bet that Collins doesn't even know how to turn a computer on?

The problem is you are expecting objective reporting from the Bland.

I have been around the country and I can easily say I've never seen a local paper that injects itself into more stories, covers editorialization as reporting, and routinely uses the commonmost stereotypes for bad journalism as the Bland.

Forget subscribing, if you're still reading it you're crazy. The television and radio stations cover stories in a more timely fashion and don't make it all about them.

MikeyA

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