By Rich Landers
Feb. 18 – After attending last night’s Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Bing – a thoroughly entertaining evening of film that overshadowed the unpolished ramblings of the tour hosts – I left knowing one thing for sure:
The most common misconception about fishing is that it’s all about catching fish.
By Tom Sowa
Feb. 18 – As a follow-up to an earlier Spokesman.com story on the increasing numbers of people cutting the cord from paid TV services, we take note of the fourth-quarter earnings reported by Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable operator.
As it did over the first three quarters of 2010, the cable giant saw losses in total video subscribers. (No numbers are broken out for regions such as Washington.)
It more than made it up for those defections with increased spending by other customers – the ones that opt for multiple products and broadband data and voice subscriptions.
By Jim Kershner
Feb. 17 – Actor Hal Holbrook is one of my favorite people to interview, because he – like the man he portrays on stage, Mark Twain – loves to fulminate about the mostly sorry state of humanity and the world. Yesterday, during a phone interview, he said that the reason people still revere Twain is that he dealt in a rare commodity these days: the truth. Here’s a particularly provocative excerpt from the interview:
“One of the most serious and very dangerous points of corruption in our life right now is the media. The television media and, of course, talk radio. Because they are misrepresenting so much – almost lying.
“ … Anybody who has any thoughtfulness in their brain knows that this is true. Even though we get fooled by believing that the side we favor … is telling the truth.
“Put on MSNBC, they are so far to the left, you know they are twisting and misrepresenting the reality and the truth. And Fox network, of course, is almost famous for that. It’s terrible. And talk radio, it’s almost unbelievable what you hear.
“Now the reason this is dangerous – people say, ‘Oh well, we have the right to do that, and this is America, and this is a free country, and a man has the right to voice his opinions, this is what makes America great!’
“Well, it’s not making America great now! Because lying to America, no matter who you are … is not helping us out. What we need is truth and facts, to face the horrible situation that we are in.”