Super Bowl Ad….Giving the finger to Trump

I watched the Super Bowl, but the ads, to me, were dull so I watched other shows during the commercial time…(thank goodness for remotes!).   The game, to me, was dull, too.  And the L.A. Rams lost.   But, I’m a Brady fan, so I’m not too upset we lost.

What I am a bit upset about is the Washington Post commercial near the end of the guy which I did happen to catch…..it caught my eye because it showed news people, Anderson Cooper, Brett Baier, and others, and the point was how important journalism is…I believe their slogan in the ad was “Knowing Keeps Us Free.”  Since when did newspapers tout journalism in TV commercials for the Super Bowl?

Clearly, it was a big MIDDLE FINGER to Trump.  I have NO doubt that was the goal of the Washington Post. 

And it ticked me off, BIG TIME.   “KNOWING” does keep us free, LYING does not, MISCHARACTERIZING does not, BIAS does NOT KEEP US FREE.  Is the hate and constant slamming, no matter how subtle, ever going to stop?

Did you see that ad?  OH! I just Googled and found THIS ARTICLE about it…..my favorite Twitter comment printed in the article amid all the others saying it was the best ad of the night is this one:

The Reagan Battalion   @ReaganBattalion

With the money the @washingtonpost spent on that ad, they could have employed 50 journalists for a year paying each a salary of $100,000.

Ladies and gentlemen, the ad cost the Washington Post TEN MILLION DOLLARS.  Good.

Z

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29 Responses to Super Bowl Ad….Giving the finger to Trump

  1. The WaPo praising itself? Why am I not surprised?

    I did watch the commercial at the link provided. More canonization of Khasshogi. Pfffft.

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  2. Mustang says:

    I no longer watch football. When I did watch it, I only wanted to see the Budweiser commercials and an occasionally exposed breast during half-time. I’ve grown up since then. Our friend Bunkerville (https://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/nfl-football-crime-stats-average-arrest-is-every-five-days/#comments) does an excellent job pointing out the numbers of football players with felony convictions. I offered Bunks the follow synopsis of how we ever got to this stage in professional sports.

    Begin with two eggs out of wedlock, subtract one parent, add several years of oppression myth brainwashing, toss in five or six similarly fostered testosterone-driven flat liners, ignore any semblance of formal education whilst the product participates in the high school football team, hand off a graduation certificate (even though the clutter-head can’t read it), offer him a four year scholarship where he can play big-time football and major in Kamunicashun, hand off a Heisman’s trophy, dump several hundred thousands of dollars into his lap in the first year (making drugs and alcohol available on demand), and put him in a place where the barely adult female spawn flutter to have his baby.

    So, like you, I have only a mild to passing interest in the contest. Yes indeed, thank goodness for the TV Remote, surely a divine gift to save us from the television industry and all its sponsors. Washington Post? You get more hard facts out of AO-C than from that rag.

    I’ll watch football again when Nancy Pelosi becomes an evangelical.

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  3. Kid says:

    If journalists have to tell you they’re important, they ain’t.

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  4. bocopro says:

    Hard for me to stay focused on a 3-hour game which features roughly 10 to 12 minutes of actual action.

    Bunch of overgrown, overhyped, overpaid guys in tight pants standing around or huddling or getting into position or waiting for an official ruling or taking a time-out. The longest play in a game, considering actual movement, would be a kickoff return in which a guy gets the ball in his own end zone and runs all the way to the other end . . . taking him what — 12 seconds?

    Most plays last roughly 4 to 8 seconds, then they gotta get back into position, retrieve the ball, move the chains, scratch themselves, trash talk, whatever, and agree on what to do for the next 5-second burst of action, which is often reversed because of a penalty or a total waste because of an incomplete pass.

    The final 2 minutes of far too many football games take around half an hour to complete. The last NFL football game I watched on TV was in the early 1990s. Haven’t seen one since. And the commercials are always available on line so I don’t hafta sit thru the tedium to see ’em.

    Ditto for baseball . . . BO-ring! And I’m still waiting for the NBA to have the decency to go away and stop bothering people. Best athletes in the world, NBA players, but maybe 10 minutes of good entertainment in the more than 2 hours it takes for a game. If you wanna see real basketball as it was intended to be played, you gotta go the high-school tournament route.

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  5. bunkerville says:

    I have nothing further to add to these already insightful comments.
    The Half Time show alone told us how far our culture has fallen into the sewer.

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro….I believe basketball players are some of the best athletes in the world, too……And I still think a game is always good because it’s faster moving than any other sport…not sure why you think only a few minutes of a game rate with you!..
    And I find baseball boring but …

    Mustang, Bunkerville’s right….lots of problematic players in football particularly…maybe it’s the sheer violence of the game.
    Then you have excellent men like Tom Brady, Billicheck, and many others, all of whom stood at attention with their hands on their chests for the Flag last night….

    AOW..NO! Not praising itself at all….the WaPo ad addresses all journalists…and yes, that’s what tipped me off, when they showed Khashoggi…..then I realized what they were up to.

    Bunkerville, did you hear that the Maroon 5 was giving $500,000 of their income last night to the Boys and Girls’ Clubs? Pretty good. I also thought he had a pretty good voice….I can’t figure out how fast they set up for the group and all…it almost had a taped look about the halftime music so it didn’t seem exciting to me….

    I JUST SAW THAT DJT JR ALSO PICKED UP ON MY SENSITIVITY…Here’s the article I saw this morning: Here is his Twitter on my post subject:

    Donald Trump Jr.

    @DonaldJTrumpJr
    You know how MSM journalists could avoid having to spend millions on a #superbowl comercial to gain some undeserved credibility?

    How about report the news and not their leftist BS for a change.

    28K
    6:57 PM – Feb 3, 2019

    EVEN A WAPO FAN WHO WORKS THERE AND HEADS THEIR UNION TWITTERED:

    Fredrick Kunkle WaPo
    @KunkleFredrick
    2) While I too am extremely proud of the Post and its legacy, this seems like an especially infuriating expense for a company that has: a) tried to take away health care insurance from part-time employees b) moved everyone toward riskier forms of health insurance #wapostrong

    I HOPE WE AS A COUNTRY NEVER STOP WATCHING THE INSTITUTIONS OF SPORTS LIKE FOOTBALL, BASEBALL,BASKETBALL….!!

    ANYWAY, MY POST IS MORE ABOUT THE WASHINGTON POST AD THAN THE SPORT AND IF I RESPECTED DJT, JR A LITTLE MORE, I’D BE GLAD HE FELT THE SAME WAY I DID!!

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  7. Sparky says:

    I would add to the advert, “Knowing Jesus keeps us free from lies in the WaPo, Huffington Post, CNN, etc.” 😉

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  8. Mal says:

    I couldn’t agree more with all the above. BOOOOOOORRRRRRING! Like my wife said, if she had taken the time, paid the high price for a ticket, flown in, hotel, etc. just to watch that game, she’d have been mad. I didn’t use to watch pro football much before the kneeling incident, and even less now. Like Bocopro said, the high school games are the most fun.
    When our youngest son Jim played football at Newport Harbor High School in the late ’70’s I filmed the games each week for the coach to use the following week during training. It was so much fun. So much team spirit. I couldn’t care less about the spoiled, over-paid athletes in all the sports today, and its a shame.

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, my sis Carla and her husband flew to EVERY GAME Columbia played when their son was playing for them…to NY!!! On JetBlue, nearly every weekend! Some of you parents are REALLY loyal and supportive!

    EVERYBODY…Facebook has a hilarious picture of some guy with tattoos across his arms and chest….it says CALIFORNIA on his very flat, toned midsection….the caption said “IN 30 YEARS, THAT WILL BE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” I laugh every time I see it!!!!

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  10. Mal says:

    Right, Z. Like some of us, the guy is in the “snap dragon” stage of life.
    What hasn’t snapped, is drag-‘in!

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  11. Kid says:

    Mal, Heh, that’s a new one. I’m not Quite there yet.

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, that’s very cute!

    Kid, not even close 🙂

    Seen on FB: I asked my daughter for a newspaper today…she said nobody reads newspapers anymore, “We use iPads”….That fly didn’t know what hit him!” HAA!

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  13. geeez2014 says:

    Also seen on FB: FOR MY GOLF LOVIN’ FRIENDS!

    Golf Is Better Than Sex!
    #9 below par performance is damn good.
    #8 U can stop 2 have burgers & beers. #7 4somes R encouraged.
    #6 U can still make $ doing it as a senior.
    #5. 3 xdaily IS possible.
    #4 UR partner doesn’t hire lawyer if U play w/someone else.
    #3 U can do it almost daily in Calif.
    #2 U don’t have 2 cuddle w/UR partner after
    #1 When UR equipment gets old U can replace it!

    Pardon for the ‘double intendres’, but it IS funny!

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  14. Kid says:

    More:

    You don’t have to sneak your golf magazines into the house.

    If you are having trouble with golf, it is perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to show you how to improve your technique

    The Ten Commandments do not say anything about golf.

    If your partner takes pictures or videotapes of you golfing, you don’t have to worry about them showing up on the Internet, then you become famous

    Your golf partner won’t keep asking questions about other partners you’ve golfed with

    It’s perfectly respectable to golf with a total stranger

    When you see a really good golfer, you don’t have to feel guilty about imagining the two of you golfing together.

    If your regular golf partner isn’t available, he/she won’t object if you golf with someone else.

    Nobody will ever tell you that you will go blind if you golf by yourself.

    When dealing with a golf pro, you never have to wonder if they are really an undercover cop.

    You don’t have to go to a sleazy shop in a seedy neighborhood to buy golf stuff.

    You can have a golf calendar on your wall at the office, tell golf jokes and invite co-workers to golf with you without getting sued for harassment

    There is no such thing as a golf transmitted disease

    If you want to watch golf on television, you don’t have to subscribe to a premium cable channel.

    Nobody expects you to promise to golf with just one partner for the rest of your life.

    Nobody expects you to give up golfing if your partner loses interest in the game.

    You don’t have to be a newlywed to plan a vacation primarily for the enjoyment of golf.

    Your golf partner will never say, “What” We just golfed last week! Is that all you ever think about”
    ______________________________________
    10. Choice of public or private courses
    9. Lessons are available
    8. If you’re good you can turn pro and do it full time
    7. Can clean balls at every hole
    6. Choice of wood, aluminum or graphite
    5. The less strokes the better
    4. If you lose a ball, you still have two left
    3. Threesomes and foursomes happen all the time
    2. Can pick the size of your shaft
    1. Every hole is well groomed and manicured ​

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  15. bocopro says:

    I’m pretty much disgusted with golf, too, along with the “major” sports.

    Started caddying when I was 13 and began playing when I turned 15 and the Country Club allowed junior memberships (annual fee was $100 . . . pretty stiff for 1955, and you couldn’t play on weekends unless you were with 2 full members). Still hadda pay partial greens fees, too.

    Got pretty good at it, ‘cept when I was on sea duty. Broke par a coupla times at Navy/Marine in Hawaii while stationed ashore there. Got the handicap down to 7 for a while. Birdied every par 3 and 4 and eagled every one of the 5s at one time or another. ‘Course I played 3 times a week, so . . . .

    But now the equipment has ruined the game. Clubs designed to minimize slices and/or hooks, balls that’ll go 300 yards with minimum effort, and the consequences of technological “advances” — longer yardages and time to play a round went from 4 to 5 hours.

    I’d like to see everyone required to use the same ball, the same clubs, and none of that distance-finder equipment and greens mapping. Clubs and balls standardized to go no farther than 300 yards by Iron Mike.

    Only personal touches would be the type of putter, shoes, and gloves, and even those would be regulated. Everything else would be like baseball, or football, or bowling, where all players use exactly the same equipment.

    Then it wouldn’t be driver-gap wedge on all the par 4s and driver-5-iron on the par 5s. Guys would need 3 shots to hit the par 5s, and they’d use every club in the bag on any given round. Pitching wedge and sand wedge only, and none of those hybrid fairway metals.

    You wanna get outta the rough, use your 5-wood or your 7-iron. And if the ball has settled in a divot or sparse turf, you gotta hit that 3-iron instead of the “trouble club.”

    That’s the way Arnie played it, and Gary, and Jack, and Sam, and Byron, and Ben . . . and especially Bobby.

    The equipment in golf today is like fishermen using nets and dynamite to bag a few trout or largemouth. Not fair.

    One day I might share my feelings on how to score football, ’cause the way it’s done now is loodicriss.

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  16. bocopro says:

    Incidentally, Kid . . . I have the ten commandments for golf. Ever seen ’em?

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  17. Kid says:

    Played golf once a week out in Arizona. Best score 82 from the pro tees.

    Enjoyed watching Nicklaus getting # 6 at the Masters. Used to like watching Freddie Couples practically fall asleep in his back swing.
    Loved watching Tiger chew through the record books until we discovered he was a scumbag.

    Haven’t had any interest in watching since. Since then it’s all guys with pink pants, white belts and Ledbetter swings that I couldn’t pick out of a crowd at WalMart. Boring.

    Hope you’re talking about the pros there. As an amateur, I appreciate a little help from things like Adams Tight Lies clubs and a 60 degree wedge. And it is the ball not the club that makes the distance. I have to laugh every time they come up with a new driver that “blows all the others” away. One of the pros years ago demonstrated that the newest/bestest driver would put the ball 300 down the fairway, then took out an 1800’s wooden club and put the ball 300 down the fairway…

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  18. Kid says:

    bocopro, I have not seen the 10 for golf.

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  19. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, great stuff…hope you enjoyed the Facebook ones I published!

    I have ZERO interest in golf but Dad played and watched it on TV….like watching paint dry, of course. HOWEVER< I do understand the game enough to have great respect for a player's good form and a great shot!!

    Bunkerville…let's see it!

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  20. Kid says:

    I did Z. Yea, you have to play to have the slightest appreciation for watching it on TV.

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  21. Kid says:

    Z, Great Shots. # 16 at TPC Scottsdale, Well known for well oiled fans that go nuts for good shots.
    1990-something. Tiger and some other guy on the Tee. Par 3. Other guy plays and puts the ball 3 feet from the pin. Tiger plays and puts it a foot and a half from the pin. Crowd goes absolutely wild. Good stuff. That was before we found out who he really was.

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  22. Kid says:

    Just looked up the 10 bocopro. Good stuff. We followed that. Always concerned with etiquette and speed of play. On temperament, one finds out quickly that you can find out more about a person playing a round of golf with them than being in social situations with them for a year. Surely, one of the main reasons golf is intertwined with business relationships.

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  23. WaPo spent millions on an ad to tell everyone how awesome they are. So much for workers.

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  24. Baysider says:

    As if the Graham family weren’t bad enough (at least it was a small town gossip rag with homegrown international news built in by geography then), think about who owns the Post now. The ads went off the cliff a few years back (remember that dark, grim content-less Detroit ad). NOTHING like “Herding Cats” or “The Green Police.”

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  25. bocopro says:

    Rules of Gawlph:

    1. A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed
    in the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried into
    the rough. Players should not be penalized for the erratic flight
    of the ball, which was made by a non-golfing machine which doesn’t
    understand such things.

    2. A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree.
    Hitting a tree cannot be classified as anything but plain bad luck,
    a phenomenon of whimsical Mother Nature, and certainly not a
    feature of a scientifically oriented activity. The player may
    estimate the distance the ball would have traveled under reasonable
    circumstances and play the ball from that point, preferably from a
    nice, firm tuft of grass. (Rule 1 obviously applies in placement.)

    3. There can be no such thing as a lost ball. A missing ball will
    eventually be found and pocketed by some other player; that makes
    it a STOLEN ball. There is no logical penalty for a stolen ball.

    4. A ball landing in a sand trap may be lifted, cleaned, and dropped
    in the fairway with no penalty. Anyone who wants to play in the
    sand would naturally go to the beach, not a golf course. (This
    rule has various other obvious applications, such as water hazards.)

    5. A putt which passes over any part of the cup without dropping in
    will be deemed as having dropped in. The law of gravity always
    takes precedence over such unpredictable vagaries as skill.

    6. A putt which stops close enough to the cup to cause any other
    player to remark “You could BLOW that one in” (or any reasonable
    facsimile of that reaction) may be blown in. The rule must not
    be applied if the ball is farther away from the hole than the
    width of the player’s hand. There is no reason to make a farce
    of the fine old game.

    7. A player who is distracted by various unexpected noises (such as
    cars backfiring; people on adjacent greens or tees making loud
    comments about their own play; passing airplanes; noisy birds;
    mating squirrels; buzzing insects; beepers; thunder; or stomach
    rumblings) to the degree that his shot is not up to his personal
    standards may perform the shot over without penalty. If the
    second shot is not preferable to the first, the player has the
    option to select either of the two shots for his score. (Rules
    1 – 4 apply. This rule may be used only once per hole in any
    18-hole game.)

    8. Since golf course maintenance is very costly, fees are often
    quite high. The game is meant for enjoyment, so if a player
    does not enjoy his game because of the condition of the course
    (grass too long, greens too bumpy, trees too shaggy, etc.), he
    shall be entitled to a fee refund of $1 per stroke over his normal
    score as determined by averaging the 5 best scores from his most
    recent 20 scores.

    9. Any male over 40 is considered to have the medical profession’s
    standing recommendation to play golf as often as possible to
    maintain his physical condition. This recommendation may be
    applied whenever or wherever the man believes it to be in his
    best interest. Weddings, funerals, shopping trips, routine
    household repairs, luncheons or dinners with in-laws, and other
    similar events are especially apropos.

    X. Rules governing any form of human activity are by nature generic
    and incomplete in that they can not anticipate every possibility.
    Traffic lights, for example, are for controlling traffic. But
    no mindless electrical device can replace human thought in extra-
    ordinary situations. At 3 a.m., a human coming to an intersection
    just as the light turns red knows better than the light if any
    other vehicles are moving in such a way as to present a problem
    for him. In fact, at 3 a.m., he’s probably the ONLY traffic, and
    he obviously can control the traffic (himself) better than some
    timed mechanism. Any golfer who finds himself in an extraordinary
    situation of any kind during play may therefore suspend any or all
    of the standard USGA rules of golf and manage the situation in the
    best way open to him, so long as such activity does not interfere
    with the actual play of other members of his group.

    ———————————————————————-
    I think I got 1 – 6 from a magazine several years ago. The last 4 are
    definitely mine.

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  26. Kid says:

    I could have used those rules many times. Especially the cellophane bridge over the hole that vaporizes once your ball passes over it.

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  27. Kid says:

    Z, Even better. Note where the other players ball is.

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  28. Mal says:

    That was the old Tiger, huh Kid? I started playing golf at age 65 when my late brother-in-law lived on a 9 hole executive course in Olympia, Wn. He was my Golf Guru and after he passed away, it just didn’t feel right playing w/o him. I never mastered the woods, and teed off with a 3 iron. Thats about it. Have to admit it was fun!

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  29. Kid says:

    Mal, Yea, the old Tiger. The one we all thought he was.

    When I was young the only courses in the area were Country Club based (I couldn’t play there) or cow pasture par 3’s. No golf programs in high school and I didn’t go to college.

    Sorry to hear you didn’t start til 65 ! I started at about age 30. My first game was one of my best for a good while ! From the 2nd game on the focus became what one could do wrong. I should have stuck with ‘Hit the ball with the stick thing’ instead of all the golf magazine and buddy ‘advice’ crap.

    Executive courses can be tough ! One in the Phoenix area had water on almost every hole. Like playing Doral with shorter distances and relative clubs but same challenges.

    Well, I loved it. I sure miss those golfing days for not only the game but the fellowship. Played with some darn good quality guys and had a ton of fun for 10+ years.

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