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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The unglamorous reality of the media

A 10-year news industry veteran explains that it's a lot different than it looks from the outside:
After spending over a decade working in medium-sized cities for different television affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS, I came to the conclusion the industry does nothing but spew corporate, government, and Marxist propaganda nonstop. I was not content to spout this propaganda any longer, and I had to get out.

I went into the career with quite a different illusion. From childhood, growing up in the country we believed in the illusions the puppet masters in the “big city” media were creating. The media’s vision of the world and of our government led us to believe it was all truly a shining city on the hill, and journalists were wonderful people serving the public interest and looking out for the little guy.

Growing up a poor kid, with no connections, no race or gender card to play, and no money, landing a job as a news anchor seemed like a far off fantasy. Many in high school, including my teachers believed I could never make it. After driving off to college in a broken down car with $800 in my pocket, hitting the ground running in a different state 500 miles from home, often working two jobs, I pushed harder than the other kids at my school and landed an on-air position while in college.

Further hard work and sacrifice landed me another job and then another in a highly competitive field. Meantime, I could have been out doing blow off a whore’s ass instead of studying calculus and other tough subjects, effectively sacrificing some of the best years of my life, but I figured the payoff would be worth the sacrifice and pushed through.

However, I began to lose respect for the media once I found out the truth about who works in it, how it operates, why it operates, who it operates in the interest of, and how it was treating me. Here are five reasons I grew to despise the mainstream media before striking out to do my own thing.
Can confirm. I was frankly astonished when I visited the building at KARE-11 in Minneapolis in 1993 or thereabouts. I had an on-set test there when they were considering the idea of having a regular segment on games; it did not go well, partly due to me, and partly because they insisted on having me play the game live while the anchor stand-in was talking to me.

But having been accustomed to corporate comfort, and being familiar with corporate luxury, it was really bizarre to see the faded carpets, the seventies furniture, and the cheap office furniture that looked like they'd inherited it from Honeywell in the 1950s.

And the sets are freaking cold! That's why you never see them sweat, they're all half-frozen to death.

Due to my newspaper column and being on the board of a TV station, there were a few media folks I got to know over time, and one or two I even came to like. But in the case of the latter, they were guys who had other things going for them than just their news media careers.

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Anonymous RedJack May 17, 2016 11:39 AM  

That is just about every industry in many points. The image is what is important, right up to the point the lights go out.

Blogger J Van Stry May 17, 2016 11:41 AM  

I used to know a guy who worked for a major TV station and he would always bitch to us about how hard his job was, and how tough.
We'd all laugh at him behind his back, because his job was so incredibly easy. The only thing that might be described as tough to deal with were the huge egos of the on-air talent.
They got more perks, more breaks, more vacations, and more at work parties than any job I'd ever heard of. And none of them were really all that talented or good at their jobs.

Anonymous Eduardo May 17, 2016 11:45 AM  

Heyyyy Vox, shame that back then, podcasts were not big! I bet you would have got the podcast job easily! You know...

No seriously... You would have been a great host Vox, shame that the Blog would probably not have existed

Well the media is technically the fourth power in the state, so getting disappointed with then is a certain as getting disappointed with the government. Everywhere isthe same thing, the media is the people's goggles to the world, everybody's personal stargate to "reality". It no wonder the media will eventually fail, because power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutelly

Anonymous Eduardo May 17, 2016 11:49 AM  

Redjack

Unless you are a male stripper or a go-go boy.

Anonymous Philalethes May 17, 2016 11:50 AM  

Original article (at Return of Kings): 5 Shocking Things I Learned From Working In The Mainstream Media

Thanks for pointing this out, it's an excellent article. Maybe I can use it to help explain to my sister (whose authority for news of the outside world is cable TV) why I don't regard Donald Trump as the Antichrist Incarnate. (Or maybe not – she may not be able to get past the red pill context. *Sigh*)

Blogger Panzerdude May 17, 2016 11:50 AM  

Please link the media guy's post. Would like to read his reasons.

Blogger Phelps May 17, 2016 11:52 AM  

The cold is easy to explain. The AC is too loud to run while you are rolling, so the trick is to run it down to freezing in the studio (like 55), and then kill the AC right as you go live. If you were there for the full hour, it would be back up into the 70s by then. When we wanted to reheat a pizza, we would literally just bring one of the fresnels down, park it about 18 inches from the pie, and let it shine on it for a couple of minutes.

Also, the gear in master control is really temperature temperamental, so you start losing calibration and glitches start coming in once things get above 80 or so, which does NOT take long in there.

Of course, I've been out of that world for 20 years, so who knows where the tech is now? I suppose the physics of just getting that much light on people and having that much electronics in a small place means it isn't THAT different now.

Blogger maniacprovost May 17, 2016 11:57 AM  

I suppose the physics of just getting that much light on people and having that much electronics in a small place means it isn't THAT different now.

LEDs. I doubt they're in widespread use, but they should be.

cheap office furniture that looked like they'd inherited it from Honeywell in the 1950s

I have been to Honeywell, and that's bad.

Blogger James Dixon May 17, 2016 12:00 PM  

> I came to the conclusion the industry does nothing but spew corporate, government, and Marxist propaganda nonstop.

What took him so long? That's been obvious to any outside observer since at least Rathergate.

Somewhat on topic, a quick look at the Google news page on my phone yesterday pretty much confirmed that NYT and Wapo are in full Trump attack mode already. I wonder if they realize that's only going to help him in the rest of America.

Anonymous Toastrider May 17, 2016 12:09 PM  

Has anyone here read Bernard Goldberg's book 'Bias'?

I argue that the liberal slant of the media goes back at least forty years, possibly fifty. At this point they've fossilized. The newsrooms are full of leftists happy to carry water for anyone sharing their views, and equally happy to blot out or discredit those that don't.

Blogger Scott Birch May 17, 2016 12:09 PM  

I worked in TV in the Middle East. Less Marxist but the conservatism did grate occasionally. It was like being in a factory. Producing for marketeers is freer, really. Ads are more creative and more honest than any of that 'serious' dreck. Apart from nature and crime documentaries, I guess. I like nature documentaries.

Blogger Gaiseric May 17, 2016 12:12 PM  

James Dixon wrote:I wonder if they realize that's only going to help him in the rest of America.
Of course not. Relatively speaking, hardly anyone really realizes it. I still know all kinds of despairing conservatives who simply cannot believe that Trump will overcome his negatives, or that the media will "let" him win. We're in a new generation of political operations, and really only a handful of people have actually realized it yet.

Blogger Dexter May 17, 2016 12:16 PM  

"The cold is easy to explain."

Also, the lights are incredibly hot - without subzero AC the people in front of the camera would sweat harder than Nixon in his debate with JFK.

Blogger Salt May 17, 2016 12:23 PM  

Hell, it's only television.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr May 17, 2016 12:40 PM  

TV has ALWAYS had a Leftist slant. The only difference between 1966 and 2016 is the shamelessness of the propaganda.

Blogger Earl May 17, 2016 12:41 PM  

Eduardo, you're a real hard buckaroo,aren't you

Blogger Iowahine May 17, 2016 1:07 PM  

Folks in radio/tv are largely successful if they possess same qualities as actors; there's a reason they're called "talent." The advent of visual media in 50s/60s finally gave actors/actresses a shot at steady employment, and most are liberal, not to mention folks associated with production.

Blogger Teri May 17, 2016 1:25 PM  

Remember that woman that worked for the Yelp call center in SF and bitched about the pay? I keep remembering that she said in the article that she wanted to work in the "media". Sounds like the pay isn't a lot different.

Blogger dc.sunsets May 17, 2016 1:31 PM  

Not every industry is shoddy behind the facade. When I worked for a Dow 30 pharma company it was lavish everywhere in the corp office.

Of course, when you find industries where the toilets are almost gold-plate, there's a good chance they're part of the system robbing you blind, deaf and dumb:
Higher Ed Cartel
Banking & Insurance Cartel
Pharma & Medical Industrial Complex

And let's not forget our friends at Big Law Firm, Inc, whose labors add incalculable cost to everything we do, we buy and every job we hope to land.

(Of course, most of this is part of the Equals Temple, rev. Jim Jones presiding, brought to you by the makers of Cherry KoolAid and KCN USP.)

Blogger dc.sunsets May 17, 2016 1:33 PM  

@15 TV has ALWAYS had a Leftist slant. The only difference between 1966 and 2016 is the shamelessness of the propaganda.

Yes, well, when "Ow, My Balls" went from the TV on Idiocracy to actual TV programming, that might explain why the level of propaganda went from an 8th grade reading level to a 2nd grade reading level.

Anonymous JJ Timmins May 17, 2016 1:34 PM  

Stay in media. We need conservatives in media. That's where we're making our biggest strides. We can't win by saying 'fuck it' and quitting and being hermits on the Internet.

Anonymous Ryan May 17, 2016 1:46 PM  

My nephew is the editor of a small town newspaper. He's liberal, progressive, and communist.

Topics of discussion at family get-togethers are...

1) global warming
2) the menus of various restaurants
3) his favorite basketball players
4) liberal talking points
5) movies

Should mention he is unmarried at 40, overweight, uncoordinated, poorly paid, and has poor hygene.

Other than that, he's fine.



Anonymous Gen. Kong May 17, 2016 1:49 PM  

I just cannot resist putting up an old quote from our host about these folks:

Where would we be without the lessons of television, wherein one is regaled by lectures from hairsprayed individuals with orange makeup, straight white teeth and double-digit IQs?

In a better place, I expect. The article doesn't really contain anything surprising, apart from evidence of the shaky finances - which is good news for a change. It's also interesting to note that 75% of their audience is female. As I mentioned on the earlier thread Lügenpresse is perfect. Perhaps not a perfect as 'Ministry of Truth' but Orwell is way over the heads of the idiocracy who makes up the audience of this gang of liars. Only a complete deluded moron would fail to comprehend that they lie continually about everything. Yet another argument in favor of abolition of voting for women. Even the old Team Calvin captain John Knox understood this much. (He was griping about queens - no not the Milo kind - and would no doubt be in full apoplexy at what we see every day now.)

Back to the shaky finances, I have to keep on wondering though… Why aren't they dead yet? They all should have been belly up years ago. How many decades has the New York Times had one foot in the grave and the other on the proverbial banana-peel? Some invisible economic hand seems to be keeping it from sliding into its well-earned position in the cess-pit of history. Loathsome is hardly an adequate term to describe those who run these places, and most of those who work for them.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr. May 17, 2016 1:55 PM  

Advertising, General Kong. Advertising keeps the Propaganda Press afloat. Or rather, was keeping it afloat...the Internet is swamping the advertising business.

Anonymous Gen. Kong May 17, 2016 2:07 PM  

I still know all kinds of despairing conservatives who simply cannot believe that Trump will overcome his negatives, or that the media will "let" him win.

I can still remember when George Herbert Walker Bush finally blew up like furious terrier and attacked Dan Rather as a leftist propagandist during his run against Dukakis (he spoke the truth in other words): His poll numbers skyrocketed. Cucks love being lied to and are more than ready to believe whatever they're told by Llord Bankfein and the other genocidal criminals running the show. That's why a cuck is merely temporary status at the end of the day. You either take the red pill, start to come-to and fight or you end up as a zek or a corpse. The time of choosing is coming to an end.

Anonymous Philalethes May 17, 2016 2:13 PM  

Advertising keeps the Propaganda Press afloat. Or rather, was keeping it afloat...the Internet is swamping the advertising business.

I was somewhat astonished to learn some 30 years ago, during a brief stint pasting up the classified pages for a local weekly "alternative" paper, that it is actually, traditionally classified advertising that pays most of the bills for newspapers. So a lot of what's killing them is craigslist – which is hardly a bastion of "conservatism" of any stripe.

Blogger The Z Blog May 17, 2016 2:20 PM  

The alcoholism rates are astounding. Long ago I used to stop at a bar near a TV station. I was young and it was where we would meet after work for a few pops. I'd see the local news team in there getting destroyed every time I was there. One guy, a sportscaster I think, would stagger out an hour before he was due on the air. I guess he sobered up enough in time to do his five minutes on air. He would stagger back still wearing some of his makeup.

Blogger Lovekraft May 17, 2016 2:35 PM  

I think there may be approaching the point where there will be a distinct physiognomy of the sjw. Watching youtube videos like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DELRwUvPNs

gives you some notion.

The feminist has the google-y eyes, the mangina has the slouch, the white knight has a weak chin, and so on.

Only raising this point out of curiosity whether there are trends in this area.

Blogger SQT May 17, 2016 2:56 PM  

I worked for a TV show in Los Angeles in the mid 90's and found out quickly the whole town is infested with leftist lunatics. The whole industry lives in an alternate reality. I only lasted a year before I had to leave to save my sanity.

Anonymous rubberducky May 17, 2016 4:10 PM  

Who's the greater fool? The sucker who actually believed there was integrity in the news business and worked hard to get it? Or that guy doing lines of the ass of a whore instead? Conundrum.

Blogger kurt9 May 17, 2016 4:39 PM  

Its just like the Don Henley song from the early 80's: Dirty Laundry

"We all know that crap is king. Give us dirty laundry"

Anonymous NateM May 17, 2016 4:47 PM  

I guess that's what makes Anchorman so appealing. Leftos don't realize the stereotype of idiots and drinks with good hair getting paid for about 28 minutes of work per day as much to their industry today as it does to the industry of the 70s

Blogger Kona Commuter May 17, 2016 5:15 PM  

In my household only my wife watches TV.

I sometimes suffer the news but it annoys me immensely. What? With their half truths, reporting human interest stories and dwelling on trivial information. Throw in advertisements (sometimes masquerading as stories), weather, sports, banter between the hosts and allocating time to promoting other shows coupled with click-bait stories. It boils down to about 3 to 5 minutes of actual news.

I used to enjoy movies but they annoy me as well now when you can see their social agenda. The new Ghost Busters is going to be an absolute disaster ;-)

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 17, 2016 5:42 PM  

Fun fact, a guy in Koanic's forum did a reconstruction of a melonhead skull and it looked exactly like Bill O' Reilly, if he were copping a severe expression.

Anonymous Joe Blowe May 17, 2016 6:14 PM  

Toastrider wrote:I argue that the liberal slant of the media goes back at least forty years, possibly fifty.

Radio and TV has been liberal, i.e. Globalist, since FDR forced Father Coughlin off the air.

Blogger Jew613 May 17, 2016 6:24 PM  

Journos were always slanted to the Left, but they at least had a blue collar distrust of the powerful. Now they media want to be part of the power structure. The only news organizations worth anything tend to be considered alternative, particularly when it comes to investigative journalism.

Anonymous Susan May 17, 2016 6:56 PM  

The news media have been lying their whoring arses off since the days of Uncle Walter. Cronkite brazenly lied about the Vietnam war because he knew that there was no way for the public to fact check it. Besides, who would ever believe that Uncle Walter would ever deceive the nation like he did?

The book that came out during Kerry's campaign about the Vietnam Swift Boater guys, telling the truth about so much of that war, ripped the total mask off the liars of the media complex. That was why some of the media personalities blew up.
The book rightly exposed their game.
Even the North Vietnamese general in his autobiography expressed extreme shock at how Cronkite was boldly lying. Because according to the General, the North was within 6 weeks of surrender. Cronkite's lies gave them new momentum and the victory.

Cronkite needs to rot in the Lake of Fire for what he did. Most of us have been lied to for our entire lives, and until the internet came about, we had no way to fact check the media.

Anonymous Eduardo May 17, 2016 7:04 PM  

Well I have on good authority, Jesse Ventura, that you people went to Vietnam because of Religion. Or as he said "even Vietnam, I learned, was because of Religion"

And that all wars are caused by Religion too...

Where have I heard that before!?!

Blogger SciVo May 17, 2016 8:17 PM  

@ Lovekraft: Only raising this point out of curiosity whether there are trends in this area.

Yes. Haven't I linked this before? Guess The Supporters’ Presidential Candidate

Blogger Were-Puppy May 17, 2016 9:21 PM  

@9 James Dixon
Somewhat on topic, a quick look at the Google news page on my phone yesterday pretty much confirmed that NYT and Wapo are in full Trump attack mode already.
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WaPo has been full on attack mode since GrabGate

Blogger Were-Puppy May 17, 2016 9:32 PM  

@28 Lovekraft
Only raising this point out of curiosity whether there are trends in this area.
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I do recall most of the female(?) SJWs looked strangely alike.
As well as the male(?) SJWs looked strangely alike.

Going by the pics the Ninja of Mockery used to put here.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 17, 2016 9:33 PM  

@29 SQT

I worked for a TV show in Los Angeles in the mid 90's and found out quickly the whole town is infested with leftist lunatics. The whole industry lives in an alternate reality. I only lasted a year before I had to leave to save my sanity.
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A friend once said the same thing about working at CNN.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 17, 2016 9:34 PM  

@30 rubberducky

Who's the greater fool? The sucker who actually believed there was integrity in the news business and worked hard to get it? Or that guy doing lines of the ass of a whore instead? Conundrum.
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WAG would be the sucker. Because the one doing the lines failed faster.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 17, 2016 9:37 PM  

@38 Eduardo

And that all wars are caused by Religion too...

Where have I heard that before!?!
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A Bearded Marxist?

Anonymous mature-Craig May 17, 2016 9:42 PM  

the liars of the media complex

this is how I rank the trustworthy-ness of the American news media on a scale of 1-10

CBN News 10
Fox News channel 4
ABC-NBC-CBS-CNN 2
MSNBC 0

but that's just me

Anonymous Jack Amok May 17, 2016 10:12 PM  

Of course, when you find industries where the toilets are almost gold-plate, there's a good chance they're part of the system robbing you blind, deaf and dumb:
Higher Ed Cartel


In college, I had a show on the college radio station. We had nice, state-of-the-art gear (for the time), new furniture, etc. I parlayed that into a job at a local commercial station.

Yikes.

The transmitter was a 40 year-old army surplus relic using vacuum tubes the size of watermelons, the carpet was musty from when the plumbing broke, and the DJ's chair in the on-air booth squeaked. The thing I sat on while talking on the air would squeak if I moved, and we couldn't get a replacement.

Anonymous JAG May 18, 2016 12:13 AM  

@45 -

I rank them like this:

OAN - 8
Fox - 2
ABCNNBCBS - 0
MSNBC - 0

Anonymous halp May 18, 2016 12:38 AM  

Growing up a poor kid, with no connections, no race or gender card to play, and no money, landing a job as a news anchor seemed like a far off fantasy. Many in high school, including my teachers believed I could never make it. After driving off to college in a broken down car with $800 in my pocket, hitting the ground running in a different state 500 miles from home, often working two jobs, I pushed harder than the other kids at my school and landed an on-air position while in college.

Further hard work and sacrifice landed me another job and then another in a highly competitive field. Meantime, I could have been out doing blow off a whore’s ass instead of studying calculus and other tough subjects, effectively sacrificing some of the best years of my life, but I figured the payoff would be worth the sacrifice and pushed through.
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too much self pity

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 18, 2016 1:14 AM  

OT: /r/The_Donald has been co-opted by SJWs almost overnight. The mods were purged and replaced with new mods who censored all discussion of the sudden changes.

Details here for those interested.

Anonymous Littlest Hellhound May 18, 2016 1:30 AM  

Newspapers, magazines and, to a lesser extent TV/radio, have suffered from the rise of the Internet. People expect free content and adverts don't need to be in print magazines or on a small number of TV channels. For this reason, the media has become - for the most part - a cool, badly paid job done by the already-rich. Moreover, no one has the time for proper reporting or investigative journalism. Newsrooms increasingly churn press releases and celebrity gossip.

Journalists (as opposed to newspaper owners) always tended to be left-wing, but when the job was a disreputable skilled trade, they cared about the lives of ordinary people. Now they're more likely to be a spotty 24-year-old earning $15,000 writing ten click-bait articles a day.

Anonymous Eric the Red May 18, 2016 1:35 AM  

All the left's pretenses over the last 40 years are now passe... they and their media mouthpieces are feeling the flush of almost total power, and now they are completely unconcerned with charges of hypocrisy, fairness, balance, etc. etc. Instead it's submit or suffer the consequences to anyone who crosses them.

So my question is, why isn't the alt-right doing the same? It's open warfare now, but one side is still not getting its strategic and tactical shit together. 4GW skirmishes like GamerGate are good, but they're still only one-offs.

Blogger rho May 18, 2016 1:40 AM  

The transmitter was a 40 year-old army surplus relic using vacuum tubes the size of watermelons

They use it because it works.

Terrestrial TV and radio are ubiquitous because they have remained essentially unchanged since Marconi. Even the transition to DTV didn't rock the boat all that much. Radio is worse than TV because even the cheapest freebie AM radio from 1971 can still pick up AM talk radio.

(You'll notice that TV remotes still use a van with an extensible directional antenna and don't depend on Skype on iPhones with Wifi hotspots.)

There's much to complain about terrestrial radio and TV, but the technology isn't the main culprit.

Here's a thought experiment. Imagine you could buy a device for $3 that would offer dozens of real-time audio streams of good music, local, national and international news, and educational programs. Imagine that for only $100 you can buy a device that included video of the same music, news and educational programming.

By any metric, that's great technology. (It might take a few years of Ricardian economics to get the technology down to a $3/$100 price point, but let's skate past that for now.) The fact that we use that technology to elevate horrible music, news and education is a slur on us, not the technology.

(Note to self: suggest to atheists that the best proof for God is that humans told us God said we were assholes, and we proved that He existed by following through.)

Anonymous Bukulu May 18, 2016 3:10 AM  

Kona Commuter @ 33:

"In my household only my wife watches TV. "

Blow Up Your TV.

Seriously. Nothing good can come of your wife watching it.

Anonymous Anonymous Rice Alum #4 May 18, 2016 7:42 AM  

That invisible economic hand is provided by Carlos Slim, Mexican telecom tycoon and the richest man in the world. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Slim

Quoting La Wik:
In 2008 Slim took a 6.4% stake valued at $27 million in the troubled New York Times Company, as the global recession and declining advertising revenues took a particularly heavy toll on print-based "old media" companies across the United States.[22] Slim increased his stake to 8% by 2012.[43] Slim's stake in the Times increased again to 16.8% on January 20, 2015 when he exercised stock options to purchase 15.9 million shares, making him the largest shareholder in the company.

Take a minute for that to sink in. A Mexican billionaire who profits from phone calls between the US and Mexico is the biggest shareholder of the NY Times, which just happens, by coincidence, to editorialize in favor of mass Third World immigration. Nope, no conflict of interest here...

Anonymous mature craig May 18, 2016 7:56 AM  

Re 130 but there are people on the internet that have just gone off the deep end that don't help anyone

Anonymous mature craig May 18, 2016 9:22 AM  

Actually I like Fox more than that They are pretty darn trustworthy. I am not qualified to rate them

Blogger SQT May 18, 2016 4:27 PM  


Journalists (as opposed to newspaper owners) always tended to be left-wing, but when the job was a disreputable skilled trade, they cared about the lives of ordinary people. Now they're more likely to be a spotty 24-year-old earning $15,000 writing ten click-bait articles a day.


The Internet has been a massive game changer. When I got my job in television I was paid $45k a year and that was on the low end of the pay scale. I used to get paid, not much, to write articles and reviews for a local newspaper. Now, you're get paid in review copies of the books because so many bloggers are willing to do it for free. All in all I don't mind. I'd rather see the free flow of information rather than an industry controlled by a small number of elites. Granted- you still can't always trust every source, but it's not too hard to parse through all the competing sites to get the real story.

Anonymous mature-Craig May 18, 2016 8:01 PM  

actually there is one person at the local ABC station that I think incredibly highly of. and I should probably give Fox News Channel a 5, CNN a 3 and MSNBC a 2, at least they get up in the morning and groom themselves every day,

Anonymous mature-Craig May 18, 2016 8:03 PM  

also I think there is an inherent problem with getting paid to bring "news" to people but I don't have a solution

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