The MSNBC Interview: Pinellas County D. E. C. Chairwoman Susan McGrath and Pinellas County R. E. C. Chairman Nick DeCegile


Link: MSNBC: The Interview by Thomas Roberts with Susan McGrath and Nick DeCegile

The MSNBC Interview: Pinellas County D. E. C. Chairwoman Susan McGrath and Pinellas County R. E. C. Chairman Nick Decegile

Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Mar. 12 Sat. E. S. T. 04:14

At 2:39PM on Wednesday, 08 March, 2016, Susan McGrath appeared on the afternoon coverage of the 2016 Primary election on The Place For Politics on MSNBC. Susan McGrath is the Chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee that operates the Democratic Party in Pinellas County in the state of Florida. Also appearing in the same interview was Nick DiCegile. Nick DeCegile is Chair of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee that operates the Republican Party in Pinellas County. The interview was conducted by MSNBC host Thomas Roberts. The Chairs represented their parties and discussed the election for the 4 minute, 17 second interview.

One poll that was discussed is the Florida Decides Statewide Poll that indicates Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by 1% in a general election match up with Trump getting 45% of the vote and Clinton getting 44% of the vote with 12% undecided conducted between March 04- 06, ’16. The polls discussed completely omitted any polling results indicating the status of Bernie Sanders in the primary election. This was odd considering that the polling results displayed in the interview graphics indicated results for all four of the remaining Republican presidential candidates.

This type of coverage by MSNBC just reinforces the perception by Sanders supporters of a bias in the major media corporations against the Sanders campaign and is fairly obvious evidence of that bias. In the entire interview there was only one mention of Bernie Sanders by name and that was by Thomas Roberts, the MSNBC interviewer. John Kasich was also not mentioned although a poll result for Governor Kasich was displayed in the Republican candidate poll results. To be fair, this interview was not an in depth discussion of each individual candidate but there was the predictable focus on Donald Trump.

One issue discussed in the interview was the difference in the perceived interest in, involvement with and predictability of the candidates, the major parties and the elections. It was noted that there is more focus on and interest in the Republican candidates. This was discussed with the implicit assumption that more interest is positive and less interest is negative. This is a sweeping generalization that most certainly does not automatically apply in this unprecedented and weird 2016 primary election.

Just because the Republican party presidential candidates are receiving more attention overall, almost completely because of the rather bizarre candidacy of Donald Trump does not mean that this attention is positive. Quite to the contrary. At the current time, this increased attention is based primarily on the attention to Donald Trump’s negative behavior. And his behavior and the conduct of his campaign is frequently terrible and a national embarrassment. This is increasingly causing national and now international serious concern at what is happening in this election cycle in the United States. To quote a phrase used by Trump himself….. “what the [h e double- tooth pick] is going on?” Sorry, this is a PG article.

A secondary source of the increased attention to the Republican presidential candidates is the imitative behavior by some of the other Republican presidential candidates of Trumpenstein’s unacceptable, immature and crude bad behavior. This is triggering a degradation of the standards of conduct by some of the other candidates, most notably Marco Rubio. His employment of this level of conduct in one of the recent Republican candidate debates is now widely perceived as failing and backfiring on him. His embrace of this tactic further degrades the process and was so bad that his own family expressed embarrassment at it and he repudiated his own engagement in this type of conduct.  The one candidate that is a positive exception to this mess is arguably the most qualified Republican candidate still conducting a campaign, Ohio governor John Kasich (pronounced K-sick)!

The situation in the Republican Party is now so bad that there is strong, open, direct conflict in the party with at least two factions in conflict, delineated directly by their relationship to the front- running candidate, Donald Trump. They are quite obviously the pro and anti Donald Trump groups. Some party members are now openly and strongly opposing Trump, their own front- runner, reminiscent of the “anyone but Romney” movement of the 2012 election cycle. Other Republicans are openly stating they will vote for a Democrat, refusing to vote for a person like Donald Trump for President. And they are admitting that this may cause the Republican candidate to lose and consider this to be a better alternative than having Trump as a Republican President. Wow! This is crazy. This is why the Republican candidates are attracting a lot of attention and this is not a positive development. Conservative columnist David Brooks has been critical of this scenario for months and has been lamenting the seriousness and negativity of this process in the Republican Party in 2016. It’s the train wreck you can’t stop watching even though the blood is spurting and the severed limbs are flying. Can Trumpenstein be over now, please? This is not funny anymore.

One last issue should be discussed to complete this article. Pinellas County R. E. C. Chair Nick DiCegile stated during this interview the following statement: “We are looking at a coronation of Hillary Clinton on the, on the left. Ah, and of course the super delegates and their very influential role in this process….. you can say it’s a, it’s a rigged system if you will. And again, it’s a coronation of, of Hillary Clinton on the left.” What? Nick DiCegile is either very uninformed or is deliberately ignoring or misrepresenting the facts regarding the Democratic Party presidential candidates. Either way, he is totally wrong. The election process is anything but a “coronation”. In fact, it is the exact opposite of that. There are strong, tough and persevering campaigns being conducted by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party Primary elections, with a vigorous rivalry playing out in state after state across the country in the early primary election states. Were you in Iowa for the Iowa caucus? I was! Besides the party run caucus process being inherently less organized and more problem prone than a state run primary election, there was the obvious bias of the Democratic Party caucus for Hillary Clinton. Despite this, the Sanders campaign was competive with this so called “coronation”.  It was also interesting to note the dirty tricks of the “Christian” Cruz campaign originated “Voter Violation” form and the lie about the Carson campaign ending.  In February, the Sanders campaign raised $41.5 million with about $6 million of that amount raised in about 1 day! This was more than any other presidential candidate in either major party raised in February, 2016. With all these facts being obvious for weeks or months it is positively laughable to characterize the Democratic Party primary election process as a “coronation”. Next false statement please.


Beatles Record Producer George Martin Dies At Age 90


Beatles Record Producer George Martin Dies At Age 90

Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Mar. 09 Wen. E. S. T. 06:10

It was just announced a few minutes ago on MSNBC’s First Look early morning news program that Sir George Martin has died at age 90. George Martin was the record producer that first produced and recorded a then almost unknown English band from Liverpool, England first called the Silver Beatles and then simply the Beatles. Yes, that Beatles.

Martin was a pioneer in record producing, recording engineering and production of modern popular music and also comedy recordings on the Parlaphone label in England, working with his assistant Geoff Emerick.  Sir George was the producer for the Beatles from June, 1962 until 1970, all the way until the final “Let It Be” album that was produced by the legendary record producer Phil “Wall Of Sound” Spector. He was sometimes known as “the fifth Beatle” and produced 13 albums and 22 singles for the Beatles.

He lived through the era in the 1960’s that saw an veritable explosion of interest in modern rock popular music exemplified by the Beatles and the so called “British Invasion” and development of modern multi- track studio recording techniques and equipment. People sometimes forget that early Beatles albums were recorded on just 4 tracks, which was a lot at the time. He was the producer for such famous and historic albums as “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver” and “Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. What a life. I revered him for his place in history and for his place in an industry that I have spent a lot of time in during my life. George Martin, go with God. There is a good article in the New York Times about George Martin today.

New York Times article about Sir George Martin

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On Spectrum 360 in this edition for Mon. 07 Mar. ‘16:

The focus of this program is the environment, politics and film.

*Live- via telephone: an interview with Brian Lee, co- founder and Director of Research and Policy with ReThink Energy Florida on the defeat of S. B. 318, the pro- fracking bill that failed in the Florida Senate.                                                                                                                                                      *Live- via telephone: an interview with Michael Fox, State Director of Progressive Democrats of America on the primary elections and the Bernie Sanders campaign.         *Recorded: a review of the great documentary film “Hot Water” about the uranium mining industry and the terrible problem with uranium contamination in ground water across the country. This is an important film!                                                                                                  *Live- in studio: a short remembrance of Nancy Reagan in memoriam                               *And maybe even more…..!

On next week’s Spectrum 360…..

a preview of the primary election in Florida on Tues. 15 Mar. ’16, the Jim Hightower Commentary and so much more. J

The Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Debate on CNN Is Happening Now

_DSC1266Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Mar. 06 Sun. 20:49

CNN is broadcasting the latest debate of the Democratic Party Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton right now. Tune in to listen to a spirited debate. This debate is being conducted in Flint, Michigan, the city severely affected by the lead pollution in the city water supply city- wide due to government mis- management.  The debate continues until 10:00PM E. S. T.

The entire debate is re- broadcast at 12:00AM E. S. T. on CNN. So you can watch then as well.

T. Nancy Reagan, Wife Of Former U. S. President Ronald Reagan And Former First Lady Dies

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Nancy Reagan, Wife Of Former U. S. President Ronald Reagan And Former First Lady Dies

Mark Skogman Senior Reporter Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Mar. 06 Sun. 14:46

Nancy Reagan, the wife of former U. S. President Ronald Reagan and former First Lady died today. The cause has been reported as congestive heart failure. She died at her home in Los Angeles at age 94. She will be buried next to President Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Yes, the “just say no” lady is deceased. She appeared in 11 films as an actress and met Ronald Reagan in 1949 on a film lot. Nancy Reagan, rest in peace. Condolences to her children, including Ronald Reagan, Jr. and her entire family and friends from Spectrum 360.

The Democratic Party Presidential Preference Primary Election In South Carolina- 2016: The Returns

The Democratic Party Presidential Preference Primary Election In South Carolina- 2016: The Returns

Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Feb. 27 Sat. 22:53

Saturday, 27 February 2016 is the day that South Carolina conducted the Democratic Party Presidential Preference Primary Election. The candidates? U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Former U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Also listed on the Democratic Party ballot were Martin O’Malley and Willie Wilson. Martin O’Malley ended his campaign weeks ago and is no longer a candidate.

The polls were open in South Carolina from 7AM to 7PM. At 7:01PM tonite, MSNBC declared Hillary Clinton as the winner of the South Carolina Democratic Party Primary election. Yes, that is correct, 7:01PM with 1% of the vote reported. As of 10:45PM, the South Carolina State Election Commission reports that Hillary Clinton has received 73.44% of the vote with 269,356 votes cast and Bernie Sanders has received 26.00% of the vote with 95,369 votes cast.

The consensus before the election with many people was that Hillary Clinton would probably win the Primary election with many African American voters supporting Clinton. African Americans comprise 27.8% of the population of South Carolina as of 2014 according to the U. S. Census Bureau.

My information based on the experiences of Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers in the Charleston area was that there were many undecided voters in the one to two weeks before the election with many voters open to voting for Bernie Sanders and that they were encountering a small number of Clinton supporters. This however was anecdotal and not in any way a scientific poll. On Fri., 12 Feb. ’16 MSNBC National Correspondent Joy Reid reported from Columbia, South Carolina that when accompanying Sanders canvassers in the field and talking to African American voters she was finding no Clinton supporters. She did concede that this experience was contradicting published poll results indicating strong support for Clinton in South Carolina.

Tonite, we found out what the reality on the ground was and it indicates that polling prior to election day was accurate and that Hillary Clinton has won the election. African Americans age 65 or over voted for 96% for Clinton and 3% for Sanders. African Americans under age 30 voted 56% for Clinton and 43% for Sanders. These figures were according to South Carolina exit polls. The delegate count as of today indicates that Clinton won 24 delegates and Sanders won 8 delegates. The total delegate counts for each candidate stand at Clinton with 93 delegates and Sanders with 60 delegates. Remember that as of this date, it is still early in the process with 2383 delegates needed for the nomination and it is still three days before the so called “Super Tuesday” states vote on Tues., 01 March.

One other thing is also certain. In looking at the voter turn out in South Carolina, there is not a single county in the state indicating a voter turn out higher than 24.31% as of this time. The 24.31% figure happened in Fairfield County in northern South Carolina. The state wide voter turnout rate was 12.51%. Senator Sanders has stated throughout his campaign that when the voter turn out is high he will win and when voter turn out is low he will lose. With this level of voter participation, the probability that he would win was low and he did lose. What will the results of Super Tuesday be? All of us will find out in three days.