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Gordon Deal Is a Self-Described Gatherer

“I’m not a news organization. I source everything. We don’t have correspondents. I’ll always tell you where the story is coming from.”

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Only hot dogs and beer have spent more time in sports stadiums than Gordon Deal.

In 2011, he became the New York Giants PA announcer at MetLife Stadium. Today he’s the PA announcer for the New York Giants football club, a job he snared in 2011. “That’s the year they went on to win the Super Bowl,” Deal said. “This season will be my 12th season.”

Deal did the same for the New York Knicks. He was also a PA announcer for the New York Liberty of the WNBA.

“The year I joined the Giants in 2011, they went on to win the Super Bowl later that year. This season will be my 12th.

Deal spent a lot of time in the booth for Rutgers football. Play-by-play broadcasting was always close to his heart, and he says that a play-by-play guy is essentially a breaking news reporter in the grander scheme of things.

“What I mean by that is you’re talking about something that is unfolding before your eyes. You’re the voice at the scene of the fire, with flames pouring out the window. That’s like calling a pass play, interception, or a blocked punt. It’s always breaking news.”

“My first public address gig was at Rutgers, when at WRSU. I was randomly asked to announce a women’s volleyball game. These, to me, at the time, were the most beautiful women on the planet, so I may have had ulterior motives.”

Deal believes professional teams these days are looking for a ‘homer atmosphere’ rather than the unbiased announcers.

“I used to do that ‘homer’ stuff for the New York Knicks. The fans responded. In football, if the other team has the ball, I’ll really play up the ‘It’s third-down.’ Trying to rally the crowd.”

His ambitions to be a play-by-play guy started in his driveway. He would shoot hoops, envisioning hitting the game-winning shot. I was that suburban kid who had a basketball hoop nailed to the side of the house, and I’d narrate myself playing.

‘Deal moves to his right… it’s a floater to beat the buzzer. Nets win. Nets win.’ He did the same thing with a soccer goal rigged up between two trees in the yard.

Since the beginnings of mankind, there have been the proverbial hunters and gatherers. For daily news, Deal is most definitely a self-described gatherer.

“I’m an aggregator,” Deal said. “I’m not a news organization. I source everything. We don’t have correspondents. I’ll always tell you where the story is coming from.”

Deal said you might not like his sources, but that’s not something he can control.

“I’ll get an email or tweet accusing me of bias on one thing or another,” Deal explained. “You could drill down all day and not find bias in what I do. If you say you have proof of something, show it to me. Prove I’m a liberal or on the right.”

He said on Twitter that he’s willing to take a kick in the pants if he’s wrong. “Still, show me I’m wrong. I get it from both sides. That’s a good sign.”

“We do a news analysis on our show. We compliment those with sound bites. My job between 5:00 and 7:00 in the morning is to make you the most knowledgeable listeners out there.”

Deal worked at WINS and WCBS as a writer and reporter. Later, he worked for The Wall Street Journal This Morningwhich went belly up in 2014. Deal’s show, This Morning with Gordon Deal, is available on over 300 terrestrial radio stations. It’s also on TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audacy, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Pandora.

Deal attended Rutgers and graduated in communications in 1989. Like most first-year college students, Deal had no idea what he wanted to do. “I guess I chose a generic degree. My grades were so bad, I was on academic probation in my freshman year. I was too stupid to keep a routine. I thought I was going to play soccer.”

He said he didn’t have the grades to declare communications as a major, so he took business classes until his GPA was high enough to declare communications.

“It was a communication degree, not broadcast journalism,” he explained. “This was a curriculum that didn’t include sitting behind a microphone to hone skills. WRSU was our radio station, and I found out they were looking for people to work there,” Deal said. “Everything I learned about radio broadcasting came from there.”

“I wasn’t the most informed guy back then. I could tell you the name of the assistant coach at Boise State, but I couldn’t name the governor of my own state.”

In school, Deal started writing for The Daily Targum.

(I know. I had to look up Targum.)

“Some of my classmates were writing for the paper. Then in the same paper, there was an ad for the radio station. They were looking for people to do music, news, sales, sports.”

When a play-by-play gig opened up at Rutgers, they didn’t have to ask Deal twice. “I liked to travel, and the school was picking up the tab. I got to fly on the plane with the teams. It was a dream come true.”

After Rutgers, Deal Joined the local radio station, WCTC. It was Rutgers’ flagship for sports. WCTC was the first radio station built post WWII.

“I was hired as a news guy, but I was promised the chance to climb the play-by-play ladder as time went on.”

“You have to tell a good story as an announcer. When I listen to the guys in the booth, it’s all about the stories for me. There are a lot of complaints about announcers, but they’re critical to the experience.

Deal said he makes sure he’s discussing the right angle for the story. To prepare for his shows, he listens to talk radio and sports.

“I’m trying to absorb it all so I can ask good questions. I need to know as much as the average listener.”

His show doesn’t take calls. During any 60 minutes, you will hear a range of talk from trendy stories or something that piques Deal’s interest. “In one segment, I might spend four minutes of analysis on how pro-life advocates will take their fight to the states. For the next six minutes, you’ll hear why homeowners in Boise are experiencing dropping home prices. I like to mix things up. That’s the pace we like.”

He said he does have fun doing a segment called ‘Mike Drop.’ This segment features producer Mike Gavin’s humorous but entirely true yet outlandish stories from around the world.

“It focuses on stupid criminals. That’s where we let our personalities fly, and listeners love it. It proves we’re not robots.”

“We don’t bring people into the studio. I’m outside of Princeton, New Jersey,” Deal said. “Some oil executive isn’t going to be strolling into our little studio. I’d say 90 percent of our broadcast is news. The rest is industry analysis and entertainment.”

Lots of good things have happened to Deal. Unfortunately, some memories are not so pleasant. A man might judge himself by how he treated an ailing person. In that case, Deal said he felt a strong sense of duty to his dad. In 2012, he became the New York Giants PA Announcer at MetLife Stadium.

“My father died more than a year ago,” Deal said. As close as he was to his dad, he’s said he’s holding up pretty well. “When he had his stroke, we felt we lost him that day. He struggled physically, but I think the hardest part for us was the fact he could no longer speak.”

Deal’s father was a salesman, and he lived off his ability to speak. “He could walk into a room and chat with anybody,” Deal explained. For him to lose his speech was particularly grueling. “No more stories from Dad. No more hearing about his old red-neck stories from Georgia.”

After five years of struggle, Deal said they were almost relieved when he passed. Not because they didn’t love him. They only had a shell of the man he once was.

“He was my hero,” Deal said. “I loved him. We had a country music bond between us. It was hard to see an old sales guy lose his most valued asset-his words.”

There’s a video of Deal singing with his father to work on his father’s speech therapy. “It was a Toby Keith and Willie Nelson mashup,” Deal said. “We’d piece together some songs. One of the hardest aspects was we could see him formulating a response to a question, but the words wouldn’t come out. He couldn’t muster an answer.”

His mother is still with him. “She’s as sharp as a tack, fit as a fiddle,” Deal said. He left out In Fine Fettle and Picture of Health.

Deal said his mother still works out each day. “She just came up to New Jersey from South Carolina for my daughter’s graduation from high school,” Deal said. “I had several people suggest she was my wife. She looks like she’s in her fifties. Either she looks young, or I look old.”

His father met his mom on a blind date. “Dad was one of those guys who could sell anything. He had that southern charm, one of those guys you instantly liked. People felt like they knew him for a long time. He knew how to make people feel important. Feel good.”

Just as his father used his words to make a living, his son followed in similar but vastly different footsteps.

 Deal says he tries to make himself useful when he’s not on the air.

“My son and I started playing golf together. He plays soccer at Stockton University. We have that in common. My daughter is a dancer and is off to school this fall.”

There’s a YouTube video of Deal jamming out to George Thorogood with his daughter and one of her friends in the backseat. It’s touching to see him so connected to his daughter.

“I’m into blues in general,” Deal said. “I’m not musically inclined at all. My sister was a good piano player growing up. They wanted me to play, but I got lucky. I broke my wrist. I was never so happy in my life.”

Imagine Deal’s joy if he ever breaks a leg.

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Does the Republican Establishment Get It?

For many it seemed that the Republican establishment stood idly by as Democrats changed the rules and worked behind the scenes to alter elections.

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In a move that seemed to go against the wishes of the patriotic American grassroots, the Republican party on Friday re-elected RNC Chairperson Ronna McDaniel. 

The media immediately took notice, as many on television and radio are now wondering why the party would re-elect a chairperson who has been so unpopular with the base of its party. 

Grant Stinchfield discussed this issue Friday night on his program, Stinchfield Tonight, which airs on Real America’s Voice network.

“Ronna McDaniel holds on to her chairmanship of the Republican Party. By a whopping total of — what were the numbers– 111 to 54. Harmeet Dhillon only received 54 votes. Mike Lindell 4 votes. This is proof to me that the Republican establishment is dug in,” Stinchfield — formerly of Newsmax — said. “Don’t tell me they’re out of touch. See, you tell me they’re out of touch, that implies ignorance. They’re not ignorant about anything.”

As sentiment for Dhillon grew in the days leading up to Friday’s vote, many influential politicians and party donors publicly offered her their support and endorsement. These included Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), as well as donors Mike Rydin, Dick Uihlein, and Bernie Marcus.

Also on board were musician and outspoken conservative John Rich, along with the state GOP of Nebraska and Washington State. Countless journalists and media personalities, such as Charlie Kirk, Miranda Divine, and Lou Dobbs, also came out publicly in support of Dhillon. Former President Donald Trump remained neutral, not making a public choice of either of the three candidates.

For many of Dhillon’s supporters, the deciding factor was public sentiment across the party’s base.

“They’re reading the same chat boards. They’re getting the same emails I’m reading. I will literally post something about this race when I was supporting Harmeet Dhillon. There was not one comment – not one – that supported Ronna McDaniel. Everyone wanted change,” Stinchfield said, noting that the party elite saw the same groundswell of support for change.

“Now, nobody has an issue as Ronna McDaniel is some evil kind of person. I don’t believe she is. I believe, though, that she is part of the establishment. She’s been around too long as far as the establishment goes. And she’s been ingrained in doing business as usual. It’s not working.”

In making their choices known, many Dhillon supporters simply pointed to the scoreboard during McDaniel’s reign.

“Think about where we are. 2018, we lost the House. 2020, we lost everything. 2022, we won the House, but we should have really steamrolled the House and we should have taken back the Senate, which we didn’t do,” Stinchfield said. “That means we’re on a real losing track since she took over. I don’t like being on a losing track. I like being on a winning track.

“Something has got to change when you talk about all of this. So how does Ronna McDaniel get 111 votes and Harmeet Dhillon only get 54 votes, when everyone, every Republican voter I talk to said it was time for change?” pondered Stinchfield.

And even more than the losses, for many it seemed that the Republican establishment stood idly by as Democrats changed the rules and worked behind the scenes to alter elections. The most recent example of which came in Arizona, where presumptive gubernatorial favorite, Kari Lake, was “defeated” when countless voting irregularities occurred in some of the state’s most deep-red areas.

“Under her watch, Democrats instituted a mail-in ballot scheme. That may be even worse than losing, when you talk about the House and the Senate and all these things. The fact that we now have a junk mail-in ballot scheme across the country under Ronna McDaniel’s watch is serious trouble. Very serious trouble,” Stinchfield said on Friday. “And so the reason it is is because the Democrats are rigging the system.”

For years – until Donald Trump descended the golden escalator and took the world by storm – the Republican party had the reputation of being the party of the rich. Rush Limbaugh used to refer to this wing of Republicans as “the country club crowd.” President Donald Trump flipped the narrative completely, offering a clear vision of hope and patriotism to working-class America.

Reputable polling — such as Richard Baris’ Big Data Poll — consistently showed Trump running well ahead of almost every Republican candidate during the 2022 mid-term election cycle. In other words, Trump still maintains considerably more support across the country than most of the individual Senate or House candidates experienced.

Many experts believe this is because voters still view Trump as an outsider, while they view the Republican party much less favorably.

“Let’s tell you how out of touch they are, how elitist they are,” Stinchfield said, calling out the GOP establishment. “This meeting that went on, do you know where it is? It’s at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch in California. One of the most expensive resorts in America. You’re lucky if you get a room for a thousand dollars a night down there on Dana Point. Now, it’s a beautiful hotel, but why is the Republican Party holding an event there? Then I went back and I looked at what RedState did. RedState went back and looked at some of the expenses that the Republican Party under Ronna McDaniel’s leadership was spending money on.

“Take a look at this. $3.1 million on private jets. $1.3 million on limousine and chauffeur services. $17.1 million on donor mementos. $750,000 on floral arrangements. Now you compare this to the Democrats. The Democrats spent $35,000 on private airfare. A thousand dollars on floral arrangements. A thousand. Not $750,000. A thousand. And the $17.1 million they spent on donor mementos, the Democrats spent $1.5 million.

“Democrats know where to put the money. It’s not giving donors gifts. Donors shouldn’t want gifts. If you give money, give money. You don’t need the fancy pin to put on your lapel.”

Following her loss, Dhillon warned her party that it must listen to the base, saying, “if we ignore this message, I think it’s at our peril. It’s at our peril personally, as party leaders and it’s at our peril for our party in general.”

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The State of the Radio Industry and Technology

“As the industry continues to evolve, radio broadcasters must find new ways to monetize their digital offerings and adapt to changing listener habits.”

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After writing some three-dozen columns for Barrett Media, I often hear that I don’t provide a balanced view of the radio industry. Therefore, this week, I will write about the strengths and weaknesses of the radio industry. It may be a little simplistic, but it will make sense at the end. I promise.

The radio broadcasting business continues to evolve in the digital age, with strengths and challenges to consider. One of the most significant strengths of radio is its ability to reach a broad audience. Radio waves can travel long distances, allowing local stations to reach listeners beyond their immediate area. This makes radio a powerful tool for both local and national advertisers. Radio also reaches audiences in their cars, at work, and at home, providing advertisers with multiple touchpoints. According to the Radio Advertising Bureau, radio reaches 93% of adults in the United States each week, making it one of the most widely consumed mediums. Furthermore, radio is a cost-effective form of advertising, with lower ad rates than other media forms. This allows small businesses to reach a large audience without breaking the bank.

Another strength of radio is its role in emergency communication. In times of crisis, radio can provide important information to listeners quickly and efficiently. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires all radio stations to have emergency alert systems, allowing them to disseminate critical information to the public promptly. Radio can be a lifeline for communities during natural disasters, power outages, or other emergencies, providing updates on road closures, evacuation orders, and other important information. Radio can reach remote areas where other forms of communication may not be as reliable. This makes radio a vital tool for emergency responders, who rely on it to coordinate responses and disseminate information.

Despite these strengths, the radio industry faces several challenges in the digital age. One of the biggest challenges is competition from other media outlets, such as streaming services and podcasts. The rise of these digital platforms has led to a decline in traditional radio listening, which is likely to continue. 

According to a Nielsen report, traditional radio listening among adults aged 18-34 has dropped by 20% over the last decade. Additionally, many radio stations are struggling to monetize their digital offerings, which has led to a decline in revenue. However, radio has been able to adapt by incorporating streaming services, podcasts, and other digital platforms, which allows them to reach a wider audience and cater to changing listening habits.

Another challenge is the consolidation of the radio industry. In recent years, there has been a significant amount of it, with a small number of companies owning multiple stations. This has led to less programming diversity and less market competition. This can lead to a homogenization of content, with less local flavor and less opportunity for new voices in the industry. However, many smaller independent stations have survived by providing unique and localized content catering to the needs of their community.

Despite these challenges, the radio industry continues to generate significant revenue. The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) says that radio advertising revenue in the United States reached $18.9 billion in 2019. The radio industry has been able to adapt to the changing market, with many stations now offering a combination of traditional and digital programming. The industry has also been able to monetize digital offerings by incorporating targeted advertising, sponsorships, and other revenue streams.In conclusion, the radio broadcasting business is facing challenges in the digital age, but it continues to have an enormous audience reach and role in emergency communication. 

Additionally, the industry continues to generate significant revenue. As the industry continues to evolve, radio broadcasters must find new ways to monetize their digital offerings and adapt to changing listener habits.

If my analysis seems a little simplistic or this column doesn’t seem like my typical style, it’s because I didn’t write it. The column was written using artificial intelligence (AI). More specifically, by the hottest tech trend these days, ChatGPT.

How hot? Here are a couple of data points from a report in Axios.

  • In June, generative AI was covered in only 152 articles. Just six months later, the topic has generated roughly 12,000 news stories, according to MuckRack data.
  • At this year’s CES trade show, 579 exhibitors were listed under the show’s “Artificial Intelligence” category — more than double of those categorized as “Metaverse” (176), “Cryptocurrency” (19), and “Blockchain” (55) combined.

ChatGPT is AI technology that allows you to have regular conversations with a chatbot that can answer questions and help with tasks such as writing columns. 

ChatGPT is what Siri wants to be when she grows up.

ChatGPT is currently open and free while it’s in its research and feedback collection phase. If it’s not perfect, it’s certainly a lot of fun. It is also quite helpful when researching a topic (as long as the information you need is pre-2021). It is much more efficient and precise than Google, any other search engine, or Siri. I find myself obsessed with seeing what it knows and can do. If you try it, you probably will be too.

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WTIC’s Todd Feinburg Caught The Radio Bug At An Early Age

“I don’t do Fox imitation radio, which is the backbone of a lot of talk. I want to think. I want my brain to be turned on.”

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The man is familiar with turbulence, air pockets, and I hope to god he’s never experienced wind shear. You see, early in his career, radio talker Todd Feinburg was a helicopter traffic reporter in Boston.

“I love to fly, but hated being in the air in that contraption,” he said. “It was like a VW bug, a little bubble with a blade on top. If the wind wasn’t blowing too hard, it was fine. It was an amazing way to get to know Boston. I always loved being on radio, and got a charge out of it.”He was seemingly destined to be involved in radio, in one form or another. Feinburg’s mother tells him a story about when he was young that explains a lot of his future endeavors.“My mother is 92, but still very alert and intellectual,” he said. “She tells me how they had borrowed a tape recorder more than 60 years ago. It was a reel-to-reel and they had set it on the dining table. I was two years old and sitting on my father’s lap.”His father was an engineer and took an opportunity to explain a contraption on the table.“He described to me how a voice went through the microphone and onto the tape,” Feinburg said. “I guess my eyes lit up, even though there was no way I could have understood what he was describing. They said they knew right then I was going to be involved in radio in some way.”Isn’t that how all news talkers get started?As a former restaurant owner, along with his wife, Feinburg can be critical, or at least wary of new places. He wants restaurants to deliver on what they promise.“We went to a restaurant in Cambridge, MA last week,” Feinburg explained. “We didn’t know what it was, but it was described as a New American restaurant, whatever that means. We decided to give it a shot. They had a knack for making all the usual dishes seem different.”That causes some immediate skepticism about the delivery of a promise. Feinburg said he’s kind of a traditionalist and wants his pancakes to be pancakes. The pancakes he was familiar with and grew up eating.“But these guys made theirs with cornmeal instead of wheat corn. I could actually see the corn and I should have been appalled. But they were amazing. My wife is a believer that a restaurant experience can be magical,” Feinburg said. “She has an uncanny ability to do that and she’s been cooking since she was a kid.”Feinburg said cooking can be totally intuitive, like radio. No two meals are exactly alike, just as no two radio shows are alike. “I feel that to be effective you have to maximize potential. Access both sides of the human brain. Get both sides firing.”Some restaurants run a great kitchen but can’t run the front of the house. Feinburg said gone are the days when you should expect service like we did 10 years ago. Covid may have had something to do with that.“Hosts used to thank you when you came in,” Feinburg recalled. “Today you get some teenager chewing gum or on their phone. Often in an outfit that is too sexy and just ask, ‘Two for lunch?’ Then she starts walking toward the table and is there when you arrive.”He said he tries to calm himself before he goes out to a restaurant. Prepare myself for any possible experience. He and his wife prefer to go to a particular restaurant where the staff has been tested by Feinburg, so he really gets it his way.Feinburg said artisanal pizzas are hard to make and expensive to produce. If a pizza sits too long before it is served, it loses a lot of its quality.“I try to develop a relationship with the server upfront,” he said. “I acknowledge I know they’re busy, but explain how the chef wants us to enjoy his special pizza hot. They get the hint and bring it out right away. It’s a win-win because I often leave them a much higher tip.”When he’s not out eating hot pizza, Feinburg can be heard daily from 3-6 on WTIC NewsTalk 1080. He also hosts a podcast, a longer segment where he can extend solid conversations that need more legroom.“If I find something going in a good direction on the air, or if I think there’s a lot more meat to a topic, I’ll find a way to pick it up on my podcast,” Feinburg said. “Sometimes a story might be long-winded but still going in the right direction. I’ll find a place to stretch it out. By the same token if I’m interviewing someone on a podcast and come across some interesting stuff I can cut that up and use it on my live broadcast.”On the air Feinburg enjoys bouncing off audio cuts saying it adds life and energy to the spoken word format.“You can make fun of some cuts and that gives you a lot of direction and momentum. As a host you learn to adapt. I’ve done morning drive for five years in Boston. It’s a tight clock and you get six minute segments if you’re lucky. Then you’re off to traffic and weather. You want a guest to give you a good six minutes, but some people can’t talk and that stalls the segment.”Feinburg attended Tufts and majored in political science. His mother was a professor at the university in early education and child psychology.Everything changed for Feinburg when he discovered the school’s radio station, WMFO. “We’d call it WM F*** Off,” Feinburg said.Feinburg said these days Tufts is probably more prestigious than when he attended in the 1970s. “It’s not quite an Ivy League school,” he said. “I don’t think it had as strong of an identity when I was there, but a lot of schools have been elevated since then. We’ve got so much Federal money going into schools. It wasn’t an irrelevant school, but now it’s well thought of in Boston and is synonymous with Ivy League. You get the benefits of the city without having to be in the city.”Perhaps from exposure to his mother’s work, Feinburg said he enjoys politics from a psychological point of view.“I like to see how psychology is responsible for what happens in our lives,” he said. “Particularly with politicians and how they’re always running a two-bit hustle on constituents. I don’t do Fox imitation radio, which is the backbone of a lot of talk. I want to think. I want my brain to be turned on.”He said it’s politicians who have enabled Connecticut to go ‘down the tubes.’“It used to be one of the great states from a fiscal perspective and economic position,” Feinburg said. “It was an economic actor. Companies wanted to go there. They liked the geography. Now it’s gotten to the point where the governor has ravaged the state. It’s too expensive to live here.  Companies are moving out. Young professionals don’t want to move here.”He said he blames the Democratic party for the mess. “The Democrats destroy the poor people while trying to appear to advocate for them,” Feinburg said. “They entrap people in these violent places. That is where my politics differ from them. We suffer from sluggishness. Everything is failing to function. We need to do better than our founders did. If you’re poor, you’re trapped. Struggling. If you’re new to the country or area, people move to Hartford. Then people you know or relatives are looking for a place to live, and you tell them to come to Hartford. So, they go there. You have violence that wouldn’t be accepted anywhere else in the state. You’ve got the worst schools. You get sent enough government money to make sure you don’t starve. There’s no capital, no way to start a new business. There’s no education. You speak some kind of dialect, and there’s nobody who tells you the right way to speak.”Why would Democrats push for and work for such entrapment?“They’ve created a core constituency,” Feinburg explained. “They prioritize desegregation and that’s not an achievable goal. They funnel billions of dollars into a model that is stupid that doesn’t help anyone. They’ve ruined public education. You can’t have a top-down school system and have it work well. We don’t do anything that way.”According to Feinburg, we know how to fix the crippled educational system, but don’t.“We know how the market works. Give the 10,000 dollars allocated to a student to the parents and let the parents spend it where they want to spend it,” Feinburg said. “If it’s a charter school, or in-home schooling, let them do that. “We’d have the education problem fixed inside of 30 years. You’d have the whole thing fixed. Political parties are evil. Parties are middlemen. It’s supposed to be ‘We the people’. Politicians have their hands on the levers, and they don’t tell us the truth.”Feinburg said some lawmakers who voted on legislation aren’t even privy to legislation they’re voting on.“This goes for both parties,” he said. “Leaders want it to get something passed, they don’t even tell others it’s coming up for a vote. They just want to push something through. People may find they’ve voted for something horrible, against their ideals.”When we talked about the tragic experience in Memphis, Feinburg quickly pointed out how police departments are unduly violent toward black people.“But how are the police departments controlled?” he said. “It’s the same as with schools. It’s the unions that get in their way. It all goes into collective bargaining.”Feinburg doesn’t listen to a lot of talk radio, with one exception.“I listen to Tom Shattuck, who comes on before me,” he said. “He’s a friend and he approaches things differently. Otherwise, I dabble in listening.”Dabbling isn’t a bad way to go.

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