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Brian Williams, Blogger?

Uploaded: Feb 13, 2015
Snark alert! This blog gets a little hmm, snarky, not just about Brian Williams either.

As almost everyone should know by now, Brian Williams has been suspended from NBC News. His name has been dropped from their branding. What's next for him? How about blogging?

Bloggers, like me, write about whatever we want. I write mostly about me. I embed myself in every story. That's perfect for Williams, who's already been doing that. He should contact Arianna Huffington to find out how to break into blogging.

I met Arianna Huffington about 22 years ago. See how easy it is for me to roll back my memory and add something, real or imagined to my blog.

In this case it is real. She was married to Michael Huffington the Republican candidate for Congress from California's Central Coast. The district included Morro Bay where I owned a radio station combo (all true so far). I lost a lot of weight in 1990 and looked great (maybe a little exaggerated).

Congressman Huffington held a campaign event at, here I don't remember if it was one of the hotels or a public building. It was either the Inn at Morro Bay or the Community Center. My neighbor at that time, who was a bit of a political gadfly and thorn in the side of the then Mayor, told me the person to speak to was Huffington's wife.

I did speak to her or introduced myself. She said something in her heavy Greek accent which I don't remember or might not have understood. I was starting to lose my hearing even then.

My mother, who had been a widow for seven years, had recently married a man whose daughter was a Speech Pathologist. She worked with people in politics and the film industry to help improve their speech and get rid of accents. I thought I should give Mrs. Huffington her card, but I didn't have one.

Mrs. Huffington divorced her Republican husband in 1997 and flipped her politics from Conservative to Liberal. She started her online Blog, "The Huffington Post," in 2005, and sold it in 2011 for a reported $300,000,000!

I started my online Blog, The San Ramon Observer, in 2002. I called it a Newspaper at first because there was no such word as "Blog" back then. I merged it, gave it, dropped it, when I joined with Embarcadero Publishing in 2009, for nothing. No $300M, zero for the name and $25 for each news story. After a few years of covering news, I asked to be paid for my blogs. Still no $300M but now I'm up to $50 a blog.

So far I've diverted this blog completely away from Brian Williams, the original subject, and to my recollections of meeting a successful blogger, who sold her blog for millions while I am still making peanuts. You can see how this kind of roundabout way of adding real or imagined memories to stories would be perfect for Mr. Williams.

Mrs. Huffington made $300M from her blog, but even if Mr. Williams takes a cut from his current $10M a year salary, his daughter, a chip of the old block, has become very successful playing fantasy characters with unique powers. Perhaps she could sprinkle some pixie dust on her dad so he won't have to risk flying in military helicopters anymore.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Feb 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Brian Williams...

Yawn! Just another in a long line of lefty fabulists.

And Hiilary dodging sniper fire in 3...2...1...


Posted by Cholo is Coco's fren, a resident of Livermore,
on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

Lots of elected politicians haven't always been on the up 'n up:

Web Link

Besides, lying is typical of humans and some animals. Even Coco the Gorilla has been known to fudge the truth for an extra banana!

so i love Coco...VIVA COCO!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

Gorilla destroys stuff and blames the cat! Web Link

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

I don't like censorship. I restored two of Cholo's posts and one from Formerly Dan that I felt added to the discussion.

Cholo often posts interesting links like the one about KoKo the gorilla and what early California settlers ate. I found nothing offensive about either of these.


Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Feb 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.


Thanks for restoring the post. I was a little taken back by the censorship and couldn't figure out how my post didn't meet the guidelines of the forum. Unlike other thin-skinned bloggers, you have a lot of integrity.

I am curious though; was there a explanation given to you why the posts were censored?

Thanks again.


Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


Someone reported one of Cholo's messages, which was one I did not restore. I don't know why Gina blocked out all of the others including yours. I haven't emailed Gina about it, but someone emailed me that she might be concerned about a hint of "defamation."

I didn't think your comment about Brian Williams was out of line. I've read a lot of similar impressions of him on other message boards. I don't agree, but calling someone a "lefty" is hardly defamation unless directed at commentators on Fox News. And Hillary also "misremembered" dodging bullets.


Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Feb 19, 2015 at 8:12 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Thanks for the explanation Roz.


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