Friday, February 17, 2017

Generation Gap

It's impossible to pick out one aspect of the bizarre Trump news conference yesterday, but here goes an attempt at identifying the essence of the Trump phenomenon. At one point, he said --

If you [the media] were straight and really told it like it is, as Howard Cosell used to say, right?  Of course, he had some questions also.

Howard Cosell did his last sports broadcast in 1985 and died in 1995. Thus, Trump is making a reference that generously dates at 22 years old and in reality goes back 40 years or more. That's a really long time ago. Above, Cosell's brilliant parody of himself in Woody Allen's Bananas, from 1971.

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