Monday, 21 August 2017 20:25

Scalise on call, Vitter on list, Trump ignores warning; Fox 8 vs. Direct TV

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On the day of the Solar Eclipse cutting across the United States, there’s a lot of gazing into the political skies too.


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise participated in a conference call with fellow Republican lawmakers today.  The topic? Spending bills.


Scalise said the timing of his return to work will be based on his doctors' advice. 



Last week, it was reported that Vitter was back in the news.  Not David, but Wendy.  Apparently, the Senior US Senator Bill Cassidy has recommended the wife of former US Senator David Vitter to become US Attorney.  Vitter, the husband, was instrumental in helping Cassidy win the US Senate seat against former nemises, Democrat Mary Landrieu.

Today, Stephanie Grace of the Advocate tells us that Vitter is still a player in state politics.


Perhaps trying to prove that even his eyes can withstand the force of nature and the blinding rays of a solar eclipse, apparently, President Donald Trump seems to take no heed from anybody.  Days of warnings by meterologists, doctors, scientists and just about anybody knowing anything about the sun has warned America—don’t look directly into the sun during the solar eclipse.

Does the President listen?  Or, did he have his eyes closed?


Ouch. Those using Direct TV might want to take a look at the latest from Fox 8, of New Orleans in a battle between the local TV station and Direct TV:



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In return, we ask our cable and satellite partners to pay us a fair market rate for the right to carry our signal. The price we ask is determined by the marketplace, through negotiations that take place between our local company, network and syndicated programmers, and hundreds of cable and satellite companies.

In the vast majority of cases, these negotiations are settled in a business-like fashion and you are never bothered with the details. Unfortunately, a very small number of national cable and satellite companies have recently decided that for some reason they don’t have to participate in the marketplace like everyone else. This small handful of operators together account for over 90 percent of the disruptions that have occurred across the country over the past few years.


Our commitment to you is that we will always do our best to reach fair, market-based deals. We never want our viewers to experience a disruption or even the threat of a disruption.  In those few cases where our cable or satellite distributors force a dispute, we will always do our part to keep you informed and make sure you know all your choices.

We know you don’t want to be dragged into our business negotiations or be asked to take sides. When a national cable or satellite company simply refuses to engage in fair, market based negotiations, we have no choice but to stand our ground. After all, the revenue we generate is invested back into our community: providing local news, weather and coverage, network programming, supporting local events and charities and creating good jobs.

By standing together for a thriving local broadcast industry operating in a fair marketplace, everyone can win –  most importantly you, the viewers we have committed to serve.


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