Tom Alderman
2 min readSep 15, 2022


AN HONEST RUSSIAN POLITICIAN — “The Middle East is the testicles of the west. If you want to make them scream, that’s where you squeeze.” Nikita Khrushchev, Former Soviet Chairman

A NAME TO REMEMBER — Does the name Wolf Blitzer actually appear on his birth certificate? Yes. His full handle is Wolf Isaac Blitzer

IF YOU ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT — Public opinion is shaped by emotion, not reason, says Aristotle. Which is why going on Ellen Degeneres, Kelly and Ryan or Jimmy Kimmel is more important than going on Meet the Press.

SAD BUT TRUE — If Walter Cronkite auditioned for a major news anchor job today, he wouldn’t even make the call-back list. The mustache alone kills it.


The comic stylings of Daniel Day Lewis.

Trump’s hair as he comes out of a swimming pool. Worse yet, the Speedo swim suit.

James Carville and Mary Matlin as a marriedcouple.

Christmas without It’s a Wonderful Life.

Wolf Blitzer playing twister on the floor.

Chicago without Italian Beef sandwiches

Radio without NPR

IN LOS ANGELES — A pedestrian is someone who has just parked their car.

LET’S CALL IT WHAT IT IS — We call it ‘climate change,’ which is as alarming as diaper or lane change. We have an authentic, planet-size catastrophe, disaster or emergency.

We keep calling Trump and other GOP Trumpkins, autocrat, or oligarch. No, no, let’s use the right word: D I C T A T OR!

’TIS A DILEMMA — When we drink all the water in a day we are supposed to, we are certainly well hydrated. We are also well dragged out the next day, having been up six times during the night eliminating all that good-for-us water.

THE INTERNET & OUR DIVIDED AMERICA — All our separate fictions add up joint realities. (Stanislaw J. Lec.)

LESSON LEARNED FROM OUR COMPUTERS — When life gets out-of-wack, re-boot.

Tom Alderman

Tom Alderman is a thirty year veteran media analyst, trainer and founder of MediaPrep.