culture

276 – VICE Proves Media Doesn’t Love Bush and Lena Dunham Lied About Rape, Blames Men For Making Her Do It

The movie VICE, about Vice-President Dick Cheney, received multiple Golden Globe nominations. It also portrays VP Cheney as a monster and President George W. Bush as a fool. As Tony Katz notes, this is how you know that all the love given by media towards the late President George H.W. Bush is, unfortunately, affect and not affection.

Lena Dunham is a liar. A male friend was accused of rape, and she claimed that she had intimate knowledge of the event and her friend, Murray Miller, was innocent. Today, she wrote in Hollywood Reporter that she lied; she never had any information, and she chose to believe her friend.

Then, Dunham blames men for making her lie. Tony’s commentary is a must-hear.

QUICK HIT – Is Apple CEO Tim Cook Suggesting Censorship Is Moral?

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, say that platforms should not allow voice to certain types of speech. He proudly discusses those people and organizations that iTunes will not allow.

Tony Katz discusses what this means, and whether Cook can claim a moral high ground while regulating platforms to decide what is acceptable and what is not? “Censorship is never moral,” say Tony.

Eat, Drink and Smoke – Episode 14 – The Japanese Whiskey Shortage, Patagonia Proves Tax Cuts Terrific and The Waffle House Wedding Truck

A Japanese Whiskey Shortage?!?! WHAT!!!???!!! Tony Katz discusses the latest problems getting Japanese whiskey on the latest episode of Eat! Drink! Smoke! Luckily, the Waffle House food truck is available to cater your wedding.

Today, they review Booker’s Bourbon and the Brickhouse Habano.

Patagonia, the clothing manufacturer, has decided to to take their $10 million tax cut and donate it all to environmental causes. And that’s exactly what you should do with a tax cut: it’s your money, spend it your way!!

Happy meals are unfair to the genders, and France is on fire.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! is recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN. Tony is joined by April D. Gregory and Fingers Malloy.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! – Snack Size! – Charlie Brown Is Not Racist, and Tony Katz Is Not a Bro

Charlie Brown is not a racist. Tony Katz starts this Eat! Drink! Smoke! Snack Size Edition with the breakdown of how social media is going crazy over a Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, claiming that it shows insensitivity to Franklin, a Peanuts gang character who is black.

Fingers Malloy and April D. Gregory explain their drinking issues, then break down how Tony is not a bro. It’s true. He’s a good guy. Great friend. Just not a bro.

256 – The Political Violence Has Gotten Beyond Stupid, Check In On Your Kids And Social Media And Roman Reigns Will Force An Important Conversation

The violence in politics, and directed at politicians, continues, and Tony Katz continues to explain why it is unworthy of all of us. The latest involves a bomb being sent to the New York home of billionaire and Progressive supporter George Soros.

A child died from playing the choking game. Tony discusses the need to be aware of your kids presence on social media, and discusses his own experiences with online trolls and haters.

WWE star Roman Reigns abdicates his title because his leukemia has returned. Parents, get ready to talk to your kids about it…because they are going to ask about it.

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 3/17/14 – Cruz Has Culture Mojo, and Getting On Putin’s List

Tony talks about the great culture shift going on in American politics. There was a time when President Obama was the cool kid – posters made in his image and crooning Al Green songs. Now, he is America’s Insurance Salesman in Chief, sitting between two potted plants and can’t spell R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has all the juice now. Those posters that appeared across Los Angeles, and now videos of the Senator elevating his cool factor. Ricochet.com’s Jon Gabriel joins Tony to discuss what is happening.

Then, after President Obama put out his sanctions list against Russian and Ukranian politicos who forced through the Crimean Referendum, Russian President Vladimir Putin is putting out his own list. Tony wants on that list, and works on getting Putin angry enough to put him on. The “Smidgens” of the chatroom help, and it turns out that “your mamma!” jokes are the way to make it happen.

Plus, Colts owner Jim Irsay is arrested for driving under the influence. Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis talks to Tony about what happened, and what the repercussions may be.

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Emily Zanotti of Naked DC Talks Funny, Ugly Politics

At Emily Zanotti‘s creation – NakedDC.com – the tag line is, “Because Politics Is Just Show Business For Ugly People.” In her interview on Tony Katz Tonight, Emily brings that same kind of wit and brutal honesty.

In a wide ranging interview discussing Gov. Chris Christie and “Bridgegate,” and how President Obama is going to make the Olympics even more boring, Zanotti offers up truth and comedy about the cultural impact of today’s news stories – in many cases, both happening at the same time. But Emily saves a special place for VP Joe Biden and the commentary of former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates.

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Can’t Fight The Culture War If You’re Not In The Culture War

This article originally appeared on TownHall.com:

Has Greg Gutfield banned the term “culture war” yet? If not, its time we figured out what it means and how we fight it before he does.

As Animal House said it, “Fat, Drunk and Stupid is no way to go through life.” Yet, on the “culture war,” conservatives continue to act just like that – with those who would rather invest in establishment instead of TV, film, music, art and literature; people ignorant that they’re losing ground to Progressives every day

The late Andrew Breitbart famously said “politics is downstream of culture,”  Years earlier (5th century BCE, actually) it was Damon of Athens who stated “Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.” Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 hit “For What It’s Worth” had more impact on the votes of members of Congress than the actual results of the Vietnam war. “For What It’s Worth,” which originally described riots on the Sunset Strip, was co-opted by the anti-war movement in the years that followed. The premature withdrawal that resulted from this cultural takeover cost many thousands of lives, and set the American psyche in a horrific direction.

Exactly how long will conservatives wait to get in the game?

Glenn Beck has ventured forth with “The Blaze,” and has a struck a chord based on a tremendous cult of personality. His TV network is now available on DISH and multiple cable outlets. I applaud this. But it is far from enough.

Sean Combs (P-Diddy to his friends, and self-proclaimed servant to President Obama) announced that he is starting a new network to rival MTV, which has enjoyed multiple decades of unmatched and unchallenged “Progressive” success. His project, called Revolt, is designed as a, “…multimedia platform with an emphasis on music programming, live content and social media, and distribution in urban markets.” Combs’ launch will be seen in 25 million homes via Time Warner Cable.

So we have Beck and FOX News (home to Howard Kurtz and key “Gang of 8” supporter, Bill O’Reilly) versus ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, MTV, Revolt, Pivot (starring Meghan McCain. Seriously. She has a show there,) Al-Jazeera and whatever other Progressive networks I missed. In 2014, Saturday Night Live’s Executive Producer Lorne Michaels will control 11.5 hours of late night TV each week – – Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers and SNL.

Conservatives need to jump in with content-rich shows that are funny, entertaining and relevant. Shows that build loyal audiences. We can’t change culture if we’re off on the sidelines, or by talking about it. We have to be the culture.

Currently, we lack the proper and necessary funding apparatus to build that content.  That funding focuses its attention on the tried and true establishment wasteland. Translation: If you’re giving your money to Karl Rove and not to Conservative/Libertarian/Independent Hollywood content creators, you’re doing it all wrong.

A “culture war” victory would not solidify ideology, it would reinforce truth; Capitalism works. Socialism doesn’t. Sometimes, there is a clear right answer and a clear wrong answer. Corporations feed families. Cronyism is wrong regardless of who’s in power. A strong America is better for the world than a weak America. Oh, and America doesn’t suck.

Some are trying, myself included. Yet, in order to make progress, our side must be willing to invest and to lose (just like they did with Rove in 2012….except with the content creators, you have something to show for the effort.) We must have a willingness to try. Eventually, there will be a solid ROI. Ultimately, the return on investment is that we get to keep our country.

Otherwise, we’re all just Flounder.

Tony Katz Speaks With Heritage Foundation On Culture

Tony Katz spoke with Heritage Foundation’s Senior Digital Communications Strategist Ericka Andersen about the need for understanding culture, and how to be a part of it. Join Tony on the broadcast were Kira Davis, blogger at Independent Journal Review, and Ben Howe, contributor to RedState.com:

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