The Yos! Oys! have been absent from this space a while. They’rrrrre back!


First published in October 2020.


A big Yo! to President Trump who must be a very happy camper lately because at his rallies he’s letting his hair down, so to speak, and started dancing! It’s a sight to behold, and then to try to wipe from your memory as he’s not exactly Fred Astaire.

An equally big Oy! to President Trump for his song selection. I mean they are all great songs but some artists have requested his campaign cease and desist using their songs because they don’t support the President’s re-election. There go songs like Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son:” and Neal Young’s “Rockin’ the Free World.” But lately the campaign has been playing the President off stage and into his dance mode with “YMCA,” by the Village People. I’m guessing the President doesn’t know what the song is about nor do his supporters or they might try to find another tune.

An Oy! for almost turning “60 Minutes” into “50 Minutes”. Last week “60 Minutes” interviewed President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden for its quadrennial show featuring both candidates close to the election. Trump apparently didn’t like the questions Leslie Stahl was asking so he stormed out of the interview before it ended and skipped the normal joint walk-and-talk his Vice President Mike Pence. The Oy! though is for what the President did after he walked off. He sent his press secretary back into the room to hand Stahl with a thick notebook that the press secretary said the President wanted her to have beause it contained his long-promised-in-two-weeks health care plan! But, it didn’t. It contained a few executive orders and some Congressional actions on health care. Did he think they wouldn’t open the book?

A Yo! to the Mainstream Media doing their job and not publishing stories based on Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon passing a hard drive off as Hunter Biden’s. The right-wing media and the President for months have been trying to make a big issue out of allegations that the Vice Preisident’s son took “millions of dollars from China” and they presented the alleged Hunter hard drive as proof. The only place that has published the story is Rupert Murdock’s New York Post. Interestingly the “story” was first offered to the Murdock owned Wall Street Journal but the Journal passed when they found they couldn’t verify the story. The Postss standards are lesser than the Journal’s.

Another Yo! to the mainstream media for doing a terrific job covering the Trump Administration. The Washington Post and The New York Times especially have done some of their best work during this Administration. And reporters from all outlets that cover Trump have done excellent work while being pointed at during Trump rallies, singled out during Trump press availabilities and other places, called Fake News by the President of the United States and for the mostly women and Black women who Trump has called dumb or worse.

A Yo! to Kristen Welker for maintain control over the final debate between Trump and Biden. Admittedly, her job was a tad easier than Chris Wallace’s at the first debate because Trump adopted a different approach that didn’t involve him yelling and interrupting Biden’s answers. The introduction of a “mute button” for the first two minutes of the candidates’ answers helped also. Welker though did maintain control and asked the question about Black parents giving The Talk to their children on what to do if they are stopped by police.🔷



B. Jay Cooper, former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


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[This piece was originally published in The Screaming Moderate and re-published in PMP Magazine on 27 October 2020, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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