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Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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Fake News 101

By on April 14, 2020 in See It Here

Fake News 101

Here’s three suggestions to make Donald Trump’s life easier:

(1) Don’t appear at the Coronavirus Task Force briefings. This will be tough since you didn’t like having a press secretary hold daily briefings in the same room where now you and Dr. Birx and your good friend “Tony” appear every day. There are people in the room who know more about a specific topic than you do. To do other wise, makes the entire event a Reality TV Show (Hint: it isn’t).

(2) There are three branches of government. You’re just one of the trio. Having “the total authority” to supersede governors seems a little silly when you earlier said let them decide what is needed, when it’s needed and why it’s needed. When you’re not watching Fox News or tweeting, check out the 10th Amendment.

(3) The world knows how “fantastic-incredible” and all the other adjectives you attribute to your work. From now on, just call Sean Hannity every night and the world will learn all the more.

*And a bonus suggestion: Just shut up. Facts are available from people smarter than you and can be provided in 20 minutes max. And the’ll be available at the time it is announced they’ll be available, unlike every task force briefing that begins as much as 90 minutes later than announced.

I know, he’s watching TV instead of reading. Melania? Can you have a sitdown with him?

Note to Joe and Bernie

By on April 5, 2020 in See It Here

Yeah, everyone knows you both have your eyes on a new job and everyone knows each of you has a lot of backers. And it’s pretty well-known all the Bernie-Joe supporters agree they want the current occupant out of the White house on November 3rd.

Consider this rarely-used approach in Washington:

It’s not me against you. It’s the two of us against the problem. Yeah, get ready for being something other than routine.

Do your video town halls at the same time –or together–six feet apart–and say, “Mr. President, tell us what we can do to help the country get rid of the coronavirus.”

It would force the guy with the love of “fantastic-incredible-never been done before-outstanding” to have an answer instead of pointing a finger.

And it will make whatever takes place in Milwaukee in August all the more important. In fact get a hold of DNC chairman Perez and urge it be done online–something new–and let the guy you want to replace insist he be able to speak in front of masses of fans at the GOP convention a week later and endanger even more people.

It will show this isn’t political. It is responsible.

There’s Good To Be Found (if you look)

By on March 29, 2020 in See It Here

This is scary. We face something that can’t be seen or heard.

But we also see some good coming from the sudden need to adapt to, yeah, a new world:

(1) People are outside taking walks with their dogs.

(2) People are actually getting tired of social media games and actually talking to each other.

 (3) People are spending time looking at what they have and learning they don’t need all of this “stuff.” In a world of having a a lot, we are learning a quiet truth-less is more.

And one lesson we can hope will be learned:

The man who talks too much during Task Force Briefings will begin his spiel with, “I know this is a new world. I know we are scared.  We will get through this.”

And then he steps aside for Dr, Fauci and Dr. Birx to provide meaningful information.

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