Berliner’s Blog: “Telling It Like It Is”.2018-12-31T05:14:27+00:00
1001, 2019

Ana Navarro, CNN, and really bad “reality TV” for suckers

By |January 10th, 2019|

It's a shame I have to do this, but here goes. Leading off yet another commentary with the admonition that this is NOT about politics. I don't care which side you stand, sit, kneel or prostrate on. If you take this as a biased or partisan opinion, then you need to check yourself at the door. Because while my speaking series, "The Undefeated Image", focuses on how to succeed at both the personal and professional game of life, I'm also a veteran broadcast journalist. Like many others of a [...]

901, 2019

The day Cable News vanished from my SiriusXM presets

By |January 9th, 2019|

For someone who spends the bulk of his time traveling, and who has been a news junkie since becoming part of the broadcast industry at the age of 20, SiriusXM has been a blessing. Simulcasting the cable news networks allows me to keep up with the latest news, become engaged, (to a certain point), with the varying levels of conversation, and have a place to turn to when my phone alerts me to something that is truly important. Remember, you're dealing here with someone who abhors the phrase "BREAKING [...]

301, 2019

Social Media 2019: Fight the urge to be part of the gas-baggery

By |January 3rd, 2019|

There it was. Right in front of me. All it would take is one click. One tap. One flick of the finger and off it would go, sailing into the great electronic beyond and do exactly what it was intended to do. Smack someone right in the intellectual face with a response guaranteed to elicit a return shot, And then another. And another. And likely more than a few lingering issues. It's become the lessons I've learned and plenty of others need to take in from places such as [...]

1812, 2018

Dear Santa: It’s Been a Long Time

By |December 18th, 2018|

Dear Santa, Boy, I'll bet this one caught you off guard. How long has it been? Honestly, I can't remember. The other day, a thought popped into my head and I tried, really hard, to recall how old I was the last time I sent you a letter. Maybe I was 6, or 7, maybe even 8. That seems to be the age limit when kids stop writing to you, when we lose that sense of wonder to the realities of life. These days, I can only imagine how few [...]

311, 2018

Knowledge vampires: Don’t let them suck you dry.

By |November 3rd, 2018|

It's one of the clear and present professional dangers, whether you're someone seeking a position with a new employer, or a firm of any kind seeking to convince a potential client that you, and only you, are the right person for the job. Like how I weaved that Tom Clancy reference into the first line? Big fan. WHEN TRUST IS NO LONGER PART OF THE EQUATION. This is all about trust, the lack thereof, those who are little more than spies seeking to steal your knowledge, individuals and possible clients [...]

2810, 2018

Pittsburgh murders demand self-examination of faith

By |October 28th, 2018|

It came as a news crawl. Those often choppy sentences hastily written, and then streamed across the bottom of the broadcast screen. News we've seen far too often, and despite our own admonitions, we've become desensitized to. Until the words strike at our familiar soul. Something close to home. Something that forces us to dig a little deeper into our emotional psyche. The slaughter in a Pittsburgh temple. First, it was a shooting. Then, it became a story where we were told to expect "multiple casualties". Followed by "deaths are [...]

2410, 2018

Politics, DNA, and how to fail at Leadership & Teamwork

By |October 24th, 2018|

While Democrats tout their gains to be made come Election Day 2018, and the numbers show they have good reason to be more than a little giddy, they do so at their own arrogant peril. Three events recently prove why Dems need to get their heads out of the organizational muck, and understand a simple reality about politics here in the 21st century. More than ever before, this is a game. A competition. A team event, if you will. And thus far, there's notable evidence that, to put it mildly, [...]

910, 2018

The generalization of all men condoning sexual assault must stop. Now.

By |October 9th, 2018|

At first, I thought it was an overreaction. Then, it happened to me. I can, therefore, no longer stay silent. There is a dangerous wave sweeping America at the moment. It's been building in strength for some time, and has finally washed ashore, seemingly taking it with it a common sense and ability to parse the seas of what is fact and what is hyperbole. It brought me back to late 2017, and a magazine expose that was yet another seminal moment in the battle against those who use their [...]

810, 2018

What will you do, when someone finds you?

By |October 8th, 2018|

What would you do, if a rabbit found you?   I've asked myself that question now for 2 years. Because in all the uproar, the fighting, the spit, the venom, the discourse, the losses and mind pounding stress of these last 2 years, I come to this day in the hope of answering that question and finding renewed strength.   I'll wager to say every single one of us lost something or someone over these past 2 years, in almost every case someone or something we cannot replace. In the [...]

210, 2018

Social Media Addiction: We ALL need to step back

By |October 2nd, 2018|

There has not been a major sports league around the world that has used social media to it's advantage better than the NBA. Star players and those who want to become stars use the medium, especially Twitter and Instagram, to it's full advantage. Perhaps TOO full. Veteran JJ Reddick has stepped away completely from social media, finding it distracting and "not healthy". He has wiped his accounts in the desire to no longer be part of what he calls a voluntary activity that is "not healthy". The quote could not [...]