However, much of this burgeoning new readership is apparently not from the United States. According to the statistics that I get to see in the internal workings of this blog, and which I am sharing with you today, a big chunk of The Tattler's readership is now from Russia. Check out the screenshot of last week's numbers I have posted above. This is really quite a surprising development. One that has now nearly doubled the size of our audience.
What is the reason for this? I think it could have something to do with Russia's fascination with Donald Trump. Many in Russia believe that they are responsible for his becoming president. And having bamboozled the American people into electing (sort of - link) a candidate who seems determined to work against the interests of those who voted for him, and to the detriment of their old nemesis the United States, these Russian folks are tickled pink about it. So off they've gone to websites such as this one looking for American coverage of their new hero, the Comb Over Caligula.
The Tattler does hate to disappoint. Here is a story that I found interesting, and hope they will, too.
Donald Trump Will Produce Upcoming ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ (The Huffington Post link): President-elect Donald Trump is staying on as an executive producer of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” despite his impending responsibilities as leader of the free world, according to reports Thursday in The New York Times and Variety.
The popular program, which propelled the businessman to national prominence and paved the way for his eventual presidential win, is set to begin airing again in January with its new host, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The show went off the air during Trump’s presidential bid.
MGM, which produces the show for NBC, confirmed to Variety that Trump will still be one of the program’s executive producers, and that MGM, not NBC, will pay the president-elect’s fees. (MGM did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.)
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed the news, noting that the president-elect has a “big stake” in the program, which has licensed several international editions.
“Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett. Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th,” Hicks said in a statement.
Trump’s role is rife with potential entanglements. While his paycheck will come from MGM, the program airs on NBC, a major broadcast network with an influential news division (which employs reporters Trump has personally attacked). It’s also the same network that airs “Saturday Night Live,” a show Trump has criticized on numerous occasions for its unflattering depiction of him. And NBC is owned by Comcast, a corporation that was recently slapped with a hefty fine by the Federal Communications Commission ― an entity that will soon be under Trump’s control.
Why shouldn't the leader of the free world also be the producer of a reality TV show, one starring another overblown gasbag noted for groping women, Arnold Schwarzenegger? After all, we are living in the "post-reality era," so it all fits. I guess.
Here's another one for my Russki pals.
These people, along with the title, annually grace the cover of Time's illustrious print magazine. This year, noted conspiracy theorist and hair-haver (and, sure, President-elect) Donald Trump was named Time Person of the Year. But there seems to be something strange going on.
Take a look at the cover of the magazine.
Do you see that?
Yes! Horns! They gave him horns! The "M" in Time it looks like horns of the bad kind, and people on Twitter are thrilled about it:
Well, there you go. Horns with a bit of a comb over failure to boot. What a "Time" to be alive in the US of A.