Chip Franklin is a talk show host, comedian, musician, film-maker and writer who has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, The Situation Room, Larry King, The CBS Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Conan O’Brien, CNN, HBO and Showtime.

He’s written speeches for congressman and jokes for Jay Leno. Winner of 7 Edward R Murrow awards for radio and television writing, his 2004 National Murrow award for writing was presented by Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw.

A 20 year talk show host veteran for ABC, Hearst and Clear Channel, The Wall Street Journal says “Chip has a razor sharp wit,” and The Washington Post says “Franklin brings a sense of irony to a medium that rarely trusts its audience to get the joke.” The Post, reviewing his eponymous recording debut said the “Musicianship was practically peerless.”

An award making filmmaker, he is currently shooting a documentary surrounding the Medical Cannabis movement. And oh yeah, consulting lawyers, doctors, and other professionals on the new media.

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All The News Unfit To Print

August 19th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 1.03.47 PMOne of the things that the riots in Ferguson illustrates is how low the standards for what we call “reporting” have fallen. Up-speak “20 somethings” call in to radio and TV, with nothing to report but “we’re here!” Idiots from Huff Post called foam earplugs rubber bullets, and every scurrilous tidbit goes up on Drudge like Gospel. I get it. No one wants to pay for news anymore because you don’t have to. But as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”
The irony in the information age is how little information gets thru; how we are overloaded with opinion and rhetoric. The Socratic method is applied only in theory. No one follows up. Sophistry is the new narrative. I’m not naive. I understand that every news story is biased. Often, it’s what you don’t say that reveals your point-of-view. But with our ability to communicate with each other instantaneously, it’d be nice if we first found something to say.