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Brian Karem Gives Journalism A Bad Name

Brian Karem Gives Journalism A Bad Name
April 17
02:00 2020

At a recent White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, Brian Karem – currently the White House reporter for Playboy Magazine …   Oh! Wait a moment.  Playboy Magazine has a full-time White House reporter?  And it is this pudgy guy who looks more like he could be Harvey Weinstein’s brother?  It would make more sense if the job went to Stormy Daniels – the “lady” screwed by crooked attorney Michael Avenatti (financially speaking).

But I digress.

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Karem recently garnered some media exposure by making an ass of himself at that White House briefing.  To understand the situation, you really need to know Karem a little better.

Karem is not an inquiring journalist.  He is a pugnacious poison pen pugilist who draws attention to himself by provoking confrontations for the cameras.  In short, Karem is a showboating hot-head with a history of unnecessary asinine exchanges – particularly with conservative or Republican personalities and officials.  He is the verbal equivalent of a barroom brawler.

Karem is at Playboy because he either fled or was expelled from a number of media organizations. He started out his so-called journalism career as a sports reporter for the Montgomery County Courier in Conroe, Texas. That lasted about a year when he moved on to WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky as a sports reporter.

He returned to his home state of Texas to join KMOL-TV.  He got thrown in the slammer for disobeying a court order to reveal who set him up with an interview with a police killer.  The last straw for KMOL was when he gratuitously insulted President Bush during a National Drug Summit.  That got Karem an interview on ABC by the dean of pugnacious anti-Republican reporters, Sam Donaldson.

In one of his longest gigs, Karem spent 14 years as an editor for the Sentinel chain of newspapers.  That was when he first drew my attention.  As the White House representative of the Sentinel, Karem got into a characteristic exchange with then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders.  On a second occasion he implied that Huckabee-Sanders was a bad mother because of the issue of children illegally crossing the southern border.

Whether his White House briefing room contretemps got him fired from the Sentinel is open to debate.  What can be said is that the departure was to the proclaimed satisfaction of both parties.  Personally, I am betting Karem got canned.

Karem’s showmanship and wrath are not just directed to officials. When among his colleagues at a White House event, Karem called the more conservative journalists “a group of people eager for demonic possession.”  That got him booted from the White House press corps, but he sued and was reinstated by a philosophically friendly federal court.

In his latest confrontation, Karem put on his typical act.  Not satisfied with Trump’s answer to his question – or non-answer, as it was– Karem proceeded to continue yelling at the top of his voice – essentially interrupting the progress of the briefing.  He carried on so much, that Trump threatened to walk off if Karem did not shut up.

Whether this latest bit of ego-driven immature behavior will get him botted from Playboy, is an open question.  What can be said is that the magazine will not be a credible source of political news as long as this guy is Playboy’s face in Washington.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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