COOPER: When you heard the stories of Stormy Daniels who has come forward who said that she was at the Tahoe Club as well and others who said that they were there, you didn’t know about that at the time.

MCDOUGAL: No, I did not know.

COOPER: Does it – what did you think when you heard that?

MCDOUGAL: My first thought was how could she have been with him when I was with him? The only time we weren’t together on that particular trip was when I – he was on the golf course golfing. I didn’t go, clearly, but I went to every event, every after thing, parties, daytime things, I was there. That’s why I can’t understand.


– Anderson Cooper interviewing former Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal on March 22, 2018



The other day, I got a bill for my News & Record subscription and I noticed it had gone up in price by a few dollars for the 13-week period when compared to the last time I paid. (By the way, I should point out that the Rhino Times hasn’t raised its price in over a quarter of a century.)

Looking at the N&R bill, I was reminded that you send your payment to a post office box in Richmond, Virginia. I kept thinking how strange it is that you would send a check to Richmond for the hometown newspaper.

But, as I was writing out the check, it hit me that the News & Record is a paper distributed mostly in Guilford County that reports mostly about Rockingham County, owned by a man in Omaha, printed in Winston-Salem, with a billing office in Richmond.

So, really, it’s like the Sybil of newspapers.

And, given that, it makes sense that you send your check to Virginia when you pay. I also found out that when you call the N&R to let them know your paper didn’t come that morning, your call goes to a call center in Jakarta.

However, let me not harp on the loyal opposition when there’s plenty of other stuff to talk about …


Like the president, for instance.

As for the media’s focus on the president, at the start of his term it was all about Russia and now, suddenly, it’s all about porn stars; and I have a hunch that the next phase of the presidential conversation is going to be all about Russian porn stars – but really that’s just a guess.

Anyway, if you think about it, it’s almost surreal the way the entire media coverage of presidential politics in recent weeks has been devoted to questions about porn star Stormy Daniels and whether the president was unfaithful to his wife.

Trump has already been all but tried and convicted in the media, which is of course full of people who never liked him to begin with. The latest ado about nothing has been all this speculation over the question of whether or not Trump cheated on his wife with porn star Daniels at a golf tournament a dozen years ago.

For three days in July 2006, the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course hosted a celebrity golf tournament – the American Century Championship – where Trump’s accuser claims that she and Trump had a sexual encounter. Daniels claimed Trump was unfaithful to his wife Melania, whom he’d married about a year and a half before that tournament.

Now, though the media has already made up its mind, here’s one thing to consider: It turns out that Stormy Daniels isn’t even her real name. It turns out her real name is Stephanie Clifford and I wonder how much you can trust someone who’s going around using a false name? The people I’ve known in the past who have done so aren’t really all that trustworthy.

But forget all that for a second because there’s much stronger evidence that Trump wasn’t unfaithful at that golf tournament. While Stephanie Clifford – aka Stormy Daniels – went on 60 Minutes and told about the affair, it turns out that it’s not just some case of he said, she said because Trump has an airtight alibi.

Like I said, the press has all but convicted the president of infidelity, but yet Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, who was with Trump that weekend, said there was absolutely no way he could have been with the porn star on that trip because she was with him the entire time. McDougal said she was by his side night and day and the two barely left each other’s sight for the three-day period.

So, as you can see, Trump has a perfectly good alibi to contest these claims that he’s been unfaithful to his wife, but of course no one in the lamestream media is focusing on that.

All of you who’ve been quick to judge the president – well, what else can you ask for other than an eyewitness who was with him 24/7 and was willing to testify publicly that there is no way in the world Trump could have been cheating on his wife with Daniels on that trip.

If you’re one of those critics questioning Trump’s fidelity, you might want to take a deep breath and look at all of the facts rather than just the ones you want to see.


Speaking of Trump, the White House has adopted a new policy and I have to say I think it makes a lot of sense.

From now on, in the daily press briefings, the White House is only going to announce the Cabinet members and other administration officials who were NOT fired that day. They say this is expected to save time, trees and generally make it easier on everyone as opposed to reading out some three-page list of fired officials each day. It’s not clear how long this policy will be in effect though since the White House media specialist behind the change was fired by Trump shortly after making the announcement.


I can’t stop thinking about the story that’s been in the news lately of “serial stowaway” Marilyn Hartman, the 66-year old Chicago lady who gets on planes all the time with no ticket and flies wherever she wants. Last week, she flew from Chicago’s O’Hare airport all the way to London Heathrow without a ticket or a passport. She’s done this type of thing for years and now she’s been arrested and put in jail for it.

London’s Guardian newspaper described how she made if from Chicago to London: “She kept her head down. She hid behind other passengers. Somehow she managed to walk past airport security agents, shuttle bus drivers, and ticketing agents.”

What? Huh? How do you do that? How does she get to just walk by everyone and stroll onto any plane she wants with no ticket.

I have a ticket and they still just barely let me on the plane every time.


There was an incredible amount of police power and firepower in a meeting I attended recently at the Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Building. When I arrived, I had to speak to them through what I’m certain is bullet proof glass and I was then escorted by a guard to the room, who unlocked the door and locked it behind me after I was inside. In the room were police chiefs, sheriffs – from this county and every county around it – and top brass from the Highway Patrol, the SBI and other law enforcement agencies.

There was a funny moment when High Point Police Chief Ken Shultz came in looking a little disconcerted. It was a small room jam packed with people and, when he came in about 10 minutes late, he said …

“I had to take care of some business out there in the parking lot,”

Suddenly, the high-powered room of armed law officials looked ready to spring into action and take care of the problem just outside the building. They all looked at Shultz like, “What’s happening in the parking lot!?”

The chief noticed Sheriff BJ Barnes and everyone looking at him and realized what was happening and he explained, “Oh, on the phone – nothing you need to know about, Sheriff.”