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(MSNBC)   After a newspaper discovers Jerry Brown's 1992 presidential campaign hotline is still operating, Steve Kornacki calls all the 1990 presidential hotlines to see what is there   (tv.msnbc.com ) divider line
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2013-10-06 07:11:12 PM  
Jerry Brown is good for laughs. Meg Whitman probably would have outsourced Sacramento to an overseas call center or something.
 
2013-10-06 07:12:10 PM  
This is the state of our news? Outstanding.
 
2013-10-06 07:18:07 PM  
Mr. Brown is showing that you can govern.  Don't tell the TEA Toddlers.
 
2013-10-06 07:24:41 PM  

NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.


Nothing important is happening right now
 
2013-10-06 07:32:49 PM  
Also, if you assholes voted for Meg Whitman people wouldn't be trying to escape that hellhole. Instead, you voted to strangle yourself more.

/what ~30% of California's registered voters actually believe.
 
2013-10-06 07:48:02 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.

Nothing important is happening right now


You're exactly right. A thousand appaloggies.

I think I'll call Jessica Hahn's sex line and have sexy time.
 
2013-10-06 08:06:59 PM  

NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.


the bi-hourly shut-downs greens not doing it for you?
 
2013-10-06 08:08:55 PM  
there was a presidential campaign in 1990?
 
2013-10-06 08:14:08 PM  
Maybe I can call the official Star Wars fan hotline and find out why I did not get my Bobba Fett back in 84
 
2013-10-06 09:03:30 PM  
gets about one call a day and a message redirects callers to Brown's current political operation.

Hold. The. Presses.

Jeez, guys I know it's Sunday and all but really? Really really?
 
2013-10-06 09:04:57 PM  
NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.

You do know what site you're on?
 
2013-10-06 09:14:28 PM  
I haven't updated my crappo Web site since 1997, but that doesn't really count here because that was five years after I ran for President.

I'm considering running again someday, maybe in 1999, on the platform that we should build Moonbase Alpha.
 
2013-10-06 09:18:57 PM  

NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.


Yeah, I can't believe that every single journalist in the country can't stop talking about this "story."  It's bullshiat.
 
2013-10-06 09:19:28 PM  
Actually, that is clever. Go around buying up numbers that were heavily advertised in the past, and today the ads no doubt are on YouTube.

Of course, the idea's now saturated and I couldn't use it to my advantage.
 
2013-10-06 09:20:34 PM  

wildcardjack: Actually, that is clever. Go around buying up numbers that were heavily advertised in the past, and today the ads no doubt are on YouTube.

Of course, the idea's now saturated and I couldn't use it to my advantage.


That is why so many lapsed web sites end up as spam farms
 
2013-10-06 09:22:07 PM  

FlashHarry: there was a presidential campaign in 1990?


Subby here. Should say 1990s, shame on me.

//That said, in the West Wing Universe, there would have been a 1990 presidential election, and I'd prefer to live in that world than ours.
 
2013-10-06 09:24:43 PM  
Can some one tl;dw this?
 
2013-10-06 09:28:18 PM  

real_kibo: I haven't updated my crappo Web site since 1997, but that doesn't really count here because that was five years after I ran for President.

I'm considering running again someday, maybe in 1999, on the platform that we should build Moonbase Alpha.


Holy shiat guys, it's a real live 1990s internet legend posting in the thread!
 
2013-10-06 09:28:19 PM  
That Jerry Brown still uses a phone number he used in 1992 is news?  

It not like he has never been out of politics.

/Call me if the 1992 presidential campaign hotline is still being answered with "Brown in '92."
 
2013-10-06 09:35:07 PM  

DemonEater: real_kibo: I haven't updated my crappo Web site since 1997, but that doesn't really count here because that was five years after I ran for President.

I'm considering running again someday, maybe in 1999, on the platform that we should build Moonbase Alpha.

Holy shiat guys, it's a real live 1990s internet legend posting in the thread!


hey it's that guy from that thing.

that thing in this case being usenet, right.

what a shiatshow that was.
 
2013-10-06 09:36:16 PM  
Are you sure Jerry Brown isn't using that number for reports to the suede denim secret police?
 
2013-10-06 09:37:13 PM  

FlashHarry: there was a presidential campaign in 1990?


There are several presidential campaigns happening right now, but none are officially declared yet.
 
2013-10-06 09:39:06 PM  

Sir-Marx-A-Lot: Can some one tl;dw this?


NBG covered that early...
 
2013-10-06 09:55:31 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: That Jerry Brown still uses a phone number he used in 1992 is news?

It not like he has never been out of politics.

/Call me if the 1992 presidential campaign hotline is still being answered with "Brown in '92."


Brown's use of 1-800 number to garner donations and name recognition while ultimately unsuccessful in terms of his run for POTUS back was prescient and was soon adopted by all and sundry.

That he would still pay for the number that he must have given out over a thousand times in speeches, media scrums and the like is no more surprising to me than people or corporations acquiring the right to various versions of their name as digital domains.

More surprising is that anyone would consider this any kind of actual news.

I know, I know, It's Not News, it's Fark. Just saying.
 
2013-10-06 09:56:20 PM  
Jesus. All we need is McElwaine's ghost to show up ITT now.
 
2013-10-06 10:00:17 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: FlashHarry: there was a presidential campaign in 1990?

There are several presidential campaigns happening right now, but none are officially declared yet.


Pro Tip: The Day After election 2012 people started putting together 2016 campaigns

Mitt Romney was running his 2008 team in 2009-2010
 
2013-10-06 10:00:39 PM  
So toll-free numbers from the 1990's have been reassigned to other companies.  I can't believe Ric Romero passed on this story.
 
2013-10-06 10:10:44 PM  
Awesome, a memory from back when the Flat Tax was a loony liberal idea

/It's still a loony idea
//I have a K+++
 
2013-10-06 10:17:05 PM  
Too bad there aren't more 90s hotlines still active...

img.fark.net
 
2013-10-06 10:38:09 PM  
I am Governor Jerry Brown/ My aura smiles and never frowns/ Soon I will be president.
 
2013-10-06 10:40:09 PM  
You will croak, you little clown. When you mess with President Brown.
 
2013-10-06 10:53:00 PM  

runwiz: So toll-free numbers from the 1990's have been reassigned to other companies.  I can't believe Ric Romero passed on this story.


I'm actually surprised that more of them haven't.  It's pretty common for a campaign to "stay open" after an election, since once you concede officially you have to actually pay off your debts.  Mrs. Clinton's was still open in like 2011, iirc, and some of the less well-funded guys will easily go a decade past the actual end of the election to avoid debt of finish spending all the donations on embezzlement.
 
2013-10-06 10:53:26 PM  

NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.


Yeah, I don't see the point of this. That's one of the problems with the whole 24-hour news cycle...

The first is that they feel that they HAVE to out out a story immediately, regardless of the accuracy. That's why we had the issues with the Boston bombers and Adam Lanza. A "scoop" trumps accuracy every time, unfortunately.

The other problem is unless a news outlets has 'X' number of new stories per day, they are somehow "failing" as a result, you get shiat stories like this because nothing is happening and these places need to stay relevant.

Of course, neither of these is a new phenomenon, but they are far worse issues than they used to be.
 
2013-10-06 11:06:24 PM  
I saw Jerry Brown speak at UT Austin in the '92 campaign on the West Mall... I was not convinced... more interested in Perot.
/shame
 
2013-10-06 11:10:43 PM  
 
2013-10-06 11:25:35 PM  
And all you get now is someone trying to sell you a scam trip to the Bahamas.  

So, not much has changed.
 
2013-10-06 11:40:02 PM  

clkeagle: Too bad there aren't more 90s hotlines still active...

[img.fark.net image 555x317]


THAT WAS THE BEST GOTDAM HOTLINE

/and a damned awesome soda too
//i still miss it
 
2013-10-06 11:46:17 PM  
Number doesn't work from Canada, by the way :(
 
2013-10-06 11:52:42 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.

Nothing important is happening right now



Tell that to Fukashima
 
2013-10-07 12:15:05 AM  

The Bananadragon: clkeagle: Too bad there aren't more 90s hotlines still active...

[img.fark.net image 555x317]

THAT WAS THE BEST GOTDAM HOTLINE

/and a damned awesome soda too
//i still miss it


I had to read the wiki...

OK Soda was intentionally marketed at the difficult Generation X and Generation Y markets, and attempted to cash in on the group's existing disillusionment and disaffection with standard advertising campaigns; the concept was that the youth market was already aware that they were being manipulated by mass-media marketing, so this advertising campaign would just be more transparent about it.

First, every 14-24 year old cadre is seen as hard to market at because they've saturated the kids since they were in diapers. Second, OK is not great. It's acceptable, and would you reach for the acceptable or the great?

And the commercials are stupid.
 
2013-10-07 12:42:23 AM  

The Bananadragon: clkeagle: Too bad there aren't more 90s hotlines still active...

[img.fark.net image 555x317]

THAT WAS THE BEST GOTDAM HOTLINE

/and a damned awesome soda too
//i still miss it


I'm glad other people were aware of OK Soda.

I used to drink it every day in middle school.
 
2013-10-07 01:17:12 AM  

spcMike: The Bananadragon: clkeagle: Too bad there aren't more 90s hotlines still active...

[img.fark.net image 555x317]

THAT WAS THE BEST GOTDAM HOTLINE

/and a damned awesome soda too
//i still miss it

I'm glad other people were aware of OK Soda.

I used to drink it every day in middle school.


Portland was a test market for it.  I kind of recall it tasting like Coke mixed with Orange Crush.
 
2013-10-07 01:42:25 AM  
Anyone still calling Jenny? :)
 
2013-10-07 01:50:45 AM  

Umfufu: Anyone still calling Jenny? :)


867-5309?

Yeah, every decade or so some lazy journo goes around phoning that number using different area codes and asks if Jenny is there. Collects a few anecdotal tales of late night drunken prank callers asking for Jenny and then vomits it onto a page and a calls it an article. That is kind of what that segment reminded me of.
 
2013-10-07 01:56:18 AM  

clkeagle: Too bad there aren't more 90s hotlines still active...

[img.fark.net image 555x317]


I still think those Charles Burns cans are pretty cool.
 
2013-10-07 02:01:40 AM  
We're tied to the 90's
In the middle
It's terribly frightening

http://youtu.be/4DBAvlDL5SQ
 
2013-10-07 02:11:47 AM  

NewportBarGuy: This is the state of our news? Outstanding.


The story originates from a blog post by a San Francisco Chronicle writer who I've previously poked fun at for his rigorous coverage of silly topics.

That said, if it's Fark-worthy to discuss how Space Jam's website hasn't changed since 1996, Jerry Brown's 1992 presidential campaign phone line should be Fark-worthy as well.
 
2013-10-07 02:32:51 AM  
We used to call the lunch lady to listen to her recorded menus and songs.  She worked in the cafeteria at the US Geological Survey in D.C. and was famous. I believe she lives in San Leandro, CA  now.
 
2013-10-07 02:39:01 AM  
105. Hummingbirds.

/Slightly obscure..
 
2013-10-07 02:51:05 AM  
In related news, Hillaryis44 is still up and running.
 
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