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Dan McDermott
Dan McDermott is a former award-winning radio talk show host. He lives in Bentonville and Lynchburg, Va., where he publishes three newspapers: Warren County Report, The Lynchburg Times and Frederick County Report.

He blogs here and on Google Plus.

Entries by Dan McDermott

FCC v. Redskins, Olive Garden Shake Up and a House Full of Spiders! (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The Federal Communications Commission is weighing a petition to ban the use of the name "Redskins" on broadcast outlets. Shareholders responded to an activist investor's viral campaign by voting out the entire board of Olive Garden/LongHorn Steakhouse parent Darden Restaurants, Inc. and imagine...

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The History of the US. Secret Service and My Interactions With Them While Covering President Obama (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 6:22 PM


Here's my conversation with Kenny Shelton about the history of the U.S. Secret Service, my personal dealings with them and the controversial breaches of presidential security that led to the sudden resignation of Director Julia Pierson October 1, 2014.

This was on

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Facebook 'Cash Mob' Descends on 'Naughty' Front Royal Donut Shop [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 7:06 PM


Customers came from three states and the District of Columbia Sep. 14, 2014 to support Naughty Girl's Donuts after the high school student-operated Front Royal, Va. bakery was attacked by a small group of religious extremists for their name, inspired by 1950's era...

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Analysis of the Bob McDonnell Trial and That Crazy Story About Pagans and Fortune Tellers (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I discussed the corruption trial of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the controversy over whether Front Royal, Va. should keep a ban against fortune tellers, "gypsies" and practitioners of the "magic arts" on The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton Saturday August 23,...

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Malaysian Airliner Shot Down, FedEx Charged Over Drug Shipments (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 5:36 AM


We discussed the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, the Russian-made Buk-M1 2 Missile System and the criminal charges against FedEx on The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton Saturday July 19, 2014 on The Virginia Talk Radio Network

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Border Crisis: Palin vs. Obama (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I discussed Sarah Palin's call for the impeachment of President Obama and the causes of the crisis on the US-Mexican border on The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton Saturday July 12, 2014 on The Virginia Talk Radio Network. We...

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US Attorney's Attempt to Seize Innocent Family's Motel Dismissed

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 2:10 PM

Justice has prevailed over an outrageous example of prosecutorial overreach.

The federal government has the right to seize property if on one or more occasions a drug crime occurred punishable by one or more years in prison and the owner condoned it or failed to take reasonable steps to prevent...

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David Frum's Why Romney Lost eBook Is Spot-On

(158) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 8:48 AM

A version of this post appeared on Google+.

Here's my review of Why Romney Lost (And What The GOP Can Do About It) by former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum.

In a nutshell, the title of this book is deliberate. David Frum argues that President Barack Obama...

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Tareq Salahi Va. Governor Campaign Headed For Television

(15) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 10:51 AM

With cameras in tow, Tareq Salahi kicks off underdog bid for Governor's mansion Sept. 16

A version of this story first appeared on Google+

Alleged White House gatecrasher and Real Housewives of D.C. star Tareq Salahi will have his entire gubernatorial campaign taped for a reality documentary to...

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"Oh God, My God" -- Frustrated D.C. Council Chairman Before Uber Vote (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:39 PM

Following an internet campaign that resulted in D.C. Council members receiving "thousands" of calls and emails, Council voted July 10 to approve Councilwoman Mary Cheh's bill to amend taxicab regulations without the portions specifically targeting the popular San Francisco-based sedan company Uber.

The original proposal offered a requirement that Uber...

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Google Plus Week: Flipboard Comes to Android and Google+

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Content beautification and delivery app Flipboard gets "most favored nation" status from Google and launches on Android. We also discuss Microsoft new computer-tablet hybrid and other Google+ and tech news of the week.

• In-depth hands-on review of Flipboard for Android
• How to EASILY embed a...

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Crocodile Tears From Barnes & Noble in Amazon Exclusive-Distribution Tiff

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Barnes & Noble has decided not to stock any Amazon published books in its 700-plus stores, according to a statement emailed to Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone and quietly broken on Google+ Tuesday.

Barnes & Noble Chief Merchandising Officer Jaime Carey said the decision is based on "Amazon's continued...

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Banned for Life From Facebook, Man Finds a Home on Google Plus (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 9:40 AM

This show runs weekly on Google Plus.

My special guest on this edition of Google Plus Week is Adam Guerbuez, the Montreal marketer who got sued for $873 million by Facebook and lost. Banned for life from Facebook, Guerbuez has been spending a lot of time...

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The Lasting Legacy of Andy Rooney

(24) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 1:13 PM

This article was first published on Google Plus.

Like most journalists, I was saddened to hear of the passing of CBS legend Andy Rooney.

To most young people, Andy was simply that cranky old guy who read a short essay at the end of the news magazine...

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Tareq Salahi Cries Abduction as Michaele Leaves 'On Journey'

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 1:58 PM

How the would-be mighty have fallen.

FBI agents (and TV crews) descended the afternoon of Sept. 14 on the Warren County home of Tareq and Michaele Salahi to investigate allegations that Mrs. Salahi had been kidnapped.

Rather than being held against her will, Mrs. Salahi had instead run off with...

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EXCLUSIVE: Hacked by Anonymous (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 2:00 PM

The webmaster for the Texas Police Chief's Association spoke exclusively to me to tell his story about being on the receiving end of an attack by the international hacking group Anonymous and his subsequent dealings with the FBI.

Web designer Scott Swain says he discovered that...

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Google Plus Week Episode 5 (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 2:02 PM


Google Plus doesn't allow brand pages yet. You are supposed to use your real name or the one you go by in real life. So if Madonna's PR people put a page up and they update it, is it Madonna's page? Or a brand...

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Google Plus Week Episode 4 (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 12:12 PM


This week marked a move to our new rural Virginia TV studio which was visited by a 300-400 lb. black bear about 30 minutes before taping. (We didn't ask if he was sent from Wall Street to opine on the Google-Motorola Mobility purchase.)


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Google Plus Week Episode 3 (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 1:51 PM


This week we continued our experiment in democracy by opening our show prep sheet to editing by Huffington Post visitors and the general public! Anyone could add topics and edit the document -- anonymously if they so chose. Watching all those people add topics...

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Google Plus Week Episode 2 (Video)

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 4:01 PM


As an experiment, I covered the lockdown following a reported gunman at nearby Virginia Tech Aug. 4 exclusively on Google Plus, the world's newest social network. There were definite pros and cons versus getting information out via Twitter, Facebook and my traditional...

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