Tony Brenna

Veteran reporter Tony Brenna offers his new novel, Honey Trap: A Thriller

Tony is a long-time keen observer of media in all its forms, as well as politics and international affairs. He's informed and opinionated - and shares his latest insights here.

Trump Going Nuts

Jan 24, 2024 by Tony Brenna
Tony Brenna returns to form, sharing his view of the current political landscape and the characters inhabiting it - and in particular the "giant orange gas bag" known as Trump:

Donald Trump’s second bid for the presidency has already become a perfect storm of political corruption, fascism, racism, and his dangerous mental decline. 

            As he attempts to drag millions of voters into a sewer of lies, greed, and self-aggrandizement, his base of misled MAGAs should be wary of putting a cognitively challenged 75-year-old criminal into the Oval Office – not that they see it that way.

            Word is out from those closest to former Potus that he behaves “like a raving lunatic” while dealing with campaign staff and the battalions of lawyers handling his multitudinous legal problems – “the slightest little thing has him screaming and cursing…”

The Day They Threw Peter Lawford Out of His Crypt

Jan 19, 2024 by Tony Brenna

Would you plonk down between $200,000 and $400,000 to spend eternity next to the remains of Marilyn Monroe?

          That’s what it may cost to buy a crypt next to the “Some Like It Hot" star in Westwood, Los Angeles, where cemetery owners Pierce Brothers will soon auction off that special space.

          The news got me thinking about the days in 1984 when I was at the same place, helping in the fight to keep Marilyn’s best friend, actor Peter Lawford, in his niche in the Memorial Park Wall.

Journalism: Getting More Dangerous?

Oct 14, 2023 by Tony Brenna

Journalism is fast becoming one of the most dangerous jobs around the world.

          It is a deadly profession in Mexico where the cartel and government agents have murdered 105 reporters and editors. In Russia, writers and reporters stand the chance to be poisoned, thrown out of the window or shot in the back if they upset Vladimir Putin, who hushes up the number of deaths he’s responsible for since taking power. Meanwhile, the most recent war in Israel has taken the lives of seven reporters and photographers in the short time since it started. More journalists have lost their lives covering the war in Ukraine.

          I, too, know the fear of working in a war zone after being sent to Uganda in 1972 by London’s Daily Telegraph, for which I was then the United Nations correspondent.

Why I Had to Write "Honey Trap"

Aug 02, 2022 by Tony Brenna
Here are the life-changing events that primed me to switch from respectable mainstream journalism to reporting for the tabloids. There I covered the pernicious ratrace of the entertainment industry while vying against other journalists in the most cut-throat competition of my life. All my journalistic experience gave birth to Honey Trap and its protagonist Mike Delano.

US and UK Lacking in Press Freedom - The Future of Russia

May 03, 2022 by Tony Brenna
The war in Ukraine affects US and UK press freedom -- as more journalists die in the conflict. Ukraine's spymaster says the war won't end until Putin dies, either through sickness or assassination.

Fury at Fox Network Over Piers Morgan Appointment

Apr 26, 2022 by Tony Brenna
Fox Fabrications King Tucker Carlson is pulling out his hair in rage over Rupert Murdoch's hire of British tabloid star, Piers Morgan, with a reported annual salary of nearly $20-million. Sean Hannity's not happy either.

The Hyprocisy of Fox Attacking Disney

Apr 01, 2022 by Tony Brenna
The angle that interests me about the way Fox News is attacking Disney? The fact that the Murdochs made a fortune on their deal with Disney.

Will the Ukraine Disaster Be the End of Napoleonic Putin?

Feb 28, 2022 by Tony Brenna
With any luck, this Ukraine disaster will help bring down Putin. Meanwhile, even as the US supports Ukraine, we must be vigilant against the supporters of oligarchs and authoritarianism in the US.

Why NATO Should Never have Gone into Russia’s Satellite Countries

Feb 19, 2022 by Tony Brenna
I've got my fingers crossed: if we survive the current crisis, will we tackle the ongoing crises like climate change and future pandemics?

Goodbye Dirty Donald — You Won’t Be Missed

Jan 19, 2021 by Tony Brenna
I bid a not-fond-at-all farewell to the Donald Trump presidency, with a dose of pessimism as to whether we can "fix" the country, and the world, that's left to us.

Count Your Blessings in the Viral Age

Apr 22, 2020 by Tony Brenna
You can count your blessings even in the age of corona virus, especially if you don't listen to advice from that ignorant quack, Dr. Trump, and his circle of sychophants at Fox News.

Donald Trump Is Literally Killing Us

Apr 20, 2020 by Tony Brenna
If we ignore the lessons of the current pandemic, we'll face worse in the future. 

We May Be the Experiment Nature Regrets

Apr 05, 2020 by Tony Brenna
As I enjoy the quiet imposed by the corona virus lockdown, I wonder when our Big Brains will get the message that we must stop destroying the Earth - our only home.

John McCain Humiliates Trump from Beyond the Grave

Aug 31, 2018 by Tony Brenna

Donald Trump vs. John McCain - two American archetypes in starkest contrast with each other: devious Donald could never compare with the dauntless spirit of Senator McCain. The enmity transcends the grave.