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Sarah Palin’s Latest Incarnation: Reality Star

Sarah Palin has been many things to many people: Vice presidential candidate to John McCain; inspirational leader to scores of She-publicans and “Mama Grizzlies,” not to mention tea partyers in Alaska and “the lower 48”; and brunt of jokes to countless others besides Tina Fey.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE

‘The New GLAAD’ Takes On Hollywood

It appears that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is taking the direct approach in responding to Hollywood studios’ less-than-enlightened portrayals of GLBTQ characters and use of certain slang terms, but we’re not entirely sure that the watchdog organization is “Hollywood’s Latest Bully,” as The Wrap suggested Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

‘Fair Game’: Spying in the Suburbs

It’s not quite “Ozzie and Harriet with Security Clearances,” but there is something inescapably unedifying in watching the Wilsons bicker their way through the clichés of marital disaffection in a case that—let’s face it—was of small import in the context of the much larger crimes perpetrated by a pusillanimous power elite.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE

‘Client 9’: The Rehabilitation of Eliot Spitzer

A confession: I’ve never liked Eliot Spitzer. He has his virtues: He is relentlessly—and not stupidly—articulate. He has the right enemies, be they corporate titans or the endemically corrupt denizens of the New York legislature. He is natty in his well-cut suits (by Hickey-Freeman, as the New York Times informs us).

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE

‘Peace Meals’: Breaking Bread With War’s Forgotten Families

“Peace Meals” is a tribute to all my host families who live, and perish, on the edges of the world. It is my invitation to connect with the ordinary people trapped in mass violence of the last decade in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE

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Moore: 1, Berlusconi: 0

So, as per usual, Italy’s own media baron and embarrassment-in-chief Silvio Berlusconi is embroiled in another sex scandal involving another teenage girl. This time, however, he’s made it worse with homophobic commentary that didn’t fly with actress Julianne Moore.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

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What the Midterms Mean for Hollywood

Hollywood and its showbiz denizens are usually associated with the political left, or at least the Democratic Party, and entertainment industry power players have been known to cozy up to their elected representatives. But what happens when the Dems take a big hit?

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

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Top Court Mulls Video Game Violence

The first day of deliberation in the Supreme Court about that perennial legal favorite, violence in video games, brought debate Tuesday about the potential damage done by minors’ exposure to sex versus violence ... and a Founding Fathers joke from Justice Samuel Alito.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


Give Us This Day Our ‘Daily Show’

Political comedy, without practical application within a political strategy, will merely satiate our hunger for real change with a punch line and rob us of our sensitivity to any number of social and political injustices.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE

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