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Athlete Without Compelling Personal Drama Expelled From Olympics

A member of the U.S. Olympic diving team was disqualified from competition today when it was learned that he did not have a sufficiently compelling human story line to exploit on the NBC telecast of the worldwide sporting event.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Kasia Anderson on Barbara Walters

“Audition” details the life story, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, of a pioneering journalist-entertainer who reported the news while making it in ways both admirable and troubling.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Both Ways Ad

MTV Launches Political Spots With Anti-Obama Ad

MTV has become quite the changeling, now resembling not in the least the network that debuted in the early 1980s. Recently, the cable mainstay announced it will start airing political advertisements, and Team McCain seems to be first out the gates with this “Both Ways Barack” attack ad.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


Fake Outrage Over Clark Comments

Despite all the feigned outrage fanned by the mainstream media and the right-wing noisemakers, Wesley Clark—retired four-star general, former supreme commander of NATO, wounded and highly decorated veteran of ground combat in Vietnam and a military man to his core—assuredly did not denigrate the war record of John McCain when he talked about the Republican candidate on television last Sunday.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE



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What War?

Coverage of the Iraq war on American newscasts gets a fraction of the airtime it has in past years. Some network journalists complain that they have to beg to get Iraq stories on the air. Although the war in Afghanistan has recently gotten more coverage, no American network has a full-time correspondent on the ground there.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


The Essential Tim Russert

He knew he was a big deal—he had a healthy ego and an accurate sense of his accomplishments. But I’m confident that he would be stunned at the magnitude of the reaction to his death, especially among people who never met him.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Watch
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Fox to Obama: We’re Sorry ... Again

The third time’s no charm for Fox News, which has been forced yet again to apologize to Barack Obama for making racist comments against the presumed Democratic nominee. This marks the third “oops” moment for the television channel, all in the span of only two weeks.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Homeland Security Meets Reality TV

If you thought reality TV was only for wannabe warblers, petulant teens and bug-eating fetishists, guess again. The Department of Homeland Security, “as well as several other government agencies,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, is working with ABC on a new “unscripted” show called “Border Security USA,” brought to you, creepily enough, by the executive producer of “Big Brother.”

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


The End of ‘American Idol’?

That might be going too far for a show that still averages 28.7 million viewers, but ratings are down. In part, the cause is the presence of an even more exciting reality show on television, and it’s not even really a show.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Matthews vs. McNulty

If television is the nation’s mirror, then no two TV characters reflect the intensifying “two Americas” gap better than Chris Matthews and “The Wire’s” Jimmy McNulty.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Finger
The Sydney Morning Herald

Put Up Your Nukes

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE



Democrats Wage Air War in Pennsylvania

A few months ago columnist Amy Goodman argued that the principal beneficiaries of our current campaign finance system are the media conglomerates that rake in all those advertising dollars. That’s especially true this week as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombard Pennsylvania with commercials.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Gore Vidal Speaks Seriously Ill of the Dead

The iconic author objects to Newsweek’s obituary of his onetime rival, William F. Buckley, a “knightly man” who stood up to “bullies” like Gore Vidal ... by verbally gay-bashing him on national television.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Saddam Statue
The New York Times / James Hill

War Started With Lies, Continues With Lies

All governments lie in wartime, but American and British propaganda in Iraq over the past five years has been more untruthful than in any other conflict since the First World War.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


The President You Are Trying to Reach Is Unavailable

The satirist says the president doesn’t understand Hillary Clinton’s “red phone” ad. He just sends all those calls to voice mail.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Taxi to the Dark Side

On the Sunday following Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the truth. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said regarding plans to pursue the perpetrators of that attack: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the shadows.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Assud

Starting ‘Em Young

Warner Bros. might take issue with this character, Assud the rabbit, who recently debuted on the Palestinian kid-targeted program “Pioneers of Tomorrow” and bears more than a passing resemblance to WB’s Bugs Bunny. The similarities stop there, as Assud says he will “get rid of the Jews” and will “eat them up.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


It’s an Air War

There’s a reason campaigns are more expensive than ever: commercials. Although they try, the candidates can’t be in every Super Tuesday state at the same time, and the most effective way of reaching millions of people in one state is the same for politicians as it is for Tylenol. Even Barack Obama, who has bet big on his grass-roots organization, spent around $4 million on ads in the last week of January.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
abcnews.com

Obama Wants to Go Live

After Hillary Clinton announced she will buy two minutes of air time on every evening newscast in Iowa,  Barack Obama wants to go even further with either a two- or five-minute live campaign commercial, to be aired simultaneously on all the networks. The stunt, which “West Wing” viewers will recognize from the show’s last season, has station managers scratching their heads.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


FCC Sells Out

Despite opposition from Congress and the public, the FCC has decided it’s in the nation’s best interest to relax decades-old ownership rules that prohibit media giants from owning newspapers and broadcasts outlets in the same local market. The idea behind the old rules, crazy as it sounds, is that it’s probably not a good thing to get all of your information from the same place. The FCC’s three Republicans and America’s media conglomerates disagree.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Sheppard

Jesus, Then the Dinosaurs, Then the Greeks ...

Here’s an easy question: What’s worse, someone who doesn’t know anything about the world or someone who tries to spread his or her ignorance to others on national television? “The View’s” Sherri Shepard, who once admitted she didn’t know if the world was flat, insists that “Jesus came first before [the Greeks and Romans]” and “I don’t think anything predated Christians.” Really? What about Pangea?

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE


The Dubious Mr. Dobbs

The CNN personality, who continues to beat the drum against “illegal aliens,” claims to be a journalist.  If he really is one, he should respect facts and correct errors.  Let’s all hold our breath until that happens.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Damian Dovarganes

WGA Strikers to Return to the Table Nov. 26

An end may be in sight for striking television and film writers and their studio bosses if negotiations, now set to resume Nov. 26, are effective.  However, WGA West President Patric Verrone cautioned union members to stand their ground in an e-mail titled “Don’t Break Out the Champagne Just Yet.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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latimes.com

Writers Picket With Star Power

Writers began picketing network and studio headquarters on Monday, with the support of several celebrities and, courtesy of Jay Leno, a couple of boxes of doughnuts.  There’s no telling how long the strike will last, but parallels to the 1988 walkout that cost Hollywood an estimated half a billion dollars have already been drawn.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher showdown

Bill Maher vs. ‘9/11 Truthers’

The “Real Time” host became so frustrated with a couple of “9/11 Truthers” who infiltrated his audience Friday that he left the stage to personally oversee their expulsion. The fracas was so entertaining that HBO aired the entire incident on the West Coast feed, which could have easily been edited.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Being Gay Still Not OK at Vatican

Given the Catholic Church’s record of dealing (or not) with homosexuality, especially within its upper ranks, it’s not particularly shocking that the Vatican suspended Monsignor Tomasso Stenico after he said he was gay on an Italian television show.

Posted on Oct 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Abstinence Ads

The Department of Health and Human Services’ latest abstinence ad commands the viewer to “tell your kids you want them to wait till they’re married to have sex.” That’s the Bush administration for you: Forget about the heaps of data that show a strategy doesn’t work and just keep throwing money at it.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Global War on Toddlerism

Fresh on the heels of its reality show “Kid Nation,” in which children are sent to perform hard labor on a ranch with no adult supervision, CBS announced today that it is readying a reality show in which children will be sent to the federal detention camp at Guantanamo.

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


Lord of the Sighs

When they write the cultural history of childhood in 21st-century America, I hope they leave room for a few unkind words about “Kid Nation.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


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