August 13, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Tired celebrity feud of the week: Jennifer Aniston versus Bill O'Reilly. Here's Round 3. ( People ) News Corp. is planning a national news service for your iPad and cellphone. ( Los Angeles Times ) Daniel Craig is sitting by the phone, waiting for James Bond's call. ( Los Angeles Times ) Locks of Elvis' hair are going up for auction. ( USA Today ) A slump in Nintendo's Wii sales is hurting the video game industry.
May 27, 2010 |
Are we really supposed to believe those who claim to be quitting to spend more time with their families? CNN's Campbell Brown sure doesn't — and she hasn't asked her viewers to either. On May 18, when Brown announced she was stepping down from the news program she has hosted at 8 p.m. on weeknights since February 2008, she was singularly frank. "I could have said that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do)," Brown said. "Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do)
March 28, 2010
Fox keeps moving right Jon Stewart's likening Bill O'Reilly to the "thinnest kid at fat camp" for his attempts at appearing moderate alongside Glenn Beck hits the nail squarely on the head. ["At No One's Beck & Call," March 21.] That Fox can continue to find people even further on the rabid right to tell its listeners what to think is no surprise. Fox remains the station for people who want to listen only to commentators who provide support for their own conspiratorial, half-baked views on American political issues, and to whom any hint of moderation or compromise is just one step away from Godless Communism.
March 21, 2010 |
In a no-frills studio in Fox News' Manhattan headquarters, Bill O'Reilly was wrangling with a guest, as usual. This time it wasn't a liberal foe but conservative strategist Dick Morris, who was hammering the Justice Department for hiring a group of lawyers -- dubbed the "Al Qaeda Seven" by the right-wing advocacy group Keep America Safe -- that had represented terrorism suspects in private practice. But O'Reilly didn't buy Morris' argument that the lawyers' past work made them a security risk.
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March 8, 2010 |
Terrorism and the Middle East are continuing to roil the Republican Senate contest after a letter written by former congressman Tom Campbell emerged that appeared to contradict statements Campbell and his aides had made about his dealings with a radical Muslim professor. The professor, Sami Al-Arian, contributed to Campbell's unsuccessful campaign in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. On Sept. 26, 2001, when he was teaching at the University of South Florida, Al-Arian gave an interview to Fox TV host Bill O'Reilly in which he conceded that he had said, "Jihad is our path.
February 4, 2010 |
Jon Stewart showed up alone for his showdown Wednesday afternoon with Bill O'Reilly. "Stewart, S-T-E-W-A-R-T," he told the security guard in the lobby of Fox News' midtown Manhattan headquarters. "I'm here to get crushed by O'Reilly." In fact, what unfolded over the next 40 minutes was a vigorous, policy-laden debate between two of television's most popular figures who hail from increasingly polarized political worlds. Their discussion careened between talk of tort reform, global warming and the trials of the 9/11 terrorists.
December 27, 2009
'Vampirism' just doesn't add up It was pretty jarring, to say the least, to be hit in the face by Michael Tolkin's angry anti-right, anti-God rant ["This Vampirism Is Made in America," Dec. 20]. What a pitiful attempt at political allegory. Who needs to hear such a hateful existentialist tirade, especially at this time of the year? I do not appreciate Tolkin's half-baked brand of allegorical logic either, and I was not at all surprised to learn that he coauthored the screenplay for the film "Nine."
December 20, 2009
Measured Moyers I am a 66-year-old lifelong Republican who always enjoyed listening to Bill Moyers. ("A Thoughtful Voice Amid the Din," by Neal Gabler, Dec. 13.) With his unique personal style and calming voice he had the ability to discuss both sides of a political issue in a calm measured way that enabled you to understand his point of view and what the real issues were. The shrill, vitriolic ranting of talking heads like Bill O'Reilly or Donna Brazile regardless of party affiliation only serve to polarize every critical issue we face as a nation and leave a scorched earth landscape behind them where no rational discussion can take place in the middle.
December 13, 2009 |
It is a testament to how much Bill Moyers matters that this quiet, humble man can still stir passions. When he announced late last month he would be leaving his award-winning weekly PBS series, "Bill Moyers Journal," in April, some of us felt as if we were losing a sacred American institution, a repository of the nation's conscience, while others cheered. Right-wing bloviator Bill O'Reilly went so far as to boast that he had forced Moyers from the air -- a claim that was not only patently false but also a misconception of who Moyers is and what he does.
October 30, 2009 |
White House versus Fox News eye gouging has been all the rage in recent days. The Obama administration calls the cable outlet a partisan political organ. Fox retorts that the president can't take a fair punch. Fox says just check its news programs -- filled with "fair and balanced" coverage -- and don't peg its reputation solely on the work of commentators like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. The debate over the meaning of Fox News has become so routine, and so routinely partisan, that one hesitates to join the fray again.