August 21, 2013 |
Think those Double Stuf Oreos are really double-stuffed? Well think again. A New York high school math class found the cookies don't really live up to their name. Dan Anderson, a math teacher from Queensbury, N.Y., assigned his students an experiment to see whether Oreo Double Stuf Cookies contain twice as much creme filling as their original counterparts. After weighing and measuring, the students concluded that Double Stuf Oreos contain only 1.86 times as much filling.
August 20, 2013 |
Fox News Executive Vice President Brian Lewis, the communications chief and a top strategist for the cable channel, was terminated after an internal investigation raised questions about his conduct. “After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis' conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract," a spokesman for Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said. Fox News and 21st Century Fox declined to elaborate on Lewis' transgressions.
August 9, 2013 |
MSNBC's lineup may be getting some serious firepower: Looks like Alec Baldwin is signing up to host a show on the cable news network. Baldwin, the 55-year-old former costar of NBC's sitcom "30 Rock," would bring his famously liberal point of view to a show that would air at 10 p.m. Fridays, according to the site Mediaite, which broke the story. The cable news wars are heating up again. News of Baldwin's possible show broke the same day that reports indicated Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would get the 9 p.m. slot currently occupied by Sean Hannity.
August 9, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting too excited about preseason football. The Skinny: The Redskins won their first preseason game Thursday night but I won't read too much into that. Still, it beats losing! Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and the latest (which isn't much) on the Time Warner Cable-CBS fight. Have a good weekend and stay out of trouble. If you are getting into trouble, call me because I get pretty bored these days and could use the excitement.
August 8, 2013 |
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is being coy about how he will restructure the network's prime-time lineup to make room for daytime anchor Megyn Kelly. "Megyn has earned a better time period; she will be in our prime-time lineup," Ailes said Thursday during a "fireside chat" with Fox News Managing Editor Neil Cavuto during an investor conference for parent company 21st Century Fox in Los Angeles. But Ailes stopped short of saying what time period Kelly, who will be returning from maternity leave, would occupy in the prominent 8 to 11 p.m. prime-time programming block or who she might replace.
August 4, 2013 |
Jesus not only saves; it turns out he also sells. UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan's new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," currently occupies the No. 1 spot on Amazon's bestseller list. The Iranian-born Aslan, who converted from Islam to evangelical Christianity as a teenager, then converted back to Islam, has also received the kind of publicity that every liberal author craves: getting dissed on Fox News. In a July 26 interview, Fox religion correspondent Lauren Green peppered him with questions about why he, a Muslim, had written "a book about the founder of Christianity.
July 31, 2013 |
After listening to “a series of attacks from liberal media outlets” against their religion correspondent Lauren Green for her interview with author Reza Aslan, Fox News invited Brent Bozell , president of the Media Research Center, to discuss the controversy Wednesday. He vigorously defended the Fox News correspondent. Last week, Green seemed to inadvertently paint herself into a rhetorical corner while trying to pin down Aslan on the question of his Muslim faith and his motives in writing his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The subsequent 10-minute video went viral , and helped propel “Zealot” up the bestseller lists.
July 30, 2013 |
What was Reza Aslan thinking, as his patient explanations to a Fox News reporter about his book on Jesus seemingly fell on deaf ears? “I was embarrassed, more than anything,” Aslan told The Times in a telephone interview Tuesday from Oregon. He'd gone on the cable network to talk about his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” Instead, he found himself making that most unpredictable and volatile of modern media creations: a viral video . In a 10-minute segment on Fox News last Friday, reporter Lauren Green kept on questioning why a U.S. scholar with Muslim roots would want to write a book about Jesus.
July 30, 2013 |
Having spoken earlier to author Reza Aslan about his viral video with a certain Fox News reporter, The Times took a few moments Tuesday to talk to the UC Riverside professor about his book and what's in it. "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth " (Random House, $27) is a lucid, intelligent page turner about "the historical Jesus. " It's a portrait of the violent and changing times he lived in and the decades that preceeded the ill-fated rebellion of the Jews against the Roman Empire and the destruction of Jerusalem. You say early in your book that your study of Jesus' life has made you “a more genuinely committed disciple of Jesus of Nazareth than I ever was of Jesus Christ.” What exactly do you mean by that?
July 29, 2013 |
Near the end of Reza Aslan's strange, 10-minute television exchange with Fox News, the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," gives voice to a thought that's entered the mind of many an author while being interviewed: “I'm afraid it seems like you haven't read my book.” The interview, now circulating widely on social media sites, has helped propel the book to No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list Monday. Aslan is a Muslim scholar of religion and a one-time Christian convert who's just published a popular book about the life of Jesus.