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March 15, 2009 |
Tune in to conservative talk radio in California, and the insults quickly fly. Capturing the angry mood of listeners the other day, a popular host in Los Angeles called Republican lawmakers who voted to raise state taxes "a bunch of weak slobs." With their trademark ferocity, radio stars who helped engineer Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise in the 2003 recall have turned on him over the new tax increases.
August 30, 2004 |
When the Republican National Convention gets underway tonight, PBS will again be alone among the major over-the-air broadcasters to offer full live coverage of events from the podium. The decision this year by the big broadcast networks to pare their political convention coverage of each party to major speeches on just three of the four nights opened the door for PBS to attract more viewers.
October 17, 1998
Judith Michaelson's article on KABC-AM's new afternoon host, Al Rantel, was informative, fair and balanced ("Defying Expectations," Oct. 8). I wish I could say the same for the station's new program direction. The "rightward turn" at KABC to which Michaelson refers is neither a coincidence nor a result of quiet design of station management. When KABC replaces its liberal/moderate hosts in favor of 10 straight hours of conservative rhetoric, the plea "we want a new audience" comes through loud and clear--and it is no secret that the audience they covet lives at KFI. One can only wonder about the future of the liberal duo of Ken & Peter on the station's morning show.
July 24, 1997 |
TELEVISION Remembering Kuralt: Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley and Andy Rooney were among those who eulogized longtime CBS newsman Charles Kuralt as a television master at a memorial service Wednesday in New York. Kuralt--who died on July 4 at age 62--was remembered as a journalist who put ordinary people at ease and then wrote about them eloquently in TV essays that were carefully matched to video images.
November 8, 2002 |
Sharon Osbourne -- the matriarch and business mastermind behind MTV's popular unscripted series "The Osbournes" -- has reportedly signed a deal with AOL Time Warner's Telepictures Productions unit to host a weekday talk show that would tentatively premiere in the fall of 2003. Warner Bros., which would syndicate the program to television stations, declined to comment, as did representatives for the Osbournes at the Endeavor talent agency.
April 26, 1997 |
Here's a rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "Today": Controlling false hunger syndrome; gourmet gadgets; temporary job positions; anger and stress; dessert recipes, 6 a.m. (4)(36)(39). "John McLaughlin's One on One": Alec Baldwin, 2:30 p.m. (28). "Tony Brown's Journal": Reexamining the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, 3:30 p.m. (28). "Inside Politics Weekend": Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), 3:30 p.m.; repeats midnight, CNN.
December 7, 2003
Regarding Michael Ramirez's editorial cartoon showing a "meeting" of the "self-important Hollywood liberal elite" (Commentary, Dec. 4): I don't loathe or even hate George W. Bush. I do alternate between alarm, disgust, bewilderment and occasional anger at his policies regarding the environment, gun control, choice for women, civil unions for committed adults and who gets the real tax benefits. All of these reactions are there regarding his smug, self-righteous "no plan, no clue" actions in Iraq.
May 16, 2004
I just finished reading the article about cartoonist Aaron McGruder ("He's Gotta Fight the Powers That Be," by Greg Braxton, April 25). I'm an older white guy, and I like his strip and admire his guts--as well as many of his stances regarding the current Bush administration. However, I'm sorry that his concern for the failure of systems designed to protect this country does not extend to the many out-of-work American animators who would have loved working on his upcoming animated TV series.