March 24, 2014 |
What is it about TV news anchors and reporters stampeding to play themselves in fictional movies and TV shows? Do they think they don't get enough screen time doing, you know, their real jobs? This habit has blotted the reputations of TV journalists for years, even decades. But that egregious Netflix show "House of Cards" has stepped up the self-whoring to a whole new level. Brian Rooney of the Rooney Report totes up the reputational wreckage : "To name a few: CNN's John King, Soledad O'Brien, now with Al Jazeera America, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
July 17, 2000 |
Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday angrily denied having uttered an anti-Jewish slur 26 years ago, calling the allegation "politics of the worst kind." Clinton, who is running for the Senate representing New York against Republican Rep. Rick Lazio, was reported in a new book to have blamed Bill Clinton's 1974 congressional race loss on his campaign manager Paul Fray, supposedly calling him a "Jew bastard."
October 6, 1999
Heather Ramsey, commercial artist and armchair occultist, was paging through a book of vintage games and puzzles when a picture of a child's toy changed her future. What she saw was a "guessing box," a turn-of-the-century gizmo that purports to tell the future. The premise is simple: Ask the box a question, then tilt it as a tiny silver ball rolls across the surface, coming to rest at the answer.
April 16, 2004 |
A New York judge Thursday ordered liberal talk-radio network Air America Radio back on in Chicago, but Los Angeles listeners to the 2-week-old service have an indefinite wait before it returns to the airwaves here. MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., which leases airtime to Air America on station WNTD-AM (950) in Chicago and KBLA-AM (1580) in Los Angeles, pulled the talk lineup featuring comedians Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, rapper Chuck D and others off the air Wednesday.
March 25, 1998 |
The Scene: The incandescent peak of what an Oscar party should be--Graydon Carter's Vanity Fair shindig at Mortons. It was packed, it took forever to get in, and it was worth the wait.
August 1, 2012 |
Andrew Breitbart loathed the "institutional left," and what he called "the Democrat media complex. " A son of Brentwood who cut his sharp online incisors working alongside blogging pioneers Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington, Breitbart went on to forge an eponymous website and persona as one of the fiercest voices of the right. His mission appeared cut short March 1, when he died of heart failure. Breitbart was just 43. But an unlikely crew of friends and associates - his oldest childhood friend, a pair of Harvard-educated lawyers, a financier/filmmaker who served in the Navy and a musician pal who reinforces the fallen leader's voice as the website's "minister of culture" - scarcely paused after the loss.
July 11, 2004 |
"We report, you decide." That's the slogan of Fox News. It's baloney, of course. Fox is probably the most biased of all mainstream news outlets. But Fox has been successful -- at least in part, I'm convinced -- because more and more people want biased news, no matter how much they protest to the contrary. Actually, let me rephrase that slightly.
February 11, 1999
Edward Weston opened his first photography studio in Tropico--now Glendale--in 1911, just as Modernism was reaching California. A new exhibition opening today, "Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism," traces how Weston's work became increasing influenced and eventually influential in the Modernist arena.
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March 9, 2001 |
A Drudge match? Conservative cyber-gossip Matt Drudge has moved from L.A. to some luxury digs near Miami Beach, where he has already felt the sting of one of his new neighbors--a man-of-war jellyfish. "I was skinny-dipping in the ocean one night," he told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, "and one of those things got me on the behind." Small consolation, however for the stinging the Democrats believe they suffered in Florida in November.