February 15, 2013 |
If you followed #SOTU on Twitter while watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday, you may have been surprised by how many smart pundits -- conservative and liberal -- spent more time obsessing over President Obama's and House Speaker John A. Boehner's tie selection rather than the message delivered. Perhaps I'm in no position to judge. Half of the reason I tune in to award shows is for the celebrity fashion. But the State of the Union was not a red carpet event and Boehner did not, in fact, look like he was wearing a salmon around his neck.
July 24, 2013
Re "The prince of wails has arrived," July 23 The extraordinary amount of vapid media attention lavished on the so-called royal baby has been nothing short of a royal waste of time. It is baffling to me that anyone would give the slightest hoot about the progeny of anyone they are not related to, much less when it involves people as breathtakingly anachronistic as the British monarchy. Unless the future king is to be named Kong, I fail to see any news value whatsoever.
May 19, 2012
Re "Romney's media handicap," Opinion, March 15 Jonah Goldberg wants "the media" to be nicer to Mitt Romney, and yet he calls 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry "a pompous human toothache. " Surely this is the pot calling the kettle black. Romney is properly on the hot seat for his selective memory and his evasive semi-apologies. You might not remember the name of the kid who sat behind you in calculus, or the name of the teacher, but you really ought to remember the kid who you held down while cutting his hair.
February 5, 2014 |
When you've been working since you were 8, as Alyssa Milano has, it takes a special kind of role to get you really excited. Using your birthday to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, for instance. Or hunkering down with the beleaguered in Kosovo and Angola, as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Or getting help for African women and children with AIDS. Or her latest - creating "Hacktivist," a four-issue graphic novel/comic book whose heroes run a world-beating social media company by day and practice world-beating social activism by night.
December 25, 2010 |
The news may not have been bigger in 2010. But it came at us every which way ? on cellphones and iPads, laptops and BlackBerrys, even by conventional television and newsprint. The world rushed in: a devastating earthquake in Haiti, violent drug violence in Mexico, a joyous rescue of Chilean miners. And, what's this to close the year: the coach of the New York Jets with a fetish for ? feet? From the tragic and transcendent to the trivial, a few characters rose above the tumult as media heroes of 2010.
March 22, 2014
Re "Lottery tickets and long shots," Opinion, March 16 With regard to why people ignore odds, I believe David J. Hand has missed one explanation. The media constantly report the unusual. If we were instead barraged with stories similar to what we experience firsthand, our grasp of the odds would be closer to reality. Steve Wood Laguna Beach Did anyone else feel queasy reading Hand's improbability principle - that unlikely events keep happening regularly - just pages after being reminded that we face a massive earthquake or a nationwide, yearlong blackout?