January 14, 2014 |
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
July 25, 2011 |
The maid who says she was sexually assaulted by prominent Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn stepped out in public Sunday, allowing her name and face to be used in two media interviews in which she described in vivid detail the alleged attack. Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea, is apparently concerned that the Manhattan district attorney will drop four felony and three misdemeanor charges against Strauss-Kahn because of questions about her credibility that arose during the investigation.
July 28, 2009 |
NBC Universal's announcement Monday that Ben Silverman is leaving the network after his two-year tenure did little to reverse its prime-time fortunes was one of the least surprising stories to hit the television industry in some time. What was unexpected was who broke the news -- and how. At 5:09 a.m.
August 27, 2013 |
Keith Olbermann's back and he knows you missed him during all those long months since he quit his Current TV gig (or years since he left MSNBC), even if you didn't know it yourself. And so on Monday night he returned to to ESPN where, he will be happy to remind you every eight minutes or so, he helped found ESPN2 and perfect "SportsCenter. " He named this ESPN2 show "Olbermann," as if he were an iconic motor company or a beer, and opened it in classic Olbermann-ic style. "As I was saying," he greeted the camera, that careful quirk of a smile punctuating a pickup line so smugly flirtatious that it could have been lifted from Season 1 of "The Newsroom," which Olbermann claims to have inspired (though not Season 2, which is slightly less smug, certainly less flirtatious and better.)
February 10, 2012 |
David Choe, the graffiti artist who made headlines for having an estimated $200 million in Facebook stock, spent the last week in New York, granting interviews to a lucky few media outlets. He snubbed the New York Times and Wall Street Journal but did agree to speak with Howard Stern, Barbara Walters for ABC's "Nightline," and the Taiwanese animated news service Next Media Animation. Interesting choices. Howard Stern offered to adopt Choe, after double checking that the artist still had the Facebook shares.
July 12, 1992
The belittling of Ross Perot by Tom Shales (TV Times, June 21) just adds more fuel to the perception that the media are trying to control our elections. Ann F. Becker, Encino
January 3, 2002
If I hear that "liberal media" line one more time, I'll lose my mind. Boom! Too late. Ow! I can't see. I can't hear. I can't think . . . guess I'll have to become a Republican now. David G. Porter Anaheim
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1988
I've voted against the Reagan Administration twice, and will do so again come Nov. 8. But, after watching Bush and Dukakis shamelessly pander to the sound bite-mad media for 90 minutes, I am left with just one hollow sentiment. Democracy is dead. Long live "mediacracy." JESS BORGESON Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001
Re "Current Events Test O.C. Schools," Sept. 24: The Orange Crescent School community was shocked at the negative sentiment and anti-American overtone of the article and questions your reporter's intention. We appreciate The Times' effort to facilitate a better understanding of Islam to the general public, however, we are concerned that the article unfortunately did more harm than good. We have received numerous disturbing telephone calls and letters mentioning the article and its suggestion that we are demeaning America and misguiding innocent children.