November 3, 2009 |
How you react to "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama," a new documentary premiering tonight on HBO, will be largely a matter of how you feel about Obama himself, and his election and presidency. (Birthers, come not here.) That the film itself is partial to its subject -- not just Obama but the army of campaign workers and supporters who put him in the White House and who are the meat of the film -- is clear even before you watch it: Taking a cue from the campaign's own playbook, HBO's website asks viewers to "spread the word" and "promote this film from your blog or Facebook page."
October 9, 2009 |
In the television news business, they call them duopolies. How about a more descriptive name? Zombie stations. Turn on KCOP Channel 13 for the weeknight news at 11 p.m. and you won't see KCOP anchors. Or KCOP reporters. They aren't backed by KCOP writers. In the last year, even the KCOP logo disappeared. The station's news operation has been taken over -- lock, stock, news desk and teleprompter -- by its duopoly partner, KTTV Channel 11, the local Fox television affiliate, which itself has been hobbled by mass layoffs in recent months.
August 21, 2009 |
Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa in 1945, came to study at Oxford in the mid-1960s and has lived in England ever since. Like his previous novels, "To Heaven by Water" showcases his uncanny ability to get the British scene just right, combining the perspective of a onetime outsider with the innate knowledge of one thoroughly at home. The novel is a snapshot of a particular time in London -- the present -- and will serve very well one day as a time capsule of this interregnum.
March 5, 2009 |
After talking to journalism students at Stony Brook University recently, John Houseman of New York's WPIX-TV left behind 18 new video cameras. Houseman, assistant news director at WPIX, had enlisted students at the Long Island campus as contributors to his news operation with an investment of $119 per camera. He wants the budding journalists -- as well as students at Fordham, Rutgers and New York universities -- to send in material if they see something they believe to be a story.
January 18, 2009 |
Add another casualty to the list of victims of the Mumbai attacks: the credibility of India's 24-hour television news channels. In the wake of the November assault that killed more than 170 people, India's TV channels, often accused of sensationalism, have come in for rebuke, accused of informing their viewers so quickly and completely that the alleged masterminds in Pakistan were able to tell the attackers what Indian security personnel were planning and when.
January 17, 2009 |
It was a voice of anguish that pierced a nation. Israeli TV broadcast a father's heartbreak Friday night when a Palestinian doctor living in Gaza made a frantic phone call to a newscaster saying an Israeli tank had shelled his home, killing three of his daughters and injuring other family members. Izz el-Deen Aboul Aish, who speaks Hebrew, worked as a gynecologist in an Israeli hospital.
December 19, 2008 |
NBC Political Director Chuck Todd, who was considered a contender to succeed Tim Russert as moderator of "Meet the Press," has been given another plum assignment: chief White House correspondent. Todd, who will continue serving as NBC's political director, will be the network's lead correspondent covering the Obama administration, the network announced Thursday. He will be joined on the beat by Savannah Guthrie. Todd replaces David Gregory, who was named earlier this month as the moderator of "Meet the Press."
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October 19, 2008 |
For more than 40 years, news anchor Jerry Dunphy greeted his viewers with the words, "From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California, a good evening." Longtime sportscaster Gil Stratton introduced his segments this way: "Time to call 'em as I see 'em." And veteran anchor George Putnam, a rival of Dunphy's, would sign off his newscasts by announcing, "And that's the up-to-the-minute news, up to the minute, that's all the news."