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July 6, 1997 |
As U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson's investigative committee prepares to open hearings on the fund-raising scandals of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore campaign, Democrat presidential aspirants will be watching warily. And that brings to mind Vice President Albert Gore. Excuse me, but am I the only one for whom the sight of Al Gore conjures up the word "doofus"? Maybe it's the woodenness that gives robotics a bad name. Could you pick him out in a telephone pole factory?
December 26, 2006 |
WE SPENT FIVE years acting hysterically, like a nation that was in a fight with Ricky Ricardo. We were insane people, screaming about politics, shoving tiny American flags on the corners of our news shows, convincing ourselves that flipping houses was a real job. There was a moment there when we even considered shunning French fries. But in 2006 it all changed. This was the year of adulthood, of sobriety, of pragmatism: the year of acting reasonably.
January 28, 2008 |
If a Hillary Clinton campaign official told a reporter that white voters never support black candidates, would the media have swallowed the message whole? What if a campaign pollster began whispering that Jews don't have an "affinity" for African American politicians? Would the pundits have accepted the premise unquestioningly? A few weeks ago, Sergio Bendixen, a Clinton pollster and Latino expert, publicly articulated what campaign officials appear to have been whispering for months.
May 22, 2000 |
Craig Crawford is one of the capital's most celebrated journalists. People line up to talk to him at parties. His sources beg to be quoted. Office seekers ask to meet him. And when Fox News learned he couldn't get its cable station at his office, it installed a satellite dish for him. Who is this man of influence? A top editor? Network anchor? Actually, no.
September 27, 2006 |
ABC executives can breathe a (momentary) sigh of relief. The network took a huge gamble by moving the medical soap "Grey's Anatomy" from Sundays to Thursdays this fall. But with "Grey's" the week's most-watched show (25.4 million average viewers in the live-plus-seven-day ratings), the network wound up No. 1 in the crucial 18- to 49-year-old demographic for the first week of the 2006-07 season. ABC averaged a 4.
July 13, 2005 |
You know you've arrived when people start complaining that you're too mean. With the publication last week of my column "The Judy Miller Media Hug-Fest," I received the customary Female Opinion Writer's Baptism by Fire. Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC's "The Situation," accused me of being "catty." For the record, I am not mean. I devote my free hours to cuddling small furry animals, and I only rarely eat them for dinner. And catty? Please! I did not say one word about Carlson's bow tie.
May 22, 2007 |
HAVING gone out of fashion with the Bartlett presidency on "The West Wing," the issues drama is back, with less policy talk and more family therapy, on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." Frankly I'm shocked (but gladdened) that this series made it through season one, after getting off to such an iffy start. Calista Flockhart as Ann Coulter? And then you want to bring Sally Field onstage as her type-A, bleeding-heart mother?
June 12, 2006 |
Do Americans really need a trio of 24-7 cable news networks? With more people getting their headline fix from websites and blogs these days, and fewer getting it from TV as well as other "old media," a No. 3 news network behind Fox News and CNN looks increasingly like overkill, or maybe road kill. Especially when that network is MSNBC, which in a decade of operation has become electronic journalism's version of the Chicago Cubs.
July 22, 2007 |
Invitations have gone out for what promises to be a must- attend event for much of California's Democratic elite, particularly those in the entertainment industry: a Sept. 8 fundraiser for Barack Obama at Oprah Winfrey's Santa Barbara-area home. In the best tradition of Hollywood, the e-mail touting the afternoon gathering doesn't mince words, promoting it as no less than "the most exciting Barack Obama event of the year anywhere."
March 21, 2007 |
In terms of cultural relevance and advancements in entertainment, "Dancing With the Stars" is sort of like the reality TV show for people who find "American Idol" too edgy. It's a throwback kind of show, back to the days when sequins, glamour and network stars performed in circuses but managed to keep their clothes on. And as of Monday night, it was back for a fourth season on ABC. Aside from its corniness and lack of depth, "Dancing" is an utterly charming show. Live music! Flashy costumes!