January 27, 2001
The best thing about television is The Times' television critics. Howard Rosenberg, in his column "If We Can't Get Just Facts, Honesty Will Do" (Jan. 22), offered a rare challenge to the revered History Channel. In taking to task the producers of the "History vs. Hollywood" series, Rosenberg essentially exposes television's inherent superficiality, constrained as it is by its little pictures. Brian Lowry, in his look at sports and television ("TV Isn't Everything; It's the Only Thing," Jan. 24)
October 4, 2012 |
When Mitt Romney vowed to cut government funding for the Public Broadcasting Service during Wednesday night's presidential debate, network chief Paula Kerger says she “just about fell off the sofa” out of shock. Romney's remarks - and in particular his decision to single out the beloved Big Bird -- sparked an immediate uproar on social media . And on Thursday, PBS issued an unusually strongly worded statement in response to the attack. “Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation,” it read.
November 7, 2007 |
SOON it will be "American Idol" season, that sweet time of year when the world stops to crown a new singing sensation. The naysayers predicted that last year would be the year Americans stopped idolizing, and they were so, so wrong. With the entertainment industry's writers on strike, and current scripted series expected to run out of episodes by mid-January, "American Idol" which averaged 30 million viewers a show last season, could actually become as big as, say, the Super Bowl.
November 7, 2004 |
"It's the secular coasts versus the religious heartland," CNN's Tucker Carlson says of this year's election results. That sums up the conventional wisdom that right-wing Republicans would prefer that you believe and that too many of the rest of us do believe. The effete liberal coasts against the Real America. Situational morality against real morality. Relativism against Standards. Metrosexuals against the God-fearing. Wrong.
August 16, 2006 |
The "war on terror," like all wars, is partly a PR campaign, and sometimes you have to hand it to the other side: It knows how to use the American media machine, emerging from the shadows to deliver its own spin.
October 24, 2004 |
Don't look now, but there's no hockey. The season was supposed to have started last week in Washington and 29 other North American cities. But it didn't. The NHL has vanished. It's disappeared. Gone. Poof. There's no hockey now. There may not be any hockey all season. Who knows when hockey will ever come back? It's like a black hole materialized and sucked in hockey. (Why couldn't this have happened to "Cats?") Tell the truth: Have you even noticed?
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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.