Before anyone seeks to level a criticism for picking on someone's mistake, let's imagine what the press, which is so desperate to pin anything on Ted Cruz that one of its members recently tried to hold him responsible for others' comments on his Facebook page, would do to him if he made the error recently elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker made two days ago on Twitter — and has yet to correct.
This isn’t a new book, but now, finally released in soft cover, it’s every bit as important to Christians and pop-culture watchers it was in 2009. Because, as you might guess, the cultural atmosphere that produced Peter E. Dans’ “Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners” hasn’t changed much.
Hollywood has turned its back on Christians in the movies – or rather – its decided to make them reliable villains or comic foils.
Jill Lepore at The New Yorker magazine took on the new book on Roger Ailes by comparing Ailes to William Randolph Hearst. This is odd, since Hearst’s actual tycoon character at Fox would be Rupert Murdoch, not Ailes.
In one classic paragraph, Lepore explained that urbane liberals shouldn’t be so lazy as to despise Ailes (as they did Hearst) when they should really loathe “the vulgarity and the prejudices” of the lower-class Fox News audience that Ailes attracts:
CNN’s Jake Tapper would have done well to read “Lone Survivor,” rather than just seeing the new movie, before interviewing former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell last week. If he had, Tapper might have been more careful than to describe the deaths of Luttrell’s SEAL comrades in Afghanistan as “senseless.” And he would have been wary of Luttrell’s contempt for the liberal media.
The film “Lone Survivor, which ” took in $38.5 million at the box office its opening weekend is based on a 2010 book by Luttrell that tells the tragic story of a 2005 operation in which the three other members of Luttrell’s SEAL team, along with 17 other special ops warriors, were killed. The story turned on the team’s agonized decision to turn lose some Afghan goat herders who had stumbled onto its concealed position. As the SEALs had feared, the freed civilians went straight to the Taliban, precipitating the battle.
Former Gov. Sarah Palin granted an interview to Mario Lopez of the TV show “Extra” to promote her new TV series on The Sportsman Channel. Lopez asked about Katie Couric’s failed afternoon talk show. The subject turned to Katie Couric, who earned a passel of journalism awards for hammering Palin in an interview during the 2008 campaign, while she threw softballs at Joe Biden.
Lopez asked: “Do you believe in karma?” Palin replied: “I certainly believe that what goes around comes around... I remember getting a couple of texts that said things like, 'Oh sorry that it didn’t work out there at CBS or ABC.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Comcast-owned Weather Channel is starting to play hardball over demanding higher fees to air on the DirecTV satellite TV system.
Everyone needs their weather news to stay safe, they argue, so DirecTV is threatening public safety by not knuckling under. They're even pressing DirecTV viewers to write Congress and insure Comcast gets more profits for this "critical public safety resource," like your local TV station doesn't cover the weather:
Surely nothing grates on a Republican watching TV news than Chuck Todd's "Bridgegate" chiding of Gov. Chris Christie: "This is, you know, welcome to the NFL...welcome to the vetting process. Now that he's essentially shown interest in being a presidential candidate, this is what life is like. This is what happens when the bright lights start burning."
In this NFL analogy, does that mean Christie is a player and the media are referees? Or does it mean Christie is a player and the journalists are the opposing team, working to tackle him and take him out of the game? On Monday night, during the BCS college football championship, Todd chided the referees for "inserting themselves into the game." I couldn't resist comparing that to "referees" in our election process:
Lena Dunham, the actress who made herself infamous by comparing voting for Barack Obama to losing one's virginity, has come out with another brilliant statement: People who aren't really interested in seeing her naked need to seek help from a psychiatrist.
Replying to a television critic who asked her at a press conference why her character in the HBO series Girls frequently appears naked for no apparent reason, Dunham said that she was going for "realistic expression." She expanded her remarks further by saying that "If you’re not into me, that’s your problem and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals."
Variety reported that at a recent Hollywood dinner, Meryl Streep offered a speech of praise to fellow actress Emma Thompson — with phrases like “she’s practically a saint” and “she’s a beautiful artist” – and she then trashed Walt Disney as a “gender bigot” and a supporter of an anti-Semitic group.
Over at Forbes, Scott Mendelson is reading the tea leaves, and implying that Streep was engaged in some unsubtle Oscar politicking against Thompson’s role in Saving Mr. Banks, the how-Disney-made-Mary-Poppins movie:
NBC Nightly News anchor has labored mightily to build a personality outside his newscast, “slow-jamming” the news with Jimmy Fallon in late night, guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live,” yukking it up with David Letterman and Jon Stewart. He had the prime-time gig on "Rock Center" -- which few people watched. Most people still don’t know who he is.
The Pew Research Center found last summer in an an online survey about Americans’ knowledge about the news, just 27 percent of those surveyed could correctly identify Williams. Respondents were shown a picture of Williams and asked to name the person in the photo. “While 3% were able to identify Williams’ profession (anchor or reporter), fully seven-in-ten either did not know (53%) or named someone other than Williams (18%).”
In the age of the perpetual campaign, it's never too early to push GOTV efforts, and in a Wednesday blog post, Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas did just that, exhorting his readers to get their fellow Democrats to register and, of course, to vote in this November's midterms.
"Bottom line," wrote Kos, "if our people turn out, we win. It really is that simple. There are more of us than there are of them." He warned, however, that Republicans "will have no problems getting their people to the polls" and are "revved up and ready to go."
In an outrageous ad aired on the local Washington D.C. NBC affiliate WRC-4, Virginia Democratic state senate candidate Jennifer Wexton – running to replace newly elected Virginia attorney general Mark Herring – made a shocking comparison between violent rapists that she once tried as a prosecutor to "Tea Party Republicans" in the Virginia legislature. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
After describing women being assaulted and "traumatized again by facing the criminal in court," Wexton made this declaration: "...as a prosecutor I put violent offenders in prison. In the Virginia Senate, I'll fight just as hard against Tea Party Republicans who would take away a woman's health care and her right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest."
Last week, I wrote up how The New York Times wrote a demonizing obituary about Harold Simmons, a major MRC donor. NPR’s Peter Overby slimed him after he died as some sort of pioneer of negative advertising. His obituary highlighted how he “backed Swift Boat ads.” I discovered another obvious contrast in obituaries when I came across this piece on Peter Lewis in The Washington Post from November 26:
“Peter Lewis, the longtime head of Progressive Corp., died Saturday at age 80,” wrote Sean Sullivan. “In the business world, Lewis will be remembered for growing a modest automobile insurance company into one of the nation's biggest operations. In the political realm, he'll be remembered for being one of the biggest liberal mega-donors in history.”
No, NPR didn't accidentally air the paranormal-themed radio show Coast to Coast AM with George Noory (heir to Art Bell's show) on Sunday morning. Instead, it was a credulous interview of psychiatrist Jim Tucker by NPR host Rachel Martin about the supposed science of reincarnation.
And given NPR's classification of the piece as a science piece, their vaunted Science Desk dutifully tweeted "Searching for Science Behind Reincarnation."
MRC’s Dan Gainor might still be laughing at what he sent along: a New York Times story on how “New York State Is Set to Loosen Marijuana Laws” came with a map of which states allow “medical marijuana,” clustered in New England and the western states.
It came with a correction: “An earlier version of a map with this article reversed the locations of North and South Dakota.” How do you put South Dakota on top of North Dakota?
The gay lobby goes into a rage whenever homosexuality and pedophilia are put side by side.
Morrissey, a British pop star of the Eighties with the Smiths, may be gay (he says he's "humasexual," implying he's bisexual). But he'd rather accuse everyone of eating meat of being just like a pedophile. MusicFeeds.com reported it came during during a recent Q&A on Morrissey fan site called True To You:
The Tournament of Roses Parade became the latest stage to spotlight “gay marriage” as two men were joined in secular matrimony on the float of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. (For those who think AIDS fundraisers aren’t leftist agitators – please consult reality.)
Penny Starr at our sister site CNSNews.com reports that ABC News covered the wedding/protest on their website, but ABC and NBC somehow excluded the float from their live parade coverage. No Kinky Boots moments for them?
Sure, that’s what a lot of those pointed-headed scientist types think but why should we listen to them? Instead, we should take the word Touré Neblett, currently an MSNBC pundit and quite possibly one of the dumbest people ever to appear regularly on television.