For its second season, the creators of the FX series “The Americans” have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years – one Lt. Col. Oliver North.
It's a dramatic reversal from the first season and it has infuriated some hard-leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the show’s heroes would be KGB agents: “We’re making them the sympathetic characters. I’d go so far as to say they’re the heroes.” It quickly became apparent that these characters could be unsentimental killers of innocent Americans, so perhaps that triggered a change of heart.
Comedian Chris Rock was lovingly interviewed by Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times. “I haven’t done any dirty work in a while...I’m ready to curse. I’m ready to really, really be a bad boy. I’m ready to actually be Chris Rock.”
When Itzkoff asked him about his sneering "Happy White People's Independence Day" tweet on July 4, he said it was no "big whoop," that if "you're a fan of mine, that joke's not even a single. It's a B-side that never gets released." But if you're not a fan, you're somehow not allowed to judge it:
A recent episode of Comedy Central's animated comedy show "South Park" caused an Islamic group to send a veiled death threat to show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, accusing them of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Comedy Central reacted by censoring a later episode that also had scenes involving the cartoon version of the Islamic prophet.
Two New York Times stories on this free speech issue by Arts reporter Dave Itzkoff were buried on the inside pages of the paper's Arts section, under whitewashed headlines alleging that the "South Park" creators were being "warned" by Muslims, not having their lives threatened.
The issue first came up in Thursday's "Arts, Briefly" column under the lame headline "Muslim Group Warns 'South Park.'" (A more accurate headline would have been "Muslim Group Sends Veiled Death Threat to 'South Park.'")