NYT Worships Colbert, Won’t Forgive Fallon for Treating Trump as Human

April 10th, 2017 4:11 PM
The New York Times’ John Koblin made the front of Business Day Monday with yet another fawning article from the NYT about how the Trump presidency has given a liberal television comedian a new lease on ratings popularity: “How Colbert Finally Got on a Roll.” It’s basically the same article the Times has been running for two months:

NYT’s Thrush Gets Snide on Trump, as TV Critic Hits ‘Fearmongering'

March 2nd, 2017 12:10 PM
President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress was analyzed live by an assortment of NYT journalists. Glenn Thrush, a Politico alum now with the New York Times, stood out as more partisan than the other journalists, which is pretty tough. And Times politicized television critic Jamie Poniewozik saw dark, possibly violent anti-immigrant fear-mongering behind Trump’s positive tone.

NYT Critic: ‘24’ Reboot a ‘One-Hour Super Bowl Ad for Islamophobia’

February 6th, 2017 3:37 PM
Showing once again its warped priorities, the New York Times, which takes great pains to downplay the threat of Islamic terror, took another whack at the “Islamophobia” of Fox’s “24” reboot (and President Trump) in an essay by TV critic James Poniewozik on page one of Monday’s Arts section: “‘24’ Reboot Has a Dire Ring to it – President’s views on terrorism fit right in with the script.” The text…

NYT Officially Anti-Trump Land: Every Section Fronts Anti-Trump Story

February 2nd, 2017 1:11 PM
It’s official: There’s no escape from anti-Trump politics – it featured on the front page of every inside section of Thursday’s New York Times. The NYT thought it vitally important to tell its readership how fashion designers and actors feel about Trump, and how a new TV cop show featuring a “results-oriented boor” is a painful reminder of the new president.

NY Times TV Critic Goes There, Makes Hitler-Trump Link in Review

December 17th, 2016 9:54 AM
James Poniewozik, television critic for the New York Times, reviewed the Amazon Prime show Man in the High Castle, an adaptation of the alternative-history novel by speculative fiction author Philip K. Dick. When you see a Hitler reference in the liberal press, it’s safe to say that a Donald Trump reference is looming, and Poniewozik doesn’t wait long in his Friday review, “TV’s United States of…

Pre-Results NYT: Hill a Feminist Hero, Trump's 'Anti-Semitic' Support

November 9th, 2016 6:01 PM
During the New York Times rather sedate and solemn (wonder why?) live election night coverage, reporter Maggie Haberman whined that “the amount of open misogyny during this campaign has been really striking, from a lot of Trump’s supporters.” Sarah Lyall’s front-page story in Wednesday’s edition (before most of the results were in) also took a feminist angle: “Many Women Feel Echoes of History in…

NYT Questions ‘Morals' of Fallon Inviting 'Indecent' Trump on His Show

September 16th, 2016 11:35 AM
Thursday night, late-night comedy host Jimmy Fallon invited GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump onto his program for a fairly uncontroversial interview. Despite the fact that Fallon in particular doesn’t berate his political guests like some late-night hosts do, one writer for the New York Times complained he should have. In a series of tweets Friday morning, television critic for the Times…

NY Times: Ailes Was J. Edgar Hoover, Prodding Voters' 'Lizard Brains'

July 23rd, 2016 1:41 PM
It’s not a compliment when New York Times TV writer James Poniewozik summarizes Ailesgate with the tweet “On Roger Ailes, the J. Edgar Hoover of TV news.” When every other broadcast and cable TV network leans to the Left, somehow it’s Fox News that represents unaccountable and overweening political power? Apparently, having almost every other news outlet tilt toward the liberals means they’re…

Gay-Themed HBO Drama Has ‘Limp Debut

January 24th, 2014 8:59 PM
TheWrap.com reports HBO’s new drama “Looking” had a "limp debut," with “not many people ‘looking’ at it on their TV screen. The new HBO comedy-drama had a paltry 338,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.” Meanwhile, the Matthew McConnaughey-Woody Harrelson drama “True Detective” (Sundays at 9 pm) averaged 1.7 million viewers in its second week.

CNN Nabs Brian Stelter for 'Reliable Sources

November 12th, 2013 3:05 PM
MSNBC isn’t the only network with an under-30 host. CNN has hired 28-year-old New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to host its Sunday media show Reliable Sources. Stelter has guest-hosted a few times already since longtime host Howard Kurtz left for Fox News. Earlier this year, Stelter's book Top of the Morning came out, about the network morning shows, including a takedown of the "…

‘Crossfire’ Reviews Are In and They’re Not Good

September 12th, 2013 9:33 AM
One of the worst things a reviewer can say about a television program is that "it has potential,” which usually means the show's not utilizing much of it. That situation was played out on Monday, when the Cable News Network brought back “Crossfire,” a conservative-liberal debate program that had been in television limbo for eight years. Despite a newsworthy discussion topic -- the fate of…

'When Did Chelsea Manning Become Chelsea Manning?' Time Asks in All Se

August 28th, 2013 4:33 PM
While honoring Bradley Manning's wish to be identified as a woman and called "Chelsea," Time magazine writer James Poniewozik wants to know exactly when did Bradley become Chelsea, posing various grammatical issues raised by journalists accepting Manning's self-delusion about his gender. "Since she’s a longtime figure in the news, in a case involving her actions years previous, how do you…

Time TV Writer Slams CNN's Erin Burnett for Assuming OWS 'Passionate P

October 19th, 2011 6:47 AM
In this week's edition of Time (dated October 24), TV writer James Poniewozik championed class warfare in several new TV shows, like the CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls. "[A]fter the 2008 meltdown and the TARP bailouts, after Wall Street bonuses rebounded while mortgages stayed underwater, do Americans still hear class warfare as if it's a bad thing?" He suggested viewers are up for "at least some…

Bozell Column: 'Playboy Club' Collapses

October 8th, 2011 8:31 AM
NBC president Robert Greenblatt was really committed to the new drama “The Playboy Club” just weeks ago. “What it has going for it is a recognizable brand that's automatically going to draw attention to it, good or bad," he said. "It's the right kind of thing for us to try." They tried it. Three episodes later, NBC made it the first canceled series of the season. Trains have rarely wrecked as…