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Chez Pazienza

Chez Pazienza is the Media Editor at The Daily Banter. Chez produced and managed daily content for WSVN and WTVJ in Miami, KCBS, KNBC and KCAL in Los Angeles, and MSNBC and CNN in New York. He has two L.A.-area Emmys to his name as well as a Golden Mic. He's been featured in and interviewed by The New York Times, The New York Observer, New York Magazine Online, U.S. News and World Report, The Village Voice, The American Journalism Review, NPR, the IFC Media Project, and Radar and Wired Online. In addition, he's been a regular contributor to Sirius XM's POTUS and Indie Talk channels and is the co-host of "The Bob & Chez Show" podcast with Bob Cesca.


Top Articles by Chez Pazienza

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny Just Had a Twitter Exchange Guaranteed To Make X-Files Fans Cheer

Cue the music. If you didn’t believe before, you definitely can now.

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Aasif Mandvi’s Scathing Speech at the RTCA Dinner Shows He Can Take Over The Daily Show

On Wednesday night, comic and regular Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi took the podium at the 2015 Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner and basically breathed fire over the room like he was a comedic Drogon. By the time he was done, 22 minutes later, very few had been spared.

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“Jazz Hands” Aren’t Triggering, and Other Lunacy from the National Union of Students Conference

I swear, sometimes it feels like there’s an entire generation of kids who are gonna be completely screwed once they get out into the real world.

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MEMBERS ONLY: Thanks To the Internet, You’re Now a Movie Producer

If you’ve got a property that automatically taps into some sense of nostalgia, which is a seemingly endless commodity our culture never stops being willing to subsist on, it can be as simple as pitching a reboot. But what we’re seeing now is something much more complex and interesting: in some cases, the equivalent of going to ask mom for something, and if she tells you no, you just go ask dad. If a studio isn’t interested in a project you want to do, you can not only just avoid the system altogether and go ask the audience directly for funding, you can also stay both within the system and outside of it by starting your own hype machine.

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How Can a Faith-Crazy Ballot Measure To Kill Gay People Happen in California?

California’s reputation as a coastal stronghold of liberal elitism is so firmly entrenched in the national consciousness that the reality is sometimes difficult to process, even among those who live here. Every once in a while, though, that reality makes itself known in the ugliest way possible. Enter the “Sodomite Suppression Act.”

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The World Isn’t a “Safe Space”: Why College Kids Need To Stop Hiding from Views That Upset Them

You have to wonder how these kids are possibly going to cope with the real world, which won’t worry one bit about their fragile sensibilities, real or perceived traumas, and need to be coddled at all times. There are very few safe spaces in the real world. Most of it is one big threat and what isn’t simply doesn’t give a damn.

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Soup To Nuts: Bone Broth Is Your Official Silly Food Fad of 2015

It’s too late to stop the bone broth train. That sucker has already left the station and is now barreling full-speed around the world like the Snowpiercer but for your clogged colon.

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There Has To Be a Better Way Than Alcoholics Anonymous

We, ironically, depend on Alcoholics Anonymous in this country rather than allowing for more progressive and scientific treatments and remedies for addiction. Our judicial system depends on it. Pop culture has made it iconic. We aren’t willing to truly consider the possibility that there are ways to save even more lives and help people overcome alcohol abuse and addiction even more effectively than what we’ve been doing for nearly a century. We just take it for granted now that A.A. is how you get sober, when maybe it’s not and maybe some who abuse alcohol don’t need to get sober at all.

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Medical Molly: It’s Time To Feel Good About MDMA Therapy

Over the years, this stuff has gotten a bad name, largely because as soon as you mention molly or ecstasy an image immediately comes to mind of 10,000 sweaty, writhing kids who are so fucking high they actually think Avicii is brilliant.

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MEMBERS ONLY: Don’t Let the Sun Fool You… These Are Dark, Dry Times in California

“Water rationing needs to begin immediately at the state level; the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 needs to be accelerated; thought leaders need to convene to begin brainstorming long-term solutions; and every single resident of California needs to get off his or her ass and own this crisis. And that’s exactly what it is — a crisis.” Read more…

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Quote of the Day: Man Selling Racist Targets at Gun Show Has a Perfectly Reasonable Explanation

You can practically hear the Homer Simpson voice inside his head telling him over and over and over again, “Say negro! Say negro! Don’t say the other word — there’s liberals afoot!”

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Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast and Why We Need More Vicious Jokes, Not Fewer

But that’s the beauty of a roast: Everybody’s in on it and everybody’s equal. The color of your skin doesn’t matter; your gender or sexual orientation or ethnicity doesn’t matter; your personal sensitivities aren’t indulged at all but neither are anyone else’s. What you see at a roast is the egalitarian dream put forth by a million indignant crusaders across social media accomplished in a way they simply could never allow themselves to accept.

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For Our Own Good, Can We Please Stop Calling Kanye West a Genius?

It would be one thing if we simply said that Kanye made some decent music. That kind of cultural designation would make it easy to admonish him when he goes off on one of his humorless, self-pitying rants or shows almost no respect for the music others have made. Instead, though, we’ve elevated Kanye to a place within our culture he really doesn’t deserve to be.

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MEMBERS ONLY: A Lesson I Learned Long Ago That One Network News Department Has Now Learned the Hard Way

NBC News’s upper-management has not only ceded its authority to the network’s anchors and hosts, it’s allowed those anchors and hosts to practically run the network into the ground. Somewhere along the line NBC News decided that because they pay these people millions and millions of dollars that they’re the most essential cog in the wheel that makes the product move forward, that not only should they be the face of the news but the brain as well. You can see what that philosophy has wrought. Read more…

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“PATTON OSWALT MANSPLAINS TO SALON FOR THREE HOURS”

Patton Oswalt sits down with Salon for a lengthy debate aimed at settling their bad blood once and for all.