Posted on Jun 20, 2018

BREAKING: California Net Neutrality Bill Gutted in Committee

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics

In an appalling turn of events today, California’s net neutrality protection bill, SB-822, got gutted in committee. SB-822 would have been the most comprehensive attempt at net neutrality legislation yet passed, and had already cleared hurdles in the California State Senate. But this week, Los Angeles representative Miguel Santiago, who heads the Communications and Conveyance Committee, called for a vote on amendments to it, which passed with a bipartisan vote...

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Extraordinary Legacy Of Mister Rogers

Posted in Media, Members Only

I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood but didn’t quite understand how extraordinary both it and its host, Fred Rogers, were until I saw Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Neville, who previously documented the 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley in his film Best of Enemies, set his sights on a different kind of communicator, one less obsessed with scoring against his enemies than with teaching young...

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

The Great Robert De Niro Distraction

Posted in Media, Politics

It’s already been an insane week for the United States. Trump has insulted our allies at the G7, started a trade war with Canada, staged a pointless photo-op with Kim Jong Un, and the Supreme Court justice he appointed cast a deciding vote to begin rampant voter suppression in Ohio. If there was a period recently where I’ve felt more ashamed to be American, I cannot think of one....

Posted on Jun 08, 2018

Anthony Bourdain, Chez Pazienza, And The Urgent Need To Get Help

Posted in Media, Politics

I woke up this morning to the terribly sad news about the great chef and travel host Anthony Bourdain’s untimely death at the age of 61. Bourdain apparently hung himself in a Paris hotel during filming for an episode of “Parts Unknown”. Reported CNN: Anthony Bourdain, the chef and gifted storyteller who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two...

Posted on Jun 07, 2018

Sean Hannity Is Joining Trump For North Korean Summit To Ensure Maximum Failure

Posted in Foreign Policy, Media

Lest you thought reality couldn’t getting any stranger, joining Donald Trump for his famous North Korean summit in Singapore will be Fox’s primetime anchor and journalist extraordinaire, Sean Hannity. Adding to the comedy will be former White House aide and Fox News contributor Dr. Sebastian Gorka, who will help turn the truly bizarre meeting of madmen into one of the most insane media spectacles in history. Reported the Huff Post:...

Posted on Jun 06, 2018

Fox News Can’t Sell Ads On Sean Hannity And Laura Ingraham

Posted in Media, Politics

Not that advertising revenue should be the sole barometer of success for a television show, but it is telling that major brands do not want to be associated with Fox News presenters Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. A report in Vanity Fair published this week indicates that the far right, pro-Trump propaganda Hannity and Ingraham spout on a nightly basis is becoming increasingly toxic to advertisers: The crown jewel...