In Abstract Alerts on Friday, 6 June 2008 at 13:01
Read it and weep at the state of sexism in this country. Writes Warner on her Domestic Disturbances blog:
“In a culture that’s reached such a level of ostensible enlightenment as ours, calling a powerful woman “castrating” – however you choose to put it – ought to be seen as just as offensive as rubbing your fingers together to convey a love of gold coinage when you talk about a Jew. It’s nothing other than an expression of woman-hate — and the degree to which such expressions have flourished, in the mainstream media and in the loonier reaches of cyberspace this year, has added up to be a real national shame.”
In Connecting the Dots on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 at 13:52
We haven’t blogged much about the presidential campaign of late. You’re welcome. But this week, as Hillary Clinton (or at least her advisers) appear to be slowly accepting defeat, there’s been some worthwhile analysis. It’s always intriguing to see what the objective Brits at The Economist have to say about the wacky American politicians, and Time has an uncommonly good piece about the calculated moves on Obama’s path to success. Plus, the conversation about the race between journalism giants Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose is worth watching.
And while the media’s got its eyes superglued to Hillarack, one Mr. Alec Baldwin might be staging his great political coming out … one can only hope.
In Connecting the Dots on Thursday, 8 May 2008 at 14:40
John McCain joined The Daily Show last night, rounding out its run of hosting one presidential contender in each of the past three months. It was a flimsy ordeal of dodged questions and easy answers, and while the interview marked the Arizona senator’s 13th visit on the show, familiarity wasn’t the only reason for Stewart’s slow pitches — the other candidates got the same treatment. When Barack Obama came on the show in April, he similarly used it as a platform for talking points, while Stewart salvaged the interview with some apolitical zingers (including one about Obama enslaving the white race). And like Obama’s, Hillary Clinton’s visit in March was also plagued by a lagging satellite feed, which meant Stewart again had to yield to the candidate’s sound bites.
Granted, you can’t expect any presidential hopeful to pull a surprise this late in the game, when gaffe coverage has overtaken policy. And a TV professional might make the argument that staying germane to high-profile visitors will keep the guestbook full. But philosophy aside, Stewart and the show’s producers should ratchet up the pressure on political guests, if only for the education of its audience. The Daily Show is comedy first — as Stewart noted in 2006 during his brilliant plea on Crossfire — but it’s hard to make people laugh when you leave the joke-writing up to senators.
In Connecting the Dots on Friday, 14 March 2008 at 12:49
We get it — George Clooney is a handsome devil. Every lady’s favorite piece of eye candy has been making the rounds. The New York Times Magazine put a rather bizarre photo on the cover of its special issue last week of Clooney spattered with mud (sadly, the story had far less dirt). Clooney apparently also had dinner with Time‘s Joel Stein, who found him not only handsome, but charming. Esquire has Clooney googling himself, while Radar dug for gossip from Hollywood sources and came up with all sorts of anecdotes about Clooney’s temper.
If you’re looking for other cover candy, though, this week there’s a sensitive Brett Favre weeping on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a New Yorker featuring Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama getting friendly, and a new Vanity Fair featuring a frisky Amy Poehler getting personal with Tina Fey (hey, it’s more action than Playboy got from its interview with Fey).
In Connecting the Dots on Tuesday, 4 March 2008 at 13:05
Today’s primaries in Texas and Ohio might — emphasis on “might” — determine the Democratic nominee. The chattering classes are saying that the economic situation in Ohio (which isn’t the greatest right now) could end up deciding the race in the Buckeye State. Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes, no doubt enduring multiple layovers, heads to the small town of Chillicothe to get the locals’ take on the election, while BusinessWeek looks at how the grim economic news could help the Dems (though it’s not clear which one). Buckeye Gail Collins posits that her home state might find Obama a bit “show-offy,” while her colleague David Brooks observes that Obama’s campaign themes are ringing true with the kids, what with their YouTubes and Facebooks and open-source software. Seemingly flying about it all is Michelle Obama, who is getting a lot of love these days — especially at The New Yorker, judging from its unreservedly positive profile.