0 Comments · Monday, February 2, 2015
As it is with any news medium where
neutrality is a goal, complaints increasingly focus on word choice and
allegations of political correctness rather than overt story bias and
by Kelsey Kennedy
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Bringing the latest in uppity British television
is busy with rigidity and drama this week, and it’s about what it’s always
about: bribery and corruption.
pig debacle is teaching all of the upstairs cast about life and hard work. Mr.
Blake and Mr. Gillingham are in the same room with Mary, and things get heated.
Mr. Blake finally exits, but not without leaving a trail of sexual tension
knows how Robert is “getting on” in America because he is slowly becoming an
insignificant character on the show and in the family.
Blake handles Mary’s child (what’s his name/he’s never around) and Mary is
obviously super turned on by that, as told by the widening of her eyes.
and Mary have been rather nice to each other lately, but oh how I miss the rotten
Crawley is encouraging Branson to find socialism again, but he finds Sarah
Bunting instead. Bunting, the political teacher with a pretty smile, seems to
be a fitting replacement for Sybil. Maybe. As always, I am still grieving over
Sybil and Matthew, and it might still be too soon for me. Too. Soon.
Rosamund, who is usually an ice cold bitch, is keeping Edith’s secret baby a
secret. Which is really, really hard
for her. Still no word from Michael Gregson, and the Dowager Countess finds out
about the secret baby because that woman doesn’t miss a beat. Rosamund reassures Edith with, “You are not happy, but at least free”.
Rose is caught with Jack Ross in public again, and Branson’s feathers seem
ruffled. Remember when Matthew used to swoop in and rescue Rose (and the entire
family) from insufferable embarrassment? This time, however, Rose is not just
partying and making a fool of herself. She seems to truly enjoy Ross’s company
(or at least the thrill of it). When Ross seems weary of the situation, she
comforts him by saying, “Isn’t it time people knew there are bigger and better
values than the mean spirited ones they live by?” Later, when she finally
reveals she is ENGAGED, it seems she only wants to get married to a black guy
to piss her mother off.
anyone else getting sick of how bitter Daisy has been over Alfred? Now Alfred
wants to marry Ivy, and Mrs. Patmore is tweakin’ about handling this much
drama. Ivy is in the exact same situation as Daisy was with William in seasons
one & two. Minus World War I and awkward family guilt trips. Mrs. Patmore has
become somewhat of a guidance counselor and authority figure for the younger
staff, and it’s an enjoyable dynamic. She may pretend to hate it, but on the
inside she loves being that maternal figure in Daisy and Ivy’s life. After
Daisy says goodbye to Alfred, Mrs. Patmore expresses her pride: “If you were my
own daughter, I couldn’t be prouder than I am now.”
finally confesses to Mary that Lord Gillingham’s valet Mr. Green, was her
rapist. Lord Mary’s realization gave me chills, mainly because I’m not used to
seeing that much of a reaction from her. After some sleuthing, Mr. Bates
totally knows Mr. Green was the one who raped his wife, and he plans to do
something about it. Mary Convinced Mr. Gillingham to relieve Mr. Green from his
duties, but HE’S DEAD AND BATES PROBABLY KILLED HIM.
Molesley and Miss Baxter share a tender moment about feeling “fragile” and
their loyalties to Thomas, the mischievous under butler.
“Life kicks the stuffing outta ya
sometimes, doesn’t it?" – Molesley
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Listening to BBC after Nelson Mandela
died left me sleep deprived. It was virtually nonstop from midnight to 5
a.m. on WVXU, and BBC demonstrated how a first-class news organization
covers a major story.
'Business Courier' redesign, Quebec rail disaster and more media musings
0 Comments · Thursday, July 11, 2013
undecided about the value of the redesigned Cincinnati Business Courier
print edition. Previously, the weekly was helpful to a general reader
who wanted to follow corporate doings and influence in Cincinnati. Now,
I’m less sure of its usefulness.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Greatest Event in Television History,
the 15-minute special on Adult Swim in which Jon Hamm and Adam Scott remade the intro to ‘80s detective series Simon & Simon, shot-by-shot? If not, watch the clip here, and stick around after the credits for the original theme song to
truly appreciate the attention to detail.
Well, as you’ll
hear from impeccable host Jeff Probst in the clip below, he lied to us last year. It wasn’t the greatest event in television history. THIS IS:
That's right, Adam Scott and Amy
Poehler (with help from Horatio Sans) recreated the beginning credits to Hart to Hart, another ‘80s detective drama.
Here’s the original:
If your significant other suddenly begins
behaving differently — working late hours, cancelling plans, hanging out with
new people you’ve never met, being secretive — there’s a possibility he or she
may be cheating on you. You have two options: confront your loved one with
honesty and concern and try to repair your relationship or call Cheaters.
Now in its 13th season, Cheaters really is one of those bottom-of-the-barrel shows.First of
all, Spoiler Alert: Yes, they’re cheating on you. No one’s paying a camera crew
to document some anticlimactic shit. Secondly, people (myself included)
actually watch these public, messy splits as entertainment! Who would sign up
For those classier than I who’ve never seen
the show, here’s the gist: Cheaters sends
a surveillance crew to investigate a suspicious complaintant’s partner. After a
few days of “detective work,” the show’s host brings the evidence to the
complaintant and offers them the chance to confront the cheater (generally in a
very public and/or embarrassing situation). Of course, they do. Madness ensues.
Cheaters’ longtime host Joey Greco rose to iconic status
when, during the confrontation of a woman’s cheating boyfriend, he was stabbed
in the gut by the fleeing boyfriend. Later evidence suggests the stabbing might
have been staged, but Greco will forever go down in reality TV infamy as the man who would take
a knife to reunite a woman with the man who cheated on her…or something. Sadly,
Greco stepped down as host in 2012, a fact I was not aware of until this
weekend when I caught the show during some late-night channel surfing. It turns
out Grecs has been replaced by a younger host with a certain L.A. coke
junkie dead-eyed je ne sais quoi. Something about him screams, "I've got roofies in my pocket, and I'm not afraid to use them."After a few scenes, it was reveled this
fresh meat’s name was none other than Clark Gable. At first I figured this dude
was taking notes from porn star James Deen or countless other celebrity
hopefuls who simply borrow a Hollywood icon’s name. But no. Gone With The Wind’s Clark Gable had a
grandson and that guy is hosting Cheaters.
(Thankfully, the show’s wordsmith of a narrator lives on.) According to Gable
III’s Cheaters bio, he is a
model/actor who also enjoys surfing, racing dirt bikes and volunteering with
charities. According to IMDB, his only completed acting credit is a 2001 movie, Ordinary Madness,
in which he played "Skateboard Kid.” For some reason, the bio neglects to mention
that, like his Cheaters predecessor, Gable also has experience with knife fights — Gable was stabbed at an L.A. house
party in 2008.
Ever had a totally insufferable coworker, a
person whose mere presence awakens your most inner demons? Imagine having to make
cheery smalltalk with the bitch on television.
Since apparently we Americans couldn’t quite
get it right,
BBC is making a new Elizabeth Taylor film, Burton
starring Helena Bonham Carter as Liz and Dominic West and Richard Burton. But
you won't find Lifetime, the network behind that Lohan monstrosity, playing the whole “coulda, shoulda, woulda” game,
because they’re on to the next one: Anna Nicole Smith, to be precise.
Lifetime actually was smart about this one —
by making a movie about a star like Anna Nicole, you don’t need to worry about
casting a star that can actually act. Though she does have the sedated baby
voice down to a T. And who knew people popped pills in their cocktails like
Alka-Seltzers? I’m just happy/terrified the clown face makes an appearance.
Hey, want to see Daft Punk without their
HBO’s Girls will likely have a long
shelf-life, but 38 seasons? Writer/Producer/Director Gail Lerner looks into the
future of Lena Dunham's painfully hip lost girls with this hilarious parody. Via Nylon:
Now it’s time for:
Hold Up, Y’all, Cincinnati’s On the TV!
Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible will be filming
at Aponte’s Pizzeria in Mason this Wednesday-Thursday. On the
series, the beefy Brit Chef Robert Irvine offers business advice, new recipes
and $10,000 in renovations to struggling restaurants. Aponte’s 2.0 will
re-launch to a fully-booked house Thursday evening.
And, while not on
television, A Tavola’s tricked-out pizza oven was named one of America’s
“coolest” by Food and Wine magazine. See a full slideshow here.
by Ben L. Kaufman
Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond
• After weeks of dreary campaign coverage and
soul-destroying political ads, here’s a day brightener. Jian Ghomeshi’s
long-format interview radio show, Q, scored a rare interview with J. K. Rowling. She was in New York promoting her first adult-audience book, The Casual Vacancy.
Among other things, Ghomeshi asked why she courts news media criticism
by giving so few interviews. “Well, I just don’t think I have that much
to say.” And why do the news media make so much of her reluctance?
“That’s because the media is very interested in the media,” she said. I laughed so hard I had to sit down in our northern Ontario cabin. Q is a morning program and evening repeat on Canada’s CBC Radio. Q is heard here at 9 p.m. weekdays on WVXU. • Further proof that life as we know it revolves around Cincinnati: the Oct. 29 New Yorker’s
essay on the fraud of voting fraud begins with Hamilton County. We’re
the perfect example of GOP supporters trying to intimidate voters. A key
point made by reporter Jane Mayer’s sources: photo IDs might deter
someone impersonating a genuine voter but you don’t corrupt an election
that way. You need massive — if subtle — manipulation of the vote count.
• So, is anyone confident your vote will be counted
accurately? We don’t get a receipt showing how our votes were tallied.
Any retailer can give us a receipt showing what we’ve paid by charge or
debit card. So where are the reporters asking Boards of Elections why it
can’t give us a receipt and editorials demanding this accountability?
Receipts won’t prevent corrupt officials, employees or hackers from
going into voting-counting computers after we vote, but it might deter
some. • Hamilton County Board of Elections assures the Enquirer
that its voting machines are secure. No computer-based anything is
secure. Computers are more or less vulnerable to external hacking and
surreptitious insider reprogramming. Worrying about GOP ties to voting
machine companies doesn’t make me a conspiracy crank. It matters because
of Romney’s links to the current equipment provider. In 2004, the
then-provider of our voting machines was “committed to helping Ohio
deliver its electoral votes to the president (Bush) next year.” That was
Walden W. O'Dell’s promise. He was chief executive of Canton-based
Diebold Inc., which made voting machines Ohio used in 2004. W carried
Ohio that year. • GOP efforts to restrict voting is second
only to the Republican commitment to ending a woman’s access to
abortion. It’s not new. In all of this year’s reporting about Republican
voter suppression — photo IDs, phony “official” mailings misdirecting
voters of color, etc. — didn’t find references to William Rehnquist
before he was Chief Justice of the U.S. Google is rich with
Rehnquist’s dark history as a GOP operative. This came from a
files.nyu.edu post about John Dean’s book, The Rehnquist Choice.
The folks at New York University said “Dean was a member of Nixon's
cabinet, was Nixon's counsel in the Watergate affair and played a
prominent role in selecting Rehnquist as a Supreme Court nominee. He
writes that Rehnquist was part of roving ‘squads’ of Republican lawyers
who went from precinct to precinct, confronting and harassing black and
Latino voters.” Here’s what Dean wrote on pages 272-273 of The Rehnquist Choice:
“Collectively, these witnesses described 'squads,' or teams, that moved
quickly from precinct to precinct to disqualify voters, confronting
black and Hispanic voters standing in line at the polls by asking them
questions about their qualifications, or holding up a small card with a
passage from the U.S. Constitution and demanding that the voter read it
aloud; also photographing people standing in line to vote."
"All told, the Democrats produced fourteen people who swore they had
witnessed Rehnquist challenging voters. In rebuttal, the Republicans
produced eight witnesses who claimed they had not seen or heard of
Rehnquist challenging voters — but none of them could testify that they
were actually with Rehnquist during any entire election day, nor did
their testimony cover all the elections involved in the charges . . .
The evidence is clear and convincing that Rehnquist was not truthful
about his activities in challenging voters." • Most Americans
tell pollsters they rely on TV for their news. Next Tuesday, these
viewers will take their rich opinions and impoverished facts into the
voting booth. This recalls Mr. Whig, the fictional alter ego of a great
Enquirer editorial page editor, Thom Gephardt, who frequently muttered,
“I fear for the Republic.” • Much as I have followed
campaign coverage, I have little or no idea of what Obama and Romney
will do to create jobs, ease immigration problems, provide and pay
medical professionals to care for millions to be covered by Obamacare,
wean us from deadly coal, cope with problems associated with fracking
for oil and natural gas, make the wind blow and sun shine, reduce or
slow global warming, bring Palestinians and Israelis closer to a
peaceful two-state resolution, deal with the Taliban when it returns to
power, etc. Despite what I hear from any liberals/progressives, Obama
hasn’t disappointed me; I wrote nothing on that blank slate in 2008. It
sufficed that he wasn’t McCain. In his way, Romney increasingly recalls
Nixon in 1972 with his “secret plan” to end the Vietnam war. He had no
plan. That was the secret. Deja vu all over again. • Mark Curnutte’s Sunday Enquirer
post-mortem on the lethal street culture of revenge among some young
black Cincinnatians is as current as perps who became victims soon after
he interviewed them and Amanda Davidson took their photos. •
CNN.com “unpublishes” reporter Elizabeth Landau’s story linking women’s
hormones to political choices. CNN says the story wasn’t edited
adequately. The study by a Texas academic concludes that ovulation makes
women feel sexier. Ovulating single women are likelier to vote for
Obama (liberal) and ovulating married women or women in other committed
relationships are likelier to vote for Romney (conservative.) I wonder
if CNN pulled the story because some subjects are beyond inquiry, like
women’s abilities for math and science or racial/ethnic differences in
various pursuits. Then there is the whole fantasy about “unpublishing”
an online post. You can get to the original story — replaced by an
editor’s note on CNN.com — at poynter.com or dailykos.com. • The Seattle Times
seeks to restore readers’ trust after it published free ads for the
Republican candidate for governor and for supporters of a state gay
marriage referendum. The ads make the paper part of each group’s
propaganda machine. There is no other way to say it. Good luck to
reporters who have to cover those campaigns. Maybe someone should create
the “Almost Darwin Awards” for news media bent on self-destruction. You
don’t know Darwin Awards? Look it up. The awards are as funny as Seattle Times’ claims to virtue are cringe-worthy. After the paper’s ethical pratfall and a newsroom rebellion, the Seattle Times
turned its fact-checkers loose on those free partisan ads and gave the
ads a rating of “half true.” (T)wo ads that were checked contained two
true claims, one mostly true, one half true and two that were false, the
paper and Poynter.com said. • Newsroom rebellions rarely go public like that by Seattle Times journalists (above). Years ago, then-owners of the Minneapolis Tribune and Star
supported relocation of the Viking/Twins stadium from the ‘burbs to
downtown. Here’s what the New York Times said in its obit of the
publisher, John Cowles Jr.: “Opponents, including staff members at The Minneapolis Tribune,
thought it was a clear conflict of interest for the owner of a
newspaper to take a public position on an important local issue it was
covering . . . (S)taff members placed an ad in their own paper
disassociating themselves from the company’s involvement.”•
Fifty years ago, we almost had a nuclear war over missiles in Cuba and
en route on Soviet freighters. Regardless of where U.S. ships turned
back the freighters, it was the real thing, no Gulf of Tonkin or Weapons
of Mass Destruction fraud. I was at UPI in London and the Brits were
very, very frightened; in a nuclear war, both sides’ missiles could be
overhead and Soviets would attack Britain’s RAF and Royal Navy nuclear
strike forces. I went to the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square. The crowd
was hostile. Least threatening were those carrying or wearing what is
now known as the “peace symbol.” Then it was the much more potent and
timely totem of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. •
Half a century later, that British CND symbol is a meaningless design
for feathered earrings and leather-thong necklaces. But turn the symbol
upside down so that the “wings” tilt up. You have the Brits’ Vulcan
“V-bomber.” It was the heart of their Cold War airborne nuclear
deterrent during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vulcan bases would have
been targets in any nuclear exchange. • Only a coverup is
juicier than the original scandal, especially in broadcasting. BBC is
tearing itself apart over the sex scandal. Arrests have begun: Convicted
pedophile and BBC TV entertainer Gary Glitter is the first. Hundreds
claim a leading children’s program presenter and colleagues molested
hundreds of girls at BBC studios, children's hospitals and other
locations. The focus of the probe, Jimmy Savile, is dead. His victims —
including women at BBC — offer explicit tales of his harassment and
abuse. BBC execs are accusing each other of lying or misleading
parliament; Scotland Yard is beginning to ask why police didn’t act
sooner on repeated reports and complaints about Savile and other abusers
at BBC. • AP says New York Times
publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. last week reiterated his support for
the Times’ new CEO, Mark Thompson. Thompson, who was BBC’s director
general until last month, has been under scrutiny over the BBC’s
decision to cancel its major investigative program about Savile sexually
abusing youngsters. AP says Sulzberger told Times staff that he was
satisfied that Thompson had no role in canceling the explosive program.
As with all scandals and coverups, we will learn what BBC and Scotland
Yard knew and when they knew it. Lovely.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The perils of “off the record” were never clearer than when President Obama sought the Des Moines Register endorsement last week.
by Mike Breen
Madonna and The Coasters create controversy and Social Distortion's Mike Ness turns 50
On this day in 1989, Pepsi dropped Madonna as a spokesperson after complaints about her "blasphemous" video for the single (also used in the Pepsi commercial campaign) "Like A Prayer." The Vatican condemned the video for its imagery of burning crosses and Madonna kissing a black man, while religious groups called for a boycott of all Pepsi-affiliated products. The soft drink manufacturer caved and cut and run from the Pop princess. But Pepsi gave Madonna a nice parting gift — the company was so eager to get away from the controversy that they let her keep her $5 million (yes, million) advance. Thirty years earlier, another music-related controversy erupted in the U.K. when the BBC decided that The Coasters' song "Charlie Brown" was not fit for airplay. Was it that the Peanuts comic strip was too controversial? Peppermint Patty's sexuality has always been a topic of debate. Were they afraid the youth of England would all mimic Charlie Brown's sparse curly-Q hairdo, essentially killing off the hair-care product industry? Was Pigpen's personal hygiene deficiency deemed a bad influence? Nope — the BBC was worried about the song because it contained the word "spitball" and they were fearful kids all over would be inspired to destroy society with saliva-drenched missiles. Unlike Pepsi, the Beeb reversed its decision a couple of weeks later, apparently realizing how ridiculous the "ban" was.Here are clips relating to both controversies. Watch at your own risk! Click on for Born This Day featuring Richard Thompson, Sebastian Bach, Doris Day and Mike Ness.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Many of us found it unusual that Pop star Chris Brown was
all over the Grammys, considering charges he beat girlfriend Rihanna on
Grammys weekend in 2009. But it probably didn’t inspire bloodlust.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Beatles, once designated "Bigger than Jesus" by John Lennon, are now Vatican-approved. Perhaps because of the changing culture (or maybe designed for an approval-ratings boost timed to "Beatles Week" on American Idol), the Vatican newspaper honored The Beatles with special editions timed to the 40th anniversary of their breakup.