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Charlie Reina

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A New Fox? Don't Unlock the Henhouse

(18) Comments | Posted August 14, 2011 | 2:42 PM

Columnists, even in the New York Times, are hailing Fox News for its handling of Thursday's Republican presidential debate. The consensus is that moderators Bret Baier and Chris Wallace probed the candidates intelligently and appropriately, often asking the kind of tough questions that FNC anchors, since the channel debuted in...

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Newt Gingrich: It's Time to Tell Us What Bush Told You

(12) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 6:24 PM

If those recently-declassified documents from the early days of the Bush administration haven't convinced Americans that Bush planned the Iraq War long before September 11, 2001, maybe Newt Gingrich can.

It was just weeks after George W. Bush took office in January, 2001, that the former Speaker of...

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O'Sannity, Can You See?

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2008 | 2:17 PM

Is anyone surprised that Tennessee gunman Jim Adkisson's favorite authors include Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity?

Does anyone wonder how that trio of self-righteous gasbags will explain this away? Or if they even can see that they might have some explaining to do?

This would be...

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Bush Does Berlin (in My Dreams)

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2008 | 10:33 AM

I don't know why, but these days, whenever a statesman stands at a podium, I imagine President Bush there instead, and I wonder: "How much more eloquent would His words be? How much more visionary?"

So we go now to Berlin, where Mr. Bush (not Barack Obama) addresses hundreds...

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FISA: Got Questions, Will (Help) Pay For Answers

(35) Comments | Posted July 10, 2008 | 7:25 PM

I don't know any more about national security than John McCain claims to know about economics. So I'm puzzled by many aspects of the War on Terror -- for instance, the Senate's renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which, among other things, empowers the president to order wiretaps on...

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Fox's New Low? Not Really

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2008 | 6:00 PM

Fox News Channel's latest act of war on a perceived enemy - this one using touched-up photos as the weapons of choice - is getting a lot of play. So, too, is the article it apparently led David Carr of The New York Times to write about FNC's infamous public...

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E.D.'s Apology: Yeah, Right!

(9) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 3:29 PM

Fox News Channel anchor E.D. Hill has apologized for uttering the words "terrorist fist jab," among others, in reference to the victory gesture Barack and Michelle Obama exchanged last Tuesday. I, for one, don't buy the apology.

Let me start by acknowledging that it could have been worse: one...

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Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine -- for Cable, Too

(25) Comments | Posted January 18, 2007 | 3:44 PM

Rep. Dennis Kucinich's stated intention to revisit the Fairness Doctrine as part of upcoming hearings on media reform is welcome news. Maybe not for station and network owners, or for the people who now run their news divisions. But this promise to consider reinstituting some form of regulation over the...

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Dennis Miller IS the Joke

(133) Comments | Posted January 1, 2007 | 9:12 AM

For years now, the Rush Limbaugh set has been telling this joke: "What do you call a liberal who's been mugged? A conservative."

It's a pretty good joke, too, because it says so much about the people who delight in telling it. I don't mean conservatives or Republicans, necessarily, because...

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Joe or No-Joe: A Lieberman Checklist for Connecticut Democrats

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2006 | 2:46 PM

If you're a Democrat in Connecticut and still haven't decided whether Joe Lieberman deserves another term in the U.S. Senate, don't vote until you've considered these questions:

How important an issue is the war in Iraq?

How important are your rights to speak against the war...

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Good Time Tony

(6) Comments | Posted October 20, 2006 | 11:26 AM

Let's face it: White House briefings are much more fun these days, now that Tony Snow is the emcee.

After five painful years of Ari "Up Yours!" Fleischer and Scott "Why Me?" McClellan, it's refreshing to watch a presidential press secretary go at his job with such good-natured gusto.


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Katherine Harris: Martha Mitchell Redux?

(18) Comments | Posted August 20, 2006 | 6:42 PM

Another week, another mis-step by the volatile, what'll-she-do-next Katherine Harris. This time, a false claim of support from four fellow-Floridians in Congress for her bid to unseat Democrat Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate.

It turns out not only that the four have not endorsed Harris, but that one of...

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Cable News Confab

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2006 | 5:43 PM


BLODGETT: So, boys, how goes the war?

PHLEGM: Well, sir, the enemy is...

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Mainstream News Media: Why So Liberal?

(29) Comments | Posted July 21, 2006 | 3:42 PM

We're adults, right? So let's talk straight about the liberal U.S. news media. Which is to say, that part of the news media populated by social liberals. Which is to say, probably a majority of people still in the national press, particularly writers and reporters.

I say...

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