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Glynnis MacNicol

Entries by Glynnis MacNicol

Obama Tells Washington to Stop Behaving Like the Blogosphere

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 2:01 PM

Did President Obama give the media a subtle smackdown last night? In the last fiery quarter of his speech (which began with a SCOTUS dress down and ended with Obama weirdly chanting USA) this admonishment to Congress was particularly notable, I think:

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Why Glenn Beck Could Be The Next Oprah Winfrey

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 4:44 PM


Let the games begin! Now that Oprah Winfrey has officially decided to end her talk show the race is on to find her daytime replacement. Brian Stelter pens a speculative piece in today's Times about...

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A Palin/Beck Ticket In 2012? The Mind Reels

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 2:49 PM


Obviously, unless sometime between now and 2012 there occurs a rip in the space-time continuum and the country slips into an alternate reality, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck will not be running on a joint...

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Is the Army Trying to Give the Media the Runaround on Ft. Hood?

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 12:58 PM


More confusion has arisen surrounding the events at Fort Hood last Thursday. Today the NYT is running an A-1 story about an eyewitness account that throws into question Sgt. Kimberly Munley's role in taking...

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Elections: The New National Pastime That Could Save Journalism

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 1:42 PM

The other day Murray Chass, the former NYT sports reporter, penned a much picked-up piece about how the considerably small number of newspapers who had sent reporters to cover the World Series was a "startling barometer of how critical the health of the newspaper industry is in this...

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A Year of Obama: Top Ten Highs and Lows of the Last Twelve Months

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 1:36 PM


A year ago tomorrow the nation went to polls and elected Barack Hussein Obama the 44th President of the United States. It was a joyful occasion, celebrated the world over, and variously compared to New...

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Halloween Costumes Ripped From The Headlines

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2009 | 10:31 AM

So it's the morning of Halloween, and you don't have a costume. You were going to be Kanye West, but the friend you were counting on to be your Taylor Swift got swine flu at the last minute. Then, it was going to be Sarah Palin, until you...

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Fear Of Flying: Top Ten Most Mysterious Airplane Incidents

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 12:36 PM


Are you somebody who hates to fly? I am. As a result I tend to get overly interested in the stories and news reports that flood the airwaves after something bad happens involving planes. Particularly bad things that can't be...

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Top Ten Outrageous Sarah Palin Stories Oprah Will Have To Address

(144) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 2:12 PM

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As reported yesterday, Sarah Palin will make her Oprah debut on November 16, one day before her already best-selling book Going Rogue is released to the public. We, also noted yesterday that the lack of...

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Surprising Reaction to Times Layoffs: 32% Of Commenters Say 'We'll Pay!'

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 4:55 PM

Yesterday afternoon the New York Times announced it would be cutting 100 newsroom jobs, about 8% total, by the end of the year. To do so the paper would first be "offering buyouts to union and non-union employees, and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to...

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New York, I Love You (And Always Have): Top Ten New York Movie Moments

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2009 | 11:34 PM

After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival more than a year ago, the long awaited New York, I Love You is finally being released in New York theaters this Friday.

A collaborative effort, New York, I Love You is an anthology of 10+ shorts directed by the likes of...

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I'm Sorry, So Sorry: Top Ten On-Air Apologies

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2009 | 12:14 PM


David Letterman's public apology Monday night for bad behavior is merely the latest in a long list of famous public apologies. Mostly these are for similarly bad behavior (Letterman has the rare privilege of adding extortion victim...

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Tabloid Frenzy Didn't 'Occur' to Letterman? Did Dave Just Move to NYC?

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 11:04 AM

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Last night, after a weekend of being battered by the press, David Letterman apologized on air to both his wife and his staff. Was it sincere? You can watch here and decide...

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The Misleading Coverage Of David Letterman's Extortion Case

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2009 | 9:11 PM


Based on the coverage David Letterman's alleged love life is getting these days you'd be forgiven for concluding that Letterman wasn't the victim of a $2 million extortion plot -- which he chose to reveal himself, to both the police and a national...

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David Letterman Late Show Shockers: The Top Ten List

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2009 | 11:55 AM


The media world - and just about everyone else for that matter - is currently all abuzz over David Letterman's revelation Thursday night that he was being extorted for $2 million over the fact he'd had...

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Celebrate Saturday Night Live's 35th Season With 35 Great SNL News Spoofs

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2009 | 10:51 PM

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Long before The Daily Show, long before The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live was making fun of the news in a way that no one had ever seen before. Suddenly, establishment journalists like...

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Time for Obama to Pitch His Health Care Plan Kanye West-Style

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 5:51 PM

President Obama just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to holding the nation's attention with details of his health care plan. Perhaps the president should embrace a 'if you can't beat'em, join'em' mentality and stage his own outburst. It may be a good last resort before all...

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Glenn Beck, The New Edward R. Murrow Of Fox News: What Happens Next?

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 12:03 PM

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A little over six weeks after Glenn Beck introduced the world to Van Jones (tell the truth, how many of you knew who he was prior to this August?), Jones has resigned. Time's Joe Klein...

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Tail Wagging Dog: New York Post Fantasizes Spitzer Back Into Office

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2009 | 3:44 PM

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Who wants Eliot Spitzer back in office more, Spitzer or the New York Post? This morning's cover of the Post (a classic in Post terms) says Spitzer is looking to run for office again ("say it ain't,...

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MSM's Scary Impotence When Faced with Death Panels

(9) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 4:21 PM


A week or so ago I suggested that the health care debate was a great opportunity for the beleaguered mainstream media -- newspapers, network news -- to prove "in a slow and deliberate way" it...

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