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Jason O. Kelly


The Public Eye on Private Equity

Jason O. Kelly | Posted October 12, 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign for president dragged private equity into the public eye and turned the harsh spotlight of a presidential race on its practitioners. So much for that whole "private" thing.
Edward Wasserman


Overfed Local TV Watchdogs Fed So Well With Campaign Ads They Can't Bark

Edward Wasserman | Posted October 12, 2012

Some of the same media that should referee political discourse and oversee the process by which a sovereign electorate selects its leaders are in thrall to the backroom players whose mission it is to manipulate and game that discourse.
Jerry Lanson


Are Style Points All That Count in Political Analysis?

Jerry Lanson | Posted October 12, 2012

Oh please. This isn't an Olympic ice skating event or American Idol. Don't the news media have something more valuable to write about than Joe Biden's grin?
David Aronchick


Big Bird and the Malarkey of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

David Aronchick | Posted October 12, 2012

Where is the strength and conviction we saw from Obama's camp four years ago? And what happened to Mitt Romney's compassion for others? Did he ever have any?
Timothy Karr


The Internet as Political Lie Detector

Timothy Karr | Posted October 12, 2012

In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth. A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.
Scott Blakeman


Reaction Shots Have No Place in Debates

Scott Blakeman | Posted October 12, 2012

What does that say about us when the winner of a debate is chosen, not by what they say, but by how they look and sound as they say it, or by how they react to what their opponent is saying?
David Westin


Why and How Martha Won the Debate -- Over Media Bias

David Westin | Posted October 12, 2012

Is it any wonder that Americans reportedly trust the news media less than they ever have before? There's nothing wrong with people, of any political persuasion, raising questions about whether what's being reported is true or is being skewed by what the reporter wants to be true.
Michael Shermer


Why Ayn Rand Won't Go Away: 'Atlas Shrugged,' Part 2 and the Motor of Moral Psychology

Michael Shermer | Posted October 12, 2012

Why don't liberals admire Ayn Rand and her philosophy of objectivism, so forcefully presented in this book and film?
Eric Alterman


Think Again: How to Be a Political Journalist in America

Eric Alterman | Posted October 12, 2012

To spare myself some time, and to share my hard-earned wisdom with those whom I will never get a chance to counsel, I've come up with the following list of the top 20 rules that no aspiring American mainstream political journalist should ever forget.
Rep. Mike Honda


Anti-Jihad Ads Reminiscent of McCarthyism, 1950s Fear Mongering

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted October 12, 2012

The public transit should be an inviolable public trust, where all of America's public feels safe and welcome. That is currently not the case and it is the responsibility of members of Congress to help change that.
Abe Gurko


Carine Roitfeld Joins 'Harper's Bazaar'

Abe Gurko | Posted October 12, 2012

Let's get ready to rumble! 'Cause now the competition is going to get really fierce between Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. The war of the fashion glossies is on.
Marianne Schnall


Exclusive: Interview With Oprah About Her School for Girls

Marianne Schnall | Posted October 12, 2012

One of the achievements that is clearly closest to Oprah Winfrey's heart is founding the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Mickey Costa


Everything in Moderation

Mickey Costa | Posted October 12, 2012

If you are simply comparing Martha Raddatz to last week's moderator, Jim Lehrer, then, "mission accomplished." However, if you were to look at her performance in a vacuum, Raddatz was at times as aggressive as she was docile.
Terry Connelly


What's Really Going on: Obama, Welch and Stocks

Terry Connelly | Posted October 12, 2012

No such luck for Harry Reid, who had asserted, without any real evidence, that Romney had for some years not paid income tax. "Where's your evidence?" -- they rightly asked Harry, and hearing none, and cutting him off. But for Jack, it was, like, "Have a chair Jack, let's let everyone hear your story!"
Rebecca Shapiro


Barbra Streisand Barclays Concert: Legend Returns To Brooklyn For First-Ever Hometown Performance

Rebecca Shapiro | Posted October 13, 2012

Royalty returned to Kings County last night as Barbra Streisand performed in her hometown for the first time since she left the borough more than 50 years ago.
Michael Russnow


It Looked Like Biden Blew Ryan Away, So Why Did the Media Let Ryan's Misstatements Slide?

Michael Russnow | Posted October 12, 2012

Is it just that the media is so bent on keeping this election a horse race to induce interest and thus increase their ratings that they will say anything to keep one side from getting too far ahead?