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CNBC's Debate Dud and Other Worthy News Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Media
Tom Alderman

Suggested Variety Headline: "CNBC Debate Dud" -- but for some of the candidates, the NBC business channel's inept handling of the October presidential...

The Night the Candidates Were Speechless

Michael Winship | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate brings to mind one of the most memorable TV snafus in history: the 27-minute loss of audio during the first presidential debate between incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter.

Ready for Obamacare? Tuned In, and Ticked Off

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Hey, PBS! What's the big idea?!...

Dear Newshour: A Royal Birth Is Not a Lead Story

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 09.28.2013 | Media
Robert E. Murphy

It rah-ther annoys me. I feel sort of betrayed by a news organization that I much admire and depend on almost nightly for a review and thoughtful discussion of meaningful events and issues.

National Service Not Military Service

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are indeed at a pivot point for the "success or failure of our great experiment" in government." Schools and families must play an essential role in building citizenship and the character of the nation. So too should national service.

In Praise of Context

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are losing context. Every single day. And we don't seem to notice. Or care. We dispute it and disrespect it and otherwise dismiss it. Our love affair with all that is new, different and sensational leads us to fashion a society that has fewer and fewer ties to the past or memories of it.

Women Won This Election: The End of 'Mad Men' Politics

Brenda Peterson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Women
Brenda Peterson

Is the dominance of white, male voters in this country finally history?

(WATCH) Secrets Of The Presidential Debates: Host-School Profs Provide Post-Debate Analysis

Posted 10.29.2012 | College

There's no doubt that this month's presidential debates had a major impact on the race for the Oval Office in 2012. President Barack Obama's lethargic...

Romney Gives New Meaning to Bully Pulpit

Scott Blakeman | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

Romney has proven himself to be the kind of childhood bully who would declare petulantly that if he didn't get to play first base, he would take the balls and bats home with him because "they're mine."

Would Romney Really Kill Big Bird?

Scott Lilly | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Scott Lilly

What does Gov. Romney's proposal to eliminate the federal appropriation for public broadcasting actually mean for Big Bird's livelihood?

At Veep Debate, Giving New Life to a $5 Trillion Tax-Cut Argument

Dan Kennedy | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

It's theoretically possible to close the $5 trillion gap, or at least some of it, by closing loopholes and eliminating deductions. But neither Romney nor Ryan has specified any. They want credit for proposals they haven't made.

WATCH: Who Knew Jim Lehrer Was Such A Badass?

Posted 12.11.2012 | Comedy

Did last week's debate leave you craving a little more badassery? Maybe some fire lit under moderator Jim Lehrer's butt? UCB Comedy is here to sho...

Big Bird, Jim Lehrer, Richard Nixon and Me

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.09.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Mitt Romney is not the first Republican to try to kill PBS, Sesame Street and Big Bird; forty years ago Richard Nixon tried to do the same thing.

The Rest of the Debates Have Been Cancelled

Jim Worth | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

Calling Mitt Romney the winner, as so many pundits did the next day, would be a misnomer and would ignore the substance of the presentations. The term 'bully' would have been more accurate.

No Excuse

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.08.2012 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Did the Koch brothers make Obama an offer he couldn't refuse? Or maybe, like us, was Obama just listening closely to Romney and waiting for the laugh track? Or was something more calculated going on?

Words That Shaped Last Week: 'Jim Lehrer,' 'Big Bird,' and 'Seth MacFarlane'

Vanity Fair | Posted 12.08.2012 | Media
Vanity Fair

For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.

Round One: A Post-Debate Post-Mortem

Alan Schroeder | Posted 12.07.2012 | Media
Alan Schroeder

Reportedly it was the Obama campaign that insisted on lecterns, deeming them more presidential. Yet in several ways this preference ended up hurting Barack Obama.

Michael Calderone

Debate Moderator Defends Himself | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- PBS veteran Jim Lehrer, who has taken heat this week for not tightly controlling Wednesday night's presidential debate and allowing the ca...

Jim Lehrer's Big Problem — Now With Numbers

Posted 12.05.2012 | Media

A new study about Wednesday's presidential debate showed just how tough it was for Jim Lehrer to wrangle Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. George Mason...

WATCH: Obama And Romney's Debate Stutters Revealed

The Huffington Post | Mike Barry | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

During the first presidential debate this week, both candidates revealed a host of phrases, concepts, and mannerisms they couldn't--or wouldn't--shake...

The Questions Someone Needs to Ask Romney

Mark Olmsted | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Obama dropped the ball. The president had an opportunity to directly ask Romney any number of questions he would have been unable to answer with logic or coherence. Here's a selection.

Romney Reveals True Self in PBS Remark

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

The governor was doing a pretty good job of re-selling himself as a caring person who wanted to help the middle class -- until he slipped up and the real man showed up. That moment occurred when he said he wanted to cut PBS.

Presidential Debate #1: You Snooze, You Lose

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Mitt Romney pulled through! He was such a good Republican candidate...smilin' and lyin' like a Bush. I'm so excited I might have a drink. Wait, Jesus won't like that. I'll have grape juice.)

And the Real Loser Is...

Robert Watson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Watson

With respect to Lehrer, he was lethargic and completely lost control of the debate. Throughout the evening he hesitated when informing the candidates who would go first in answering a question, even pausing as if to recall their names.

Jim Lehrer Responds To Debate Criticism

Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

Jim Lehrer responded on Thursday to the furor surrounding his debate moderating performance. Though it was his 12th time in the role, Lehrer receiv...