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Phil Bronstein

Hillary Comes Out of the Bill Closet: But How Does She Really Feel?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

I've never been a huge Hillary fan, but this was both heartbreaking and endearing, watching the cold steel of a too-often back seat passenger to power explode into the molten lava that's been percolating all these years.

Wise Latina, Meet Ricky Ricardo...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Ricky Ricardo always got blindsided, then hustled by his ditzy wife. All she needed to do was apologize and maybe cry a little. Neither Sotomayor nor Senator Coburn seem like they'll be doing any weeping.

We're All the New N-word: It's Not About You, It's About Me

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

The warm bath of public narcissism is getting crowded: The media, the people they cover and the consumers are all nicely simmering in a narcissism stew.

Hey Sanford! Did Obama Put You up to This?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

You think it was a coincidence that as the Governor was into the meat of his dishonor, the CNN scroll noted that President Obama was going to the Vatican to meet with the Pope?

Twitter Can't Cure Cancer! But the Right Pro-Am Mix is the Future of Journalism

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

Look, Twitter can't cure cancer. But it's certainly part of the genetic makeup of a future vaccine to combat the transitional disease affecting professional journalism.

A Real Missed Connection: Craigslist Saves Print and Stands to Profit Even More?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

Rabid law enforcement agents are chasing lucrative classified sex ads from Craigslist back to old-fashioned newsprint businesses nervy enough to keep publishing them.

Love or Lust, Obama and the Fawning Press Need to Get a Room

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

You can't blame powerful people for wanting to play the press to peddle self-perpetuating mythology. But you can blame the press for being played.

I Feel Your Pain, See Your "Empathy," and Raise You a Little EST

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Caught up in his own empathy epidemic, Mr. Obama is now inviting evil Iran to US embassy Fourth of July celebrations overseas. Just check the firecracker load carefully.

GOP Pols Believe in Outsourcing -- the Dirty Work

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

The GOP is letting the conservative "entertainers" do the wet work, the dirty parts of the job, while the pols take the high road and hang onto their seats.

Obama and Cheney Don't Play Safe in Battle Over Security...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

The Obama-Cheney faceoff was gladiator vs. gladiator, a war of its own for the soul of national security policy and the judgment of history.

Miss CA Keeps Crown -- and a More Honest "Gay" Record Than Obama and Crist?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

If public toplessness and sticking to personal beliefs about same-sex marriage are good enough for Barack Obama, they should be OK for Carrie Prejean as well.

No Tricks Here: Dick Cheney Has Become Nixon 2.0

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Mr. Cheney has become the guy whose very existence makes some people furious and who brings to the surface all those intense and complex emotions about power and the people who wield it.

Shouldn't That Be His Royal Highness, the "Addled Lord of Print?"

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

When great satire can't make it anymore in the printed newspaper world, that's not so funny here in the belly of the Chronicle and at other publications.

Robert Redford on Celebrity and the Making of All the President's Men at the SF International Film Festival

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Phil Bronstein

In the interview, Redford was more candid than I'd seen him in some other settings. Everything from Bob Woodward's pyromania to his dog getting hit and killed by a car right in front of him.

I'll See Your 183 Waterboardings and Raise You an Iron Maiden...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

While so many people seemed entirely shocked at what Americans were up to in interrogations the last few years, I, on the other end, was surprised that there were any limits at all.

Obama's Measured Pirate Reaction -- Just Like a Democrat?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phil Bronstein

Maybe it's style. After all, this president is the antithesis so far of the "hah! Take that! whether-you-like-it-or-not!" arrogance.

Where's the Web 2.0 Freedom of Information (and Al Gore) for the Journalists Captured in North Korea?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

Where is Mr. Gore, Nobel Prize winner and formerly the second most powerful person in the world in all this? How about a public expression of concern?

The G-20 Summit: The New Macho Comes Out Swinging

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phil Bronstein

It's the rough-and-tough, no nonsense swagger of John Wayne/Ronald Reagan that seems to be bathing world leader contestants in its orange sunset Western macho glow. What happened to the Sensitive Man?

A True Measure of Economic Woes? The Geithner (Forehead) Index

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Phil Bronstein

If you watch Geithner in interviews and at hearings with the sound off, he still gives off an economic indicator as reliable as the Homeland Security color-coded advisory warnings. It's his forehead.

Obama and Clinton on Drugs: Just Say No. . . Sometimes?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Hey government dudes! (male and female). Give the bong back to Michael Phelps and make up your mind. The left hand seems to have forgotten what the right hand is doing.

Obama "Takes Responsibility" for AIG? Getting Mad Is Not Getting Even...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

It's good to hear Obama take responsibility, but after the previous "I screwed up" and a few more "buck stops here," the value of that buck's worth might soon diminish.

Everyone Goes to Washington but Gavin "Waldo" Newsom -- Here's What He Missed...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Where was Waldo? Campaigning for governor in Oakland and applying for an upgrade on his high profile tech credentials by visiting Twitter. Stuff like that.

Is Amazon Author David Grann the Least Likely Explorer?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phil Bronstein

Aside from being a little overweight, out of shape and with a degenerative eye condition that causes him to get lost on the subway, the New Yorker writer just doesn't have that mad-hatter ego.

Is Obama-Love Holding the Economic Pitchforks & Torches at Bay?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

There's something the president is doing effectively, charged rhetoric and gauntlet-throwing policies notwithstanding: he's doing a hell of a job keeping the lid on things.

Is There a Posse Big Enough to Enforce Sheriff Obama's Will?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

President Obama has essentially called for a new moral order. With the economic panic going on, getting a vice grip on our calamity and its perpetrators really is an issue of national security.