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From Amsterdam at 3 AM, I Watched the First Presidential Debate: Obama Better Do Better Next Time

Michael Russnow | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
Michael Russnow

Do I trust that the majority of Americans carefully listened to what was said, rather than how it was delivered? Sadly, I don't, and have to hope that the president is holding his best for the next two debates.

Frank Eudy's 'Ouster' From Big Brother 14: Teacher Dan Gheesling and Student Ian Terry Displayed No Integrity

Michael Russnow | Posted 09.07.2012 | TV
Michael Russnow

Frank, you're a good guy in my book, and with that affable personality it wouldn't surprise me if someone in the media calls. You'll be the winner in the end.

The 2012 Golden Globes: The Taming of Ricky Gervais

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.17.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It's oddly intriguing that a lackluster show and a diluted dose of Ricky Gervais appeals to me greater than his shockmeister two prior appearances.

The Iowa Caucuses, What Do They Prove? Shakespeare Was Right About The Masses

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Russnow

In reviewing the Iowa Caucuses, wherein former Governor Mitt Romney achieved his desired victory, I can only conclude that the votes demonstrate conclusively Shakespeare was right about the masses and their follow-the-pack mentality.

Should Anthony Weiner Resign for Lying?: If So, Lots More Congressmen Should Go for Their Lies and Deeds

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.09.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

The main thing I draw from the Anthony Weiner incident is that the greater shame is in our puerile culture and how the media feeds the frenzy. On its own face their actions are ludicrous and the well-paid media honchos should be equally ashamed.

Chekhov Alive and Well in Hollywood: Two One-Acts at the Tres Stage Theatre

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Russnow

Classical theatre may not be your thing, but this is an evening that most would find accessible and to their liking. And as an added bonus it's cheap, with tickets just ten dollars.

Texting in Theaters Is a Blight: Let's Make Smartphones Smarter With Apps to Obstruct Rude People

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm a fan of new technology and was among the first on my block to buy a VCR. I've also been surfing the Internet for many years and bought a cell ph...

Survivor Redemption Island: Matt Went From Champion to Totally Lose My Respect

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Last night's episode caused me to jump up aghast when I saw Matt Elrod, having regained entry to the game after masterfully winning six challenges in a row, throw it all away with an incredible blunder.

Citigroup Continues Its Dance With Reverse Splits: The Question Is Why?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Citigroup just sent me its annual statement and ballot to vote on suggestions from its Board of Directors, which, among other things, extends its flirtation with a reverse split that began two years ago.

Donald Trump Firing David Cassidy Instead of Richard Hatch: Clearly Ratings Trump Truth and Integrity

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

As the first Project Manager in the latest Celebrity Apprentice, Richard Hatch was not only arrogant and obnoxious, but mildly physical with the much smaller David Cassidy.

I Can Die Now, I've Met Betty White: National Treasure Stars in Hallmark Hall of Fame

Michael Russnow | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

As I was leaving the Hallmark Hall of Fame reception at 20th Century Fox' commissary, a studio guard wished me a good night to which I replied, "I can die now, I've met Betty White."

Golden Globes Got a Lot of it Right: Not so With Host Ricky Gervais

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I was also delighted when Katey Sagal won for Sons of Anarchy. Kudos also for Chris Colfer's win for Fox' Glee. But then we had to listen to Gervais again.

Can AT&T Stay in Business? Communication Giant Can't Even Communicate Within Its Own Company

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

How can AT&T's leadership condone inefficient and ultimately uncaring processes within the same company that cause its customers such tumult?

Inception's Getting a Lot of Buzz: But as a Conception Doesn't Stand the Test

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Inception takes us through a meandering morass that had me looking at my watch several times throughout its overlong two hour and twenty minute length.

Los Angeles Parking Meter Signs: Get Out Your Slide Rule to Figure Them Out

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Russnow

Two years ago, the Los Angeles City Council decided to raise money by hiking parking meter fees and extending the hours they were operational.

BP Chairman's Unfortunate Choice of Words: Once Again the Media Fanned Hysteria Over Absolutely Nothing

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

I am not a fan of BP, and the oil company deserves the heap of criticism tossed its way, but I believe the media has once again behaved outrageously.

Glee's Message of Tolerance is Laudable: But it Works Both Ways

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Now back from my 5-week trip mostly abroad, I've been catching up and just watched "Theatricality," the latest episode of Glee on Fox. I'm a huge fan...

The Lost Finale: When a Cop-Out Isn't Better Than a Dream

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Having watched Lost faithfully throughout its run and marveled at the twists and turns, however odd and fanciful, I couldn't help a sense of revulsion at the easy way out the writers took in the show's finale.

Media Scare Tactics: Do They Create Controversy in the Guise of News for the Sake of Ratings?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Is that the media's job? To invent scenarios that are for the most part implausible just to give them the excuse to have another ten minute panel discussion?

We've Finally Got Health Care, Hallelujah: All the GOP Can Conjure Is the Bogeyman!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Why is it that Americans only see Republicans' true colors when their results are catastrophic, as in the case of the unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the financial crises of the last couple of years?

Traveling in Morocco can Be Intriguing; Beggars Are Another Thing

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Russnow

After nine days in Morocco, it's been interesting seeing a different part of the world, especially after three weeks meeting with producers in familia...

John McCain's No Longer a Hero: His Stance on Patriotic Gays is Shameful and Un-American

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I couldn't help feeling relief John McCain was soundly beate...

Obama Asks Pundits Not to Skew Words: But That's What They Did

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Media types are there to keep themselves and their hefty paychecks forthcoming, egged on by the networks' need to create controversy. How else will they get the viewers to watch, and thus generate valuable ad revenue?

Re Brown's Victory, Message to Obama: Making Nice Doesn't Work, Time to Play Hardball!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

We have a president who understands the politics of campaigning but not the politics of governing.

The Golden Globes a Disappointment: Gervais was Mixed and Lots of Winners Weren't Prepared

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The Golden Globe awards are often the best of the awards shows, because they're more freewheeling and it appears no one really takes them seriously.