The Republicans have exercised so many spin control muscles that those muscles have started to act involuntarily and instantaneously. Like the heart at the core of any wild animal, the GOP has developed an instant if not repetitive spin for everything.
While both sides can lapse into "content bias," should the following facts alter pre-conceived views: the Boston bombers were young Muslim men; some sarin gas was detected in Syria; the Reinhart-Rogoff study is flawed? Erick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate.
President Obama made a joke about his marijuana use at last week's White House Correspondents' Dinner. It was just one joke, and it was actually pretty funny, but let's consider the context.
WASHINGTON -- Lord help me, but I like Katy Perry. She had that one album of pop as perfectly synthetic as Cheez Whiz and as hooky as Neil Sedaka in h...
I thought that President Obama and Conan O'Brien were both really funny at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner. But whatever barbs they tossed were easily accommodated by the soothing meta-fiction machine that the whole incestuous enterprise amounts to.
Obama gets that aging becomes more manageable when viewed through the lens of laughter.
The powerfully funny comedy of Conan O'Brien and his opening act Barack Obama would be right for any night, but it was especially welcome at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, after all the country has been through lately.
Mainstream media, politicians, and celebrities are easy scapegoats for a relatively small open government community that is in reality quite insular.
This week began with the ultimate collision of comedy and politics: the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
I heard more rumblings about think tanks than anyone commenting on a pop color or wearing a ridiculously tall shoe. Party hopping in D.C. has a certain high school feel but in the best way... and unlike fashion circles, everyone was positive and less catty.
To be an effective candidate Romney need not match Obama's extraordinary comedic skills. What Romney needs to do, is to figure out once and for all, who he really is up there on the stage -- what he really stands for and what his core convictions are.
"End of the Rainbow" is a troubling experience in Broadway's new musical theater, being both thrilling and depressing. I suppose the dichotomy of it all goes to the heart of those of us who remember the real, live Judy Garland and others, to whom her early tragic death and unending genius, remain mysterious.
The woman who was once viewed as a liability on the campaign trail in 2008 is now viewed as a greater asset than her husband as he seeks re-election in 2012. Could she one day see herself following Hillary Clinton's footsteps down the path of first lady turned presidential candidate?
I didn't learn too much, but here are some facts and musings I'm taking away from my first White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party experience.
The White House Correspondents' Dinner is an amazing experience for many reasons but this year, a year when women's rights have been under attack politically, I want to report back on some possible reasons for feminist optimism.
It's one thing to have the White House Correspondents' Dinner be the one time of the year where the watchdogs let down their guard and have civil, even friendly, conversations with the people they cover. I would enjoy that. But the over-chumminess of the Dinner is not the exception, it's now the rule.