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Orlando for President

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Wolf Blitzer had his team of talking heads ready to bloviate on Trump versus Hillary in the context of the Orlando shooting. They had just seen a video clip of the Donald, posturing and gesticulating, the consummate blowhard, bully, and con man. Then followed a clip of Hillary, giving a policy wonk speech at some conference, displaying all the empathy and connection of a dry sponge.

My Response to Jonathan Cohn

Julie Buckner | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Julie Buckner

Love the screaming headline, Jonathan Cohn. But I know you didn't write it. It's those sleazy editors who do that. You're right, yesterday (or as...

Murrow: A Dramatic Masterpiece About A More Wonderful than Weird Broadcasting Giant

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

In order to fully appreciate, both intellectually and emotionally, that and how broadcast news reached its present nadir - and also how glorious it was during its peak -- spend an hour and forty-five minutes with a fine facsimile of Edward R. Murrow.

Wolf Blitzer Confuses Prince's 'Purple Rain' With Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze'

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 04.21.2016 | Media

While reporting on the sudden death of music legend Prince on Thursday, CNN host Wolf Blitzer mistakenly referred to "Purple Haze" to describe Prince'...

Preview of Tonight's Republican Debate in Houston

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Cruz will enjoy home court advantage, which won't be enough. TONIGHT COULD RULE OUT A TRUMP-RUBIO TICKET e We started with seventeen candidates ...

Pope Francis and Donald Trump

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion
Arnold Steinberg

Is the Pope Catholic? "ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER -- Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that...

Donald Trump and Pope Francis

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Is the Pope Catholic? "ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER -- Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that...

Primaries: The Cereal Aisle of American Politics

Mike Bonifer | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

Let the voters vote! Most of us aren't going to change our political positions or our voting decisions between now and November.

The F-35 Strafes the Presidential Debate -- Taiwan's Trump Card?

Peter Navarro | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Peter Navarro

This week, the Republican presidential candidates square off in Las Vegas, Nevada for the last debate of 2015. Here's a hypothetical exchange between the CNN anchor of "The Situation Room" and the leading candidate

Is Wolf Blitzer for Real?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Verbally, that is. Listen to him for more than a few minutes and you'll notice that he has a very odd verbal tic: He obsessively punctuates what he s...

The Situation Room, With Wolf Blitzer

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 10.17.2015 | Media
Arnold Steinberg

This is Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room. And we have BREAKING NEWS. Three more Republican congressmen have said the Benghazi investigation is a sham created just to bring down Hillary Clinton. Live with reaction is Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Blitzer To Chafee: You'll Look Silly If You Don't Drop Out Soon

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 10.14.2015 | Media

There’s something endearingly earnest about former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D), who all but faded into the background during Tuesday night...

Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I hold both extremes - the Holocaust deniers and the Holocaust revisionists - as offensive to the good people who were all taken from us far too soon. Let them rest in peace. Let the truth prevail.

Ben Carson Owes the World an Apology

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

What has he said lately to make the world a dumber place to live? That without gun control laws, the Holocaust wouldn't have turned out the way it did.

Lousy Food, Small Servings -- Sanders Foreign Policy: Backing Saudi Intervention

Sam Husseini | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Sam Husseini

Sanders is unwilling to break with the U.S.-Saudi alliance that has done such damage to both the Arab people and the American people. Now, we have a full-fledged, Israeli-Saudi alliance, and it must be music to the ears of pro-Israeli journalists for Sanders to be calling for U.S. backing of further Saudi domination.

Assessing the Trump Phenomenon

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

Someone who says what he believes and sticks to it and who dares anyone to challenge him. Imagine that Bush going up against Clinton. Now that's a match-up that would make the Democrat gods shudder.

Lapdogs of the Corporate Press

Dean Opperman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Dean Opperman

2007-11-21-lapdogs_vid_fp.jpgPresenting Lapdogs of the Corporate Press, a living tribute to the scores of pseudo-journalists who weren't just embedded, they were completely asleep!

Broken Windows, Broken Spines

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The 21st century has skewed off plan and begun to break open. Its self-designated guardians and explainers look on, at times, confused. "But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires -- these are statistics. There's no excuse for that kind of violence, right?"

SOTU Preview: The State of the Union Address Is Decadent and Depraved

David Murray | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
David Murray

See, the SOTU isn't primarily about speechwriting, or even communication. It's about Washington code-making and code-breaking, a process that's by turns amusing, enraging and soul-straining. So I live-blog the SOTU at my personal blog. And I drink.

A Bagful of Sugar Rot: Is Subscriber 'Support' Just Some Kind of Trick in the Pay-TV Provider Wars?

Marie Woolf | Posted 01.04.2015 | Media
Marie Woolf

When CNN and six other channels suddenly vanished from Dish Network on October 21 due to failed contract negotiations with content provider Turner Broadcasting, I decided to go along with the gag, for one of my masochistic little experiments in customer service.

The Art of Gamesmanship in Political Debates: A Few Interesting Examples

Rich Rubino | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Rather than dissecting and analyzing the policy prescriptions put forth by the candidates during their debates, it is often the gaffes, one-liners and demeanor of the candidates that garner the most attention.

#Newsfail Authors Play Word Association With The Mainstream Media

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Everyone loves a game of word association, especially when it comes to the people we love to talk about the most — the people talking to us on TV. ...

Why Gardner Still Supports National Abortion Ban

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.04.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I may be the only person in the universe who spends his quiet moments in the shower trying to figure out the puzzle, left unsolved by local and nation...

Michael Calderone

Israel Brings Journalists Into Hamas Tunnels To Showcase Underground Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Israel has opened up a new front in the Gaza media war by allowing foreign journalists into Hamas-built tunnels running under its border. ...

The Fall of the House of Turner

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I believe that it will take a lot of news intelligence and creativity to turn CNN around. Cutting costs and firing guys will not do it.