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Norman Lear
The creator of such shows as "All in the Family," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and "The Jeffersons," Norman Lear is a pioneer of a more candid, socially realistic genre of television programming and a champion of democratic values. Mr. Lear founded People for the American Way to defend core First Amendment freedoms, and the Business Enterprise Trust to celebrate businesses that advance the public good while achieving financial success.

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Entries by Norman Lear

Help Us, Dear God

(30) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM

A few hours ago I read about remarks made by a prominent individual on a much-celebrated TV show Sunday morning and I have been haunted by them ever since. The remarks concerned the torture report recently released to the American people by a committee of the United States Senate.


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What Would You Do If You Just Learned That Your Wife Had Been Secretly Sharing a Mission With the Secretary-General of the United Nations?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:31 PM

I couldn't admire Mr. Ban Ki-moon more, but his essay Tuesday about Climate Change came right out of the mouth of my wife who has been peeling wallpaper with that rhetoric for most of the thirty years we've been married. He is pleased, he wrote, "to see Climate...

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Can You Wear a Tan Suit and Still Love Your Country?

(317) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 9:52 AM

We all know that loving your country is a serious matter, especially when you are the president. And we all know that wearing a dark color is taken to be far more serious than wearing a light one. Those stout hearted Americans who were so upset that their president discussed...

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Patriots Come in All Shapes, Sizes and Talents

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 3:54 PM

In the land of the free and the home of the brave I don't understand why Madison Rising couldn't feel free enough to create their own rendition of our National Anthem and brave enough to sing it at Daytona or anywhere else in this land of the free and home...

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Folks, I'm Worried About Rush Limbaugh

(386) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Folks, I'm worried about Rush Limbaugh.

To your knowledge has anyone ever exploded, you know, burst apart, like if we humans had seams, and once in a great while someone just bursts open and guts and shit shoot out in every direction? Has that ever happened to anyone you...

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Bless You, Our Elected Officials, Steve King and Michele Bachmann

(855) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 7:02 PM

Don't you just LOVE when you see a Congressman and a Congresswoman with their heads on straight? Bless you, our elected officials Steve King and Michele Bachmann.

It doesn't trouble them publicly that, as a result of the government shut down, thousands of airline inspectors are

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If I Were to Tweet, I'd Ask...

(99) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 8:41 PM

If I were to tweet, I'd ask...

Why did Tom Cruise elect to fly to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to praise Wal-Mart at its annual shareholders' meeting? It might not occur to me to wonder if Mr. Cruise had been paid for his appearance, but the Times specifically said he was not....

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Goodbye, Edith Darling

(203) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 8:28 PM

This will be short and sweet. Never as sweet as I'd wish it to be if I took a month to write it. I only just learned that Jean Stapleton, our beloved Edith -- or Edith, our beloved Jean Stapleton -- has passed.

Back in 1971, possibly the first...

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No Bullshit, Please

(847) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 12:40 PM

This will be simple. It comes from the kid part of me who cries easily and gets terribly frustrated when the answers to simple questions are avoided or skirted or otherwise buried in a ton of bullshit that is passed off as deeper thinking. Or when my question is met...

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None of My Business -- Or Is It?

(153) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 8:27 PM

At first I think the contretemps in today's New York Times over the $142 million memorial to Dwight Eisenhower is of no concern to me.

A little while later I find it nagging at me. Maybe because I saw battle in World War II, where we Allies were decidedly...

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Let's Hear It for 'Bullshit!'

(210) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:30 PM

In 1991, Senator Tom Harkin was considering a run for the presidency and in a speech to his community in Iowa he used the word "bullshit" -- for which he was scolded and taken to task. He phoned me wanting to know how I thought he should respond. I answered...

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Archie Bunker on Gun Control

(387) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 8:56 PM

With everyone in our world talking about guns and America, I woke up this morning to find an All in the Family clip on YouTube that we produced over 30 years ago that has Archie Bunker on a local news channel doing an editorial on gun control. He finds himself...

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Which of These Stories Work for You? You Have Two Days to Decide

(305) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 6:43 PM

I'm a story teller. And I keep thinking about the life stories of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In some ways, both are right out of the American storybook. Of course, some of the details would indicate that the truth can be bent.

One of them, more...

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The Tuesday That's Bound to Matter All the Way to 2052

(219) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 4:05 PM

We've all been asking one another how we feel about Tuesday's vote. Before Hurricane Sandy, it was just about all I could think about. Then someone called this line to my attention. From Mark Twain:

"Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense."

I would dearly...

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Norman Lear's Jewels of Elul: The Secret To Long Life

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 5:09 PM

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The time is supposed to challenge us to use each day as an opportunity for growth and discovery. On each of the...

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Paul Ryan: God Says That I Can Carry a Gun?

(1938) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 5:14 PM

Religious Right leaders are excited that Rep. Paul Ryan, in accepting Mitt Romney's invitation to be his running mate, said that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.

I can be moved to tears by the ideals included in our founding documents. My wife...

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Hey, Guys, Hear This!!

(490) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:00 PM

I just got my first letter from Mitt Romney.

"Dear Norman," it says, "I am running for President of the United States and because you are one of America's most notable Republicans, I want to personally let you know why. It's simple, really ... I believe in America."

I can't...

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Can It Be We've Overlooked This?

(310) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:29 AM

I read from many sources that Mitt Romney, who wishes to become our next president, is all for what they call judicial extremism. We're all aware that the current Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, could be the most extremely conservative court ever. So clearly, in...

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Born Again as an American

(402) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 6:42 PM

This is an attempt to make a long story short. My love for and devotion to our country goes back to incidents in my childhood, events in my teens, my service in World War II, so much of my work in television and films, and my involvement since 1980, through...

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This Just May Have a Religious Sensibility

(860) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 5:42 PM

Governor Walker, Candidate Romney and those who speak loudest for him are down on labor, down on their unions and union leaders. They are, in effect, down on the working man's right to band together and, to coin an expression, petition their bosses for a redress of their grievances. Some...

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