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Infotainment

The Mystery of CNN 2014: What's the Vanguard Cable Network Up To?

Marwan Bishara | Posted 04.10.2014 | Media
Marwan Bishara

CNN took off with the Malaysian airliner's disappearance and hasn't landed since. And it has been widely ridiculed for it. But before you laugh, it's worth considering if CNN is onto something here. At least commercially.

'Tis the Season to Be Polling

Jim Moore | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

I cannot recall a time of meaner politics. There was never a time when politicians of both parties were not only willing, but almost happy, to tear asunder the very fabric of our Constitution. Are you kidding? Of course we don't trust them.

TV's 17 Best Issue-tainment Shows of All Time

Evan Shapiro | Posted 06.19.2012 | TV
Evan Shapiro

TV is a medium of great power, influence... and profit. One can simultaneously entertain and inspire (enspire?) -- and garner big ratings while doing it. Here is my list of TV's 17 Best Issue-tainment Shows of All Time.

Help Me Understand...

John Joss | Posted 03.19.2012 | Media
John Joss

... how supposed news reporters can get away with being advertising spokespeople. Lots of our local (San Francisco) radio people -- for example, spor...

Financial Journalists Fail Upward

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Thomas Frank

If the world of financial infotainment can itself be described as a "market," it is a market where accountability does not seem to exist.

The World Is Ending, Or, What I Had For Lunch With My Friend, The Ambassador

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

New Journalism has gone cold, flat, and crowded, as too many books, movies, and TV talking heads showcase journalists calling attention to themselves. Paradigmatic example: Thomas Friedman's new book.

Lawyer Lawyer Hero Hunter

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

Two "personalities," the patriotic prisoner-of war and the earthy "frontier" governor are trying to appropriate "change" as their theme -- and run against The Firm, headed by an empty suit and a bloviating senior partner.

Dum Dum Bullets Swaddled in Angora

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

The accomplished Barbara Walters is not that different from the beleaguered little girl: a victim and a beneficiary of the glitz and glamour of showbiz.