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Keeping a critical eye on the latest media buzz and associated flotsam.

The media flips its collective wig over Trump

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2015 — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s continued rise in the polls has the mainstream media in a panic. The Washington Post, for one, is worried sick over the “tumultuous debate about immigration, national identity, terrorism and the limits of tolerance” begun by Trump. “From the day he announced his candidacy in ...

Cutting the cord: New Amazon Streaming Partners for Prime

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2015 – Tuesday, Amazon announced on its website that it’s firing its latest shot in the now red-hot pay-TV unbundling war. The online mega-retailer is now offering a new video add-on benefit (of sorts) to it current and prospective Amazon Prime customers. Prime subscribers currently pay $99 for a year of free ...

Rush Limbaugh gets Donald Trump

If Trump is on the outside, that means all the others are on the inside. And some Republicans wonder why the more things change… the more they stay the same.

Terrorism: Mainstream media rediscovers ‘editorial judgment’

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2015 — “There hasn’t been any smoking gun evidence that they were part of a particular cell or any group,” attorney David Chesley told reporters at a hastily called press conference. It is Chesley’s contention that authorities who shot Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Marlik to death last Wednesday in San ...

Kickstarter campaign underway to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2015 – Longtime Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans have flooded social media sites this month to express their views regarding Joel Hodgson’s recently-launched effort to reboot that legendary comedy series. Nerdbastards.com catches the mood: “Ever since original Mystery Science Theater 3000 co-creator Joel Hodgson announced his Kickstarter campaign to create new episodes ...

Left-wing editorial propaganda exposed in Wikipedia entry

WASHINGTON, November 28, 2015 — Over its many years of existence, Wikipedia has been both a blessing and a curse to writers on deadline searching for either some general background research or a quick, accurate fact-check. The problem is, when it comes to politics or anything remotely intersecting with politics (pretty much everything these days, ...

Turkey TV: Forget Macy’s 2015 Thanksgiving Parade

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 – If you’re thinking about watching Macy’s 89th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow, we’d like to offer you a very New York word of advice: FUHGEDDABOUDIT!! Let us count the ways. But first, for the incorrigible and untrainable: TV viewers who choose to reject our sage advice can tune into NBC’s ...

‘The Siege’: A prophetic movie primer for the coming of ISIS

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2015 — As I watched the World Trade Center towers collapse on 9/11, a chill went up my spine. I immediately thought of the 1998 film “The Siege,” starring Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and Bruce Willis. The story begins with a terrorist attack on a U.S. military installation in the Middle East, and ...

Sweden’s all-new Dancing Tampons… and more

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2015 – An increasing number of American parents are getting fed up with overly explicit and overtly “progressive” sex education programs being foisted upon younger and younger kids in recent years by this country’s increasingly tough-to-defend public school systems. But if those concerned moms and dads think things are bad stateside, we ...

‘Law & Order’ star, former Senator Fred Thomson, dead at 73

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2015 – Former Watergate attorney, U.S. senator, 2008 Republican presidential primary candidate and star of TV’s original version of “Law & Order” Fred Thompson died Sunday at the age of 73. He had been suffering from a recurrence of a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his family. The family announced ...

Hector Lives! And so does ‘Longmire’ Season 5 on Netflix

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2015 – Hector Lives! And so does Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Wyoming’s remote Absaroka County and hero of the aptly named TV series “Longmire,” based on the contemporary Wild West detective novels by Craig Johnson. Read also: Revenge of ‘Longmire’: Season 4 debuts this week on Netflix With Netflix’ new 10-episode ...

CNBC, NBC News shills axed from Republican debate circuit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2015 – It’s trick-or-treat time for the cadre of partisan hacks who’ve been running NBC News and its CNBC cable affiliate. Both are what Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio so aptly termed the Democrats’ “ultimate super PAC.” Rubio, as well as Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, lambasted CNBC’s obviously partisan and antagonistic ...

Perfect Christmas Gifts 2015: The Hillary Nutcracker

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 – As all those relentless product hawkers on TV have been pitching to you since August, it’s never too early to spend what’s left of your flat-since-Y2K salary on caring and thoughtful gifts for every cherished member of your family. That’s why this very special and very timely 2015 pre-holiday shopping list ...