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

Chris Rock spoke truth to power as 2016 Oscar host

LOS ANGELES, February 29, 2016—Sunday’s 88th annual Academy Awards telecast was the most enjoyable one we’ve seen in years. Since the political agenda of #OscarsSoWhite was already set months beforehand, there were no surprises in that regard. We knew host Chris Rock would address this topic in his usual confrontational style, as much as we ...

Support the 2016 Academy Awards Boycott

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2016 — With much of the nation encountering winter, the stars came out for a thrilling Sunday event under the warm sun. The award for the very best was based purely on merit, and the competition was honest and clean, an accurate representation of the heart and soul of America. Republicans ...

Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author, dead at 89

WASHINGTON, January 19, 2016 – Harper Lee, whose 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an instant national bestseller, a literary cause célèbre and eventually a hit 1962 film has died at age 89. Her longtime publisher, HarperCollins and the mayor of Monroeville, Alabama, her hometown, confirmed the news, according to Deadline. ...

Some musings on ‘The X-Files,’ old and new

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2016 — Whether in its original or its more recent edition (which debuts tonight, January 24), what makes once and future cult TV series “The X-Files” so believable is the obvious failure of the micro governmental Federal bureaucracy to recover any tangible evidence of the so-called “truth” its primary and intense protagonist ...

Ötzi the Iceman cometh once again: A human dilemma in verse

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2016 – The following disconcerting bit of Ice Age science trivia comes to us from the Wall Street Journal: “Microbes that once troubled the stomach of a prehistoric hunter known as ‘Ötzi the Iceman,’ who died on an Alpine glacier 5,300 years ago, are offering researchers a rare insight into the early settlement ...

Bad boy Sean Penn and his bad boy pals

The Hollywood left has a thing for blood-drenched criminals - Stalin (screenwriter Dalton Trumbo), Fidel Castro (director Michael Moore), or Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to name a few

Things that go bump in your ears: The Black Tapes Podcast

Have you heard of the Ouija Board’s sinister companion, called the Demon Board? Or the occult influence of mathematics’ Pythagorean Comma on music, the Devil’s Cord? Or that Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin was seen in his Kremlin office while simultaneously lying on his deathbed in Gorki – a phenomenon known as bilocation?

WaPo’s Ted Cruz cartoon brouhaha invades Hillary’s village

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2015—The backlash against Ann Telnaes’ feeble and now 86’d attempt at political humor—that notoriously racist online cartoon depicting Ted Cruz’ two young daughters as trained monkeys—continues today. It demonstrates once again the abiding distaste of a growing number of Americans for this country’s so-called “independent” news media. Read also: Washington Post sends ...

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 ...