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Liberal Supreme Courtreporter Linda Greenhouse previewed the new Supreme Court term that began this weekand found the "conservative" court's docket "polarizing" in Monday's " Justices, Already Split, Commence Work on a Polarizing New Docke t." Greenhouse began by stamping the warning label "conservative" on everything in sight: "The Supreme Court has so many polarizing cases on the docket for its new term that the deep ideological divisions that characterized the last term are all but certain to remain on display after justices reconvene on Monday. " The conservative majority under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. drove the court to... continue reading
Yet another "Political Notebook" piece by Marc Santora takes aim at Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. Santora's latest update from the trail, " Campaign Swing Reveals Trouble Spots for Giuliani ," begins: "An odd cellphone call from his wife, two rogue volunteers exploiting the memory of 9/11 to raise money , renewed questions about shifting stances on crucial domestic issues, upheaval within the campaign's upper ranks and more focus on an unconventional family life. "It has been a rough time on the campaign trail for Rudolph W. Giuliani." "In a three-day swing through California, including a speech here on Saturday before... continue reading
The new fall season of television has begun. Oh, joy. What creative license has Hollywood taken now? How will this industry top – because it always must top – last year's shock? You're a parent. You come home, open the TV book and see listings like this: “BONES (Season Premiere) A skull smashes through the windshield of a car driven by a group of teenagers on the freeway; a trail of suspects leads Brennan and Booth to a strange cannibalistic society.” A late-night offering for adults? Think again. Fox airs this gruesome twosome tracking the cannibals at 8 pm Eastern... continue reading
Season 9 of the reality television show “ America’s Next Top Model” on The CW network has a new challenge for its contestants: “going green.” “I’m pretty supportive of the environmental kick, and it really is important to be aware of what, like, keeps our earth good,” said contestant Mila, from Boston, Mass., in the second episode of the season entitled “The Models Go Green.” One contestant read aloud the weekly mail from supermodel and talk show host Tyra Banks: “When a model is inexperienced, she is green. When a model is successful, she makes green. When a model is... continue reading
" Big Coffers and a Rising Voice Lift a New Conservative Group ," reporter Don Van Natta Jr.'s front-page Sunday profile of the "deep-pocketed conservative group" Freedom's Watch, raised questions ofWhite House ties on three occasions. "Freedom's Watch, a deep-pocketed conservative group led by two former senior White House officials, made an audacious debut in late August when it began a $15 million advertising campaign designed to maintain Congressional support for President Bush's troop increase in Iraq." The tone quickly shifted to suspicion and remained there until Van Natta's conclusion: "[President Bradley] Blakeman denied the accusation that Freedom's Watch is... continue reading
Despite recent volatility, CNN’s Ali Velshi offered a notably positive story about the stock market on “American Morning” October 1, although anchor John Roberts tried to dampen his enthusiasm. “[F]rom the beginning of the year, take a look at this, the Dow is up 11.5 percent. In February we had a dip, in August, another dip. The S&P 500, very broad representation of the market, is up 7.5 percent. And the NASDAQ, which is technology heavy, is up about 12 percent,” said Velshi. Velshi was even optimistic about the remainder of the year: “In the last 15 years, the fourth... continue reading
White House reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg's article on First Daughter Jenna Bush and her book tour, " All Grown Up, Jenna Bush Begins Book Tour and Media Blitz " opened with a belly flop: "Just a few short years ago, she was a party-loving college girl, sticking her tongue out at Secret Service agents and giving her parents heartburn. Now Jenna Bush, 25, is sporting a diamond-and-sapphire ring, engaged to be married - though probably not at the White House, her mother says - and heading out on a book tour." Later: "Their mishaps made headlines; Jenna, tagged 'the blonde... continue reading
Reporter Steve Kroft sounded genuinely surprised after interviewing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the September 30 60 Minutes: “Whether you agree with him or not, he is thoughtful, provocative and unpretentious. Not at all the person you might expect.” Given the way 60 Minutes reporters have treated Thomas in the past, Kroft's surprise isn't all that surprising. October 1 marks the first day of the Supreme Court's new session, and also the release of Justice Thomas's autobiography, My Grandfather's Son. To promote his book, Thomas granted a rare interview to CBS's 60 Minutes. Kroft treated his subject with the... continue reading
When's the last time your local Christian youth group stoned somebody to death? Hollywood likes to claim their programming simply reflects reality, but the latest episode of Cold Case was an exercise in bigoted, Christophobic fantasy. In the September 30 episode of the CBS forensics show, the devoutly religious teens in an abstinence club turn out to be sexually active hypocrites who murder one of their own members – by stoning her, as the Bible teaches – to keep their sins secret. Their youth pastor encourages one girl to describe her impure dreams to him, and masturbates while listening. In... continue reading
The photograph depicts two nude young girls. One is “sitting down with her legs wide apart,” according to the London Telegraph, Sept. 25, 2007. If a run-of-the-mill pervert possessed the photo, he'd be incarcerated, not celebrated. But because it's the “work” of a “noted” photographer, and is owned by Sir Elton John and displayed in a museum, avant-gardists, including John, have declared it fine art. The picture, “Klara And Edda Belly-Dancing,” by American photographer Nan Goldin, was seized last week on the eve of an exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, northeast England. It was one... continue reading