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Sean Hannity did not give me a wedgie, reveals liberal stooge

April 19, 2014
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Sean Hannity did not give me a wedgie, reveals liberal stooge

Did you hear it? The bar just got lowered again. This week, progressive commentator Sally Kohn wrote an op-ed for The Christian Science Monitor in which she sought to dispel alleged liberal stereotypes about the FOX News crowd. In the essay, an expansion of a TED Talk she had given last year, Kohn divulged...
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Will It Float? Late night’s conscience after Letterman

April 5, 2014
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Will It Float? Late night’s conscience after Letterman

I’ve come to really dread the phrase “common sense.” When a politician says he advocates common-sense solutions to our problems, he’s usually exhorting his constituents to succumb to knee-jerk prejudices that are often directly at odds with empirical fact. So yeah, I’m inherently suspicious of Things We All Know. Yet at the same time,...
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Pay to belay: Could creative bribery make Nugent go away?

March 22, 2014
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Pay to belay: Could creative bribery make Nugent go away?

I grew up on Ted Nugent’s music. Wait, strike that: I grew up despite Ted Nugent’s music. And I don’t think even Nugent himself would be less than flattered by that clarification. As a teen, I was down with the whole Nugent schtick. The ridiculously proficient guitar playing. The goggle-eyed mania. The gift for...
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Eight years a suckup: Pushing back against the Condi rehab project

March 7, 2014
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Eight years a suckup: Pushing back against the Condi rehab project

I’m not sure who should get the credit for 12 Years a Slave. I’m just worried that, the way things are going, it’s going to be Condoleeza Rice. Anybody who paid attention during awards season has noticed that Slave’s director, Steve McQueen, and its writer, John Ridley, don’t like each other very much. They...
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47 Ronans: Your ass, NBC’s new faces

February 25, 2014
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47 Ronans: Your ass, NBC’s new faces

Will any of NBC's new on-air hosts have staying power? Or, like Alec Baldwin before them, will they all be (in the parlance of Dean Wormer) out of there like shit through a goose?
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Look what you Dunn: CNN creates the expert killer

February 17, 2014
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Look what you Dunn: CNN creates the expert killer

So this is what we’ve been reduced to: getting our color commentary from guys who hate the coloreds. This morning, CNN aired its exclusive interview with George Zimmerman.  The timing was intentionally, even provocatively unfortunate, the sit-down coming less than 48 hours after a Florida jury had found Michael Dunn guilty merely of being a...
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Timey-wimey marches on: Michael Sam and the “future” of football

February 10, 2014
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Timey-wimey marches on: Michael Sam and the “future” of football

Last week, I started watching Doctor Who again after a hiatus of almost four decades. I was delighted to learn that, even all these years later, the good Doctor still stands for everything I had remembered: wit, imagination, an open mind and a big heart. One of the side effects of immersing yourself in...
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Suddenly Seymour: An abrupt farewell to Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 2, 2014
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Suddenly Seymour: An abrupt farewell to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Eight years ago, I flew to New York for a one-day orientation session at NYU, where I was about to attend grad school. When noonday rolled around, I ducked out to grab lunch at a sandwich joint in the area, and BLAMMO – I walked right past Philip Seymour Hoffman on the street. He...
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Broom for improvement: TV’s gender balance is still an American Horror Story

January 26, 2014
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Broom for improvement: TV’s gender balance is still an American Horror Story

Thirty years since high school, and nothing much has changed: All the cool kids are wondering who’s going to win the Super Bowl, and all I can think about is who’s going to win American Horror Story. The storyline for this season (subtitled Coven) has a bunch of New Orleans witches impatiently awaiting the...
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Token ’bout a revolution: SNL practices affirmative inaction

January 19, 2014
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Token ’bout a revolution: SNL practices affirmative inaction

Last night, a major milestone of diversity was reached: a black woman got to do next to nothing on Saturday Night Live. This was the first week for performer Sasheer Zamata, who had been hired recently in response to a chorus of complaints over the persistent absence of African-American females from the show’s cast....
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