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Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
| May 07, 2010
While I understand, appreciate, and respect the First Amendment and our right to speak freely, in the case of bullying, Harvey Silverglate makes a dangerous assumption that “civilized people, even teenagers can intuit the difference between protected spe
Letters to the Boston editor, April 23, 2010
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 23, 2010
Not so great
Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
| December 02, 2008
Portland scene report: November 28, 2008
The results of the WePushButtons Awards came in just a tad too late to get them in the last paper, so here's a quick recap of who took home what last Saturday at SPACE Gallery.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| November 26, 2008
No chopped liver
NPR's weekly quiz show, Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me , visits the Wang Theatre with some recognizable panelists.
Wait Wait in Boston
| November 13, 2008
Caricature vs. character
Michael Chandler’s documentary, Knee Deep is less a whodunit than a who-wouldn’t-have-done-it.
Michael Chandler on his documentary, Knee Deep
| October 29, 2008
Where’s the outrage over media mistreatment at the RNC?
| October 01, 2008
Parody flunks out
Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
| July 30, 2008
Rhode Island has a prominent place in diner history
Rhode Island figures heavily in The History of New England Diners , a production of Rhode Island PBS.
Rhode Island figures heavily in The History of New England Diners , a production of Rhode Island PBS
| May 21, 2008
Tucked inside President Bush’s stinker of a 2009 budget are a series of proposals that would shamefully cut funding for the arts.
The know-nothing Bush administration makes one more attack on the arts. What you can do and why you should do it.
| February 13, 2008
Life in cartoon motion
Welcome to the Public Broadcasting System’s new show, What Were You Thinking, You Idiot?
Politics and ohter mistakes
| January 30, 2008
That’s what he said
More than any other presidential candidate, Barack Obama owes his success to sheer rhetorical power.
Barack Obama sounds just like Deval Patrick. Is that good or bad?
| January 17, 2008
Broadway's Best at Pops
This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
WGBH Boston Video
| December 10, 2007
In his new book, Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism , author John Byrne Cooke tracks press influence on public opinion.
Pressuring the press
| November 28, 2007
Anti-activist bill backed by Collins, Allen, and Michaud
US Senator Susan Collins and both of Maine’s US representatives are backing legislation that could result in more incidents like the November 2 run-in between police and eco-activists in Greenville.
| November 14, 2007
NPR host’s Aha! moments
| September 24, 2007
In praise of four-letter words
The perversity of today’s FCC is that by being vague it can be more effectively chilling, censorious, and repressive.
Or why the FCC should go fuck itself
| August 29, 2007
Tsongas tstrikes back
The Niki Tsongas campaign is feeling tremendous momentum going into the final 40 days.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 3, 2007
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| August 01, 2007
Why ‘fairness’ fails
Anyone who has ever sampled the auditory sewer that is right-wing talk radio can understand the impulse to reinstate the so-called “fairness doctrine.”
The excesses of right-wing talk radio have sparked a move to re-impose an equal-time doctrine. It’s a bad idea.
| July 25, 2007
With any institution in flux, it’s easier to pinpoint when things fell apart than when they were put back together.
WBUR has done a 180 under Paul La Camera, thanks, in part to some serious-news hires
| July 19, 2007
The Muzzle Awards have been chronicling the worst Free Speech violations for a decade. Here are some of the lowlights from the past 10 years.
The Muzzles through the ages: 10 years of First Ammendment deterioration
| July 03, 2007
Letters to the Boston editor: June 22, 2007
Your piece reflected a tried-and-true tactic used by Cape Wind advocates: go personal on anyone who has the audacity to oppose this special-interest project.
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| June 20, 2007
Is Car Talk the most-listened-to program on National Public Radio?
Car Talk turns 20
| June 19, 2007
Putting the public back in public radio
While he has globetrotting experience in reporting on an array of Big Stories, Joe O’Connor faces a more painstaking challenge while working from his smallish office at WRNI.
GM Joe O'Conner says WRNI will rise or fall on the support of Rhode Islanders
| June 12, 2007
Waxin' Anglo Saxon
Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
| June 06, 2007
Why the Imus cave-in is bad for free speech, radio, and the whole society
I was never a fan of Don Imus.
| April 19, 2007
The bright stuff
After putting in calls to a manager, a publicist, and a record label to set up an interview with Winterpills, I’m finally on the phone with their vocalist and keyboardist. Winterpills, "Hide Me" (mp3)
The indie-pop smarts of Winterpills
| April 17, 2007
Purists and tourists
The Greatest Generation didn’t go quietly.
PBS takes a refreshingly honest look at the summer of ’67
| April 17, 2007
People have been lamenting the media’s coverage of anti–Iraq War activism for about as long as people have been opposing the Iraq War.
Memo to the anti-war movement: don’t blame the media
| March 30, 2007
Decatur Lounge closes; locals to buy WRNI
For those of us too late for the fabled and long-gone Leo’s, the Decatur Lounge on Providence’s West Side was our own little slice of nirvana.
| March 28, 2007
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