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Murdoch mishegoss

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
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 07, 2010

Bully pulpit

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
By 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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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.

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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 29, 2008



Where’s the outrage over media mistreatment at the RNC?
By ADAM REILLY  |  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
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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
By TIM LEHNERT  |  May 21, 2008

Political art

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.
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By AL DIAMON  |  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?

By ADAM REILLY  |  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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2007

War stories

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

By ADAM REILLY  |  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.
Thought police
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 14, 2007

NPR host’s Aha! moments

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By 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.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 25, 2007

Air apparent

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
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 19, 2007

Speech therapy

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
By DAN KENNEDY  |  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.
Foul wind

Auto didacts

Is Car Talk the most-listened-to program on National Public Radio?
Car Talk turns 20
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 12, 2007

Waxin' Anglo Saxon

Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  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.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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
By IAN SANDS  |  April 17, 2007

Purists and tourists

The Greatest Generation didn’t go quietly.
PBS takes a refreshingly honest look at the summer of ’67
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 17, 2007

Self-inflicted wounds

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
By ADAM REILLY  |  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.
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 28, 2007