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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
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Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010

Sound words

I appreciate the positive review Jeffrey Gantz gave to Bad Boy Made Good , the documentary film I produced, which was shown this week at the MFA.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 13, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 13, 2009
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Plain talk

Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary , an expert in slang, and the author of The F-Word , can't stop talking about fuck.
Jesse Sheidlower gives the f-word its due
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  September 18, 2009
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Blowhard, interrupted

Former Red Sox great Curt Schilling isn't the only prospective US Senate candidate agonizing over whether to run for Ted Kennedy's old seat. But unlike some of his potential rivals the Bloody Socked One seems determined to share his Hamlet act with the
If Curt Schilling runs for Senate, will he keep his sports-media perch?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 11, 2009


Talking points

Rich Connor's reforms have brought a much-needed sharpened focus to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers. Certain changes, though, are raising eyebrows not just for what they are, but because of how Connor is doing th
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

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Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009

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Theater in town
Plays for A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009


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Sensations

Unlike its predecessor, the over-hyped Rent , Spring Awakening is the genuine item: a Tony-winning amalgam of theater and pop music that smells like teen fusion.
Spring Awakening at the Colonial; Jerry Springer: The Opera at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2009
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Fair is foul

These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 12, 2008
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Does not compute

Though he’s infamous for his aversion to computers, McCain is actually no Luddite.
Will our next president be a geek hero or a guy who doesn’t e-mail?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 29, 2008
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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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The week in boners

With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008


TV on the radio

Folks from WGME Channel 13 (the Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate in town) will be doing both live and recorded segments for WGAN.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 04, 2008
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The Gray Lady, the FCC, and indecency

Phoenix readers must think I’m obsessed with four-letter locker-room words, but I’m really not.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 26, 2008
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The briefly indecent Boston Globe

It was startling to see the Boston Globe ’s online edition publish a Reuters wire-service article on Monday, March 17, containing the words “fuck” and “shit.”
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 19, 2008
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Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008
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See no evil

An intriguing battle pitting government against the press is currently percolating on the North Shore and here in Boston.

What’s on the videotape Dan Conley won’t make public? Plus, winners in the Times’ McCain mess.


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 27, 2008


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Comcast plays dirty

The Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School was full past capacity Monday morning.
Seat-fillers "bused in" for net neutrality hearings
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 26, 2008
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The Kristol method

Journalistic atrocity or savvy hire?

Why is a Murdoch man working for the competition?


By ADAM REILLY  |  January 09, 2008
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Challenging Voldemedia

Is Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin working under the Imperius Curse?
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By SHARON STEEL  |  December 20, 2007

Throw, don't tell

It is all too apparent that the Provincetown Police Department is in crisis.
Letters to the Boston editor
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 10, 2007
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WCLZ bought by Saga Communications

WCLZ is the first of those stations to be re-sold, though all of them will eventually be sold off.
Newsradio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2007


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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

Left, right, wrong

Regarding “Dirty Politics”: surely Peter Keough can appreciate a good piece of balanced cinematic tomfoolery.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 10, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 08, 2007
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When Rupert came to Boston

Just how badly will Rupert Murdoch screw up the Wall Street Journal ?
Revisiting the lessons of Murdoch’s Herald
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 08, 2007
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O Positive

Although the press covers them pantingly, endorsements often mean little — if anything — in presidential politics.
Can an Oprah endorsement deliver her fans to the Obama camp?
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 25, 2007