20
Oct

A life of crime may not pay, but it sure does afford you some fine threads.

18
Aug

Spike Lee and Larry David courtside at a LA Lakers game

We have reality shows covering ever inane topic and following ever two-bit celebrity under the sun, yet there is no real life buddy comedy starring Spike and LD? Come on, Hollywood. Make this happen.

31
Jul
Not sure whose idea it was to have the audience of Firing Line turn and silently stare directly into the camera during the show’s opening, but it’s bizarre and creepy.

Not sure whose idea it was to have the audience of Firing Line turn and silently stare directly into the camera during the show’s opening, but it’s bizarre and creepy.

03
May
They’re shooting Boardwalk Empire outside my apartment today. Fun!

They’re shooting Boardwalk Empire outside my apartment today. Fun!

03
Apr
18
Mar
I am almost never surprised by anything a politician says on a Sunday talk show — politicians generally parrot the party line. But I am very often surprised by what I hear on Up With Chris Hayes. That is because the show is more interested in policy itself, than the choreography of politics. You are not going to turn on Chris Hayes and hear “Is Climate Change Real? Ted Cruz and Andrew Cuomo Debate. You Decide.” You are going to hear a scientist who actually knows what he’s talking about.
19
Feb

Christopher Hitchens debates William F. Buckley on Firing Line

Hitchens was really in top form here. He and Buckley spar on George McGovern, Richard Nixon, and the successes and failures of American liberalism.

Also, why are there so few respectable political talk shows nowadays? Buckley is so superior to Hannity, O’Reilly, et al. I almost feel embarrassed for today’s conservative pundits.

10
Feb
08
Nov

Brief, Shameless Self-Promotion

Unraveled, a documentary I worked on a while back, is on CNBC at 9pm tonight. It’s also available on iTunes and airs periodically on Showtime.

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as “one of the most incisive documentaries about the financial crisis,” it’s the story of Manhattan attorney Marc Dreier, who stole hundreds of millions in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. The film features interviews with Dreier while he is under house arrest in his $10 million penthouse awaiting sentencing.

Here’s a 60 Minutes piece on Dreier for those who might be interested.

31
Oct
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

04
Oct
All 13 episodes of the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey series House of Cards will be on Netflix February 1
The original U.K. series was superb. Excited. 
03
Oct
Richard Nixon debating John F. Kennedy

Richard Nixon debating John F. Kennedy

12
Sep
A fake subway entrance for Law & Order SVU…or as I call it, the subway to nowhere

A fake subway entrance for Law & Order SVU…or as I call it, the subway to nowhere

24
Aug
Better get on this, Morley Safer

Better get on this, Morley Safer

20
May

Study: Fox News, CNN, MSNBC are "least informative" news sources

1,185 respondents nationwide were asked about what news sources they consumed in the past week and then were asked a variety of questions about current political and economic events in the U.S. and abroad. On average, people were able to answer correctly 1.8 of 4 questions about international news, and 1.6 of 5 questions about domestic affairs. 

…the study concludes that media sources have a significant impact on the number of questions that people were able to answer correctly. The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well.  And people watching only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart could answer about 1.42 questions correctly. 

“These differences may be small, but even small differences are important when we’re talking about millions of people,” said Cassino. “We expect that watching the news should help people learn, but the most popular of the national media sources – Fox, CNN, MSNBC – seem to be the least informative.”  

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