James Corden and Shaggy put a new parody twist on the classic “It Wasn’t Me”. Given some of the recent developments, we may be getting closer to seeing this played out in real life. I’m becoming more optimistic. The trickier question now might be whether or not we can keep from blowing up the planet in the meanwhile. [Read more…]
From the BBC archives: on this day in 1957 the BBC’s flagship news program Panorama covered the bountiful Ticino spaghetti harvest. A mild winter and an unusually early warm spell set a record for the harvest which still stands today. More details on the making of this historic newsreel inside. [Read more…]
I saw and read a note to The New York Times the other day that set me to thinking of kinda complicated politics.
Well, that is what that newspaper likes to engage in, and so probably do they all. They’ll say, “If this, then that, and, pretty soon… The Apocalypse. On the other hand…,” they’ll say. So we end up back in the muddled middle, our fondest hopes for reason and enlightenment lost in the give and take back.
If you want to know what the news business stands for, play The National Anthem, or ask who’s interested in an interview with Donald Trump. Keep it simple.
Truth? Truth in the industry has become a now-and-then preoccupation, rising and falling as do other preoccupations, like getting people to read a story, or to consider buying all-electric, self-driving 2-ton cars that happen to be advertised as part of sports coverage.
Still, no one is as cynical as today’s out and out conservative, who believes in family values and then supports separating immigrants from their children. Or he’ll (usually it’s a he) advocate hard work after he’s invested in robot technology that eliminates jobs for humans, or he’ll recommend home schooling and send his own kids to prep schools and Yale. [Read more…]
This week’s Canny Resistance Award goes to John Oliver, who deftly stole Mike Pence’s family’s homophobic thunder by, hours before the release of their children’s book profiling their pet rabbit Marlon Bundo’s “Day in the Life of the Vice President,” released his own “Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” – who is, gasp, gay.
Oliver announced the book Sunday night on his Last Week Tonight show after an angry, lengthy look at Pence’s bigoted history, including his long association with the anti-LGBTQ, conversion-therapy-loving wingnuts of Focus On the Family. Oliver admitted the only thing he likes about Pence is his rabbit Marlon Bundo – or at least he did until learning that the book created in his honor, which was written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen, was being promoted in partnership with Focus on the Family to underline the notion that family-friendly means not, ewww, gay.
“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit,” Oliver smilingly told his audience. [Read more…]
Showtime now features an animated series—Our Cartoon President—Executive produced by Stephen Colbert. Here’s a clip that covers Trump’s address at the recent 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference where he speaks about Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, Devin Nunes, Mitt Romney, and Roy Moore. For me it acts a sort of Trump translator. [Read more…]
ICYMI: For Saturday Night Live’s cold open, Will Ferrell gives us George W. Bush reminding anyone who may be waxing nostalgic for the Bush presidency, that it too was bad. Really, really bad. Historically bad. [Read more…]
Ever the showman, The Donald couldn’t resist covering the wildly popular Camila Cabello hit (with some help from Maestro Ziikos) [Read more…]
The news of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind an Obama era directive that discourages enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states where marijuana is legal has confounded many. Jimmy Kimmel has done the research and shares with us his discovery of the real motive behind Sessions’ latest action. [Read more…]
Seasons Greetings from the Trumps (including an animatronic Trump!) — Courtesy of the folks at Bad Lip Reading [Read more…]
“You may say to yourself ‘How did I get here?’” and boy, lately I’ve been doing that a lot. Still not sure I know the answer, but I do know it’s important to keep asking …
Talking Heads fans will instantly recognize the work, but it’s been given a twist by skillfully replacing David Byrne with another iconic figure. [Read more…]
How do you know when your media outlet has made the big time? Why, when you become the target of one of Project Veritas’ sting operations! Samantha Bee can dream, can’t she?
And to better appreciate the Full Frontal effort, here’s the original Washington Post episode: [Read more…]
Trump Administration Season Ending – Warning! Spoiler Alert! It’s Mueller Time! (Well, we can at least dream, no? It’s certainly my fervent wish.)
My gratitude goes out to the talented soul who cleverly doctored the Daredevil Season 1 ending montage and mashed it up with the Matt Munro version of “From Russia, With Love”. Well done! Especially enjoyed the occasional little background flourishes, e.g. the brick wall stencil “Comey is my homey”. [Read more…]