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White House Admits It’s a Reality Show

February 12, 2018

White House Admits It's a Reality Show

On the Celebrity Big Brother TV show, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman made critical comments about President Donald Trump and her time in the West Wing. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah noted that Manigault Newman first met Mr. Trump while she was a contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice:

“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go.”

More:

“On ‘Big Brother,’ America Gets the Reality-TV Politics It Deserves,” James Poniewozik, New York Times

Related:

“Omarosa Was Reportedly Fired for Abusing the White House Car Service,” Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2017′ Lists

December 19, 2017

The Best of ‘The Best of 2017′ Lists
2017 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The Best Metal Albums Of 2017,” Doug Moore, Stereogum

“The Best Snowshoes of 2017,” Outside

“10 Worst Business Names of 2017,” Emily Canal, Inc.com

“Top-10 Hip-Hop Sneaker Collabs Of 2017,” Kyle Rooney, HotNewHipHop

“The Best Philosophy Books of 2017,” Nigel Warburton, FiveBooks.com

“Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2017,” Kottke.org

“The 15 Best Comics of 2017,” io9

“The 10 Best Ads of 2017,” Tim Nudd, Ad Week

“2017 Top 10 New Species,” ESF International Institute for Species Exploration

“Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017,” Melanie Ehrenkranz, Gizmodo

“Biggest Celebrity Breakups of 2017,” ETonline

“9 Most Hated Soap Opera Couples Of 2017,” Dorathy Gass, Fame10.com

“The Best Art of 2017,” Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter, Jason Farago, New York Times

“The 10 Best Graphic Novels Of 2017,” Rob Salkowitz, Forbes

“The Most 2017 Photos Ever,” Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

“Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2017,” Emma Allen, The New Yorker

“27 Best Moments For Women in 2017,” Hannah Smothers, Cosmopolitian

“The Best Stories By Women In 2017,” Kaitlin Cawley, Margaret Wheeler Johnson, and Gaby Moss, Bustle

“Top 10 moments for women’s rights in 2017,” Global Fund for Women

“10 Best WWE Women’s Wrestlers Of 2017,” WhatCulture

“The worst fashion fads of 2017,” Janine Puhak, Fox News

“2017: 10 of the Year’s Top Fashion Lawsuits,” The Fashion Law

“The 10 Design Trends Of 2017 That Need To Die,” Diana Budds, FastCoDesign

“The 12 best architecture controversies of 2017,” Architect’s Newspaper

“16 Of The Most Amazing Celebrity Eyebrow Transformations Of 2017,” Julie Gerstein, Buzzfeed

“The Top 10 Science Stories of 2017,” Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American

“The Most Significant Science Setbacks of 2017,” Kristen V. Brown, Gizmodo

“Top 10 weird science stories of 2017,” Australian Science Media Centre

“The Biggest Junk Science of 2017,” Real Clear Science

“The 50 Biggest Pop Culture Food Moments of 2017,” Andrew Parks, Food & Wine

“14 of the most atrocious fast food creations from 2017,” Jennifer Machin, Mashable

“The top Google searches of 2017,” Axios

“Top 10 NHL bloopers of 2017,” Kyle Cantlon, Yahoo Sports

“The 10 Worst Data Breaches of 2017,” Adam Stone, Security Magazine

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How a TV Show Is Made

January 26, 2017

How a TV Show Is Made

The making of a TV show, from showrunner to script to screen, explained by Caroline Framke of Vox:

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Alternative Facts

January 24, 2017

Alternative Facts

On the first full day of the Trump Administration, we were met with the odd spectacle of a White House Press Secretary who did not take questions from the  White House press corps, but instead made claims that were demonstrably untrue.

On Day 2, Counselor the President Kellyanne Conway explained that these were not lies, they were “alternative facts“:

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2016′ Lists

December 12, 2016

The Best of ‘The Best of 2016′ Lists

2016 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“10 Best Air Jordan Releases Of 2016,” Kyle Rooney, Hop New Hip Hop

“The Best Snowshoes of 2016,” Outside

“Instagram’s Best of 2016,” David Cohen, Social Times

“Top 10 religious liberty stories of 2016,” Don Byrd, BJConline.com

“The biggest tech turkeys of 2016,” Roger Cheng, CNET.com

“The 10 Most Popular Viral YouTube Videos of 2016,” Raisa Bruner, Time

“The Best Horror Movies of 2016,” Noel Murray, Screencrush

“The 65 BEST Drugstore Beauty Products of 2016,”Sue Williamson, Tina Ferraro, Sarah Wu, and Emily Gaynor Teen Vogue

“The best tiny houses of 2016,” Adam Williams, New Atlas

“Top 10 cultural buildings of 2016,” Design Boom

“The 16 Greatest Facial-Hair Moments of 2016,” Adam Hurly, GQ

“10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016,”  MIT Technology Review 

“The Best Classical Music of 2016,” Anthony Tommasini, Zachary Woolfe, Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim, David Allen, and James R. Oestreich, New York Times

“The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016,”  Alex Di Stefano, OC Weekly

“The top baby names of 2016,” WTOP Radio

“Leaders of the pack! Here are the top dog names of 2016,” Randee Dawn, Today

“The 10 most potentially dangerous toys of 2016,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2016,” Tom Musick, Safety+Health Magazine

“The Top 10 Worst Songs of 2016,” Time

“5 Best Latin Music Videos Of 2016: From Gente De Zona To Thalía,” Joan Wallace, Latin Times

“The best movie trailers of 2016,” A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club

“Most overpaid actors of 2016 revealed,” Luke Morgan Britton, NME

“The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016,” Stephen Simpson, Personnel Today 

“The Best Book Jackets of 2016,” David Canfield, Slate

“The 10 Best Comic Books of 2016,” Abraham Riesman, Vulture

“The Best Self-Published Books of 2016,” Huffington Post

“Top 10 YA and Children’s Books,” Sarah Begley, Time

“Best poetry collections of 2016,” Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post

“The 25 Best Rap Verses Of 2016,” Collin Robinson, Stereogum

“10 meme themes of 2016,” Randi Stevenson, Chicago Tribune

“10 Amazing Scientific Discoveries of 2016,” Jonathan H. Kantor, Listverse

“The Top 16 Junk Science Stories Of 2016,” Alex Berezow, American Council on Science and Health

“The 18 Best Celebrity Bodies on 2016,” Adam Hurly, GQ

“The Best TV Hair in 2016: See Who Made the Cut!” Sadie Gennis, TV Guide

“TOP 10 temporary structures of 2016,” Design Boom

“The Best Marijuana Stocks in 2016,” Keith Speights, The Motley Fool

“The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Fast-Food Creations of 2016,” Dan Myers, The Daily Meal

“Top 2016 Legal and Regulatory Trends in Dietary Supplement Industry,” Natural Products Insider

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AP Rules on Writing About the ‘alt-right’

December 1, 2016

AP Rules on Writing About the 'alt-right'

How should the press write about the “alt-right” cabal behind the election victory of Donald Trump, that loosely-affiliated group of folks who look like sharp-dressed young Republicans with odd haircuts who have a “think tank,” but give nazi salutes and speak ill of African Americans, Jews, and non-European immigrants?

The Associated Press has finally decided. After the election. Thanks a lot, AP.

“ ‘alt-right’ (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the ‘self-described’ or ‘so-called alt-right’ in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

Boilerplate

Again, whenever ‘alt-right’ is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: ‘an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,’ or, more simply, ‘a white nationalist movement.’

— “Writing about the ‘alt-right,'” John Daniszewski, AP Vice President for Standards, Associated Press blog

Of course, not everyone is an editor. Some writers see it another way:

“Keep calling the alt-right ‘the alt-right.’ Soon, it won’t be a euphemism anymore.” Julian Sanchez, Washington Post

Then again, look here.

More:

“News organizations are telling writers to be clear that the alt-right is a racist movement,” German Lopez, Vox

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DC Gentrification Displaces Bluegrass Music Radio

July 11, 2016

DC Gentrification Displaces Bluegrass Music Radio

WAMU, the Washington public radio station owned by American University, has broadcast Bluegrass music since 1967, but that will end on New Year’s Eve 2017. On Thursday afternoon the NPR affiliate announced it will stop over-the-air broadcasts of the “High Lonesome Sound” and seek a buyer for its online music service Bluegrass Country due to “tremendous demographic shifts” in the Washington DC area.

“From 1967 through the 70s and 80s, generous support from the bluegrass community allowed WAMU to expand. Today, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is a 24/7 bluegrass music service broadcasting at 105.5 FM, HD on 88.5-2, and streaming on http://bluegrasscountry.org . Bluegrass Country’s social media includes a YouTube channel with over 4.4 million views.”

— “WAMU Seeks New Owner for Bluegrass Country,” WAMU website (links added)

Hey buddy, want to buy a radio station? Look here. If nobody buys Bluegrass Country by the end of December, the service will close, so listen while you can, right here (click on “listen live”).

More:

“WAMU Will Sell or Close Its Bluegrass Station,” Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

“Bluegrass Country seeks new owners,” John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

Related:

“Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, DC,” a film by G.T. Keplinger [24:27]

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Trump: The TV Network

June 20, 2016

Donald J. Trump reportedly has a Plan B for that awkward period after he loses the election to Hillary Clinton: The Trump TV Network.

“According to several people briefed on the discussions, the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the ‘audience’ currently supporting him. He has also discussed the possibility of launching a ‘mini-media conglomerate’ outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC. He has, according to one of these people, enlisted the consultation of his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who owns the The New York Observer. Trump’s rationale, according to this person, is that, ‘win or lose, we are onto something here. We’ve triggered a base of the population that hasn’t had a voice in a long time.’ For his part, Kushner was heard at a New York dinner party saying that ‘the people here don’t understand what I’m seeing. You go to these arenas and people go crazy for him.’”

— Is Donald Trump’s Endgame the Launch of Trump News?” Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair

We look forward to a a full schedule of reality shows, post-fact news, stream-of-consciousness commentary, Ivanka’s fashion forecasts, pro wrestling, beauty pageants, and celebrity golf, all punctuated with commercials for Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka, Trump Ice, and leftover red baseball caps.

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Bernie vs Trump: Epic Kvetch-Fest Called Off

May 31, 2016

Bernie vs Trump: Epic Kvetch-Fest Called Off

Last Wednesday night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel goaded tax cheat, mob associate, and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump into agreeing to debate the issues with Democratic contender Bernie Sanders. Trump later specified a condition: a $10 million contribution to charity. His bluff was called by Cenk Uygur of Young Turks and tech CEO Richie Hecker, who offered to donate the cash.

So much for “promises kept.” Trump reneged.

In a voluminous press release of 116 whole words — several of them over 2 syllables long — Mr. Trump declined to debate Senator Sanders, saying he won’t debate a loser.

More:

“Donald Trump Says He Won’t Debate Bernie Sanders,” Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal

“Trump says he’s no longer open to debating Bernie Sanders,” Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

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DC Politics: Underwood, Underground

March 3, 2016

DC Politics: Underwood, Underground

Navy Yard Metro Station, March 3, 2016.

Update:

“’House of Cards’ Season 4 Is Less Vulgar Than Real Politics,” Ian Crouch,” The New Yorker

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