Fox News named most trusted TV news source.
Fox News named least trusted TV news source.
Which headline do you prefer? And what if I told you it didn't matter?
Public Policy Polling — to be fair, an organization that Slate recognized as a left-leaning group, it should be said — released the results of a survey today that highlights how American voters feel about the current state of television news coverage. The results, as you can see by the top two sentences of this particular blog ... read more
Tonight, the best show on television for the last seven years, "30 Rock," comes to an end. This morning, I waxed poetic on as much, and the following is an excerpt ...
The show is thick with jokes, layer upon layer stacking up like an endless mountain of funny. The plot twists are strange and the characters are stranger. In the 22 minutes each episode runs, you can’t leave the room for more than 30 seconds because if you do, you’ll miss three or four genuinely funny quips, not to mention the ... read more
Does anybody remember when Rolling Stone used to be printed on the nice, broad paper that would be useless if it happened to be raining on the day your postman delivered the thing? Ahhh, those were the days. Music criticism was valued. Long, sprawling pieces on your favorite artists were as rare as 90-degree temperatures in January. And most importantly, the address tag could be ripped off without doing harm to the cover itself. These days, you have to tear the thing in half just to get the words ... read more
Man. You take one little week off, and "The Voice" ups and crowns its season three champion. It's as though Xtina just had to get out and promote "Lotus," (or, as some of you may know it, "Not Genie In A Bottle") as soon as those eight-inch heels would allow.
Hey Monday. You know what that is, right? Oh, you don't? Well, let me explain: When the pop-punk boom from about 2003 to about 2009 ran amok in the popular music universe, any faction of people with silly haircuts, tight ... read more
On Sunday morning, I awoke fully loaded with my one extra hour of sleep and stumbled to my computer after checking the door to find that this newspaper's delivery guys had again forgotten to deliver the Sunday edition to my doorstep (thanks, FNP!). After realizing that the garlic bread I cooked the night before wasn't edible anymore (the stuff nearly shattered my teeth, for God's sake), I landed on Hulu.com to play catch up with the previous night's episode of "Saturday Night Live" only because Louis ... read more
Hey, guys. Before we get on with the annual blog-tastic take on the season premiere of "The Voice," I'd like to take a moment to share a little bit of something I wrote after the recent death of my dear friend Mike. You can find that here, and if you've never clicked on anything ever in your life, I hope you might be kind enough to spare a few minutes to have a look at that, if only to remember how good of a guy Mike was. I know it's a bit cliche and all, but he meant quite a bit to me, and ... read more
The American version of "The Office" is coming to an end. And because a) I have yet to actually see an episode of "Copper," a show I somehow can't stop reading/hearing about and b) there is actually a category to the right that reads "The Office," it goes without saying that this is probably something we should note. Yeah, everyone jumped ship on the show years ago, but we must be reminded that it's still NBC's most-watched program among people in the only age bracket that counts in network television ... read more
Absolutely first and foremost, I'd like to take a second to recognize the death of Mr. Marvin Hamlisch earlier this week. A million years ago, when I was barely able to drink (legally), he got on the phone to give an intern at a tiny newspaper in the middle of nowhere an interview that would lead to that stupid little intern's first actual, professional newspaper feature. He literally could not have been nicer, more understanding or forthcoming throughout all of those 30-plus minutes we spent talking ... read more
Well, the Olympics. This year's London games have been obsessed over because ... NBC refuses to show most of the action live on television. This, in turn, has led to gatrillions of people complaining about getting results before visuals, thus spoiling outcomes of the more dramatic competitions for those who either aren't in London or don't have access to the Internet (yes, those people do exist).
Me? Frankly, I've been a bit annoyed with the way I've noticed people flocking to the Olympic ... read more