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Tag: Controversy (11-20 of 305)

Rodney King and television: A life in media events both tragic and sad

Rodney King has died; he was 47. King’s 1991 beating by Los Angeles police officers was a remarkable media moment, one of the first, most significant instances of amateur video going viral to expose a moment that might otherwise have passed unnoticed. READ FULL STORY

Obama wants Mitt Romney to tell supporter Donald Trump: 'You're fired!'

In an ad premiering today, the Obama campaign criticizes Mitt Romney for not distancing himself from Donald Trump’s persistent questioning of President Obama’s citizenship. Clips contrast John McCain’s firm put-down of birther supporters versus Romney’s silence on the matter. READ FULL STORY

Political TV ad review: The Republican 'Basketball,' or, 'My Kids Are Grown and They Won't Move Out!'

Chances are if you haven’t seen it yet, you soon will: It’s the ad for the new fall series My Kids Are Grown and They Won’t Move Out! Oops, no, I mean, the new political ad that depicts adult children who’ve moved back home with their dying-to-retire mother and they can’t move out because, you know, Obama killed the economy. READ FULL STORY

New GOP ad slams Obama as 'celebrity President'; Dems slam Romney as 'Mad Men' fan: VIDEO

Just as I predicted, fans of Mitt Romney took one look at President Barack Obama’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance and quickly cobbled together an ad that blasts Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world” and asks, “After four years with a celebrity President, is your life any better?” READ FULL STORY

Does HBO have a problem with 'Girls'?

Girls premiered on Sunday night, and looking over the comments running beneath my highly positive review of it, I noticed that a lot of them are… highly negative. Typical comments on “None of the characters are really likable”; “boring and depressing”; “talk about the media over-hyping something”; “this is the problem with this generation”… READ FULL STORY

'The Killing' season premiere: A brief VIDEO review

The Killing returned on Sunday night with a premiere that reminded you why (a) you really like this show or (b) you’re really over this show or (c) you suspect you aren’t going to commit to this season but you can’t help but check it out for a while anyway. Consider these choices the TV-decision version of the drip-drip-drip of the Seattle rain, through which Mireille Enos’ Sarah Linden slithers like a red-eyed moray eel. READ FULL STORY

David Letterman: Rick Santorum 'won't appear on our show' out of fear

Before he brought out Michelle Obama as his first guest last night, David Letterman spent his post-monologue desk time ruminating on the vagaries of booking guests during an election year. He said some presidential candidates refuse to appear on his show. Prodded by Paul Shaffer to name names, Letterman said, “Rick Santorum won’t appear on the show. They’re afraid, afraid I’m going to chase ‘em around the theater with a hammer.” READ FULL STORY

'Luck' review: As the series draws to an end, poignance both intended and unintended

This week’s Luck — the penultimate episode of the season and, as it turns out, the series — began with a horse casting a languid, beautiful gaze at the camera. It’s a recurring image that typifies Luck‘s lyrical engagement with both the sport and the animal instincts that motivate the drama. And now it serves as a symbol of the demise of Luck, after repeated injuries to horses prompted HBO’s cancellation of the series, earlier this week, even as its second season was being filmed. READ FULL STORY

'GCB' preview video review: Growing an audience, religious or not, via controversy

So have you been watching GCB? Do you think it’s improved since its premiere, or settled into a more comfortable groove as a satirical look at the unwarranted piousness of a group of wacky Dallas denizens? Do you think having Newt Gingrich single the show out as an example of the media’s “anti-Christian bias” is valid? READ FULL STORY

Two 'Game Change' reviews: The ballad of Sarah Palin, in prose and on video

Game Change is based on a small portion of the best-selling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: the portion that eviscerates the John McCain campaign’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his running-mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. Indeed, while Palin herself has said watching this HBO production (premiering on March 10) would be “a waste of time,” she need not fear for erosion to her reputation. She is impersonated here with mimicry of the high order by Julianne Moore; she is portrayed as a devoted mother, and a plucky, if stressed-out and carb-deprived, campaigner. READ FULL STORY

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