They're called "lower thirds" or "chyrons." Whichever term you use, they're the television news version of bumper stickers, the sometimes-accurate reduction of stories to little word spurts.
By comparison, tweets are weighty stuff. But hey, I'm a TV twinkie, meaning an airhead, and my chyron, in this case, would be "Vlad Must Be Glad." "Vlad" ...Read more
This will be sacrilege to "Never Trumpers," but Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump share some similarities. It is true that Bloomberg's charitable foundation actually does good work, while Donald Trump had to pay a $2 million fine for basically using his for self-promotion. And it is true that Bloomberg has financed gun control efforts, while ...Read more
For those who are wondering who in tarnation is Roy Rogers, he called himself the "King of the Cowboys" and was one of the big stars of Western shoot-'em-up movies. Those films really contributed to the cultural mindset that has made us such a gun-totin' country today, which results in one automatic weapon massacre after another. The idea that ...Read more
How does a vegetarian who is avoiding NFL football this weekend and wouldn't be caught dead in a shopping mall on Black Friday celebrate Thanksgiving? I've run out of traditions.
However, it's not all that bleak. I can still eat myself into oblivion without consuming meat, and gorge myself with stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and lots...Read more
Which of these campaign posters would be better: "Fiona Hill for President" or simply "Fiona!"?
Whichever, the all things Russian foreign affairs specialist has demonstrated that she also has what it takes to unite our own badly divided country with her powerful combination of intellect, toughness and charm. Unfortunately, she was born and ...Read more
When it comes to people not to be believed, Devin Nunes rates right up there with the Nigerian prince who tells me on the internet that I'm about to inherit millions of dollars if only I send money to him. Although come to think of it, maybe Nunes is that Nigerian prince.
Once again, he has slithered into our consciousness as the ranking -- or ...Read more
Let's return to yesteryear. Richard Nixon, coming off an already bitterly controversial career and countless tangles with the media, had just been beaten in the 1962 campaign to become California governor. He was severely resentful, and snarled at reporters, "You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore."
It became known as "the last press ...Read more
It's not fair to call Michael Bloomberg just a superrich dilettante. He is, after all, a former mayor of New York City, so he does have some experience as a political officeholder. It is fair to describe Bloomberg as a superrich guy who obviously was looking for something to do, so he decided, "I think I'll dabble in presidential politics."