August 15, 2012
Crash, boom, bang! Those are the sounds when more-or-less celebrities like actor Dean Cain and Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, are put on teams with trained military personnel to perform on the new TV reality series Stars Earn Stripes . You see the teams crawling through the mud, shooting automatic rifles, blowing up shacks, and doing whatever else they can think of to supply the noise and visuals they hope watchers will equate with suspense....
August 13, 2012 |
Back to town halls in Piscataway; forget about national debates in prime time. Back to defending criticism from the likes of Loretta Weinberg, senator from Bergen County; forget about high-profile attacks from the leader of the free world. Gov. Christie's star fell back to earth Saturday after a year of speculation about whether he would run for national office. In the fall, Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, told Christie he should be president. Nancy Reagan escorted him onto a California stage for a speech that prognosticators thought was an audition for his candidacy.
August 1, 2012 |
"The lies are over now," writes New Yorker reporter Jonah Lehrer in a mea culpa on Jim Romenesko 's blog admitting he manufactured out of whole cloth a series of quotes he attributed to rock-and-roll bard Bob Dylan in his acclaimed science book Imagine: How Creativity Works . "I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down," writes Lehrer, who has resigned from the New Yorker. "I will do my best to correct the record and ensure that my misquotations and mistakes are fixed.
July 31, 2012
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It's easy to make fun of the Palins' penchant for playing themselves on television — I've done it often enough myself. But while it was a little odd to have a former vice presidential candidate at a poolside party at the Beverly Hilton last week to promote her husband's appearance on an upcoming NBC "reality" competition, "Stars Earn Stripes," and only a few days later, at the same hotel, have ABC introduce her oldest daughter to the Television Critics Association as one of the returning "all-star" competitors on "Dancing With the Stars," we're in an odd time, and in an odd place.
July 30, 2012
Cheney: 'Mistake' to choose Palin Former Vice President Dick Cheney said it was "a mistake" for Arizona Sen. John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008. Cheney led George W. Bush's vice-presidential search in 2000 before becoming Bush's running mate. Of the GOP selection process four years ago that led to Palin, he said, "That one I don't think was well-handled. " Palin hadn't "passed that test" of readiness to serve as president because her political experience was limited, Cheney said in an interview with ABC News.
July 27, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — You never know who you'll meet at the Beverly Hilton, the hotel where Whitney Houston died, John Edwards met his mistress and where TV critics congregate for a couple of weeks in the summer. We're used to seeing stars — it's why we come here, after all — but we're not used to seeing Sarah Palin. The former governor of Alaska was easily the biggest draw Tuesday evening at a poolside NBC cocktail party to promote several of its new shows, including "Stars Earn Stripes," the military-themed competition series in which her husband, Todd, will appear starting Aug. 13. Wearing a dark olive wrap dress, killer heels and a fashionable pair of shades, Palin looked perfectly at home, cheerfully posing for pictures and chatting with reporters a few feet from her husband, who'd earlier insisted to me that the Palins hadn't yet passed the Kardashians as "reality" regulars.
July 23, 2012 |
BOW, N.H. - Republican Mitt Romney was not going to announce his running mate Friday at a lumberyard here, not after the mass shooting in Colorado turned what had been planned as a rally to celebrate small business into a presidential candidate's prayerful appeal for comfort for the victims and healing for a mournful nation. Yet politics goes on, and soon Romney will make his choice known; he is nearing the end of a rigorous vetting process that includes an 80-question form probing potential vice presidential nominees' personal lives and finances, including whether they have been unfaithful in marriage.
June 22, 2012 |
RELIEF. That's pretty much what Harry Scott said he felt, when his trek was finally over. After playing 50 courses in 50 states in as many days. Which meant driving nearly 12,000 miles, much of it by himself on the closing legs. Not to mention flying almost as far, to get to Hawaii and Alaska and back home to Somers Point, N.J. What began on May 1 in Putnam, Conn., ended Tuesday in Wasilla, Alaska, where Sarah Palin was once the mayor, at a course called Settlers Bay. The 78-year-old Scott, who went to all 28 major league ballparks in 28 days in 1995 and 30 in 30 3 years ago, played 890 holes in all. Even made a birdie on his third-to-last, a long par-3 where he chipped in from 20 yards left of the green.
March 9, 2012
* GAME CHANGE. 9 p.m. tomorrow, HBO. * THE UNDEFEATED. 8 p.m. Sunday, ReelzChannel. Bottom line: The striving-for-balance "Game Change" is probably most interesting when its subject briefly appears to have lost hers, but Julianne Moore's portrayal of Sarah Palin at her charismatic best also offers some genuine goose-bump moments, the kind that might even cross party lines. Too bad those same moments are often overwhelmed by the cheerleading in the relentlessly pro-Palin documentary "The Undefeated.
March 9, 2012 |
When authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann published Game Change in 2010, they proved that, despite an unprecedented level of coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, there was much of the story remaining to be told. At the time, Halperin told me this was because "people aren't going to cooperate at the level we had during the campaign, when too much was at stake. " Instead, he said, "the key was to talk to sources immediately after the nomination fight and immediately when the election was over.