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Some Compare Catastrophes – However Tough That Seems

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Winfrey & Ling[First published in AM New York]

IN HER BROADCAST TODAY, OPRAH WINFREY  is doing something unusual for a talk-show host. She’s show­casing her own acting performance in ABC‘s “Desperate Housewives.

But then, Winfrey is noted for doing the unusual. Who would have thought a TV book-club would ever succeed, let alone deliver such a slap to America’s bemused publishers.

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New National Regulator – and Anonymity at The Times

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fcc-seal_rgb_emboss-on-white-large[First published in AM New York]

WHO WILL REPLACE POWELL? No, this is not about Colin Powell‘s successor. Yester­day,  Condoleezza Rice, despite last-minute gestures from some energized Demo­cratic senators, won confir­mation as Secretary of State.

But now Colin’s son, Michael Powell, has to be replaced as well, as chair­man of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Hail to the Chief, in Time of War

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W salutes[First published in AM New York]

SO HE’S BEING inaugurated again. And the nation’s fighting a war.

Media pundits are dusting off their historical reference works to pronounce on the vexed question of “tone” – for when an elite whoops it up at the reported cost of $40 million, while the lower orders in uniform serve at the cost of their lives.     Continue reading “Hail to the Chief, in Time of War” »

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Reporters who Chat, Rather than Check

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DomDunne[First published in AM New York]

Celebrity crime-writer Dominick Dunne is about to get more exposure, of the kind he doesn’t like.

His battle with ex­ Congressman Gary Condit is generating even more spill-over than the stories on  “Today” this week. The NBC TV show focused on Condit’s denials (more emphatic than before, but still disputed) of having a romantic relationship with the murdered intern Chandra Levy.      Continue reading “Reporters who Chat, Rather than Check” »

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