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Republicans Are Misrepresenting Policy For The Sake Of Entertainment

The committee members and lobbyists who fought over the party’s alarmingly conservative platform don’t seem to want anything to do with presenting that platform to the American people.

July 19, 2016

Endorse This: Trump Aide Calls Presidency ‘The Ultimate Reality Show’

It’s not that Trump sees the coverage of his campaign as a free media spectacle — though it is, increasingly — but rather that Trump sees his presidential campaign and the presidency itself as one giant reality show.

May 12, 2016

5 Things Donald Trump Learned From Howard Stern

Commentator Van Jones has compared Trump’s mastery of reality television and social media to FDR’s gift for radio of JFK’s flare for television. Stern’s utter destruction of the “fourth wall” pioneered an approach to media that consciously attempted to present that “reality.” Without Stern, Trump is impossible.

May 9, 2016

CBS’ ‘The Briefcase’ Plumbs New Depths

With ‘The Briefcase,’ CBS has made a calculated bet here that you and I would not mind seeing real-life poverty as mass entertainment.

June 3, 2015

The GOP Would Care About The Unemployed — If They Were Fired For Anti-Gay Comments

Approximately 6,800 Louisianans who have been out of work for more than six months lost their only income this weekend. But what’s the state’s governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) worried about? One Louisiana-based millionaire was temporarily put on vacation from his reality television job because he said that homosexuality is a gateway to bestiality. When Duck […]

December 29, 2013

Duck Dynasty Bigots Will Fade Into Obscurity

Now that I’ve actually seen a few episodes, Duck Dynasty is relatively harmless entertainment. Whatever “reality TV” means, it’s definitely not that. It’s a semi-scripted sitcom, basically cornball self-parody. Think Hee Haw without the music. I find it utterly inane, but then I don’t watch TV with children. The “tell” is the show’s women; cute Southern sorority […]

December 26, 2013