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BIGELOW PENS OP-ED PIECE TO DEFEND ZD30

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Kathryn Bigelow has again attempted to deflect criticism of the torture scenes depicted in her film, Zero Dark Thirty, emphasizing her previous declaration that “depiction is not endorsement.” Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bigelow commented, “Confusing depiction with endorsement is the first step toward chilling any American artist’s ability and right to shine […]

SENATE TO PROBE FILMMAKERS’ ACCESS TO CIA SECRETS

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While some conservative lawmakers and commentators have praised the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers for making a convincing case that the use of torture was justified in tracking down Osama bin Laden, several have also expressed concern that the film may have revealed too much about the inner workings of the CIA. Several liberals have also […]

RATINGS SHOW AMERICA’S READY FOR FOOTBALL

September 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Viewers were clearly ready for the return of Sunday Night Football as the Pittsburgh-Denver matchup attracted an estimated 23.89 million viewers, peaking in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour with 26.61 million. An NFL football overrun on Fox at 7:00 p.m. drew 18.45 million viewers, and an overrun of the U.S. Tennis: Men’s Final on CBS at […]

DID CIA GIVE FILMMAKERS CLASSIFIED INFO ABOUT BIN LADEN RAID?

May 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch charged on Tuesday that the Obama administration gave Oscar-winning filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal classified information and gave them access to government officials for their film about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. The group posted what it claimed were 153 pages of […]

BIN LADEN FILM BLASTED BY CONSERVATIVES

August 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Conservative commentators have denounced plans to release a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden next October 12, just before the presidential election. On his BigHollywood blog, Andrew Breitbart remarked on Wednesday that the scheduled release date “is THE elephant in the room. … There’s no logical reason to release the film on that […]

OPRAH: BIG ON TV, BIGGER ONLINE

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the regular TV shows broadcast this year, none was more talked about on the Internet than Oprah Winfrey’s final telecast last week. According to Long Island-based research firm General Sentiment, the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show generated more online discussion even than the finale of American Idol earlier in the week. […]

NBC NEWS: FANNING THE TAIL OF THE PEACOCK

May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Among the four major television networks, NBC remains a distant fourth in the ratings, but a week ago Sunday night, when coverage began of President Obama’s announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden, television viewers overwhelmingly punched up NBC on their remotes, relegating the other networks to also-rans. As reported by the New York […]

PAKISTAN CALLS FOREIGN REPORTING “ILLEGAL”

May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently reacting to negative broadcast news accounts questioning Pakistan’s baffling role in the hunting down of Osama bin Laden, the Islamabad government has ordered nine international news channels, including CNN, Fox News, and the BBC, to halt what it said are “illegal” broadcasts from Abbottabad, the town where bin Laden had holed up for several […]

OBAMA: BIN LADEN PHOTOS WILL NOT BE SEEN ON TV

May 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

President Obama has told 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft that he will not release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body. A clip from the interview scheduled to air on the magazine show on Sunday was broadcast Wednesday night on the CBS Evening News. In it the president said, “It is important for us to make […]

BIN LADEN KILLING ANNOUNCEMENT DRAWS OBAMA’S BIGGEST RATINGS

May 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama drew his biggest audience ever Sunday night when 56.5 million viewers tuned in to watch his announcement that a U.S. Navy SEAL team had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The figure was more than twice the number who watched his March 28 speech on Libya — even though it did not begin […]

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