Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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April 25, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT

It was almost enough but not quite to elicit a twinge of sympathy for the 39th president of the United States.

In addition to his HBO show that airs Friday nights, comic Bill Maher posts on "Overtime" segment on YouTube that's often worth checking out, as was the case this weekend.
 

April 18, 2016, 9:14 PM EDT

There are fewer more sacred cows in entertainment than rock singer and indefatigable do-gooder Bono, but over the weekend he sustained a well-deserved skewering courtesy of Bill Maher.

On his HBO show Friday night, Maher cited testimony from the U2 singer before a congressional panel on the subject of "Combating Violent Extremism," more accurately known as Islamic fanaticism.
 

March 21, 2016, 7:27 PM EDT

Those watching CNN's Race For the White House last night presumably weren't expecting hilarity to ensue, but that's what they got. Thank you, CNN!

This week's installment of the documentary mini-series revisited the '88 campaign battle between then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, the GOP nominee, and Democrat nominee Michael Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts.
 

March 16, 2016, 7:06 PM EDT

Appearing in a podcast currently on the New Yorker magazine website, longtime staff writer and author Malcolm Gladwell crossed the line into liberal heresy before quickly returning to the fold.

Gladwell, whose best-selling books include "The Tipping Point", "Outliers" and his most recent "David and Goliath," spoke with New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden about school shootings as a kind of slow-motion riot, a theme he first described in a story for the magazine back in October.

 

March 15, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT

To his credit, comic Bill Maher is more than willing to part company from the liberal herd over radical Islam. But when it comes to Dear Leader and his signature legislative achievement, Maher bleets with the best of them.

During a discussion with guests on his HBO show Friday night, Maher exhibited a fine specimen of liberal illogic that delighted his overwhelmingly like-minded audience.
 

March 3, 2016, 7:42 PM EST

Nearly a half century after Sen. Robert Kennedy was assassinated by an Arab radical while running for president, like-minded liberals in media are still providing hagiographic cover for Kennedy's legacy.

Taking her turn at burnishing the revered liberal icon was Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show last night as she described a possibly brokered Republican convention in the summer if Donald Trump prevails in the primaries.

 

February 24, 2016, 7:22 PM EST

What a surprise it's not that ex-MSNBC action hero Ed Schultz just served up a textbook example of why Godwin's Law -- he who first invokes the Nazis in making an argument, loses -- still applies.

When he's not toiling away at his new Kremlin-backed Russia Today "news" show, Schultz does a podcast weekdays that's available at YouTube and his website.
 

February 18, 2016, 7:29 PM EST

New England Cable News touts itself as "the nation's largest regional news outlet" and it just may have set a record this week for most double-takes by viewers watching one of its broadcasts.

Among its offerings is a weeknight program on politics called Broadside, hosted by veteran journalist Sue O'Connell, who is also co-publisher of the South End News and gay-friendly Bay Windows

 

February 16, 2016, 5:39 PM EST

Few in media can rival Rachel Maddow's ability to project earnest indignation over the apparent perennial willingness of Republicans to engage in politics.

On her MSNBC show last night, Maddow twice mentioned the possibility of a constitutional crisis in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, since President Obama says he intends to nominate a judge to fill the vacancy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that Obama doing so will be a waste of time.
 

February 8, 2016, 6:56 PM EST

Looks like it might be time for Harvard to mandate remedial geography instruction for its students.

Following a grueling week of campaign coverage in Iowa, along with taking part in a friend's wedding, National Public Radio reporter Sam Sanders was told by his editors to take a day off -- and then get back to work by covering a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire. 
 

February 8, 2016, 12:23 PM EST

Even by the ever-shifting rhetorical standards of pro-abortion liberals, this one is conspicuously tone deaf.

As soon as you saw that Doritos ad during last night's Super Bowl game, you knew it would lead to an unhinged response from abortion apologists. That it did, and then some.
 

February 6, 2016, 7:42 PM EST

While providing a post-mortem on the results of the Iowa caucuses, Rachel Maddow could not resist resorting to kneejerk sarcasm, which she found immensely hilarious, making it all the more satisfying when Maddow was forced to backpedal soon thereafter.

The target of her snark? Sen. Marco Rubio's unexpectedly strong showing in Iowa, which was one of the major stories to emerge from this cycle's caucuses.

February 3, 2016, 3:30 PM EST

Amid the forced frivolity of Tuesday's Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore came a moment of awkward silence worth savoring when the host dared utter the unthinkable.

It was during a discussion between Wilmore and guest comedian Lewis Black, along with Nightly Show executive producer and Daily Show alum Rory Albanese and Franchesca Ramsey in her first appearance as a Nightly Show contributor.
 

January 30, 2016, 10:03 PM EST

Looks like lots of those arguments between liberal radio host Thom Hartmann and conservatives appearing on his show weren't a waste of time after all.

Hartmann was among the guests on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher and he said something rarely heard from liberals when the conversation turns to immigration.
 

January 28, 2016, 4:21 PM EST

A helpful heads-up to media outlets covering Hillary Clinton's campaign for president -- if you haven't already, you'll soon receive a list of Words That Shall Not Be Used in your coverage, courtesy of one pissed off Lena Dunham. And if you think Dunham is unbearable on any given day, she's off the charts toxic when angry. Please don't make it worse.

During an interview with Variety this week, the creator, star and frequent writer of the purportedly entertaining HBO series Girls condemned media coverage of Clinton's campaign as "rabidly sexist" -- in every single instance.

January 26, 2016, 6:51 PM EST

When in doubt, blame Reagan -- all-purpose ethos of liberal radio host Thom Hartmann.

Anyone listening to Hartmann's program, among the most popular in that increasingly desolate landscape known as liberal radio, won't wait long before he slams Ronald Reagan for all manner of economic sin.
 

January 26, 2016, 1:39 PM EST

Liberals continue their strenuous efforts to banish the term "illegal immigrant," despite its obvious utility in describing the unlawful, extended presence of a foreigner in a country not his or her own.

A recent example of this came during a conversation between radio host Alan Colmes and a caller to his show on Jan. 19 with the caller initially referring to the arrest of Sarah Palin's son after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. 
 

January 20, 2016, 1:04 PM EST

After bellowing on demand for several years at MSNBC, America's version of the Russia Today television network, Ed Schultz starts work at the actual RT next week. 

But following his fair and balanced commentary about Donald Trump on last night's Alan Colmes radio show, Schultz might just as easily fit in at Fox News.
 

January 19, 2016, 5:22 PM EST

Could it be ... is it remotely possible ... that MSNBC might eventually become a legitimate news organization? Odds are that this can't happen since the network's unshakeable leftist ideology would, by its inherently intolerant nature, not allow for the inevitable demands of objective journalism.

January 17, 2016, 6:35 AM EST

Several months after it became obvious to anyone paying attention, Rachel Maddow has seized upon a key element in the Democrats' campaign for president this time around.

The Oxford-educated Maddow, long touted mainly through self-branding as MSNBC's resident brainiac, opened her show Friday night by pointing out the contrast between an abundance of GOP debates and the downright paucity of those involving Democrats.