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When progressive thinkers go bad No sooner had I finished writing the Oct. 30 Critical Mass post on my experience interviewing Bill Cosby, and how that’s been cast in a new light, I read the news about Jian Ghomeshi. Who I have also interviewed. An interview that’s been cast in a new light as well. […]

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Did someone put something in Bill Cosby’s drink? I think it was after Game 2 of the World Series last week when the television – which is rarely on in the Spevak household these days – drifted over to The Colbert Report. I’d read that Stephen Colbert is closing down the faux-news cable show, which […]

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The Tragedy Slut reveals himself I turned down a chance to interview Glenn Beck. Twice, in fact. Late in 2005, Beck was barnstorming the country with a multimedia Christmas extravaganza of holiday music, videos of flags snapping to attention in the breeze and his maudlin ramblings about American values. Beck’s publicist called me and asked […]

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“Duck Dynasty,” and the Redneck Conspiracy I’m not an authority on television, but it seems as though every time I spot one in a bar or squatting in the corner of my living room, it’s featuring a commercial whose official spokesman is a beefy dude in a goatee, with the sleeves torn from his flannel […]

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Only John Agar can save us now I’m staring now at the alien presence in my living room. Smart TV. I’ve been fighting this thing for a couple of months now. This alien presence, which the impotent folks at Time Warner Cable have been unable to keep from bugging out while I’m watching a show. […]

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Plagiarizing from the pros Another day, another example of Rand Paul playing fast and loose with the rules of attribution. The evidence… Oh, pardon me. You are correct. I plagiarized that opening sentence. It was actually written by Josh Voorhees, in a column this morning for Slate.com. It doesn’t matter that I agree with the […]

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When facts don’t get in the way of a good story It used to be that, when Mad magazine or National Lampoon printed a satirical story, it didn’t show up somewhere else as news. But that’s where we are now, folks. Most recently, it was reported last week that half-term governor Sarah Palin supposedly said […]

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Can Gretchen Rossi save America? Monday morning, on one of the web sites that I check regularly, six of the first 11 stories posted were addressing the same topic. Seems reasonable, right? The Republicans are hours away from shutting down the government again, because they don’t like the outcome of the last election. That’s worthy […]

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The bombing cover that bombed The New York Times has weighed in on the great debate over Rolling Stone magazine this week putting a portrait of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber on its cover. Much ado about nothing, The Times says. In an editorial Friday morning, The Times correctly points out that the particular image […]

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OK, so call me a Twit I continue to arrive in the the 21st century: Follow me on Twitter @jeffspevak1. I started Tweeting last month because Steve Martin wasn’t doing interviews. But Martin is a big Tweet guy, with 2.7 million followers. Maybe, if I sent him some Tweets, he’d respond. That would be like […]

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