Monthly Archives: October 2009

O’Really? Part Two

From our Strange Interlude™ file: In all the excitement over seeing Bill O’Reilly at BU’s Gala Alumni Weekend Hoedown, I  failed to mention the guy who walked up to me and said, “You’re Jay Severin, right?” It was almost as … Continue reading

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“Precious” Revenues

So it turn out Sunday’s New York Times magazine cover story – “The Audacity of ‘Precious’” – isn’t just the potential viper’s nest of identity politics and PC policing that the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider flagged yesterday. It’s also … Continue reading

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Soupy Sales, R.I.P.

The great TV jester Soupy Sales has taken the Big Pie in the Face. The Associated Press obit notes: Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances … Continue reading

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O’Really?

On Friday, Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity Bill O’Reilly returned to Boston University for Alumni Weekend and regaled a largely admiring audience with a variety of Fact(ors) from the O’Reilly Files. The event was previewed by veteran Boston journalist Daniel Gewertz … Continue reading

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“Precious” Big?

The hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider hasn’t found the time yet to read “The Audacity of ‘Precious’” – the cover story in Sunday’s New York Times magazine. (Times tease: “Is America ready for a movie about an obese Harlem girl … Continue reading

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Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

So it turns out (via the New York Times) that Texas executes too many people for the state’s daily newspapers to cover them all. The state has put 441 inmates to death since 1982, more than the next six states … Continue reading

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Over Five Billion (Tweets) Served

Twitter – The Official Microblog of People With Nothing Else to Do – has (according to itself) surpassed 5,000,000,000 tweets, as the (U.K.) Telegraph reports. Headline: Twitter’s five billionth tweet – the ‘pentagigatweet’ – sent The pentagigatweet. Sweet. Also sweet: … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging the Boston Mayoral Debate

For all of you who stubbornly cling to the 21st century: dead blog v. tr. To wait until an event is over before writing about it. So, the Boston mayoral debate tonight between Mayor Tom Menino and City Councilor Michael … Continue reading

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Shepard Fairey Is A Phony

This Sunday New York Times piece is one more nail in poster-boy Shepard Fairey’s artistic coffin. The lede says it all: Shepard Fairey, the artist whose “Hope” poster of Barack Obama became an iconic emblem of the presidential campaign, has admitted that … Continue reading

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Fear And Self-Loathing At The New Republic

Jonathan Chiat, a senior editor at The New Republic, has written a journo-dyspeptic piece headlined, “The Case Against Awards: Why the wrong person always wins.“ One of Chiat’s awards-bashing examples hits close to home: In my field, we have something called the … Continue reading

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