The moment I heard that Trump would not evoke executive privilege to stop James Comey’s Senate testimony, I knew that a character assassination blitz aimed at Comey would soon follow. I had read Comey’s seven- page statement made public the day before he testified; I saw only one defense open to Trump: deny, deny, deny.
When I first read about Kathy Griffin’s decapitated Trump photo, I too, thought she had made a terrible error in judgement, but not for the usual reasons. I am not particularly horrified about a bloody Trump head or any other bloody head. After all, I watch Netflix and between The Last Kingdon, Marco Polo and Walking Dead, I have seen piles of bloody heads…
Season finales have traditionally dominated television programming during the merry month of May: cliff hangers abound; plot twists rule; buildings explode; cars crash and usually, a major character dies at the hand of a rising villain. May sweeps for Trumplandia–America’s own really real reality show–packed in so much drama this month, viewers need a bullet point list to keep up.
With the firing of FBI Director James Comey and subsequent Trumpian Twit storm, our democracy has become an endangered species, a situation reminiscent of the Nixon Watergate era only much, much worse. On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States, after many long months of headlines exposing his culpability in… Continue reading To Bury or Not to Bury–That is the Question
When I recently wrote a comedy skit called WCSN GITMO: Worst Case Scenario News, I sketched a terrible future in which Congress repeals the First Amendment, allowing Trump to issue an executive order forbidding comedians from making fun of him, ultimately condemning Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher and Yours Truly to imprisonment in Gitmo. Pure fiction, I thought
I would never willingly watch FOX News. NEVER! However, this morning I took my car to the local dealership for some repairs and, while sitting in the waiting area, I was forced to watch the FOX alternative universe unfold. As a daily reader of HuffPost and Politico, I watched the morning news program presented on… Continue reading Out-“FOXed” by Right-Wing Rhetoric
Having spent this semester cloistered in the relative luxury of the campus TV Studio and having just read a chapter in Television Production Handbook on Field Production (2), I finally realize just how spoiled we are by the sameness and reliability of our studio shoots. We walk into class, turn the equipment on, assume our assigned positions for the day, prepare the video and audio equipment for recording and off we go on our newest video adventure.