Alessandra Stanley

On-Screen the Second Time Around, the Silly and the Sublime

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1

Second inaugurations are rarely as exciting as the first ones, and when the first was a never-before-seen historic moment, television has a hard time trying to whip up a similar sense of wonder and novelty.

From Frustrated to Nervous, Television Networks’ Moods Explain Results

Location:
New York, NY, United States
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2

When a test is really, really hard, students sometimes can’t resist looking at the face of the class know-it-all for signs of dismay or discomfort. And on a really, really close election night, even anchors at rival networks couldn’t help sneaking a peek at the mood over at Fox News. And Fox News was the channel to watch on this election night.

How MSNBC Became Fox’s Liberal Evil Twin

Location:
MSNBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
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1

MSNBC has pumped up its ratings by recasting itself as a left-leaning riposte to Fox News, and that’s fine. Fox long ago proved that a lot of viewers like to hear cable anchors echo what they already think; MSNBC is just playing catch-up.

Convention Postponed, but the Show Must Go On

Location:
Tampa, FL, United States
Recommendation:
2

Athletes can forfeit a basketball game or a tennis match, but there is no rain day for a political convention. Especially when a hurricane looms, and events are delayed, the news media doesn’t stand down; it keeps smacking the ball onto an empty court.

Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

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2

Women are driving in Saudi Arabia. Not on the streets. That would be illegal. But on a recent episode of “Hush Hush.” It’s a fantasy, of course, a comic trial balloon.

On Russian TV, It Isn’t All About the Strongman

Location:
Moscow, Russia
Recommendation:
2

Since rising to the top in 1999, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister and presidential comeback aspirant, has wielded power by commanding the television screen as surely as he does the security apparatus. But on the eve of the March 4 presidential elections a restive yearning for change is in the air.

On Slow and Somber Anniversary, News Media Try to Stay Out of the Picture

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

Television is about faces, not names. It’s about motion, not stillness. So the fact that so much time on Sunday was dedicated to the slow, solemn recitation of all the Sept. 11 victims was as significant a tribute as the camera can make.

At Fox News, a Scandal Hits Home

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
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1

The pie attack may have been the best thing that happened to Fox News.

Broadcast Coverage: Compassion and Self-Congratulation

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2

Disaster is both one of the hardest and easiest sights to watch on television; the medium feeds on paradox, presenting extraordinary images that horrify and also comfort.

Community Standard or Double Standard?

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2

It wasn't really the man-on-man kiss or the simulated oral sex that marked Adam Lambert's performance on the American Music Awards on Sunday as shocking. Mostly it was ABC's reaction.... ABC self-protectively drew a line that networks usually prefer to keep blurred.

Coverage of Election Now Lacks Suspense

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2

Cable news and network anchors are not saying point-blank that the election is over. Instead they are saying, "We're not saying it's over ..." with a "but" that speaks volumes.

A New Star as Campaign Programs Shuffle: The News

The new stars of cable news networks are the campaigns, not the shows' hosts.