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2008-10-09 21:00:27

By Bill Mann WHILE MOST OF YOU are at work during the day, I'm probably home, watching television. That's what we TV critics do, besides putting on weight (time to have my shower curtain let out again) and occasionally spending 24 hours a day in a bathrobe. I've always felt a kinship toward Jack Mingo, the funny Alameda writer who first popularized the term "couch potato." I've just finished shoveling through -- er, watching -- the new fall TV shows. The upside: Because of last winter's...

2008-10-02 21:00:14

By Medianotes/Bill Mann While watching Channel 7's "The View From The Bay" the other afternoon (waiting for "Oprah" to come on next), I kept remembering a phrase from the National Lampoon I swiped for my humor book about Canada: "The bland leading the bland." Every Canadian kitchen, the NatLamp also said, has an appliance - - called a blander. (And if you've ever eaten Canadian "cuisine," as I did for years in Montreal, you know how true this is). "View" comes from the blander. Co-hosts...

2008-09-25 21:00:25

By Bill Mann While watching Channel 7's "The View From The Bay" the other afternoon (waiting for Oprah to come on next), I kept remembering a phrase from the National Lampoon I swiped for my humor book about Canada: "The bland leading the bland." Every Canadian kitchen, the NatLamp also said, has an appliance - - called a blander. (And if you've ever eaten Canadian "cuisine," as I did for years in Montreal, you know how true this is). "View" comes from the blander. Co-hosts Spencer...

2008-09-11 21:00:17

By Bill Mann 'BAD QUESTIONS. Bad media. Bad." Down, boy. In case you missed it, that's an excerpt from Roger Simon's funny but serious piece posted on Politico.com from the GOP national convention. He was following up on VP nominee Sarah Palin's silly comments bashing the media. This coming from someone who'd been sequestered from the media the week before her overrated speech, from someone who will avoid the press in the two months ahead. With the media, especially the cable news...

2008-08-28 21:00:22

By Bill Mann EVER WONDER why Barack Obama and John McCain have remained close in the polls? I suspect national radio talk show host Thom Hartmann has nailed it. "Every time one of them goes up in the polls," says Hartmann, "he gets knocked down by the corporate media." The bright and thoughtful Hartmann, whose show airs here on "Green 960" from noon to 3 weekdays, is, one suspects, on to something. He explains, "If there's no horse race, people tune out. There's about $1 billion to $2...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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