With CBS’s new Trek series, Star Trek is about to be updated to suit modern TV tastes and expectations. This bodes will for its success, but long-time fans need to prepare ourselves for just how different it will be. To be sure, a lot will feel familiar: the costumes, the sets, the props, the dialogue. […]Read more "Star Trek Discovery will be a Different Kind of Trek than we are used to, Part I"
Week 7 began with Trump tweeting an unprecedented and unfounded accusation against his predecessor: that Obama wire tapped Trump Tower during the campaign. Here is how the Washington Post and the New York Times covered the story the day of the tweets. The accusation motivated FBI Director Comey to ask the DOJ to refute the […]Read more "Week 7: March 3-9"
This week was a good week to have read some newspapers. Here’s what happened: Week 6 began with commentary on the similarity of worldview in Stephen Bannon and Trump’s CPAC addresses; and more White House’s attacks on journalists and intelligence community leakers. Promoting his book of portraits, George W. Bush leveled some criticism a Trump’s bashing of […]Read more "Week 6: February 24-March 2"
Week 5 began with the media commenting on Trump’s first press conference as president. Apparently the 77 chaotic minutes were a sight to behold. The Russia story of the week revolved around White House aids circulating a peace plan being pushed by a pro-Russian politician in Ukraine that would allow for the U.S. to drop […]Read more "Week 5: February 17-23"
Trump’s 4th week started with reporting on an uptick of deportations: New York Times story about an illegal immigrant who has been here since she was a teenager, has been checking in with immigration officials regularly for eight years, and was just deported; and this Washington Post story about increased ICE raids. Michael Flynn resigned under a cloud, having been […]Read more "Week 4: February 10-16"
Sometimes a writer comes along and explains a shift that is happening within you that you were not fully conscious of until you read the piece. This happened to me last week. From the election until last week, I was of the mindset that progressives and Democrats needed to tailor their Trump-era message and approach specifically […]Read more "Why “Resist” might be the banner of the Trump opposition"
After two weeks of stumbles, White House staff spoke to the New York Times about how they are adjusting their management structure to be more effective. This kind of behind-the-curtain, gossipy reporting–typically written about administrations in flux–does offer insights. The staff who go on record are tacitly admitting they have a mess to clean up, and promise […]Read more "Week 3: February 3-9"