Friday, October 05, 2012

Here's a Great Clip of Presidential Debate Moderator Jim Lehrer Getting Romneyed

Romney:  v. the act of obnoxiously talking over one's host, especially to eagerly explain how you'd like to cut them and their large yellow-feathered friend off at the knees. (See also, asshole (n.) )

HT: Buzzfeed

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Whatchu Talkin Bout, Willis??: Debate Reaction Edition

"I don’t know what he was doing out there. He had his head down. He was enduring the debate instead of fighting it. I know he says he doesn’t like to watch cable television, but maybe he should start.” - The inimitable Chris Matthews reacting with a fire the President unfortunately lacked in last night's first Presidential debate and summing up the feelings of this liberal Tellyphile exactly. (HT: TVNewser)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Whatchu' Talkin' Bout, Willis: Presidential Debate Edition

Photo Credit: The Daily Dish

"I have become fond of this term. Obamacare." - President Barack Obama embracing the one-time GOP slur for the Affordable Care Act.

Presidential Debates 2012: The Moderators

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The Times checks in with the moderators of the 2012 debates and two major points become clear.

The moderator's chair is the equivalent of a journalistic tightrope:

Candy Crowley of CNN, who will moderate the Oct. 16 presidential debate, said that try as she might to tune out the negativity, the incoming fire can be difficult to absorb.
“There’s always going to be someone throwing a shoe at the television asking why don’t I know this or why I didn’t ask that,” she said.
“Mind you,” she added with a hearty laugh, “every morning I wake up, I want to throw up thinking about it.” 
Martha Raddatz, an ABC News correspondent who will moderate the vice-presidential debate on Oct. 11, said she was trying to stay off Twitter so she could avoid reading unflattering things about herself.
Not that it always works. She said her son reposted a message in which someone had snidely asked, “Who the heck is Martha Raddatz?”

Presidential Debate Night 2012: Do Debates Really Matter?

Debate moderators, not surprisingly, say yes. In the television age it's hard to argue otherwise.

In celebration of debate night, consider this short piece from the Wall Street Journal featuring a smattering of debate moderators including 2012's Jim Lehrer, Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer discussing the power of the little moments from debates past which were magnified by the unblinking eye of television and the impact they had on the trajectory of the race for President. Watch:

Monday, October 01, 2012

What We Learned from The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 1

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  • Kathy has gone the way of Ashlee Simpson. Andy wasted no time probing Jersey's heretofore most organic housewife about her recent nose job and lip enhancements. It's not like we're talking Jenner-level disfigurement, but Kathy's made the mistake of robbing her face of all character by slicing her nose to generic proportions. I've come to realize how fond I was of Kathy's face now that it's gone. She had much character--the too-big eyes, that generous nose. Le sigh. And gone is the jet black hair too that always contrasted so beautifully with her baby toddler blues. Combined with plumped up lips that she says she got to balance the new nose Kath is dangeously close to looking like she wandered over from the Beverly Hills franchise.
  • Caroline Manzo, translator. Apparently we don't speak Jacqueline.