Hot Post: Tone Deaf Kathy Griffin Mocks Bristol Palin in Front of American Troops


This popular post was originally published December 8, 2010. The first rule of public performance is know your audience. Know what they like, and what they don’t, or risk becoming the latter. Self-professed D-list celebrity Kathy Griffin apparently never learned that lesson. While hosting a VH1/USO salute to American troops, Griffin saw fit to mock [...]

Conservatives Must Saddle Up and Blaze New Trails Into Minority Communities


One of my all-time favorite comedies is Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles. Truly a product of its time, the racially provocative mock Western could not be made today. Nor could it have been made any time before it was. The moment in popular culture was just right for black Sheriff Bart and his quest to earn [...]

Tone Deaf Kathy Griffin Mocks Bristol Palin in Front of American Troops


The first rule of public performance is – know your audience. Know what they like, and what they don’t, or risk becoming the latter. Self-professed D-list celebrity Kathy Griffin apparently never learned that lesson. While hosting a VH1/USO salute to American troops, Griffin saw fit to mock Bristol Palin. Strange as that choice was, stranger [...]

Help Wanted Taking the Fight to Hollywood


NewsReal Blog is expanding and developing. Our Concession Stand sub-blog has moved beyond collecting apolitical posts to exploring political themes in popular culture — movies, music, TV, the arts, and sports. This team has been led masterfully by associate editor Chris Yogerst and features David Forsmark and Ryan Mauro. I was recently asked to take [...]

Al Franken for President


I imagine, were I to wrangle up a fluxed-out DeLorean and travel back to 1995, I would have a difficult time convincing my sixteen-year-old self that the actor then portraying Stuart Smalley would go on to be the United States Senator from Minnesota. Smalley, if you do not immediately recall, was Al Franken’s signature character [...]

“Agenda: Grinding America Down,” NewsReal Interviews Filmmaker Curtis Bowers


Glenn Beck has, with evermore frequency, paused to appreciate the extent to which his beliefs have changed in recent years. He has come to accept the existence of agendas which he would have dismissed as conspiracy theory only a few years ago. His experience has not been unique. Many concerned citizens, possessed by an instinctive [...]

Is Religion Ridiculous?


In a recent post answering the anti-religious zealotry of Bill Maher’s documentary-style film Religulous, I concluded that the film’s topic is “the argument of our time.” That is to say, our political paradigm is founded upon our spiritual paradigm, how we define and perceive the nature of man. If you believe mankind to be the [...]

Hot Post: Peter Jackson Fires Casting Agent for Racial Discrimination, Pakistani “Hobbit” May Result


This popular post was originally published December 1, 2010. “Discrimination” is among the most abused words in our political discourse. It is flaunted with such regularity and negative connotation that its actual meaning is all but lost. An example of just how ridiculous we have allowed racial sensitivities to become was reported from the New [...]

Dr. Laura Schlesinger Set to Return to Radio & Tackle Race Baiting Head On


Dr. Laura Schlesinger, the outspoken radio talk show host who was derided into resignation over an August on-air controversy, is set to return “uncensored, expanded, and exclusive to” SiriusXM Satellite Radio in January. True to form, Schlesinger plans to come out swinging on the very topic which drove her from terrestrial airwaves. In confirming the [...]

Glitz and Glamor Are No Match for Good and Evil in Holiday Box Office Wars


It appears that high-tech glitz and A-list celebrity glamor are not the keys to moviegoers’ hearts. Pre-release box office tracking for movies hitting theaters this holiday season has yielded some interesting results. Disney’s long-hyped cyber-reality actioner Tron:Legacy may end up a financial loser. The 3D sci-fi film has been marketed heavily for months en route [...]