Posted: March 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm
As we watch yet another drama unfold half a world away -- this time in Ukraine -- certain predictable themes are beginning to emerge. Some are political. Some are geopolitical. And all contain inevitable baggage left over from the Cold War (the Russian bear is back!), Vietnam (the dangers of U.S. intervention), and the Arab Spring (revolutions are not all they’re cracked up to be.)
These historical echoes come with dangerous potholes. Hillary Clinton was reminded this week that, even with careful rhetorical couching, it’s never a good idea to invoke Hitler comparisons.
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Top right: John Davenport was the first moderator of Washington Week; Bottom left: Paul Duke was the longest-running host of the show.
My producer alerted me earlier this week that Washington Week is celebrating its 47th birthday.
Forty-seven does not seem to be particularly noteworthy, so I looked it up. Halle Berry, John Cusack and Janet Jackson are 47. So are Adam Sandler and Benicio del Toro.
Posted: February 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Anti-government protesters and police continue to clash in the Ukrainian capital [Photo:CNN]
News is what happens when you’re focusing on other things.
So it happened that reporters assigned to Sochi, Russia to cover the Olympics found themselves dispatched instead this week to Kiev’s charred Independence Square.
Posted: February 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm
Gwen Ifill interviews Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg at the Makers Conference [Photo: Instagram (@makerswomen)].
It’s easy to get outraged about the obvious. Barbie on the cover of Sports Illustrated? Really? Darkening O.J. Simpson’s features to make him seem more sinister? Ridiculous. But they both happened.
Posted: February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm
SPOILER ALERT: I am about to reveal at least one of the developments that unspooled on last week’s finale of the brutally short season of “Sherlock” on PBS.
In one scene, the bad guy –- an evil newspaper publisher who apparently controls all of London -– dares our hero to stop him as he uses his newspaper to destroy people at will by discovering their “pressure points” and exploiting them.