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WASHINGTON — The operative maxim in cable television can be summed up as follows: Is it good TV? Brilliant is good, but not enough. Attractive is imperative, but not enough. Also needed are tension, conflict and passion. Television is visual storytelling and it doesn’t succeed without all elemen...

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 8:12pm

WASHINGTON — The call by some members of the black media for African-Americans to support President Obama in racial solidarity is a terrible idea. Just as terrible as women supporting women only because of their sex, or any other group viewing the world solely through the narrow prism of their own...

Sun, 10/23/2011 - 6:56pm

WASHINGTON — By the time Steve Jobs’ Wikipedia page had been adjusted to past tense, eulogists had added a footnote to his biography of success. Failure. Jobs, though wildly successful, also failed often and badly. Therein, we note posthumously, lies perhaps the larger lesson of his life: Someti...

Sun, 10/16/2011 - 9:33pm

WASHINGTON — Undoubtedly many Americans, not least among them television producers, are disappointed by Sarah Palin’s decision not to run for president. On the bright side, Palin has proved (finally) that there is a God. How so?...

Sun, 10/09/2011 - 5:46pm

WASHINGTON — “Obama, Hitler and Hank Williams Jr.” is not a headline one ever could have imagined writing. But then, who could have thought that we would become so idiotic? Let’s be perfectly clear: Barack Obama is not Adolf Hitler. He doesn’t even look like him. Unless, that is, you paint...

Thu, 10/06/2011 - 7:05pm

WASHINGTON — Jobs, jobs, jobs, we keep hearing. But for whom, whom, whom? Certainly not for the many young Americans being graduated from colleges that have prepared them inadequately for the competitive marketplace in which they find themselves. The failure of colleges and universities to teach b...

Sun, 10/02/2011 - 8:31pm

WASHINGTON — Unless you are an NPR loyalist, you may have missed a political drama unfolding far beneath the radar of human consciousness having to do with — OK, open your eyes —table saw safety. Don’t laugh. This is serious business, especially if you’re one of those for whom “safety”...

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 5:31pm

WASHINGTON — As a rule, I’m not one to occupy a bench in the whiny women’s section. In fact, I’ve built a career around this disinclination....

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:23pm

WASHINGTON — I stayed up late Wednesday night in hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court would call off the execution of Troy Davis. Instead, at 11:08 p.m., he was pronounced dead. One minute he was lifting his head from the death gurney, pleading his innocence in the killing of a police officer 22 year...

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 8:16pm

WASHINGTON — Let us begin by stipulating that President Barack Obama’s new budget plan is unrealistic, highly partisan and a nonstarter on Capitol Hill.  That’s what’s so good about it.  At last, the president hasn’t conceded the race before it began, hasn’t opened the bidding ...

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 7:53pm