Television

(L) Rupert Murdoch at his annual party at Spencer House in London on June 22, 2023, and (R) Jeff Bezos at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10, 2024.

Has Jeff Bezos Embraced the Rupert Murdoch Model of Leveraging Sleaze for Power? Has Jeff Bezos Embraced the Rupert Murdoch Model of Leveraging Sleaze for Power?

The Washington Post is now run by a master of squalid tabloid journalism. 

Jun 17, 2024 / Jeet Heer

General views of the “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” skyscraper billboard campaign in Hollywood, California.

Addiction to Blockbuster Franchises Is Killing Hollywood Addiction to Blockbuster Franchises Is Killing Hollywood

Corporate consolidation means tired and increasingly unpopular sequels.

Jun 3, 2024 / Jeet Heer

Trump after guilty verdict

With Trump’s Conviction, the 2024 Presidential Election Is Finally Launched With Trump’s Conviction, the 2024 Presidential Election Is Finally Launched

The Manhattan court case clarifies the stakes—and gives a chance for a Biden reboot.

May 31, 2024 / Jeet Heer

Shot from HBO’s “The Sympathizers”

The Many Worlds of HBO’s “The Sympathizer” The Many Worlds of HBO’s “The Sympathizer”

The adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel is a study of migration—between identities and countries and also between different historical periods and genres.

May 21, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Jorge Cotte

Saamer Usmani as Raj Varma, Jess Hong as Jin Cheng, Liam Cunningham as Wade in 3 Body Problem.

What’s Ailing Prestige TV? What’s Ailing Prestige TV?

In Netflix’s big budget series 3 Body Problem, the flaws of this era of streaming is laid bare.

May 15, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

Peggy Noonan

Campus Protesters Were Right to Spurn Peggy Noonan, Emblem of Media Obtuseness Campus Protesters Were Right to Spurn Peggy Noonan, Emblem of Media Obtuseness

Our narcissistic media elite doesn’t understand why their lies have made young people wary.

May 6, 2024 / Jeet Heer

Harvey Weinstein Court Hearing - Los Angeles, CA

Harvey Weinstein’s Reversal of Fortune Harvey Weinstein’s Reversal of Fortune

Though the movie mogul’s acquittal stunned the New York media, anyone who attended the trial without blinders could have seen it coming.

May 1, 2024 / JoAnn Wypijewski

O.J. Simpson tries on glove during trial

O.J. Simpson Proved That With Enough Money You Can Get Away With Murder O.J. Simpson Proved That With Enough Money You Can Get Away With Murder

The accused killer won and lost in court depending on his bank account.

Apr 12, 2024 / Jeet Heer

The End of  “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Marks the End of an Era

The End of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Marks the End of an Era The End of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Marks the End of an Era

Larry David is the last of his kind—and in several ways.

Apr 8, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Daniel Bessner

Trump-Campaigns-In-Erie

Who Owns Donald Trump? Who Owns Donald Trump?

The former president’s financial troubles open up rich opportunities for political attack.

Mar 25, 2024 / Jeet Heer

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