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Television news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 10, 2005

    Visible Man

    The Jack Johnson story is about many things, but none more emphatically than the meaning of manhood to the Anglo-Saxon imagination at the turn of the century.

    Greg Tate

  • January 13, 2005

    Pundit Limbo: How Low Can They Go?

    What do Robert Novak and Armstrong Williams have to do before they're completely discredited?

    Eric Alterman

  • December 16, 2004

    Red Sluts, Blue Sluts

    The Golden Girls and Sex and the City are available on DVD. Desperate Housewives airs Sundays at 9 pm EST on ABC.

    Richard Goldstein

  • November 30, 2004

    The Invisible Hand Holds the Remote

    What does it mean that a whopping 70 percent of Americans, according to a recent New York Times-CBS News poll, believe that mass culture is responsible for debasing our moral values?

    Robert Scheer

  • June 17, 2004

    Pimp My Bride

    Reality TV gives marriage an extreme makeover.

    Jack Halberstam


  • June 3, 2004

    The Irresistible Rise of Berlusconi

    Dressed up as a tropical dictator in a sketch by the great Italian political cartoonist Altan, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wears a double-breasted camouflage jacket, a goony grin on his face

    Frederika Randall

  • October 30, 2003

    Oy Gay!

    Without baring flesh, exchanging fluids or even shedding blood, Will & Grace has become the craftiest, if not the most radical, show in the history of network television--though not

    Kera Bolonik

  • October 3, 2003

    What’s On K Street?

    HBO's new political program is a vivid (and disgusting) expression of our decayed democracy.

    William Greider

  • October 2, 2003

    Judgment Day

    The antigay bias that permeates the Republican Party can be clearly seen in Bush's judicial appointments. Among the unalloyed homophobes Bush has nominated for the federal bench:

    Doug Ireland

  • October 2, 2003

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

    K. Leander Williams