Great moments in journalism: you decide, we report

Media Bistro reported last week on a media summit featuring ABC News anchor David Muir. Tweets from the event reveal some of the editorial thinking now leading one of America’s premiere newscasts. Evidently it is the viewing public—which this morning is trending stories on Facebook about a man eaten alive by a snake and Bobby Moynihan’s [Read More...]

Dear NBC…THIS should be your next musical

You can count me among those who were underwhelmed by last year’s “The Sound of Music” and bored by Thursday night’s “Peter Pan.” But if NBC wants to atone for its sins, here’s my humble suggestion: Reba McEntire in “Annie Get Your Gun.” Back in 2002, she replaced Bernadette Peters in a revival on Broadway. My wife has loved [Read More...]

Unexpected grace: the stirring “Ave Maria” montage from HBO’s “The Newsroom”

My pal Matt Palmer at the USCCB sent this my way, and it’s Must See TV: the concluding moments from Sunday night’s episode of “The Newsroom” on HBO. I’m not a regular viewer—we’re Basic Cable people at my house—but from what I can gather, the lead character, a TV anchor played by Jeff Daniels, is about [Read More...]

Most adorable Christmas ad ever? Maybe…

This slays me. From a UK department store, John Lewis. I have a soft spot for penguins anyway—well, penguins and anything remotely pumpkin—but this ad is something else. [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley writes about his “60 Minutes” interview

From The Boston Pilot’s website:  Last Sunday evening I was privileged to be featured on the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” which is actually three 20 minute segments. I was featured in segment two of the broadcast. The whole experience was fascinating. I was very impressed by the entire team, their work ethic, professionalism and [Read More...]

Ray Flynn on Cardinal O’Malley: “The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night”

The former ambassador to the Vatican writes:  The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night on the nationally celebrated “60 Minutes” news magazine, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke as a new American voice for the Vatican and we must believe for Pope Francis, from St. Peter’s Square. Addressing a nationwide [Read More...]

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s surprising comment on ordaining women

I guess I wasn’t the only one who did a double-take when I heard this on “60 Minutes” Sunday night: Catholics who thought Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks about Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn’s suitability for office were provocative have another interesting comment to ponder: If he were to start a church, he would “love [Read More...]

CNN explores the priesthood: a review

Set your TiVo to catch a documentary tonight on the priesthood, with Lisa Ling. The trailer: Patti Murphy Dohn of The Catholic Review in Baltimore got a preview: This program presents the increase in vocations to the priesthood and seminary enrollment in the Diocese of Lansing, highlighting the daily life, ministry, and family of several [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley on “60 Minutes”

He will be profiled this Sunday, and CBS News has posted a preview: Meantime, NCR has this tidbit: Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley, a key advisor to Pope Francis, has said the pontiff recognizes the need to address the situation in Kansas City, Mo., where Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty in 2012 of a criminal [Read More...]

Great moments in television: man films himself being eaten alive by an anaconda

Remember when a producer’s idea of “Reality TV” was a tour of the White House with Jackie Kennedy or a symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein? Remember when the holiday season brought us Rudolph and Jimmy Stewart and “A Christmas Story”? Well, here’s a new treat for the holidays:  This year, Discovery will air a special [Read More...]


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