World’s coolest Olympics commercial

G’day!  This hails from a TV station in Australia, promoting their coverage of the games that begin (I can’t believe it) next week. [Read more...]

RIP, Ernest Borgnine

The TV icon died today at 95. Like Andy Griffith —another recently departed figure who became a fixture in our living rooms doing frothy episodic television—Ernest Borgnine possessed a talent that was darker and deeper than many got to see.  Check out the clip below from his Oscar-winning turn in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty.” [Read more...]

Bill Geist reveals he has Parkinson’s

I missed this news this past weekend — I’m usually doing something else on Sunday mornings — but the announcement by the best-selling writer and longtime CBS News correspondent is worth noting.  Bill Geist is a national treasure, and an all-around good guy.  (On top of that — if memory serves — I believe his [Read More...]

Fulton Sheen moves closer to sainthood

From the AP: Pope Benedict XVI has put Fulton John Sheen, the U.S. bishop whose radio and TV shows denouncing Communism and liberal psychology had a big following, on the path to sainthood. The Vatican said Thursday the pope formally recognized the `’heroic virtues” of Sheen, a former Rochester bishop who died in New York [Read More...]

“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More...]

Charlie Sheen goes to confession

Or at least, he does in the teaser for his new series “Anger Management.”  See below. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More...]

Michael Voris update: RealCatholicTV changes it name to Church Militant.TV

And they have a new studio, too. You may remember the controversy that swirled around this media enterprise last year, with the Archdiocese of Detroit asserting that Michael Voris is not authorized to use the word “Catholic” for his operation.  Well, now that problem has been solved. His announcement: [Read more...]

Something to sink my teeth into

I thought the new header for the blog, shown above, looked familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Then it came to me: it’s an awful lot like the title card from a favorite afternoon TV show from my youth: I hadn’t thought about that in years. Curious, I did a little Googling [Read More...]

RIP, Mike Wallace — UPDATED

“All of us at CBS News and particularly at ’60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what [Read More...]


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