Fox News is coming apart

Roger Ailes, who runs Fox News, is set to be fired by Rupert Murdoch, owner of the network, over charges that he sexually harassed TV journalist Gretchen Carlson.  Megyn Kelly has also said that Ailes harassed her, though other Fox News employees are defending their boss.  In fact, three of the network’s biggest stars–Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren–are threatening to quit if Ailes leaves.  This would mean, for better or worse, the end of Fox News as we know it. [Read more…]

“Preacher”

The figure of the wanderer dominates the popular imagination, as evident in the heroes of our popular TV shows and movies.  So observes Alissa Wilkinson at RogerEbert.com, who says the wanderer reflects the spiritual condition of our time.  As an example, she points to the TV series “Preacher,” based on a comic book about a tormented pastor with strange super powers and a dark attitude.  He is trying to track down a demon that has destroyed his congregation.  I suspect some of you pastors can relate to that.

Have any of you seen this show or read the comic it is based on?  I haven’t, but it sounds kind of good, though I can’t tell from the review if it is being blasphemous or religious (in a “winter Christian” kind of way).

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Liberals who now work for Putin

Remember Ed Schultz, the liberal talker on MSNBC, who praised all things Obama and Clinton, and who ridiculed Trump and condemned Vladimir Putin (whom he called derisively “Putie”)?  Well, now he works for RT America, Putin’s propaganda cable network.  Now he has nothing good to say about Obama and Clinton and is now, at his new master’s behest, praising Trump.

Larry King, the former CNN icon, also works for Putin.  So does Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota, professional wrestler, and radio talk show host.  (He is arguably not a liberal, but was something of a populist precursor to Trump, on the state level.)  Also working for Putin is, disturbingly, Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s equivalent of the CIA.

Michael Crowley has a story about this in Politico, excerpted and linked to after the jump.  He also discusses the connections between Putin and Trump. [Read more…]

The Books of Samuel come to television

A new television series, Of Kings and Prophets, will premiere on ABC next week on Tuesday, March 8, at 10:00 pm. ET.  It will dramatize the lives of David and Saul and, presumably, if the series is renewed, Solomon and the other kings of Israel.  Those are absolutely compelling stories from the Bible.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the writers say that they will push the envelope “as far as we can” when it comes to sex and violence.  It is true that the Biblical accounts of the kings are unflinching when it comes to telling about their sins.  The Bible, however, is able to refer to the sex and the violence that are part of their story without being prurient.  I somehow doubt that this show will achieve that.

I wonder if the writers will also push the envelope when it comes to acknowledging the God of Israel, who is the main figure in all of these stories.  I somehow doubt that, as well.

See the trailer after the jump.  Are you going to give it a try? [Read more…]

Before Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs

I’m a Downton Abbey fan, and I’m glad the series started up again, last season though it be.  I am rather astonished, though, at the hype and frenzy around this excellent portrayal of the British class system in the first half of the 20th century.  But I haven’t heard any credit being given to the series that Downton Abbey is, in effect, remaking:  Upstairs, Downstairs.
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Reinventing New Year’s Eve with college football playoffs

I’ve got to say, I’m excited that the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma, one of my alma maters, is in the college football playoffs tonight.  I had given up on them after they lost to Texas, but here they are, playing the undefeated Clemson for a shot at the national championship.  For everything you want to know about the playoffs and much more than you  want to know, go here.  (Give your picks in the comments.)

The bigger story, though, is ESPN’s attempt to take over the way Americans celebrate New Year’s Eve.  Instead of going to parties, staying up until midnight, and watching the ball drop at Times Square, watch college football! [Read more…]