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Bob Costas Should Stick To Sportscasting

posted by mattaug

Let me first say that I have always admired and enjoyed Bob Costas’ work as a sportscaster and sports talk show host. The way he can shift gears from football to baseball and even the Olympics is impressive to watch […]

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FOX News Report Card: Center-Right

posted by mattaug

I had to do it. I had to “unfriend” a former associate on Facebook a few weeks ago for “accusing” me of only watching FOX News. Although I “lean right” on many political and social topics, I have spent my […]

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Election Night’s Winners, Losers

posted by mattaug

First off , the winners of election night … Barack Obama — Obvious choice, he got enough Americans to believe he can turn the economy around despite serious struggles in his first-term. Bill Clinton, to his credit, understood his limits […]

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I Cast My Ballot For … Jesus!

posted by mattaug

Been there, done that … may even do it again … as early as tonight. That is, wait nervously around the television set for election night results to find out who will lead this great nation. Tonight, it turns out, […]

Please Take Politics Out Of ‘Sandy’…

posted by mattaug

This might seem like a strange post coming from someone who has angered some on the left and the right in recent days with posts questioning the president’s choice of talk shows to appear on, while also calling for prayer […]

Before I Go On … About Joy Behar Post

posted by mattaug

With one of the most vicious weather episodes to ever hit a part of the country occurring, it seems there would be more important things to blog about today. I’m sure all our hearts and prayers go out to all […]

Thoughts & Prayers For President, His Family

posted by mattaug

Apologies to those of you who don’t visit the Beliefnet site for politics, as I am going to wade into the subject again. This time to offer my thoughts and prayers for President Obama and his family. Although the president […]

My View: No Joy In Watching Behar

posted by mattaug

She is often rude, crude and classless. Really, there is very little joy when it comes to Joy Behar. One of the personalities on ‘The View’ Behar is one of those mean and angry liberals who makes you mad at […]

This Is An ‘Exclusive’ Blog Post!

posted by mattaug

Did I get you to read this sentence because of the above headline? If so, good, because that was PRECISELY my intent. Although it’s true, in that this blog/feature IS an exclusive to Beliefnet.com, it’s also kind of stretching the […]

No Debate: Paul Ryan Ready To Be Veep

posted by mattaug

He was calm, cool and collected and ready to be vice president should there be an opening in just about three weeks. Paul Ryan comported himself very well at the vice president’s debate, or whatever it was called, Thursday night. […]

Mitt Grabbed TV Viewers In Debate

posted by mattaug

Oh, the power of television can be a double-edged sword, especially for politicians. In the past Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton used their ability to be ‘telegenic’ to win consecutive terms in the White House and effectively govern to some […]

‘Homeland’ … Best Show I Have Never Seen

posted by mattaug

Homeland, the Showtime series on terrorism, has alot going for it. It’s coming off a fabulously successful first season and Emmy night, great stars like Claire Daines, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. It also boasts a pretty strong fan base […]

John Hancock? More Like John Han-crock

posted by mattaug

I wasn’t going to write a  feature/post over the weekend until I saw, again, a TV ad for John Hancock financial services. The ad features four distinctly different “couples” discussing their investment options in this volatile market. “Let me guess,” […]

Does President ‘Mean’ To Be Mean?

posted by mattaug

  On the day the Democratic National Convention, the DNC, really gets rolling I have to wonder something about the president … does he MEAN to be  mean? I ask this question about Barack Obama because of his willingness, even […]

RNC Packed With Pride, Passion, Power

posted by mattaug

If it was just a show … then the Republican National Convention was one heckuva show at that. But I wouldn’t want to call it just a show, not to the likes of all the terrific governors who spoke or […]

Vice President Dick Cheney Was No Joke

posted by mattaug

He was mocked, disrespected and even accused of being the “real” president. But let me tell you something … Vice President Dick Cheney was NEVER a joke, nor did he treat his job like one. Cheney, led by his “boss” […]

American Athletes Inspired At Olympics

posted by mattaug

I forgot where I first saw the  question, but it has certainly stuck with me: Does it really matter what nation wins the most medals at the Olympics? Ummm…I’ll take that one … YES! Of course I am an American […]

Romney Wants Win ‘Any Which Way He Can’

posted by mattaug

Clint Eastwood is looking for hope and change when it comes to the 2012 presidential race. He apparently hopes Mitt Romney can change the course of a still-struggling economy that posted decent jobs growth this past month but is still […]

Bye George Jefferson … We’ll Miss You!

posted by mattaug

As my anti-Archie Bunker, I learned alot from watching Sherman Hemsley play George Jefferson on The Jeffersons. Jefferson, as Archie used to call him, MORE than held his own when dealing with the racist Bunker. Although a bit anti-white himself, […]

Bella, Santorums Inspired In Political Run

posted by mattaug

It was a bit sad to see Rick Santorum step aside as a Republican presidential candidate Tuesday afternoon. While not a perfect candidate, none of them are, Santorum put up a heckuva fight for the nomination even as Mitt Romney […]

Women Taking Over Television … Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

posted by mattaug

Sarah Palin, Meredith Vieira, Katie Couric and even Oprah Winfrey. What a week it has been for women on television! And it’s only Tuesday for crying out loud … Palin visited the Today show in what had to be a […]

Keith Olbermann Can’t Even Keep ‘Current’

posted by mattaug

Keith Olbermann must have one HECK of an agent. Despite being pretty much a one-trick pony, playing the not-too-rare angry liberal, Olbermann has been on more TV channels than Oprah Winfrey. In fact, OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s flagging network, might be […]

Djokovic Has Fun, Fun, Fun As Tennis’ No. 1

posted by mattaug

I respect the heck out of the great Roger Federer. I appreciate the toughness and passion behind Rafael Nadal, especially his heartfelt remarks about 9/11 over the years. Why haven’t I yet warmed up to the new No.1 tennis player […]

Shame On ABC For GCB

posted by mattaug

We keep pushing the envelope on taste and what’s acceptable in this country so far that even the bloated postal service couldn’t handle it. That may have not been the most clever sentence I have ever written, but it seems […]

Goodbye Andrew Breitbart, Davy Jones

posted by mattaug

This has been a tough week, as we lost almost polar opposites Andrew Breitbart and Davy Jones. Breitbart, the conservative pundit, had to be respected for the tenacious approach to his work. He wasn’t loved in all  quarters, no conservative […]

Whitney Houston Deserved Flags Honor

posted by mattaug

Let’s be honest here, OK? New Jersey deciding to fly its flags at half-staff for the death of Whitney Houston was a nice honor. The woman was a music superstar and it’s important some people take pride in her and […]

Big Day For ‘Today’ Show, So Why Am I Sad?

posted by mattaug

First for the good: congratulations are in order for NBC’s Today Show in reaching it’s 60th year on air. Heck, getting to 60 days on air now is a good accomplishment and one we’ll see if the new CBS Morning […]

Five Things About TV I Am Thankful For…

posted by mattaug

It seems like a good time to do an inspiring post about the best things about TV. No. 1 FOX News: The liberal left can whine all it wants about FOX News being slanted to the right, but I say […]

Curses! People Losing Control On TV

posted by mattaug

What was it about the past week or so on television? About a week and a half ago political pundit Bob Beckel lost his cool and yelled out “That’s B.S.!” (the full word) on the FOX News show The Five. […]

HDNet’s Rather Compelling At Times

posted by mattaug

Dan Rather comes with lots of baggage as far as myself and many others are concerned. The former CBS News anchor was so relentless in his pursuit to make George Bush and his son look bad, it actually made HIM […]

Herm’s A Strong Cain-didate

posted by mattaug

OK, so Chris Christie and Sarah Palin will stay out of the race for the Republican nomination for president. There is still plenty to like about the candidates that ARE running, including former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain. Cain is […]

Are You Ready …. To Be Censored?

posted by mattaug

Let me make one thing perfectly clear … as President Nixon used to say: I was no big fan of Hank Williams over-the-top musical intro to Monday Night Football … it was obnoxious and over the top to me. To […]

Goodbye, Andy Rooney! Farewell, 60 Minutes?

posted by mattaug

I couldn’t let the final night of Andy Rooney’s weekly commentary on 60 Minutes go without commenting. Rooney was enjoyable, even Jerry Seinfeld-like when doing segments on simple day-to-day matters. At his best, there was genius in his simplicity. When […]

Jersey ‘Sure': Chris Christie Should Run

posted by mattaug

I am comfortable enough in my manhood to admit this: I LOVE Chris Christie! A Newsmax report that he is reconsidering his  previous stand about not running for the presidency is GREAT news. The guy is a straight shooting, tax-cutting, […]

Thoughts On 9-11…

posted by mattaug

It was and is nice to see all the TV programming remembering 9-11-01 and the tragic events of that day. It proves many of us have NOT forgotten that day and how awesome it is to be an American. Here […]

Obama’s Jobs Speech Performance: Angry Or Effective?

posted by mattaug

It’s never too late for a jobs bill, even three years into Barack Obama’s presidency. Obama himself tried to make that point, over and over, 17 times in fact, during his speech before Congress and the American people Thursday night. […]

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton … Angry, But Dull

posted by mattaug

It’s almost funny on those rare occasions I watch MSNBC seeing the hosts rip into Republicans and the Republican party. Ummm folks one small problem … it’s Democrats that control both the Senate and the White House. The channel’s latest […]

NBC … Nothin’ But (Dick) Cheney?

posted by mattaug

It seems like an odd partnership at first glance, but NBC and Dick Cheney are teaming up for tons of programming in the next couple of days. The former vice president’s NBC onslaught started Thursday with a snippet of an […]

Marco Rubio Literally Gives Nation A Lift

posted by mattaug

How cool is it to be Marco Rubio these days? Even though he rarely seeks the spotlight, the 40-year-old junior senator from Florida is already being discussed as a presidential candidate. Timing is everything, and if the U.S. is still […]

Toughest White House Correspondents?

posted by mattaug

No president enjoyed a longer, deeper unquestioned love from the media than Barack Obama. Those days appear to be nearing an end, however, as even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews may no longer be getting shivers down his spine, or weak at […]

Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry So Very Telegenic

posted by mattaug

It’s too early to call him President Rick Perry. Or even Republican nominee for President Rick Perry. But the Texan took to the airwaves Saturday afternoon and ran roughshod over everything in his path. In a good way … for […]

Is Tina Brown’s Newsweek Attacking Michelle Bachmann?

posted by mattaug

Being a liberal must be FAR more important to Tina Brown than being a fair-minded person. Or being a woman or person with even an ounce of empathy for that matter. In her latest questionable move as head of Newsweek, […]

FOX News’ The Five Lacks ‘Ooompf’

posted by mattaug

Say what you will about Glenn Beck, but the man was a television star and personality unlike few others. Love him or hate him, Beck could make you laugh or cry, in the same hour. Who else on TV had […]

Palin Documentary The Undefeated Ready For TV

posted by mattaug

I have to admit, the opposite of what I thought would happen with Sarah Palin’s documentary took place. I thought The Undefeated would be critically panned but be a cult hit among Evangelical Christians and/or conservative Republicans. Instead, apparently the […]

Alexandra Pelosi: Mostly Fair Documentary Filmmaker

posted by mattaug

Sometimes parents can learn a thing or two from their children. Such is the case with documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. Her mother, in case you don’t know from the last name is Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House […]

Would Professional Jury Been Better For Casey Anthony Trial?

posted by mattaug

I like and admire Sean Hannity, a great deal. Those of you who read this blog on a semi-regular basis probably know that already. But when the FOX TV commentator laughed and scoffed at radio commentator Mike Gallagher’s suggestion that […]

CNN Got What It Deserved With Ousted Spitzer

posted by mattaug

After just nine months, the Eliot Spitzer experiment is over at CNN. What seemed like a desperate hire to begin with, the disgraced ex-New York governor was initially teamed with virtual unknown Kathleen Parker. They weren’t an engaging pairing or […]

Forget ‘Flake’, Bachmann Better Prepare For Blizzard

posted by mattaug

Chris Wallace appeared to ask Republican candidate for president Michelle Bachmann an unfair question Sunday on his FOX News program. “Are you a flake?” Wallace asked the Iowa-born, Minnesota politically bred Bachmann. Despite being off slightly on some answers to […]

Credit Kutcher’s Courage In Speaking Up For Sarah Palin

posted by mattaug

There is enough dislike for Sarah Palin on either side of the political spectrum that she will probably never be president. The attacks on the former Alaska governor and FOX News contributor are truly beyond the pale, however. They should […]

CNN … Coverage Not Neutral

posted by mattaug

I used to look forward to watching CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday mornings. I was hoping, against hope apparently, the show would be a fair look at how the media covers the government and politics. Would the show find that […]

President Trump’s VP Call Is Easy: Gary Busey

posted by mattaug

When you are a leader, it’s good to send people off your trail by having a bit of a loon serve as second in command. Some people feel President Barack Obama did just that when he selected Joe Biden as […]

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This TV Critic Hopes Twitter Is Here To Stay!
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Missing Sammy Davis Jr., Twinkies
I just noticed that the late, great Sammy Davis Jr's birthday, Dec. 8, came and went over the weekend. I miss the talented man, who broke down racial barriers through high great singing, dancing and even acting skills. Yes, even the latter, as judged by his appearance on the TV classic "All in

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Daymond John Is One Cool 'Shark'
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