FROM Guy Adams
Competition: In the Olympic Games and in the Media As world-class athletes go for the gold , NBC television goes for the audience. But those formerly passive viewers now have a voice, and it's a loud one. On Twitter and Facebook, on blog after blog, NBC has been excoriated since the opening ceremonies: for commentary, dramatizations and especially tape delays. Instead of destroying the old business model, are the New Media reinforcing it? Photo: USA gymnasts celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4
Competition: In the Olympic Games and in the Media As world-class athletes go for the gold, NBC television is going for the audience. But those formerly passive viewers now have a voice -- and it's a loud one. On Twitter and Facebook, on blog after blog, NBC has been excoriated since the opening ceremonies: for commentary, dramatizations and especially tape delays. At the same time, prime time viewing is off the charts. We hear from the tweeter who was famously shut down and from inside NBC strategy sessions.
Presidential Race Makes a Stop in California Since the 1969 oil spill, Santa Barbara has not been the place where political candidates talk about increased drilling offshore. That’s part of John McCain’s plan for energy independence, but when he came to Santa Barbara today, he didn’t talk about it either. Barack Obama’s so-called “dinner” at 4pm today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was organized by Hillary supporter and friend-of-Bill John Emerson. Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Cindy Crawford and Sugar Ray Leonard were expected to be on hand. But for a candidate who could fill Staples Center—or maybe the Coliseum—just 500 to 800 people were invited to an event scheduled for an “intimate” room in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.