THE MEDIA

Alabama Governor Bentley Sticks Foot in Mouth, Again

by Glynn Wilson Alabama Governor Robert Bentley seems to like the taste of his own toes. He sticks his foot in his mouth so often that people down South have taken to calling him “Goober” after the character on the Andy Griffith Show who just could not keep his mouth shut even though he rarely…

Obama Campaign Ad Ties Romney to Outsourcing Jobs, Offshore Bank Accounts

President Obama’s campaign continues to make its case against Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney for holding offshore accounts and outsourcing jobs from America. The president’s campaign released a new television ad on Saturday that mockingly shows Mr. Romney, the Republican challenger, badly singing “America the Beautiful.” The president’s campaign has spent more than a week hammering…

HBO’S The Newsroom Episode 3: “The 112th Congress”

News Night anchor Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, begins the The Newsroom Episode 3 by apologizing to viewers for misleading the public about war and the economy and pledges to do what the media should do in America, educate the public so they can be good citizens in a democracy. Wow. That’s sort of…

Must Watch: HBO’s The Newsroom

This May Be the Best Show Now on Television Season 1 Trailer – A Changed Man You’ve got to see this. I just watched the first 10 minutes and it’s the best television I’ve seen in a very, very long time. From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of…

Karl Rove Lies on Fox News Again, and Again

Why would Karl Rove lie so blatantly on Fox News about the Siegelman case when the question was about his political organization? Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com There is no way this right-wing Republican political organization, American Crossroads, which is spending millions of dollars to try to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012…

Religious Nuts Take Over Public Television in Alabama

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson If ignorance is bliss, Alabamaland must be the happiest place on earth. Are you happy yet living in Ignoramousville? The inmates have taken over the asylum called Alabama and all anyone can say is: “Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits.” Radical Christian theists and their pro-big business allies…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s summertime in Alabama now. No matter what the official calendar says. The mercury hit 91 here today. That was probably in the shade. We just got back from the local farmer’s market, where Alabama farmers show up every Thursday to sell their goods directly to the public. There…

Romney Wants Fewer Teachers, Police Officers and Firefighters?

Trumka Says No to A Romney Presidency AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka put Mitt Romney’s recent statements on public employees into perspective Sunday. Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Trumka said, “Mitt Romney says he wants fewer teachers—that means larger classrooms. He says he wants fewer firefighters—that means less safety. I mean, rich people will probably…

A Memorial Day For the Daily Newspaper?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson We come together today to honor those who died in war defending American freedom. But perhaps we need to start a new memorial day or at least include a new category — for those who are about to be out of a job when the daily newspaper dies. Many…

May 24, 2012: The Day the Daily Newspapers Died

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson May 24, 2012 will be remembered as the day the daily newspapers died in the South. The Newhouse chain announced Thursday that the Times-Picayune in New Orleans is so broke it can only publish three days a week now, and the same holds true for the only major city…

On the State of Reading and Writing in America Today

All the King’s Men Trailer The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s overcast and quiet on the screened-in porch, with just a little low down piano jazz accompanying the trilling of the lady cardinals this Sunday morning as I gather my thoughts for the weekly commentary in this space. My dog Jefferson is sitting quietly…

Be Careful What You Wish For

You Might Actually Get A Smaller Government The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Quit smiling at the television and take a minute to read this. It might piss you off, but so what? It might be good for you, like spinach. I’ve been thinking alot lately about what happened to the notion of a shared…

On the Nature of Self-Defeating Convictions

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson MARGARETVILLE, Ala. — It is a lovely Sunday morning and amazingly quiet in the suburbs on this April Fool’s Day. The Carolina Wren’s are feeding new young in the hand-crafted birdhouse attached to the screened-in porch. They stop only occasionally between feedings to sing, and they sound about as…