Random Media Notes


What would happen if Glenn Beck had to appear before Judge Judy? Jezebel has the answer.

A poet from the Bronx sues Oprah…for one TRILLION dollars.

Fox News is really just performance art masquerading as a news station, right? Right?

Bob Herbert on the Sodini killings: “We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.”

Jack Shafer, however, , says it’s better to be offensive than safe, because “it’s what newspapers do, people!” (Emphasis Shafer’s) He’s responding to the uproar over the ill-conceived “Mouthpiece Theater” project where Dan Milbank made the uproariously funny joke that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be served a “Mad Bitch beer” at the “Beer Summit.”

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →