| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:57 AM
For the North, the goal of the Civil War was to reunite the nation. That's how Abraham Lincoln defined it and why the Northern states rallied behind the effort.
Yet, the question of abolishing slavery was always somewhere in the discussion. Many...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 8:13 PM
Observations of the stuff that aired in between commercials Sunday:
* The big number for NBC is 111.5 million: The number of viewers who watched last year's Super Bowl, the largest TV audience of all time. So the network wasn't upset that a huge...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 12:09 PM
Prime Minister Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu knows that he can't win the election on March 17. The arithmetic is against him from the left and the right. The new Arab party, which unites Islamists, Nationalists, Communists and just plain Arab citizens who...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it's a sign that maybe there's something wrong with the air in the mine....
| Feb 28, 2015
| 5:54 PM
In his long and sometimes stormy career as a journalist and cable-news pundit, Bill O'Reilly has occasionally mentioned his exploits in conflict zones around the world. "I've been there," he once said. "That's really what separates me from most of these...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 9:00 AM
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly said he was in the Falkland Islands "war zone." He wasn't. He said the riot in Buenos Aires was a "war zone." It wasn't ("Bill O'Reilly ratings rise in spite of allegations on his Falklands claims," Feb. 24).
He said he...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 10:40 AM
The new reality show "Sex Box" is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Each episode features three different couples who have sex in a camera-free, soundproof cube on a stage in front of a live audience. Afterward, they discuss the experience with a...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 2:03 PM
To show or not to show the horrific images from an ISIS video of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive -- that's the decision cable news executives were faced with this week.
And Fox and CNN, the number one and two rated cable news channels,...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 8:30 PM
It's a dangerous time to be on television. Big-time TV stars are keeling over, left and right. First, NBC's Brian Williams, caught in a lie. And now Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. With one big difference: Nobody suspected Williams was a liar; everybody knew O'...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 4:14 PM
(UPDATES WITH RESPONSE FROM MOTHER JONES TO O'REILLY COMMENTS.)
Comparing Bill O'Reilly to NBC anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended for lying about his combat coverage, "Mother Jones" today alleged that the popular Fox News host has his own...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 9:00 PM
For some of us, there comes a time when we feel old, forgotten and unimportant, thus the temptation to say and do things for one more day in the sun.
Such was the misfortune of "America's mayor" last week in Manhattan at a...