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  Bounty System? All three local newscasts at 11 p.m. Sunday led with the story about former Buffalo Bills Coach Gregg Williams apparently having a bounty system here that may have been similar to the one the National Football League has accused Willliams of having when he was the defensive coordinator ...
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Sabres Keep Fans Awake

Ryan Miller: Awakening Fans   If the ratings for the Buffalo Sabres first two games on the West Coast are any indication, there were a lot of sleepy workers Thursday morning and Friday morning and there may be a lot of sleepy churchgoers Sunday morning after tonight’s game in Vancouver. Or to ...
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Ch.2 Wins Most Key News Races in February

Oprah Winfrey: Big Loss to Ch.4   After the results of the first three weeks, it was about as expected as the Oscar win of “The Artist” as best film. However, Channel 2 reporters, anchors and managers still have to feel like award honorees after officially winning most of the key battleground ...
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At Inception, Interesting “Awake” Confuses

Jason Isaacs   I haven’t been as confused watching a movie or a TV pilot since Leonardo Di Caprio was starring in “Inception.” Viewers better be fully awake at 10 tonight when watching “Awake,” the annoyingly-complicated and weirdly interesting NBC series in which Jason Isaacs of Showtime’s ...
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A Bedtime Story About Snow Jobs

  George Clooney I set my alarm 30 minutes early this morning because I was 4 Warned Tuesday night by Pope Don Paul, Channel 2’s Kevin O’Connell and Channel 7’s Aaron Mentkowski that things were going to be a little messy on the morning commute. As I write this in my bed in a northern suburb, ...
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Oscar Rating Flat Here; Daytona Scores

  Stephen Colbert: Oscar critic Billy Crystal’s return as Oscar host wasn’t a big hit with most of the nation’s critics but at least he helped stop the ratings slide of the awards show. The rating reportedly was up about 4 percent nationally from the 2011 disaster co-hosted by James Franco ...
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Sounding Off About Dull Oscars

Christopher Plummer: Classy speech Near the end of Monday’s dull Oscar telecast, host Billy Crystal went around the audience and told jokes about what he thought several  stars were thinking. At about that time, I tweeted “does Billy know what I’m thinking. Give out more awards and fast.” In ...
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Momentum of Ch.2 News Continues

Billy Crystal   With a week left in the February sweeps, it is pretty clear that the success of Channel 2 News everywhere but in the late evening is going to be the big story. If Channel 4 hoped that its sparkling new set and much-praised new anchor Diana Fairbanks would take away Channel 2’s ...
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Clearing Up Some Confusion

  When politicians misspeak their way into controversy, they often try to clear up the damage with the phrase “what I was trying to say.” I think I’ll use that phrase when it comes to Wednesday’s bungled criticism of the local media for its handling of the Buffalo Bills announcement that ...
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Rumore’s Criticism of CNN Is Valid

Dianna Agron: "Glee" Future Cloudy Today’s guest media critic is Phil Rumore, the president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation. In a telephone interview on Channel 2’s late news Tuesday night, Rumore was highly critical of a lengthy CNN report on the cosmetic surgery rider in medical insurance ...
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