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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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Ch.2 Foolishly Buys TWC Rate “Plan”

    Katharine McPhee   This is what I’m thinking after long holiday weekend: It was easy to laugh at how easy Channel 2 – the station that stands up for us – accepted a statement by  Time Warner Cable Monday that there won’t be any rate hike resulting from the recent deal with MSG that ...
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Reflections of The Way Life Used to Be

  Kevin Costner (Image via RottenTomatoes.com) I didn’t want to give up four hours of my life to celebrate Whitney Houston’s life. My goal Saturday was to ignore her funeral or homegoing and live my life. But the social media wouldn’t let me do it. However, the goodbye to Houston made me think ...
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TWC Rate Hike Inevitable By Year’s End

Gov. Cuomo   It’s time for The Interpreter to make sense of the Time Warner Cable deal with Madison Square Garden Network, which has the same chairman as the company that owns  the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Here are some quick thoughts: I awoke this morning in time to hear Channel ...
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Assist to Knicks’ Lin on MSG, TWC Deal

Jeremy Lin  You may recall the headline of my Dec. 27 blog four days before MSG disappeared from Time Warner Cable in a contract dispute: “Sabre Fans Should Root for Knicks.” My point was that the dispute was all about the New York City market since it has about seven times as many TWC subscribers ...
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