- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
- Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at N.Y. trial
- New evidence could threaten Army sex assault case
- George Zimmerman signs autographs at Orlando gun show
- GOP lawmaker faces fire for NBA crime tweet
- Taliban vow to ‘use all force’ to disrupt Afghan elections
- Atheists sue to remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ from 9/11 museum
- Bishop in Aleppo: ‘We Christians live in fear in Syria’
- Oscar Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flubs daylight saving time advice: ‘Turn your clocks back’
Inside the Beltway: Gipper casting
Rip Torn, Richard Crenna and James Brolin are among the many actors who portrayed President Ronald Reagan in one Hollywood production or another. Now add Michael Douglas to the list. The veteran actor and loyal Democrat will play Reagan in “Reykjavik,” an independent film set during the 1986 summit between the president and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland. Some bias could be lurking though. The $10 million film is from Participant Media, the production company behind “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s alarmist global-warming documentary.
THE GRAND FINALE
Three cheers: As one of their last acts, nimble officials at the Republican National Convention set up a fundraising program to help Red Cross relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. No doubt, their very last act will be to start planning for 2016. Meanwhile, the show goes on to swift and final curtain call.
Before Mitt Romney takes the stage Thursday night to seal the deal, the high-profile, prime-time parade will include speechifying by Rep. Connie Mack of Florida; former House speaker Newt Gingrich and wife Callista; son Craig Romney; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Olympians Mike Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode; and at long last headliner, Sen. Marco Rubio, who will introduce Mr. Romney around 10 p.m.
Party loyalists are gearing up for the great Democratic feel-good fest next week in Charlotte, N.C. But there’s worry afoot. Though former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean dismisses the Republican National Convention as “four days of Obama-bashing” in a new fundraising message, he also adds, “When the Republicans leave Tampa, it’s pretty likely they’ll be ahead in the horse race.”
It may be cheer-up time for Democrats who are already framing their convention as the ultimate example of community activism, which will certainly guarantee mawkish coverage from an adoring news media.
“While Republicans are ramping up the attacks and extremism, we’re doubling down on our grass-roots strategy. For us, the convention is an opportunity to share our message face to face with as many Americans as possible, culminating in a week of grass-roots action immediately after the president officially accepts the nomination,” Mr. Dean proclaims.
New research from the University of Missouri finds that 74 percent of Americas agree that journalists “play an important role in society,” while 62 percent prefer news stories “produced by a professional journalist.” Still, the nation is divided about the trust factor. About one-third actually trust journalists, one-third don’t and the rest are neutral.
Fox News viewers are the most discerning: Fifty percent said they don’t trust the media, far outpacing the sentiments of those who watch MSNBC, PBS, CNN and the broadcast networks by margins ranging from 21 to 40 percentage points. Fox also won the popularity derby.
“The influence of Fox News on the attitudes of U.S. adults regarding the mainstream news media and professional journalists cannot be overlooked. Fox News was identified by the most respondents as their favorite national TV news channel. CNN was a close second,” the study said.
THE PARTISAN VIEWER
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- New Benghazi investigation published on the 18-month anniversary of the attack
- Inside the Beltway: GOP determined to find out who's behind Clinton lockdown
- Inside the Beltway: A sampler of CPAC wisdom
- Historian: Valdimir Putin using Peter the Great tactics
- Christine O'Donnell eager to re-engage in political debate
Latest Blog Entries
- A startling 20 percent of Democratic lawmakers already endorse Hillary Clinton for president
- Hey food police: calling obesity a 'disease' is actually a health risk
- Cheese and an 'enhanced experience': White House goes showbiz on the State of the Union address
- Cruz calls it a 'circus': the State of the Union spectacle begins
- Half of American fans say God and 'supernatural' forces are in play during sports events
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- CURL: Today's GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: 'We are going to crush them'
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Arrest made in Ohio bar shooting that killed 3
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- As Crimea falls, Obama takes Key Largo golf vacation, Biden hits Virgin Islands
- Charges filed against accused 'shadow campaign' financier
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again