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Why, exactly, is all of late night still geared only to satisfy the tastes of my Uncle Jack?

Clearly, someone out there thinks that it’s just too risky to put a woman behind that desk, that we’re not ready yet. I’m not sure who that someone is, because I think the audience is there, so it must be someone powerful – an old-school executive, a nervous sponsor, a lazy senior makeup artist. Or maybe that someone just doesn’t want to pay to remodel the host’s bathroom.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize CBS is taking a big risk with Stephen Colbert. I know what my Uncle Jack will say when he hears the news: he’ll say, “Who?” And it will be tough for me to explain. The only reassuring thing I could tell him is, “He looks like someone you’re going to like. It’ll seem familiar.”

Here is the kicker: the only one cited article mentions Chelsea Handler.

Breaking: CBS announces Stephen Colbert host of The Late Show after David Letterman.

…because Chelsea Handler’s insert reference to a piece of anatomy here wasn’t big enough to host a late night TV show on a broadcast network….

Congress: Stop Comcast's mega-merger!

If you’re sick and tired of skyrocketing cable TV and Internet rates, and lousy customer service, then take a minute and join me in opposing Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable.

If this mega-merger is allowed to go through, Comcast will dominate much of the nation’s TV and Internet marketplace, and be in 19 of the 20 largest cities. When one company has that much control, you can bet we’ll get hit with even higher prices and fewer program choices!

The Senate is holding its first hearing on this bad deal Wednesday. I just sent a message of opposition to my members of Congress you can do the same by going to Consumers Union’s website. It only takes a minute, and it’s important our elected officials know that we are fed up with giant conglomerates draining our wallets.

Considering Fallon’s propensity for apolitical humor and his generally fawning reception of guests, Republicans need not worry too much about appearing on his show, though he may not go quite as far as Leno in accommodating their desire to not ever be surprised by a line of questioning. Alas, there’s nothing they can do about the absurdly out-of-date Lewinsky joke-shaped hole in late night television named Jay.

It’s Fallon’s personality to not say anything that won’t get him invited back to high tone cocktail parties, that post-adolescent self-conciousness to make sure all of the other monkeys groom him back that makes him so bland.

Like bastilla is more flavorful and exotic than than macaroni and cheese, it doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy Fallon.

…I obviously didn’t expect or want to be a focal point of the piece, and I really just appreciated the photo of me at the top of the article placed alongside my late night contemporaries that featured my new haircut — the feedback has been overwhelming. What bothered me was that when I was listed in a paragraph with the late-night hosts, I was the only name put in parentheses. Mr. Carter wrote, “(The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!).”

I wanted to confirm what a parenthetical suggests, so I looked up the definition. The first few definitions that came up were: incidental, subordinate in significance, minor or casual.

The particular paragraph I was mentioned in was about the competition Jimmy faces for younger viewers. Depending upon whose research you look at, I share the distinction of having the youngest average viewership with Colbert, The Daily Show and Conan. So from a purely statistical standpoint how, in this paragraph, could I only be mentioned as an aside? Was it because I’m a woman?
In an already uncompetitive market with high prices that keep going up and up, a merger of the two biggest cable companies should be unthinkable.

This deal would be a disaster for consumers and must be stopped.

A legend of the small screen has passed. Sid Caesar was a performer who demonstrated how comedy and television go together like bread and butter. If you laugh at your television ever, if you watch The Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, you can thank Sid Caesar for that laugh.

Sid Caesar- Professor On Archeology (by Isabel Karp)
Morell is, of course, free to hold those opinions, though given his long tenure at the CIA, it’s not terribly surprising that he sees the world the way he does. What’s interesting, and disappointing, is that CBS thinks their network newscasts need to hear more regularly from someone who believes that the US government should keep a record of every phone call its citizens make and every email they send.

And they’re not the only ones making curious decisions. As Yousef Munayyer noted (Permission to Narrate, 1/4/14), CNN has just hired former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren as a Mideast contributor. Munayyer noted that CNN's coverage of Israel/Palestine had already been tilted in favor of Israeli guests. So why the need to add one more? Will CNN be hiring a contributor to provide analysis from a Palestinian perspective?

These are the kinds of hires that remind you that corporate media aren’t looking to expand the debate on important issues. They’re interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.
"Dressing up as a dominatrix"?

Once again, you reveal a great deal about yourself, none of it attractive.

To a four-year-old, there’d be no difference between seeing this particular performance and seeing, for example, a pantomime dame, which is traditionally a cross-dressing role in a form of entertainment that is aimed squarely at children. If there’s a certain level of verbal innuendo, and there often is, it goes over the kids’ heads. The only reason you’d have to explain “dressing up as a dominatrix” is if you’re so frightened of anything different from yourself that you’re compelled to pass your own prejudices on to your kids - or, I suppose, if you’re so deeply closeted that the sight of another man doing what you don’t have the guts to do yourself makes you burn with shame.