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Move over, Willie Horton

By Marty Kaplan

October 27, 2008 | 3:54 pm

Willie Horton

I just hope Peter Feldman isn't Jewish.

In my parents' New Jersey home, when the perpetrator of some awful act in the news was not yet known, I could always count on them to say, "I hope he... read full article
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Colin Powell

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 20, 2008 | 1:15 am

    Listening to Colin Powell endorse Barack Obama, I had the same divided feelings I did last spring, when I heard him speak at my daughter's high school graduation.

    He had come because he knew the family of another senior in the class well enough to accept the invitation. An hour...
  • Alan shrugged

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    What went wrong?

    Greed is only part of it. Yes, the people who sold subprime loans to unqualified buyers were concerned about their cut, not about ARMs spiking and home prices falling. Yes, the Wall Street wizards who sliced and diced collateralized debt obligations were greedy for...

  • Gotcha? You betcha!

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 6, 2008 | 1:44 pm

    John McCain and Sara Palin have been complaining that there's too much "gotcha journalism" going around.

    If only.

    When they say "gotcha journalism," what they're really trying to do, of course, is to demonize journalism itself -- to de-legitimize asking tough questions, and...
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  • One-Day U

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 17, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    Maybe it was because I had just helped my daughter move into her freshman dorm room and I was envious of the deliciously named courses she was thinking of taking. Or maybe it was because I've always been a sucker for pitches like "Conversational Hebrew in One Day!" Or maybe it was...
  • Post-Palin Depression

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 11, 2008 | 12:26 am

    A therapist I know -- OK, since you dragged it out of me, my therapist -- told me that I'd be astonished if I knew how many emergency calls she got the night that Sarah Palin gave her convention speech.

    Actually, I wasn't that surprised. Judging from the number of unnerved post-Palin...

  • The Hollywood candidate is not Obama

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 1, 2008 | 4:37 am

    If John McCain wins this election, it will be because of Hollywood.

    It’s not that Hollywood is giving him big money (it isn’t); or that big celebrities are attracting attention to him (they’re not); or that star writers and directors are helping him with stagecraft and wordsmithery...

  • But he’s a Muslim!

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    It made me think of my own family.

    Having coined "O'Bama" for the Irish working-class values that Joe Biden brings to the Democratic ticket, MSNBC motormouth Chris Matthews called his family in Pennsylvania -- where Scranton-born Biden is known as the state's "third senator" in...

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