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  • Opinion: Tim Tebow Is Jewish

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 16, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    “Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?”

    That was the headline last week on a blog posted by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane.

    Brisbane is The Times’ ombudsman; his job is to hold the paper accountable to journalistic standards and to act as its readers’...

  • Opinion: Campaign colonics

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 3, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    What did I miss?

    For seven days I didn’t have salt, meat or CNN.  My mornings began without “Morning Joe” or “Morning Edition”; I saw sunrise on a mountain hike, not with a clicker in my hand.  My daily hour devoted to The New York Times was given over to stretching....

  • Marty Kaplan: Newt winked at me

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 12, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Did you see how Newt Gingrich kept winking during the Dec. 10 Republican debate? I’ll bet you $10,000 I’m the one he was winking at.

    Maybe you thought it was just a “there he goes again” wink to his Iowa audience, like the Reagan twinkle that made Jimmy Carter seem like a...

  • Opinion: Warning -- Political ads make you stupid

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 28, 2011 | 10:39 am

    This is the disclaimer that Britain’s Public Interest Research Centre recently proposed for inclusion on billboards:

    “This advertisement may influence you in ways of which you are not consciously aware.  Buying consumer goods is unlikely to improve your wellbeing, and borrowing...

  • Opinion: How Occupy will end

    October 31, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    No one knows what difference Occupy Wall Street will turn out to make. 

    This could the start of something big.  Maybe the burgeoning sense that something is not right in America will reach a critical mass.  It’s already showing up in the polls.  Maybe more and more ordinary...

  • Opinion: Letting animals vote

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 19, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    You look terrific.  Have you lost weight?  Are you working out?  You’ve got this glow about you.  I bet you’re in love.  Wait—you were promoted.  That’s it, isn’t it?  They finally recognized how talented you are.  By the way, did you know that the average global surface...

  • Opinion: How did this happen to America?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 6, 2011 | 10:06 am

    It was while I was explaining to an Australian student that Rupert Murdoch was the reason America had gone batty that I realized how inadequate my answer to his question was.

    “How did this happen to America?”  I was in Australia just after the debt-ceiling debacle, and by...

  • What story is the Murdoch story?

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 25, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    Following several days of coaching by lawyers and PR experts, it must have been really rattling for Rupert and James Murdoch when show time arrived to learn that the parliamentary committee questioning them would not permit opening statements. Framing, after all, is the name of the...

  • The “Obama’s brilliant strategy” theory

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 11, 2011 | 9:18 am

    If you voted for Obama, here’s what you’re not supposed to be thinking:

    He turns out to be a lousy poker player.  He negotiates with himself.  He thinks compromise takes only one to tango.  He imputes good will to lethal adversaries.  He allows them define the turf he fights...

  • Marty Kaplan: Pessimism is the last taboo

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 27, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    It gets worse. 

    If you pay attention to the news, the prospects for the future look grim.  The new normal of high unemployment and stagnant wages will likely not turn out to be just a phase.  The next generations may indeed do worse than the ones before them.  Thanks to the...

  • If Bachmann and Palin Weren’t Pretty

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    I wonder how much airtime Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) would get if she didn’t look the way she does. I wonder how much of Sarah Palin’s political appeal arises from her physical appeal.

    I have a feeling that wondering this will get me in hot water, but what the hell.

    I think...

  • Our friend Pakistan and other mental pretzels

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 2, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    On the same day that Americans are test-driving the idea that Osama bin Laden lived on the outskirts of Pakistan’s West Point, undetected, for six years, Orly Taitz goes to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to prove that President Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a forgery....

  • The naked Nielsens

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 20, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    The metrics are wearing no clothes.

    How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus?  That’s the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won’t be far behind.

    The TV business is built on...

  • The Naked Nielsens

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 14, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    The metrics are wearing no clothes.

    How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus?  That’s the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won’t be far behind.

    The TV business is built on...

  • Moses, media piracy and the MPAA

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 4, 2011 | 10:06 am

    If only people understood why they shouldn’t do it, then they wouldn’t do it.

    That was the message of the inaugural speech last week by former senator Chris Dodd, the new chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America.  The subject was piracy, which he instead called “movie...

  • The more you watch, the worse you feel

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 21, 2011 | 11:20 am

    As if the triple whammy of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster weren’t enough to enthrall and terrify us, the war in Libya is now providing cable news viewers a fresh hell to follow 24/7. 

    But wait, as they say in the infomercials—there’s more.  In Bahrain,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gibson Scale, Glenn Beck, Aaron Liberman and Latino-Jewish Coalition

    March 15, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Great Americans vs.‘Slimebags’

    The best reasons that I read The Jewish Journal are because of great Americans like Dennis Prager and David Suissa. It is nauseating to see columns by leftist slimebags like Marty Kaplan and Rachel Roberts (the doctoral student — OMG) (“Muslim...

  • Al Jazeera English vs. The Charlie Sheen Channel

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 9, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    “This is strictly a business decision,” a Comcast source told Rupert Murdoch’s Web site MarketWatch about whether Comcast, the biggest cable operator in the U.S., will offer Al Jazeera English to its 24 million subscribers.

    Not a decision about whether Al Jazeera English is...

  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Streets

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 21, 2011 | 11:03 am

    The power has gone out in a typical American town.  Wait—it’s not just the electricity.  The phones don’t work, either.  Portable radios are dead.  Cars won’t start. 

    But then lawn mowers and cars and lights inexplicably start and stop on their own. What’s going on?  A...

  • Mitt Romney’s “South Park” primary

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 8, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    Egypt makes Mitt Romney look good – at least compared to other Republican presidential hopefuls.

    As Egypt’s pro-democracy movement showed its first peaceful signs of life, there was former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee telling a Knesset meeting that the anti-Mubarak protests...

  • My favorite blowhard

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 26, 2011 | 12:08 am

    I owe Keith Olbermann for enabling me to identify with Bill O’Reilly’s fans.

    I know: Oh, the irony. “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” and “The O’Reilly Factor” battled in the same time slot. Except when O’Reilly had Jon Stewart as a guest, it’s hard to imagine two...

  • The vitriol vitriol

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 9, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    “Clarabelle Dopenik.”  That’s what one wit on the popular conservative Web site freerepublic.com called Clarence Dupnik, the Pima County, Arizona sheriff who turns 75 this week.  Elected continuously since 1980, he is the public face of the investigation into the shooting of...

  • The senators who dissed baby Jesus

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 20, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    What’s the right word for what Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) was doing when he attacked Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for “disrespecting one of the two holiest holidays for Christians” by keeping Congress in session in the week before Christmas?  What do you call it when Sen. Jim DeMint...

  • My declaration of independents

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 6, 2010 | 11:55 am

    I think I’ve figured out how to get the White House to pay attention. 

    Clearly, being a Democrat doesn’t do the trick.  I can clamor all I want about bankers’ bonuses, carbon emissions, Net Neutrality – you know, the kind of promises that candidate Obama ran on.  But if...

  • How dumb do they think (know) we are

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 26, 2010 | 11:10 am

    I know some scary smart people who never graduated from high school, and I know some real doofuses with graduate degrees, so I understand that the number of years of formal education that someone has racked up is no guarantee of intelligence.  But every once in a while, I see some...

  • The Stem Cell Slippery Slope Fallacy

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 9, 2009 | 3:24 pm

    Of all the arguments against stem cell research, the lamest has to be that “it would put us on a slippery slope.”  But since this case comes from the same precincts that gave us “gay marriage will lead to incest and man-on-dog sex,” I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.


  • Patriotic Extortion

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 9, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    Like religious zealots whose tiny parties hold Israeli governing coalitions hostage, three Republican senators have the Democratic Congress by the short hairs.  Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, along with Maine’s two Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, have improbably been...

  • Liberal Parents, Liberal Children

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 26, 2009 | 8:56 pm

    When it comes to politics, today’s college freshmen resemble their baby boomer parents of 40 years ago in all ways except two. One way makes perfect sense; the other is a puzzle.

    The evidence about kids and their parents isn’t anecdotal; it’s documented in a study just...

  • The Science of Forty-Four

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 20, 2009 | 7:36 pm

    “We will restore science to its rightful place” — that’s the line I didn’t see coming.

    Anyone watching the backgrounders leading up to the inaugural knew that the incoming president would call for “a new era of responsibility.” His call to service, to find meaning in...

  • Begone, bygones! Green is the new blue and white

    November 13, 2008 | 12:45 am


    "Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones" (Nov. 7) infuriated me. Marty Kaplan is not happy that Barack Obama was generous to his opponents and their supporters in his victory speech, because in his opinion, they are guilty of lies and character assassination for suggesting the...
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