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Barry Friedman

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  • Reporter's Notebook: Trump On Tulsa Time in MediaDailyNews on 06/22/2020

    The marketing disaster of President Donald Trump's first post-COVID-19 event was still reverberating Sunday morning. It had failed every metric -- messaging, tone, excitement, pretty pictures -- exposing both the arrogance and incompetence of a campaign that has little room for error. If you're choreographing Trump 2020, and you can't make it in Oklahoma, you can't make it anywhere. Worse, from the governor of the state to the mayor of the host city to those who wanted to celebrate the end of slavery, to the souls of those who have been haunting the area around the arena for a century, nobody won Saturday night.

  • Let's Go Numb in Media Magazine on 04/16/2013

    The reality landscape is turning inward, a world within a world. TV reality producer Mark Burnett told "Esquire" he hates the term "reality television" and prefers "non-fiction programming." These shows -- even the best of them -- aren't reality. In the AAA ball of cable television, they are awkwardly choreographed worlds of manufactured tension, interspersed with soundtracks and cityscapes.

  • When TV Works ... in TV Watch on 08/15/2008

    Surrounded by oxygen tanks, nurses, and homemade frozen Ensure popsicles, my father-in-law lies in bed these days. Before, though, when the pulmonary fibrosis was just an annoyance, he used to sit, along with his wife, in the living room, watching FOX News -- like Archie and Edith, but she in the better chair....

  • Have You Hugged Your Oil Company Today?  in TV Watch on 06/30/2008

    Here in Oklahoma, we have the OERB, the Oklahoma Energy Relations Board Its slogan -- the rather robust "Advancing our state. Empowering our nation" -- is part of its television campaign, where a spokesman talks of how the organization has gone into small Oklahoma towns, like Kingfisher, and cleaned up abandoned oil wells and drilling equipment. These spots show precious kids playing and seniors walking on land previously only inhabitable by EPA inspectors and lawyers who file class-action lawsuits. The message: without OERB, seniors and kids would be playing and walking in HAZMAT suits. Fair enough and the industry is doing work that should have been done years ago, but the spots are enough to give you diabetes.

  • Thank You, Good Night  in TV Watch on 06/26/2008

    After Rob Reiner directed "A Few Good Men," he was asked if he thought the country would now view him differently. Reiner replied, "Even if I do Hamlet, the reviews would read, 'Meathead does Shakespeare.'" George Carlin, who died Sunday, will first and foremost be remembered for the "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," which is also unfortunate, for his career was more than a benchmark for FCC fines, Janet Jackson and "Nipplegate," and nostalgic debates over dirty words.

  • Russert Redux, Part II in TV Watch on 06/23/2008

    The criticism of the coverage of Tim Russert's death was immediate and almost universally negative. From the Orlando Sentinel to The New York Times to Slate, the media was blasted for what TV Newser called " ... an orgy of mourning."

  • Sites For Sore Eyes in TV Watch on 08/24/2007

    Years ago, when cable television was in its infancy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker wrote in The New York Times: "We now have 180 channels for material already inadequate for twelve." Why, then, if the average consumer isn't watching appreciably more television than when Baker first tried to program his Sony Betamax, are so many online news sites carrying so much of the inanity and "inside baseball" nature of television news?

  • A Good Walk Hydrated in TV Watch on 08/20/2007

    From my home in Tulsa, Okla., the drive to Southern Hills Country Club and the PGA was only five miles away, but as breathless and surprised weathermen kept telling me, it was hot out there; so, instead, I cracked open a plastic bottle of water, and stayed in front of the television....

  • One Down, One To Go... in TV Watch on 08/22/2007

    Last week, citing a general malaise surrounding the production, upheaval and dissension in the cast and crew, negative feedback from critics, and a lack of sustainable financial resources, "American Idol" was cancelled. More specifically: "Idol: The Musical" was cancelled -- after one night on Broadway. Yeah, I got excited, too, when I first heard the news. Is this an omen perhaps?

  • Rosie's Cost To 'The Price' in TV Watch on 07/02/2007

    Word that Rosie O'Donnell has taken herself out of contention (for the moment) to replace Bob Barker as host of "The Price is Right" is good news. Word that she's still looking to host a game show is not.

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