An expatriate’s impressions after his return to the United States.
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The plunge in ratings for television news has broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic groping for new formats. The French have been highly innovative. I note here that beleaguered CNN is desperate, relying on its “CNN babes” — the blondes with the buzzsaw voices — seemingly hired for their ability to punch through the screen. One of them is actually named “Yellin.” Pathetic.
Finally, the oily Larry King is finally departing at 78, visibly dying onscreen and not just in the show business sense. Even his staff seems to have walked, leaving him with such swan songs are yet another interview with Snoop Dogg and a drilldown into the question “Texting while driving — how dangerous is it?”
An expat view of U.S. trends may suffer from a snapshot feel but on the other hand distance can provide clarity, and living abroad provides the basis for comparison. It’s always useful, I find, to think outside the bubble.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?