John Corry

John Corry is a former New York Times media critic and reporter.

Sing Praises to Alastair Sim’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

 

This piece was originally published on December 23, 2002. According to the Dickens Society of London, there have been more than 3,000 adaptations of Charles Dickens’s works, most of them for the stage, but 156 for the movies and television, not including, however, the bowdlerized, bastardized and otherwise misbegotten adaptations that draw on Dickens but […]

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Monica Media

 

Out of the mouth of a babe: a shrewd insight into the media. Monica Lewinsky said she wanted to be an assistant producer in TV, or an assistant account executive in PR, or else do “anything at George magazine.” The “wish list” she gave Vernon Jordan made no distinctions. Monica had decided that what qualified […]

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Dames at Sea

 

“Human males operating in groups — talking, planning strategies, devising traps, improving weapons, sharing the spoils — became the most successful biological phenomenon on earth. In the process, the male-grouping became an essential evolutionary element in human nature. Group loyalties and powerful bonds of attachment went beyond mere cultural influences… A misguided but vociferous minority is campaigning to […]

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PBS, R.I.P.

 

It is time to finally settle the argument about public broadcasting: End federal funding now. Congress had no business offering it in the first place. Lost in all the noise now about the peril to Big Bird and Barney is the indisputable fact that public broadcasting is part of the press, and the press is […]

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Poupon Powell

 

The GOP’s Anointed One may practice his politics privately, but the bigger mystery is why he is ultimately not a Democrat. (From our September 1996 issue.) NO ONE KNOWS what Colin Powell really thinks, or what he will do, and it may be he does not know himself. Not long ago, though, he was supposed […]

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Jesse’s World

 

This article appeared in the November 1999 issue of The American Spectator. THE RULES ARE KNOWN, the stakes are high, and one of Washington’s great contests is played out accordingly. Jesse Helms will thrust, and the White House will parry. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Helms will demand straight answers, but the […]

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Family Resemblances

 

This review by John Corry appears in the April 2007 issue of The American Spectator. Click here to subscribe. Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 234 pages, $24.95) ACTUALLY THE GRAVE ROBBERS were never up to the job, and their caper was doomed from the start. Serious miscreants […]

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The New York Clothesline

 

NEW YORK — You could see it in the faces of the people in Central Park: the absence of any expression, save, perhaps, mild befuddlement, or vague disappointment. “The Gates,” Christo’s big ballyhooed Central Park project, had promised so much, but on Saturday, when it was finally, completely installed, it just stood there, 23 miles […]

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Diamonds Are Forever

 

Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror by Douglas Farah (Broadway Books, 225 pages, $24.95) AS DOUGLAS FARAH SAYS apparently correctly, he was “often far ahead of what U.S. intelligence agencies knew as they scrambled to understand al Qaeda’s money in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.” Farah, then the West African correspondent […]

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The Intelligence Game

 

Intelligence is a game anyone can play, and in Washington any number of people play it, although they make their own rules up as they go along. Consider the recent threat-assessment briefing by the heads of the CIA, FBI, and Defense Intelligence Agency for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee has been getting threat-assessment briefings […]

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