When staying calm becomes misleading. There’s a norm in American political journalism that requires journalists to generally be unfazed by the political disputes they cover — the job of a journalist is to remain neutral and unemotional in the face of America’s political screaming matches. That norm stems from a desire to have journalists remain objective, even during heated political disputes. And it’s produced a kind of detached, even-keeled form of news speak — think of the way Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and Lester Holt deliver the news. That tone might be appropriate in normal political disputes, but in the Trump era, it’s made news coverage feel totally inadequate. Many of the news stories of the past few months haven’t been normal; they’ve represented significant breakdowns in democratic norms. Take the recent Senate health care vote, for example. Senate Republicans voted to consider a wildly unpopular health care bill without knowing what was in it, tried to pass it in the..
Republicans control the White House and Congress. But over the past several months of Donald Trump’s presidency, congressional Republicans have slowly started to find subtle ways to oppose and constrain the president. Two newly introduced bipartisan bills would notably limit his ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, and this week Trump signed a piece of legislation, passed by veto-proof majority, that would limit his ability to roll back sanctions against Russia. Politico summarized this as “reining in Donald Trump.” The Senate also took time to put a procedural block on Trump making recess appointments — what many see as preventing him from firing and quickly replacing “beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The quotes Politico got from GOP senators are striking in their stridency, with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) talking about Trump as a “reluctant” ally: "As we've seen on the Russian sanctions bill, sometimes the president will come along, even..
The network is so excited that it's renewed the show for season 2 — months before it even premieres. Will & Grace is coming back to NBC this fall, and NBC sure hopes it’s so close to the original that you might forget it ever went away in the first place. The upcoming revival — which premieres September 28 — came up several times throughout NBC’s day of panels at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, as thrilled executives salivated over the prospect of having it back on the network’s Thursday schedule. For some context on why, NBC executives Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke acknowledged that NBC’s comedy record has been spotty as of late, with The Carmichael Show holding the title of the network’s longest-running sitcom at a whole three seasons (it was also abruptly canceled this summer). So even though it’s been 11 years since Will & Grace ended, NBC is ready to revive one of its older reliable hits, preferably while making as few adjustments as possible to..