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‘The Sarah Palin Rap’

I can’t help it — I just love the “Sarah Palin Rap” video from “Saturday Night Live” back in the fall of 2004.

My turn at the WJMC

Hoda Kotb of the "Today Show" at the WJMC at George Mason University.

What a day for the National Youth Correspondents of the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference, who visited the National Press Club! The day started with “Today Show” host Hoda Kotb, who always seems to hug more than her share of the students, followed by a panel discussion with Chuck Todd, Chris Cillizza, April Ryan and Dana Bash.
Tough to top that, but I’ll give it my best on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center at George Mason University in Fairfax when I talk about “Journalism for the Rest of Us.” Hope the room is packed!


Getting the picture at WJMC

If you’re a long-time reader of Sports Illustrated, you know the photojournalism of Neil Leifer. He visited the National Youth Correspondents at the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University and shared some of his favorite photos and stories July 9.
Video is by GMU grad Nick Plum of Synthesis Multimedia.

WJMC underway at Mason

Who better than Angie Goff, an anchor for NBC News4 Washington, to welcome the National Youth Correspondents to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University Sunday? Angie is an alumnae of the Mason Journalism program. You can follow her Web site and Twitter feed at #ogmygoff.

Check out the opening night video by yet another alumni of the GMU Journalism program, Nick Plum, for


‘First Love and Other Sorrows’

My favorite writer, the late Harold Brodkey, has more than his fair share of famous lines from the stories, novels, poems and essays. This presentation compiles some of the best.

Ready for the Olympics?

We’ve still got plenty of Wimbledon and the Tour de France to enjoy, not to mention the British Open baseball’s All-Star game (which one doesn’t belong). But on July 27, all eyes (most eyes?) will be on London and the Summer Olympic Games.
To celebrate, here is an Olympic athlete montage video featuring Muse’s London 2012 official (you gotta be official to matter) song, “Survival,” by the group Muse.
The video opens with a reverse highlight reel of the Summer Olympics, beginning in 2008 and going back to the start of the modern Games. What follows is a more linear and timeline of iconic Olympic moments.

NBC’s shabby treatment of Ann Curry

NBC News' poor treatment of Ann Curry.

I have respected Ann Curry‘s humane journalism for more than a decade. I came to personally respect her several years ago when she played host to the conclusion of a cross-country LIVEstrong fundraising cycling trip that finished on the Oval in Washington D.C. There was no doubting her sincerity and dedication.
Ratings are down for the NBC News division, including their flagship “Today Show,” where Curry has been a co-host for a year and part of the anchor team for 15 years. She seems to be the scapegoat.
While the program prefers tripe like “Where in the World is Matt Lauer,” Ann Curry is making a difference with her reporting in Darfur.
I find this whole episode shabby. NBC remains my broadcast news network of choice. But I watch “Morning Joe” rather than the “Today Show.” I guess that mades me part of the problem for NBC>
Here is video from a year ago highlighting Curry’s career.

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Got Batman

Into Batman?
“The Dark Knight Rises,” the third and final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, hits the theaters July 20.
Pretty good cast: Oscar winner Christian Bale as you-know-who; Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy plays Bane (as in “the bane of Batman’s existence?), another Oscar winner, Marion Cotillard, Oscar winner Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and how about another Oscar winner, Morgan Freeman.
So, can four Oscar winners screw up a sequel, and a second one at that?

The French can sure play a typewriter!

The typewriter is music to my ears.

For anyone who ever used a typewriter, this will be music to your ears!

You knew there’d be video

Bird man interrupts Bob Costas and Webb Simpson at U.S. Open.

So, what was the best part of Bob Costas‘s interview late Sunday with U.S. Open Golf champion Webb Simpson? It had to be the guy wearing a Union Jack hat interrupting the interview with some impromptu bird calls. Costas seemed momentarily flustered, but Simpson had a clever retort: “Enjoy the jail cell, pal.” Simpson even tweeted a picture of himself with Bird Call Man with the message, “My new friend.”
Can’t wait until Simpson wins another major championship!

Celebrating the 2012-13 NHL season

When “Hockey Night in Canada” pays tribute to the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, well, it’s simply paying tribute to its own long-standing, honorable coverage of hockey in general.
Celebrate and enjoy!

You can call me … Chevy?

Here’s Paul Simon without Art Garfunkel — but replaced, in a manner of speaking, by a much younger Chevy Chase.

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.