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James Poniewozik
New York Times TV critic. Writing a book on Trump and TV. It's Pah-nuh-WAH-zick, thanks for asking.
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"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible... Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism." George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Notes of a Peak-TV reviewer
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Replying to @DarrenFranich
A confession: you beat me to print, but I also led my review with the dinosaur bones. Maybe because they're just about the only interesting thing here?
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
I know it will seem more real once these projects actually exist, but for some reason I have a hard time envisioning Apple programming as a thing that exists on Earth. Like, I imagine it being produced for the wealthy emigres on Elon Musk's Mars colony or something.
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Replying to @kvanaren
Agreed. There are reasons, other than the economics of the box office, that *actual movies* aren't 10 hours long.
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Replying to @kvanaren
I don't believe the sole ideal format for streaming TV is one that evolved because of the mechanics of a different delivery medium. But the answer to that isn't to model it on ANOTHER pre-existing delivery medium.
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Scott Tobias Jun 15
Replying to @eshynes
That the money part goes unmentioned is so baffling to me. This week, I learned that (a) the Pulitzer-nominated critic for Time had to pay her own way to Cannes and (b) ZAMA opened in D.C. without a review from Washington Post. Basic viability needs to be part of the discussion.
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Replying to @MissMacGuffin
I don't know! Not to me, anyway.
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Just got a first-ever: an email survey asking my feedback on The Good Fight. (To my personal e-mail, not as a professional critic.) Anyone out there get something like this, for this or another TV series?
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James Poniewozik Jun 15
Find someone who looks at you the way a shackled populace looks at a tyrant who has dissenters executed with antiaircraft guns.
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
There's no justification for giving patently false Trump statements the "BREAKING: News" template, any more. It's malpractice.
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
Replying to @thehighsign
I mean, Sean Spicer would literally rephrase statements in his pressers after getting passed notes in red Sharpie, so there is certainly an awareness the Eye is watching. But 🤷‍♂️
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
Replying to @elgray
True! I recently saw someone explain this dynamic (I forget where), that in the WH press corps, more often people are there with ONE question (maybe assigned by an editor/producer) they MUST ask, so you get less of that collegial follow-up.
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
Yeah, I do think the Occam's Razor answer for Trump is "It would make TRUMP* look bad/weak/wrong," so it must not be done. (See also, never apologizing.) But it's just a guess. *I also believe he often thinks of himself in 3rd person, in ALL CAPS.
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
More and more these days, I don't care how a public official *really* feels. That's b/w them and God. I care what they do. I think there's some value to fake apologies and fake empathy. They recognize the existence of a moral standard you have to at least outwardly defer to.
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
Replying to @TeresaKopec
After Sean Spicer, the Mooch & her, it's not a stretch to conclude the only reason for her not to say it is because Trump would see it and wouldn't like it. Why he wouldn't, I'm not a mind reader. (It would look 'weak'? Make him look bad? ____?) But it's the Occam's Razor answer.
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
One thing we know, after 17 months of this administration, is that the press briefing is a TV program whose content is driven by how it will look to one particular attentive viewer in the White House. How it will look. To express empathy. For children.
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
Replying to @danielradosh
Also quite the twist since at one point she was saying she thought VJ was Jewish! There are layers upon layers to that tweet!
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James Poniewozik Jun 14
Apparently Roseanne has concluded her intensive two-week investigation into the real reason that she wrote a tweet.
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Oriana Schwindt Jun 14
Going to run for office on the platform of putting people in the stocks for making me scroll for 10 minutes past some boring story to get to a fuckin’ recipe for spicy pickle brine
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