Big career highlight for me tonight: I’ve had my words twisted in a column by the original conservative Internet troll, Ann Coulter!
Writing in her syndicated column in response to various media reports that that whole Knockout Game thing may have been a tad overblown, the fading diva of the right has this to say about my Phillymag piece on the subject- you know, the one from three weeks ago:
Similarly, in Philadelphia magazine, Stephen Silver said of two recent knockout attacks in Philadelphia that he wasn’t counting either one as “confirmed cases of the Knockout Game” on the grounds that the puncher said he “was not participating in the Game.”
Let’s go back to the real column:
Philadelphia police sources told the Daily News in an article published Monday that there has been one — that’s right, one — confirmed case of the Knockout Game in the city among recent assaults, a Fox Chase man. (The suspect in the high-profile Broad Street Puncher case, according to a SEPTA spokeswoman quoted by this website last week, was not participating in the “Game.”)
The first part of the quote is attributed, by me, to Philadelphia police sources, speaking to the Daily News. The second part is attributed to a SEPTA spokeswoman. I didn’t count them as cases of the Knockout Game because the police didn’t either.
If Coulter doesn’t think the police are doing a good enough job of making sure everyone is scared of young black men, her argument should be with them, and not with the “liberal media” or the author (me) who quoted them.
I mean, it’s almost as if the woman who accused 9/11 widows of enjoying their husband’s deaths isn’t interested in fealty to the facts .
I’ve been behind on blogging due to the holidays and general busy-ness, but here are some recent bylines of mine:
My last two Philly Post columns are both about the Eagles: Why the Eagles should sign Chris Kluwe (they didn’t) and why the fight over Donovan McNabb will never end (it should.)
A lot more on EntertainmentTell: a look at the mother on How I Met Your Mother, an update to the “Skyler is a Bitch” issue, some words about the finale of The Office, and something about that awful new “Princesses” show on Bravo. I also reviewed “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Hangover Part III” and “Hava Nagila: The Movie.”
I’m also proud to share my first piece for the Good Men Project, about why Roy Halalday didn’t need to apologize for pitching hurt.
Also, I’ll be appearing again on 1520 AM, WCHE, Wednesday at about 1:40 p.m., talking movies with my EntertainmentTell colleague Shawn Kotzen. The stream should work on that website.
And finally, here’s a video of my son Noah playing sports:
Last night marked my first, ultimately successful attempt at a two-hour, elliptical machine/Game of Thrones/Mad Men/iPad/Verizon FiOS Live TV streaming app parlay. I even got two loads of laundry done at the same time. Nothing like finishing a long workout to the strains of “Just a Gigolo…”
The first new blog post from my sons is now online, celebrating the new year, the arrival of their new cousin Jacob, Noah’s third birthday and a lot more.
I’m planning to do another big video with the boys in the next couple of weeks.
My appearance on WCHE last week can now be heard here. Thanks to the Morning Magazine crew and my colleague, Shawn Kotzen, for having me on the show.
Some new writings published this week:
On Philly Post, I discussed why Jim Thome might not make the Hall of Fame.
At EntertainmentTell, I review “Broken City,” and also broke down some past pop culture moments that were echoed in the Manti Te’o story.
I also appeared this morning to discuss the Oscars and other movie stuff on the Morning Magazine show on WCHE in West Chester. Podcast of that will be posted at some point I am told.
I’m back from my annual trip to Vegas for CES. It was my fifth trip there, and I’m somehow not sick of it yet. I was, however, sick- stuck in my hotel room for a whole day that unfortunately knocked me out for all of Press Day, although I was fine by the next morning
I’ll have more for print later, but here’s my roundup of the star-studded Qualcomm keynote, which had cameos from everyone from Steve Ballmer to Alice Eve to Maroon 5.
Also, closer to home, here’s my Philly Post column for this week, about that “Nice Guys of OK Cupid” site.
I’d say I had a pretty good 2012: I gained a son (and a nephew, too), celebrated five years of marriage, traveled less than usual but still very memorably, launched the kind of website that I’ve wanted to edit for my whole professional life, finally relaunched this blog, saw more than 100 movies, and a whole lot more.
And there’s much more to come in the coming days and weeks; stay tuned for that.
Last new writings for the year: My review of Saturday’s awesome Hold Steady show here in Philly- at which Craig Finn implored the crowd to “take care of my good friend Ben Revere”, a pan of the DVD of the anti-”Moneyball” propaganda film “Trouble With the Curve,” and a review of the Favi SmartStick, an Apple TV/Roku alternative product for turning your dumb TV smart.
That’s all for now, happy new year!
I take a look at weight, fat-shaming, with a more-personal-than-usual perspective, in this week’s Philly Post column.