February 24, 2001

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Saturday, February 24, 2001


The February sweeps are almost over. Take a look at gays and blacks on television...are the portrayals fair, or merely fashionable?

There's Now't As Queer As Folk

Will and Grace and If These Walls Could Talk both won Emmys. CBS has two gay themed shows in the pipeline, and so many sit-coms have gay characters its no longer newsworthy. So why, when Queer As Folk, an adaptation of an English series hit Showtime did the critics recoil? ...


Spying on the Times

Back in March 1999 the New York Times ran a series of articles on a man suspected of passing nuclear secrets to China. That man was Wen Ho Lee; the charges never stuck and the paper was left with its tail between its legs. How is the paper of record ...


Sorry From Boston

The Boston Globe apologised last week for reporting facts passed on to the paper by the police department in the case of the double murder of two Dartmouth professors. Matt Storin, Globe editor, answers Brooke's question; did the Globe really need to say sorry?


Death of a Legend

As North Carolina mourns its favorite son (and the rest of the world discovers just who that was), Nascar - the sport of driving fast cars into walls - is forced to look itself in the mirror. Mike Pesca wonders if it likes what it sees there.


Case Closed? Lockerbie Re-examined

What must it feel like to dedicate a decade to covering a story; digging ever deeper to disclose what you come to realise is the truth...only to have the case slammed shut in court after a trial you believe to be bogus? Paul Foot previously a columnist for the London ...


BET Goes To Canada

Clifton Joseph is a media critic for the CBC's Undercurrents, and he's not happy about what's happening with the Black Entertainment Television's debut in Canada. Black Canadian viewers were petitioned to raise money for the inclusion of this niche channel only to discover to their disappointment what American viewers have ...


PrimeTime Blues

When Rochester and Beullah were the only image of blacks on television, minorities had to be content with being represented only by servants - then came the sixties and Julia, The Mod Squad and I-Spy. The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son and Good Times were the top three rated shows of ...


Who's YOUR Favorite Friend?

Apparently - according to 'studies' - black audiences don't watch Friends. But On the Media begs to differ.



Thursday is the big night for advertisers on television - CBS has Survivor; NBC counters with Supersized Friends and 20-minute Saturday Night Live meanwhile Anna Karenina is in the ring with...The Osmonds?? Tony Maciulis reports.


Coming Out of the (Commercial) Closet

The presence of gay characters on television is not limited to the programming. Increasingly, in depictions both positive and negative, homosexual characters and issues are finding their way into advertising as well. Journalist Michael Wilke has cataloged these efforts on a website. Claiming to have a Sixth Sense, Wilke says ...


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