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Peter Funt

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Television’s most elegant and articulate anchor, who shepherds what is arguably the nation’s most informative nightly news program, continues to toil in relative obscurity.

By Peter Funt March 11, 2019
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Democrats are moving quickly to address problems faced by both parties in the last presidential campaign concerning early-stage debates.

By Peter Funt March 4, 2019
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The snide old saw in college used to be: If you can’t make it in business, teach it. In media today, it’s become: If you can’t make it in politics, preach it.

By Peter Funt February 24, 2019
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There are many metrics for what makes a good president, but being able to deliver a speech in falling snow and mid-teen temperatures without hat or gloves for nearly a half hour isn’t one of them.

By Peter Funt February 11, 2019
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Owners of the Giants baseball team have never struck me as stupid — greedy, perhaps, since they shamelessly sell a bottle of Bud for eight times what it’s worth, but not stupid.

By Peter Funt January 29, 2019
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It seems this year’s Academy Awards will be conducted using a no-host format, now that Kevin Hart and his dossier of homophobic wisecracks have been officially ruled out.

By Peter Funt January 11, 2019
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In 2019 I resolve to cut back on bingeing. Not at the dinner table — although that would be wise — but at the TV.

By Peter Funt January 7, 2019

Wondering if things will change for the better in the New Year? Here’s a handy clip ‘n’ save Precap of news certain to occur during 2019.

By Peter Funt December 30, 2018
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Stuck in a hotel room watching CNN the other day, I happened to catch live coverage of Donald Trump’s short speech about the “First Step Act,” concerning criminal justice reforms.

By Peter Funt November 16, 2018

If you thought the midterms were bad - marked by Trump’s frequent falsehoods, cockamamie claims and rampant racism - you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s 2020 time.

By Peter Funt November 9, 2018
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I read the news today, oh boy. And by “read” I mean skimmed. And by “news” I mean aggregates.

By Peter Funt October 26, 2018
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The race to pick a new U.S. Senator from Arizona underscores the tenor, tactics and tightness of the 2018 midterm elections.

By Peter Funt October 22, 2018
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It seems that in the age of abbreviated communication, where “r u ok?” passes for a sentence, and KFC is a place that used to be called Kentucky Fried Chicken, the name Dunkin’ Donuts is simply too big a mouthful.

By Peter Funt October 12, 2018
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Les Moonves, the CBS chief toppled by a sexual harassment scandal, will probably be best remembered for what he said in 2016 about Donald Trump’s candidacy: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”

By Peter Funt September 23, 2018
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In the history of television, during which thousands of network entertainment programs have come and gone, only one show has produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades: “Candid Camera.” What a remarkable feat.

By Peter Funt September 17, 2018
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The antithesis of Donald Trump and his administration can be studied, at least for those willing to drive 150 miles south from Atlanta, among magnolias, towering pines and seemingly endless fields of cotton, peanuts — and dreams.

By Peter Funt September 11, 2018
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Social media and digital tools have changed the way we live and, to some extent, the way we die. Increasingly, loved ones and notables are honored through what could be called pre-mourning.

By Peter Funt August 29, 2018
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In a recent discussion with a Major League pitching coach about scouting opposing hitters, I thought I was being flippant when I asked: “Do you also chart umpires?” His answer surprised me. “Yes.”

By Peter Funt August 14, 2018
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As thousands of tourists crowded into the center of town in search of hearty laughs, I walked over to Lake View Cemetery for a look at Lucy’s grave.

By Peter Funt August 10, 2018
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“Ninety percent of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.”

By Peter Funt August 5, 2018
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Question 1: “Do you believe that the media purposely tries to divide Republicans in order to help elect Democrats?”

By Peter Funt July 20, 2018

If you’re getting ready for summer vacation, here’s a handy checklist of things you won’t need. A map. Remember those? I’m referring to the kind you got for free at the gas station.

By Peter Funt July 10, 2018

When rational thinking fails or is simply ignored, conflation often takes over. It is, by definition, the merging of two or more different sets of information or opinion into one.

By Peter Funt July 2, 2018

The little girl at the border with tears in her eyes. We saw her on front pages, on TV newscasts and on the cover of Time magazine.

By Peter Funt June 26, 2018

Domino’s offers to “insure” your purchase in the event your car is crushed by a tree and you slip on an icy sidewalk causing the pizza you are holding to land in a snow bank.

By Peter Funt June 9, 2018

I’ve just returned from my summer vacation, which I now take in mid-May so I can use the remaining time until Labor Day to recover.

By Peter Funt May 29, 2018

The 1966 baseball season was particularly memorable in St. Louis, and not just because the Cardinals moved to a new $25 million stadium, hosted the All-Star Game, and every few days sent flame-thrower Bob Gibson to the mound where he won 21 games and struck out 225 batters.

By Peter Funt May 19, 2018

Sometimes it takes a year or more for a president’s strengths to come into focus.

By Peter Funt May 14, 2018

What a shame that the people who will profit most from the tempest that was the White House Correspondents’ Dinner are the two who deserve it least: Michelle Wolf and Donald Trump.

By Peter Funt May 7, 2018

Now that the nation has a $1.3 trillion budget, lawmakers can resume debate about whether to pinch pennies.

By Peter Funt April 9, 2018

The Trump Administration’s efforts to make policy and govern while also dealing with its own internal West Wing drama has news media careening, almost daily, down two separate tracks.

By Peter Funt March 5, 2018

President Trump’s vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree.

By Peter Funt January 17, 2018

There are 14,321 Dollar General stores in America. It’s chain that many shoppers have never heard of, yet it has more stores than Starbucks.

By Peter Funt December 12, 2017

In this Golden Age of Spin, it’s difficult to assess what actually happened Thursday on Capitol Hill.

By Peter Funt June 14, 2017

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

By Peter Funt May 20, 2017

The Cable News Network has never quite lived up to its slogan as “The most trusted name in news” - due largely to the public’s dismal view of journalism in general coupled with CNN’s own unforced errors. Yet, among today’s news options, CNN has become invaluable.

By Peter Funt February 14, 2017

I’m drinking morning coffee and exchanging pleasantries with the omnipotent Google Home device that arrived as a gift and was given a place near our kitchen table.

By Peter Funt January 4, 2017

Thanks to Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs my outlandish predictions for 2016 were eclipsed by, of all things, reality.

By Peter Funt December 26, 2016

Before year’s end, let’s have one sort of Kumbaya moment as we turn the page on words and expressions that have sort of worn out their welcomes in 2016.

By Peter Funt November 28, 2016

An essential element of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was that he didn’t always say what he meant, and even when he did, he had no inhibition about changing his position.

By Peter Funt November 15, 2016

So, the most frequent refrain since Election Day is that “no one saw this coming.” Not the pollsters, not the media, not the Democrats’ machine.

By Peter Funt November 11, 2016

Just a few more weeks and we’ll be free of the epic discomfiture that has been the 2016 presidential campaign.

By Peter Funt October 25, 2016

What we learned from the “Commander-in-Chief” exercise the other night is: (a) neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is fastidious about facts, (b) Matt Lauer is a nice guy but not up to presidential politics, and (c) voters expecting better in the “real” debate Sept. 26 should not hold their breaths.

By Peter Funt September 10, 2016

The new baseball season has its usual quotient of obnoxious on-field innovations, such as the time clock that will now govern visits by managers and coaches to the pitcher’s mound.

By Peter Funt April 12, 2016

I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years.

By Peter Funt November 22, 2014

At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and dazzling erosional landscape inspire a kind of planetary patriotism.

By Peter Funt November 15, 2014

Back before there were pollsters to tell people how they felt about everything and everyone, the mood of the electorate could be judged by a loaf of bread. When the price was low, things were okay.

By Peter Funt November 1, 2014