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David Berkman, Self-Portrait Review

AKIE BERMISS: My first admission has to be simply that I am not some huge David Berkman fan.  I’ve known of him for quite some time and I’m always really pleased to hear him, but in the crush of trying…

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Tavis Smiley: Week in Review, Part I

HOWARD MEGDAL: I am consistently struck by a pair of truths when watching Tavis Smiley:
1. He consistently gets a caliber of guest unmatched anywhere with the exception of Charlie Rose.
2. He manages to waste that opportunity far more often than he makes use of it, with nonsense questions and long non-sequiturs about his own life.

AKIE BERMISS: I have to agree with Howard — Tavis Smiley’s interviews are almost always train-wrecks. I’m not sure if he is just a) bat-shit crazy; b) incredibly stupid; or c) foolishly under the impression that his “zany” off-center questions betray some tragic, underscored congenial wit. What is it about him? He seems like a nice enough guy and when he’s on point he usually comes through with a terrific interview. All too often, however, he just seems like a smiling dear in headlights. Poor guy — sometimes I just want to pull him out through the television screen and just let him have a moment to think things over. Continue reading

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