📺 Royal New Year’s Eve | Hallmark Channel

Watched Royal New Year's Eve from Hallmark Channel
Directed by Monika Mitchell. With Jessy Schram, Sam Page, Crystal Balint, Hayley Sales. An aspiring fashion designer falls in love with her socialite client's prospective fiance, Prince Jeffrey.

Apparently this is one of the very few Hallmark movies that isn’t completely Christmas-based. There’s a bit of the holiday peppered in, but most of it revolves around a forthcoming New Year’s Day.

Unlike some of the genre, this is utterly charming and is surprisingly well plotted and written. It’s sort of a Pauper and the Prince meets a bit of The Devil Wears Prada.

Watched the majority of it late in the evening on 12/8 and finished the last 30 minutes on 12/9.

Walking through the neighborhood this morning, I’m noticing that The Epoch Times is distributing physical newspapers for free in an effort to encourage subscriptions. I’ve never heard of the newspaper and initially suspected it had some religious perspective. Apparently it is an anti-communist Chinese paper. Sadly their distribution zone didn’t include my street. Might have been interesting to sample.

📺 Christmas Under Wraps | Hallmark

Watched Christmas Under Wraps from Hallmark Channel
Directed by Peter Sullivan. With Candace Cameron Bure, David O'Donnell, Robert Pine, Kendra Mylnechuk. When a doctor doesn't get the position she wanted, she ends up moving to a remote Alaskan town. She unexpectedly ends up finding love, happiness and discovers that the small town is hiding a big holiday secret.

Given how terribly dreadful this movie is, should I be more embarrassed to say that I’ve now seen it twice?!

It’s definitely a cheeseball Hallmark Christmas flick, but there really isn’t much character development and it’s grip on reality slips into near silliness with serious and unwhimsical implications that the town is the home of Santa Claus.

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I’m a fan of the concept of George Lakoff’s “Truth Sandwich” idea in journalism. I’m curious with his recent spate of great publicity for it if any major outlets have taken it directly to heart? Are there any examples of major newspapers or online publishers taking it closely to heart? Has George or anyone created a news feed or Twitter account of articles covering Trump (or topics like the Alt-right, Nazis, etc.) that highlights articles which pull off the idea? I’d love to support journalism which goes to greater lengths to think about their coverage and it’s longer term effects. Having an ongoing list of articles as examples would help to extend the idea as well.

It would be cool to have something like NewsGuards’ browser extension for highlighting truth sandwiches, but I’m not sure how something like this could be built to be automated.

The best example of a truth sandwich I’ve come across thus far actually went a few steps further than the truth sandwich and chose not to cover what was sure to be untruth from the start: MSNBC declines to allow Sarah Sanders to dictate its programming (Washington Post).


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📺 “Blue Bloods” Authority Figures | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" Authority Figures from CBS
Directed by Heather Cappiello. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. A video surfaces of officers partaking in a clear case of entrapment; Frank searches for the leaker; Eddie retaliates against a co-worker who is pranking Jamie; Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a tabloid writer.
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