arts 06.19.06

Nancy Nicholson Stained Glass

Sometimes people who create stained glass are called artisans, but Nancy Nicholson, 917.696.7882,, is clearly an artist who works in glass. She's been at it for more than two decades, and we're big fans of her work, especially her signature cityscape panels. Best for us to get out of the way and let her work speak for itself…

Media: Eye on CBS
Bob Schieffer's anchor gig at CBS has been an unqualified success in our view, and we'll be sorry to see him go. But we'll also be rooting for Katie Couric to put to rest the absurd notion that only men have the gravitas to solo anchor an evening news show. Couric will be supported by a CBS stable of reporters who may not have quite the name recognition of some of their competitors, but who have generally been turning in first-rate work.

So how to explain the rank hack work from Joie Chen on Saturday night's broadcast? The video starts with a middle-aged guy playing bad rock 'n' roll and this voiceover: "The shades, the skinny tie, the swagger, new on the job, the President's right-hand man, Josh Bolten, has quickly shown he knows how to rock the White House."

According to Chen, Bolten has "quickly made his mark as a turnaround agent." The death of al-Zarqawi wasn't his work, she says, (the picture of the dead terrorist on the screen implies otherwise), but the Chief of Staff "orchestrated the president's surprise victory lap in Baghdad" and a "triumphant press conference which helped the Commander-in-Chief look, once again, like the guy in charge." (Why not give us the complete pull-quotes for a future ad? "Triumphant! I loved it! Bolten and Bush are an electrifying team! Run, don't walk to the box office!" - Chen, CBS)

"The payoff? An uptick in the President's poll numbers." (Never mind that the uptick was a statistically insignificant 1% increase in his job approval ratings. An uptick could still happen, but it hadn't happened by this past Saturday night.)

Bolten, according to Chen, has gotten credit for 'juicing up the administration with new blood.' The proof: filling his previous Budget Director post with former Congressman Rob Portman, hiring Tony Snow as Press Secretary, and 'luring Wall Street titan' Henry Paulson to run the Treasury Department. (We'd argue that that's not exactly wholesale, substantive change, Chen's characterization notwithstanding.)

Now comes the crescendo of the entirely suspect construct: "And in what may play out as his boldest move, Bolten yanked power from the President's longtime political guru Karl Rove, sharply redefining both of their roles…" (Given that the mid-term elections are only a few months away, and without the threat of indictment, it's hard to see how Rove's power will be substantially diminished this year.)

She acknowledges at the end that the President's numbers are still "pretty low" and that while Bolten will be trying to get some of the President's pet projects back on the table, it could be a "tough sell."

But CBS may have a tougher sell on its hands: convincing viewers that Chen retains some semblance of credibility.


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