Posts by Marty Kaplan

Life, Death And Wrestling With Delacroix’s Angel In Paris

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You must see the garden,” said the guard, in French, pointing to a door in the Delacroix Museum that my daughter and I hadn’t noticed. It led outside and down two sets of stairs to an exquisite courtyard, a silent oasis below… More

“Roseanne” Has New Neighbors. They’re Muslim.

ABC made the May 8, 2018 episode of “Roseanne” available in advance for comment by some thoughtful observers. When producer Tom Werner, an old friend, asked me if I had some scholars to suggest, I immediately thought of Amir Hussain and Sohad Murrar. Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center Why… More

What Bette Davis Can Teach Donald Trump About Fake News

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You are teaching a class on media literacy. You want your students to think critically about the truth claims of messages. You bring to the classroom Donald Trump and Bette Davis. You display a Trump tweet about our trade… More

It’s Not Cambridge Analytica We Need To Worry About, It’s Our Minds

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. The Cambridge Analytica furor, like the uproar over Russian penetration of Facebook that preceded it, has painted a bullseye on Mark Zuckerberg. I get why he and other social media CEOs are waffling about testifying at congressional hearings: They’re afraid that… More

Of God, Dice and Fatal Car Acccidents

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. It was the second time I noticed a news story about a fatal crash of a church group that I had the uneasy feeling there was a pattern. That time, it was Baptists, seniors in their church’s Young at… More

This UFO Changes Everything

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. “Look at that thing, dude!” A hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, two Navy fighter pilots on a Super Hornets training mission spot a whitish, oval-shaped aircraft of some kind flying on an unearthly trajectory at crazy… More

The President of Stranger Things

A full moon ambushed me the other morning. It was pasted on the sky like a crafts project, too flat and too burnt orange, and too close to Beverly and La Brea, to be real. I wasn’t, How beautiful! I was, How strange. How strange there’s a four-and-a-half billion-year-old rock… More

My iPhone is my Egypt

What is your Egypt? The people, the food and the storytelling are what I love most about the Passover seder I go to, but I also really like the updates to the ritual. We spill drops of wine as we name the ten Biblical plagues, but we count off ten… More

Good News About Bad News

Everyone knows TV political journalism failed us during the 2016 campaign. Everyone knows TV news was clueless about Donald Trump voters and blue states swinging red. Everyone knows anchors let lying candidates roll them. Everyone knows TV coverage hyped the horse race and gave issues the cold shoulder. Everyone knows… More