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TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

By MICHAEL TARM | February 20, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment.Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for...

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

By MICHAEL BIESECKER | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies.In at least some cases,...

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

By MICHAEL TARM | February 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.Blagojevich...

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.Those...

Boyfriend of British TV presenter heartbroken by her death

By PAN PYLAS | February 16, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The boyfriend of Caroline Flack, the former British TV host for the controversial reality show “Love Island,” said Sunday that his “heart is broken" at her death as criticism mounted over her treatment by some British media.British...

Rape case to be dropped against doctor who was on reality TV

By AMY TAXIN | February 4, 2020

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday.Orthopedic...

Reality TV impacting USA too much

By Anthony Szudarski | August 29, 2012

Have you ever watched Jersey Shore and thought “Man, I could do that and be funnier?” Well, maybe you can. Brett Cohen, a 21-year-old resident of New York, was able to do just that. By hiring a couple guys off of Craigslist to follow him around and...

Bad TV is all around us, open your eyes

By Kyla Gardner | January 23, 2012

There's something better happening on TV right now than reality television, and it's plain ol' reality. The news is as full of crazy characters as Paula Deen is of Type 2 diabetes, and dramatic plot lines are unraveling that network executives only wish...

The Rant: Give Cutler and Cavallari a reality TV show

By Jimmy Johnson | April 27, 2011

Jay Cutler is finally settling down off the field. Known for throwing the occasional check-down of his phone number to the ladies, the diabetic quarterback is reportedly engaged to reality star and girlfriend, Kristin Cavallari. Cutler dropped the big...

Don’t look for moral guidance in reality TV

By Portia Kerr-Newman | September 23, 2010

Reality shows are taking over TV. Shows like American Idol, America's Next Top Model, Jersey Shore, and The Bad Girls Club are just a few of the top reality shows that Americans frequently watch. But what do people really get from watching these kinds...