Sunday, October 23, 2016

Amanda Knox’s Trip to Italy

Let’s face it: It could be many, many months before Season 2 of Making a Murderer is released — although my book on Avery and Dassey will available April 4th.  In the meantime, be sure to watch the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox.  It’s just like Making a Murderer, only set in beautiful Italy instead of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  Okay, it’s not just like it, but there are numerous, uncanny parallels between the Amanda Knox case and the Avery and Dassey cases, including these:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to fix the presidential debates

These so-called debates are so absurd that I can’t stand to watch them.  Even when I’m at home alone, I get too embarrassed and have to turn the channel.  I try to watch, but I just can’t.  And these debacles don’t in any way resemble an actual debate.  Rather, the participants’ goals seem to be: (1) interrupt your opponent as often as possible; (2) ignore the question whenever possible and instead talk about something completely unrelated; and (3) work in as many sound bites as possible.  And the moderators don’t help either.  Their two biggest problems are: (1) they seem to be participating in the debate rather than moderating it; and (2) they ask absurd questions about topics that are far beyond the reach of the office of the president.  The good news, however, is that there is a simple fix.  Because the Commission on Presidential Debates seems to be really dense, and has no idea how to structure debates to “provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners,” I’ll put this advice in the form of a simple numeric list.