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What is FOX?

FOX News is indisputably the most popular cable news channel. And yet in 13 years, Fox has never broken a story. That’s okay, because it is not in the news business. It is in the news-shaping business. Its programming is an admixture of right-wing propaganda and fear-porn for feeble-minded paranoiacs, served up by spokesmodels who have no clue what they are reading.

- Pensito Review quoted from 2009 in answer to the question “What is FOX?” in “Understanding The History And Purpose Of Fox News,” at Addicting Info.

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

I have had the privilege of serving as editor and producer of Gore Vidal’s official website,, for the past year and a half. Getting to know Mr. Vidal, albeit slightly — a brilliant writer, political analyst, social critic and historical figure in his own right — has been a truly memorable experience. There will […]

Pensito Review, Trish Ponder Nominated for 2010 Florida Netroots Awards

First, thanks to the nominators at the 2010 Florida Netroots Awards for including us in the list — we’re nominated for It is an honor to be nominated for Best National Blog, and Trish is nominated for Best Writer. It’s an honor to be nominated, and winning is even better, so please take a moment and vote for via the online ballot here: 2010 Florida Netroots Awards.

Slice and Dice Your Demos –

Be sure to check out Trish’s post about from last night. I happened upon a similarly interesting site this morning,, which slices and dices demographic information based on ZIP codes. According to the results for my ZIP Code in West Hollywood, 55.9 percent of my neighbors are categorized “never married,” but I doubt […]

Got a Good Quote?

Quote, unquote: We have recently (like, yesterday and today) received an unprecedented number (two) of suggestions for the Quote du Jour, one of which we published today. Now, we could take that to mean that our resident quotemeister (me) is not serving our readership the creme de la creme of human thought, which has responded […]

Reviews Are In: Barbra Streisand Recommends Us; Another Reader Compares Pensito Review to the BBC

First, I was poking around on the Internets yesterday and happened upon a link back to an article from Pensito Review on the website for Barbra Streisand. I am one of two gay men over 50 in the United States who is not gaga over Streisand’s music (and, perhaps not coincidentally, I have lived with […]

When Life Sends Us Spam, We Make Poetry

Unfiltered inspiration: Here at Pensito Review, we receive lots of spam e-mails every day. Hundreds of them, most having to do with erectile dysfunction, offers for weird pharmaceuticals cheap, pornography involving animals and/or Siamese twins, and a wide variety of poker games. We hate the spam because it takes lots of time to go through […]

Pensito Review Releases Draft of Bush Veto Signing Statement

Executive power play: President George Bush today vetoed a bipartisan bill that sought to expand the limitations currently imposed on human stem cell research purportedly based on his religious beliefs. It was Bush’s first veto of a congressional bill in the five-and-a-half years of his presidency. Instead of vetoing bills he disagrees with, Bush usually […]

Googlism: A Fun Way to Waste Time

Check out You enter your name, or any other word, and it gives you a list of phrases. Not sure what it means but it’s a fun way to waste a few minutes. It said it didn’t yet have enough information on “jon ponder” to provide results but on my last name (and cousin […]

Poll: Some Columnists Say Writing Is Like Sex; Some Don’t

The prurient pen: An article in Editor & Publisher discusses a recent survey of U.S. newspaper columnists and how they viewed their craft. It came up with some interesting findings: The University of San Francisco’s J. Michael Robertson unveiled the results of his survey Saturday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) conference here. […]