Pierce - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/pages/columnists.csp?col=Pierce Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Scott D. Pierce: Al Jazeera is not Arab propaganda machine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58188515-223/jazeera-news-america-think.html.csp What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Al Jazeera America? If you think unbiased reporting from a TV news channel, you may be in the minority. If you think Middle Eastern conspiracy, you’re probably a little bit … well … um … racist. Al Jazeera is owned by the ruling family of Qatar. Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al-Thani is the director general of the company. But is that greatly different from when Ted Turner owned CNN? Or from Rupert Murdoch and his political agen... What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Al Jazeera America? If you think unbiased reporting from a TV news channel, you may be in the minority. If you think Middle Eastern conspiracy, you’re probably a little bit … well … um … racist. Al Jazeera is owned by the ruling family of Qatar. Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al-Thani is the director general of the company. But is that greatly different from when Ted Turner owned CNN? Or from Rupert Murdoch and his political agen... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58188515@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:09:02 MDT Scott D. Pierce: He plays soccer, he’s a spy. ‘Matador’ is nuts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58172385-223/soccer-matador-orci-spy.html.csp Matador” is bat guano crazy. The premise of this new series (Tuesday, 7, 8 and 10 p.m., El Rey) is laughable. A guy named Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is … well, let’s let executive producer/co-creator Robert Orci (“Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Sleepy Hollow”) describe the idea “that was kicking around for years” and finally found fertile ground with Robert Rodriguez and his fledgling El Rey channel. “Suddenly, it was a natural thing for me to say, ‘What about this idea? Soccer player by day, spy... Matador” is bat guano crazy. The premise of this new series (Tuesday, 7, 8 and 10 p.m., El Rey) is laughable. A guy named Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is … well, let’s let executive producer/co-creator Robert Orci (“Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Sleepy Hollow”) describe the idea “that was kicking around for years” and finally found fertile ground with Robert Rodriguez and his fledgling El Rey channel. “Suddenly, it was a natural thing for me to say, ‘What about this idea? Soccer player by day, spy... 58172385@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:08:14 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Weird, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm play same guy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58163625-223/radcliffe-hamm-harry-scene.html.csp Would you believe that Daniel Radcliffe could ever grow up to be Jon Hamm? Certainly, the 24-year-old star of all the “Harry Potter” films would have to experience a very late growth spurt. He’s 5-feet-4; 42-year-old Hamm (“Mad Men”) is 6-2. Yet Radcliffe and Hamm play the same character — a morphine-addicted doctor — in the series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories.” At different times of his life, of course. The British series, which returns for Season 2 on Aug. 19 on the cable chan... Would you believe that Daniel Radcliffe could ever grow up to be Jon Hamm? Certainly, the 24-year-old star of all the “Harry Potter” films would have to experience a very late growth spurt. He’s 5-feet-4; 42-year-old Hamm (“Mad Men”) is 6-2. Yet Radcliffe and Hamm play the same character — a morphine-addicted doctor — in the series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories.” At different times of his life, of course. The British series, which returns for Season 2 on Aug. 19 on the cable chan... 58163625@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:07:52 MDT