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Roger L Simon

Roger L. Simon is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, novelist and blogger, and the co-founder of PJ Media. His book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown, was re-released in an updated edition in 2011.
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From PJTV: Anti-Semitism and Murder in France

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 - by Roger L Simon
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From PJTV, Roger L. Simon interviews French PJ Media Correspondent Michel Gurfinkiel about the latest from France. The perpetrator is now dead, but some important questions remain for France. Is mass immigration turning into a problem? How can we overcome the paralysis of political correctness? And lastly, what can we do about the threat of radical Islam? Find out in this exclusive interview.



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PJTV at AIPAC: Is Obama a True Friend to Israel?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 - by Roger L Simon
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Click here to watch on PJTV.

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PJTV: Victor Davis Hanson on 2012 and the State of Conservatism

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - by Roger L Simon
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This is the first of two interviews I did with Victor Davis Hanson at his farm in Selma, California. The one concerns the coming election. In the second – more wide ranging – Victor talks of his childhood on a California farm and how he came to be the conservative intellectual and scholar he is today. You also get a look at the farm.

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In My Time: Dick Cheney Speaks Out On the 2012 GOP Field, Gay Marriage, and the Arab Spring

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 - by Roger L Simon

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Durban Watch: Tune in Today to the Counter-Conference

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 - by Roger L Simon

Streaming live now. Speakers include Jon Voight, Ed Koch, Shelby Steele, Alan Dershowitz, and many more. (Also: David Steinberg liveblogs on the Tatler.)

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Conspiracy Theory: The Curious Case of the Obama-Osama Movie

Friday, August 19th, 2011 - by Roger L Simon

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PJTV: Poliwood Interviews Producer Paul Junger Witt on His Storied Career

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 - by Roger L Simon
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In this episode of Poliwood, Roger and Lionel sit down again with the acclaimed producer Paul Junger Witt, the man behind such TV hits as Soap, Benson and The Golden Girls, to name just a few. It’s a follow-up to their earlier interview with Witt, when they discussed his production of Roger’s screenplay for the new film, A Better Life.

This time around, the focus is on Witt’s television career. How did a show about four elderly women become such a hit with younger viewers? And how has the television landscape changed in the past 20-30 years? 

“We all have a fear of being old and alone, and here were these four women who were anything but alone…And these women could deliver!”

– Paul Witt, Executive Producer of “The Golden Girls.”

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Poliwood: Rotten Tomatoes and the Brave New World of Online Film Criticism

Friday, July 15th, 2011 - by Roger L Simon
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In the latest Poliwood, taken from PJTV, Lionel and I interviewed Matt Atchity, the editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes, easily the most influential film criticism aggregator on the web and one of the most influential film sites in general. We find out how they make their decisions and discuss the general issue of the escalating importance of online film crit. On a personal note, A Better Life (story by Roger L. Simon) is now at 80% fresh tomatoes.


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Cairo Exclusive: Roger L. Simon’s Interview with ‘Sandmonkey’

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 - by Roger L Simon

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“Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey”.

The man who wrote those words – the witty and courageous Egyptian blogger “Sandmonkey” – is currently in hiding in his native city of Cairo, moving from one friend’s apartment to another, as supporters of Hosni Mubarak pursue him and other democracy demonstrators.

I had been trying to reach “Sandmonkey” – who has written for PJ Media – ever since the demonstrations broke out, because I suspected he would be in the thick of things. But as most know, the Internet was cut in Egypt until Wednesday.

When I finally got through to him late Wednesday night Pacific time, I discovered that, boy, were my suppositions ever correct. “Sandmonkey” was indeed in the thick of things and his on-the-ground observations that I recorded in this Skype audio interview were in many ways surprising and contradicted what we are hearing in our media.

Some of things that you will hear in more detail in the interview are reassuring, but others decidedly not. On the reassuring side, “Sandmonkey” says the the Muslim Brotherhood is not a heavy presence at the demonstrations and that for the last four years they have been in a weakened position in Egypt, the least powerful of five Islamic organizations (although the most violent).

Also heartening is that he says that there are no leaders for the movement, not Mahmoud ElBaradei or anybody else.

Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t sound much like an Egyptian version of the Tea Party. Mubarak isn’t going away and it’s getting more bloodthirsty by the day. “Sandmonkey” sounded bleak. He said that only America can help at this point by fully backing the demonstrators against Mubarak. “Does America stand for its ideals or does it stand for its interests?” he asked.

On that score, he doesn’t like Obama. But guess what? He liked George Bush!

Have a listen. We’ll be back in contact with “Sandmonkey” soon.

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A New Majority? PJTV Poll Tracks Tea Party Supporters

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Some surprising — even startling — results from our first PJTV survey of likely voters and their attitudes toward the tea party movement.

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Is Oliver Stone Today’s Walter Duranty?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

You could overdo the parallels, but it's always seemed to me that Oliver's opinions are paper-thin and expedient. He’s in the enfant terrible business, but, in his sixties now, he’s a long way from an enfant, and the act is not wearing well.

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Time to Be Bored with Race

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Not surprisingly, Eric Holder had it all wrong when he said we don’t have the courage to talk about race. It’s the reverse. We don’t have the courage to not talk about it.

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Journolist, Jeremiah Wright, and Groucho Marx

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Roger L. Simon reads the Daily Caller's allegations regarding the use of the JournoList to simultaneously bottle-up the Rev. Wright controversy and smear conservatives as racist in April of 2008, and blanching at the groupthink quips, "One thing hasn’t changed since my lefty days pre-9/11. I still admire the immortal words of Groucho Marx: 'I’d never join a club that would have me as a member!'"

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The Washington Post’s Ombudsman Opines on Panthergate

Saturday, July 17th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Andrew Alexander writes about the WaPo’s lack of coverage of the New Black Panther case and fails to even mention PJ Media, where DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams has written most of his comments about his former employer.

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PJM EXCLUSIVE: Congressman Asks Inspector General to Launch Investigation of New Black Panther Case

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Inside: Congressman Frank Wolf's (R-VA) letter to Inspector General of the Department of Justice Glenn Fine, exclusively available at PJM now prior to its formal release. (Click here to watch Rep. Wolf on PJTV.)

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Liar, Liar: Why Obama Is Failing

Monday, July 12th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

President Obama was elected on a lie, a big one enabled by the mainstream media, which ultimately exhausted his credit with the American people by the day he took office.

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Happy Unbirthday, America

Sunday, July 4th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Today marks America's birthday, but as the recent travails of Justice Department whistleblower J. Christian Adams illustrates, it's not an entirely happy event.

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DOJ Slimes Whistleblower Adams in Black Panther Case

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

The DOJ responds to Adams with a blatant lie, claiming Adams is "disgruntled" after being "unhappy with his position." Adams was actually given a promotion on April 28. (Read the piece that the DOJ responded to here.)

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Al Gore Jumps 25 Sharks

Friday, June 25th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

No one could have anticipated his never-to-be-forgotten June of 2010, a month that would give even the strongest of us a migraine for life.

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Does Barack Obama Want to Be President?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

I suspect that in the small hours of the morning he fantasizes he were anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Lakers Glide, Plate Glass Died!

Friday, June 18th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

It was a tense game between the Lakers and Celtics tonight, but ultimately not nearly as tense as the post-game scene on the streets of downtown L.A.

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No Energy in Obama Energy Speech

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

The disconnect between the president and the American people seemed palpable watching Obama phone it in on Tuesday night.

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Capo Obama: Hey, No Toucha da Mullahs!

Friday, June 11th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

The capo di tutti capi has spoken.

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What Happened to Feminism? Republican Women on the Rise

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Is this the end for fuddy-duddy, leftist women's libs? As highlighted by the CA races, center-right women are breaking glass ceilings everywhere. Also: just as we did in Massachusetts, PJM has commissioned CrossTarget to do a poll of the two key CA elections. Look for the results here and on PJTV in the coming days.

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Helen Thomas, Karl Rove, Gaza, and Jewish Republicans

Monday, June 7th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Roger interviews Karl Rove at the Republican Jewish Coalition event in Beverly Hills, and comes away optimistic. (Update: Don't miss Roger's interview with Rove, now online on PJTV.)

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