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THE DAMAGE IS LASTING

“The Baltimore Sun’s” David Zurawik is one of our favorite media watchers and he tackled the Fox News/MSNBC parallel coverage of the impeachment hearings with his usual skill. His conclusion: They are part of ...

THE FULL GOODBYE

And while Fox News execs try to decide if they are going to replace Smith with a real journalist or still another circus performer, here’s the full clip of Smith’s extraordinarily classy goodbye.  

SPEAKING OF KOAT

A long time mainstay at KOAT (ABC) had a birthday last week. Johnny Morris turned 95 years young. His birthday was mentioned on Facebook. Happy Birthday to Johnny Morris! 95 Years Young! #Albuquerque #KOAT ...

HOWEVER, IT’S NOT LIKELY TO…

If Epshteyn keeps this up. Not two days after he defended tear-gassing women and children civilians at the border, Sinclair’s “chief political analyst tried on this absurdity: A defense of alt-right activist Laura Loomer, ...

THE TRUMP-FOX ROMANCE FRAYS A BIT

When Fox News announced its support of CNN in its lawsuit to restore reporter Acosta’s press credentials, it undoubtedly rattled some folks at 1600 Pennsylvania, accustomed as they are to the cozy relationship with ...

“THAT’S A RACIST QUESTION”

Lost in all the handwringing and pearl-clutching over the lifting of Acosta’s press credential was another priceless moment at Wednesday’s rambling press conference. Yamiche Alcindor, an African-American correspondent for “PBS Newshour” stood up and ...

WHO COMES AFTER CHEN?

And so let the speculation begin as to Chen’s….Moonves’(?) replacement on “The Talk.” One person who’s not shy about throwing her hat into the ring is Claudia Jordan. See? Which begs the question….who the ...

JULIE CHEN OPTS TO STAY HOME

Later in the day “The Talk” went on without regular host Julie Chen as it kicked off its ninth season. She’ll be taking an unspecified amount of time off Panelist Sharon Osbourne took the ...

NEXSTAR PREPARING TO CHASE TRIBUNE MEDIA?

Where Sinclair Broadcast badly stumbled, Nexstar evidently hopes to walk through unscathed and victorious. The New York Post reports that Perry Sook, Nexstar’s CEO, met with the Justice Department’s antitrust boss recently, presumably to ...

HOW SINCLAIR BLEW IT

A Republican President with whom it had been cuddling, a Republican Congress, Republican control of the FCC and the Department of Justice. What could possibly go wrong? “Politico” has a pretty good take on ...

HAMILTON DOES AN EXIT INTERVIEW

Donna Hamilton signed off Wednesday night, wrapping up a 23–year career at Hearst flagship WBAL. She sat down with “The Baltimore Sun’s” David Zurawik to reflect on her long career and her retirement. ZURAWIK: ...

WAS SCOTT AN AILES ENABLER?

As far as that “boys’ club” thing under the Roger Ailes regime, Suzanne Scott is not without baggage. Unmentioned in the glowing press release about her promotion to CEO, however, was the fact that ...

VIEWERS WEIGH IN

We’ve heard from the journalists about the Sinclair promo. We’ve quoted the pundits. The politicians checked the way the wind was blowing and jumped on the bandwagon. What about viewers? “The fact that your ...

SINCLAIR PIVOTS…AGAIN

In the latest fine-tuning of Sinclair’s corporate explanation for its mandated media-bashing anchor-driven “promo announcements”, the company cites a recent poll that doesn’t really square with the message the Sinclair would like to convey. ...

AND IT’S COME TO THIS…

What do you do when your boss forces you to read propaganda on the air? A question being asked in the United States in 2018 (although some might think it’s a question that is ...