Tag: News and News Media

Dear Debate Moderators …

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Dear Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Ashley Parker and Kristen Welker: Please don’t start with Medicare. The four of you will be moderating tonight’s Democratic debate in Atlanta. And I’m hoping you can avoid the Medicare obsession that […]

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4 Democratic Candidates Push NBC on Eve of Debate

For Democratic presidential candidates, this week’s debate in Atlanta comes with the political equivalent of home field advantage: A lead sponsor is the cable network MSNBC, whose liberal-leaning talk shows are as mandatory on the campaign trail as diners in Des Moines. So what happens when the home team runs into trouble? MSNBC is part […]

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Denver Radio Host Fired in Mid-Show After Criticizing Trump

Craig Silverman had clearly worn out his welcome on KNUS, a conservative talk-radio station in Denver. Midway through his three-hour show on Saturday, after a segment criticizing President Trump, the station suddenly cut away to a news report, and the station’s operations manager walked into the studio and told Mr. Silverman, “You’re done.” But it […]

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Fox News? More Like Trump’s Impeachment Shield

When President Richard Nixon’s Watergate misconduct was being dissected before congressional committees in 1973 and 1974, Republican support for him collapsed because most Americans shared news sources and inhabited a similar political reality. In short, facts mattered. Aides to Nixon did propose to him a plan to create sympathetic television news coverage; Roger Ailes backed […]

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In Prime Time, Two Versions of Impeachment for a Divided Nation

For a glimpse at the country’s divided political reality, look no farther than a pair of television studios on opposite sides of the Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. From her set inside MSNBC headquarters, Rachel Maddow opened her prime-time coverage of the Trump impeachment hearings by calling the first day’s testimony “a double-barreled […]

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Impeachment Isn’t a Pro Wrestling Match

By now, we have a good sense of the playbook Republicans follow when hit with revelations of new Trump administration misdeeds. First comes the heated denial: That never happened. Then, the qualifications: O.K., maybe something happened, but not the way the media says! Finally, the shifted goal posts: O.K., it happened exactly the way the […]

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After Its Merger, Gannett Will Be the Largest Newspaper Publisher in the U.S.

It’s a go. Shareholders voted on Thursday to approve a deal that would join the two largest newspaper chains in the United States, all but guaranteeing the creation of a newspaper colossus that is likely to result in thousands of layoffs. The combination of GateHouse Media and Gannett — already the two largest newspaper owners […]

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The New Gannett Will Be the Largest Newspaper Publisher in the U.S.

It’s a go. Shareholders voted on Thursday to approve a deal that would join the two largest newspaper chains in the United States, all but guaranteeing the creation of a newspaper colossus that is likely to result in thousands of layoffs. The combination of GateHouse Media and Gannett — already the two largest newspaper owners […]

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A Tale of an ‘Irregular Channel,’ Playing on Many Channels

In the middle of the testimony of William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, that opened the House impeachment hearings Wednesday, a guessing game broke out on social media. He sounded like someone, didn’t he? His deep, assuring, steady voice reminded some people of Tom Brokaw. No, maybe it was Walter Cronkite? […]

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News or ‘Trauma Porn’? Student Journalists Face Blowback on Campus

EVANSTON, Ill. — Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s former attorney general, was speaking to a packed lecture hall on Northwestern University’s campus last week, but the real action was unfolding offstage. Student protesters were pushing through a back door of the building. Police confronted them and tried, unsuccessfully, to block their entrance. Colin Boyle, a student […]

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MSNBC’s Surprise Guest: George Conway, Husband of Kellyanne

Even in television news, a little stunt casting can’t hurt. MSNBC turned heads on Wednesday when, minutes before the House impeachment hearings got underway, the network announced a surprise guest: George T. Conway III, the conservative lawyer and husband of President Trump’s White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway. Little known outside legal circles before his wife’s […]

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The Daily Northwestern Apologizes to Student Protesters for Reporting

Editors at Northwestern University’s campus newspaper apologized on Sunday for its coverage of student demonstrators, which they said was invasive and “hurt students,” spurring a swift backlash from professional journalists and a broader reckoning over reporting practices and diversity in newsrooms. The publication, The Daily Northwestern, covers both the university and the surrounding community in […]

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Facebook’s New Role as News Publisher Brings New Scrutiny

A little more than two weeks after Facebook announced a news initiative, the social network was on the defensive, responding to a published report that a website co-founded by the company’s top news executive had displayed bias against Elizabeth Warren. Popular Information, a liberal newsletter, reported on Monday that The 74, a nonprofit education policy […]

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Facebook Takes Down Breitbart Posts That Claimed to Name Whistle-Blower

Facebook has taken down articles posted by the far-right site Breitbart that purported to identify the whistle-blower who triggered the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, just two weeks after including the site in the lineup of publishers whose work would be featured in a new news product. The president and his supporters have argued that […]

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Away From TV Studio, BBC Dispute Over Pay Equality Plays Out

LONDON — For the past several days, BBC managers and executives have trooped to a small hearing room in central London to defend the broadcaster’s decision to pay a woman a fraction of what it paid a man for what she argues is similar work. The testimony has been long and drawn out, comparing in […]

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New York Times Co. Says It’s on Pace for 10 Million Subscribers, but Ads Decline

Readers continue to shower The New York Times with money. Advertisers, not so much. The publisher added 273,000 new online subscribers in the third quarter, for a total of four million digital readers, the company reported Wednesday. The number of total subscribers, including print and digital, hit 4.9 million, a high. Advertising was the weak […]

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How Deadspin Imploded

The last meeting for many of Deadspin’s journalists took place on Wednesday in a conference room adorned with fake black cobwebs, a large spider and bloody handprints beside the words: “HELP US.” The plea, it seemed, went unanswered. By Thursday, almost the entire staff — nearly 20 writers and editors — had resigned. The journalists […]

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Americans Trust Local News. That Belief Is Being Exploited.

The nature of the news misinformation problem may be changing. As consumers become more skeptical about the national news they encounter online, impostor local sites that promote ideological agendas are becoming more common. These sites exploit the relatively high trust Americans express in local news outlets — a potential vulnerability in Americans’ defenses against untrustworthy […]

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Aaron Sorkin: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Mark, In 2011, I wrote “The Social Network” and I know you wish I hadn’t. You protested that the film was inaccurate and that Hollywood didn’t understand that some people build things just for the sake of building them. (We do understand that — we do it every day.) I didn’t push back on your […]

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Stick to Sports? No Way. Deadspin Journalists Quit en Masse.

On Monday, the journalists at the freewheeling website Deadspin were instructed by its owners to stick to sports. On Tuesday, the site’s interim editor in chief, Barry Petchesky, was fired for refusing to obey that order. On Wednesday many longtime staff members quit in protest, hurling Deadspin into chaos. At least eight Deadspin journalists announced […]

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