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David Zurawik

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The Sun's TV/media critic since 1989, David Zurawik earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (pop culture-media studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in specialized reporting (pop culture) and is the author of "The Jews of Prime Time," a look at 50 years of Jewish identity in network TV (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003). He was previously TV critic/columnist at the Dallas Times Herald.

Recent Articles

  • Trump v. Comey media war opens with a bang on ABC

    Trump v. Comey media war opens with a bang on ABC

    I thought watching Watergate unfold on the evening news was a mind blowing experience back in the 1970s when I was a young reporter starting out in the business. But as extraordinary as that was, it is nothing compared to what’s happening today with the presidency and media. We have sailed so far...

  • Hate Roseanne if you want, but you have to appreciate her show

    Hate Roseanne if you want, but you have to appreciate her show

    After three weeks of ratings dominance on Tuesday nights, it’s safe to say the reboot of “Roseanne” is here to stay as one of network TV’s highest rated and most culturally resonant series. The audience size has come down from the 25 million that watched the premiere in week one, but it is still...

  • Zurawik: Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington. Washington didn't buy it.

    Zurawik: Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington. Washington didn't buy it.

    Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington Tuesday wearing a suit and mouthing his favorite bromides about doing good and bringing the world together with Facebook. He also promised to do much better job of protecting the privacy of his “community.” But this time, in the wake of 87 million Facebook users...

  • Top journalism schools voice displeasure with Sinclair

    Top journalism schools voice displeasure with Sinclair

    Several of the top journalism schools in the country sent a letter to the Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday voicing their displeasure with the company for forcing dozens of its anchors to read a centrally-scripted message for a promotional video on “fake” news. A week ago, Deadspin created a montage...

  • Anti-Sinclair video montage scheduled to air in ad on Sinclair stations

    Anti-Sinclair video montage scheduled to air in ad on Sinclair stations

    An anti-Sinclair ad featuring a Deadspin video that mocks the Baltimore-based broadcaster could start running as early as Friday on four of the company’s stations including WBFF in Baltimore. That’s according to Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress, a Washington-based consumer advocacy...

  • How that Deadspin video shredded Sinclair

    How that Deadspin video shredded Sinclair

    It has been almost a week since it appeared, and I still can’t stop thinking about the Deadspin video that blew up Sinclair’s ill-fated attempt to have its anchors at stations around the country read a centralized script on “fake” news. I have not been this blown away by the impact of a video since...

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