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Want to follow the money behind political ads? Good luck finding it

Lots of stories I cover in media make me angry. The failure of public TV to come anywhere near living up to its promise. Cable channels that let ideology drive their coverage — and then lie about it to the public. But few leave me actually disheartened about the role media play in our lives. Covering...

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  • Five media takeaways from a very big primary election night

    Five media takeaways from a very big primary election night

    Here are five TV takeaways from one of the most important days and nights in the 2016 election. 1. NBC did what might be the best media work of the day by breakfast. In an interview on the “Today” show with Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie exposed the...

  • Docudrama on St. Francis and sultan of Egypt finishes filming in Baltimore

    Docudrama on St. Francis and sultan of Egypt finishes filming in Baltimore

    A historical docudrama chronicling the way in which Francis of Assisi and the sultan of Egypt "bucked a century of war, distrust and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground" finished filming in Baltimore this week. "The Sultan and the Saint" filmed in Canton. The independent...

  • Talking on CNN about PACs and attacks in Baltimore mayor's race

    Talking on CNN about PACs and attacks in Baltimore mayor's race

    CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday took a look at media and politics in Pennsylvania and Maryland in advance of Tuesday's vote. I was part of the panel and hit hard at the disappointing level to which the conversation about mayor has sunk in the last two weeks. Money, candidate attacks, super PACs...

  • Baltimore mayor's race draws new money, same methods

    Baltimore mayor's race draws new money, same methods

    For many in Baltimore, the media campaign for mayor started in December with an attack ad featuring Sheila Dixon as the Grinch who stole Christmas. By February, it seemed as if Baltimore viewers were being invited for a ride in David Warnock's old pickup every time they turned on TV. And now on...

  • Big anti-Trump ad buy hits Baltimore TV on eve of vote

    Big anti-Trump ad buy hits Baltimore TV on eve of vote

    UPDATES with $94,5000 figure for ad buy at WBAL. The amount of presidential campaign money spent on Baltimore TV took a major jump today with an anti-Trump ad hitting the airwaves. The commercials are airing on WJZ and WBAL, Baltimore's two highest-rated broadcast operations. According to public...

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  • 'Survivor: Kaoh Rong' recap: 'It's a Me Game, Not a We Game'

    'Survivor: Kaoh Rong' recap: 'It's a Me Game, Not a We Game'

    We start out "Survivor" this week after last week’s Tribal Council, and most everybody is happy that Scot went home. Except Jason. Jason is really not happy, but he also realizes there’s not much he can do about it. And it does suck that not only did Scot get voted out, but he left with Jason’s...

  • 'Empire' recap: 'More than kin'

    'Empire' recap: 'More than kin'

    Welcome to the latest edition of “As The Family Kills,” our prime-time Wednesday night show on which we watch a dysfunctional family continuously plot, scheme, and murder everyone! Just like the typical family reunion downy ocean. We begin the most recent episode of "Empire" with Hakeem on a bender,...

  • Watch Columbia 3-year-old display knowledge of Ravens roster on 'Steve Harvey' show

    Watch Columbia 3-year-old display knowledge of Ravens roster on 'Steve Harvey' show

    If you think you bleed black and purple, you might think again after seeing one of the Ravens' youngest fans in action. Three-year-old Jamie Hill from Columbia, who knows the names and jersey numbers of every team member, showed off his knowledge of the Ravens' roster Tuesday on the "Steve Harvey"...

  • 'Turn: Washington's Spies' recap: Abe, mercenary forge unlikely bond

    'Turn: Washington's Spies' recap: Abe, mercenary forge unlikely bond

    An unlikely ally helps Patriot Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) continue his espionage missions and avoid the hangman’s noose on “Valediction” (Episode 301), the season three premiere of AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies.” With the blessing of Major Edmund Hewlett (Burn Gorman), commander of a British...

  • 'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Famous dances night

    'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Famous dances night

    It's "famous dances" night, and in the opening number, Val Chmerkovskiy comes out in sparkly boxers for a tribute to Tom Cruise in "Risky Business." Doesn't count if you're not in the tightie whities, Val. During introductions, Wanyá and Lindsay are doing the 'Nsync dance, which amuses me no end....

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