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  • Zurawik: Fox delivers good pictures, bad analysis in Ravens' loss

    Zurawik: Fox delivers good pictures, bad analysis in Ravens' loss

    Analyst Ronde Barber drove me crazy during the Fox telecast of the Ravens’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Both what he did and didn’t do were maddening — particularly in the first half. For openers, he failed to develop a natural story line that would have had real resonance...

  • WEAA goes back to its educational roots amid major change, controversy

    WEAA goes back to its educational roots amid major change, controversy

    Change is almost never easy at a public radio station. Remember the protests in front of WYPR on Charles Street when Marc Steiner was fired in 2008? Or, how about the controversy and board member resignations following the ouster of Stephen Yasko as general manager at WTMD in 2015? Most recently,...

  • Gumbel, Green and CBS almost got it right with Ravens

    Gumbel, Green and CBS almost got it right with Ravens

    At the end of the first half, I was ready to write my first mostly favorable review of a CBS telecast featuring Greg Gumbel and Trent Green. Gumbel was far more energized and focused than I can remember him being. And while Green had to be prompted a couple of times by Gumbel to take viewers inside...

  • Facebook's dirty dance with Russians demands regulation

    Facebook's dirty dance with Russians demands regulation

    For decades, I have argued against any media regulation that might infringe on free expression and First Amendment guarantees. But what we are learning about Facebook’s dirty dance with the Russians during the 2016 election has me doing a 180-degree turn when it comes to the internet and social...

  • David Zurawik: CBS gets anthem and most game coverage right

    David Zurawik: CBS gets anthem and most game coverage right

    Just as it did last week in London, CBS Sports got it right in covering pregame controversy related to the national anthem. Before the singing of the anthem, play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle directed viewers to the words of public address announcer Bruce Cunningham as he asked fans at M&T Bank...

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  • 'Star Trek: Discovery' recap: A glimmer of hope in 'Choose Your Pain'

    'Star Trek: Discovery' recap: A glimmer of hope in 'Choose Your Pain'

    Episode 5 of “Star Trek: Discovery” brings something that I thought to be lost in the vastness of the space this show operates within — hope. The episode, titled “Choose Your Pain,” introduces new characters, ratchets up the intensity and delivers a positive step after the show’s rough start. The...

  • 'The Deuce' recap: 'Why Me?' sets up the next chapter

    'The Deuce' recap: 'Why Me?' sets up the next chapter

    “In this town, nothing’s dirty anymore,” Rudy says. This week on “The Deuce,” it’s a triumphant day for the porn industry in New York City. The courts have dropped all charges against pornography producers, who are now free to film and sell as much porn as they’d like. Though it’s a relatively...

  • 'The Good Place' recap: 'Existential Crisis'

    'The Good Place' recap: 'Existential Crisis'

    I was out sick for “The Good Place” recap last week, but it’s probably for the best: Episode 4 was one of my least favorite, and yes, I watched it again after my fever went away to be sure of my assessment. It wasn’t anything terrible — relative to the masses of programs available it was probably...

  • 'The Mayor' recap: The music goes on

    'The Mayor' recap: The music goes on

    Episode 2 of ABC’s “The Mayor” begins with an unlikely question: “What’s more unprofessional — getting an in-office haircut [or] getting an in-office haircut from your mom?” According to the mayor’s chief of staff, Valentina Barella, neither option is acceptable for an elected official. Courtney...

  • 'The Deuce' recap: ‘What Kind of Bad?’

    'The Deuce' recap: ‘What Kind of Bad?’

    “What Kind of Bad” is a shocking and well-crafted episode that reveals the very real risks and downsides of the life of a sex worker. Too often the entertainment industry shows sex workers as subhuman, disposable characters — usually as the brunt of a tasteless dead hooker or stripper joke. “The...

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