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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
How clean is the cut NBC made in its ties with Trump?

NBC is getting some good high-road headlines today for finally cutting ties with presidential candidate Donald Trump over his ignorant comments about immigrants.

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship...

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Nina Simone documentary shows how Netflix outshines HBO this summer

Last month in a piece that looked at how streaming was the way to go for the best in summertime TV, I highlighted a Netflix documentary on singer, pianist and civil rights pioneer Nina Simone.

With so much media to cover, I rarely go back and write about a piece a second time. But Netflix made "What Happened, Miss Simone?" available June 26, and I went back and watched it again this weekend. And I...

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'Growing Up Trans,' going beyond Caitlyn Jenner

Transgender children and their parents face unprecedented medical choices these days. "Puberty-blocking" drugs can stave off biological changes. Hormones — either estrogen or testosterone — can help patients acquire the characteristics of the gender they identify with.

But how is a child entering puberty — or the parents for that matter — supposed to make an informed decision about taking such drugs,...

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What I really think about MSNBC and Brian Williams
Brian Williams and the tortured moral reasoning of NBC

It seems like I have been talking about the sins of Brian Williams for months and months.

Oh, yeah, I have.

Here's a conversation I had this morning with Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" in which I talked about the "tortured moral reasoning" that NBC used in saying Williams wasn't worthy to be on NBC News, but he was OK for MSNBC as its new anchor on breaking news.

The screwy reasoning continued with...

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In the media, divergent perspectives on Baltimore

Baltimore is an American version of Gaza, with an occupying army of heavily armed police in the streets and military helicopters overhead night and day.

No, it's a flash point for social revolution against economic inequality with an even larger army of street-fighting men and women on the march for social justice.

Sorry, everybody knows it's actually "The Wire," with all those boarded-up rowhouses...

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