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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Colorado Springs again raises issue of using 'terrorism' to describe killings

The killings at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs last week again  raised the issue of the media using the term "terrorism" to describe such events.

It is a complicated issue.

The Pentagon, White House and some members of Congress are still debating whether the killings at Ft. Hood should be called "domestic terrorism" rather than "workplace violence."

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WBAL gets it wrong straight out of the gate on Freddie Gray trial

That didn't take long, did it?

WBAL-TV made the first mistake in covering the trial of Baltimore City Police Officer William G. Porter today before jury selection in the trial even began.

During a segment at 7:55 on the station's morning news, viewers saw video of a prisoner being brought to the courthouse. The station identified the man as Porter.

But it wasn't Porter.

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As first Gray trial begins, media must step up

The start of jury selection in the first Freddie Gray trial will bring a big media presence to town Monday — and major challenges for the journalists trying to cover the proceedings.

The courthouse logistics are tough enough.

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Rabia Chaudry writing book on 'Serial's' Adnan Syed

Rabia Chaudry, the friend and advocate for Adnan Syed who brought his story to the attention of public radio's Sarah Koenig, is writing a book about his case.

Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of Woodlawn High School senior Hae Min Lee, his former girlfriend, has been imprisoned in Maryland ever since.

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Fox telecast not quite as sloppy as play on the field in Ravens' victory

The telecast of the game wasn’t as sloppy as the play on the field in the Ravens' 16-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams. But it wasn’t all that much better either.

It was refreshing to get a Fox telecast instead of CBS if no other reason than seeing endless promotional messages for primetime series other than “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

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On TV, Thanksgiving redefined with killing, theft, grave-robbing

In case this part of the story was missing from your child's grade-school Thanksgiving pageant, TV is here to tell us this holiday week that the Pilgrims were a bunch of grave-robbing, food-stealing killers who lured a Native American leader to what he thought was a meal of peace, only to cut off his head and stick it on a pole.

Yeah, just like "Game of Thrones."

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