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C-SPAN's GOP forum: simple, straightforward and informative TV

There was nothing flashy or particularly dramatic about C-SPAN's "Voters First Forum" Monday night from St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire. And the biggest fish in the GOP pond was missing, with Donald Trump staying away because he had decided the newspaper co-sponsoring the event, the New Hampshire Union Leader, wasn't going to endorse him.

But what a pleasure it was to see the presidential election...

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How Jon Stewart became a tool of the Obama administration

On Sunday's "Media Buzz," I talked about Jon Stewart diminishing his legacy by letting himself become a tool of the Obama administration.

Here's the video of that conversation.



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C-SPAN on righteous course with GOP forum tonight

Whenever I get too depressed about all the media institutions that have lost their sense of mission during the last tumultuous decade, I turn on C-SPAN.

It's one of the few mainstream operations that seems totally confident in its higher purpose, and tonight's "Voters First Forum" with 14 GOP candidates from New Hampshire looks to be a great example.

The big buzz this week is about the debate with...

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Jon Stewart made politics entertaining — and highly partisan

Jon Stewart changed American culture. You can't say that about many performers, especially comedians working on a basic-cable channel that rarely drew more than a million viewers for any of its shows before him.

He took over the fake anchor desk at Comedy Central in 1999 at a time when social scientists regularly lamented the political apathy of young adults, and he made politics cool for millennials....

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Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana doing Vietnam miniseries

Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, whose TV credits extend back to NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and HBO’s “Oz,” have been signed by the National Geographic Channel to do a miniseries on the last days of the American Embassy in Saigon.

The production titled “Last Man Out,” will chronicle the evacuation of the embassy at the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War. It will be written by...

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Sun columnist David Zurawik wins National Press Club Award

Longtime Baltimore Sun television/media critic David Zurawik won a National Press Club Award on Wednesday.

The Washington-based journalism institution honored Zurawik with the Arthur Rowse Award for press criticism in print for his "strong series of columns on the shifting media environment and the power of videos from alternative organizations or citizens that are reshaping our culture and prompting...

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