Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Torch-lit Charlottesville images, Vice News report ignited moral fire

It’s been almost a week since the torchlit white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, but the images of those Tiki flames illuminating hate-filled white faces are still very much with me.

They are permanently burned into my memory — and, I suspect, much of the nation’s shared consciousness.

And that’s a good thing.

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Zurawik: Nothing funny about the propaganda machine Team Trump is building

You can laugh at Donald Trump’s “Real News” Facebook videos with Kayleigh McEnany and Lara Trump singing the president’s praises like a couple of sock puppets if you want. There’s plenty to mock in their gushing reviews of Trump’s weekly performance.

But I don’t think there’s anything funny about it.

This is serious, and even scary, stuff.

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Ravens preseason opener seen by nearly 300,000 on Baltimore TV stations

Ravens fans had no shortage of viewing options Thursday night for the preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

In Baltimore, three network affiliate stations –WBAL, WBFF and WNUV – carried the game.

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ESPN's 'Baltimore Boys' much more than just a fine sports film

Like the city in its title, “Baltimore Boys” is a film steeped in grit. But the documentary that revisits the undefeated Dunbar High School basketball teams of 1981-1983 is also charged with moments of grace, beauty, poetry and even transcendence.

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WJZ general manager Jay Newman retiring after 19 years

After running WJZ for 19 years, Jay Newman is retiring as president and general manager of the CBS-owned Baltimore station on Sept. 30.

Newman, 66, is the longest-tenured general manager at any CBS-owned television outlet.

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Chaos of Trump White House defies media metaphors

After Friday’s firing of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, cable news anchors started using the metaphor of a hurricane to describe the furious pace of change and chaos at the White House.

The notion of a deadly storm that was out of control looked like it might replace the favorite media metaphor of a reality TV show for Trump’s administration.

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