Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
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 for Baltimore fans: the fact that two of the Bears defensive backs were from Baltimore high schools.

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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?

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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 the action, the former quarterback offered solid analysis when given the prompts.

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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 media platforms from which tens of millions of Americans now get their news and political analysis.

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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.

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CBS crew scores with anthem coverage at Ravens game

CBS Sports on Sunday morning showed it can cover more than just games in its handling of actions by players, coaches and owners during the national anthem at the start of the London game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Ravens.

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