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Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Five media takeaways from New Hampshire election night coverage

Five media takeaways from New Hampshire primary night coverage:

1. As much as it wants to be considered a mainstream news organization, Fox News still marches to its own ideological drummer.

When Bernie Sanders, who swamped Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, took to the podium for his victory speech tonight, every channel that I sampled carried it full screen.

But not Fox News.

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Warnock TV ad spending nears $600,000 in Baltimore mayor's race

Businessman David Warnock has spent almost $600,000 for TV ads in the Baltimore mayoral race.

And that is just on network-owned or -affiliated stations, like WJZ and WBAL, that are governed by the Federal Communications Commission, which requires public filing on such sales.

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Given the crazed nature of Super Bowls, CBS delivers a solid telecast

The camerawork was outstanding and the announcing was more than good enough to earn CBS a solid grade for its telecast of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

I can’t count the number of Super Bowls I’ve reviewed in which all those extra cameras did little to take viewers deeper inside the game. But that wasn’t the case in the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

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Mckesson adds social media to mayor's race; Warnock buys into TV

In terms of media, Baltimore's mayoral election went from boring to potentially one of the most fascinating local races in the country with the last-minute entry of civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Wednesday night.

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From college lacrosse star to Super Bowl sideline reporter

As one of two CBS sideline reporters for Sunday's Super Bowl, it might look like Baltimore resident Evan Washburn has enjoyed a charmed career to be on that big of a stage at age 31.

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Roughly Speaking: Zurawik talks social media, politics and DeRay Mckesson

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