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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Why this is a dangerous time for Fox News

Given all the lawsuits, settlements and huge prime-time turnover in talent, you might think things could not get worse for Fox News.

But they could if the ratings of the past two weeks continue.

Fox News, which has long been overwhelmingly dominant in cable news ratings, found itself in last place in the key demographic of viewers 25 to 34 years of age, behind MSNBC and CNN.

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'Saturday Night Live' rises to Trump challenge

The election of Donald Trump has lifted a lot of media boats — from the New York Times, with its 300,000-plus surge in digital subscriptions since Nov. 8, to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who last week led her channel to its first primetime win in news demographics since 2009.

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Z on TV: Roger Ailes' legacy as media visionary overshadowed by predatory culture at Fox News

Roger Ailes, who in founding Fox News changed the relationship of TV and politics more than any other media figure in broadcasting history, is dead at age 77, his family announced today in a statement to the conservative news site Drudge Report. No cause of death was given.

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'The Keepers,' Netflix's look at Baltimore nun's murder, is true-crime storytelling at its best

It is hard to imagine a true-crime docu-series that has more winning story elements than "The Keepers."

More elements than Netflix's "Making a Murderer," HBO's "The Jinx" or even the "Serial" podcast that dealt with young love, death and a Muslim man who is still in a Maryland prison for a crime he might not have committed.

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'SNL' rises to new heights in war on Trump's disinformation

We talked about "Saturday Night Live" on CNN's "Reliable Sources," and it was all praise for this week's wicked satire of Donald Trump's craziest week yet.

I told host Brian Stelter that as much as I loved Melissa McCarthy in New York City on a motorized podium as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, it was "Weekend Update" that impressed me most.

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Reaction to FBI raid in Annapolis reveals one rattled nation under Trump

In a less agitated nation, a story about an FBI raid on the Annapolis office of a Republican political consulting firm might not cause much of a media buzz.

But in a nation where the FBI director has just been fired amid conflicting explanations from the president and a White House communications team that seems in chaos, that report blew up on social media Thursday.

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