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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Virginia TV shootings take us to a new level of media immersion, intrusion

It is too soon to coherently sort the messages and meanings of the tragic shootings of TV reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward in Virginia this morning.

But the media aspects of the story, which are compounding by the hour, demand some on-the-run discussion.

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Is this the part where Trump finds out how fierce, tribal Fox can be?

I hope Donald Trump enjoyed his Friday night under the lights in Mobile, because given the mistake he made with Roger Ailes and Megyn Kelly last night, it could be all downhill from here for his candidacy.

I thought Trump was out of control after the Fox debate when he started attacking Fox show host Megyn Kelly on Twitter that night for the tough questions she asked.

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Cris Carter's excellent 'advice' typical of ex-jock-NFL-broadcaster mindset, culture

Thank you, Cris Carter.

I am still three weeks away from having to review my first Baltimore Ravens telecast of the season, and already I am sick of the ex-jock mindset that dominates and pollutes the studio shows and broadcast booths of all the networks and cable channels that do business with the NFL.

How am I going to last the season listening to guys like you?

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Could cable news hosts kiss up any harder to Donald Trump?

Could cable news TV kiss up any harder to Donald Trump?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how sad it was to see all TV news coverage take a timid turn on Trump after the GOP candidate lashed out at Fox News show host Megyn Kelly in response to tough debate questions she had asked during the Fox GOP debate.

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Post-Freddie-Gray, interviewers want to hear what Baltimore teens have to say

On April 27, when the Baltimore rioting began, CNN anchor-reporter Victor Blackwell was perched in a Marriott Hotel bar in Port-au-Prince on vacation. A TV broadcast footage of teens and others battling police.

"I was watching Mondawmin Mall being looted and sitting next to Haitians who were looking at my hometown and going, 'Tsk, tsk, tsk. What is going on?" Blackwell said.

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How you know Hillary Clinton is in trouble: Carville called in to attack

I've been on assignment this week, and I still have not totally wrapped it. But I can't let the week in media and politics end without commenting on Team Clinton going down to New Orleans, opening the coffin and taking the stake out of the heart of James Carville, the Count Dracula of attack spin doctors.

If I didn't know Hillary Clinton was in trouble before I saw Carville, I do now.

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