Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Want to follow the money behind political ads? Good luck finding it

Lots of stories I cover in media make me angry. The failure of public TV to come anywhere near living up to its promise. Cable channels that let ideology drive their coverage — and then lie about it to the public.

But few leave me actually disheartened about the role media play in our lives.

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Five media takeaways from a very big primary election night

Here are five TV takeaways from one of the most important days and nights in the 2016 election.

1. NBC did what might be the best media work of the day by breakfast.

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Docudrama on St. Francis and sultan of Egypt finishes filming in Baltimore

A historical docudrama chronicling the way in which Francis of Assisi and the sultan of Egypt "bucked a century of war, distrust and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground" finished filming in Baltimore this week.

"The Sultan and the Saint" filmed in Canton.

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Talking on CNN about PACs and attacks in Baltimore mayor's race

CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday took a look at media and politics in Pennsylvania and Maryland in advance of Tuesday's vote.

I was part of the panel and hit hard at the disappointing level to which the conversation about mayor has sunk in the last two weeks.

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Baltimore mayor's race draws new money, same methods

For many in Baltimore, the media campaign for mayor started in December with an attack ad featuring Sheila Dixon as the Grinch who stole Christmas.

By February, it seemed as if Baltimore viewers were being invited for a ride in David Warnock's old pickup every time they turned on TV.

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Big anti-Trump ad buy hits Baltimore TV on eve of vote

UPDATES with $94,5000 figure for ad buy at WBAL.

The amount of presidential campaign money spent on Baltimore TV took a major jump today with an anti-Trump ad hitting the airwaves.

The commercials are airing on WJZ and WBAL, Baltimore's two highest-rated broadcast operations.

According to public files at WBAL, the ad buy there is for $94,500.

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