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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Maybe it's time for press to push harder for transparency from Trump

There’s a darkness spreading over Washington these days, and it might be time for everyone in the news media who cares about democracy to confront it – even if it causes some pain.

Donald Trump’s White House and the Republican-controlled Congress are taking our government behind closed doors in a way not even dared by Richard Nixon. And Team Trump is laughing in the face of the press as it does so.

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NBC News the star, not Megyn Kelly or Alex Jones

After more than a week of misguided talk about Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones as a kind of celebrity warfare, what really mattered Sunday night was the journalistic performance of NBC News.

Not surprisingly, Jones came off looking bad. Kelly came off looking OK. But the real stars of the segment were the faceless producers, editors and managers at NBC News who put the segment on Jones together.

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Traffic reporter and anchor Sarah Caldwell leaves WBAL after 15 years

After 15 years at WBAL-TV, traffic reporter and anchor Sarah Caldwell is leaving the station for a job in development at the Institute of Notre Dame.

Today was Caldwell’s last day on-air at WBAL.

In addition to reporting morning traffic, Caldwell was a co-anchor on the station’s noon broadcast. She also filed traffic updates during the day online, according to the station’s website.

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Trump and the rise in vulgar, mean media talk

This story has been updated to reflect CNN’s cancellation of “Believer with Reza Aslan” on Friday.

Last month, in the wake of CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert describing President Donald Trump’s mouth as a “c--- holster for Vladimir Putin,” I thought we might be on a slippery slope when it comes to media language, values and standards.

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Korey Jackson: From Howard High to 'House of Cards'

Korey Jackson says he had two big reasons to be happy when he found out he had landed the role of Sean Jeffries, a super-ambitious young journalist, in Season 5 of “House of Cards.” It was the largest TV role in the 37-year-old performer’s career, and he would be coming home to Maryland for seven months of location filming.

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Comey coverage justifies any media overkill

The TV countdown clocks were up and running by Tuesday.

By Wednesday night, the cable channels had panels of eight or more talking heads in heated argument over testimony from former FBI Director James Comey that was published on the eve of his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee today.

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