| May 13, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Last week was a great one for cable news watching.
Not because any one channel did such outstanding work, but rather because several stories clamored simultaneously for the camera’s attention. The choices that a channel makes in such situations are...
| May 3, 2013
| 5:55 AM
Twenty-some years ago, when I already had kids and a friend was thinking about having one, she admitted to me that she really doesn't like children much, but I assured her she would like — and love — her own.
So she and her husband decided to...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Former Washington Post media critic and Daily Beast Washington bureau chief Howie Kurtz is joining Fox News, the network said Thursday.
Kurtz, who is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," will appear in that role for two more Sundays, and then will join...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 4:14 AM
Just when it was starting to look like cable news might have actually learned something from its rush-to-judgment sins in covering the Newtown massacre, John King, CNN and Fox News showed Wednesday how shaky and journalistically confused even the genre'...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama had a dinner date last week with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation.
The president personally...
| Apr 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
After spending 15 hours Friday locked on coverage of the manhunt in Boston, here are my picks for the highs, lows and deeper media stories of this remarkable day and night.
The best moment belonged to Diane Sawyer and ABC News for a phone interview...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 2:34 PM
Jake Tapper's new show on CNN, "The Lead," is premiering at a time when cable TV keeps moving further down the road of partisan news presentation. But ask him about it, and there's no waffling.
"I am not a partisan, and I am a journalist — not...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 3:00 AM
For about 20 years, I have been teaching a course at Towson University called "Media Criticism," which deals largely with alleged ideological media bias.
The claims of liberal bias in the mainstream media go back at least as far as Barry Goldwater's...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 5:41 AM
– Johns Hopkins Hospital's Dr. Ben Carson tested the political waters Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where many said he would be a popular Republican contender for the White House.
Carson's speech was met with several...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 7:31 AM
A day after firing up conservatives and hinting at his own political aspirations at a conference in Prince George's County, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson kept his distance from the Republican Party during a national television appearance Sunday,...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 8:00 AM
I fervently believe in a free press, in media free to expose wrong-doing no matter whose. But dare I invoke the concept of limits?
From the moment of that horrific Boston marathon bombing, the incessant speculations and suppositions — all...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 6:10 PM
One of the driving principles in the live and late-breaking world of TV news is to just keep moving on. Don’t dwell too long on yesterday’s mistakes, or you’ll miss today’s big story.
But the mistakes made by social media and...