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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Doctored video of Pelosi: Trump, Giuliani, Fox hit new low - even for them

If the ugly video attempt to smear Nancy Pelosi that was fully aided and abetted by the president of the United States, his personal lawyer and the Fox Business Network makes you as angry as it has me, here’s more maddening news: It’s only a warm-up for where our politics are headed in coming weeks and months.

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Zurawik: Why Democrats need to take moral high road and just say no to Fox town halls

Democrats need to just say no to Fox News once and for all.

The party has a wide, deep, diverse and very impressive cast of candidates for president in 2020 at a time when the nation faces profound choices thanks in part to the governmental chaos caused by President Donald Trump. And what has been the focus of debate among those nearly two dozen candidates the last two weeks?

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Preakness TV audience down about 10 percent year to year in Baltimore — and twice that nationally

The TV audience in Baltimore for Saturday’s Preakness race was down 10.65 percent compared with that in 2018.

Those are household figures from Nielsen that measure the size of the audience during the actual running of the race. They are provided by WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate that aired NBC’s coverage of the race in the Baltimore market.

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Zurawik: Frontline goes into the shadows to show how Supreme Court moved so far to the right

If the Supreme Court is our last best hope to stop Donald Trump’s march toward an imperial presidency, Frontline has some bad news: After more than three decades of plotting and packing by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others, the court has become solidly right-wing and openly politicized to an extent previously unseen.

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Former WEAA general manager will take over at WYPR July 1

LaFontaine E. Oliver, a former general manger at Morgan State University’s WEAA, has been named the new president and general manager at public radio station WYPR.

He succeeds Tony Brandon, who is stepping down at the end of June after running the station since 2002.

Oliver left Morgan State’s public radio station in 2013 after leading WEAA since 2007.

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Zurawik: Inside the firestorm of reaction to WJZ firing Mary Bubala. Did punishment fit the crime?

In 29 years of covering media in Baltimore, I cannot recall a story I wrote that resulted in as immediate and intense a reaction as Tuesday’s report announcing WJZ’s firing of anchorwoman Mary Bubala.

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