Hard on the news that Baltimore viewers are scheduled to be excluded from a TV debate May 7 among Maryland's Democratic candidates, WBFF (Fox45) said Wednesday that it has "been negotiating for months" with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur for a debate in Baltimore.
Barnes brings an impressive resume to the city, having worked 32 years in television as a reporter and anchor. Her career, which began at the University of Maryland and Northwestern University, has taken her to Detroit; Flint, Mich.; Baltimore; and Washington. Most recently, Barnes worked at Fox 5 in Washington.
However, those pale in comparison to the department's most recent project, the takeover of Laurel's Public Access channel, which was formerly known as Laurel Cable. The network, which has been run by non-profit Laurel Cable Network Foundation since the 1980's, was completely handed over to the city on Jan. 1.
Each week during the football season, I write about the Ravens telecasts on my blog and in the Monday paper. And each Monday and Tuesday, network publicists, executives and announcers, directors and producers write or call and say I am being too harsh.
George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin at 10 p.m. Saturday, and it was a network news operation, ABC, not any of the all-news cable channels, that had the best initial coverage.
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 usually one of the best barometers of where it really lives.
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's biggest dogs are these days when confronted with a major, ongoing news story.
But the big story that seemed to mostly sail under the radar was the embattled channel's hour-long, full-right-wing, all-out, let's-give-a-big-big-hug coronation later in the evening of Dr. Benjamin Carson, the famous neurosurgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hospital, who made headlines for what he had to say Feb. 7 at the National Prayer Breakfast.
The entire production was so vastly superior to what Ravens fans usually get with second and third string CBS Sports crews that the telecast felt like a gift from the sports gods on this weekend of mourning Orioles elimination from postseason play.
Despite publisher putting out a disingenuous release saying essentially that anyone who publishes the author's name bears moral responsibility for any harm who comes to him, the truth is exactly what Fox has said in its defense: Anyone who writes such a book has no reasonable expectation of privacy.
I am waiting to hear from Fox Sports on what happened at the end of its telecast of the Baltimore Orioles 13-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers on backup catcher Taylor Teagarden's walk-off homerun. But until I do, let's talk about this like grown-ups, OK?
After watching coverage of the Wisconsin recall, I am convinced more than ever that it's time for a major press gut check. We have been in real trouble for a long time with TV news, but we truly have reached a new low of partisanship at MSNBC and Fox News -- and confusion at CNN.