In the era of Mr. Trump, it is interesting and dismaying, to see who thinks the limelight — by which I mean ratings, popularity, celebrity and relevance — is more important than long-held principles, or basic truth-telling.
John Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign was hailed for its landmark use of TV. But Kennedy was practically a bystander to his success on the small screen compared with Donald Trump's manipulation of TV and social media in becoming the Republican front-runner.
Even in the profoundly compromised realms of politics and cable TV, rarely is the quid pro quo as obvious as the one involved in MSNBC's announcement today that it will telecast a town hall tomorrow night featuring Donald Trump and "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski.
This week's why-we-hate-the-media moment was a little late in coming -- Friday afternoon. But MSNBC came through with flying colors as it ripped its way through the apartment of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the suspects in the San Bernardino shootings.
There's an old adage in the newspaper business: Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel. The Republican presidential debaters in Colorado the other night openly and vigorously ignored it in their desire to tap into the public unpopularity of the folks who bring you the news, in print or on television and the Internet.
With the news that the Republican National Committee has decided to punish NBC for the sorry excuse of a debate CNBC staged Wednesday by cancelling its partnership for another event in February, it's time for everyone to stop, take a deep breath and try to remember what these debates are supposed to be about.
Kathleen Matthews, the former news anchor who is seeking the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, will run the first television ad of any candidate in the state this year -- and she's choosing a particularly high-profile event to make the debut.
No doubt there will be some in the news business who will hold that Brian Williams never should have been allowed back into the fraternity, but a man with more than two decades on the firing line with no major ethical or personal behavioral rap against him warrants an opportunity to earn his way back into acceptance.
O'Malley, appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, told co-host Mika Brzezinski that he isn't concerned about damage to his career or retaliation by party leaders if he criticizes Clinton too harshly.
NBC made it official Thursday naming Lestor Holt the new anchor of ¿NBC Nightly News¿ while bringing back suspended anchor Brian Williams in a demoted role at the anchor for breaking news and special reports primarily on cable channel MSNBC.
Kathleen Matthews, the longtime television news anchor and former executive at Marriott, will make an announcement next week about her future, aides said -- the latest indication she is planning to run for Maryland's 8th Congressional District.
Martin O'Malley got a lot of national cable news attention Saturday morning when he announced in Baltimore for president. But most of it was bad, with analysts criticizing him from him the left and the right before and after live coverage of his announcement.
Baltimore native Donnell Whittenburg is one of two American men entered into the nine-man field for Saturday's AT&T American Cup, another step in his progression towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Out of all of the things I have read and written and said myself on radio, TV and video about Brian Williams the past five days, the one phrase that keeps rattling around in my head is Williams saying on Saturday, ¿As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days.¿
The incorrect report on Wednesday night that the gunmen responsible for murdering 12 persons in Paris had been killed or were in custody is not the first time NBC News and correspondent Pete Williams got it wrong on a major, breaking story.