After more than a year, Sinclair Broadcast appeared to be close to finalizing its controversial deal to acquire rival Tribune Media for $3.9 billion when its apparent derailment was triggered by an unlikely key player - the head of the FCC.
Last year at this time, I wrote that we in the media had failed miserably in trying to cover Candidate Trump. We still haven't figured out how to cover President Trump. But we are getting there by working harder and behaving better than him, doing both our job and his in terms of moral leadership.
Fox might be the most prominent platform to have become more politically emboldened since the election of President Donald Trump, but it is only one of several that have taken a more partisan turn or made clear their intentions of serving the president’s goals in 2017.
Fox still has the biggest ratings in cable news despite the staggering loss of three-fourths of its evening lineup in the last eight months. But it's also still on the wrong side of patriarchy and male privilege. And the recent firings of host Bill O'Reilly and Co-President Bill Shine underline how much trouble the network is in thanks to its 20-year history of sexual harassment.
"NUTS!" opens with a dusty hand-drawn animation of two goats fucking ever so gently. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the Sundance-winning sorta-documentary feature about the empire-building fiction dreamed up by John Romulus Brinkley, the early 20th-century "doctor" who implanted goat gonads in male patients' testicles to cure impotence, among other ailments. That's not the truly crazy part: in the process of pretending to pioneer an absurd remedy, Brinkley actually pioneered
In case this part of the story was missing from your child's grade-school Thanksgiving pageant, TV is here to tell us this holiday week that the Pilgrims were a bunch of grave-robbing, food-stealing killers who lured a Native American leader to what he thought was a meal of peace only to cut off his head and stick it on a pole.
Tribune is just the latest multimedia news company to split up its broadcasting and publishing assets, joining Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and E.W. Scripps, which completed such a spinoff just last week. Such separation is gaining momentum as traditional media seek to adapt to the fast-evolving digital landscape.
To someone who has been engaged for most of his life in both politics and the media, the parallel story lines of Chris Christie and Rupert Murdoch are fascinating. Both hold reputations as tough, hard-fisted taskmasters -- brilliant, successful, in their respective fields: Murdoch as a publisher, Christie as a politician.
The Baltimore Sun's parent said Wednesday that it plans to spin off its newspapers as a separate company, the latest move in the Tribune Co.'s effort to focus on the more profitable television industry.
The mistakes made by social media and cable TV after the Boston Marathon bombings have continued reverberating with the discovery last week of the body of a young man falsely accused of being a suspect. We saw similar patterns after the Newtown shooting, and we need to look at this trend before the media get any further out of control.
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.
After spending more than four years embroiled in a contentious Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, the reorganized Tribune Co. will emerge Monday under new owners and a newly appointed board, freed from its massive debt and facing an uncertain future, officials said.
The possibility that the Tribune Co. will sell its newspapers after its imminent exit from bankruptcy has set off a new round of speculation about The Baltimore Sun's future ownership — along with expressions of interest from potential buyers.
There is no TV genre more problematic than docudrama. And Sunday's premiere of "SEAL Team Six," which claims to be the true, inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, is as problematic as they come.
The federal judge in Tribune Co.'s long-running bankruptcy case said in a memorandum Friday that he would approve a reorganization plan proposed by the company and its largest creditors, overruling objections brought by numerous parties.
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.
Attorneys for state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, who's on trial for extortion and related charges, began his defense Monday by calling a witness who portrayed the Prince George's County legislator as endlessly pleasant, but not very bright.
I hate the unprecedented extent to which Fox News has involved itself in Republican politics, but the channel presented a first-class, rousing and illuminating debate among GOP candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty Thursday night.
And at this crucial moment when we need the down-the-middle, keen analysis that CNN usually provides, what does the cable channel give us instead? Piers Morgan. I can't remember the last time I was as angry as I was last night when CNN decided it was going to stick with Mr. America's Got Talent following the words of the leaders of two branches of government who sounded like they were never going to compromise for all the president's phony use of the word Monday night.
Conventional wisdom says US journalism has higher standards than that of the Brits. But what about sites like TMZ and the major networks paying for interviews through the dodge of licensing fees? Will we pull back in wake of News of the World scandal?
After saying what sounded like a prepared remark that this was "most humbling day" of his life, it only took about 25 minutes before Rupert Murdoch let slip what appear to be his real feelings about one of the most wide-reaching scandals in 20th century media history.
The TV press is doing a conscientious and aggressive job of covering the economic story, without getting routinely played by the political spin doctors trying to use the nation's misery for their team's gain. The news operations doing the best work are CNN, CBS and ABC.