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The increasing polarization of cable news is transforming, and in some ways shrinking, the electoral landscape. What has emerged is a form of narrowcasting, allowing candidates a welcoming platform that helps them avoid hostile press questioning and, in some cases, minimize the slog and the slip-ups of retail campaigning. Read more here.
| October 11, 2010; 6:42 PM ET |
Categories: Latest stories, Top story | Tags: Bill O'Reilly, CNN, Chris Matthews, Christine O'Donnell, Fox, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Obama, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Sharron Angle, cable news, midterms
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Rahm Emanuel's candidate may have won the presidency, but that didn't dull Emanuel's serrated edge. "He's a guy who stabbed a steak knife into the table at Doe's restaurant after Bill Clinton's election," his former colleague Paul Begala recalls. "He was screaming about people screwing us in the campaign." The media portrait of the man dubbed Rahmbo -- the foul-mouthed, take-no-prisoners, twist-your-arm-out-of-its-socket operative -- is grounded in reality. But it isn't the whole picture. Most journalists, to some degree, are caricaturists. We may be interested in nuance and context, but the compression of reporting often reduces people to a couple of attributes at best. You know the shorthand: "tough-talking" and "aggressive," or "soft-spoken" and "mild-mannered." Guess which sells better at the box office? Read the rest here.
| October 10, 2010; 10:52 PM ET |
Categories: Latest stories, Top story | Tags: ABC, Bill Marimow, Ed Henry, MSNBC, Obama, Paul Begala, Phil Griffin, Philadelphia Inquirer, Rahm Emanuel, White House, journalism, media
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This time, Rick Sanchez really sounded remorseful. In an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday morning, the ousted CNN anchor said flatly that he "screwed up" in calling Jon Stewart a bigot and suggesting that Jews run the networks--comments that cost him his job last week. "I apologize and it was wrong for me to be so careless and so inartful," Sanchez said. "But it happened and I can't take it back and you know what now I have to stand up and be responsible." The tone was much different than in a statement earlier this week, when Sanchez extended an apology to anyone who "may have been offended."
I've just discovered what it is like to become a media metaphor. My announcement that I'm leaving The Washington Post after 29 years to join the Daily Beast, the two-year-old Web site founded by Tina Brown, triggered all sorts of coverage. And I have to think that much of it was based on the notion that this symbolized a shift in the media world, from print to pixels. First and foremost, this was a difficult decision because I love The Post and it will always have a place in my heart. Even in an era of diminishing resources, it remains a great newspaper. But as I've spent more of my time in the digital world, the lure of helping shape something new became irresistable. As Washington bureau chief, I'll be overseeing and eventually expanding the site's presence in the capital while also reporting, writing, blogging, and of course tweeting.
| October 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET |
Categories: Latest stories, Top story | Tags: Daily Beast, Howard Kurtz, Tina Brown, Washington Post, Web, media
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Boy, you call that Jon Stewart a bigot, he punches back! Well, maybe punch is a bit strong. Stewart poked back at Rick Sanchez, over the ex-CNN anchor's "extremely pokable show." You had a sense that Jon wanted to get his licks in, but was wary of kicking an overcaffeinated television personality when he's down. (Video here.) The Comedy Central funnyman did allow himself a serious point: Sanchez, in his radio rant against Jews last week, suggested that Stewart had a coddled upbringing in suburban New Jersey. Sure, said Jon, whose parents were divorced when he was young, "the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field."