While its title certainly doesn’t do anything to shed an elitist image, the new Showtime documentary series “The Fourth Estate” shows viewers, for the first time, how news is made in the unprecedented news environment that began in late January 2017. The series producers had unprecedented access to the New York Times, every day for … Continued
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As the wave of Baby Boomers leaving TV news while still at the top of their games continues, Stephen Clark wants his audience to know that he’s leaving WXYZ-TV in Detroit this week in a scenario that is one-of-a-kind. After 16 years at the anchor desk, he told us last week “To me, Detroit has … Continued
At a time when our country can feel divided in so many ways, it is refreshing that a much anticipated event takes place each year that can be a much welcomed if not temporary respite from the every day. Yes, it is Super Bowl Sunday and the pizza will never taste as good. The Super … Continued
TV news used to epitomize what we used to call “mass media.” While TV newscasts still draw audiences larger than just about anything else in news, it has become something of a niche product. Now, we have a closer look at that niche. A new study from the Pew Research Center gives us a snapshot … Continued
A year ago, Barbara McQuade was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, leading the U.S. Department of Justice’s prosecution teams in and around Detroit. Last night, she was a guest on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” as a regular on the cable channel’s talk shows. How did that happen? On March 10th of this year, … Continued
When the President of the United States dismisses serious stories by established media organizations as “Fake News” (a term originally coined to describe something far different), his supporters cheer, others cringe, some roll their eyes and many don’t know what to think. But I stumbled across something in recent days that shows how this phenomenon, … Continued