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By John Cook and John Cook,Chicago Tribune | February 13, 2005
In Rome, they call it the Big Story. The deteriorating health and inevitable earthly demise of Pope John Paul II is one of the most anticipated news events in recent history, and the world's television networks have been rehearsing for it for nearly a decade. When the moment does arrive, the pope's death will trigger a vast array of lights, cables, remote control cameras and microwave relays that have been lying dormant in and around St. Peter's Basilica for years, waiting to spring into action and carry out carefully written and repeatedly revised coverage plans.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Despite the sneers of MSNBC hosts and the disdainful manner of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Benghazi matters. And it matters in ways we don't yet even understand - deep, fractious ways that reveal a major front in the culture war almost no one seems to understand or want to even talk about. The "blue news/red news" dichotomy that some have focused on is pretty obvious stuff. Fox thinks it's a big story, while MSNBC mocks Fox for thinking it's a big story. CNN isn't sure what it thinks about anything except the missing plane.
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By Clarence Page | July 27, 2008
A respected group of media researchers has found that Sen. Barack Obama gets a lot more coverage than Sen. John McCain. I didn't need a think tank to tell me that. After all, Madonna gets more coverage than Mr. McCain does, too, even when she doesn't want it - although it is hard to imagine when she wouldn't. Mr. Obama gets more media attention than Mr. McCain because, as we have heard over and over again, he is the rock star of today's political scene. Mr. McCain, by contrast, is an attractive candidate and war hero who is less intriguing precisely because, in a political world where fresh and new have become the highest virtue, we know him so well.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
With Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice back in the news and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling all over it this week, I have to revisit this post I wrote on TMZ in February, when the Rice-allegedly-knocks-his-then-fiancee-unconscious story first broke. As I say in the piece , for all its journalistic sins, I love the way TMZ refuses to let itself be rolled over by the great hype machines of professional sports. Let the less enterprising and easily intimidated homers in the press corps take their talking points from the home team publicists; TMZ gets video and audio as it did with Rice and Sterling that shows us who some of these athletes and owners are -- beyond the glowing press releases of their agents and team publicists.
NEWS
December 30, 1990
From one of the most portentous elections in county history to landmark legislation aimed at preventing trees from becoming an endangered species, 1990 should prove to have left quite a mark on the people and places of Anne Arundel County.In Annapolis, lawmakers dueled over a proposed landfill expansion that city officials say is essential to the capital city's economic health. In Crofton, residents feared for their safety after a woman was murdered in the woods near the library. And in Shady Side, residents pulled together to help an Ohio town ravaged by floodwaters -- even though the only bond they shared was a similar name.
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February 10, 2012
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Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Orioles fans are chortling this morning after the Detroit Tigers routed the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. This was an unbelievably humiliating series for the Yankees, which always plays well here. It's been fun watching the notorious New York media savage the home team, too. The Yankees seemed intent in mailing this one in from the beginning. It didn't help that Yankees' ace  C.C. Sabathia, who surrendered 11 hits and six runs, appeared to be throwing batting practice to the Tigers yesterday.
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By STEPHEN HUNTER and STEPHEN HUNTER,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 13, 1995
I hate it when they do that.The new administration at the Charles Theater has tried so mightily to provide the city with a menu of interesting cinema, something far removed from the blander product of the suburban multiplexes, and in the long months of their regime, they've not once had to stoop to conquer.Enter: "Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation '95."I hate it when they do that!For those of you not burned hopelessly out on artsy animation, here's a preview, delivered by a man with a jaundiced eye and a clothespin on his nose.
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By Art Buchwald | July 28, 1993
A GUNMAN shot and killed eight people in San Francisco the other day. It was a news story, but not a big story because it seems that every week a gunman is killing eight victims somewhere in the U.S.A.For a story to qualify as big news, it has to be exceptional. Since killing people with guns is now the norm in this country, an editor is hard put to know whether to put it anywhere near the front page.Because incidents of gun violence are not big news, it follows that trying to get legislation passed to prevent gun ownership is also not newsworthy.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Even as sets are being built in the Baltimore area for the $100 million Netflix remake of "House of Cards," a report out of Hollywood says producer-director David Fincher might not be on board. Fincher, who directed "The Social Network, and star Kevin Spacey are the big names driving the remake of a 1990 BBC production about scheming, back-stabbing and spinning in the halls of Parliament. The Netflix version sets the story in Washington and includes Robin Wright in its cast. Fincher is supposed to be directing the pilot.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Gary Jobson is not only a Hall of Fame sailor. He is also something of a history buff when it comes to a sport that has been a big part of his life since childhood. Which is why Jobson, of Annapolis, was happy to witness this year's America's Cup competition in San Francisco Bay up close, as someone who could both enjoy the event and appreciate its historical context. For those who were busy following the Ravens, Orioles or even Maryland, Oracle Team USA came back from the largest deficit in the competition's history to win and retain the cup. Trailing 8-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle took the last eight races to win the 17-race competition and put Jimmy Spithill, the Australian skipper who headed Oracle's crew, in the company of the sport's legendary figures.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
The American League East has long been considered one of baseball's toughest divisions, and that should hold true again in 2013. But it's no longer a division dominated by a couple high-spending teams and the occasional upstart. Suddenly, the AL East is being recognized for its top-to-bottom depth. The Orioles had their best finish in the division in 15 years in 2012, taking second place and earning a wild-card berth. The Blue Jays are the unofficial champions of the off-season, going from a fourth-place club to a World Series contender.
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Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Orioles fans are chortling this morning after the Detroit Tigers routed the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. This was an unbelievably humiliating series for the Yankees, which always plays well here. It's been fun watching the notorious New York media savage the home team, too. The Yankees seemed intent in mailing this one in from the beginning. It didn't help that Yankees' ace  C.C. Sabathia, who surrendered 11 hits and six runs, appeared to be throwing batting practice to the Tigers yesterday.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | June 13, 2012
JP Morgan, BP, Walmart, and the multibillionaire Koch brothers have just launched a TV advertisement blasting President Obama for the national debt. Actually, I don't know who's behind the ad because there's no way to know. And that's a big problem. The front group for the ad is Crossroads GPS, the sister organization to the super PAC American Crossroads run by Republican political operative Karl Rove. But because Crossroads GPS is a nonprofit, tax-exempt "social welfare organization," it can spend unlimited money and doesn't have to reveal its sources.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Even as sets are being built in the Baltimore area for the $100 million Netflix remake of "House of Cards," a report out of Hollywood says producer-director David Fincher might not be on board. Fincher, who directed "The Social Network, and star Kevin Spacey are the big names driving the remake of a 1990 BBC production about scheming, back-stabbing and spinning in the halls of Parliament. The Netflix version sets the story in Washington and includes Robin Wright in its cast. Fincher is supposed to be directing the pilot.
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February 10, 2012
Live tweets from b's exclusive reader party 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Rams Head Live with Michael Jackson tribute band Who's Bad . Going? Tweet song requests, shoutouts and pictures of you and your friends b-ing bad at b's reader party. Use hashtag #Bbad . Note: This module isn't accepting chat comments, just tweets! Welcome to our mobile site! Here's a quick tour: • Find things to do: 10 Spot picks happening soon are highlighted at the top of the site.
NEWS
May 31, 1994
FRED W. Friendly, who created some of the best moments of broadcast journalism during television's Golden Years, is not happy with the direction television news has taken. Here are some excerpts from a conversation with him, taken from the Columbia University Journalism Alumni Journal:Are news standards declining? "No question. I can sum it up in one statement: Commercial television is making so much money doing its worst that it can't afford to do its best."Are you talking now about network news or local news?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
It might be hard to imagine that anyone is more psyched-up for Thursday night's matchup between the Ravens and 49ers than Baltimore and San Francisco fans. But there is. The team at NFL Network, which is cablecasting the game from Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving day, is sky high. Executives and announcers at the league-owned cable channel see the match-up between two division-leading teams coached by brothers as one of the biggest contests and most compelling story lines in its six seasons of telecasting games in prime time.
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