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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2010
There is no shortage of big political stories in the midterm election season that includes Tuesday night's Maryland primary. Will control of Congress shift from Democrats to Republicans? How many statehouses will change hands? But there are also some large media stories involving the TV journalists who will be bringing election news to millions of viewers. And one of the biggest involves Bret Baier, anchor of the nightly Fox News program "Special Report with Bret Baier. " Baier steps up this fall as lead political news anchor on Election Night replacing Brit Hume, who moved after the 2008 elections to the role of senior political analyst.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley is supposed to be Maryland's political TV star. Just ask him. But it was Congressman Andy Harris who drew the bigger national audience in his appearance on CNN's "Crossfire. " When O'Malley "debated" Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sept. 18 on "Crossfire," 329,000 viewers tuned in. When Harris appeared Monday on the CNN show with Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, an organization trying to enroll people in Obamacare, the telecast drew 450,000 viewers. Before Harris starts thinking he's the most telegenic conservative since Ronald Reagan, or O'Malley sinks into a depression over the feared loss of his TV mojo, there's a major factor contributing to those audiences: the news flow of the day. Monday was a good night for cable news because of President Barack Obama's late afternoon appearance to talk about the deeply flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
I hate the unprecedented extent to which Fox News has involved itself in Republican politics, but I have to admit the channel presented a first-class, rousing and illuminating debate among GOP candidates Thursday night. Most of the credit has to go to anchorman Bret Baier and Sunday show host Chris Wallace who were superb in their prepaartion and questions. I cannot remember seeing a moderator this side of CNN's Wolf Blitzer who opened a debate with a  more focused, well-researched barrage of questions than Baier.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Former Washington Post media critic and Daily Beast Washington bureau chief Howie Kurtz is joining Fox News, the network said Thursday. Kurtz, who is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," will appear in that role for two more Sundays, and then will join Fox. "Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media," a statement for CNN said.  "We thank him...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2011
I saw a lot of Iowa straw poll coverage this weekend, and some of it was pretty awful. But nothing made me want to gag like this exchange between Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann Saturday night on Huckabee's weekly conflict-of-interest hour that Fox tries to present as a variety/talk show. Less than 48 hours after Fox News received high praise from me and other critics and analysts for its handling of the GOP presidential candidates debate, comes this sorry exchange. And understand, the praise Fox News received for Thursday's debate efforts was a result of the tough, journalistic questions posed by Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley is supposed to be Maryland's political TV star. Just ask him. But it was Congressman Andy Harris who drew the bigger national audience in his appearance on CNN's "Crossfire. " When O'Malley "debated" Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sept. 18 on "Crossfire," 329,000 viewers tuned in. When Harris appeared Monday on the CNN show with Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, an organization trying to enroll people in Obamacare, the telecast drew 450,000 viewers. Before Harris starts thinking he's the most telegenic conservative since Ronald Reagan, or O'Malley sinks into a depression over the feared loss of his TV mojo, there's a major factor contributing to those audiences: the news flow of the day. Monday was a good night for cable news because of President Barack Obama's late afternoon appearance to talk about the deeply flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Former Washington Post media critic and Daily Beast Washington bureau chief Howie Kurtz is joining Fox News, the network said Thursday. Kurtz, who is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," will appear in that role for two more Sundays, and then will join Fox. "Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media," a statement for CNN said.  "We thank him...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
With Mitt Romney now officially President Obama's opponent, it truly appears to be game on at the Fox News channel -- at least, if this morning's "Fox & Friends" is any indication. Today's version of the morning show featured an anti-Obama video that resembled propaganda films from 1930's Europe more than it did responsible TV politics of today. And the remarkable thing was the witless crew on the couch that serves as hosts for this show had the audacity to present it as journalism and congratulate the producer who put it together.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
Kathy Griffin's desperate efforts to get some shock buzz New Year's Eve on CNN were so obvious that I vowed I wouldn't write about her -- wouldn't write about her kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch and trying to make sure every viewer knew what she was doing. You can see the video above. (And don't write to me about using the video from the right-wing Newsbusters website. It's the best edited of the lot, and most of the YouTube cuts have such bad video you don't know what's being said unless you're a lip-reader.)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2012
Paul Ryan being selected as Mitt Romney's GOP running mate was big news late Friday night, and no one on television did a better job of covering it on the fly than MSNBC. I can't believe I typed those words either. MSNBC had become such a joke in its commitment to prison documentaries and lack of coverage on breaking news, that I rarely bothered to even make it part of the mix any more when news broke. But Friday night, MNBC did something that could allow for the channel to regain some serious news credibility: It ditched the docs, kept the ideologue clowns off the air and handed coverage over to the grown-ups at NBC News.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2011
I saw a lot of Iowa straw poll coverage this weekend, and some of it was pretty awful. But nothing made me want to gag like this exchange between Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann Saturday night on Huckabee's weekly conflict-of-interest hour that Fox tries to present as a variety/talk show. Less than 48 hours after Fox News received high praise from me and other critics and analysts for its handling of the GOP presidential candidates debate, comes this sorry exchange. And understand, the praise Fox News received for Thursday's debate efforts was a result of the tough, journalistic questions posed by Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
I hate the unprecedented extent to which Fox News has involved itself in Republican politics, but I have to admit the channel presented a first-class, rousing and illuminating debate among GOP candidates Thursday night. Most of the credit has to go to anchorman Bret Baier and Sunday show host Chris Wallace who were superb in their prepaartion and questions. I cannot remember seeing a moderator this side of CNN's Wolf Blitzer who opened a debate with a  more focused, well-researched barrage of questions than Baier.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2010
There is no shortage of big political stories in the midterm election season that includes Tuesday night's Maryland primary. Will control of Congress shift from Democrats to Republicans? How many statehouses will change hands? But there are also some large media stories involving the TV journalists who will be bringing election news to millions of viewers. And one of the biggest involves Bret Baier, anchor of the nightly Fox News program "Special Report with Bret Baier. " Baier steps up this fall as lead political news anchor on Election Night replacing Brit Hume, who moved after the 2008 elections to the role of senior political analyst.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
UPDATED Tuesday 1: 30 p.m. with confirmed reports of voter-suppression robocalls. While I have had many issues with the partisan nature of Ed Schultz's coverage from Wisconsin in the last year, I have to admit that Monday night the MSNBC host appeared to be providing an important public service to voters of that embattled state. During an interview with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate challenging Republican Scott Walker in Tuesday's recall vote, Schultz asked about reports of robocalls telling potential voters that if they had signed petitions to recall Walker, there was no need to go to the polls Tuesday, because their votes were already registered.
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