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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
If you don't know by now about the truly sick comments MSNBC host Martin Bashir made about Sarah Palin, you need to see this video. And then, you might want to ask yourself how it is that Bashir is still on the air. And why aren't folks like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd, who claim to speak for NBC News, not speaking out about this? Those are some of the questions we asked in a spirited discussion on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" Sunday morning on Fox News. Kurtz's other guest is Joe Concha, columnist at Mediaite.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended President Obama's health care program Sunday as a panelist on NBC's "Meet the Press. " The panel included NBC journalists Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd and New York Times Columnist David Brooks. Todd introduced the segment talking about President Obama's recent setbacks, referring to 2013 as a "lost year" for the president. "I think that's a bit of an overstatement, 'The lost year?' Focusing on trying to get more people affordable quality health care?
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended President Obama's health care program Sunday as a panelist on NBC's "Meet the Press. " The panel included NBC journalists Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd and New York Times Columnist David Brooks. Todd introduced the segment talking about President Obama's recent setbacks, referring to 2013 as a "lost year" for the president. "I think that's a bit of an overstatement, 'The lost year?' Focusing on trying to get more people affordable quality health care?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
If you don't know by now about the truly sick comments MSNBC host Martin Bashir made about Sarah Palin, you need to see this video. And then, you might want to ask yourself how it is that Bashir is still on the air. And why aren't folks like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd, who claim to speak for NBC News, not speaking out about this? Those are some of the questions we asked in a spirited discussion on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" Sunday morning on Fox News. Kurtz's other guest is Joe Concha, columnist at Mediaite.
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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 | June 3, 2013
This segment of Chuck Todd's "The Daily Rundown" Monday got more media bounce than usual for the show thanks to MSNBC commentator Michael Steele sounding very serious about running for governor in Maryland. But to me, it was first and foremost the perfect tableau of the troubled channel as TV boneyard for unemployed politicos. This video featuring Steele and put-out-to-pasture Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs illustrates not only the reason MSNBC is dying in the ratings, but also the deeper disease of our democracy with cable channels handing over airtime to talking heads who are committed to ideology and partisan political gain, not information, analysis or civic enlightenment.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Cable news was mostly bad news in Day One of the Trayvon Martin trial. Why am I not shocked that once again 24/7 cable news failed to rise to a big-news occasion loaded with powerful sociological implications? MSNBC promised fabulous live coverage of the trial. But when prosecuting attorney John Guy used the F-word as the third word in his opening argument, MSNBC didn't have a delay in place. And they still didn't have one in place when he used it a second time for dramatic effect.
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By Alyson Ward and Alyson Ward,McClatchy-Tribune | January 25, 2009
In 2008, we lived through a spellbinding presidential election. And now we can spend the rest of our lives reading about it. Barack Obama hasn't been president a week yet, but the books about his election and his administration are starting to pile up. Presses are rolling. Agents and publishers are signing book deals. Bookstores are setting up display tables full of election memorabilia, in hardcover and paperback. Here's a look at just a few of the first round of election '08 books: A Long Time Coming by Evan Thomas and the staff of Newsweek PublicAffairs / 256 pages / $22.95 Evan Thomas, Newsweek's editor-at-large, wove this story together using material from several of the magazine's reporters.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
That was Gov. Martin O'Malley spinning away in Denver Thursday morning, putting the best possible face on a debate performance by President Obama that even his supporters considered a disappointment. Appearing on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" with Chuck Todd, O'Malley praised Obama's  demeanor and command of facts in his face-off with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. "One of the things you look for in a president is consistency," O'Malley said.  "Over the long term, the president is well-served by that dignified command reserve.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | April 18, 2012
One thing is clear: Americans loved Dick Clark. As soon as the news of Clark's death at 82 of a heart attack reached the world Tuesday afternoon, tributes, thoughts, reflections (and a few loving jokes) flooded Twitter - both from famous folks and regular fans who grew up with the TV mainstay.  Here are some of our favorites so far: • Thanks for everything, Dick Clark. You changed the world of pop music and you will be sorely missed. -- Sony Music Global, @SonyMusicGlobal •  Am still amazed that Dick Clark was only 82...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Cable news was mostly bad news in Day One of the Trayvon Martin trial. Why am I not shocked that once again 24/7 cable news failed to rise to a big-news occasion loaded with powerful sociological implications? MSNBC promised fabulous live coverage of the trial. But when prosecuting attorney John Guy used the F-word as the third word in his opening argument, MSNBC didn't have a delay in place. And they still didn't have one in place when he used it a second time for dramatic effect.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
This segment of Chuck Todd's "The Daily Rundown" Monday got more media bounce than usual for the show thanks to MSNBC commentator Michael Steele sounding very serious about running for governor in Maryland. But to me, it was first and foremost the perfect tableau of the troubled channel as TV boneyard for unemployed politicos. This video featuring Steele and put-out-to-pasture Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs illustrates not only the reason MSNBC is dying in the ratings, but also the deeper disease of our democracy with cable channels handing over airtime to talking heads who are committed to ideology and partisan political gain, not information, analysis or civic enlightenment.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
October 1, 2008
NBC close to naming 'Meet the Press' host Sometime between Election Day and early December, NBC News will make a final decision about who will replace Tim Russert and his interim successor, Tom Brokaw, at the helm of Meet the Press, Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, said in an interview. Capus refused to characterize the network's intentions.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | June 4, 2008
The most-watched presidential primary season in TV history ended yesterday with a wild roller-coaster ride of conflicting news reports, updates, "knockdowns" and delegate countdowns that left even veteran media executives scratching their heads. "It was exactly one year ago that we televised our first debate, and it's been an incredible ride straight through to today," CNN political director Sam Feist said last night. "And what a last day for the primary season! We had one development after another - and more breaking news banners today on CNN than during any other day in recent memory."
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