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By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
The New York Daily News had a simple message this morning for Donald Trump, whose faux campaign for president has gotten increasingly weirder as his "Apprentice" TV ratings rise.  That message? You're a clown.  Calling him "Sideshow Don," the Daily News painted circus makeup on The Donald's face and ran a big quote from White House senior adviser David Plouffe, who said Sunday that Trump had "zero chance" of winning the presidency.  As someone who (strenuously)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
This is a column I have put off for weeks, because it makes me sad to write it. And ultimately, it begs an answer, which I am not sure I have. But with the year ending, I can no longer avoid it. After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: “60 Minutes” and CNN. Actually, it was more than believed in the case of “60 Minutes.” The...
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By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • What goes around (goes around, goes around) comes all the way back around: Wikileaks founder threatens lawsuit over embarrassing press . (Guardian)  • Birthers, you've already seen this evidence, but here it is again:  Hawaiian official reasserts authenticity of Obama's birth certificate . (MSNBC)
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By Jules Witcover | June 3, 2013
Viewers of the television political talk shows may have noticed a phenomenon in the afterbirth of the last presidential election. High-powered consultants from both campaigns have invaded the studios as panelists, chewing over the political events of the day beside career reporters and analysts who had recently been covering them. From the winning Obama team, chief campaign strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe and deputy Stephanie Cutter have signed with such shows, as have Kevin Madden of the Romney campaign and other Republicans.
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May 26, 2012
I agree with The Sun's recent position on the relevance of Governor Romney's experience at Bain Capital to the presidential race that's already underway ("The Bain of Romney's campaign," May 22), but the methodology is curious. Asking Mr. Romney to give us his version of how Bain helped create jobs and save companies is like asking the fox how it protected the henhouse - or asking David Plouffe how President Barack Obama's stimulus package saved us from an even deeper recession. We'll get an answer, but it will have been vetted, cooked, skewed, and totally useless as a guide to making an informed decision about whose economic vision should guide the country as we begin to creep out of a long recession.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
I won't retrace the whole issue here, but CBS News is long overdue for some praise at this blog for investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson excellent work on the Department of Justice's "Operation Fast and Furious. " The blowback from the White House and DOJ has been petty, nasty and has failed to responsibly address the serious charges Attkisson's reporting raises. This is exactly the White House contempt for the press that I wrote about shortly after Obama's inauguration. It's the White House I came to know when I criticized it for its war against Fox News in 2009.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
Early in his presidency, Barack Obama's aversion to governing and addiction to going on television, led me to write that when the going gets tough, Obama goes on TV. Here we go again with the president moving from camera setup to camera setup talking to safe interviewers about how well he's serving us -- as the country does worse and worse economically. As a TV/media critic, of course, I love the belief of the president and his advisers like David Plouffe that everything will be all right if he just keeps slapping on the TV makeup and moving his lips when the little red light comes on. But as I citizen, I despair as to how bad things will get during the next 13 months while the president spends his time raising money for TV ads and grabbing all the free and friendly media available instead of doing the hard work of running this country.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | October 8, 2012
The big surprise in President Barack Obama's first debate with Mitt Romney was how he left unused in the bottom of his strategy bag any references to the most prominent gaffes by the former Massachusetts governor. There was not a single allusion to Mr. Romney's wealth and the repeated pre-debate allegations that it blinded him to the economic plight of average Americans. Notably absent was the Republican's notorious putdown of "the 47 percent" of Americans beyond his reach, which seemed to dismiss them as moochers.
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By Jules Witcover | June 3, 2013
Viewers of the television political talk shows may have noticed a phenomenon in the afterbirth of the last presidential election. High-powered consultants from both campaigns have invaded the studios as panelists, chewing over the political events of the day beside career reporters and analysts who had recently been covering them. From the winning Obama team, chief campaign strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe and deputy Stephanie Cutter have signed with such shows, as have Kevin Madden of the Romney campaign and other Republicans.
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By Jules Witcover | August 17, 2012
To no one's surprise, Vice President Joe Biden said what was on his mind the other day down in Danville, Va. To no one's surprise either, the Mitt Romney campaign pounced on this notoriously free-speaking politician like a feline on catnip. It all started when Mr. Biden, addressing a predominantly African American crowd, quoted Mr. Romney as saying in his first 100 days as president that "he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules -- unchain Wall Street. " Then the vice president added with a grin: "They're going to put y'all back in chains!"
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | October 8, 2012
The big surprise in President Barack Obama's first debate with Mitt Romney was how he left unused in the bottom of his strategy bag any references to the most prominent gaffes by the former Massachusetts governor. There was not a single allusion to Mr. Romney's wealth and the repeated pre-debate allegations that it blinded him to the economic plight of average Americans. Notably absent was the Republican's notorious putdown of "the 47 percent" of Americans beyond his reach, which seemed to dismiss them as moochers.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | August 17, 2012
To no one's surprise, Vice President Joe Biden said what was on his mind the other day down in Danville, Va. To no one's surprise either, the Mitt Romney campaign pounced on this notoriously free-speaking politician like a feline on catnip. It all started when Mr. Biden, addressing a predominantly African American crowd, quoted Mr. Romney as saying in his first 100 days as president that "he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules -- unchain Wall Street. " Then the vice president added with a grin: "They're going to put y'all back in chains!"
NEWS
May 26, 2012
I agree with The Sun's recent position on the relevance of Governor Romney's experience at Bain Capital to the presidential race that's already underway ("The Bain of Romney's campaign," May 22), but the methodology is curious. Asking Mr. Romney to give us his version of how Bain helped create jobs and save companies is like asking the fox how it protected the henhouse - or asking David Plouffe how President Barack Obama's stimulus package saved us from an even deeper recession. We'll get an answer, but it will have been vetted, cooked, skewed, and totally useless as a guide to making an informed decision about whose economic vision should guide the country as we begin to creep out of a long recession.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
I won't retrace the whole issue here, but CBS News is long overdue for some praise at this blog for investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson excellent work on the Department of Justice's "Operation Fast and Furious. " The blowback from the White House and DOJ has been petty, nasty and has failed to responsibly address the serious charges Attkisson's reporting raises. This is exactly the White House contempt for the press that I wrote about shortly after Obama's inauguration. It's the White House I came to know when I criticized it for its war against Fox News in 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
Early in his presidency, Barack Obama's aversion to governing and addiction to going on television, led me to write that when the going gets tough, Obama goes on TV. Here we go again with the president moving from camera setup to camera setup talking to safe interviewers about how well he's serving us -- as the country does worse and worse economically. As a TV/media critic, of course, I love the belief of the president and his advisers like David Plouffe that everything will be all right if he just keeps slapping on the TV makeup and moving his lips when the little red light comes on. But as I citizen, I despair as to how bad things will get during the next 13 months while the president spends his time raising money for TV ads and grabbing all the free and friendly media available instead of doing the hard work of running this country.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • What goes around (goes around, goes around) comes all the way back around: Wikileaks founder threatens lawsuit over embarrassing press . (Guardian)  • Birthers, you've already seen this evidence, but here it is again:  Hawaiian official reasserts authenticity of Obama's birth certificate . (MSNBC)
NEWS
By Paul West and David Nitkin and Paul West and David Nitkin,Sun reporters | June 5, 2008
WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will end her campaign and endorse Barack Obama on Saturday, a move that comes as her supporters continued to push for her to gain a place on the Democratic ticket as his running mate. Clinton's decision, which some prominent supporters had urged her to make, is likely to simplify Obama's efforts to unify the party, even as questions remain about her eventual role in his campaign. Questions about Clinton's intentions had threatened to overshadow Obama's historic achievement in becoming the first African-American candidate to clinch the presidential nomination of a major party.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
This is a column I have put off for weeks, because it makes me sad to write it. And ultimately, it begs an answer, which I am not sure I have. But with the year ending, I can no longer avoid it. After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: “60 Minutes” and CNN. Actually, it was more than believed in the case of “60 Minutes.” The...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
The New York Daily News had a simple message this morning for Donald Trump, whose faux campaign for president has gotten increasingly weirder as his "Apprentice" TV ratings rise.  That message? You're a clown.  Calling him "Sideshow Don," the Daily News painted circus makeup on The Donald's face and ran a big quote from White House senior adviser David Plouffe, who said Sunday that Trump had "zero chance" of winning the presidency.  As someone who (strenuously)
NEWS
By Paul West and David Nitkin and Paul West and David Nitkin,Sun reporters | June 5, 2008
WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will end her campaign and endorse Barack Obama on Saturday, a move that comes as her supporters continued to push for her to gain a place on the Democratic ticket as his running mate. Clinton's decision, which some prominent supporters had urged her to make, is likely to simplify Obama's efforts to unify the party, even as questions remain about her eventual role in his campaign. Questions about Clinton's intentions had threatened to overshadow Obama's historic achievement in becoming the first African-American candidate to clinch the presidential nomination of a major party.
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