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Erik Wemple: January, 2013

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Nico Pitney returning to Huffington Post

A Huffington Post mainstay returns to a Huffington Post that has regained some of its erstwhile autonomy.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  huffington post

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Gore: 'I'm proud of the transaction'

Al Gore has so many reasons why his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera was "an easy choice." Does a single one of them withstand scrutiny?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Gore, Current TV

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Hannity compares 'heckling' case to Zimmerman tape edits

Following MSNBC's treatment of the Neil Heslin non-heckling incident, critics of NBC News and MSNBC are connecting some dots.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:16 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MSNBC, NBC News, Newtown

Posted at 09:01 PM ET, 01/30/2013

MSNBC, Huffington Post respond to 'heckling' issue

Once news orgs dig in on a judgment, they show their creativity in dancing around corrections.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:01 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  huffington post, MSNBC, Newtown

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Atlantic issues Scientology-crisis-preventing guidelines

The Atlantic has issued new guidelines on dealing with advertorial campaigns, the better to prevent a repeat of its Scientology embarrassment.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Atlantic

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Here's why Newtown victim's father was NOT heckled

Piers Morgan savaged the gun-rights proponents at a recent meeting in Hartford. And for what?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Neil Heslin, Newtown, Piers Morgan

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 01/30/2013

MSNBC 'reviewing' Newtown 'heckled' video

Was the father of a Sandy Hook victim really "mocked" at a hearing?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:40 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MSNBC

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Was Newtown father really heckled?

Some media are saying that a Newtown father who testified in a Hartford hearing was heckled by gun-rights advocates. That appears to be a stretch.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newtown

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Soledad O'Brien's CNN future undetermined

CNN is trying to gain viewers by moving to a different morning lineup. And what will it lose?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Soledad O'Brien

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Gore fails to defend Current TV-Al Jazeera sale

Pressed by Matt Lauer of the "Today" show about selling to an oil-based country, Gore retreats to some not-so-compelling talking points.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Gore, Al Jazeera, Current TV

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 01/29/2013

O'Donnell: Palin 'unceremoniously dumped' by Fox News

MSNBC host reminds viewers---many times over---that he was right about the Alaskan guv-turned-pundit.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:53 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, Sarah Palin

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Kroft on Obama-Clinton interview: 30 minutes not enough!

Steve Kroft says that 30 minutes didn't afford him time to get into sufficient detail with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, President Obama, Steve Kroft

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Bolton: Clinton's 'feelings' on Benghazi 'irrelevant'

John Bolton rips Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton -- again

By Erik Wemple  |  02:47 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Bolton

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Fox News host: Climate change, gay rights not 'really pressing issues'

Jon Scott of Fox News was not pleased about the topics President Obama addressed in the inaugural address.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:44 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate change, Fox News, Jon Scott

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/28/2013

'60 Minutes' on Obama and Clinton: A whiff

The president and secretary of state go on "60 Minutes" and reveal nothing.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Palin leaves Fox News: Who'll call Obama a socialist now?

Source says populist politico was offered an opportunity to renew her contract but turned it down. Huh?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:53 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Sarah Palin

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Roger Ailes biography sparks an Internet shopping spree

Someone has gone on a shopping spree for domain names related to the upcoming book on the Fox News chief.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:37 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Roger Ailes

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/25/2013

CNN lets South Carolina pro-gun sheriff explain himself

South Carolina sheriff tells Carol Costello of CNN that individual law enforcement officers need to make constitutional calls on the fly.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, gun control

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 01/25/2013

O'Reilly returns to Norfolk assault case

After receiving the 911 tape of the April incident, the Fox News host takes another look at the case.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:38 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Roll Call's six-year strategic response to Politico

Roll Call was slow to recognize the threat posed by Politico and slower to actually respond.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Te'o family members cry in Couric interview

The Te'o family has a tearful moment when Katie Couric brings up criticism that Manti Te'o lied about his girlfriend.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:28 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deadspin, Manti Te'o, Sports Illustrated

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Hillary Clinton at the Benghazi hearings: Why we need journalists

Everyone was expecting a fantastic grilling of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Well, politicians don't grill so well, apparently.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:43 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 01/24/2013

'Fox & Friends': Hillary Clinton = Lance Armstrong

The secretary of state channeled Armstrong yesterday in her response to a senator's question, says a Fox News commentator.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:09 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lance Armstrong

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Hannity repeats 'real-time' falsehood

Hours after Clinton denies his claim, the Fox News host repeats it.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:33 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Hillary Clinton torpedoes Hannity: 'There was no real time' video

Sean Hannity has been peddling the story that the State Department watched the Benghazi attack in "real time."

By Erik Wemple  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/23/2013

It makes a difference, Secretary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton asks a Senate committee why it makes a difference precisely what gave rise to the Benghazi attack. Seriously?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Hillary Rodham Clinton, State Department

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Clinton testimony challenges Hannity claims

Secretary of state gives exhaustive rundown of the things she did on the night of the Benghazi attacks. One of them was not watching real-time video of the attacks.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Inauguration 2013: Cable news gets the 'Daily Show' treatment

Daily Show finds plenty to satirize in cable's inaugural coverage. What a surprise.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:37 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daily Show, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Inside the lawsuit against FishbowlDC

FishbowlDC said some nasty things about publicist Wendy Gordon. But did they amount to libel?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:40 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FishbowlDC, Libel

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/22/2013

CBS's John Dickerson pushes back at conservative critics

His column, he protests, was a piece of political analysis, not advice to the president.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, John Dickerson, Slate

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Bill O'Reilly predicts unproductive second term for Obama

What did the Fox News host predict about the first one?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:48 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Inaugural, President Obama

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Inauguration 2013: New York Times tries to read president and first lady

It attempts to calibrate how the first couple has changed over the past four years. Not so much?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Obama, New York Times, President Obama

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Inauguration 2013: Fox News's takeaway from Obama speech

Fox News shows its way with headlines in summing up the president's second inaugural address.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:26 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, President Obama

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/21/2013

An Obama second term defies O'Reilly book

Ace political commentator, in "Pinheads and Patriots," saw numerous reasons why the president would be a private citizen these days.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:35 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, President Obama

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Fox News plays victim

Fox News wonders why Fox News doesn't get more questions at presidential press conferences. Conclusion: It's because Fox News is too tough.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:28 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, President Obama

Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Manti Te'o: Did Deadspin overstep on hoax culpability?

Deadspin relied on unshakeable sourcing in proving the existence of a hoax involving the alleged dead girlfriend of Manti Te'o. The backup for alleging Te'o's complicity wasn't quite as strong.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:57 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deadspin, Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Journal News takes down gun maps

After weeks and weeks of pressure and negative publicity, the Journal News is taking down its gun maps.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:19 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Journal News

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Manti Te'o scandal: Why no outrage from New York Times public editor?

Margaret Sullivan of the New York Times went "radical" on media mistakes regarding Newtown. She's mellowed a bit in the month since.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Manti Te'o, New York Times

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Oprah on Armstrong: A breeze

Just why did Lance Armstrong make sweeping confessions over a 90-minute interview with a minimum of drama? Because everyone already knew.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Capitol Hill publications: Qui n es m s macho?

Who's the leader in Capitol Hill information services? Well, that depends on who's talking.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:45 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Manti Te'o scandal: The one question Pete Thamel didn't ask

Why didn't he attend the funeral?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:20 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deadspin, Manti Te'o, Sports Illustrated

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Manti Te'o: There but for the grace of God

Reporter Pete Thamel's shortfall of journalistic skepticism. Or, there but for the grace of God go I.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deadspin, Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, Sports Illustrated

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Karl Rove and Fox News, once 'benched,' now re-upped

Karl Rove re-ups contract with Fox News through the 2016 campaign season. So does that mean he's no longer benched?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:54 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Karl Rove

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Does a tank proponent qualify as a sane gun-rights proponent?

Piers Morgan chats with a guest who wants the right to own a tank if such a thing "falls under the definition of firearms."

By Erik Wemple  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Dana Loesch, gun control, gun rights, Piers Morgan

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Manti Te'o: What a story!

Deadspin was out to debunk a hoax. But could it rely on some random woman it found on the Internet?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deadspin, Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, Sports Illustrated

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/16/2013

O'Keefe on Journal News: 'I wanted to measure the courage of their convictions'

James O'Keefe set out to tell a story about media hypocrisy and the debate over guns in America. It is must-watch video for Journal News watchers.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  James O'Keefe, Journal News, Project Veritas

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/16/2013

NBC's Andrea Mitchell botches slam on NRA ad

Andrea Mitchell says the president's kids have been off-limits for decades. And just what does that have to do with the NRA's latest Web ad?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, NRA

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/16/2013

More trouble ahead for Capitol Hill publications?

We knew newspapers were in trouble. But are Capitol Hill newspapers also ailing?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BGOV, CQ Roll Call, National Journal, Politico, The Hill

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Musburger contradicts ESPN on beauty-queen ogling incident

ESPN said that Brent Musburger "understands" that his monologue on Katherine Webb had gone too far. In a brief TMZ interview, Musburger appears to have a different understanding.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brent Musburger, ESPN

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Fox News 'shunned' at Obama news conferences?

Which news outlet gets to ask the most questions of the president?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:56 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, New York Times, Politico

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/15/2013

How the New York Times scored its Journal News interviews

Reporter Christine Haughney refused to take the newspaper's no for an answer.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Journal News, New York Times

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Atlantic: Not 'passing judgment' on Scientology

The Atlantic says that its decision to take down an advertorial for the Church of Scientology resulted from inadequate online policies.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:12 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Church of Scientology, Scientology, The Atlantic

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/15/2013

The Atlantic apologizes

But it doesn't specify exactly what the Atlantic is apologizing for.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Church of Scientology, Scientology, The Atlantic

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/15/2013

The Atlantic's Scientology problem, start to finish

How The Atlantic published and then unpublished an advertiser-driven feature.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Scientology, The Atlantic

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Atlantic to review steps that led to Scientology advertorial

Its "sponsor content" for the Church of Scientology draws plenty of criticism.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:16 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Atlantic

Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Journal News deploys Fifth Avenue firm to reject interview requests

The Journal News apparently needs assistance in saying no to interview requests about its controversial gun maps.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:03 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Journal News

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/14/2013

President Obama credits power of conservative media

President Obama delivers a nice compliment to the conservative media.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Breitbart.com, conservative media, Daily Caller, President Obama, Washington Examiner

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/14/2013

'No pattern' of crime related to Journal News maps, says police official

A top police official says it's premature to talk of a link between a burglary and a newspaper's maps of gun-permit holders' homes.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Chong, Guns, Journal News

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Fox News ambushes Journal News

After a N.Y. newspaper shuts down inquiries about its gun maps, a Fox producer goes a-knocking.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Jeanine Pirro, Journal News

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Whom does Alex Jones represent?

Some conservatives are saying that Alex Jones doesn't speak for them.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:25 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Jones, CNN, gun control, Piers Morgan

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 01/13/2013

Journal News maps: N.Y. senator raises questions about burglary

A New York senator alleges that a burglary in White Plains could well be tied to the controversial maps published by the Journal News.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:15 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns, Journal News

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 01/12/2013

Fox News broadcasts names of New York gun owners

Network brings in group of New York gun holders to criticize decision to out them.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:29 PM ET, 01/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Hannity

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/11/2013

David Gregory's stunt worked!

"Meet the Press" waved around an illegal magazine and doesn't have to pay the price.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Gregory, gun control

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/11/2013

District won't prosecute David Gregory for waving illegal gun clip on air

District attorney general cites Gregory's clean criminal record, low threat to D.C. public safety.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:35 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Gregory, NBC News

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Scarborough: Gun-control debate is over money

Opposition to current proposals, says "Morning Joe" host, is motivated only by money.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Piers Morgan accused of exploiting Newtown

Piers Morgan of CNN faces an agile foe on gun control in Breitbart's Ben Shapiro.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Shapiro, CNN, gun control, Piers Morgan

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Armed schools: MSNBC's Schultz goes deeper on Utah

MSNBC explores the arming of schools in Utah, where neither students nor parents may know that teacher is carrying a gun.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:52 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ed Schultz, MSNBC, Utah

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 01/10/2013

CNN, Limbaugh team up to educate public on executive orders

Rush Limbaugh makes the most of his fame on CNN, extending the national dialogue on the appropriateness of executive orders.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:11 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Rush Limbaugh

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Fox News plays up Georgia home invasion case

The NRA has to be pleased with how Fox News has played this dramatic story.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:19 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, gun control

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 01/10/2013

CNN's Costello issues (incomplete) primer on executive orders

Who's afraid of an executive order from President Obama? Not CNN.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:01 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carol Costello, CNN, gun control

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 01/10/2013

A future for news at high-brow restaurants?

Target lunching Washington elites with fast-breaking news -- call it Politico-on-your-receipt.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:49 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Print Signal Corp.

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Ed Schultz and the right to know if a teacher is packing

Utah grade school teacher tells MSNBC host that parents and students needn't know if she has a gun in the classroom.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:50 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ed Schultz, Journal News, MSNBC

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Fox News panel agrees: Musburger did the right thing

Here's one place that won't accept ESPN's apology over the slobbering remarks of Brent Musburger.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Morgan at center of national gun debate

Piers Morgan ditches previous approaches to interviews with gun-rights advocates, executes an almost boring segment on the topic. Could be a first.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:09 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, gun control, Piers Morgan

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 01/08/2013

ESPN, pair Musburger with a woman

Why did Brent Musburger says dumb things about a woman in the stands last night? Perhaps because he was hanging out with another guy.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:43 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Brent Musburger, ESPN

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Gawker publishes N.Y.C. gun-permit holders

How true is it that the Journal News is placing many, many people in danger with its database of gun-permit holders? Gawker raises a question or two.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gawker, Journal News

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 01/08/2013

CNN's Morgan hosts Morgan deportation advocate

And minutes upon minutes of one-sided shouting ensues.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:54 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Jones, gun control, Piers Morgan

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 01/07/2013

'Killing Kennedy,' reviving monotony

Like sands through the hourglass, Bill O'Reilly counts down the days of President Kennedy's life.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:48 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, John F. Kennedy

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Politico makes new year's staffing moves

Unclear if photographer's tweet portends an upheaval at Politico or just a bit of early-year reshuffling.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politico

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Letterman's Palin apology enabled more Palin jokes

Did David Letterman really feel bad about his joke about Sarah Palin's daughter and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez? Yes, but he also wanted to be able to continue skewering the elder Palin.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Letterman, Sarah Palin

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/07/2013

NYT: Journal News story was a hasty production

Newspaper got gun-permit data quickly, discussed its publication cursorily, and -- voila -- published it.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Journal News, New York Times

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Fox News and the Hillary Clinton 'faking' outrage

It doesn't appear as if Fox News is gearing up to apologize for allowing its people to essentially call Hillary Clinton a faker.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/04/2013

The Washington Times, an information fortress

Media reporters aren't the only ones who have trouble prying information from the Washington Times. Employees do too.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newspaper layoffs, Newspapers, Washington Times

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Washington Times lays off staff

In an expected move, the Washington Times is laying off editorial staff. Details are still a bit scarce.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:32 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newspaper layoffs, Newspapers, Washington Times

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Washington Times staffer: 'Mandatory' HR meeting

Weeks after the Washington Times announces that layoffs are coming, a staffer receives a call that he is to appear at a mandatory HR meeting. Hmmm.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Washington Times

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Rockland County Sheriff: Keep gun permits from media

Top law enforcement official in Rockland says he has to prepare for the worst and doesn't want this information getting out.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns, Journal News

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Gore: Al Jazeera 'thorough, fair and informative'

Al Gore says that Al Jazeera is fair and informative. There's some disagreement on that point.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:37 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Gore, Al Jazeera

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 01/04/2013

O'Reilly rips Al Gore for tax hypocrisy in Current TV sale

Host notes how former vice president advocated for higher tax rates on the rich, yet reportedly hustled the sale of Current to beat higher taxes.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:10 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Gore, Bill O'Reilly

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 01/03/2013

What does BuzzFeed's new $20 million mean to you?

News site will accelerate editorial plans and beef up presentation of viral content such as cat pictures.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:48 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Smith, BuzzFeed

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Rockland County police: No spike in break-ins since Journal News story

Sheriff's official says he's seen no crime spike associated with the Journal News's gun story and maps. But he's concerned about police officer safety.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Journal News

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Mag: A Congress of 'Babies'

Bloomberg Businessweek finds a visual way to capture how many, many taxpayers feel about Congress.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:33 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Westchester county exec: 'Criminals are still deciding which house they're going to hit'

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino has serious concerns about the public safety impact of the Journal News's story and map on gun permit holders.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:57 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Journal News

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Hannity guest protests by covering his ears

Cable news has a moment.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:10 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Cancel your Journal News subscriptions, urges N.Y. senator

Greg Ball continues bashing the newspaper for printing the names and addresses of gun permit holders.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Journal News

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/02/2013

The 4 mistakes of the Journal News

The mistakes of the Journal News span a great deal of things -- its story on gun permits, its maps of gun-permit holders, and so much more.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Journal News, Sandy Hook shootings

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Fox News producer was scolded by State Department

Spokesman Philippe Reines did not take kindly to the question posed by Fox's Justin Fishel at a Dec. 17 press briefing.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

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