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Erik Wemple: April, 2013

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Father of New York Post ‘Bag Man’ seeks legal counsel

Family life upended by photograph on the front cover of the New York Post

By Erik Wemple  |  05:15 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon bombings, New York Post

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 04/30/2013

President Obama needs to watch more Fox News

If he did, he'd be quite familiar with the case of the Benghazi whistleblowers.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:47 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, State Department

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/30/2013

CNN labels new morning program

"New Day" is the name of CNN's 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. product.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Fox News explores scandalous parallels between Benghazi and Boston

Fox News bites on a comparison between Boston and Benghazi, both of which begin with "B."

By Erik Wemple  |  06:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Boston marathon bombings, Fox News

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Gosnell case: NARAL claims it was 'first out of the gate.' Really?

Just what does "first out of the gate" mean?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Kermit Gosnell, NARAL pro-choice america

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Tsarnaev scoop: Five steps to NYRB's "Misha" exclusive

Why reporters should just show up.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, dzhokhar tsarnaev, tamerlan tsarnaev

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Ornstein to National Journal

A seasoned congressional expert moves from one Capitol Hill publication to another.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Journal, Norman Ornstein, Roll Call

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 04/27/2013

Fox News poll on Gosnell: People blame media bias

The people know to what extent media bias has been responsible for minimal coverage of the Gosnell case.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:01 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Kermit Gosnell, Media

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Can Politico spot gender issues?

Anonymous staffers will give you a story about any newsroom in the country.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:28 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politico, sexism

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly raps NBC News over terrorism

By Erik Wemple  |  07:59 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Boston marathon bombings, Charles Krauthammer, Fox News

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Fox News's Bob Beckel proposes stopping Muslim students--and he's a liberal!

A Fox News liberal breaks with orthodoxy; Fox News loves it.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:54 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Bob Beckel, Boston bombings

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Benghazi report challenges Fox News scoops

More official word challenging a resounding Oct. 26 story about Benghazi by Fox News.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, House of representatives

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 04/24/2013

CNN's Morgan chats up released ricin suspect

How strange can America be? A seven-minute CNN interview has the answer.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:34 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Paul Kevin Curtis, Piers Morgan, Ricin

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Fox News's Beckel promotes crackpot plan against Muslim students

Crazy anti-terrorism ideas have been few and far between, which makes Bob Beckel's stand out.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Beckel, dzhokhar tsarnaev, Fox News

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/23/2013

CNN: We've instituted 'checks and balances'

An "ongoing" internal review is addressing the network's embarrassment of last week.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Boston bombings, Boston marathon bombings, CNN, Fox News

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 04/23/2013

AP: 'That's a bogus tweet'

The AP tweets a breaking story that isn't a breaking story at all. "Bogus," says spokesman.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:23 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Obama, White House

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/23/2013

CNN's Piers Morgan takes shot at, from NY state senator

The CNN host, at his feisty worst and best.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Piers Morgan

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Twitter forces Jack Welch to backpedal

One thing crowdsourcing can do: Shame a guy like Jack Welch.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dzhokhar tsarnaev, Jack Welch

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Jon Stewart skewers CNN (yet again)

The “best” of the network's literally breathless Friday morning coverage.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:19 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon bombings, CNN

Posted at 08:17 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Young men, please sue the New York Post

There are only so many countermeasures against the sort of treatment that the New York Post accorded to two Boston-area young men. One of them is a whopping civil suit.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:17 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, col allan, New York Post, Rupert Murdoch

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 04/22/2013

The problem with cable news: Cable news

As Friday proved, there will never be enough news of national import for networks to break and analyze every minute of every day.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:08 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, cable television, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Boston bombings: To combat terrorism, we must understand terrorists

Write about the victms, yes. But news organizations must dig deep on the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:43 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon bombings, dzhokhar tsarnaev, tamerlan tsanaev

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/19/2013

CNN source: John King not benched

Absolutely no benching of John King, despite chatter.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, CNN, John King

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Boston bombings: Tsarnaev brothers drawn into 'religious affairs'

Newspaper talks religion, but not too specifically.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Wall Street Journal

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Boston bombings: ABC News's exclusive video of SUV!

Sometimes you take what you can get.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:59 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC, Boston bombings

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Maddow on New York Post: 'Apparently they just do not care'

Wrong reports, no apologies: That's the New York Post.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:42 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon bombings, New York Post

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Politico pays former editor to chill

The Rosslyn-based political news outfit loves its contracts.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:36 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim VandeHei, National Journal, nationaljournal.com, Tim Grieve

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 04/18/2013

New York Post says guys it put on cover are 'cleared'

New York Post says those guys in its cover photo are "cleared." Does that imply they were suspected of wrongdoing to begin with?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:58 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, New York Post

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 04/18/2013

New York Post builds bridge between rumor and media

The New York Post publishes a photograph in which federal investigators are interested. And so what?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:48 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, New York Post

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Jon Stewart skewers CNN

Comedian says cable news generally thrives on conflict generated by two outside parties; not in the case of CNN's erroneous arrest report, however.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:59 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston marathon, Boston marathon bombings, CNN

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 04/17/2013

FBI statement to haunt CNN, AP, others

Just how many sources did the Associated Press rely on for its erroneous report of an arrest in the Boston marathon case?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:04 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Boston bombings, Boston marathon, CNN

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 04/17/2013

CNN's double breakdown: So much for 'abundance of caution'

Why report that a suspect is "dark-skinned"? How does that advance any discussion about the Boston bombings?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:37 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston marathon bombings, CNN

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Boston bombings: CNN and AP v. NBC News

The media agree on nothing.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, CNN, NBC

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Daily News doctored photo 'out of sensitivity'

New York Daily News spokesman says that more media outlets should have been sensitive about gory photos.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:18 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, New York Daily News, photo

Posted at 07:23 AM ET, 04/17/2013

New York Post reports three dead from Boston bombings

Is the New York Post ready to concede its death tally was off?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:23 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, New York Post

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Gosnell case: HuffPost host says left 'made a decision' to not cover trial

Bias to blame for the Gosnell non-coverage? Absolutely, says HuffPost Live host.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:39 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  huffington post, Kermit gosling, marc lamont hill, media bias

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/16/2013

New York Post: 12 still dead in bombings that killed at least 3

There's one outlet that can shed light on the New York Post's Boston reporting, and that's the New York Post.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston bombings, Boston marathon, New York Post

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Gosnell reporter: Still plenty of room for media

Three rows of seats for media representation go unfilled.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:33 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kermit Gosnell

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Kristof on GOP tweet: Not 'one of my classier ones'

New York Times op-ed columnist regrets getting political right after Boston blasts.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:54 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston, Boston marathon, Boston marathon explosions, Nicholas Kristof

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Boston explosions: New York Post better have good sources

The Post's casualty count is out of step with that of the rest of the media.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:51 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston, Boston explosions, Boston marathon

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Boston explosions: Twitter acts as journalism's ombudsman

News outlets prone to jump to conclusions over an explosion might act with caution this time.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:33 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston, Boston marathon, Twitter

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Gosnell coverage linchpin: Network TV news

The Gosnell media critique would be nowhere without the much-talked-about network "blackout."

By Erik Wemple  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, TV networks

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Michael Smerconish pushes 'non-ideological' talk radio

Idealistic talk-radio host talks up virtues of up-the-middle commentary.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:23 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Smerconish, talk radio

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 04/12/2013

In the Kermit Gosnell case, conservative watchdogs rattle the mainstream media's cage

OPINION | Complaints about trial’s coverage have gone mainstream, with the help of NewsBusters.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:32 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Brent Bozell, Kermit Grosnell, Media Research Center, Washington Post

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Washington Post pledges Gosnell coverage

Large metro daily regrets having failed to send a reporter to the Philadelphia trial.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:45 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kermit Gosnell, Martin Baron, Washington Post

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Dick Morris's new employer: 'One of the most brilliant men of our times'

Is a Philadelphia radio station worried that Dick Morris will bring his conflicts of interest onto the airwaves? Listeners will bust him if he does, says executive.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:45 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dick Morris, Fox News

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Mother Jones and Mitch McConnell: Assessing the charges

A Mother Jones publisher "observes" a meeting of a bunch of liberal groups. Is that cool?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, Mother Jones, Progress Kentucky

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Mother Jones: 'No legal liability' in McConnell case

Mother Jones won't comment on the source of its Mitch McConnell tape, but it's sticking with its story about not being involved in its making.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:00 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitch McConnell, Mother Jones

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Gun rights advocate shreds gun polling on CNN

Just how do members of gun lobbying organizations feel about background checks? Hmmm.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt, NRA

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Biden credits Scarborough with changing gun-control debate

Joe Scarborough and Michael Bloomberg, says Vice President Joe Biden, have changed the debate.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:38 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Joe Biden, Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe, MSNBC

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Fox News AGAIN runs MSNBC's ad for free

Will Fox News ever stop running MSNBC's ads?

By Erik Wemple  |  09:34 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/10/2013

MSNBC's Maddow asserts 'rivalry' with Fox News

Yes, the cable networks compete. But do they have a bona fide rivalry?

By Erik Wemple  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, ratings

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Donald Trump's hair: Does it diminish him?

Study says female politicians get diminished by coverage of their appearance. What about strong-egoed male real-estate moguls?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Donald Trump, hair

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Fox News, please stop promoting MSNBC!

Ten minutes and 55 seconds: That's how long "The Five" spent discussing an MSNBC ad.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:47 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC, Roger Ailes

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 04/09/2013

McConnell tape: Judd statement needs context

Yes, Ashley Judd may take a shot or two at Mitch McConnell over that Mother Jones tape. An appropriately caveated shot, that is.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:43 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ashley judd, Mitch McConnell, Mother Jones

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 04/09/2013

How did Mother Jones obtain McConnell tape?

If Mother Jones didn't assist in creating the recording of the Mitch McConnell strategy session, it's okay under the law.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:56 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitch McConnell, Mother Jones

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Mother Jones: Tape wasn't 'Watergate-style'

Mother Jones says it wasn't involved in making the tape of the Mitch McConnell brainstorming session.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitch McConnell

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Scarborough: NRA 'too busy' for 'Morning Joe'

MSNBC program gives NRA chance to chat with Joe Biden; NRA declines. "They don't want to debate," says host Joe Scarborough.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, Morning Joe, National Rifle Association, NRA

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Hillary Clinton's hair, Part II: Asking about appearances

Barbara Walters can pull off anything. Anything.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:13 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Barbara Walters, hair, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 04/08/2013

MSNBC hits home run with Harris-Perry ad

Conservative voices pummel a host over references to the role of the "community" in bringing up children.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:56 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glenn Beck, MSNBC, MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry, Sarah Palin

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Hillary Clinton's hair: Fair game or prejudicial?

Should the media ever write about the appearance of female political candidates? Maybe not, says study.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Hillary Rodham Clinton, women

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

Revenue down 2 percent? We'll take it!

Newspapers are doing a little less poorly thanks in part to their success in getting people who read them to pay up.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:10 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newspapers, revenue

 

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