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Erik Wemple: August, 2013

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 08/30/2013

What Bill O’Reilly’s apology means

Famous Fox News host shows serious contrition.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:15 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, james carville, March on Washington

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013

White House’s Earnest: It’s an on-the-record briefing!

White House official schools reporters in the relative merits of anonymous and on-the-record sourcing. Anything wrong with that?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  anonymous sources, briefing, CBS News, Josh Earnest, Major Garrett, White House

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Will Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly issue a correction?

Will the no spin zone tolerate a falsehood of the sort uttered by Bill O'Reilly last night?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:00 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, March on Washington

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 08/29/2013

The Economist on Syria’s Assad: ‘Hit Him Hard’

Not a lot of caution here.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:37 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bashar al-assad, New York Post, syria, the economist

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 08/28/2013

MSNBC compliments King family’s approach to ‘I have a dream’ speech

Host Tamron Hall confesses she just glimpsed the full presentation for the first time. Yet she also hails the King family for so tightly holding it.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:46 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  I have a dream speech, Martin Luther king Jr., MSNBC, Tamron Hall

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly: “Bloviating never works”

Some counterprogramming on cable TV's leading news show.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:10 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 08/27/2013

MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman stumbles on ‘The Cycle’

New conservative member of the show displays some greenness as a combatant in partisan cable television.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:27 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Pari Bradlee and the brilliance of Fox News’s Howard Kurtz

Has the Fox News media commentator gone too far in asking whether a woman's Facebook pics go too far?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:29 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Howard Kurtz, Pari Bradlee, Washington Post

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Risen case: DOJ says new guidelines don’t apply

On the one hand, Justice preaches self-restraint on the media; on the other, it continues pushing for a reporter's testimony.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:56 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, James Risen, Justice Department, New York Times

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 08/27/2013

O'Reilly still bashing racial 'grievance industry'

A summer of consistency for the Fox News host.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:37 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, March on Washington, Martin Luther king Jr.

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 08/26/2013

MSNBC: Must-agree TV

Critics see the network’s hosts and guests doing a lot of nodding.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:29 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alessandra Stanley, Chris Hayes, Kelefa Sanneh, New Yorker, Rachel Maddow

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Kurtz's Fox News show 'Media Buzz' to challenge CNN head-on

'News Buzz'? Can't you do better than that, Kurtz?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:52 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, Howard Kurtz, News Buzz, Reliable Sources

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 08/11/2013

Fox News proves strength with Megyn Kelly move

The night isn't long enough for Fox News.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:34 PM ET, 08/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Anthony Weiner ridicules reporter (full, annotated transcript)

Anthony Weiner is fighting for New York City. Just don't tell him that.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:09 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Weiner, ITV, New York City

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 08/08/2013

Fox News: Please replace 'Hannity' with 'Kelly'

Hannity is too predictable for a prime-time slot.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:27 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 08/08/2013

Complaint archive: Fire!

Is treason of no concern to the FCC?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:51 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Fox News

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 08/08/2013

Politics and Prose owners blast Bezos

Brick-and-mortar bookstore proprietors have "difficulty" sharing in the optimism about soon-to-be Post owner

By Erik Wemple  |  11:10 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amazon, Jeff Bezos, politics and prose

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/08/2013

Chuck Todd: Hillary Clinton series 'total nightmare for NBC News'

Second straight day in which someone on "Morning Joe" takes a shot at his employer.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Todd, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC, NBC News

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 08/07/2013

James Risen asks Justice to drop subpoena

Letter from Risen's attorney points to Justice Department's new guidelines on how to handle cases involving reporters.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:56 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, James Risen, Justice Department

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Complaint archive: Obama's India trip edition

Hey, FCC -- perhaps a broader definition of 'obscene' is in order.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:26 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, First Amendment, Glenn Beck, Iraq war, Rush Limbaugh

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Fox News and MSNBC: Difference?

Any merit to the saw that these two networks are essentially mirror images?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:48 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 08/07/2013

DCist editor firing: 'Straw that broke my back'

In e-mail to DCist community, fired journo speaks of departure.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:18 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCist

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/07/2013

DCist editor fired after freelancing spat

BuzzFeed story apparently rankles ownership of local news site.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCist, Gothamist, Jeff Bezos, Washington Post

Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 08/06/2013

What IS Jeff Bezos thinking?

New Republic boss takes a whack at channeling soon-to-be WaPo boss.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:18 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Hughes, Jeff Bezos, New Republic, Washington Post

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 08/06/2013

WaPo's Don Graham: 'I disappointed myself'

Newspaper executive says he has 'no interest' in a memoir.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:38 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amazon, Donald Graham, Jeff Bezos, Washington Post

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Don Graham sells, but doesn't sell out

New ownership says it'll consider the needs of customers first. But we've heard that before.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:40 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Donald Graham, Jeff Bezos, Washington Post

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Wonkette on bogus Rothstein tip: 'I wanted it to be true'

Wonkette's Rebecca Schoenkopf and FishbowlDC's Betsy Rothstein: Two gossip writers with little fondness for each other.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:57 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  betsy rothstein, FishbowlDC, rebecca schoenkopf, wonkette

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 08/05/2013

'Books about Roger Ailes': Site breaks down offerings

Site generates excitement -- and a particular view -- about biographies on the Fox News chief.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:49 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox Mole, Gabriel Sherman, Joe Muto, Roger Ailes

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Dear CNN: Find a female media critic

We've seen our share of guys filling in for guy Howard Kurtz on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

By Erik Wemple  |  05:14 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Howard Kurtz, Reliable Sources

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 08/01/2013

New Haven Register editor declines to be 'yelled at' by Bill O'Reilly

And alleges that Fox News has used its platform to allow Ted Nugent and Ann Coulter to spread nasty opinions on race.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:47 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Ted Nugent

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev cover jumped off of newsstands: Yay!

Retail sales jumped 102 percent over per-issue average.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:32 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dzhokhar tsarnaev, Rolling Stone

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

New Haven Register apologizes to Fox News for KKK comparison

But newspaper does rebuke outlet for giving "voice to people who are reading from their syllabus."

By Erik Wemple  |  08:23 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, New Haven Register

 

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