Hank Price: The relationship between Viacom and CBS is a long and complicated one.
Lee Spieckerman: “Prohibiting TV broadcast groups from at least approaching the reach of the big networks dramatically diminishes their ability to invest in more non-network programming options for viewers, become serious contenders in the burgeoning streaming marketplace and effectively compete with the networks and digital titans. How can that possibly be in the public interest?”
“Carlson’s comments could have been brought up when he was an employee of other networks, but they weren’t,” argues Tim Young.
Ken LaCorte: “Two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, as the editorial head of Fox News online, I reviewed a draft news story that said porn actress Stormy Daniels had confirmed having an affair with Donald Trump a decade earlier. The only problem was … Stormy hadn’t said that.”
Democrats are shunning the network for their debates. Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan calls that a mild, reasonable step that recognizes the reality that Fox News shouldn’t be treated as an honest broker of political news.
Accuracy in Media’s Carrie Sheffield: “In order to unify our country and rebuild our civic fabric, we must address this lack of trust in the media that Logan identifies. Trump calls out media bias and is the strongest industry watchdog that conservatives have had in decades. This in part helps explain his sky high approval ratings among Republicans. Even if journalists dislike him, they owe it to the American people to respect and give a fuller picture of his policy approach. They need to quit playing the role of activist and stick to the role of reporter.”
The way we watch TV shows and movies has been forever transformed by mobile devices and the video-on-demand industry. But another surprising consequence of these developments is that the way people consume sports content is also dramatically shifting. This change may raise concerns about the future of sports media, but it actually points to countless new opportunities to engage fans in new ways — and to create a more seamless viewer experience.
CNN’s Brian Stelter: “I used to think the transparency of Twitter helped improve trust in media. I think that’s true around the edges. But I’m leaning toward the Silicon Valley exec’s view that the incessant tweeting undermines trust. ‘You guys are down in the mud with the bots and the bad faith actors,’ the tech exec said.”
Shira Ovide: Netflix must grow. It has no choice. Sharks must keep swimming, and Netflix needs to keep signing up as many newcomers as it can. This is the path the company has chosen. Netflix’s blueprint is to spend money it doesn’t have today to land alluring programming and sign up as many customers as possible — and worry about the bill later.
After all that media drama, President Trump’s first Oval Office primetime address served no purpose but to get him on his true home: TV.