TV Providers Should Not Escape Scrutiny For Distributing Disinformation

Oliver Darcy: We regularly discuss what the Big Tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories. But what about TV companies that provide platforms to networks such as Newsmax, One America News — and, yes, Fox News? Somehow, these companies have escaped scrutiny and entirely dodged this conversation. That should not be the case anymore.


Fox News, Accessory Before And After The Fact

Margaret Sullivan: “Fair and balanced” was the original Fox News lie, one of the rotten planks that built the foundation for Wednesday’s democratic disaster. In the Trump era, the network — now out of favor for not being quite as shameless as the president demands — was his best friend and promoter. So to put it bluntly: The mob that stormed and desecrated the Capitol on Wednesday could not have existed in a country that hadn’t been radicalized by the likes of Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, and swayed by biased news coverage.

How Neil Sheehan Got The Pentagon Papers

It was a story he had chosen not to tell — until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview, promised that this account would not be published while he was alive.


Front-Line Stories From The Insurrection

A number of journalists who were at the Capitol reporting on this week’s insurrection, including NBC’s Kasie Hunt (above), offer their observations and insights from the ground during what was a historic, chaotic, and frankly, sad day for America.

Capitol Insurrection Spurs Huge TV News Viewing

Some 30 million people watched coverage during the day and evening on broadcast networks and the major cable news channels. CNN had its most watched day ever.

Conservative Media Decry Capitol Riot, But Grievances Remain

Dealing with the shocking breach of the national landmark was a complex task for outlets aimed at Trump’s base, many of whom are suspicious of more mainstream news sources. Most were clear: the violence was indefensible.

KUSI First To Confirm Identity Of Woman Killed During Capitol Riot

Fox News, CNN Tops In 4Q Cable Ratings

CNN Tops All Of TV In Capitol Riot Coverage

Jennifer DelGado Joins WTTG As Meteorologist

Jennifer DelGado has joined Fox O&O WTTG Washington as weekend evening meteorologist. Effective Jan. 18, she will report the weather for the station’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening newscasts at 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m., as well as the newscasts on co-owned WDCA. In addition, she will serve as a field reporter for […]

Looking Back At Media Coverage From An Astonishing Wednesday


WREX Employees Get Personal in ‘Dear 2020’ Podcast

News Anchors Express Shock At Revolting Turn At U.S. Capitol

Covering Pro-Trump Mobs, The News Media Became A Target

“Murder the media” was scratched into a door of the Capitol. Violent protesters smashed equipment and punched a photographer. Above, pAssociated Press/Jose Luis Magana)

Commentary: How TV News Outmatched Donald Trump On A Dark Day


Media Captures Storming Of U.S. Capitol

The pictures were stunning: security officials with guns drawn on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, people fighting with police in the Capitol Rotunda, rioters smashing windows and streaming into the building where the nation’s leaders had gathered to count votes sealing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Above, people shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump Blasts Media: ‘We Will Never Give Up. We Will Never Concede’

President Donald Trump slammed the news media once again as he rallied supporters at a demonstration outside the White House today, speaking just an hour before Congress is scheduled to begin a showdown over the certification of the 2020 presidential election. “The media is the biggest problem we have,” Trump said in the opening moments of his address to a crowd of tens of thousands in the National Mall at the “Save America” rally.

Former Goldman Sachs Banker Richard Sharp To Become BBC Chair

Reuters Top Editor Stephen Adler Stepping Down

After a decade as editor in chief of Reuters, Stephen Adler announced Wednesday he will be stepping down in April. Adler’s position has not yet been filled and Reuters will be accepting internal and external applicants in the coming days.


Some Predictions For 2021

The coronavirus isn’t the only reason that modern day life has moved online, but it the most important reason behind the speed of the overwhelming shift in lifestyle. COVID-19 pushed technology and media to accelerate what was already happening, and that’s why I’ve made these predictions now. I will leave them without supporting documentation, as I prefer them to be conversation starters. Agree or disagree as you will, but please, add to the list.

Adweek Acquires Social Media Week

TV News Braces For Electoral-Vote Certification Drama

For Media Following Georgia, Nail-Biting And Lots Of Numbers

The two Senate elections, with the U.S. Senate’s balance of power at stake, attracted media attention that recalled the days after the presidential election, including breathless wall-to-wall coverage on cable news networks. “It’s beyond nail-biting time,” CNN’s John King said. Above, two women pray during a Republican election-night watch party, Tuesday, Jan. 5, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

RTDNA Accepting 2021 Murrow Awards Entries

Journalism published by radio, television and digital news organizations as well as by student journalists between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, is eligible for entry.

Miguelangel Lopez Named WTMO News VP

He joins the Telemundo Orlando outlet from KTLM Harlingen, Texas, to oversee multiplatform news operations.

Jeimmie Nevalga Named KOMU News Director

She takes over Feb. 1 at the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo., owned by the University of Missouri.

Gray TV Taps Jon Decker For Senior National Editor And White House Correspondent.

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews Named CBS News Washington Bureau Chief


A Big Week Of Political Warfare In Congress Leads To Civics Lessons On Cable TV

Educators might not be teaching civics as well as they used to in middle and high school, but cable TV is doing a good job of it. Viewers are getting a firsthand lesson this week with coverage of Tuesday’s Senate runoff vote in Georgia and the planned challenge Wednesday to the certification of Joe Biden as president. And some mainstream cable channels like MSNBC and CNN have been doing an outstanding job teaching, as well as covering, the news by explaining the Constitution and how government is supposed to work — something too few Americans seem to understand these days.

Ashleigh Banfield Joining WGN America

She will host Banfield, an hour-long news/talk show, weeknights at 10 p.m. ET beginning March 1 on Nexstar’s cable network.