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Entries by Jack Mirkinson from 10/2012

Presidential Debate Fever Starts Gripping The Media

Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

There's no question about it: debate fever is starting to spread through the media. With both President Obama and Mitt Romney largely hunkered down...

Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton Aide, Apologizes To Michael Hastings For 'F--k Off' Email

Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton has apologized for his profane, angry exchange with Buzzfeed's Michael Hastings, Politico reported Monday. Philippe...

April Casburn Charged With Tipping Off News Of The World About Phone Hacking Investigation

Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

LONDON (AP) — A high-ranking British detective has been charged with offering to brief the News of the World about the progress of a police investig...

Microsoft Launching News Operation

Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is launching its own news operation as part of its new-look MSN website when Windows 8 launches later this month. ...

'ABC World News' Debuting New Logo, Theme, Graphics (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

"ABC World News" is debuting a brand new graphics package, logo and theme tune on Monday night. It's been a few years since the network's flagship ...

Austin Tice, Journalist Missing In Syria, Shown Alive In New Footage (VIDEO)

Posted 10.02.2012 | Media

Footage has emerged showing Austin Tice, an American journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August, alive. Tice was a freelancer for th...

Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham Clash Over Romney Debate Strategy (VIDEO)

Posted 10.02.2012 | Media

Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham clashed on Tuesday's "Fox and Friends" over what strategy Mitt Romney should employ during Wednesday's debate. Ing...

2012 Debate Moderators And Topics Continue To Draw Scrutiny; Jim Lehrer 'Seething' Over Criticism

Posted 10.02.2012 | Media

With just a day to go until the first presidential debate, there's been no let-up in the pressure and criticism directed at the Commission on Presiden...

Bill O'Reilly Approached Jon Stewart With Debate Idea: 'I Didn't Have Much Of A Choice'

Posted 10.02.2012 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — One is from Fox News, the other Comedy Central. They might as well be the Capulets and the Montagues. But despite the...

Sean Hannity's Obama 'Bombshell' Draws Yawns; Juan Williams Says He's 'Playing A Race Card' (VIDEO)

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

"It's a bombshell video that you will only see tonight on 'Hannity,' and it's one that could dramatically impact the race for the White House." Wel...

Charlie Rose Does The Dougie (VIDEO)

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

Add Charlie Rose to the list of enthusiastic anchor dancers. The New York Post uploaded video on Wednesday of Rose letting his hair down at Melba's...

Ann Romney Almost Yelled At Reporters Covering Her Husband: NYT

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

Ann Romney was so angry with reporters covering her husband's chaotic foreign trip in August that she had to be held back from yelling at them, the Ne...

MSNBC's Phil Griffin: I Want To Poach Shep Smith From Fox News

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

Paging Shep Smith: MSNBC wants you! Or Phil Griffin does, at least. The president of the network told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that, out...

2012 Debate Coverage: Networks Dish Out Advice To Candidates

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

As the clock wound down to Wednesday's presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the networks were awash in bombast, shiny toys and pu...

Jim Lehrer Debate Moderating Performance Savaged (UPDATE: Lehrer Responds)

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

"I'm not going to say I've done a poor job..." That was Jim Lehrer's assessment of his performance as the moderator of the first presidential debat...

Chris Matthews Flips Over Debate: 'Where Was Obama Tonight?!' (VIDEO)

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

Chris Matthews railed against Barack Obama's performance during the presidential debate on Wednesday night. Obama was widely judged to have lost th...

First Debate Dominates Newspaper Front Pages (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.04.2012 | Media

Thursday's papers were full of news of Wednesday night's presidential debate. All across the country, pictures of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney dominat...

PBS CEO Paula Kerger: Mitt Romney's Debate Attack Was 'Stunning' (VIDEO)

Posted 10.04.2012 | Media

The CEO of PBS fired back at Mitt Romney Thursday, saying that it was "stunning" that the Republican candidate had singled her network out in Wednesda...

WSJ Memo: We're Creating A Single Newsroom That Does Away With Duplication

Posted 10.04.2012 | Media

I'm told that the note below from Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson -- sent out shortly after noon today -- is being described in the...

Jim Lehrer On Debate Moderating: My Job Was To 'Stay Out Of The Way'

Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

Jim Lehrer responded on Thursday to the furor surrounding his debate moderating performance. Though it was his 12th time in the role, Lehrer receiv...

Stephen Colbert Loved Chris Matthews' 'Impotent Rage' Over Debate (VIDEO)

Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

Stephen Colbert took a lot of pleasure at Chris Matthews' epic freakout over Barack Obama's less-than-stellar debate performance. Matthews had a ra...

Jim Lehrer Cut Off By Debate Candidates Three Times More Than In 2008: Study

Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

A new study about Wednesday's presidential debate showed just how tough it was for Jim Lehrer to wrangle Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. George Mason...

Chris Matthews To Jack Welch On Jobs Conspiracy: 'Do You Want To Take That Back?' (VIDEO)

Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

Chris Matthews laid into former GE CEO Jack Welch on Friday's "Hardball" for baselessly suggesting that the latest unemployment figures had been manip...

Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart Debate: Who Won?

Posted 10.06.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON -- There were all the trappings of a high-octane presidential debate: the over-the-top declarations, the pre-practiced zingers and the schm...

Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart Debate In 'Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium'

Posted 10.06.2012 | Media

Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart faced off in a spirited debate on Saturday night. Though the "Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium" was far from ...