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Entries by Michael Calderone from 08/2012

2012 Election Gaffes Fuel Media Obsession, Leading To Scripted Campaigns

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

As Mitt Romney walked toward his motorcade Tuesday morning in Warsaw, Poland, Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker yelled a question in his directio...

Obama Turns To Local Media To Promote Reelection Message

Posted 08.05.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- One afternoon in July, President Barack Obama sat down for eight interviews with local TV anchors -- the same number he's had with the nat...

Mitt Romney VP Selection Process Prompts Memories Of Veepstakes Past

Posted 08.07.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- In July 1988, CNN's John King was camped outside the home of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis when he got a sign the Democratic presiden...

Bloomberg News Doubles Staff For 2012 Political Conventions

Posted 08.08.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Al Hunt, Washington editor of Bloomberg News, said he still gets "excited" heading to the political conventions -- even after covering 19 ...

Bill Kristol: 'We Began to Break' Paul Ryan VP News

Posted 08.11.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- On Thursday, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and senior writer Stephen Hayes urged Mitt Romney to choose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as h...

BuzzFeed, The 'New Kids' In 2012, Looking For More Buzz At Conventions

Posted 08.14.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Since leaving Politico in late 2011, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith has hired several scoop-hungry reporters, launched a D.C. bureau, ...

CNN Promises 'Unbiased' 2012 Convention Coverage

Posted 08.14.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- In rolling out 2012 convention coverage plans on Tuesday, CNN made a point to note its programming will be "unbiased." Its press releas...

Paul Ryan, Long Accessible To The Media, Faces New Reality As VP Pick

Posted 08.15.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski had a message Wednesday for the Romney campaign: "Let Paul be Paul." The "Morning Joe" crew was ...

Michael Grunwald Compares Stimulus Coverage To Pre-Iraq War Media 'Groupthink'

Posted 08.20.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- After two years reporting on President Barack Obama's nearly $800 billion stimulus package, a piece of legislation long derided by Republi...

David Catanese, Politico Reporter, Removed From Todd Akin Coverage

Posted 08.20.2012 | Media

Politico editors have removed David Catanese from coverage of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) following the reporter's defense of the congressman's comments ab...

David Catanese, Politico Reporter, Apologizes For Todd Akin Tweets

Posted 08.22.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -– Politico reporter David Catanese apologized Tuesday night for tweeting in defense of Republican Rep. Todd Akin two days earlier, followi...

Rant or Rave: The Polarization Of Political Books By The Media

Posted 08.27.2012 | Media

On a long flight to Los Angeles in early August, Rupert Murdoch cracked open Edward Klein's The Amateur, a scathing indictment of President Barack...

National Review Editor Rich Lowry At RNC: Paul Ryan Is 'One Of Us'

Posted 08.28.2012 | Media

TAMPA, Fla. -- Before Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, several influential organs of conservative media establishment -- the National...

Paul Ryan's Convention Speech Ignites Media War Over Facts

Posted 08.30.2012 | Media

TAMPA, Fla. -- Before Rep. Paul Ryan left the stage Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, journalists took to Twitter for some real-time fact-...

ABC News Veteran Sam Donaldson: David Chalian Is 'Not Damaged Goods'

Posted 08.30.2012 | Media

TAMPA, Fla. – ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson offered his support Thursday for journalist David Chalian, one day after Yahoo! News swiftly fired the ...