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Charles Warner

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America Needs Rush, Glenn, Sarah, and Fox News

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM

America, especially progressives and independents, need to hear the conservative views of such media mouthpieces of the right as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Fox News in order to see how partisan and nutty they are.

And, according to several recent polls, the more Americans, in the...

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How to Fix Capitalism, But Not the Media

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 4:17 PM

In the current issue (January-February) of the Harvard Business Review Michael Porter, the Harvard Business School professor who virtually invented competitive strategy (see The Lords of Strategy), and Mark Kramer have a written a game-changing article titled "Creating Shared Value" that HBR hawks on its...

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Bravo Bloomberg Editorials

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 1:44 PM

The Wednesday, December 15, 2010, edition of the New York Times featured a story titled "Bloomberg to Publish Editorials" and read in part: "The mayor's company, Bloomberg L.P., said on Wednesday that it would begin publishing editorials across its vast media enterprise in an effort to broaden the...

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Bob Pittman Is Just What Radio Needs

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 10:17 AM

The trade press was pleasantly surprised by the announcement by Clear Channel Communications that Bob Pittman had made a personal investment in the company and would be head of its Media and Entertainment Group, which includes its digital and radio operations.

Media stories of the announcement have cited...

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Hollywood's Greed Shows in "Social Network"

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2010 | 6:57 PM

Silicon Alley Insider wrote on October 18: "Speaking at Y-combinator event over the weekend, the real Mark Zuckerberg said that the biggest difference between the movie and real life stems from the fact that movie-makers 'can't wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because...

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Stern Should Join Imus on the Fox Business Network

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 4:02 PM

Last week Sirius XM Radio shock jock Howard Stern warned his listeners that he might not return to the satellite radio service after his current five-year, $500-million contract is up at the end of the year. But hardly anyone noticed or cared, especially Sirius XM stockholders because their stock was...

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Olbermann's Right, Wrong, and Delusional

(44) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 5:22 PM

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann delivered an emotional special commentary on August 17 about the mislabeled "Ground Zero Mosque" in which he was on the right side of issue, wrong to inject too much emotion into his comments, and delusional -- thinking he was Edward R. Murrow.

See for yourself:

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Steve Jobs and Barnes & Noble

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 12:35 PM

I bought two tickets, a senior citizen one for me and a child's for my 10-year old step-niece, Stella, to Pixar's Toy Story 3 the same week that the Barnes & Noble board announced that it was considering putting the giant book retailer up for sale, and it got me...

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Venters Not the First to Invent Synthetic Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 1:41 PM

J. Craig Venters's seriously overreached when he claimed last week that his lab was the first to create synthetic life. Television has been creating synthetic life on a massive scale for decades and video games have been doing it for years.

What could possibly be more synthetic than family...

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FCC Reviews Buggy Whip Rules

(14) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 7:20 PM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced this week that it was going to look into its rules on media ownership, primarily how many radio and television stations and newspapers and cable systems one company can own in a market.

This announcement came five days after Google announced the introduction of...

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Facebook's Greed

(5) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 5:48 PM

Yesterday I bought $20 worth of lottery tickets because, according to my rules about buying lottery tickets, the jackpots for Mega Millions and Power Ball were both over $20 million. I don't buy tickets when the jackpots are under this arbitrary amount because it's no fun to fantasize about a...

Read Post The Future of Mobile News

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 3:12 PM

The New York Times featured a story in its Tuesday, May 11, Technology section titled "Missouri's Newsy Changes Journalism on the iPad" that claims the "new startup has combined an innovative journalistic model, a low-cost Midwest business strategy and a beautiful touch-screen design to rocket to the Top...

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Mainstream Media Managers: Predictably Irrational

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 11:44 AM

On May 3, Media Daily News's David Goetzl wrote: "No surprise here: the Tribune Co. has tapped an insider to take over its broadcasting division. Jerry Kersting replaces Ed Wilson, who departed last week."

Why was it no surprise? Because Kersting is an old radio crony of controversial Tribune...

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CNN's John King Panders to Deniers

(48) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 5:54 PM

The second segment on John King's April 22, hour-long CNN news show was about the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and showed "some of the devastation" to the earth's environment. The handsome, graying King (no relation to the senile Larry) showed pictures taken from a satellite on his "Magic Wall,"...

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2010 Pulitzer Prizes: Good News

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 10:24 AM

This year's Pulitzer Prizes for journalism not only rewarded good news, they were good news.

The best news was that the scandal sheet, the National Enquirer, neither won an award nor was a finalist for breaking the story of candidate John Edwards's sordid affair and the birth of his...

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The Media Curmudgeon is Taken to Task

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2010 | 2:12 PM

Guest blogger Jiri Nechleba takes the Media Curmudgeon to task with the following intelligent rebuttal to my post, "Survey Shows Many TV Weathercasters Are Dumb:"

You may be right that meteorologists are dumb. Along those same lines, let's also call TV anchors dumb as well. The Brits have...
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Survey Shows Many TV Weathercasters Are Dumb

(21) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 11:00 AM

The New York Times in its March 29 story, "Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming," was too nice to say it and a more thorough Columbia Journalism Review article on the same subject titled "Hot Air" came closer to saying it, but the research that both articles refer to...

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The New York Times Hits a Home Run

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 11:44 PM

I, like many curmudgeonly bloggers, often find fault with the New York Times, from its management, to its online pricing strategy, to the inaccuracies of some of its writers (yes, you Alessandra Stanley). However, the Times does have the best newspaper website in the country and still has, overall, the...

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The Media Tragedy of the Commons

(16) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 1:00 AM

The Tragedy of the Commons

In an article in Science magazine in 1968, Garrett Hardin described a situation in which people, each acting independently in their own self-interest, will ultimately deplete a shared limited resource even when it is clear that it is not in anyone's long-term interest to destroy...
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A TV News Truth Scroll

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 10:59 AM

There ought to be a Truth Scroll on the bottom of the screens of TV news and interview shows so that viewers will know how much someone is shading the truth or bending the facts.

The Truth Scroll would be a new product that Google would sell to TV networks...

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