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Jack Mirkinson is the Senior Media Editor for The Huffington Post.

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ABC Gives David Muir A Publicity Push With New 'World News' Ad

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:10 PM

ABC released a snazzy new trailer on Friday for its incoming "World News" anchor David Muir.

Muir is taking over from Diane Sawyer, who provided the voiceover for the spot. It showcases Muir the very, very busy and globetrotting reporter. Also, the show is reverting to its previous...

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CNN's Dana Bash Reveals Male Senators Have Creepily Discussed Her Weight Too

(74) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:08 PM

CNN's Dana Bash revealed on Thursday that she has been on the receiving end of some pretty gross comments from male senators during her career as a congressional reporter.

Bash was talking with Brooke Baldwin about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's eye-opening disclosure that male colleagues of hers had openly...

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James Foley Was Tortured By ISIS Militants Using CIA Techniques

(683) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 4:01 PM

James Foley was tortured by members of the militant Islamic State group who were modeling some of their techniques on those used by the CIA, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Foley was held by ISIS in Syria for nearly two years before his horrific beheading...

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Chuck Todd Asks RNC Chair If GOP Has 'Too Many Crazy White Guys'

(129) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:28 PM

"Do the arguments about contraception end up basically putting the party on mute with those same women voters who may like your economic proposals but say, 'You know what, there's just too many crazy white guys who have crazy theories about my reproductive system?'" — Chuck Todd to RNC chair...

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Study's Disturbing Findings About How The Media Covers Race And Crime

(51) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 11:52 AM

The killing of Michael Brown has prompted a heated debate about how the media covers race and crime.

A recent study shows yet more evidence of a troubling tendency in this area. Media Matters looked at three months of broadcast news reports from four New York...

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Diane Sawyer Steps Down As 'World News' Anchor

(145) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM

ABC's Diane Sawyer ended her tenure as anchor of "World News" on Wednesday, marking another milestone in a long and iconic career in TV news.

In a warm goodbye, Sawyer thanked her viewers and said she felt privileged about her time sitting in the anchor chair.

"It has been wonderful...

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Chuck Todd And John McCain Bond Over 'Meet The Press'

(144) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Chuck Todd is gearing up to host "Meet the Press," and, while there have been lots of changes promised, it seems that the show's propensity for DC-themed clubbiness will remain firmly intact.

For evidence, we can turn to Todd's MSNBC show, "The Daily Rundown," which is soon ending....

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Bill Kristol Wonders 'What's The Harm' In Bombing ISIS 'For A Few Weeks'

(153) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Bill Kristol summed up the essence of his foreign policy platform in an interview with Laura Ingraham on Tuesday.

Kristol was talking about the Islamic State, the militant group which is also commonly called ISIS. He scoffed at people who worried that bombing ISIS might cause new problems in the...

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Oprah's Got ANOTHER Acting Gig Lined Up

(12) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Oprah's coming back to the movies, people.

Sorry, that should be "ANOTHER OPRAAAAAAHHHHHH MOOOVVVVVIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!"

Ms. Winfrey already wowed everyone in "The Butler," though her Oscar snub left certain film experts seething. So what cinema magic will she be weaving next?

Let's turn to

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Megyn Kelly Schools Bill O'Reilly About White Privilege. No, Really.

(1238) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:11 AM

Bill O'Reilly brought Megyn Kelly on his Monday show to have a discussion about the concept of "white privilege." He asked Kelly if she believed it was real.

"There's a lot of evidence behind it," Kelly said.

No, this wasn't a rift in the space-time continuum.

Kelly, well-known as...

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NY Times Writer Says He Was Wrong To Call Michael Brown 'No Angel'

(459) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 4:20 PM

The writer of a much-maligned New York Times article about Michael Brown admitted on Monday that he had made a mistake when he described the slain teenager as "no angel."

Those two words that John Eligon chose, along with a series of of descriptions about Brown's "dabbling" with drugs, alcohol...

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Fox News Wonders If Calling Michael Brown An 'Unarmed Teen' Is Biased

(1297) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 1:55 PM

By now, the tendency of news shows to frame seemingly inflammatory suggestions in the form of a question is well-known. Jon Stewart memorably riffed on what he called the "Cavuto," named after the Fox News anchor's love of the tactic.

Monday's "Fox & Friends" featured a doozy of...

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NY Times Declares Michael Brown To Be 'No Angel'

(1027) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:25 AM

The New York Times is drawing criticism for a Monday article about the life of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

The paper's John Eligon wrote a lengthy profile of Brown, touching on the "problems and promise" he...

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Time Inc. Is A Swirling Vortex Of Doom, Time Inc. Veterans Say

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Lately, it seems like Time Inc. is only in the news for depressing reasons. Deep staff cuts, falling revenue, alarming editorial decisions — there seems to be little good news to go around.

That might be why Gabriel Sherman's new piece in New York...

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NBC News Chief Gets Very Candid About The Failures At 'Meet The Press'

(250) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 8:18 AM

NBC News president Deborah Turness has a bunch of problems on her hands.

She has to get "Today" back to the top of the morning show heap. She has to fend off an increasingly serious challenge for evening supremacy from ABC. And, of course, she has to...

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What In The World Is Bob Beckel Saying Here?

(460) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Friday's edition of "The Five" was, if anything, even wilder than usual.

First there were the "newsy" segments, which featured things like Andrea Tantaros calling Eric Holder "one of the biggest race-baiters in the country" and saying that "he runs the DOJ like the Black Panther Party."

But the weirdest...

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Russell Brand Ice Bucket Challenges Sean Hannity

(50) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Russell Brand Ice Bucket Challenged (yes, we're verbing that now) his Fox News nemesis Sean Hannity on Thursday. Oh, and some guy called the Prime Minister of Great Britain but let's focus on the important stuff.

Here is the icy video. Maybe Hannity will accept without convening a...

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Fox News 'Doctor' Tells Female Co-Hosts They Could Stand To Lose Some Weight

(60) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Fox News's top medical mind Keith Ablow—mostly known for giving terrible medical advice—went back on the network's "Outnumbered" on Thursday to address one of his more illuminating diagnoses: namely, his wish for Michelle Obama to lose some weight.

Lots of people had a problem with every aspect of...

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Don Lemon's Segment With Talib Kweli Went Really, Really Badly

(407) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:14 PM

File this one under "incredibly awkward."

Rapper Talib Kweli appeared on CNN on Thursday to talk about the issues in Ferguson with Don Lemon. But most of the segment was spent discussing whether or not Lemon had ignored Kweli before the cameras started rolling.

Things started well enough, with Kweli...

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ISIS Believed To Be Holding Many More Journalists In Captivity

(10) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:06 AM

The Committee To Protect Journalists said on Thursday that it has identified at least seven more journalists it believes are being held by the militant group Islamic State, whose recent beheading of American journalist James Foley outraged the world.

Another American, Steven Sotloff, was also threatened in the...

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