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Why We Need An Overhaul In This Country's Stale TV News Model

Joe Seldner | Posted 11.08.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

It is time -- long overdue, actually -- to revolutionize the news model in this country, certainly the conventional television and cable news model.

Rebooting Al Jazeera America

Monroe Price | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media
Monroe Price

The founding head of Al Jazeera America has been unceremoniously demoted, and a trusted face from the older Al Jazeera English put in his stead. Yet this is not the main issue. As it happens, we all have a stake in a stronger, better, trusted Al Jazeera service.

Verizon To Give Customers More Control Over Cable Channel Packs

AP | TALI ARBEL | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by cable comp...

CNN Sees Big Jump In Q1 Ratings, But Fox News Still Tops All

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 04.01.2015 | Media

CNN saw a higher spike in ratings than any other network in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year. The network was up ...

House Republcians Looking Into Why Blackmail and Bribes Failed to Secure Net Neutrality Vote

David Fagin | Posted 04.28.2015 | Comedy
David Fagin

Speaker of the House John Boehner announced today that his office will be launching an unprecedented probe into why bribes and kickbacks were not enough to secure a victory in the years-long, hotly contested, Net Neutrality issue.

'The O'Reilly Factor' Ratings Soar Amidst Controversy Over Host's War-Reporting

Reuters | Rick Kissell | Posted 02.26.2015 | Media

LOS ANGELES ( - "The O'Reilly Factor" has long been the most popular program in cable news, and the controversy surrounding host Bill O'Re...

14 Times Cable News Made Us Wonder... Why?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Media

While network news has faced its own problems lately, we'd like to pause from that discussion to consider the daily enigma that is cable news. View...

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

News Anchors Have A Lot Of Questions About Brian Williams' Helicopter Story

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.05.2015 | Media

On Wednesday, "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams recanted an account he had given of being aboard a helicopter as it was struck down by RPG fire...

MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America Among Nominees For GLAAD Media Awards

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.21.2015 | Media

A long list of print, digital and broadcast news outlets have been nominated for GLAAD's 26th annual Media Awards, the organization announced on its w...

Fox News To Debut Bill O'Reilly-Produced Docuseries

AP | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Fox News Channel is dipping in to the nonfiction series realm by telling stories of Wild West legends like Jesse James, Davi...

Jeremy Scahill Blasts CNN On CNN

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Jeremy Scahill sees the media "revving up the fear engine agai...

My New Favorite News Network Is Not Liberal (and Not Fox)

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Media
Marty Kaplan

I am so not OAN's desired demographic. I hope this mash note doesn't hurt them with their base. But I also hope they don't become so successful that they can afford to speckle their whole schedule with fire-breathers and clowns.

MSNBC Looks To Expand Network Past Washington In 2015

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.29.2014 | Media

MSNBC is looking to "get on the road" and outside the Beltway "a lot more" in 2015, the network's president Phil Griffin announced Monday in his annua...

Jason Linkins

Ebola Panic Wins 'Lie Of The Year,' But The Real Culprit Goes Free | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

As is their wont, the folks at PolitiFact have gone back and conducted a thorough review of a year of lies and falsehoods to offer readers their "Lie ...

Obama Opts For ESPN Over Cable News In The Morning

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.12.2014 | Media

President Barack Obama does not start his mornings off by devouring the latest political headlines from CNN, Fox News or MSNBC. No, the president gets...

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...

TV News Does A Complete 180 On Ebola Coverage After Midterms

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Media

Network news coverage of the Ebola virus abruptly and dramatically fell off following the midterm elections earlier this month, according to a new stu...

Should Netflix Pull the Plug on Cosby?

David Fagin | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Regardless of whether or not you believe Ms. Bowman and the others who've come forward, if Netflix does decide to go ahead and air Cosby's special, and they're lambasted for it, they'll have no one to blame but themselves for its "'Cos and effect.'"

A Bagful of Sugar Rot: Is Subscriber 'Support' Just Some Kind of Trick in the Pay-TV Provider Wars?

Marie Woolf | Posted 01.04.2015 | Media
Marie Woolf

When CNN and six other channels suddenly vanished from Dish Network on October 21 due to failed contract negotiations with content provider Turner Broadcasting, I decided to go along with the gag, for one of my masochistic little experiments in customer service.

Grimes: A True Clinton Dem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When Grimes says she is a Clinton Democrat, she is telling the truth, and when McConnell labels Grimes an Obama Democrat rather than a Clinton Democrat, he is bearing false witness. Shouldn't allegedly liberal-friendly media outlets such as MSNBC and the New Republic report this?

Who Stole Television News?

Joel Silberman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Media
Joel Silberman

They're selling us another war on television. As a Washington media strategist, people ask me, "Who's offering alternatives to war on the Sunday morning news shows?"

Jason Linkins

President Obama Is At The Vanguard Of A Major Cultural Shift In America | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2014 | Media

Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer was the guest this morning at Buzzfeed HQ, for a "Buzzfeed Breakfast" round of Q&A. Among the ...

Dr. Strangelove vs. ISIS

Barry Levinson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Barry Levinson

Satire has always been a method for us to explore our faults and false expectations of world order. But satire in the movies might be dead now, replaced by daily satire that is for real. We live in a world of complete and utter madness. Nothing highlights this absurdism like the current conflict with the Islamic State.

The 2014 Fall TV Schedule (Kind of)

Spencer Green | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

CBS - Jackie Gleason: Zero Emmys, Jim Parsons: Four Emmys; There Must Be a Legal Limit to How Many Shows Chuck Lorre Can Produce