Posts by James Warren

About James Warren

Chief Media Writer

New York City native, graduate of Collegiate School, Amherst College and Roosevelt University. Married to Cornelia Grumman, dad of Blair and Eliot. National columnist, U.S. News & World Report. Former managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Tribune. Former Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News. Current or former contributor to The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Daily Beast, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
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Bill or Hillary? Newspapers face front-page conundrum on nomination night

Even on an historic night for both, Hillary and Bill Clinton could not avoid a media controversy not of their own making. For the first time, a woman was nominated to be a major party presidential nominee. For the first time, too, a former president was speaking on behalf of his spouse at a convention. By and large, it would … Read More
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There's a lot of non-news coming out of the Democratic National Convention

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The Democratic National Convention brings us a new media disorder: Bulimia Nervosa Politica. It's a journalistic malady characterized by bingeing on a stunning banquet of offerings from the 15,000 credentialed journalists who … Read More
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The press is lucky to be in Philadelphia, not Istanbul

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. For the 15,000 credentialed media at the Democratic National Convention, the inherent perils are clear: -Indecision over where to mooch free food and booze. -Briefly losing your Wi-Fi. -Getting soaked … Read More
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How Politico is covering the 2016 political conventions

CLEVELAND — Mike Barnicle, the Boston newspaper columnist-turned-MSNBC analyst, held aloft his cellphone when asked over breakfast to explain the success of Politico, the 24/7 politics site and newspaper that was greeted with skepticism upon its 2007 launch. "They're first on this," Barnicle said, phone hovering over omelet. "They got here first and are still dominant. And this is a … Read More
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What should we expect from the Democratic National Convention? Reporters weigh in

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The media circus has now moved to Philadelphia from Cleveland. It will again exhaust itself at an event unlikely to produce nights as provocative as Melania Trump's plagiarism, Ted Cruz's skunk-at-the-dinner-party oratory … Read More
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How The Young Turks is covering the 2016 political conventions

CLEVELAND — It was the modern-day, expletive-filled media version of the Jets and the Sharks squaring off in "West Side Story." "I want to have a rant-off with you," shouted Alex Jones, a conservative radio talk host and conspiracy buff, as he arrived at the set of The Young Turks, a rising digital news operation covering the Republican National Convention … Read More
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Media talk past one another after Trump's grand finale

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Well, the election appears over. At about 12:30 a.m. Friday, Fox pollster Frank Luntz announced to Sean Hannity the findings of his weeklong on-air focus group of supposed independent voters. "The prosecution … Read More
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Is the R.N.C. convention just an exercise in media marketing?

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. CLEVELAND — Richard Gizbert, a Canadian who hosts the most international TV show on media worldwide, walks down "Radio Row" at the Republican National Convention and is struck at first by the clothes. Read More
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Melania Trump's plagiarism draws fleeting outrage

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. CLEVELAND — The media's reaction to the latest bout of political dishonesty is reminiscent of con man Harold Hill in "The Music Man," warning the populace of moral decay as he sings the … Read More
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C-SPAN sticks to its straightforward roots amid convention hype

CLEVELAND — If there's an overriding media reality at the Republican National Convention, it's the exhilarating (at times draining) pace of change and the heretofore little-known outlets that scream "NEW!" And then there's C-SPAN. Knock on wood. When it comes to broadcasting and live-streaming, everybody and his or her mother seem to be going live from somewhere: Townhall Media, Twitter, SiriusXM, … Read More
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Inside the R.N.C.’s huge, exhausting echo chamber

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. CLEVELAND — The Republican National Convention is American media's version of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a confounding malady whose underlying cause is unclear. It's in evidence once again today, with thousands of journalists exhausted … Read More
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For student journalists, political conventions are a glimpse at media spectacle

CLEVELAND — The Republican National Convention is a window onto wildly fragmented media with dozens of organizations that didn't exist even a few years ago. And then there's a small cadre from a tried-and-true staple of youth-driven journalism: college newspapers. Say hello to a quartet of kids from the The State News, the student newspaper from Michigan State University, who are among … Read More
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Looking for news about the campaign? Steer clear of candidates' websites

If social media is the supposed vehicle to greater civic engagement, it's not especially apparent so far among presidential candidates this election season, according to a new Pew Research Center report that verges on a semi-obituary for campaign websites. In sum, a study of communications of the Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns shows an inclination to … Read More
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Media's Trump obsession again diverted only by murder

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. CLEVELAND — CNN's Jake Tapper was live from the Quicken Loans Arena, site of the Republican National Convention, with lots of red, white and blue bunting visible behind him Sunday. It was a fitting, … Read More
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Half a world from home, reporters try to make sense of Trump

CLEVELAND — It was a pro forma TV standup, being taped for use later, on a busy street late Sunday afternoon outside the Quicken Loans Arena that's site for the Republican National Convention. "The Republican Party is set to begin their four-day national convention. And all eyes are on the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump," said the young reporter — once, twice and … Read More