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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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How a freelance journalist told the real story of the U.S. Yemen raid

Iona Craig, who reported on the aftermath of the botched Navy SEAL raid in Yemen for The Intercept from Yeman, did so with the help of the Pulitzer Center. Iona Craig. Grants from the Pulitzer Center go a long way for international journalists who eke out a difficult existence covering tough stories from dangerous places. The details of her … Read More
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Meet the tiny nonprofit behind the world's most ambitious journalism

Iona Craig, a prototypical high-wire journalist without much of a safety net, recently found herself in a broken-down car with no phone reception by a riverbed in war-torn Yemen. The Irish-British freelancer was taking a labyrinthine three-day, 1,000-mile trek to a desolate village that was site of botched and murky raid by Navy SEALS. Given the perils of … Read More
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Nate Silver's sober, data-driven guide to March Madness

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Nate Silver's "March Madness" analysis is out and, knock on hardwood, he's not picking Hillary Clinton. I know, I know. Cheap (jump) shot. It's that time of year when FiveThirtyEight, the ESPN-owned … Read More
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The civil war inside the White House press room

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Floaters are shadows cast on your retina — unless you're a White House correspondent. In that case, "floaters" are a discomforting sign of Trump-era media changes right in the James S. Brady … Read More
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Brian Stelter calls out Sean Hannity for ignoring blatant plagiarism

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. John McLaughlin, the late syndicated gabfest pioneer of a sort, used to ask guests like myself and Monica Crowley about whether we could make some declaration with "metaphysical certitude." Little did we … Read More
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The Intercept exposes Trump's tall tale on the botched Yemen raid

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. British reporter Iona Craig went to the al Ghayil, the Yemeni town stormed by Navy SEALs in the raid that President Trump says was a great success even as it claimed the … Read More
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After punishing layoffs, New Jersey journalists start up their own local newspaper

Montclair is a New Jersey bastion of the Trump-doubting privileged class that went back to the future Thursday with an imperiled species: a new broadsheet newspaper. But, if Trump could wind up president, who says a broadsheet Lazarus can't rise from the media ashes and make it somewhere? The weekly Montclair Local debuted in the 36,000-person bedroom community of New … Read More
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Is it time to hook Sean Spicer to a polygraph machine?

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Imagine polygraphs at the daily White House briefing or just outside the Oval Office. It's gotten to the point where even Sean Spicer's Wednesday announcement that Donald Trump would not scrap the … Read More
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What would happen if Obama sued Trump for libel?

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. A year ago, a Republican candidate for president declared, “One of the things I’m going to do if I win is to open up our libel laws,” so that he could sue … Read More
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As Rex Tillerson considers ditching reporters, bureau chiefs hash out the details

As CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson was accustomed to going where he wanted, when he wanted, with whomever he wanted. It comes with being the CEO of one of the most valuable companies in the world. He doesn't seem compelled to act much differently as Secretary of State — at least in the early going. It's why news bureau chiefs will … Read More
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Bloomberg nails scoop on cyber blackmail

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. When it comes to Russian hacking and other subterfuge, the obvious and unavoidable media and political talk involves either the Clinton presidential campaign or the Trump White House. As Bloomberg's Michael Riley … Read More
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Presidential? Trump's new conspiracy theory belies fawning punditry

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. President Trump's speech to Congress prompted the press to act like a parent rewarding a toddler for not throwing up at the dinner table. It set the bar rather low, as he … Read More
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The New Yorker's 'huge antic talent' passes the cartooning baton

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. So what have you heard more often: "Fox & Friends" shilling for President Trump or sophisticated people confiding their real reason for reading The New Yorker is the cartoons? Ah, if only … Read More
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Snapchat's stock market debut gets the business news filter

When it came to once slice of the media Thursday, Jeff Sessions was generally trumped by Evan Spiegel. Contacts with Russians? Lying to a Senate committee deliberating his nomination? Need for a special prosecutor? Step aside as Attorney General? Well, that was grist for the mills of Washington-focused media and the cable news channels Thursday — and with good reason. Read More
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Bloomberg's new Billionaires Index has a $47 billion hole

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Bloomberg has made room for Sulaiman Al Rajhi but, alas, still not Michael Bloomberg. The financial news goliath is expanding its Bloomberg Billionaires Index — consider it inescapably engrossing and detailed … Read More
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