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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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A damning report on Trump and the press

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. Surpassed poor Obama record on transparency "Over the first six months of this young presidency, President Donald J. Trump’s approach to the office has been characterized by self-interest, defiance of basic … Read More
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The Times and Trump: An 'incredible' interview

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. Trump, the news machine The New York Times' President Trump interview – conducted by Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt – was one of those where you could have … Read More
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Why Twitter should boot President Trump

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. Twitter will surely never ban President Trump from tweeting. Should it? Wired magazine makes the case it's totally justified – and falls short. It writes, "The case for banning Trump from … Read More
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Venture capital kingpin tells media content's not king

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. It's a sobering thesis for elite media: "Content isn't king." That's the argument of Benedict Evans, an influential partner at the hotshot Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, in a … Read More
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Texas Observer hires reporter to cover civil rights

The Texas Observer, the progressive news magazine founded in the 1950s due partly to the notion "that most of mainstream media was, at best, ignorant of civil rights and, at worst, complicit in protecting racist institutions" has decided to add a position: civil rights reporter. Forrest Wilder informs readers that the paper wants "to build on that legacy" by … Read More
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For Trump reporter, Good Donald, Bad Donald one and the same

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. Sucking up to the press, bashing the press, all at the same time President Trump so very much craves to have the evil mainstream media love him. If you have any doubt, … Read More
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New union owners pledge 'firewall' with Sun-Times newsroom

New union owners of The Chicago Sun-Times have assured its editor-publisher that they will not push their views on politics and policy on the newsroom, he said Friday. Publisher-Editor Jim Kirk reiterated remarks made on local television Thursday as he emailed, "The union leaders who lead the ownership group have assured me and the staff that there will … Read More
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Ohio editor argues media blowing it on Trump-Russia

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. Coverage of the Trump campaign and Russia dominated the news this morning, even as President Trump celebrated Bastille Day in sunny Paris. Still, Main Street America seems to be saying "nyet" when … Read More
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Journalism 101 prompts whiff by golf's leaders at Trump National

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. USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan threw a softball to the lords of golf assembled at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey for the U.S. Women's Open. “Does the USGA have … Read More
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Chicago Sun-Times sold to group including unions, former politician

The Chicago Sun-Times has been sold to a group that includes Chicago unions and former local politician Edwin Eisendrath, it was confirmed Wednesday. A source involved in the deal indicated that it would close by day's end after the paper's owners succumbed to pressure from the Justice Department's antitrust division. The department had made clear it would not approve an … Read More
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CNN goes long, again, with the Trump administration

Censorious Chris Cuomo was chewing up scenery Wednesday – and trying to devour an attorney for Donald Trump. Yet again CNN took on the flavor of next month's made-for-pay-TV tussle between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor. This week it's been Kellyanne Conway, Sabastian Gorka and Jay Sekulow in the challenger's box on the screen. The … Read More
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Why David Brooks 'ruining America' column fell short

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. David Brooks may deserve what we once called a knuckle sandwich. It's one thing to be responsibly provocative, especially as an op-ed columnist. It's another to be sanctimonious, moralizing and off-key, as … Read More
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White House new line of CNN attack: 'More people watch cartoons'

The sniping between the Trump White House and CNN took a decidedly cartoonish turn Tuesday – and, perhaps, typically the White House got its facts wrong. Following a 35-minute dialogue between CNN "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo and combatively garrulous Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, Cuomo co-host Alysin Camerota took on Sebastian Gorka, a former longtime Fox News contributor who's taken … Read More
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Newspapers' Hail Mary vs. Facebook, Google

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. Like Donald Trump Jr., the newspaper industry is rather late. Trump belatedly fesses up about that Russian meeting. Meanwhile, the newspapers' trade group, after years of the industry watching Facebook and Google … Read More
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Can Trump's DOJ force sale of Sun-Times?

A three-ring circus over the fate of the Chicago Sun-Times will apparently climax in the next 24 hours, with the Justice Department in the improbable role of lion tamer. In the main ring is found what amounts to an aerial act. There, a surprise late-minute bidder improbably favored by the government is engaging in a tricky balancing act to find … Read More
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