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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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Vice Media smartly documents Obama's 8-year brawl with the GOP

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. "This sh*t really isn't on the level, is it?" Vice quotes President Obama declaring to an unidentified top aide (actually David Axelrod) just eight days into his tenure, on his way to … Read More
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Why President Trump probably won't stop bashing the press on Twitter

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. It's so quaint that politicians still get pissed at the press and utter some version of Mark Twain's, "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." That was … Read More
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The worst kind of fake news comes from the cops

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. Fake news is not the sole province of slimeball digital practitioners in faraway lands enabled by the righteous souls at Facebook and Google. There's also — as has ever been so — … Read More
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The student press is under threat

The independence of student media nationwide is threatened, in part by administrative moves that place a priority on public relations rather than campus journalism, according to a new report. "It has become disturbingly routine for student journalists and their advisers to experience overt hostility that threatens their ability to inform the campus community and, in some instances, imperils their careers … Read More
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The real problem with fake news? Citizen stupidity

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 rise of "fake news" inspires the press to uncover its many practitioners worldwide, discern its economics and herald the alleged guilt-ridden soul-searching by its greatest enablers, Facebook and Google. But the … Read More
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Will people pay $10,000 to read Politico founder's new startup?

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. Since Jim VandeHei and John Harris proved most everybody to be idiots, VandeHei can only hope that reflexive suspicion of his new gambit again proves to be entrepreneurial bliss. The two journalists … Read More
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Plane crash in Colombia leaves 20 journalists dead

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. There were 20 members of the press who died in Monday's Colombian crash of a charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, journalists who fought through obstacles even a Trump-besieged press can't … Read More
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How great cartoonists are dealing with Fidel Castro's death

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. If a picture's worth a thousand words, we could have saved ourselves millions on Fidel Castro by checking out a few great cartoons. The images of Castro fashioned by cartoonists were vivid … Read More
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The story behind The New York Times' remarkable Fidel Castro obit

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. Fidel Castro is most certainly dead, but The New York Times is clearly lucky that Anthony DePalma is alive and well at New Jersey's Seton Hall University. It might knock on wood, … Read More
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Maureen Dowd is still on Donald Trump's nerves

Donald Trump clearly dreams of a "Westworld"-like transformation of Maureen Dowd into Sean Hannity. His definition of mistreatment is so expansive, his sensitivity to press coverage so great, don't be surprised if Dowd winds up higher than Vladimir Putin on a Meanies List higher than the border wall he may never build. Just check the transcript of his appearance … Read More
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Winner of Trump's tussle with The New York Times? Both

Good morning. A social media extravaganza (and on the record) If imitation were not just the sincerest form of flattery, but also a business model, The New York Times would be sitting pretty today. Its real-time tweeting of a Donald Trump interview Tuesday dominated social media and mainstream news outlets. The off-again, on-again session was decidedly on-the-record, unlike a big … Read More
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Trump and the elite press go 'off the record'

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 notion of Donald Trump and "off-the-record" is an oxymoron. But there was our most slavish publicity hound Monday with several dozen of his campaign's frequent media enablers — network executives and … Read More
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Tom Friedman delicately corrects the Washington Post on 'The Pottery Barn' rule

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. Journalists love revealing, damning metaphors — even if they’re clueless about their origins and full meaning. Using one can suggest worldliness and sophistication, supplanting the image of a mere media hack. "Trump … Read More
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New Yorker editor reveals Obama's just playing nice with Trump

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. Barack Obama is pissed, no surprise. Inescapably pragmatic, no surprise. But taking the long, long view, no surprise. Some of the media's caricature, especially of Obama's meeting with Donald Trump, looks decidedly … Read More
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Editor's dismissal may signal ultimate demise of Businessweek

Even one of the world's richest men can get tired of losing money. That is very much the reality behind the abrupt dismissal of Ellen Pollock as editor of Bloomberg Buinsessweek magazine and her replacement by Megan Murphy, the Bloomberg Washington bureau chief, according to two well-informed sources who declined to be identified. Michael Bloomberg, the … Read More
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