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 the press bashed and coddled Netanyahu at the U.N.

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. Irrelevance takes hold so quickly among the press. Only Fox News went live to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.N. Thursday. CNN and MSNBC opted for a North Carolina … Read More
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These are the foreign policy questions debate moderators must ask

President Obama's birthplace. The Trump Foundation. The Clinton Foundation. Trump's taxes. Clinton's health. Police shootings. You can predict the thrust of questions at the three presidential debates, starting Monday night. Throw in terrorism, economic growth and sexism. But it is a much larger world and times are problematic. The Middle East is clearly a basket case. Vladimir Putin has never … Read More
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Is Brian Williams making his comeback?

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. Brian Williams' personal reformation continues, and it's not hard to imagine he might return to higher-profile assignments sometime down the road. He'd returned to action last December after his suspension for dishonest … Read More
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With Brangelina gone, who will rule the tabloids?

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. Publishing a news staff's views on a given topic, such as great holiday gifts or undiscovered cultural gems around town, is a tried-and-true, if cut-rate, gambit by any editor. But it's totally … Read More
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Boston bombing reporter urges caution in coverage of recent attacks

The media has moved smoothly into terrorism autopilot for the New York-New Jersey bombings: Law enforcement pundits, rhetorical bombast from politicians, the faux "breaking news" graphics of cable TV, man-on-the-street rank speculation and rampant conspiracy theories. It's reminiscent of much in recent years, especially to Janet Reitman, an investigative reporter and contributing editor at Rolling Stone. She wrote the magazine's … Read More
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Obama loses battle to keep World War II records secret

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. Edward Snowden can smile briefly: The Obama administration just lost a fight to keep grand jury records sealed in a 1942 national security leaks prosecution. A federal court ruling, written by an … Read More
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After Paterno tribute, columnist divulges he was victim of sexual abuse

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. Penn State University on Saturday paid tribute to Joe Paterno, its late and now-disgraced football coaching legend. As it marked the 50th anniversary of his first win, Mike Wise has decided to … Read More
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'Morning Joe' hosts jump to a defense (their own)

There's no need for any corporate team-building exercises at MSNBC's "Morning Joe" juggernaut. At least not after a mutual admiration society broke out Friday. Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were in a decidedly upbeat, if navel-gazing mode as they defended themselves against suggestions that they've been unfair to either of the main presidential candidates. This justification of their 2016 … Read More
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Clinton health coverage shows gender bias by the press

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. We haven't seen such rampant and hyperbolic live TV coverage of somebody getting on an airplane since Pope Francis' trek to the U.S. Yes, Hillary Clinton was climbing the stairs of her … Read More
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The most dangerous beat in journalism

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. You think covering the environment is just rewriting Sierra Club press releases, reporting on contaminated water in Flint or detailing plans to develop landfills on the outskirts of town? Consider: Since 2005, … Read More
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Obama skewers media for aiding Trump but omits his own suspect press 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. President Obama falls short of Hillary Clinton's visceral disdain for the press, but not by much, as he relishes his role as lame duck Surrogate-in-Chief for the Democratic nominee. As for the … Read More
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Van Susteren's justifiable rage offers a clear lesson in media branding

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. Greta Van Susteren is unemployed but unbowed and taking to Facebook. She's right when it comes to the merits of her argument and notable in choosing her venue. The former longtime Fox … Read More
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Out at Fox News, Greta Van Susteren takes to Facebook to hammer Obama

Greta Van Susteren is out of a job at Fox News, but she's clearly not lacking a new platform. "OK, you have every right to be enraged," she opens a rhetorically unabashed if unpolished video on her Facebook page. "I am. It just never stops. And you and every other American gets cheated. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Obama … Read More
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Media grapples with Clinton's medical scare

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. Eight years ago, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who was 71 and had a history of skin cancer, divulged nearly 1,200 pages of his medical records for reporters. That was recalled in … Read More
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Why is Facebook censoring 'Napalm Girl?'

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 crazy. "Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war and calling on … Read More