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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Do front-page editorials matter in an era of weakened newspapers?

No state is in worse financial condition than Illinois, explaining why it's got the lowest credit rating of any of the 50 states. And it explains why comic Jordan Klepper had ample fodder the other night on "The Daily Show" as he headed to Illinois and rightfully made fun of the budget mess and its initial impact on social … Read More
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The newspaper columnist who may think her politician husband is an 'idiot'

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. Sarah Vine, columnist for The Daily Mail in London, is verging on techno self-immolation. Keep her temporarily away from a keyboard, especially after sending an email meant for her husband to a … Read More
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Is the Carville-Matalin media marriage less notable than we assume?

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. Do you figure Romeo was a big-city liberal Democratic Montague and Juliet a suburban conservative Capulet? FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's sports-politics data crunching combine, teamed with a political data firm, Catalist, to try … Read More
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The press and Clinton critics talk past each other on new Benghazi report

There are gobs of damning new information in the report of the Republican majority that investigated the 2012 attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, the panel on Fox News' daily "Outnumbered" assured viewers Tuesday morning. Hillary Clinton's actions were "borderline criminal," intoned Fox panelist Pete Snyder. Others seated nearby called the then-Secretary of State's actions "outrageous" and "disturbing," … Read More
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British press unite over soccer team's dismal performance

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: Not one but two Brexits in one week! First the European Union and now the European soccer championships. But England must be in mourning and rage after losing to Iceland, 2-1, … Read More
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Cable news juggles Brexit drama and Clinton-Warren lovefest

Cable news started its week with an abundance of live riches and a quandary: Cover Britain's exit or Elizabeth Warren's arrival? In the end, CNN, Fox and MSNBC initially offered a bit of a video buffet, at least until their final preference for a Warren-Hillary Clinton coming out in Cincinnati was clear — and leaving C-SPAN2 to satisfy those viewers with … Read More
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George Will's defection from the Republican Party is meaningless

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 George Will is leaving the Republican Party and becoming unaffiliated. He's unhappy with Donald Trump, though if his weekend column supporting Great Britain's decision to leave the European Union had displayed … Read More
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Media dissect Brexit with an eye toward finance, politics and soccer

The cable news networks morphed into a golf resort infomercial Friday as they aired Donald Trump in Turnberry, Scotland while he heralded the supposedly wondrous renovations and management at a renowned course. Then, after what seemed longer than 18 bogey-filled holes amid the seaside winds and heather, he opened up to questions and their thrust was unavoidable: the vote by … Read More
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Megyn Kelly trashes CNN hiring of Corey Lewandowski

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. CNN is fortunate that Megyn Kelly isn't its vice president of human resources. She was chagrined last night over its hiring of Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's fired campaign manager, as an analyst. Read More
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Should the media get live cameras in the House? For C-SPAN, it's a battle long fought — and lost

The live image on C-SPAN wobbled late Thursday morning and lacked its normal clarity as Rep. Ben Lujan of New Mexico raised a distinctly rhetorical question on the U.S. House floor. "Why didn't C-SPAN turn the cameras on" when a Democratic sit-in protest over gun control legislation began nearly 24 hours earlier? The answer was simple: "It's not C-SPAN that … Read More
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How The New York Times fact-checked Trump in real time

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. But will it ultimately matter? The power of a print bastion gone digital was vivid yesterday as The New York Times did a fast, comprehensive job assessing Trump's much-touted Hillary Clinton … Read More
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How C-SPAN thwarted the GOP's move to block a House protest

C-SPAN, the famously neutral messenger of activity in government, exhibited a hidden tenacity Wednesday to air the unusual House sit-in over gun control. Under rules agreed to long ago, the majority party essentially controls the cameras used by C-SPAN. The practice is to turn them off once a session is gaveled to an end. And the Republicans did just that … Read More
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Here's why Facebook is paying news organizations millions of dollars

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 wants to be the YouTube of social media Facebook has cut deals with about "140 media companies and celebrities to create videos for its nascent livestreaming service, as the social network … Read More
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Is Clarence Thomas retiring? The media said yes, his wife said no.

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. Rumor reporting in overdrive If a tree falls in a forest and nobody's around to hear it, does it make a sound? If Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas decides to retire, would … Read More
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Why one Jewish paper is choosing not to cover Trump for an entire day

The Huffington Post relegated Donald Trump to its entertainment section. Now a newspaper that covers the Jewish community offers him a more vexing notion: silence. The Forward, a paper on Jewish culture in America founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily, won't mention him at all for 24 hours starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday. It is, obviously, a … Read More