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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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Greg Gianforte's 'body slam' echoes past violence against journalists

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. With incessant loose talk about Watergate and cancers on the presidency, we finally have a bona fide Richard Nixon connection: a journalist getting assaulted by a politician. Ben Jacobs, the Guardian U.S. Read More
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The gulf between the press and the TV news most Americans watch

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. If you watched cable news Thursday morning, you might have simply assumed the Trump presidency is in peril — unless you turned to local news. That's the case for most of America … Read More
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What's America really watching in the morning? Local news.

It was wall-to-wall Manchester concert terror and White House intrigue early this week as cable news was understandably fixated on tragedy overseas and political disarray back home. Pundits and politicians were recycled like empty cereal boxes and the themes were clear — the possibility of ideologically driven mass murder and a White House in crisis. But a larger daily reality is that … Read More
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Film critics can't agree: Was Roger Moore the best Bond?

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. You never forget your first time. For me, it was with Sean Connery, the Scottish actor. Yup. He was my first. My first Bond, James Bond, at an Upper East Side Manhattan … Read More
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How the Israeli media covered the Trump circus

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 can now call the Israeli press the enemy, too. Purveyors of fake news. Bad people. Persecuting him. Etc., etc. No surprise, there was blanket coverage in Israel, with the visit … Read More
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President Trump's most trusted media consultant? Melania 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. If being born on third base makes it inevitable that President Trump is removed from certain realities, be apprised that he's trying to keep his finger on the pulse of real America. Read More
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Bloomberg Businessweek gives Trump dismal evaluation as CEO of the U.S.

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 Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg, knows full well that the qualities of a great CEO and a great president don't mirror one another. And then there's Donald Trump, whose … Read More
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Coverage of President Trump dominates the media, and most of it's negative

Donald Trump dominates the elite media's news coverage, with much of the coverage negative, "setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president," according to a new study of the press via Harvard University. The study from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy exhibits a firm if still intriguing grasp of the obvious when … Read More
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Keith Olbermann really thinks President Trump has lost it

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. Ann Landers, the late advice columnist legend, used to say that somebody was "several sandwiches short of a picnic." Keith Olbermann is less cryptic when it comes to President Trump. Not long … Read More
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There are some stories you just can't get from your desk

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 few more Americans now know H.R. McMaster, who resembles an aging Mr. Clean with horn-rimmed glasses. But they don't know him nearly as well as Tom Ricks. His journalism experience reveals … Read More
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Sun-Times runs front-page ad announcing it's for sale

The long-proud Chicago Sun-Times takes the newspaper industry's stunning decline to a frustrating low this morning: It runs an ad for its own sale. Wrapped around the front page is a letter to readers from publisher-editor Jim Kirk that it's looking for new ownership to keep "the Sun-Times publishing as an independent news source for Chicago." The reality is that … Read More
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SNL's Sean Spicer parody has gone from laugh-out-loud funny to roll-your-eyes boring

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. Sean Spicer took a break. Now it would be smart for Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy to do the same. The much-maligned White House press secretary is back after perilous and arduous … Read More
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Tronc makes expected move to buy Chicago Sun-Times as Department of Justice launches antitrust probe

Seeking to make virtue out of totally predictable and painful necessity, the parent of The Chicago Tribune is seeking to buy its longtime tabloid rival, The Chicago Sun-Times. The two papers already have a joint printing and distribution agreement and will now enter into a merger discussion that would theoretically maintain them as separate entities. Any such deal would need … Read More
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'Pathetic?' Professional critics respond to President Trump's insult

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 thin skin has evolved into rage about the role of criticism of any sort. Giving what "Fox & Friends" this morning actually called "a great uplifting speech" at Liberty University … Read More
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

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 unclear where to start with President Trump's interview with NBC's Lester Holt that left the White House second-string spokesperson on a precipice better associated with the Flying Wallendas. "Trump’s account … Read More
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