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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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U.S. News and World Report unveils state-by-state rankings

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. Rating colleges proved a gold mine for U.S. News & World Report. Tuesday brings the rollout of what might be another: assessing the 50 states. It's why Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and … Read More
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Sean Spicer manages to avoid making news in latest press conference

Frictions? Between the press corps and the White House?! Monday's White House press briefing made Sunday night's languorous (if now comically notorious) Oscars ceremony look like the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus (absent the elephants). It was all tranquil, rife with policy questions and only one passing reference to Friday's combo tumult: President Trump trashing the press before … Read More
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The White House Correspondents' Association should get tougher with 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. It's time for some folks in the White House Correspondents’ Association to grow a spine. Friday came President Trump's latest assault on the media, followed by Press Secretary Sean Spicer's clearly … Read More
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Will the White House press band together after briefing ban? Don't count on it.

At the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual awards lunch Friday, I was asked about the perils to small news outlets of the ongoing tussle between President Trump and elite Washington media. Could a paper in rural Wisconsin see its image harmed by becoming collateral damage in faraway feuding? The timeliness of the inquiry was made all the more vivid when the … Read More
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The truth? The New York Times' Oscars ad falls flat

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. Anti-Trump fervor is especially rampant along the Acela Corridor, and now our most famous paper surfaces with a provocative — if belated — ad campaign at a time of marketing need. On … Read More
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Alan Colmes, longtime Hannity sparring partner, dies at 66

Alan Colmes, a veteran radio and cable TV host best known for his lengthy Fox News on-air combat with Sean Hannity, passed away after an apparently brief illness. Bill Hemmer of Fox News announced the passing on Fox, which followed with a tribute from Hannity, his former longtime co-host on Hannity & Colmes, and an online tribute. Hannity called … Read More
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The Washington Post's new motto is branding genius

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. Marty Baron is no Tom Stoppard but, fortunately, they think sort of alike. Go to washingtonpost.com and look under the masthead. "Democracy Dies in Darkness," it says, as of Wednesday. "This … Read More
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Vice goes inside Syria to show what media censorship really looks like

Inspired by President Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, the press frequently invokes the specter of ominous reality control as exercised by the bad guys in George Orwell's "1984." No surprise, book sales are through the roof even if many journalists may not have actually read the classic they cite. But, forget Trump: if you want truly odious propaganda in … Read More
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Shane Smith sees a 'perfect storm' coming for 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. A few months ago Vice founder Shane Smith fronted a superior Vice-HBO documentary, "A House Divided," that detailed the issues, tactics and rancor that dominated Barack Obama's relations with a Republican-dominated Congress. Read More
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The best response to Trump's press-bashing? Do your job.

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. The American press is as stunned and fatigued as George Foreman in Zaire just before he finally went down against Muhammad Ali in 1974's epic "Rumble in the Jungle." It's verging on … Read More
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Wall Street Journal columnist calls out Stalinist streak in Trump supporters

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. The vilifying of the press has gotten so bad that some solace was provided Sunday by The Washington Post, which reported from Abu Dhabi that "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis...does not see … Read More
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The real threat of Trump's press bashing

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 what if Donald Trump strong-armed media advertisers in the same way he's trying to get companies to keep jobs in the United States? The subject was broached by a faraway observer … Read More
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President Trump's anti-media meltdown

President Trump unveiled an alternate universe Thursday in which virtually every problem of his is the creation of the press. In a rambling, angry and contradictory media meltdown, Trump bashed "the failing New York Times," The Wall Street Journal, CNN and the BBC, among others, following a fleeting announcement of a new nominee for Labor Secretary. It constituted what at … Read More
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Covering a rich, press-bashing New Yorker. No, not that one.

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 the reporters who must cover daily a bombastic New Yorker who has inherited a fortune, exudes a sense of entitlement, disdains much of the press, trafficks in half-truths, has overseen properties … Read More
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Students are trying to silence Fox News pundit Corey Lewandowski. That's a mistake.

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. Corey Lewandowski faced lots of liberal ridicule as Donald Trump's fleeting campaign manager and then as a hired gun for CNN. On Wednesday he'll confront the "heckler's veto" as he's interviewed by … Read More
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