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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A few months in, The Undefeated is defining itself with scoops, original video and stories off the national news

Yes, Friday brought extensive Summer Olympics coverage, notably the ad nauseam, 24/7 mini-soap opera of the dissembling U.S swimmers — a sort of one-off Dick Wolf "Law and Order: SLU (Special Lochte Unit) that was exploiting about every platform overseen by Comcast and NBC. But it also brought an anonymously attributed Associated Press story that the National Basketball Association … Read More
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Daily Beast yanks a story as gay sex apps fuel a Rio media kerfuffle

Good morning, and a brief farewell since yours truly is taking a two-week break with the family. You'll have to watch the cable news morning shows on your own. Rest assured, I will be sleeping through them. Sex apps in Rio? Opening a story with a question is a pretty lazy gambit. You still might want to read J. Bryan … Read More
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In Rio, an unlikely correspondent covers an unlikely medalist

If you're the sports editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts, you didn't exactly budget to cover the Olympics in Rio. After all, Mike Moran notes, the last Hampshire County native to go to the Olympics and win a medal was a field hockey player in 1984. But Michael Hixon, who's a local kid from nearby Amherst, made … Read More
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NBC reporter Katy Tur's 'Crazy year with Trump'

Good morning. An exhausting, eventful odyssey Admire Katy Tur. But don't envy her. Very much by accident, Tur wound up NBC's Donald Trump beat reporter, as she writes in "My Crazy Year With Trump" in Marie Claire. She was a London-based correspondent with a "go bag" with loose linens and mosquito repellent, leading a life of "intrigue and adventure" … Read More
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Donald Trump keeps fact-checkers working overtime

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. "Can You Top This?" was a famous radio show that debuted on New York's WOR in 1940 and finished a subsequent NBC run in 1954. The name seems apt for the Donald … Read More
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ESPN's new 16-part podcast is almost too incredible to believe

NBC's got the Olympics, but ESPN has its own epic. It's just unveiled a 16-part podcast, "Pin Kings," which will also have print, digital and TV components. (ESPN) Could you possibly even make up this storyline? Two Miami high school chums, co-captains of a hotshot wrestling team, with one winding up a drug kingpin and the other a DEA … Read More
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Why Ron Fournier is leaving D.C. and heading home to Detroit

As Ron Fournier conceded Monday, "you can go home again." The Washington journalism stalwart, best known for covering the Clintons and aggressively morphing into an edgy online columnist for The National Journal and The Atlantic, revealed that he'll return to Detroit as associate publisher of Crain's Detroit Business. "I've had a great ride in Washington — more lucky than good, and … Read More
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NBC's Olympics coverage draws fire for patronizing women

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. Sally Jenkins, a terrific Washington Post sports columnist, writes facetiously, "I would tell you what happened on the opening day of the Olympics, but as a woman, I’m not really into results; … Read More
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Journalists grill Hillary Clinton at NABJ/NAHJ conference

Hillary Clinton held a mini-press conference of sorts with reporters Friday — and lived to tell the tale. She spoke to the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington, D.C. and briefly dealt with what's been her frustrating (for reporters) reluctance to hold a press conference. She was more predictable and scripted than … Read More
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What a great reporter craves to know about the Rio Olympics

Good morning. If she had a crystal ball... USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, who's also a regular on CNN and ABC, knows the Olympics as well as anyone. Since the opening ceremony for the Summer Games in Rio is tonight, what does an expert like her want to know? This is, after all, her 17th consecutive Olympics, starting with Los … Read More
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Is the media writing off Trump too early (again)?

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. Let's see. It's early August, and the press sees the end at hand. "Why Donald Trump’s campaign is like a speeding car with its parts falling off." (The Washington Post) "Is … Read More
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While the media obsesses over the election, Twitter chatters about baseball

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. West Coast and East Coast hipsters — and Donald Trump — take note: The Third Coast is sizzling on Twitter. "The sports Twitter-verse is securely on the Cubs bandwagon. That much is … Read More
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The Donald dilemma: How does one really interview Trump?

ABC's George Stephanopoulos confronted a two-legged steamroller and inadvertently raised this question: How does one interview Donald Trump? During an 18-minute interview, ABC's "This Week" host employed a traditional journalism modus operandi last week. Well prepared, he firmly but diplomatically asked questions on disputed Trump statements, seeming hypocrisies and even apparent fabrications. For sure, the session made legitimate … Read More
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The press needs to grill consultants for Trump and Clinton

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 Wall Street Journal's estimable Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib asks, "Will enough Americans get comfortable with the idea of Donald Trump as president? If they do, the presidential race likely will … Read More
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What smart reporters still don't know about the presidential campaign

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 conventions, a curiously low-news, high-exhaustion experience, are over. The polls in the next several weeks, say some political scientists, should be pretty predictive of happens on Nov. 8. The majority of … Read More