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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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Reporter takes the David Fahrenthold approach to covering ESPN layoffs

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 a crowdsourced and premature obituary. Richard Deitsch, a sports media columnist for Sports Illustrated, took to Facebook Tuesday with a declaration and a request for information that underscores troubles in … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch's biggest worry? Money, not politics

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. To understand the ethical and moral morass facing the Murdoch empire, skip Fox News Channel and take a walk to your local supermarket or pharmacy. Be it the produce or dental hygiene … Read More
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What does Bill O'Reilly's fall mean for right-wing media?

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. As the Bill O'Reilly affair underscores, what author Maureen Orth tagged the Celebrity-Industrial Complex includes lots of journalists, including ones on the right. "Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. Bill … Read More
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A onetime rebel, Fox is being cautious after booting Bill O'Reilly

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 swashbuckling Murdochs now look as milquetoast as old media rivals whom they upended and disdain. With the belated firing of Bill O'Reilly, the monarchical lords of 21st Century Fox turned 1990s … Read More
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Meet the journalists who told the inside story of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss

As her email mess was growing, Hillary Clinton scheduled the first national TV interview of her campaign with Brianna Keilar of CNN. It went poorly. But wait. It now turns out that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had meant "Bianna," not "Brianna" when she disclosed her belated intent to a communications aide. She wanted what she figured would be a non-threatening … Read More
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How Bill O'Reilly and other TV stars got rich as cable boomed

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 Bill O'Reilly's ouster the lead story in this morning’s New York Times, a top broadcasting executive sets aside his usual air of certitude to concede one ambiguity: the ratings impact. Read More
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Is the 'King of Cable News' replaceable?

Even special dispensation from Pope Francis won't save Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly was in a VIP line at the Vatican on Wednesday as a holy war over his employment status was apparently climaxing in New York. He's now a goner from his mega-successful Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," in a turn of events that will further spotlight the precarious … Read More
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The press was hoodwinked by the Trump administration's bogus North Korea news

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 was a military move heralded worldwide: The Trump administration was sending the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the Sea of Japan as a warning to the nutbag in North Korea. Read More
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By demonizing journalists, Trump has prepared the way for something far darker

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 portrayal of the press as "enemy" is not only a godsend for the circulation and ratings of some media but now for an emerging cottage industry of footnote-laden academic dissections. Read More
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Sean Spicer gives swampy explanation for keeping White House logs secret

When it comes to full disclosure of White House visitors, big and small, Sean Spicer underscored Monday that the faraway past is now prologue. Monday's post-Easter Egg Roll briefing opened with a mix of questions on North Korean's obvious military belligerence and President Trump's equally conspicuous administrative opacity. Several reporters confronted Press Secretary Sean Spicer with the decision not … Read More
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Are the photos of Syria's dead children a form of propaganda?

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. Even as President Trump grapples daily with the truth, it's hard to find fault with this assertion at his press conference with NATO's chief: "And everybody in this room saw it all … Read More
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Could Trump be impeached for bashing 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. It's the essence of responsibly provocative, with an accent on provocative: a Harvard Law School professor making a case for impeachment of Donald Trump based on his badmouthing of the press. Noah … Read More
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Pulitzers show that layoffs haven't sapped the heart of local news

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 Davids topped Goliaths for Pulitzer Prizes Monday and reminded that media consolidation and newsroom layoffs need not necessarily mandate mediocrity. Art Cullen, 60, is the most heartening tale as part … Read More
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Tiny, family-run newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for taking on big business

If you know Art Cullen, it's not exactly a surprise to learn his initial words upon watching the livestream of the Pulitzer announcements and learning he'd won for editorial writing. "Holy shit," he yelled out to his brother, John, the publisher of the family-run, 10-person Storm Lake (Iowa) Times. The only surprise was that there wasn't a longer string of … Read More
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The Atlantic's Molly Ball: Democrats are 'screwed'

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. When journalists surfaced at a major political science gathering in Chicago, a few things were abundantly clear, including the pointy heads' desire for more media attention and respect. There was, too, the … Read More
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