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How a small Detroit news site busted a foul-mouthed cop

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 Detroit cop who used Facebook to refer to city residents as "garbage" and came pretty close to bragging about police brutality has retired, the city's police chief announced Thursday. And at … Read More
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The media missed this Trump whopper

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. Donald Trump is nothing if not transparent, especially when it comes to views of the press and outright evasions about his business holdings. That was self-evident at his Wednesday spectacle (labeled "press … Read More
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The media's not-so-golden moment: Publishing claims of Trump perversion

Good morning. Running an unsubstantiated tale Who'd think there might be a connection between Monica Lewinsky and Donald Trump? Chalk it up to the media's latest self-inflicted wound. On a Sunday in late January of 1998, those of us in Washington bureaus confronted an ABC News story built on a claim from the Drudge Report: Former White House intern Lewinsky … Read More
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Attorney General hearing kicks off a media extravaganza starring Obama and Trump

It was somewhat fitting: While Washington media was transfixed Tuesday by the first of a rapid-fire series of Trump Cabinet nomination hearings, "Let's Make a Deal" was playing on another channel. As Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions was being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, gameshow contestants were being quizzed on less urgent matters: the number of floors in the … Read More
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Why Meryl Streep's defense of the media could backfire

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 Oliver and Meryl Streep bashed Donald Trump and praised journalism. Donations soared for two nonprofits praised by them: ProPublica and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Hip, hip, hoorah. Truth and justice … Read More
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The best way to cover President Trump? Stay out of the White House

Watergate. Spying by the National Security Agency. Bungled protection by the Secret Service. These stories have two things in common: Each were major, consequential pieces of journalism about the federal government that got big results. And none of them were broken by the White House press corps. With less than two weeks before Donald Trump is inaugurated … Read More
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Campbell Brown's move to Facebook is an education in poor reporting

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 New York Times reported, "Facebook is turning to a former television news journalist to help smooth over its strained ties to the news media, which views it as both a vital … Read More
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How much of a Chicago brutality video should be shown? The media don't agree

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 when it comes to brutality, little is left to the media imagination these days. The latest example of the decline in consensus about the acceptable involves the Facebook video of a … Read More
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Tucker Carlson gets a Fox promotion, Greta Van Susteren gets an MSNBC gig

A revolving door of cable news show hosts continued spinning Thursday as Tucker Carlson got a new gig at Fox News, while former colleague Greta Van Sustern got a new home at MSNBC. Two days after Megyn Kelly announced she was leaving a popular Fox perch for NBC News, Fox moved quickly and promoted Carlson to her prime-time spot. That … Read More
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Why the press is 'utterly unprepared' for 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. Embedded plentifully during the presidential campaign, the press may now leave most consumers in the cold. I'd been talking to Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair, … Read More
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This year, try focusing on job fulfillment

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Happy 2017, friends! I gave up on yearlong resolutions a few years back, but I still adore fresh beginnings and all the promise they hold. Instead of setting specific goals this year, I’m focusing on the kind of work I want to do, the kinds of days … Read More
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Twitter launches in-stream verification badges

Twitter just made it a little easier to determine which users have that little blue tick. Beginning today, the social network is identifying verified users in additional places across its platform. This means tweets from verified accounts will be marked as such in Twitter's main timeline rather than exclusively on their individual pages. Previously, users had to navigate to each … Read More
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Hiring Megyn Kelly was smart...but it's no guarantee

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. NBC's hiring of Megyn Kelly of Fox News falls rather short of the strategic genius of George S. Patton, Erwin Rommel or Napoleon Bonaparte. It's a no-brainer. She's very good, young (46) … Read More
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Here are the biggest media mysteries of 2017

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. Certitude is the stuff of visionaries, the mask of con artists and a coin of the realm in media. You need only experience the pregnant pause of a TV news booker when … Read More
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2016 showed us there's no sure thing in sports media

It wasn’t that long ago that there were a few sure things in this world: — ESPN would continue to print money thanks to fees from its 100 million-person subscriber base. — The NFL would continue to generate massive TV ratings thanks to an insatiable demand for all things football. — The Cubs would continue their century-plus run of … Read More
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