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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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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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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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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 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
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Surprise! Even Bloomberg covers Bloomberg at the convention

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. BREAKING NEWS: Michael Bloomberg does exist, Bloomberg News itself confirmed late Wednesday, zealously discarding the shackles of self-censorship in reporting on its boss. Yes, some things in life are apparently unavoidable, including … Read More
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There's a lot of non-news coming out of the Democratic National Convention

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 Democratic National Convention brings us a new media disorder: Bulimia Nervosa Politica. It's a journalistic malady characterized by bingeing on a stunning banquet of offerings from the 15,000 credentialed journalists who … Read More
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The press is lucky to be in Philadelphia, not Istanbul

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. For the 15,000 credentialed media at the Democratic National Convention, the inherent perils are clear: -Indecision over where to mooch free food and booze. -Briefly losing your Wi-Fi. -Getting soaked … Read More
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What should we expect from the Democratic National Convention? Reporters weigh in

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 media circus has now moved to Philadelphia from Cleveland. It will again exhaust itself at an event unlikely to produce nights as provocative as Melania Trump's plagiarism, Ted Cruz's skunk-at-the-dinner-party oratory … Read More