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The real problem with fake news? Citizen stupidity

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 rise of "fake news" inspires the press to uncover its many practitioners worldwide, discern its economics and herald the alleged guilt-ridden soul-searching by its greatest enablers, Facebook and Google. But the … Read More
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Will people pay $10,000 to read Politico founder's new startup?

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. Since Jim VandeHei and John Harris proved most everybody to be idiots, VandeHei can only hope that reflexive suspicion of his new gambit again proves to be entrepreneurial bliss. The two journalists … Read More
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Plane crash in Colombia leaves 20 journalists dead

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. There were 20 members of the press who died in Monday's Colombian crash of a charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, journalists who fought through obstacles even a Trump-besieged press can't … Read More
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How great cartoonists are dealing with Fidel Castro's death

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. If a picture's worth a thousand words, we could have saved ourselves millions on Fidel Castro by checking out a few great cartoons. The images of Castro fashioned by cartoonists were vivid … Read More
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The story behind The New York Times' remarkable Fidel Castro obit

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. Fidel Castro is most certainly dead, but The New York Times is clearly lucky that Anthony DePalma is alive and well at New Jersey's Seton Hall University. It might knock on wood, … Read More
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Winner of Trump's tussle with The New York Times? Both

Good morning. A social media extravaganza (and on the record) If imitation were not just the sincerest form of flattery, but also a business model, The New York Times would be sitting pretty today. Its real-time tweeting of a Donald Trump interview Tuesday dominated social media and mainstream news outlets. The off-again, on-again session was decidedly on-the-record, unlike a big … Read More
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Trump and the elite press go 'off the record'

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 notion of Donald Trump and "off-the-record" is an oxymoron. But there was our most slavish publicity hound Monday with several dozen of his campaign's frequent media enablers — network executives and … Read More
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Tom Friedman delicately corrects the Washington Post on 'The Pottery Barn' rule

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. Journalists love revealing, damning metaphors — even if they’re clueless about their origins and full meaning. Using one can suggest worldliness and sophistication, supplanting the image of a mere media hack. "Trump … Read More
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New Yorker editor reveals Obama's just playing nice with Trump

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. Barack Obama is pissed, no surprise. Inescapably pragmatic, no surprise. But taking the long, long view, no surprise. Some of the media's caricature, especially of Obama's meeting with Donald Trump, looks decidedly … Read More
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Bill Plante exits: 'Integrity wrapped in talent wrapped in grace'

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. Scott Pelley of CBS News raised a toast to Bill Plante at a packed Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. last night after a video snapshot of a remarkable 52-year career. He makes … Read More
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The press plays armchair psychologist to President Obama

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. Rank amateur psychology runs amok. "Obama in a state of denial about Trump, as Democrats work through the stages of grief," writes The Washington Post. Chimes in The Daily Mail: … Read More
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Why Gwen Ifill's passing is tragic

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. A mutual friend nails it about Gwen Ifill: "A voice of calm, reason and credibility." How odd that those pretty rudimentary values seem so rare. It wasn't that long ago that such … Read More
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The press rushes to call Trump a post-election hypocrite

Good morning. Not faithful to campaign pledges The press portrait of Donald Trump as a deceitful, misogynist poser has now added this permutation: Trump as post-election hypocrite. Its naiveté is sweeping. For starters, check The Washington Post: "President-elect Donald Trump and key advisers in recent days have backed away from some of the most sweeping pledges that the Republican candidate … Read More
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Why Charlie Cook is chagrined with the media's Trump coverage

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. It wasn't Bill O'Reilly, Drudge, Breitbart or Donald Trump. It was Charlie Cook — a revered and assiduously fair-minded elections expert. In his own polite way, a jowly two-legged Washington institution on … Read More
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As election polling blows it, press self-flagellation begins

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. EVERYONE WAS WRONG!" is the New York Post headline, its excoriation including the Polling Industrial Complex that has propelled efforts like FiveThirtyEight and The Upshot. Poynter's Al Tomkins argues that "Many of … Read More
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