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Trump tsunami dominates evening newscasts, survey confirms

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. Trump said his comments about immigration have become a movement and has pointed to violence perpetrated by immigrants in the U.S. illegally to defend his stance. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. Trump said his comments about immigration have become a movement and has pointed to violence perpetrated by immigrants in the U.S. illegally to defend his stance. (AP Photo/John Locher)

He’s video clickbait.

“Since the first Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump has received more attention on the nightly news than his 16 rivals — combined.”

Looking for news about John Kasich or Chris Christie or Rick Santorum? Well, good luck since an analysis for CNN’s “Reliable Sources” offers a seemingly empirical take on what has seemed obvious: You’d need the Navy SEALS to find much coverage of The Others.

Trump coverage doubled all the other coverage on nightly newscasts on NBC, CBS and ABC between Aug. Read more

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Dana Bash named chief political correspondent at CNN

Dana Bash, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, has been promoted to chief political correspondent at the network, filling a void left by Candy Crowley departure late last year.

According to a staff memo from CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist and Deputy Bureau Chief Virginia Moseley, Bash will lead the network’s coverage of the 2016 GOP race and contribute in CNN’s upcoming Republican debate in September.

Although Bash succeeds Crowley as the network’s chief political correspondent, she does not inherit Crowley’s Sunday morning public affairs show, “State of the Union,” which went to Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper earlier this year.

The staffing change is the latest personnel shuffle at a major news organization as they gear up to cover the 2016 presidential race. As the still-distant electoral contest draws nearer, many outlets have already begun the recurring tradition of swapping and promoting political reporting talent. Read more

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Journalists on the media beat critique Jon Stewart on his last day

No modern media critic has gained the prominence and influence that Jon Stewart enjoys. By dint of his broad distribution, copious resources and acerbic wit, the “Daily Show” host has built his career by flagging missteps from newsmakers and the journalists who report on them.

But now it’s his turn in the hot seat. As Stewart prepares to host his last show today, Poynter asked six media and TV reporters to evaluate the comedian’s impact as a media referee and his legacy of calling out journalistic misdeeds.

Photo illustration by Gurman Bhatia. Original photo via AP Images.

Photo illustration by Gurman Bhatia. Original photo via AP Images.

Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent at CNN and host of “Reliable Sources”

What were Stewart’s successes as a media critic?
There’s no doubt that Stewart was innovative. In my mind, his biggest contribution to media criticism was his creative wielding of video clips. Read more

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Here are 4 of our favorite Jon Stewart media moments

Perhaps no actual journalist has been accorded the kind of public adulation that has preceded this week’s exit of fake newsman Jon Stewart.

New Yorker Editor David Remnick weighed in, deploying elevated language to describe Stewart in terms that would probably make the comedian bristle. Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” spent nearly five minutes on a report examining his impact. The Boston Globe used terms like “brilliant,” “savvy” and “damning” in a retrospective on Stewart’s legacy.

But the praise isn’t just for yuks. By satirizing the news and holding both politicians and journalists to account for their words, Stewart and his staff became incisive traffic cops whenever they spotted hypocrisy, laziness or inanity.

That’s why more such tributes will undoubtably follow before the week is up — including this one, from reporters and faculty members at Poynter. Read more

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CNN acknowledges fault in Sanjay Gupta operation story

After being called to task for inaccurate reporting by an international news organization, CNN on Thursday corrected its account of an operation performed in earthquake-ravaged Nepal by its chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta.

According to the correction, which was appended Thursday to a tale of the operation written by CNN digital producer Tim Hume, the network misidentified which patient Gupta operated on:

An earlier version of this story, first published April 27, 2015, incorrectly identified the patient that Dr. Sanjay Gupta operated on after the Nepal earthquake. We regret the error. After investigating the details of the surgery, we confirmed Dr. Gupta performed brain surgery on Sandhya Chalise, as reported in the original version of this story. We have updated the story below with the correct information.

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With a new multimedia project, CNN Digital is finding odd, small stories from around the country

CNN Digital launched “Great American Stories” on Wednesday with five stories from around the country. The multimedia, cross-platform project tells the stories of “the unexpected places and unforgettable characters who’ve helped define our nation,” according to a press release.

Among them, a varsity esports squad, a town that blocks cell phone reception, and a town that all lives in the same building:

The series will publish new stories each Wednesday through September. Read more

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ISIS-sex-toy-flag creator slams CNN

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On Saturday, CNN reported on “an ISIS flag among a sea of rainbow colors,” at London’s Pride parade. It wasn’t an ISIS flag, though, but one made with images of sex toys.

Paul Coombs, creator of that flag, wrote a piece Tuesday for The Guardian about why he created it.

It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key.

Coombs wrote he was approached by police officers, who thought the flag was funny but could put him in danger if people didn’t look closely. So Coombs put it away.

Several hours passed before I noticed spreading news that CNN reported on the flag as though it was an actual Isis banner, not a piece of cloth covered in sex toys.

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No, CNN says, it won’t ‘host’ Clinton event with Jake Tapper

USA Today reported Wednesday that CNN show host Jake Tapper was erroneously listed as a “’speaker” at a Clinton Global Initiative event in Denver next month.

On Thursday, CNN further amended its relationship to the gathering.

Following the newspaper’s inquiry to CNN, the designation of “speaker” had been removed from the GCI website. However, Tapper remains as a moderator of a panel, “The Business Case for Investing in America’s Workforce.”

On Thursday, I brought to the apparent initial attention of CNN that the panel was further listed as a “GCI Conversation Hosted by CNN.” That suggested a distinct partnership between the network and the Clinton organization.

CNN indicated the reference is wrong. It said Tapper is an unpaid moderator at a gathering that will also include his interview of former President Bill Clinton for on-air use. Read more

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C-Span teaming with the networks to cover presidential campaign

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C-span’s red bus

C-SPAN is teaming with the major news networks to share personnel and other costs while covering even more events in real time along the campaign trail.

Ted Johnson, a political reporter for Variety, walked up the steps of the iconic bright red C-SPAN school bus parked on the floor of the national cable TV convention. He just wanted to say hi.

And why not? After all, if you’re a political journalist, the same just-the-facts network that’s long inspired “Saturday Night Live” skits is very much a key part of your reporting arsenal.

Now, financial necessity appears to be the mother of C-SPAN-bred invention, all probably to the enhanced benefit of reporters and politics junkies gearing up for the 2016 presidential campaign.

And it may be particularly true for the large number of reporters whose outlets can’t afford to have them on the road for appreciable, if even any, time due to budget cuts. Read more

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Without fact checking, ISIS’ messages go unchallenged

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, speaks to a senate panel about social media and terrorism. (screengrab from C-Span.org)

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, speaks to a senate panel about social media and terrorism. (screengrab from C-Span.org)

Media worldwide have at times exaggerated the strength of ISIS terrorists due to a combination of their use of social media and an inability of the press to do effective warzone fact checking, a U.S. Senate panel was told Thursday.

A Senate hearing Thursday on ISIS briefly touched upon press coverage, with one expert noting rampant reports that began last fall of ISIS taking over the Libyan port city of Derna.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that ISIS’ “social media dominance” led to the widespread reports that it had taken over the city, replete with images of its flag over at least one major government building. Read more

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