The Takeaway

The Conspiracy Theories Behind the Malaysian Flight 370 Disappearance

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Science journalist Jeff Wise joined the cadre of "experts" paid to have some ideas about what happened to the flight when he became an "aviation analyst" for CNN.  


On The Media

"Ebola: What It Is"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Inspired by CNN's chyron "Ebola: The ISIS of Biological Agents?" photographer and novelist Teju Cole wrote about what else cable news thinks Ebola might be.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Piers Morgan on Shooting Straight

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Piers Morgan, host of the CNN show Piers Morgan Live, discusses his childhood in England to his career as a tabloid editor to his rise to fame in the United States. Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney offers an inside view of the real-time drama behind covering breaking news stories such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, Hurricane Sandy, and the massacre at Newtown. He talks about his love affair with America and with the news business.

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On The Media

Inside Al Jazeera America

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Al Jazeera media network is about to launch a new American channel, but limited cable carriage and negative perceptions about the Al Jazeera name might make it difficult to attract viewers. OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman goes inside Al Jazeera America to find out how the new channel is trying to break into the US media market.

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CNN Names Jeff Zucker as New Chief

Thursday, November 29, 2012

CNN has named former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker as its new top executive.


It's A Free Blog

Opinion: CNN Should Re-Launch 'Crossfire'

Friday, August 10, 2012

Our country needs CNN to be more than just profitable. We need it to be influential, like MSNBC is among the left, and Fox News is on the right. Crossfire would fill this need.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: CNN Forgot How to Cover Politics

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CNN can win back viewers like me with old-fashioned hard news reporting with great reporters, straight from the world and America’s hot spots.

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On The Media

First and Worst

Friday, July 06, 2012

When CNN incorrectly reported the fate of the individual mandate they fell into a long tradition of being first but not being right. Journalists have always wanted to report something first, but the benefits of doing so aren't clear -- especially for news consumers. Bob reports on the phenomenon and folly of being first.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: "I'll Have What She's Having" Edition

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and June Thomas discuss the Steven Soderbergh film "Magic Mike," the death of writer/director Nora Ephron, and CNN's Anderson Cooper coming out.


The Takeaway

CNN and Fox Drop the Ball on Reporting Health Care Ruling

Friday, June 29, 2012

The top court upheld the health care law Thursday, but initial reports from Fox and CNN outside the Supreme Court said the mandate had been overturned. What went wrong?

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates Debate Security and Foreign Policy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The GOP presidential candidates discussed foreign policy and national security during yet another debate on Tuesday night. The candidates attempted to subtle distinctions between each other in policies on Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Patriot Act, Iran, and Israel. Newt Gingrich, the current front runner, made waves when he suggested the party should not adopt an immigration policy that "destroys families that have been here a quarter-century."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Larry King: 50 Years of Questions

Monday, September 05, 2011


The Brian Lehrer Show

Larry King: 50 Years of Questions

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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WQXR Features

Operas Ripped from the Headlines

Sunday, January 30, 2011

With the opening of John Adams's Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera this week, New York audiences will finally have a chance to hear the work that spawned a flurry of operas based on real-life events -- the so-called “CNN operas."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cable News News

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Gabriel Sherman, contributing editor at New York Magazine, talks about the recent changes at CNN, the state of primetime news programs, and his latest piece on how FOX news influences CNN and MSNBC's political coverage.

If you were designing a cable news show, what would it look like? Post your pitch below!

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The Empire

Carl Paladino Gets Cast as Mr. Establishment

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mr. Establishment?

Carl Paladino during an interview in Central Park with CNN's Soledad O'Brien (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

Or something like that.

From my story:

[Campaign manager Michael] Caputo took a swig of mouthwash from a mini bottle, painfully rinsed then spit it out on a patch of grass.

"I have a big hole in my mouth," he explained. "I crushed a tooth when we were out on the campaign trail and they pulled over and dropped me off an at oral surgeon. They took it out in 22 pieces and then I got on a plane to catch up with Carl."

The campaign, he says, is keeping him too busy to have it fixed properly.

"Because it was such a difficult surgery, they gave me really powerful pills which knock me out. And I can't be knocked out," he said. "So, I just got to work through it. I walk around for a week now, I had blood in my mouth, which just sucks. Carl thinks it's funny."

Then, Mr. Caputo imitated Mr. Paladino: "That's great…My man has got blood in his mouth!"

On Tuesday, Mr. Paladino wasn't so blood-thirsty.

He sat on a wooden green bench in Central Park, basking in his role as the gubernatorial nominee of the New York State Republican Party, something few thought was possible before last week.

"Chairman Cox called me right after the primary and congratulated me," Mr. Paladino said. He recalled Mr. Cox saying, "we're with you one hundred percent. And you got the whole party establishment behind you."

In an August interview with WNYC, Mr. Paladino had said the Republican Party had become " "a shell" of what it used to be.

Was that party apparatus worth anything?

"Sure it is," he said. "Yeah, I won." He went on to say "The political establishment is learning how to move into the 21st century. The Tea Party movement is teaching them," he said. "There might be a changing of the guard in some places, okay, but a majority of them have accepted that."

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A Behind-the-Scenes Recollection

Friday, September 10, 2010

On September 11, 2001, I was home and glued to my TV set, like everybody else. My two main gigs that year were hosting Breakfast With The Arts on A&E and being one of the voice-over guys on CNN. I was not scheduled to shoot for A&E, but I was expected to work for CNN. As the day unfolded it was clear I was not going to get into Manhattan since the bridges were closed. But at that time, I had all the technology I needed to voice for CNN from home. ISDN Lines, still used today, are basically broadcast-quality telephone lines. So late in the afternoon, I was emailed my script and I voiced my pieces. A clip from the night of the attacks is on my web site.

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Imam Fears Moving Cultural Center May Cause Tension

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf calls for truthfulness in the debate around the proposed cultural center and mosque.

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The Empire

Nadler's WTC Boundaries

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose district includes Ground Zero and the site of the proposed Islamic center, offers this succinct description of where people's sensitivities about 9/11 should end:

"Two blocks not hallowed ground," says Nadler.

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Azi Paybarah

Dinkins' Finger

Thursday, August 12, 2010


CNN reruns their footage of David Dinkins giving the middle finger to anti-Rangel hecklers.

Peter Vallone Sr., the former City Council Speaker, was standing next to Dinkins, saw the gesture, and smiled.

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