Category Archives: Journalism

Russian TV teases launch of Tucker Carlson show

BBC News reports: Russian TV news channel Rossiya 24 has aired a trailer for a weekend show featuring former Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson. The state-run broadcaster did not make clear whether it will feature original content or be a translation of his regular English-language videos on X. Carlson abruptly left Fox News in April… Read More »

The ludicrous agony of Rupert Murdoch

Michelle Goldberg writes: It’s nice to know that Fox News, which has so deranged America while making Rupert Murdoch ungodly sums of money, has in the end made Murdoch miserable, at least if the journalist Michael Wolff is to be believed. But the consolation is a small one. Murdoch’s unhappiness and befuddlement is the throughline… Read More »

Why Rupert Murdoch dumped Tucker Carlson

Michael Wolff writes: After Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, Fox News — to the surprise of many, including founder Rupert Murdoch, who loathed Trump — became more successful than it had ever been in its already very profitable history. It had survived not only the loss of its longtime boss Roger Ailes, ousted… Read More »

Journalists have to be truthful, not neutral

Margaret Sullivan writes: Christiane Amanpour has reported all over the world, so she recognizes a democracy on the brink when she sees one. Last week, as she celebrated her 40 years at CNN, she issued a challenge to her fellow journalists in the US by describing how she would cover US politics as a foreign… Read More »

The case that could be Fox’s next Dominion

The New York Times reports: Of all the distortions and paranoia that Tucker Carlson promoted on his since-canceled Fox News program, one looms large: a conspiracy theory that an Arizona man working as a covert government agent incited the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol to sabotage and discredit former President Donald J. Trump… Read More »

U.S. tech mogul bankrolls pro-Russia, pro-China news network

William Bredderman reports: A slick online media machine has recruited a slew of characters from Russian state-affiliated outlets—and joined a sprawling multinational network of pro-Moscow, pro-Beijing content creators backed by a U.S. businessman reportedly probed in India for ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Since it started posting to Instagram and Youtube in early 2020, nearly all… Read More »

How the media is covering ChatGPT

Columbia Journalism Review reports: With advancements in AI tools being rolled out at breakneck pace, journalists face the task of reporting developments with the appropriate nuance and context—to audiences who may be encountering this kind of technology for the first time. But sometimes this coverage has been alarmist. The linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky criticized “hyperbolic headlines” in… Read More »

Christiane Amanpour voices dissent over Trump town hall, says she had ‘very robust exchange’ with CNN chief

Oliver Darcy writes: It has been one week since CNN’s town hall with Donald Trump — and the fierce fallout stemming from the event is still reverberating. While accepting the prestigious Columbia Journalism Award and serving as the school’s 2023 commencement speaker, Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday became the first network anchor to publicly voice dissent… Read More »

Live television, for Trump, is both his weapon and his turf

Megan Garber writes: In the 1960s, when television was the revolutionary technology reshaping American life, the historian Daniel Boorstin published The Image, his seminal criticism of the media in the age of the screen. In it, Boorstin coined the term pseudo-event to describe the spectacle that exists merely to be documented: the press conference, the… Read More »