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Remember That Time Craig Ferguson Stood Up for Britney Spears?

On Monday, the host of “The Late Late Show” announced he was “consciously uncoupling” from CBS.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye: ‘I’ve Won Television’

“Almost nine years ago, I promised to change the world, and together, I did it,” says Stephen Colbert, still in character as his self-obsessed conservabot doppelganger, while dropping in to rub it in on his onetime mentor Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” on Wednesday night.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV

The fact is that although there may be marginally increasing diversity among the casts of fictional television series, there are not nearly enough black and brown voices presenting or analyzing the news on television or in newsrooms, in broadcast or print, in traditional media or new media.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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Stephen Colbert to Take the ‘Late Show’ Reins from David Letterman

When David Letterman pushes away from his desk on CBS’ “Late Night with David Letterman” in 2015, Stephen Colbert will be ready to pull up a chair.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



A Modern Day ‘Harvest of Shame’

Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers depicted in an iconic 1960 CBS documentary.

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This TV Show Predicted NSA Surveillance Right Down to the Edward Snowden Whistle-Blower

The writers of the CBS drama “Person of Interest” either have remarkable powers of prediction or a top-notch surveillance operation of their own.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


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How the Media’s Experts Became Better Than You

The job of corporate news pundits is to appear to say true and important things without attaching those views to themselves or their employers, writes Thomas Frank in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE


Dan Rather Supports WikiLeaks

Veteran news anchorman Dan Rather gave a tentative endorsement to WikiLeaks on HuffPost Live on Friday, saying the “controversial” data-dumping group provides the country with “a public service.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Why CBS Can’t Be Trusted With the News

What may seem like a small story of interest merely to geeks and journalists shows that corporations do, in fact, tell their editors what they can say.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE


Moyers and Sanders on America’s Media Oligopoly

“In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of media in America. In 1990 the number had dropped to 23. In 1997, 10. And today, six,” Bill Moyers says in conversation with Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency

Many of the country’s biggest media companies—which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations—are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE


Video Memories of Mike Wallace

We should all be so lucky to live to 93, luckier still to have a career like that of Mike Wallace, who died peacefully Saturday night after roughly six decades on television.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



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NFL Charges Broadcasters $20 for Every American

After negotiating various new agreements, Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV will altogether pay close to $6 billion a year to broadcast NFL games to a football-addicted America.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Two Mortgage Meltdown Whistle-Blowers

It’s all too rare that a mainstream news network goes after just the sort of financial heavy hitters that tend to have ties to their own corporate sponsors, but thankfully, that’s what CBS News’ “60 Minutes” did last weekend with the help of two principled mortgage specialists.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Former FBI Interrogator Tells ‘60 Minutes’ About Emergence of Torture Tactics

Little is publicly known about the security investigations that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but a recent “60 Minutes” interview with a former FBI agent shed some light on what had been going on behind the scenes.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE


Down and Out in Silicon Valley

Remember the heady days before the Internet bubble went and burst, as bubbles tend to do? California’s Silicon Valley was one of the epicenters of that economic boom, but as this clip from Sunday’s “60 Minutes” illustrates, things look a little different there these days.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Luge Snuff Video: What Were the Networks Thinking?

Days after the luge accident that killed a Georgian Olympian, we still can’t shake the disturbing images and sound of his body flying off the track at 90 mph and striking a steel pole. That trauma was delivered in full high definition by the three major networks, which all reached the same appalling decision to air the footage. (continued)

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Go Daddy’s Banned Homophobic Super Bowl Ad

Sadly, this ad probably wasn’t banned because it’s lame and not funny, but CBS did Go Daddy a favor keeping this humor fail off the air.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton: George W. Bush’s ‘Fourth Brother’

Who knew that former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were fast friends? Well, they did, and they outed themselves on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” discussing their “very honest, good friendship,” as Clinton put it, and telling host Bob Schieffer about their daunting task of leading a major fundraising effort for Haiti on behalf of President Obama.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Clooney Comes to Haiti’s Aid

This is a time when celebrity can come in handy, and one star in particular, George Clooney, is lending his power to the cause of helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The actor-director is also rallying some of his famous friends to join him for a “mega-telethon” he’s planning, according to The Wrap.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Freeman Replacing Cronkite in CBS News Intro

If anything should make someone the logical choice to introduce the “CBS Evening News With Katie Couric” via voiceover, it’s surely that the person previously played the role of God. No, not George Burns—it’s too late for that (and probably too soon for that joke). Well, then, how about Morgan Freeman?

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Oprah Sets Her Show’s Expiration Date

So long, “Oprah”—in 2011, that is. Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous show went national in 1986, and, on Thursday, the talk show host and international media mogul gave notice when she’ll call it a wrap: Sept. 9, 2011, just a day over 25 years since her daytime reign began.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


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CBS: 2, Rather: 0

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather has come up short—$70 million short, in fact—in his bid to sue his ex-employers at the network for relieving him of his desk duty following a 2004 report he delivered about then-President George W. Bush’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War era.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


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The End of Network TV as We Know It

The American television industry is in crisis, according to Advertising Age critic Bob Garfield, who figures prominently in The Wrap’s two-part look into the future of the industry. In fact, says Garfield, we’re seeing early signs of “the total collapse of the network television model.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


When Trust and Media Were One

The greatest sorrow in marking Walter Cronkite’s death is the necessity of acknowledging that we have replaced his work ethic and wisdom with puffery and ideological pontification.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Walter Cronkite, TV’s First Anchor, Dies at 92

One of the news industry’s longest-living legends, Walter Cronkite, died of cerebrovascular disease Friday at the age of 92. Over the course of his storied career as the anchor of CBS News, Cronkite covered some of the biggest events of the 20th century. He himself coined his famous and often-quoted sign-off line: “And that’s the way it is. ... ”

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


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High Court Still Sizing Up Ms. Jackson’s Assets

It was the “wardrobe malfunction” seen around the world, and for most it’s really old news by now, but Janet Jackson’s famous mammary flash from the 2004 Super Bowl has once again come to the attention of the top U.S. court.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Bernanke: Recession Will ‘Probably’ End This Year

In a rare interview with Ben Bernanke broadcast Sunday on “60 Minutes,” the Federal Reserve chairman allowed himself to sound slightly more optimistic, although ever so cautiously so, about the possibility that the American economy will pull out of recession soon—perhaps, he said, by the end of this year.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Rahm Emanuel: Limbaugh Is the Voice of the GOP

What does the future hold for the Grand Old Party? For his part, President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gave some credit, however credible, to Rush Limbaugh as an intellectual force to be reckoned with on the right. Here’s what Emanuel had to say on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE



Allen Barra on ‘Frost/Nixon’

Frank Langella as Nixon in the new Ron Howard movie does his best, but no one did Nixon like Nixon.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE


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FCC Still Obsessed With Janet Jackson’s Nipple Slip

Now, this is just getting weird: Nearly five years after the shocking (!) “wardrobe malfunction” that shamed exposed nipple owner Janet Jackson and seared the tender eyeballs of select members of the federal government, the FCC is soldiering on in its quest to slap offending network CBS with a $550,000 fine.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE


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More Evidence That Polling Is an Imprecise Enterprise

Polling mania continues! So, Thursday brought word of two newly hatched polls—one by The New York Times/CBS News and the other by Fox News—and their results are strikingly different. What whimsy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama 3, McCain 0

Although the pundits were impressed with John McCain’s debate performance, the polls showed another win for Barack Obama, who once again kept his cool against an angry, negative opponent.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE



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CBS Partners With YouTube

While sister company Viacom is still suing YouTube for $1 billion, CBS is hoping to get some cash out of the Web video mecca a more polite way. The Tiffany Network has had some success online, and currently has one of the more popular YouTube channels, but the eyeball business isn’t as straightforward as it used to be.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Buys His Own TV Special

Flush with cash, Barack Obama has purchased air time on at least two networks for a half-hour special to air a week before the election. No word yet on how much a half-hour of prime-time sweeps air costs, but it’s certainly more than Ross Perot paid back in ‘92.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


Debate Preview: Biden and Palin Answer ‘Vice Presidential Questions’

CBS asked the two VP candidates (roughly) the same questions about Roe v. Wade and the separation of church and state. As you might imagine, their answers differ, both in content and coherence. Palin’s apparent unfamiliarity with the Supreme Court had the rumor mill buzzing for days prior to the release of this interview.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE



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Katie Couric Is Ready for Her Close-Up

It’s been a rough couple of years for the anchor of the last-place network newscast, but Katie Couric managed to silence many of her critics this week with an interview series that not only got a lot of attention, but scored points for her tough but fair style.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Couric Stumps Palin With Question About Reading

Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about a number of controversial topics during the latest installment of her interview—evolution, abortion, homosexuality—but the VP nominee appeared to have the hardest time when pressed to say what newspapers and magazines she has read: “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Says She’s ‘The New Ideas’

CBS continues to ration out the Sarah Palin morsels to a nation eager to know and see more. In this clip, the Alaska governor defends her joke about Joe Biden’s age by saying, “You know, I’m the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he’s got the experience based on many, many years in the Senate. ...”

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Responds to Controversy, Says She’s Ready, Willing and Able

And if that’s not enough for you, you just have to see John McCain compare Sarah Barracuda to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE



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CBS Has More Palin Gold in the Vault

There was so much excitement last week between the bailout showdown and the debate that many people didn’t get a chance to see Sarah Palin’s tailspin interview with Katie Couric. CBS, it turns out, has even more in store. The network will air at least two more embarrassing clips before Thursday’s VP debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Sarah Palin Talks Foreign Policy With Katie Couric

With a performance like this one now on tape and on YouTube, it is understandable (though inexcusable) that the McCain campaign has been so determined to keep Sarah Palin away from the media.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Letterman Catches McCain Two-Timing With Couric

David Letterman was already giving John McCain a hard time for his suspended campaign when he spotted the GOP nominee with fellow CBS personality Katie Couric on the network feed. McCain had canceled his “Late Show” appearance, telling Letterman he had to fly back to Washington, but instead flew into Couric’s studio.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Robin Wiliams ‘Still Feelin’ the Palin Love’

Frenetic comic Robin Williams didn’t wait for David Letterman’s cue to kick off his routine on “The Late Show” Thursday—he was already well into it within five seconds of sitting down, leaving a blinking Letterman trying to keep up as Williams went to town on the RNC crowd, starting with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and on up to Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Georgian President Checks In With Glenn Beck, Katie Couric

First the showdown with Russia, now the U.S. media tour: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili paid a virtual visit to American news shows on Wednesday, telling CBS News anchor Katie Couric that the Russians were violating the newly instated cease-fire agreement with Georgia, then being buttered up by CNN’s Glenn Beck, who reminded his audience that there are streets in Georgia “named after our president.”

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


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