The Boston nightmare brought a rush of information (and misinformation), speculation, and even politicized argument. But there was also decency amid the horror.
In my print column, I take a look at the throwdown over the past week between Tesla Motors and the New York Times over a bad review, and what it might mean for the future of p.r. spats. This time, the squeaky wheel got the grease.
When we frame the sleazebag-apologia interview as mainly a p.r. exercise in showing remorse and winning redemption, the sleazebag has already won.
This was Reality TV news: the kind that, in the name of “getting people to pay attention,” turns over an argument to people glad to inhabit their most outlandish caricatures.
Sullivan may be like Louis CK or Radiohead: an established content creator who is able to monetize a DIY effort after becoming famous in more conventional ways.
There is no good journalistic reason to put a child at a mass-murder scene on live TV, permission of the parents or not.
At tragic and mundane moments now, we reach for our cameras. The New York City subway death makes me wonder what that’s doing to us.
Despite a decade of bad decisions while he ran NBC, Jeff Zucker has real strengths as a TV executive. They just don’t look like the ones CNN needs right now.
Whether it involves kids’ entertainment or entirely adult matters, it can be hard to distinguish between genuine outrages and stories that just titillate us or creep us out.
Election TV is much like the rest of TV today. On a day to day basis, it’s less dominant. But a very few big events—whether a debate or a secretly-taped video—have a bigger reach and effect than ever.
In a bizarre interlude last night, Fox News analyst and GOP rainmaker Karl Rove went to war against math–his own network’s.
It is quite possible that daytime election coverage is the most excited and useless news that TV outlets bring us in a year, and that’s saying something
The other big contest next Tuesday is between the pundits trying to analyze the election with their guts and a new breed of statistics gurus trying to forecast it with data.