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Morning Report for February 25, 2015

Mother Jones raised legitimate questions about Bill O’Reilly‘s old claims, but “as politics, they threw him a meatball to hit out of the park.” ( | Gabriel Sherman is also tweeting his thoughts on the controversy. | Of course, Fox News is standing by its star. ( | O’Reilly in “full battle mode.” (washington … Read More

Bill O’Reilly Falklands Controversy Prompts Fox News Ratings Surge

Bill O’Reilly’s alleged “Brian Williams problem” has been a ratings bonanza for Fox News and for The O’Reilly Factor. In the aftermath of the Brian Williams suspension, O’Reilly has been accused of embellishing his war reporting by liberal journalist David Corn of Mother Jones. Show More Summary

Why Jan Brewer is sounding like James Risen

My law school mentor used to joke that the First Amendment has protected a bunch of unsavory characters: separatists, chauvinists, white supremacists, communists, jingoists, bigots—and on its darkest days, he would say, the First Amendment has even protected journalists. Now, we might be able to add one more to the list: Jan Brewer, the former Arizona governor, who has some...

Donald Trump On Oscars: ‘A Great Night For Mexico, As Usual’

Donald Trump was not pleased by this year’s Academy Awards. He went on Fox News to express his disgust at what he called “a great night for Mexico.” Trump’s criticism is in stark contrast to the many critics who called this year’s Oscars...Show More Summary

Jason Jones Leaving ‘Daily Show,’ Is Fake News In Peril?

Jason Jones announced that he will be leaving the Daily Show, and he might take his wife, Samantha Bee, with him. The future departure is the latest blow to the world of fake news, which has already lost Stephen Colbert and will soon lose Jon Stewart. Show More Summary

Did Bill O’Reilly Lie About A Florida Suicide? New Allegations Emerge

A media watchdog group has raised new allegations against Bill O’Reilly, claiming the Fox News host repeatedly lied about his presence at the suicide of an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1977. Media Matters has called into question...Show More Summary

The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar Talks Hip-Hop, Nerd Culture and Hosting The Late Late Show

Specs Who Kunal Nayyar Age 33 Claim to fame Stars as Raj on The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays, 8 p.m. on CBS); guest host of CBS' The Late Late Show from Feb. 25-27 Base Los Angeles Twitter @kunalnayyar What's the first information you consume in the morning? The first thing I do when I wake up is go on Twitter because that's where I get all my news. Show More Summary

Please see your doctor ASAP, angry tweeter

Jesus H. Christ, you useless rube–I have an office with a receptionist and everything. Pick up a goddamned telephone, genius. @loujacobson — Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) February 25, 2015

Why Keith Olbermann Picked Such a Dumb Fight on Twitter and Ended Up Suspended

ESPN commentator and world-champion friendmaker Keith Olbermann this week launched a twitter war with college students who'd raised $13 million to fight pediatric cancer. The incident left Olbermann with a (paid) suspension through the...Show More Summary

Kansas City Star Magazine folds

On the day the New York Times debuted its 220-page revamped magazine – its largest issue ever – the McClatchy-owned Kansas City Star published its last Sunday Magazine. Staff writer Cindy Hoedel says it was “a proud publication that was ahead of its time when it launched in January 1970 and that outlasted most of … Read More

Medium, known for going long, wants to go shorter

Medium announced some new updates to its publishing platform today. They include a tagging system (which means more structured data), a redesign of post presentation called The Stream, and an inline editor that’s supposed to make it easier to start writing. This last feature has received the most attention so far, with the general consensus...

Why Bill O'Reilly can play hardball on his war zone story

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continued a boisterous defense this week against charges originally leveled by a Mother Jones report that accused him of exaggerating his experience in war zones. On The O’Reilly Factor on Monday night, he rehashed 1982 Buenos Aires protests in a 9-minute piece complete with archival footage from CBS News. “As you may know, some...

How limited access to state officials hurts reporting in Missouri

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- To hear Phill Brooks tell it, statehouse reporters in Missouri used to have serious access. Brooks, a correspondent for KMOX radio in St. Louis and a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, has covered politics in the state for four decades. At the beginning of his career, he says, he would go see Jerry Bryan,...

Let them eat chocolate while trying to save their jobs!

The person who sent this memo writes: “Thursday, 2/26 is the day new job applications are due at the Louisville Courier-Journal, or employees can not apply and be eligible for a buyout equivalent to one week’s pay for every year worked. To ease this fear-based culture, Gannett is pouring some chocolate on it.” From: Morgan, … Read More

Pee-wee Herman's 30-Year Journey From Obscurity, Through Infamy and Onto Netflix

Netflix let it be known today that the long-awaited third Pee-wee Herman film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, would finally make it to the... well, not the big screen, but a screen. Specifically any screen hooked up to a Netflix subscription. Show More Summary

Letter: TV news report on tree-trimming fatality ‘was shocking in its pure exploitation’

Letter to Romenesko From ABEL HARDING, Jacksonville, FL: A kid died after falling out of a tree. Yesterday, the tree surgeon company owner was sentenced to 15 years in prison. And a Jacksonville television reporter, Scott Johnson of WJXT-4, interviewed the family. His live standup was him dressed as a lumberjack on a ladder with … Read More

So many problems with journalism in 2015!

… The real problem with journalism in 2015 (

SNL's Vanessa Bayer Gives Sound Advice for Hyundai

Vanessa Bayer, the Saturday Night Live actress famously known for her impressions of Miley Cyrus, is teaming up with Hyundai to impart some unnecessary advice to musicians. In her Web series Sound Advice, Bayer plays aloof media coach Janessa Slater, who consults with celebrity clients like Drake, HAIM and TV on the Radio. Show More Summary

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