A long letter written by Michael Moore to friends and supporters has been posted on the Drudge Report (and now on Gawker, whose link will likely last longer). Mr. Moore writes that he’s not endorsing any of the Democratic candidates for president "at this point." But the most interesting tidbit comes a bit Read More
By Zachary Roth 1/02/08 7:31pm
By Zachary Roth 1/02/08 6:17pm
In the wake of OK! magazine’s exclusive on Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy, The New York Times writes about the growth of checkbook journalism–that is, paying sources for the rights to stories.
It’s hard to believe that, with competitive pressures increasing across the industry, the trend won’t soon migrate from celebrity journalism to Read More
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 8:52pm
At one point, Mr. Russert asked his guest: "You say you’re a strict constructionist of the Constitution, and yet you want to Read More
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 8:27pm
This is from over the weekend, but deserves some attention nonetheless, since it’s a spat that’s clearly not over.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Saturday that Fox News, which has excluded him from an upcoming presidential debate, is "scared" of him.
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 6:31pm
While we’re linking to end-of-year lists … here’s Inside Cable News’ awkwardly introduced "list of the hottest and not hottest cable news related stories for 2007."
Almost every prominent cable-news personality, from Campbell Brown to Maria Bartiromo to Shepard Smith, makes it onto the list one way or another — with one Read More
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 5:35pm
At last, the suspense is over. The Huffington Post has revealed its "Media Winners of 2007".
The list includes a few entries you’d expect — Rupert Murdoch, Brian Williams, Stephen Colbert, Oprah — and a few you might not: Jezebel, Portfolio, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Here’s something else we’d like to Read More
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 3:50pm
Did Charlie Gibson just take a veiled shot at Tim Russert?
The ABC News anchor—whose show was the only network evening newscast to gain viewers in 2007—gave The Washington Post a sneak preview of his plan for moderating the Democratic and Republican debates Saturday night from New Hampshire: "I’m going to Read More
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 3:32pm
CNN likes to say that it’s the network people turn to when major world news events occur. And one reason why there may be some truth to that boast was revealed in the wake of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto last week.
CNN was the only American network that had a full-time producer, Mohsin Naqvi, Read More
By Zachary Roth 12/31/07 2:30pm
More bad news for Katie Couric and CBS: Evening News lost 1.1 million viewers over the last 12 months, according to ratings numbers for the third week of December reported by the New York Post.
By contrast, Brian Williams of NBC lost just 164,000 viewers, and ABC’s Charlie Gibson gained 38,000 over the Read More