National Newswatch

Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks

Jan 18 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it. The response to President Donald […]

Colbert, Maddow are coveted slots for presidential wanna-bes

Jan 16 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Kirsten Gillibrand is hitting the television daily double this week. The New York senator announced her presidential candidacy on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show," following it up with an MSNBC interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow. Her itinerary reflects the importance of those two media figures to the expected crowd of Democrats seeking President […]

Former Times editor not happy with reporters’ cable punditry

Jan 11 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson takes a dim view of many of the appearances that reporters at her former newspaper and The Washington Post make on cable networks to talk about President Donald Trump. "I really think that all the cable appearances on panels, particularly on CNN and MSNBC, are […]

Facing pressure, networks fact-check Trump speech

Jan 9 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge President Donald Trump following Tuesday's Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all. "Just because you say it's a crisis doesn't necessarily make it one," ABC […]

White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

Nov 8 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried […]

Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives

Nov 7 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — After hours of television commentating, swinging needles on election meters and reams of statistics from obscure counties called up on computer screens, CNN's Jake Tapper had a revelation about Tuesday's midterm elections. "Actually," he said, "this is pretty much what we thought was going to happen." The House of Representatives appeared on […]

Fox News doesn’t condone Hannity appearance with Trump

Nov 6 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Fox News says it does not condone any of its journalists appearing in a campaign event, hours after prime-time host Sean Hannity spoke at President Trump's final rally before the midterm election. Fox called it an "unfortunate distraction" that has been addressed. But the network statement issued Tuesday did not explain how […]

Fox’s Hannity speaks onstage at Trump campaign rally

Nov 6 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Sean Hannity spoke from the stage of President Donald Trump's last midterm election rally on Monday, after Fox News Channel and its most popular personality had insisted all day that he wouldn't. Hannity appeared on the podium in a Missouri arena after being called to the stage by Trump. Another Fox News […]

Fox, NBC and Facebook turn down Trump ad deemed racist

Nov 5 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — NBC, Fox News Channel and Facebook all said Monday they will stop airing President Donald Trump's campaign advertisement that featured an immigrant convicted of killing two police officers. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Asked before leaving for campaign rallies if he thought the advertisement was offensive, Trump said, […]

News outlets hoping for engaging digital election experience

Nov 2 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — One screen is no longer enough for journalists planning their coverage of the midterm elections next week. Television networks and other news organizations recognize that many people will follow the results on TV with a pad or smartphone in hand, or eschew television altogether. They're competing aggressively to provide immersive digital experiences, […]

Election role of morning anchors shows change in television

Nov 1 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — John Dickerson's election survival strategy involves a shower, some fresh air and maybe — if he's lucky — a short nap. The "CBS This Morning" host, along with his three co-hosts, will play a central role in the network's election night coverage on Tuesday. The broadcast will likely creep into the wee […]

Anger toward media spreads into local communities

Oct 29 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — The hostility she's felt from the public recently wasn't necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori Bentley-Law's decision to quit the business after 24 years, but it was one of them. Bentley-Law's recent blog post explaining why she was leaving Los Angeles' KNBC-TV hit home for many colleagues. While President […]

Daughter of Nancy Pelosi goes on a listening tour of America

Oct 26 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — In the climactic moment of HBO's documentary "Outside the Bubble," a man who describes himself as a Trump warrior explains that he gave the nickname "Nancy Pelosi's grandchildren" to masked demonstrators in Berkeley who beat him on the head with sticks. So the filmmaker takes Ben Bergquam on a walk to a […]

ABC tries for a head start over rivals on midterm coverage

Oct 24 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — ABC News says that it is treating midterm election night coverage as if it were a presidential year, promising Wednesday to get a one-hour jump on its broadcast rivals by devoting the entire prime-time schedule on Nov. 6 to reporting results. The network said its "Your Voice, Your Vote" show, anchored by […]

NBC’s Chuck Todd says media must grapple with Trump in 2020

Oct 5 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — NBC's Chuck Todd, who is running a "Meet the Press" film festival this weekend, says news executives are going to have to discuss before the 2020 election the extent to which President Donald Trump will dominate their coverage. Trump has proven, both in his 2016 campaign and presidency, the ability to crowd […]