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Media: Notes On Fidel Castro’s Legacy To Journalists

Normando Hernandez Gonzalez

“Before we returned to the pink house with the parched yard, I asked him if he dreams of going back to Cuba,” I wrote after my first face-to-face meeting with Cuban journalist Normando Hernandez Gonzalez, upon his arrival in Miami. “He answered in Spanish, but his reply was as American as Tom Joad's monologue at the end of The Grapes Of Wrath. " ‘I haven't left Cuba!’ Hernandez Gonzalez said, his eyes glinting in the Florida sun with tears of passion. ” ‘I'm physically… Read


Trumped: The President-Elect Keeps Media Heads (And Their Stories) Spinning

Mitt Romney,Donald Trump

Ten weeks before Donald Trump takes the oath of office, the President-elect has sent one consistent message, which is that he won’t be bound by consistency post-election any more than he was before November 8. Depending on your preferred news source, this is either a terrifying prospect or overdue comeuppance for the Fourth Estate. Indeed, even within the mainstream media, the outlook for the next four years is deeply confusing as pundits, reporters and editors… Read


Donald Trump Reignites Feud With NY Times Over Sit-Down; Now Back On

Donald Trump,Kris Kobach

Last night it was the “crooked media” that Donald Trump was attacking online, and this morning it’s his old nemesis the “failing” New York Times over a meeting the President-elect was supposed to have with the Grey Lady that he abruptly cancelled via a series of early-morning tweets. This morning, after Trump went off the leash on the NYT, the sit-down is back on — for now. And unlike yesterday’s summit with news executives and on-air talent from CNN, Fox News Channel… Read


Donald Trump Meeting With Media Brass “Excellent,” Says Kellyanne Conway – Update

Mitt Romney,Donald Trump

UPDATE WITH DETAILS OF MEETING: The campaign manager of Donald Trump's winning Presidential run says that the off-the-record meeting today between the President-elect and top brass from ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN and Fox News was "excellent." Calling the now over gathering "unprecedented," Kellyanne Conway also said in the lobby of Trump Tower on Monday that the bigwig talk was "very candid and honest." Noting that, even after a campaign where the media was often… Read

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Ruffled Trump Tells ‘Hamilton’ To “Apologize!”; Hollywood, Pundits & Politicos Respond To Pence Boos

Brandon Victor Dixon addressing Vice President-Elect Mike Pence after Friday night's performance of 'Hamilton.'

Update Everyone from Axl Rose to Newt Gingrich weighed in today on Mike Pence’s evening at the theater. E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt called it bullying, Daveed Diggs and Phillipa Soo, both original cast members of Hamilton, support the production, Zach Braff wants tickets, and Trevor Noah is among those who think it’s all a big diversion. Take a look below for reactions. Previous President-elect Donald J. Trump wasn’t in the room where it happened but he… Read


On ’20/20′, Gretchen Carlson Advises Women To “Document” Harassment But Urges Caution With Secret Recordings


Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who won both a $20 million settlement and a rare public apology after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against boss Roger Ailes, told ABC’s 20/20 tonight the advice she shares with women in similar situations: “Document.” But the ex-Fox & Friends cohost, who won the settlement in part because she had recorded evidence of Ailes’ behavior on her iPhone, stopped short of telling all women to adopt her tactic: “You should check… Read


Donald Trump Names Reince Priebus & Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon To White House Staff, Riles TV Pundits

Steve Bannon

President-elect Donald Trump cut the White House cabinet baby in half today by naming Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff and rival Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. The breaking news was widely reported just after 4:30 PM ET, with MSNBC snatching what might be the quote of the day: Without naming names, the channel quoted a “campaign source” as saying about Priebus’ appointment, “Instead of draining the swamp, we just put in the head alligator.” In… Read


New York Times Asks Subscribers To Stay Loyal After “This Erratic And Unpredictable Election”

Earns New York Times Co

Fearing a backlash from angry subscribers in the wake of the election, mainstream media outlets are imploring their paying customers to keep the faith. The moves, mostly in the form of pundits committing public head-scratching, come in the wake of their acknowledged failure to accurately assess the tenor of voters and an outcome that has sent Donald J. Trump to the White House. This morning, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. and Dean Baquet, the publisher and editor, respectively… Read


Peter Bart: As The Internet Creates Its Own Version Of Fact, Print Does A Fade-Out


With the election finally behind us, several of the nation's most important newspapers took this awkward moment to begin major staff cutbacks this week, and it's the world of culture and pop culture, not merely the ink-stained journalists, that will feel the impact. The decline and fall of newspapers like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal will have a devastating impact on theater, independent film, art and music, as reported earlier this week by Deadline’s Jeremy… Read


Stunned By Trump, The New York Times Finds Time For Some Soul-Searching

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It's been a moment for soul-searching, and to some extent repentance, at the New York Times. In much-discussed remarks to his own media columnist James Rutenberg, executive editor Dean Baquet offered a mea culpa for having missed the Donald Trump surprise, though he spoke less for the paper than for journalists in general. "We've got to do a much better job of being on the road, out in the country, talking to different kinds of people than we talk to — especially if you… Read


New York Times & Wall Street Journal Prepare To Slash Entertainment Coverage And Staff As Print Ads Vanish

Earns New York Times Co

As print advertising revenues continue to fall off the cliff, reviews and features related to film, theater and the rest of the arts are being cut at New York’s two prominent broadsheets, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Deadline reported in August that the Times had stopped reviewing theater, restaurants and art galleries in the Metro region, and bid farewell to the freelance critics and reporters who contributed to that coverage. That was just the… Read


How Will Trump Change Media? Here Are Potential Losers And Winners

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2016 Election World Reaction, New York, USA - 09 Nov 2016

Like many people, media moguls today are trying to figure out how their worlds will change following Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. They have little to work with: Neither candidate spoke much about media business-related issues during the campaign, though Trump famously said that he would try to block AT&T’s $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner. What’s more, Trump’s positions often shifted — or, politically savvy… Read