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2008-09-26 06:00:24

By Al Neuharth OXFORD, Miss. -- The first presidential debate may or may not go exactly as planned here tonight at Ole Miss. This red, white and blue decorated campus was abuzz Thursday. Faculty, students and thousands of visitors -- including scores of newsmen and women -- debated whether John McCain's call for cancellation was a patriotic move or a political stunt. But this seems certain about the three debates that are scheduled -- moderators will be these three old, white, male TV...

2008-09-21 15:00:19

The NBC television network, which is owned by General Electric, tacitly acknowledged how far away from journalism some of the news business has grown when it was shamed into removing Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann from anchor seats in news broadcasts. This ended the spectacle of highly partisan entertainers one moment playing the role of neutral reporters the next. The more blatant offender was Mr. Olbermann, who entered the business as a sports reporter, and who has become the...

2008-09-10 21:00:16

By Nancy Brokaw "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion," says beautician Truvy, one of six women characters in the comedy-drama "Steel Magnolias," now playing at Community Players Theatre. On a packed preview night it appeared that the audience felt that way, too. The chuckles were bountiful and more than a few tissues came out before the end of this insightful show. Robert Harling wrote the script in the late 1980s, in part based on the author's experience with the death of his...

2008-09-09 06:00:20

By Brian Stelter MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two left- leaning hosts in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel's coverage of the election. That experiment appears to be over. After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. The...

2008-09-02 09:00:22

By Dusty Saunders You can't accuse 9News, CBS4 News and Denver's 7 of ignoring the drama surrounding Barack Obama's 42-minute acceptance speech. Once it ended, the three bumped network programming at 9 p.m. and went for the local angles with hourlong specials, centering on reactions to the speech and reviewing the day at Invesco Field. 9News' coverage was simulcast on KTVD-Channel 3, its sister station. The CBS-owned station also aired a simulcast with KBDI- Channel 12, which left...

2008-08-26 00:00:24

By JESSICA HESLAM A crush of media that could reach up to 20,000 and will include a host of local broadcast notables is descending on Denver for this week's Obama Dem-fest - the biggest contingent of journalists ever to converge on the Mile High City. By comparison, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City drew 10,000 media members, while Pope John Paul II's visit to Denver more than a decade ago had 3,000. It adds up to mega-coverage, from print to online to TV and radio. The TV...

2008-08-25 15:00:38

The Democratic National Convention will attract about 15,000 members of the media, all working to document the historic event. Here's a guide to watching those who will be watching Denver: Network news Major talent from the three major commercial networks, public television and three cable news outlets will work the DNC. NBC will feature such names as Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell appearing on studio-oriented news programs. They will occasionally join MSNBC's Keith...

2008-08-25 06:00:40

By Bruce Schwartz For the past two weeks, NBC was the only Games in town. But the next two weeks bring a game all the networks can play: politics. The Democrats gather today in Denver; the Republicans, next week in St. Paul. And each news organization will use all the tools and platforms at its disposal -- from Web to mobile reports, to radio and digital TV channels, to live blogs and Twitters -- to reach an audience. But in terms of TV air time, coverage is the same as it has been:...

2008-08-19 06:00:39

By Brian Stelter Television networks in the United States are assigning reporters to a new beat this election year: people who do not watch the evening news. With polls showing a rise in primary-season ballots cast by voters under 30, media outlets are out to convert the newly energized voters into viewers. On cable news, CNN promotes a "League of First Time Voters" and the Fox News Channel is covering what it calls the Y Factor with a full-time correspondent. On broadcast, NBC has...

2008-08-05 00:00:21

By David Inman Question: With the recent death of Tim Russert, I was wondering who the other hosts of "Meet the Press" have been. Answer: In order of appearance, we have Martha Rountree (1947- 53), Ned Brooks (1953-65), Lawrence E. Spivak (1966-75), Bill Monroe (1975-84), Roger Mudd and Marvin Kalb (1984-85), Marvin Kalb (1985- 87), Chris Wallace (1987-88), Garrick Utley (1989-91) and Tim Russert (1991-2008). Tom Brokaw will be moderating the show until after the November presidential...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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