Emily Rooney moderates a lively discussion examining the media and how news organizations cover the week's big stories. Beat the Press is broadcast on Friday nights at 7pm on WGBH 2 and streamed on WGBHnews.org.
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After a 2014 chock full of cable-news calamities and conspiracy theories, some major departures and big promises to change the media landscape as we know it, our panel reflects on it all:
Disruptors: From Chris Hughes to Pierre Omidyar to Marissa Mayer, self-styled media disrupters who thought they could shake up a moribund business model had a difficult year.
Calamity News Now: For years, it was Fox on the right, MSNBC on the left, and CNN squarely in the middle. But this year, a revamped CNN has struggled to find its voice (and viewers) as it capitalized on major disasters, and MSNBC slid into irrelevance. [09:49]
Exit, Stage Left: There were the usual comings and goings in the media this year, but by far the most drama was in the departures, with several marquee names taking an exit. [16:40]
Media Obits: We pay tribute to some of the notable media figures we lost this year. [26:07]
Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber appeared on Greater Boston this week to talk about his recent controversial comments caught on tape. But Rush Limbaugh didn't think Emily Rooney was tough enough on him.
This week, we're taking on ourselves. Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh doesn’t think Emily Rooney was tough enough on Obamacare Architect Jonathon Gruber, who was caught on tape calling the American people stupid.
Katharine Graham, left, publisher of The Washington Post, and Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post, leave U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 1971. The newspaper got the go-ahead to print Pentagon papers on Vietnam.
ISIS Blackout: The media faces a delicate balancing act of taste, telling the truth, and not spreading terror propaganda when reporting on the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Jennifer Lawrence: There’s no question the actress suffered a terrible invasion of her privacy, but is it off-limits for the media to suggest that she might have been more guarded about the images she puts on her phone?
News Verticals: The Boston Globe launches its Catholic website Crux. Why are the Globe and so many other publications launching so-called “news verticals”?
We're celebrating the Fourth of July with a civics lesson rooted in the Fourth Estate and some recent cases in which the First Amendment clashed with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.