Beat the Press

Fridays at 7 p.m. on WGBH 2

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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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Dec. 12

  • Takeoutgate: The dispute over a Chinese take-out bill went viral, but did Boston.com milk the story too much?
  • Rolling wreck: Rolling Stone has struggled to explain how its campus rape story fell apart so quickly.
  • Sony hack: Leaked emails uncover some questionable moves by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
  • Rants & Raves: See what our panel of journalism experts had to say about this week in media.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
11:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Nov. 21

Bill Cosby.
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  • C0sby accusations: Our panel hashes out why the press barely covered the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, until now, and whether CNN's Don Lemon blamed a victim.
  • Over Uber: The media's love affair with Uber appears to be over.
  • You may have heard about the Australian anchor who went to great lengths to prove a point. He wore the same suit everyday for a whole year, and no one noticed. We discuss the double standards that exist in the news business.  
  • Rants & Raves: See what our panel of journalism experts loved and hated in the media this week.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
11:25 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Nov. 14

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.
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  • 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.
  • Pointergate: A local ABC affiliate got lambasted for turning an innocuous gesture into something menacing.
  • To name or not to name? Our panel hashes out whether the media should identify a person of interest in the case of a missing Swampscott woman.
  • Rants & Raves: What our journalism experts loved and hated in the media this week.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
12:36 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Nov. 7

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 31

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:11 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 24

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.
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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 17

  • Tough criticism for how the media’s reporting on Ebola – but is it fair?

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 10

  • Landing on her feet: The viral video that helped a laid-off CNN reporter get a job at PBS NewsHour.

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BEAT THE PRESS
2:52 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 3

The Boston Herald printed a cartoon with racist overtones and issued a classic "non-apology."
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  • Cartoon kerfuffle: The Herald prints a cartoon construed as racist, but is the artist or the paper in the wrong? 
  • Rants & Raves: What our panel had to say about this week in media.

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BEAT THE PRESS
2:12 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Sept. 26

  • "Sweetheart": How to report on a gaffe when it's directed at the reporter.
  • Rants & Raves: See what our panel has to say about this week in media.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Sept. 19

  • Word pilfering: CNN host Fareed Zakaria is guilty of serial plagiarism.
  • Rants & Raves: Hear what our panel of journalism experts had to say about this week in media.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
4:52 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Sept. 12

Who knew what, when? Bringing the Ray Rice controversy into focus.
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  • Who Knew What, When?: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in hot water this week about the ongoing Ray Rice controversy. Our guest sit down to talk about that and how TMZ scooped the mainstream media.

  • Martha Coakley: Our panel wonders how she will climb out of the pidgin hole the media has her in?

  • The Big Tease: Good news for substantive media, an unlikely ally has emerged in the fight against sensationalized headlines

  • Rants & Raves: This week in media.

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11:03 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Sept. 5

Is Jennifer Lawrence a victim or a cautionary tale?
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  • 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 VerticalsThe Boston Globe launches its Catholic website Crux. Why are the Globe and so many other publications launching so-called “news verticals”?
  • Rants & Raves: This week in media.

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BEAT THE PRESS
10:45 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Beat The Press Market Basket Encore

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Missed our Aug. 8 Market Basket segment on whether the media was taking sides? No worries: we're replaying it tonight. 

Also in the show: whether or not journalists should be doing the ice bucket challenge, how the press was stoking fears over the Ebola outbreak, and our panel's rants and raves of the week.

BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Aug. 15

  • Sunday shake-up: David Gregory is out and Chuck Todd is in as host of "Meet the Press."
  • Beacon Hill brouhaha: Did the Boston press fall for easy stereotypes on a story about sidewalk ramps?

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Aug. 8

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Aug. 1

It's an encore presentation of Beat the Press:

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, July 25

  • Coverage of MH17, and the fine line between stoking public outrage, and grossing people out.
BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, July 18

  • "Reporting Rape":  A story about a campus assault puts the New York Times in the middle of a roiling public debate. 
  • Rants & Raves: What our panel of journalism experts loved and hated in the media this week.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
11:11 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, July 11

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Beat The Press Fourth Of July Special

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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. 

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 27

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 20

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 13

  • Clinton conundrum: Is Hillary Clinton getting free press and a free pass as she considers a presidential run?
  • Controversial column: George Will questioned sex assault stats, and critics have said it should cost him his job.  

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 6

Bowe Bergdahl’s release showed how quickly media narratives can shift and how easy it is for journalists to get key facts wrong.
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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, May 30

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, May 23

  • Digging too deep? NBC News asks that Boston College's Belfast Project be unsealed. 
  • Digital downer: The curtain is pulled back at the Times after an internal report is leaked.
  • Out-of-towner: John Henry sells Worcester's newspaper, not to a local buyer, but to a Florida group.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, May 16

New York Times former executive editor Jill Abramson, who was fired after two and a half years on the job.
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  • Trying times: Turmoil at the New York Times as Executive Editor Jill Abramson is fired.
  • Naming right? The Boston Globe identifies the local FBI agent at the center of a controversial shooting.
  • Rants & Raves: What our panel of journalism experts had to say about this week in media.

Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, May 9

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