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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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

NYTimes, Magazine Covers & Jon Stewart's White House Visits

Unvarnished The NYTimes is refuting questions about its expose of nail salons, but is it another example of story over-reach? Is there a troubling pattern emerging at the Times of stories that don’t quite stand up to scrutiny?

Fit to Print – The Hillary Clinton campaign has posted a scathing response to The NYTimes erroneous report that Clinton faces a criminal inquiry into her email use as secretary of state. Clinton’s campaign says the Times refused to run their letter. Should they have?

Cover Story – From New York’s ‘Cosby Sisterhood’ to Vanity Fair’s ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ to TIME’s Baltimore riots cover, why are magazine covers finding new resonance and setting the news agenda?   

Jon Stewart There’s never been any question that the comedian/commentator has a strong point of view, but the presumption has always been that he’s independent. Do revelations of secret White House meetings damage his brand?

Rants and Raves – Northeastern University's Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu), WBZ's Jon Keller (@kelleratlarge),  Nieman Journalism Lab Justin Ellis (@JustinNXT) and WGBH News' Callie Crossley (@CallieCrossley) share their media hits and misses for the week. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Ashley Madison Leak, Planned Parenthood Video & MSNBC

Ashley Madison Hackers are threatening to out millions of customers of the website that promotes extramarital affairs. How should the media handle such disclosures? When are an individual’s sexual indiscretions newsworthy?

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Jade Helm, Major Garrett & Double Fault?

Jade Helm- By any stretch, fears that the Jade Helm exercise is a prelude to a military occupation of Texas are little more than kooky conspiracy theories. Is the press coverage lending legitimacy to those fears?

Major Garrett The CBS reporter is under fire for his question to President Obama. Was it just a pointed question, editorializing, or plain rude? What decorum does the President deserve at press conferences?

Double Fault? – Critics say a New York Times article looking at body image and female tennis players was sexist and racist. Is the criticism legitimate?

#investifarted- How a Globe tweet went viral. 

Rants & Raves- Northeastern University's Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu), Nieman Lab's Joshua Benton (@jbenton), WGBH's Callie Crossley (@CallieCrossley), and WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) share their media hits and misses for the week. 

 

Local News
5:27 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Beat The Press Extra: #Investifart

Emily Rooney and Adam Reilly unpack your favorite new late-Friday, social media sensation, #Investifart.

LOCAL NEWS
10:09 am
Mon July 13, 2015

How Anti-Olympic Activists Are Shaping Boston 2024 Media Coverage

Jonathan Cohn

It was a great get for the Boston Business Journal—a scoop on just how closely Boston 2024 has been working with the administration of Mayor Marty Walsh.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Donald Trump, Boston Olympics & Go Fund Me Campaigns

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Donald Trump When he first entered the race, it was an open question whether the press would treat Donald Trump seriously. But now, there’s little question he has commanded the news agenda, and despite controversial comments, the polls as well.

Boston Olympics The group “No Boston 2024” has helped inform news coverage of Boston 2024 by going after public documents. How does the media benefit from such info without getting entangled with activists?

Go Fund Me – Features of seemingly good folks falling on hard times are staples of local newscasts, but now they are increasingly including links to private Go Fund Me campaigns. Is it good practice?

Rants and Raves Northeastern University's Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu), The Boston Globe's Dante Ramos (@danteramos), WGBH's Callie Crossley (@CallieCrossley), and WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) share their media hits and misses for the week. 

 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

SCOTUS Ruling On Gay Marriage, Media Criticism & POTUS Says N-Word

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SCOTUS Ruling – The U.S. Supreme Court made history today, deciding that no state has the right to ban same-sex marriage. It's the culmination of a remarkable shift over the past decade, in courtrooms, state capitals, public opinion, and the media.

Media Criticism – One of the most poignant moments at the sentencing of Dzokhar Tsarnaev this week came from the sister of slain MIT police officer Sean Collier. She spoke in personal terms about his loss and what it's done to her life. But along with that, she delivered a very pointed criticism of the news media. 

N-word No word is arguably more taboo in America than the n-word. It is so loaded and loathed that any journalist uses it at their peril. So when President Obama recently used the word in a radio interview, editors were in a quandary, whether to quote the president verbatim, or not. 

Bad Look? When the Associated Press covers an event, they send a photographer and then offer up an array of photographs for news organizations to choose from. that's what they did this week when presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared at an Iowa gun shop for a second amendment celebration. 

Rants and Raves – Northeastern University's Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu), WGBH's Callie Crossley(@CallieCrossley), The Boston Globe's Farah Stockman (@fstockman), and WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) share their media hits and misses for the week. 

 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Charleston Shooting, Dolezal's NBC Exclusive, Donald Trump's Candidacy & Brian Williams' NBC Return

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Labeling Massacre – Critics say the South Carolina shooting was an act of terrorism, but the media only uses that label when the perpetrator is a person of color.

Rachel Dolezal – While the media in general wrestles with awkward questions raised by Rachel Dolezal, NBC got the exclusive, and some critics say the network went easy on her.

The Donald Trump is a declared presidential candidate and a notorious blowhard, so how seriously should the media cover him?

Williams/Ailes NBC announces that Brian Williams will return in a reduced capacity. Is it a tenable resolution? Meanwhile, reports suggest Roger Ailes may not lead Fox News much longer.

Rants and Raves – Northeastern University's Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu), WBZ's Jon Keller(@kelleratlarge),  Nieman Journalism Lab Justin Ellis (@JustinNXT) and WGBH News' Callie Crossley(@CallieCrossley) share their media hits and misses for the week. 

 

 

LOCAL NEWS
5:12 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Controversial Jenner Op-Eds, NY Prison Escape & A Debate About Debates

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BEAT THE PRESS
7:00 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

'Call Me Caitlyn,' Roslindale Shooting Video & Advertorials

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  • Roslindale shooting: Boston police say their new mission is transparency, so why not let someone in the media see that shooting video?
  • Advertorials: CBS Boston blurs a line as advertisements bleed into news.
LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Boston 2024, Twitter Throws Troll Off Site And The Fight For Access To Public Records.

·  Boston 2024 debate turns bitter: Globe Business columnist Shirley Leung could hardly have predicted the onslaught of name-calling her open letter to the United States Olympic Committee produced.

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BEAT THE PRESS
7:00 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

News Cameras Causing Unrest In Baltimore? Anti-Death Penalty Agenda & Fitzpatrick's Fall From Grace

  • News cameras causing unrest in Baltimore?One of the arguments against cameras in federal courts is that some people might play to the cameras and this may affect the outcome of a trial. Could this be said for everyday news coverage? Are cameras on the streets exacerbating the unrest in Baltimore?
  • Anti-Death Penalty AgendaDoes the Boston Globe have an anti-death penalty agenda? In journalism, you can either present the facts and let the public decide or take a stand, but sometimes it’s hard to understand which direction a newspaper is coming from. 
  • Fitzpatrick's fall from graceOnce his biggest fan, the media has now turned on former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick. In light of the recent allegations made against him including six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice, the panel discusses Fitzpatrick's fall from grace. 

BEAT THE PRESS
7:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

The Brian Williams Saga, Video Streaming Apps And Capitol Gyrocopter Stunt

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  • The Brian Williams saga: The six month suspension NBC anchorman Brian Williams received for fabricating and exaggerating stories is supposed to be up in August. It’s a crucial time for both NBC and Williams as the annual upfronts are due in May, where America's major broadcasting networks will pitch the following year's shows to advertisers. The questions is, will Williams be a part of it?
  • Video streaming apps: Periscope and Meerkat, two new video streaming apps, are all the rage among journalists. Even mayor Marty Walsh has been using them. But is it safe? Or has that seemingly innocent live video feed you've just posted been embedded with a lawsuit? 
  • Capitol gyrocopter stunt: A U.S. postal worker has highlighted some possibly serious discrepancies in our nations security after he flew through closely protected airspace to land by the U.S. Capitol this week. Now Americans are wondering if the Capitol is as secure as they say. And why did a local newspaper that knew about the stunt not try to stop it? 
BEAT THE PRESS
7:09 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Shooting Video, Bad News, WHDH Reprimanded And Rants & Raves

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Shooting video: It’s been more than 20 years now since the dramatic beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police. The blurry video told a story, but was it the whole story? Now in the age of ubiquitous recording devices, we’re getting a clearer picture, including from South Carolina this week.

Bad news: Columbia Journalism Review gives Rolling Stone a failing grade for its campus rape story, some six months after it started unraveling.

WHDH reprimanded: Reporting on a criminal trial brings its own special challenges. There are sealed documents, esoteric terms, and limited access to the most important players. That can leave reporters jockeying for any advantage, however slight; and this week, that caused trouble for Boston’s Channel 7.

Rants & Raves: Our panel of journalism experts present their media hits and misses of the week.

BEAT THE PRESS
7:00 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Freedom Restoration Act, Second Look At Boston 2024 Coverage, Trevor Noah And Rants & Raves

  • Beat the Press Boston 2024, take two: WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly challenges Emily Rooney's characterization of the local media's criticism of Boston 2024 and chairman John Fish.
  • Freedom Restoration Act: Is it a sword or a shield? Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is being called both. Proponents say it protects religious beliefs, while opponents say it can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Regardless, it’s red meat for the press.
  • Trevor Noah: ­ Is the South African comic a worthy successor to host what is arguably the most relevant news source for younger adults, and how big of a problem are his offensive tweets?
  • Rants & Raves: Our panel of journalism experts present some of the media's hits and misses of the week.

BEAT THE PRESS
5:56 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Don't Blame The Media For Boston 2024's Woes

Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish.

Last week, Beat the Press host Emily Rooney argued that Boston 2024 isn’t getting a fair shake from the press—and that a disturbing amount of abuse is being directed at John Fish, the construction magnate who chairs the group. 

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BEAT THE PRESS
7:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Boston 2024 Coverage Too Negative? Trial By Tweet, Words To Avoid And Rants & Raves

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  • Trial by tweet: the challenges of tweeting the Tsarnaev trial and covering it at the same time.
  • Who's uppity? A growing list of words we aren’t supposed to use.
  • Rants & Raves: WGBH's Emily Rooney and Callie Crossley, Northeastern University's Dan Kennedy, WBZ's Jon Keller and The Boston Globe's Dante Ramos have their media hits and misses of the week.

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BEAT THE PRESS
5:18 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

'The Jinx,' 'Lynching' In Mississippi, Dubious Statistics And Rants & Raves

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  • "The Jinx": The arrest of Robert Durst just before the last installment of HBO's documentary about him raises serious questions about the mixing of journalism, entertainment and criminal justice.
  • "Lynching" in Mississippi: After a black man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi, some media outlets called it a possible lynching. Given the dearth of facts, is it responsible to make such an inflammatory suggestion?
  • Dubious statistics: The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog finds another statistic widely cited by the media that doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Why do dubious statistics get used so widely by journalists?
  • Rants & Raves: Media hits and misses of the week.

BEAT THE PRESS
5:06 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Pressing Hillary, Pamela Smart Case, Journos Play Themselves In 'House Of Cards'

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BEAT THE PRESS
4:07 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Question Of 'Alleged,' Disturbing Details And Rants & Raves

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  • Question of "alleged": Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense attorney said he did it. Should the media?
  • Disturbing details: What to report on the Boston Marathon bombing, and when to pull back?
  • Rants & Raves: Our panel of journalism experts on the media's hits and misses this week.

Have an idea for next week or a rant or rave about this week? Let us know in the comments section.

BEAT THE PRESS
12:30 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

O'Reilly Week 2, Questioning Obama's Faith, Detriot Walker And Rants & Raves

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  • James Foley: The murdered journalist’s parents have said the U.S. government didn't do enough to save him. Now they're claiming that neither did the media.
  • Rants & Raves: Our panel of journalism experts discusses this week's hits and misses in the media.

Have an idea for next week or a rant or rave about this week? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

LOCAL NEWS
10:38 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bill O'Reilly, 'Alleged,' Candidate Profiles And Rants & Raves

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  • Bill O'Reilly: The Fox News star denies making exaggerated claims about reporting from a combat zone during the Falklands conflict. We assess the evidence.
  • "Alleged": Journalists report what they think to be true, so if the evidence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is overwhelming, why is he still the "alleged" bomber? Is the media too deferential to the legal system?
  • Rants & Raves: Our panel highlights some media hits and misses from the week.

Have an idea for next week or a rant or rave about this week? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Feb. 13

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Have an idea for next week or a rant or rave about this week? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

BEAT THE PRESS
12:14 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Brian Williams, ISIS Video, 'Anti-Vaccers' And Rants & Raves

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  • ISIS video: Fox News defends the decision to show the immolation of a Jordanian pilot, a video practically every other mainstream outlet said was too graphic to air.
  • "Anti-Vaccers": Should the media treat parents opposed to vaccines the same as climate-change deniers?

Have a story idea? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

BEAT THE PRESS
2:34 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Blizzard Coverage, Deflategate Redux, Trump 2016? & 'American Sniper' Swipe

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  • Trump 2016: The coiffed-one was at a recent GOP event in Iowa, dropping hints that, once again, he’s toying with a White House run. 

Have a story idea? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

'Deflategate,' 'No-Go' Uh-Oh, Russia's Troll Army & Rants & Raves

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  • No-go uh-oh: Fox News has gotten tripped up by faulty reporting and a lawsuit from the City of Lights.
  • Russia's trolls: Could Vladimir Putin be responsible for the end of online comments?

Have a story idea? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

Beat the Press
6:06 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Boston.com Blunders, Unequal Terror Attack Coverage & Trouble At Al Jazeera America

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  • Another misstep at Boston.com is raising larger questions about the website's role within The Boston Globe.

Have a story idea? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Charlie Hebdo, Boston 2024, 'New York Med' & Rants & Raves

  • Boston 2024: How the media may shape public sentiment about the Olympics.

Have a story idea? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org

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