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
12:11 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.
Credit (AP Photo)

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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."
Credit Boston Herald
  • 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.

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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.

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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.
Credit Ted S. Warren / AP via NPR
  • 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?
Credit Arthur Mola / AP via NPR
  • 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

Credit (AP Photo)

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.

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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

Credit (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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.
Credit AP Photo

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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.
Credit AP Photo
  • 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.

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

What's On Beat The Press Friday, May 9

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, May 2

When TMZ posted audio of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling waxing racist, the story blew up. But few in the media asked whether Sterling’s comments were fair game, even though they were made in private and may have been recorded without his consent.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, April 25

Since NBC handed the reigns to David Gregory in 2008, Meet the Press has seen its once stellar ratings fall into a multi-year slide.
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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, April 18

There was controversy around this year's Pulitzer Prize awards.
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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, April 11

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on "The Late Show." One thing Colbert won’t be bringing to CBS is the satirical conservative persona that made him a hit on Comedy Central.
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  • CBS gets Colbert: Will Stephen Colbert ditch his conservative persona when he takes over for Letterman?

  • Double standard? Should MSNBC allow Joe Scarborough to speak at Republican fundraisers?

  • Print prediction: An open assessment of the Boston Globe from its leader.

  • Rants & Raves: Our panel of journalists talk this week in media.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, April 4

NESN color commentator Jerry Remy has been under a cloud ever since his son Jared was charged with murdering his girlfriend last summer.

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, March 28

Two Boston firefighters died on Wednesday fighting a nine-alarm fire that broke out in a Back Bay brownstone.
Credit Boston Fire Department

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