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
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.
Credit Meet the Press

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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.
Credit www.pulitzer.org

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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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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, March 21

The dispute over Crimea has forced news organizations to rethink maps and stylebooks that previously considered the region as Ukrainian.
Credit National Geographic

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

What's On Beat The Press, Friday March 14

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, March 7

Gay marriage supporters on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Credit Carolyn Kaster / AP
  • Choosing sides: Has the media declared "cased closed" when it comes to covering gay rights?

  • Website revamp: The Boston Globe tries to get readers onboard by making big changes online.

  • Front page news: The biggest stories, according to social media.

  • Rants & Raves: What our panel of journalists loved and hated in the media this week.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Feb. 28

When asked whether he might run for president, Gov. Deval Patrick said, ""Maybe one day but not the foreseeable future." Did the press overreact to the same comment five weeks later?
Credit Meredith Nierman / WGBH
  • Much ado about "maybe": Did the press overreact to Gov. Deval Patrick's statement that he might "one day, but not the foreseeable future" run for president?

  • Tabloid duped: Philip Seymour Hoffman's friend sues the National Enquirer for libel.

  • Cliche crackdown: The Washington Post lists which words to avoid.

  • Susan Wornick signs off: The veteran WCVB anchor retires from Channel 5.

  • Rants & Raves: What our panel of journalists loved and hated in the media this week.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

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

NBC was slammed for airing a pre-taped interview of Bode Miller breaking down as a reporter pressed him about his brother's death.
Credit NBC

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BEAT THE PRESS
11:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

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

Archbishop Sean O'Malley recently spoke to John Allen of the Boston Globe, under certain conditions.
Credit AP Photo

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

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

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown
Credit AP Photo
  • Scott Brown: We examine the powerful platform the former United States senator is getting from Fox News. 

  • Woody Allen: Dylan Farrow reignites allegations against the director, as the media takes sides.

  • Sochi: Are American journalists gloating over problems at the Olympics?

  • Rants & Raves: What our panelists loved and hated in the media this week.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

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

Justin Bieber's booking photo. The 19-year-old was arrested for drunk driving last Thursday.
Credit NPR/AP
  • Back in the booth: Can sportscaster Jerry Remy do his job effectively if his son's murder trial leads the local news?

  • Long-form storm: Is longer better or a bore?

  • Bieberfest: Taking the press to task for obsessing over the Justin Bieber legal drama.

  • Rants & Raves: What our panelists loved and hated in the media this week.

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LOCAL NEWS
4:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

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

Chet Curtis and Emily Rooney co-anchored the 2004 Democratic National Convention, in Boston.
Credit WGBH News
  • Chet Curtis: Remembering the iconic news anchor and the era of newscasts he helped define.

  • Richard Sherman: Did the public and the media overblow the Seattle Seahawks cornerback's memorable outburst?

  • Grantland: When is someone's transgender status relevant to a news story?

  • Rants & Raves: What our panelists loved and hated in the media this week.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

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

In "The Loudest Voice in the Room," journalist Gabriel Sherman writes about Fox News through the prism of chairman Roger Ailes's life.
  • Fair speech? Veteran journalists on the hot seat after criticizing a cancer patient's tweets.

  • Gabriel Sherman: A new book pulls the curtain back on Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

  • Safe at home?: Should a sports reporter be criticized for dating a Red Sox player she covers?

  • Rants & Raves: Our panelists on what they loved and hated in the media this week.

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BEAT THE PRESS
5:17 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

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

  • The Boston Globe: Owner John Henry faces the cameras with a new pledge for his newspaper. 

  • Governor Chris Christie: He fires an aide, faces the media, and says he's not a bully. The anatomy of political scandal. 

  • Dennis Rodman: CNN gives the "basketball diplomat" an outsized platform. Aren't his 15 minutes up yet?

  • Rants & Raves: Our panelists on what they hated and loved about the media this week.

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BEAT THE PRESS
5:32 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Beat the Press Year in Review: The New Newspaper Owners

Credit The Boston Globe

'Print is doomed' has been the long-held assumption ever since the Internet started pushing the business model for newspapers and magazines into obsolescence. But a funny thing happened in 2013 -- a bevy of new publishers disregarded that conventional wisdom.

(From the Dec. 20th, 2013 show)

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