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BIGHOLLYWOOD.COM FOUNDER BREITBART DEAD AT 43

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Andrew Breitbart, the founder of the conservative Breitbart.com and BigHollywood.com websites (and perhaps most famous for posting the picture of former Congressman Anthony Weiner exposing himself — a photo that led to Weiner’s resignation), has died in Los Angeles at age 43. The two websites posted a statement saying that he had “passed away unexpectedly […]

WEINER CAPTURES 33 PERCENT OF CABLE NEWS’S TIME

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cable news networks devoted 33 percent of their time last week to the sexting scandal involving Congressman Anthony Weiner. According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the broadcast network television newscasts devoted 14 percent of their time to the scandal, slightly above online news websites, which nevertheless amounted to 14 percent of their news […]

JOURNALISM PROFS SCORE TV PAYMENTS FOR INTERVIEWS

June 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Following the acknowledgement by Chris Cuomo, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 that he paid $15,000 for Meagan Broussard’s sexting exchanges with New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, members of the faculty at Florida’s Poynter Institute have warned about the growing practice of checkbook journalism. Al Tompkins, who heads the broadcast faculty at the journalism institute, has warned […]

ABC’S CUOMO DEFENDS CHECKBOOK JOURNALISM

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The ethics of paying sources for stories came under renewed scrutiny over the weekend when 20/20 co-anchor Chris Cuomo confirmed that he had arranged for Meagan Broussard to receive $15,000 ostensibly for photos that were used in his exclusive interview with her about her relationship with Congressman Anthony Weiner. Interviewed by Howard Kurtz on CNN’s […]

PELLEY MAKES LOW-KEY DEBUT ON CBS EVENING NEWS

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Pelley took over the anchor chair on the CBS Evening News Monday and relegated the story that most newspapers headlined and NBC led with — the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal — to No. 3 on his list of top stories, nine minutes into the newscast. “Good for Pelley and CBS News and their sense […]

WEINER SCANDAL: STEWART A LOSER; BREITBART A WINNER

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Anthony Weiner scandal has turned out to be an embarrassment for Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, who has been defending the congressman, and a victory for conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, who has been, er, exposing him. Breitbart, in fact, “hijacked” — the word used by some reporters — Weiner’s news conference by taking the podium […]