David Folkenflik http://kunm.org en Resignation Revives Doubts About Bloomberg China Coverage http://kunm.org/post/resignation-revives-doubts-about-bloomberg-china-coverage <em>Bloomberg News</em> finds itself under unwelcome scrutiny once again, as its parent company's chairman suggests that reporting on the corruption of China ruling elites isn't part of its core mission. A key China editor also revealed this week that he had quit <em>Bloomberg</em> in protest of a decision not to publish a subsequent investigation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 42969 at http://kunm.org Joe McGinniss, Headline-Grabbing Author, Dies At 71 http://kunm.org/post/joe-mcginniss-headline-grabbing-author-dies-71 Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Journalist and bestselling author Joe McGinness has died. The author of classic books about politics and true crime was 71 years old. He suffered from complications due to inoperable prostate cancer. As NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik recalls, McGinness courted controversy throughout his career.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: The concept of hypocrisy is woven through Joe McGinness' work, the chasm separating our public and private selves. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:41:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 42331 at http://kunm.org Out Of Portland, A Digital Ripple Hits U.S. News Media http://kunm.org/post/out-portland-digital-ripple-hits-us-news-media Owners of The Oregonian are shedding the identity of a daily print newspaper and emphasizing digital content instead. The shift has been received with both cheers and outrage nationwide. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 41877 at http://kunm.org Piers Morgan Shown The Door, While CNN Weighs Its Next Step http://kunm.org/post/piers-morgan-shown-door-while-cnn-weighs-its-next-step Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>CNN has announced that it's canceling "Piers Morgan Live." The primetime show has suffered from weak ratings and controversy. Piers Morgan is British and a former tabloid editor and reality show judge. He was named three years ago to replace Larry King as CNN's most prominent interviewer. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik joins us from our New York bureau to sort through this. And first, David, why ultimately did Morgan fail? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 41733 at http://kunm.org Consumer Advocates Alarmed By $45 Billion Deal http://kunm.org/post/consumer-advocates-alarmed-45-billion-deal Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Comcast is already the nation's biggest cable TV and Internet service provider. And now, it's trying to get a whole lot bigger. The company struck a deal to buy its top cable rival, Time Warner Cable. The price tag, $45 billion. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 41304 at http://kunm.org News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out http://kunm.org/post/news-or-ad-online-advertisers-hope-youll-click-find-out <em>The New York Times</em> unveiled a major redesign of its digital offerings Wednesday. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:14:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 39863 at http://kunm.org News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW? http://kunm.org/post/omg-buzzfeeds-investing-serious-news-coverage-it-ftw Anyone who has hankered for a list of 10 of the most life-affirming <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/10-of-the-most-life-affirming-dog-rescue-stories-e" target="_blank">dog rescue stories</a> ever can rely on the social media site BuzzFeed.<p>That list of <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/11-classic-horror-films-that-should-have-never-been-remade" target="_blank">11 classic horror films</a> that should never have been remade? Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 38470 at http://kunm.org OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW? Hacking Trial Puts U.K. Press, Politicos, Police On Defense http://kunm.org/post/british-hacking-trial-showcase-cozy-ties-between-media-political-elite Journalists who were once among the most powerful in the United Kingdom go on trial in London on Monday. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:24:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 36822 at http://kunm.org Hacking Trial Puts U.K. Press, Politicos, Police On Defense A Lover Of Horse Races, And Horses: Remembering Jack Germond http://kunm.org/post/lover-horse-races-and-horses-remembering-jack-germond Political reporter Jack Germond smoked and loved martinis and red wine and fine food and betting on horses — he lived life large and didn't suffer phonies.<p>But here's the thing about Germond, who died Wednesday at age 85: He liked politicians. That's something you don't find much among reporters today.<p>"By and large, I find that, first of all, most politicians have something — some public purpose — they want to accomplish," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1068062">he told NPR in 1999</a>. "They are not greedy, as people think they are. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:02:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 33596 at http://kunm.org A Lover Of Horse Races, And Horses: Remembering Jack Germond With An Industry In Turmoil, Why Buy A Newspaper Company? http://kunm.org/post/industry-turmoil-why-buy-newspaper-company Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Co., is the son and grandson of its leaders for the past 80 years. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:26:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 33222 at http://kunm.org With An Industry In Turmoil, Why Buy A Newspaper Company? Local Kentucky TV Station Wants To 'Un-Hype' The News http://kunm.org/post/local-kentucky-tv-station-wants-un-hype-news Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>In local TV news, one of the most basic ways to appeal to viewers is to constantly promise breaking news, but one station in Louisville, Kentucky, is taking a different approach. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik tells us more.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: The spot is for WDRB television in Louisville.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV BROADCAST)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Breaking news is seldom actually breaking and quite often isn't even news. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 32951 at http://kunm.org McCarthy's Vaccination Stance Complicates Job On 'The View' http://kunm.org/post/jenny-mccarthy-controversial-choice-next-view-co-host The newest co-host for Barbara Walters' chatfest <em>The View</em> is a vivacious and outspoken model, actor and activist for children, seemingly a perfect person to have at the table of the successful network talk show.<p>But Jenny McCarthy is also one of the nation's leading skeptics about the safety of vaccines. And in that role, ABC's newest star has stirred consternation.<p>"Her information at least when it comes to vaccines is absolutely baseless," said Dr. Edgar Marcuse, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 32265 at http://kunm.org McCarthy's Vaccination Stance Complicates Job On 'The View' Louisville TV Station Promises Not To Hype Breaking News http://kunm.org/post/louisville-tv-station-promises-not-hype-breaking-news Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In local television news, one of the most basic ways to appeal to viewers is the constant promise of breaking news. As NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik reports, one station in Louisville, Kentucky is taking a different approach and it's beginning to win attention for it.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: The spot is for WDRB television in Louisville.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SPOT)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Breaking news is seldom actually breaking and quite often isn't even news. At WDRB, we never use that term. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 08:51:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 31709 at http://kunm.org Justice Department Told News Corp. About Fox Subpoena In 2010 http://kunm.org/post/justice-department-told-news-corp-about-fox-subpoena-2010 Fox News officials <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/20/185578940/fox-calls-u-s-surveillance-of-its-reporter-downright-chilling">professed indignation and surprise last week</a> over the search of reporter James Rosen's records amid a federal leak investigation<p>But prosecutors told Fox's parent company of a subpoena nearly three years ago.<p>Prosecutors issued a subpoena for Rosen's phone records and got a judge to sign off on a sealed warrant for his emails back in May 2010.<p>The Justice Department informed News Corporation lawyers in August 2010 of the phone records sea Sun, 26 May 2013 16:26:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 29774 at http://kunm.org Fox News Reporter James Rosen Caught Up In Federal Probe http://kunm.org/post/fox-news-reporter-james-rosen-caught-federal-probe Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The White House is defending itself - again - against charges that it's trampling on the First Amendment. The Justice Department obtained a portfolio of information about a Fox News reporter's conversations and visits. Obtaining this information was part of an investigation into a possible leak. A federal prosecutor said the reporter, James Rosen, had conspired in the commission of a crime. Tue, 21 May 2013 09:52:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 29513 at http://kunm.org Media Covers Itself In Privacy Debacles http://kunm.org/post/media-covers-itself-privacy-debacles Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Pair of unrelated stories this week, both involving the news media, served to remind a lot of Americans of how little information that we may assume to be private, really is private. One story involves the U.S. Justice Department's efforts to find out who reporters are talking to; the other, reporters secretly monitoring their sources' activities.<p>We're joined now by NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik, from New York. Sat, 18 May 2013 09:13:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 29402 at http://kunm.org Bloomberg News Apologizes For Tracking Subscribers http://kunm.org/post/bloomberg-news-apologizes-tracking-subscribers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News is apologizing. That's after admitting his reporters tracked how subscribers use the company's famous financial data terminals. The disclosure has caused an uproar in the financial services world. As NPR's David Folkenflik reports, the episode has roots both in Bloomberg's innovations in data management, and its corporate culture.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Founder and now New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was so fixated on data that he liked to know when his employees came and went. Mon, 13 May 2013 21:11:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 29130 at http://kunm.org In Newsrooms, Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style http://kunm.org/post/some-immigration-terms-are-going-out-newsroom-style Journalists make choices all the time that influence our understanding of the news — the choice of what stories to cover, which people to interview, which words to use. And major news organizations have been reconsidering how best to describe a group of people whose very presence in this country breaks immigration law.<p>News organizations as institutions often decide which terms to use in describing contentious subjects, then codify them in what are called stylebooks. They are subject to change just as society's views change. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:03:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 28958 at http://kunm.org In Newsrooms, Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style Great Long-Form Journalism, Just Clicks Away http://kunm.org/post/great-long-form-journalism-just-clicks-away In the age of hundreds of cable channels, millions of 140-character bulletins and an untold number of cat videos, a fear has been growing among journalists and readers that long-form storytelling may be getting lost.<p>People typically sort long-form journalism into two categories — there's investigative or watchdog reporting, and then there's the kind we're talking about today: richly textured nonfiction narratives that delve deeply into the human experience and may have nothing to do with that day's headlines. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:06:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 27690 at http://kunm.org Great Long-Form Journalism, Just Clicks Away NPR To Drop Call-In Show 'Talk Of The Nation' http://kunm.org/post/npr-drop-call-show-talk-nation Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. This morning we have news about our own network, word that TALK OF THE NATION, the daily call-in show broadcast by NPR for the last 21 years, will go off the air this summer. TALK OF THE NATION will be replaced by an expanded version of the news magazine HERE AND NOW. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:50:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 27083 at http://kunm.org NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation' http://kunm.org/post/npr-discontinue-talk-nation NPR announced Friday morning that it will no longer produce the Monday-to-Thursday call-in show <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/talk-of-the-nation/" target="_blank">Talk of the Nation</a>.<p>It will be replaced by <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" target="_blank">Here and Now</a>, a show produced in partnership with member station <a href="http://www.wbur.org/" target="_blank">WBUR</a> in Boston. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:49:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 27075 at http://kunm.org NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation' With Headline Bus Tour, 'New York Post' Takes Manhattan http://kunm.org/post/headline-bus-tour-new-york-post-takes-manhattan One of the joys of living in New York City is laughing at the giant screaming headlines in the <em>New York Post</em>. When the former secretary of state knocked back a beer on one of her trips abroad: "Swillary." When the Lance Armstrong doping scandal broke: "Drug Pedaller." And when CIA director David Petraeus admitted having an affair? "Cloak And Shag Her<em>.</em>"<em> </em><p>The <em>Post'</em>s headlines tell you a lot about the way many New Yorkers view the world, and now visitors can see the city through their eyes. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:47:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 26619 at http://kunm.org With Headline Bus Tour, 'New York Post' Takes Manhattan News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning? http://kunm.org/post/news-corp-education-tablet-love-learning The educational division of the media conglomerate News Corp., called Amplify, unveiled a new digital tablet this week at the SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas, intended to serve millions of schoolchildren and their teachers across the country.<p>Amplify promises the tablet will simplify administrative chores for teachers, enable shy children to participate more readily in discussions, and allow students to complete coursework at their own pace while drawing upon carefully selected online research resources.<p>News Corp. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 07:04:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 26083 at http://kunm.org News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning? Media Circus: Ah, The President's Mean http://kunm.org/post/media-circus-ah-presidents-mean The week's developments include a pope emeritus for the first time in six centuries, federal budget cuts seemingly designed by Sweeney Todd, and the visit by one of the NBA's all-time rebounders (Dennis Rodman) to the son of one of the world's greatest sportsmen (that would be North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, whose late father claimed to have shot five holes-in-one on his very first golf outing).<p>And yet somehow, legendary <em>Washington Post</em> reporter Bob Woodward thrust himself at the center of the news with his claim that he had been menaced by an unnamed White House official. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:56:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 25786 at http://kunm.org Media Circus: Ah, The President's Mean CNBC Adopts Tougher Tactic In Booking Wars http://kunm.org/post/cnbc-adopts-tougher-tactic-booking-wars CNBC is far and away the television ratings leader in the financial cable news business. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:17:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 25411 at http://kunm.org CNBC Adopts Tougher Tactic In Booking Wars New York Times Plans To Sell 'Boston Globe' http://kunm.org/post/new-york-times-plans-sell-boston-globe Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>The Grey Lady is shedding more of its assets. This afternoon, The New York Times Company announced that it intends to sell The Boston Globe and other properties it owns in New England.<p>For more on this, NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik joins me from our bureau in New York. And, David, what can you tell us? Why this sale, and why now?<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Well, think about what a come-down this is. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:12:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 25347 at http://kunm.org Media Circus: The Football Star And The Will To Believe http://kunm.org/post/media-circus-football-star-and-will-believe One of the top collegiate football players in the country, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, was lionized by the media amid stories of his perseverance on the field after both his grandmother and his girlfriend died.<p>Thanks to an <a href="http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax">expose by Deadspin</a>, the girlfriend's very existence is now believed to be a hoax, throwing the Heisman runner-up and his university on the defensive.<p>But the episode casts an equally unflattering light on the practices Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:30:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 23857 at http://kunm.org Media Circus: The Football Star And The Will To Believe Coverage Rapid, And Often Wrong, In Tragedy's Early Hours http://kunm.org/post/coverage-rapid-and-often-wrong-tragedys-early-hours Nearly everyone reported so many things wrong in the first 24 hours after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/167276841/shootings-in-newtown-conn">Sandy Hook shootings</a> that it's hard to single out any one news organization or reporter for criticism.<p>Among the news outlets that wrongly reported major parts of the journalistic building blocks of "who, what, where, when, why and how," were CBS, The Associated Press, <em>The New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/12/14/167248541/developing-shooting-at-elementary-school-in-newtown-conn#0435">and NPR </a>— a v Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:26:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 22652 at http://kunm.org Coverage Rapid, And Often Wrong, In Tragedy's Early Hours Media Circus: Fox Struggles With Obama's Win http://kunm.org/post/media-circus-fox-struggles-obamas-win Imagine a ballot Tuesday that confronted you not with a choice between candidates named OBAMA and ROMNEY, but that looked more like this:<p>How much do you support the REPUBLICAN?<p>Pick only one.<p>Utterly _____<p>More than that ____<p>For much of Election Day, that was what viewers encountered in watching Fox News' coverage. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:10:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 20936 at http://kunm.org Media Circus: Fox Struggles With Obama's Win Sexual Abuse Scandal Rocks U.K.'s BBC Network http://kunm.org/post/sexual-abuse-scandal-rocks-uks-bbc-network Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The BBC, one of the world's most prominent broadcasters, is in an uproar over allegations that one of its most famous TV personalities was a pedophile who preyed upon youths who appeared on his shows. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:18:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 20506 at http://kunm.org