David Folkenflik http://krwg.org en Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant http://krwg.org/post/time-warner-rebuffs-rupert-murdochs-big-dollar-bid-media-giant Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. There are few media companies bigger than 21st Century Fox and Time Warner. And today came reports of a possible merger that would create a huge new empire. If Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox bought Time Warner, all of these media brands could have the same owner. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 70672 at http://krwg.org Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected http://krwg.org/post/murdoch-says-his-bid-rival-time-warner-was-rejected Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox confirmed that it made an offer to buy the owner of HBO, Warner Bros., TBS and CNN but got shot down. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:32:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 70635 at http://krwg.org For UK Phone-Hacking Case, An End In Acquittal And Conviction http://krwg.org/post/uk-phone-hacking-case-end-acquittal-and-conviction Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We're going to turn now to the verdicts handed down today in a phone hacking case that's touched the heights of British media and politics. Rebekah Brooks, former editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, was cleared of conspiring to hack phones and other criminal charges. But jurors issued a guilty verdict for Andy Coulson, another former editor of the now defunct tabloid. Coulson was later the chief spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 69057 at http://krwg.org 1 Editor Cleared, 1 Found Guilty In U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial http://krwg.org/post/1-editor-cleared-1-found-guilty-uk-phone-hacking-trial Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A British jury has reached verdicts in a trial stemming from a scandal involving hacking by tabloids. Several former editors and executives of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers face charges. Former News of the World editor, Andrew Coulson, was found guilty. Other editors were not. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has been covering this story. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:10:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 69014 at http://krwg.org To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media http://krwg.org/post/defeat-goliath-david-brat-got-help-conservative-media Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In trying to reconstruct how Congressman Cantor was defeated, another partial explanation surfaced in the media. Perhaps, it was the media. Here's NPR's media correspondent, David Folkenflik.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: David Brat had a pretty clear idea of at least one of the keys to his victory. He identified it this morning on "The Laura Ingraham Show."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF RADIO SHOW, "THE LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW")<p>LAURA INGRAHAM: Hey Dave, how are you?<p>DAVID BRAT: Hey Laura. Hey I'm doing great. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:04:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 68129 at http://krwg.org 'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful' http://krwg.org/post/new-york-times-editor-losing-snowden-scoop-really-painful When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the fateful decision to share sensitive documents with reporters revealing <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/190293264/edward-snowden">secret and mass gathering</a> of the metadata associated with the phone calls made by tens of millions of Americans, he had to figure out which news outfit to trust.<p>But Snowden already knew the one place he didn't trust: <em>The New York Times</em>. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:35:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 67709 at http://krwg.org 'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful' Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case http://krwg.org/post/judge-sums-phone-hacking-details-jury-prepares-decide-case Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. In a courtroom in London this week, a judge has been summarizing the case against seven defendants in the British tabloid hacking trial. Jurors are about to weigh a litany of charges stemming from the bribery and phone hacking scandal. And this is the one that led Rupert Murdoch to shut down his best-selling Sunday tabloid, the News of the World. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has covered the story extensively and joins us now. And David, first, give us some context. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 67694 at http://krwg.org An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World http://krwg.org/post/old-fashioned-newspaper-man-takes-helm-digital-world <em>The New York Times</em>' new executive editor, Dean Baquet, took over just two weeks ago, yet he appears perfectly comfortable in his perch atop the worlds of journalism and New York. He smokes fine cigars to relax, wears elegant loafers and excuses his decision to keep his suit coat on during our conversation by saying that's just who he is.<p>But Baquet's identity is wrapped up in a city and a different reality more than 1,000 miles away.<p>"I did not grow up with a whole lot of money in New Orleans," Baquet told me. Sat, 31 May 2014 00:02:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 67307 at http://krwg.org An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World 'Period Of Turmoil' Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At 'Times' http://krwg.org/post/period-turmoil-preceded-abramson-firing-says-top-editor-times Dean Baquet sat in his new office in Midtown Manhattan, the very picture of composure and precision, as he described the top-level dysfunction that led to the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of <em>The New York Times</em> and his promotion to replace her as the top news executive there.<p>The firing, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/14/312516951/new-york-times-replaces-jill-abramson-as-executive-editor">made public on May 14</a>, involved three major actors: Abramson, Baquet (pronounced baah-kay) and the paper's corporate chairman and publisher, Arthur Sulzberge Fri, 30 May 2014 04:01:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 67229 at http://krwg.org 'Period Of Turmoil' Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At 'Times' In Layoff Announcement, NPR Says It Will End 'Tell Me More' http://krwg.org/post/layoff-announcement-npr-says-it-will-end-tell-me-more National Public Radio has eliminated 28 positions and plans to end the program "Tell Me More." The moves come as the network continues its attempt to eliminate budget deficits. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 66533 at http://krwg.org NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions http://krwg.org/post/npr-end-tell-me-more-eliminate-28-positions NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/5201175/michel-martin" target="_blank">Tell Me More</a> on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.<p>"These times require that we organize ourselves in different ways and that we're smarter about how we address the different platforms that we reach our audiences on," NPR Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson said. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:44:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 66510 at http://krwg.org NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions NPR Picks Jarl Mohn As Its Next CEO http://krwg.org/post/npr-picks-jarl-mohn-its-next-ceo Jarl Mohn replaces Gary Knell, who left last year to run the National Geographic Society. Mohn is slated to start work at NPR on July 1. Tue, 13 May 2014 11:50:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 66008 at http://krwg.org Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn http://krwg.org/post/meet-nprs-new-chief-executive-jarl-mohn NPR announced the selection of a new CEO. His name is Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio disc jockey and former media executive, who's been a venture capitalist and corporate board member in recent years. The appointment of Mohn follows last year's departure of Gary Knell, who left NPR to run the National Geographic Society. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:11:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 65796 at http://krwg.org What About Donald Sterling's Right To Privacy? http://krwg.org/post/racist-remarks-behind-closed-doors-was-sterlings-privacy-violated You can't forget what you've heard with your own ears.<p>Thanks to the widespread broadcast of his beliefs on race, the disgrace of Los Angeles Clippers owner <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/307346669/donald-sterling">Donald Sterling</a> is now cemented, and the NBA is seeking to force him to sell the team.<p>NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged as much at a news conference Tuesday, during which he announced that Sterling was banned from the league for life for his remarks on race.<p>Jovian Wei of Fox News asked, "Should someone lose their team for remarks shared in private — is this a s Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 65180 at http://krwg.org What About Donald Sterling's Right To Privacy? So Much For Scoops: Newspapers Turn To Data-Crunching And Context http://krwg.org/post/so-much-scoops-newspapers-turn-data-crunching-and-context Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Verticals, context blogs, explainers, those are the buzzwords of the news business. From some of the nation's oldest papers to the newest digital news startups, there's a rush to create sites that emphasize context rather than good old-fashioned scoops. The focus now is to blend fresh writing, number crunching and striking graphics. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:22:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 64859 at http://krwg.org Tech News Site Re/code Creates Buzz In Silicon Valley http://krwg.org/post/tech-news-site-recode-creates-buzz-silicon-valley Re/code is a new tech site that doesn't charge its readers or expect to make much from ads. Instead, it has a successful conference business. Other media also see potential profits in conferences. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 63511 at http://krwg.org Resignation Revives Doubts About Bloomberg China Coverage http://krwg.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 20:55:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 62688 at http://krwg.org Joe McGinniss, Headline-Grabbing Author, Dies At 71 http://krwg.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 20:12:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 61684 at http://krwg.org After Newsweek 'Outs' Purported Bitcoin Founder, Questions Follow http://krwg.org/post/after-newsweek-outs-purported-bitcoin-founder-questions-follow 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. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:03:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 61460 at http://krwg.org Out Of Portland, A Digital Ripple Hits U.S. News Media http://krwg.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 60917 at http://krwg.org Piers Morgan Shown The Door, While CNN Weighs Its Next Step http://krwg.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 60655 at http://krwg.org Consumer Advocates Alarmed By $45 Billion Deal http://krwg.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 21:22:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 59911 at http://krwg.org Cable Deal: Comcast To Buy Time Warner http://krwg.org/post/comcast-buy-time-warner-according-reports Comcast has confirmed it is buying Time Warner. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:09:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 59853 at http://krwg.org eBay Co-Founder's Media Company Launches Digital Magazine http://krwg.org/post/ebay-co-founders-media-company-launches-digital-magazine Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>In the coming weeks, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik will tell us about media outlets grappling with how to report and present the news, and how to pay for that reporting amid major changes in the industry. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 59679 at http://krwg.org Former Wonkblog Team To Create New Site For Vox Media http://krwg.org/post/former-wonkblog-team-create-new-site-vox-media Ezra Klein and the team behind the Wonkblog at The Washington Post have found a new home. They are joining Vox Media, a digital outfit with sites serving sports fans, foodies and gamers — but little in the way of news about politics. The creation of the new site, tentatively called Project X, demonstrates the pull of digital media for entrepreneurial journalists. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:55:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 58622 at http://krwg.org Biography Argues Roger Ailes Uses Fox To Divide Nation http://krwg.org/post/biography-argues-roger-ailes-uses-fox-divide-nation Roger Ailes is a hero to the political right and a boogeyman to the left for leading the Fox News Channel to become the top-rated force in cable news --- the competition is not even close. Ailes and Fox refused to cooperate with author Gabriel Sherman. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:19:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 58159 at http://krwg.org News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out http://krwg.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 57417 at http://krwg.org News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out Photojournalists Push White House For Better Access To Obama http://krwg.org/post/photojournalists-push-white-house-better-access-obama Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Reporters today gave White House press secretary Jay Carney a tough time over the way the administration controls President Obama's image, in this case literally by limiting the situations in which professional photojournalists get to take pictures of the president. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:44:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 55772 at http://krwg.org OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW? http://krwg.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 55142 at http://krwg.org OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW? CBS Puts Lara Logan On Leave After Review Of Flawed Benghazi Report http://krwg.org/post/cbs-puts-laura-logan-leave-after-review-flawed-benghazi-report Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>An internal review of a report that aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reached damning conclusions. Now, Laura Logan, the CBS correspondent who reported that story, and her producer are taking leaves of absence at management's request.<p>CBS was forced to admit that one of the story's central figures fabricated an eyewitness account. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 54708 at http://krwg.org