Views of the News: Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Apr 15, 2014

Sen. Al Frankin (D-Minn.)
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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the leading voice in Congress, urging colleagues to say no to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner.

If allowed, the merger will combine the nation's number one and number two cable and internet providers -- something that Franken says is bad for consumers and bad for America.

Ashley Parker, New York Times: “Franken’s campaign against Comcast is no joke

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Sen. Franken: “I don’t like this revolving door between regulators and Comcast” on CNN’s Reliable Sources

John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable: "Franken: Comcast/TWC is just too big"

Tony Romm, POLITICO: "Al Franken attacks Comcast merger"

Elise Veibeck, The Hill: "Franken calls merger between Comcast-Time Warner a 'disaster'"

Too close to law enforcement?

After two of KEYT-TV's news photographers found themselves in the middle of a riot at the annual Deltopia Spring Break party, the station aired portions of the video they shot -- and published the rest on its website. 

At the end of the story, the reporter told viewers the station would "be sharing all that video with the sheriff's department and district attorney's office."

Victoria Sanchez, KEYT: “News videographers react to Deltopia riot coverage

Jim Romenesko: "Santa Barbara tv station voluntarily turns its riot video over to law enforcement"

Bill Chappell, NPR: “’Deltopia’ Spring Break party morphs into riot in Santa Barbara

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Boston Marathon bombing anniversary

One year after the Boston Marathon Bombing, the commemorative coverage is centering around themes of triumph.  Still, not everyone is pleased with the tone.

John Ellement & Martin Finucane, Boston Globe: "At tribune, marathon victims, survivors honored"

Denver Nicks, Time: "Boston marks anniversary of marathon bombings"

Dylan Byers POLITICO: “Boston Marathon bombing survivor slams Meet the Press

2014 Pulitzer Prizes

Click here for a full list of this year's honorees.

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Pulitzer Prizes awarded for coverage of NSA documents and Boston bombing

Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters: “Reuters, Guardian US, Washington Post, Boston Globe win Pulitzer Prizes

Dylan Byers, POLITICO: “Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes

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Pulling the plug on comments

Editors at the Chicago Sun-Times have removed all public commenting on the newspaper's website until, they say, it can fix the "morass of negativity, racism and hate speech."

Craig Newman, Chicago Sun-Times: “Sick of Internet comments? Us, too – here’s what we’re going to do about it

Robert Feder, “Sun-Times turnoff: Keep your comments to yourself

Sam Kirkland, Poynter: “Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix ‘morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman

CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of "The Late Show" after Letterman retires in 2015.

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “How the new Colbert show might affect local news

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “Rush Limbaugh freaks out about Stephen Colbert getting ‘Late Show’"

Bill Carter, New York Times: “Colbert will host ‘Late Show,’ playing himself for a change

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Washington’s power couple – in print

ABC reporter Claire Shipman and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney are one of D.C.'s power couples.  They're featured in this month's issue of Washingtonian Mom, including a photo spread that has people talking.

Alicia Shepard, Washingtonian Mom: “Balancing Act

Matt K. Lewis, Daily Caller: “Claire Shipman’s flexibility

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist: “Is President Obama appalled by Claire Shipman, too?