David Folkenflik http://kcur.org en Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant http://kcur.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 59033 at http://kcur.org Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected http://kcur.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 59007 at http://kcur.org 1 Editor Cleared, 1 Found Guilty In U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial http://kcur.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 57824 at http://kcur.org To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media http://kcur.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 21:10:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 57178 at http://kcur.org 'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful' http://kcur.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 56901 at http://kcur.org 'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful' Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case http://kcur.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 56893 at http://kcur.org NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions http://kcur.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 56033 at http://kcur.org NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn http://kcur.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 55501 at http://kcur.org Joe McGinniss, Headline-Grabbing Author, Dies At 71 http://kcur.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 52484 at http://kcur.org Out Of Portland, A Digital Ripple Hits U.S. News Media http://kcur.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 51935 at http://kcur.org Piers Morgan Shown The Door, While CNN Weighs Its Next Step http://kcur.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 21:19:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 51756 at http://kcur.org Consumer Advocates Alarmed By $45 Billion Deal http://kcur.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 51250 at http://kcur.org News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out http://kcur.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 49489 at http://kcur.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://kcur.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 47782 at http://kcur.org OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW? Hacking Trial Puts U.K. Press, Politicos, Police On Defense http://kcur.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 12:00:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 45857 at http://kcur.org Hacking Trial Puts U.K. Press, Politicos, Police On Defense A Lover Of Horse Races, And Horses: Remembering Jack Germond http://kcur.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 22:43:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 41985 at http://kcur.org A Lover Of Horse Races, And Horses: Remembering Jack Germond With An Industry In Turmoil, Why Buy A Newspaper Company? http://kcur.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 41531 at http://kcur.org With An Industry In Turmoil, Why Buy A Newspaper Company? Local Kentucky TV Station Wants To 'Un-Hype' The News http://kcur.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 41196 at http://kcur.org McCarthy's Vaccination Stance Complicates Job On 'The View' http://kcur.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 40314 at http://kcur.org McCarthy's Vaccination Stance Complicates Job On 'The View' Louisville TV Station Promises Not To Hype Breaking News http://kcur.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 39618 at http://kcur.org Justice Department Told News Corp. About Fox Subpoena In 2010 http://kcur.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 37403 at http://kcur.org Fox News Reporter James Rosen Caught Up In Federal Probe http://kcur.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 37100 at http://kcur.org Media Covers Itself In Privacy Debacles http://kcur.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 36985 at http://kcur.org Bloomberg News Apologizes For Tracking Subscribers http://kcur.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 36678 at http://kcur.org In Newsrooms, Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style http://kcur.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 36486 at http://kcur.org In Newsrooms, Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style Great Long-Form Journalism, Just Clicks Away http://kcur.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 20:29:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 35019 at http://kcur.org Great Long-Form Journalism, Just Clicks Away NPR To Drop Call-In Show 'Talk Of The Nation' http://kcur.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 34287 at http://kcur.org NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation' http://kcur.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 34286 at http://kcur.org NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation' With Headline Bus Tour, 'New York Post' Takes Manhattan http://kcur.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 20:58:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 33743 at http://kcur.org With Headline Bus Tour, 'New York Post' Takes Manhattan News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning? http://kcur.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 33152 at http://kcur.org News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning?