Trump vs. Journalism


There’s no shortage of tension between the Trump administration and American journalism. Even as the battle rages ratings are up and so are newspaper subscriptions. So is Trump good or bad for journalism? Or both?

Political science students at Southern Connecticut State University are studying the first 100 days in a special class led by Professor Art Paulson. The class was created before the election so Paulson didn’t know whether he’d be teaching to Trump or a President Clinton, but he and his students say – as it turned out – there is no shortage of material.

Former WFSB news director Mark Effron is out with an opinion article on the state of student journalism in the Trump era. He has an optimistic view.

And finally, the Trump White House has spawned a new blog that is rapidly growing in popularity.

The Big Three


Variety has what it calls an un-precedented joint interview with the evening anchors of ABC, CBS and NBC.

All three defend the relevance of the network evening news. They say though the audience knows the news of the day by the time they tune in each night – the network newscasts can provide added-value context.

Also in the interview, CBS’s Scott Pelley, who has a home in Darien, Connecticut, says he intends to stay at the anchor desk despite recent reporting suggesting he’s prepared to step down.

While We’re Busy Laughing at Melissa McCarthy


Now That the Grammys Are Over…

…it’s on to the Oscars. Connecticut is blessed with (at least) two great events that celebrate Hollywood’s big night.  And for members of the news media, the telecasts and celebrations take place on Sunday evenings when most are not on duty.
A 4-time Oscar winner is a native daughter of the state so why not watch the show at her theater?

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Join us for the Kate’s annual red-carpet event that honors our 12-time Oscar Nominated, 4-time-winning namesake and makes for a great party and fundraiser. Walk the red carpet. Pose for a photo or two. Hold a real Oscar. Watch the Oscars live on the Kate’s gigantic screen as you indulge in delicious appetizers, treats, and beverages.   Come and celebrate like a star!

Info & tickets here.

Another option is the annual Red Carpet Experience taking place at Spotlight Theatres on Front Street in Hartford:

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Info & tickets here.

Huskies on HBO


In two weeks, the 2016-17 women’s basketball team at UConn will be the subject of a multi-part series on HBO.

The real time documentary will follow the Huskies in the pursuit of a fifth national championship.

Malcolm Johnson, 79


Malcolm Johnson, a long-time reporter and editor with the Hartford Courant is dead at the age of 79.

He spent his entire career as a journalist at the Courant, completing his time there as a film and theater critic. Social media was filled this weekend with remembrances from former colleagues once the news broke.

Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim(D)

Sen. Kevin Witkos(R)
GOP response to Governor Malloy’s budget

Flashback: 1957. Congressmen Bob Giamo and Thomas Meskill


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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Off this week.









Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Senator Bob Duff(D)

Senator Tony Hwang(R)

The Hour with Jim Pellegrino – Check local listings


Lori Pelletier – CT AFL-CIO
Marc Nemeth – President, Jonal Labs
Nick Perna – Economist

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

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