The Cleveland kidnapping drama was unfolding on the airwaves, hour after hour, a riveting spectacle that was overshadowing every other conceivable story.
In his anguished, rambling and excruciatingly candid therapy session with The New York Times Magazine this week, Anthony Weiner was nominally engaged in damage control to clear the way for a political comeback.
Hillary Clinton is front-page news again. What did she do to warrant this treatment?
The news that NBC plans to dump Jay Leno -- again -- lifts the curtain on a dark corner of the media business.
The slow-motion shrinkage of the news business is driving away part of the public.
The 10th anniversary this month of the invasion of Iraq will remind most people of a divisive and dubious war that toppled Saddam Hussein but claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians.
Keith Olbermann -- formerly of MSNBC, formerly of Current TV, formerly of Fox, formerly of ESPN -- wants back in the game.
When I saw the headlines about Sean Hannity getting into a shouting match with a Democratic congressman this week, I assumed the combative and conservative Fox News host had just gone off on him.
As same-sex marriage has become accepted in a way that would have been unthinkable a decade ago, the media have -- perhaps unwittingly -- played a crucial role.
David Axelrod is a smart guy who knows a heck of a lot about politics and the press.
Remember the State of the Union?
It was strange -- and strangely creepy -- to discover that the former California cop accused of murder has so many opinions about cable pundits and anchors.
Can the media get over their collective obsession with weight?
I never realized that the conservative media were so eye-poppingly powerful.
The mainstream media -- you know who you are -- are rooting for immigration reform.
There was a time, as she emerged from the rubble of the 2008 campaign, when Sarah Palin was the hottest cultural figure in America.
We in the media seem to be dealing with a whole lotta liars:
Jill Kelley was clearly conflicted as she sat down with me in a downtown Washington office to tell her story for the first time.
Oprah Winfrey didn't pussyfoot around.
The advance buildup has all been about Lance Armstrong as he prepares to enter the church of Oprah and seek absolution for his sins. But this much-anticipated television moment is as much a test for Oprah Winfrey as for the disgraced former cycling champion.
When blogger Andrew Sullivan began urging readers to support his online venture, I could hear journalists everywhere slapping their foreheads and saying:
So Al Gore starts a liberal cable network, which turns into a complete and utter flop, then sells it to a Middle East potentate in a deal that will bring him an estimated $70 million.
After a year of national gridlock that ended on the precipice of a cliff, Donald Trump went nuclear.
I went out on a limb the other day and said David Gregory should not be behind bars.
The conventional wisdom is that Newtown has just a few more days to run as a major media story.
A sudden tragedy brings out the best in the media: journalists racing to the scene, ferreting out the details, leading the nation through its grief.
Maya is about to become the most famous CIA operative since Valerie Plame.
It's time to pay up, America.
It was a horrifying front-page photo in every sense of the word.
Okay, so Alec Baldwin isn't the world's most sympathetic character. He throws tantrums, smacks the occasional photographer and was once caught on tape calling his preteen daughter a "thoughtless little pig."
About halfway through The New York Times review of TV chef Guy Fieri's Manhattan restaurant, I realized that the author was wielding a meat cleaver.
There are things that I admire about Rupert Murdoch. He has maintained a lifelong commitment to newspapers, long after it became clear that they were no longer profitable. He has a feistiness at 81, when he could be happily sitting on a yacht somewhere. He now spews his opinions on that newfangled social network called Twitter, and since he's the undisputed kingpin of News Corp., who's going to stop him?
Are the media reveling in the David Petraeus scandal just a bit too much?
David Petraeus had another love affair long before the one that cost him his job running the CIA.
As televised theater, it was hard to beat. As political prognostication, it was a head-scratching moment. As partisan warfare, it was nothing short of audacious.
It's all become a blur of polls, predictions and prognostication.
A confession: I usually have a knee-jerk reaction when television goes into its extreme-weather mode.
Is Twitter forcing journalists to march in mindless lockstep?
The media have been giving us binders full of blather.