Category: Tobe Berkovitz

NightSide – Professor Tobe Berkovitz On Brian Williams

February 13th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, WBZ-AM 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

It was a big day for news personalities, both real and fake. Brian Williams, the anchor for NBC’s evening news broadcast, was officially given a six month suspension after recent developments have damaged his credibility…

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Heslam: Among young, media’s big loss is Jon Stewart

February 11th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

NBC slapped “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams with a six-month suspension amid claims that he’s making stuff up…

Expert quote:

“In the under-30 set it’s not even a contest. Jon Stewart leaving is the story.You look at the demographics for the “Nightly  News,” and it’s all 55-plus. But you look at the 25- to 44-year-olds, and Jon Stewart is much more influential and has higher ratings.”

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Whither the embattled Brian Williams?

February 10th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Face of NBC News is taking a break over charges he fabricated a story…

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Brian Williams on hiatus as NBC investigates

February 8th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Brian Williams’ decision to temporarily step away from “NBC Nightly News” amid a swirling controversy over false comments he made about his war reporting in Iraq won’t be enough to salvage his free-falling career, say media analysts, who are calling on the high-profile anchor to answer tough questions during his self-imposed hiatus…

Expert quote:

“Having Brian Williams sitting there right now is just too problematic for the network. You can be sure that everyone is burning up YouTube looking at every clip, quote and appearance that Brian Williams has ever made looking for more of these follies and no one can withstand that kind of scrutiny. Unfortunately for him, that’s the microscope that he is currently under.”

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Internal probe puts Brian Williams on hot seat

February 7th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

NBC News has launched an internal investigation into comments that Brian Williams made about his reporting in Iraq — a move a local media analyst says is a sign “things are looking very grim” for the network’s high-profile anchor…

Expert quote:

“Everyone has started kicking over more rocks now and it’s moving beyond just the helicopter incident. Once people start digging and digging like this, it tends to get more problematic.”

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Obama, Clinton tensions build over email lists ahead of 2016

January 24th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

New tensions are emerging in the relationship between allies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton…

Expert quote:

“If it’s a wash, I think he will trot out a little, where he is beloved.”

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TV sports programming to give Tribune a huge boost

January 11th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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The addition of CBS at WTTV-TV Channel 4 gives Tribune Broadcasting a rare one-two punch in the central Indiana market…

Expert quote:

“You just don’t see this much, not in either smaller or much larger markets. It undeniably gives them some leverage with advertisers and viewers.”

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Chris Christie’s Cowboys Fandom Imperils 2016 Bid, Experts Say

January 10th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s fanatic support of the Dallas Cowboys — which has state legislators weighing an ethics probe into how a firm co-owned by the team ended up with a lucrative Port Authority contract — raises even more questions as the governor considers a 2016 presidential run, political observers told Newsmax…

Expert quote:

“The press loves that because there’s always a story — but you’re basically always throwing him raw meat, and that’s what he’s done this time.”

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Rolling Stone slammed over gang-rape apology: ‘A minor mea culpa’

December 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Media observers slammed Rolling Stone’s apology on Friday for publishing a cover story last month on the brutal gang rape of a woman by seven University of Virginia fraternity pledges that turned out not to be true, with Boston University assistant professor Tobe Berkovitz calling it “a minor mea culpa.”

Expert quote:

“They’ve hardly apologized. Almost all the entire press is appalled by this, and Rolling Stone is just floating along, saying: ‘Whoops, sorry. We shall go forth.’ This was just gross negligence that a publication the size of Rolling Stone would publish such a powerful piece that had so many inherent flaws in it,”

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Obama: Just like us or un-presidential?

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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He may be the commander in chief and leader of the free world, but that doesn’t mean President Obama hasn’t had his share of un-presidential moments…

Expert quote:

“He’s lucky that more people don’t accuse him of denigrating the office. Obama fancies himself president but also a pop star and the pop star bit gets him into trouble.”

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