David Folkenflik http://wvasfm.org en Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant http://wvasfm.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 51534 at http://wvasfm.org Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected http://wvasfm.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 51513 at http://wvasfm.org CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says http://wvasfm.org/post/cbs-lost-appetite-government-watchdog-stories-attkisson-says Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Attkisson joined CBS News two decades ago and covered medical issues in Congress before becoming an investigative reporter. In recent years Attkisson says, CBS News started to shy away from controversy. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 50965 at http://wvasfm.org For UK Phone-Hacking Case, An End In Acquittal And Conviction http://wvasfm.org/post/uk-phone-hacking-case-end-acquittal-and-conviction Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We're going to turn now to the verdicts handed down today in a phone hacking case that's touched the heights of British media and politics. Rebekah Brooks, former editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, was cleared of conspiring to hack phones and other criminal charges. But jurors issued a guilty verdict for Andy Coulson, another former editor of the now defunct tabloid. Coulson was later the chief spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 50285 at http://wvasfm.org 1 Editor Cleared, 1 Found Guilty In U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial http://wvasfm.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 13:47:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 50263 at http://wvasfm.org To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media http://wvasfm.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 49576 at http://wvasfm.org 'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful' http://wvasfm.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 21:22:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 49279 at http://wvasfm.org 'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful' Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case http://wvasfm.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 20:32:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 49273 at http://wvasfm.org An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World http://wvasfm.org/post/old-fashioned-newspaper-man-takes-helm-digital-world <em>The New York Times</em>' new executive editor, Dean Baquet, took over just two weeks ago, yet he appears perfectly comfortable in his perch atop the worlds of journalism and New York. He smokes fine cigars to relax, wears elegant loafers and excuses his decision to keep his suit coat on during our conversation by saying that's just who he is.<p>But Baquet's identity is wrapped up in a city and a different reality more than 1,000 miles away.<p>"I did not grow up with a whole lot of money in New Orleans," Baquet told me. Fri, 30 May 2014 23:53:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 48979 at http://wvasfm.org An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World 'Period Of Turmoil' Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At 'Times' http://wvasfm.org/post/abramson-not-fired-because-gender-says-times-new-top-editor Dean Baquet sat in his new office in Midtown Manhattan, the very picture of composure and precision, as he described the top-level dysfunction that led to the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of <em>The New York Times</em> and his promotion to replace her as the top news executive there.<p>The firing, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/14/312516951/new-york-times-replaces-jill-abramson-as-executive-editor">made public on May 14</a>, involved three major actors: Abramson, Baquet (pronounced baah-kay) and the paper's corporate chairman and publisher, Arthur Sulzberge Fri, 30 May 2014 03:33:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 48919 at http://wvasfm.org 'Period Of Turmoil' Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At 'Times'