Posted inAppreciations & Remembrances

Steve Pool: 1953–2023

Born Novem­ber 5th, 1953, Pool grew up in West­ern Wash­ing­ton. He went to Tyee High School in SeaT­ac and served his peers as stu­dent body pres­i­dent. He went to col­lege at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton and became a KOMO intern dur­ing those years. After he grad­u­at­ed in 1978 with a major in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, he was hired to work at the sta­tion full time as a reporter, cov­er­ing hard news and sports. 

Posted inBreaking News, Media & Culture

Fox Noise fires Bill O’Reilly; bigmouth’s downfall was activist-led advertiser exodus

Bill O’Reil­ly, host of the high­est rat­ed pro­gram at the Fox Noise Chan­nel, has been forced out of the net­work after exec­u­tives at its par­ent com­pa­ny 21st Cen­tu­ry Fox con­clud­ed that his show could no longer be effec­tive­ly mon­e­tized due to a mass exo­dus of adver­tis­ers cat­alyzed by deter­mined activists. Mul­ti­ple women who for­mer­ly worked […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

Big Bird or Big Oil? Mismanagement is jeopardizing the future of Seattle’s KCTS

Edi­tor’s Note: John de Graaf is a respect­ed doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er and pro­gres­sive activist with decades of pub­lic tele­vi­sion expe­ri­ence. He was the keynote speak­er at NPI’s 2010 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala and is a val­ued sup­port­er of NPI’s work. In this post, he explains what has been hap­pen­ing recent­ly at KCTS Seat­tle, and what we as […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

NBC’s Brian Williams suspended for six months; Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show

Today, some­thing remark­able hap­pened: The host of a fake news show made real news by announc­ing his depar­ture from the pro­gram he has helmed since 1999, while the host of a real news show was sus­pend­ed by his net­work for fak­ing details about his expe­ri­ence as a war zone reporter over ten years ago. Who would […]

Posted inBreaking News, Media & Culture

Current TV fires Keith Olbermann, announces that Eliot Spitzer will join its lineup

Cur­rent TV, the pro­gres­sive cable net­work found­ed by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, announced min­utes ago that it has fired Kei­th Olber­mann, its best-known per­son­al­i­ty and chief news offi­cer. As is often the case when media com­pa­nies decide to part ways with a host, Olber­man­n’s dis­missal is effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly — he won’t be giv­en a […]

Posted inHumor & Satire, Media & Culture

The second roast of Donald Trump

Read­ers who are reg­u­lar view­ers of Com­e­dy Cen­tral may recall that the net­work not long ago aired a roast of Don­ald Trump, the most recent in a series of pro­­fan­i­­ty-laced celebri­ty roasts that the Via­com sub­sidiary has spon­sored. Ear­li­er tonight, Trump was unex­pect­ed­ly roast­ed for a sec­ond time in as many months — except this […]