Notable journalism and media insights for your weekend review

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Good Friday morning. Today, the Poynter Report offers great viewing and reading for the weekend, along with some media insight doing the rounds. On Monday, I will have a special guest as we look ahead to the midterm elections, which are only 100 days away. Have a good week-end.

  • LIV Golf. Have you heard of this? This is the controversial new golf tour funded by the Saudi government. It continues to attract big names despite where the money is coming from. Ben Strauss of The Washington Post writes, “LIV Golf’s future on American television is uncertain, but it certainly has one.
  • Speaking of which, this week’s LIV tournament is taking place at a Donald Trump golf course in New Jersey – virtually in the shadow of the 9/11 site. Boomer Esiason, the former NFL quarterback, has an extremely popular radio show on WFAN from New York and launched an angry rant about the new LIV Golf tour and Trump.
  • Veteran sports broadcaster Bob Costas blasted the Saudi-backed tour during an appearance on CNN, saying, “So the 9/11 families are very hurt about this, very upset; there will be protests off the pitch but if we learned one thing about Donald Trump what it wouldn’t have taken very long to learn is that he doesn’t care about any principle , including American democracy or anyone. He cares about nothing but his own perceived interests.
  • Meanwhile, the idea of ​​Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News walking away from Trump? Well, on Thursday “Fox & Friends” talked about Trump and LIV Golf and decided to praise Trump’s golf skills, with co-host Brian Kilmeade calling Trump the greatest president golfer of all time.
  • And a few more about LIV Golf. Ringer’s Michael Weinreb with “Complicity and Deviation at the LIV Golf Traveling Circus”. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump with “Trump takes money and revenge for 9/11 politics”. And Bill Pennington of The New York Times with “Why do LIV golfers struggle to explain why they left the PGA Tour?”

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  • Speaking of rants, former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart launched an epic and crude tirade against Republican senators who blocked a bill to provide health care to veterans exposed to toxic burns during their service. Here is the R-rated clip It’s really worth the detour. He was still angry later when he was interviewed on CNN by Jake Tapper.
  • I can only recommend this story. The Washington Post’s Elahe Izadi shines a light on the effectiveness of local reporters with “How Local Reporters Proved Abortion of 10-Year-Old Wasn’t a Hoax.”
  • This was actually published in February, but I missed it and was glad the New York Times featured it again on its front page this week. It’s a great example of what makes The New York Times so good. Yes, they have a lot of resources and time to think up compelling stories, but they make the most of those resources and that time. Discover Elizabeth A. Harris, with photographs and videos by Thomas Prior, in “How A Book Is Made”.
  • Axios’ Sara Fischer with this scoop: “Meta officially cuts funding to US news publishers.”
  • A big story these days in the United States is negotiating to get WNBA star Brittney Griner released from a Russian prison. But Manuel Roig-Franzia of the Washington Post writes: “This American teacher is also in a Russian prison, worried that no one cares.
  • For Politico Magazine, Alexandra Moe with “The Crisis Facing Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Home Care for America’s Elderly”.
  • The Hollywood Reporter’s Seija Rankin with an interesting profile of actress Sydney Sweeney, who just picked up two Emmy nominations for her roles in ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The White Lotus.’
  • For The Atlantic, Adrienne Matei with “The Dirtbag Is Back”.
  • NBC News’ Caroline Radnofsky with “Norway is obsessed with Freya, the walrus who rose to fame by sinking boats.”
  • Sharon Knolle of The Wrap with “ABC, CNN top 2022 Emmy Nominations for News and Documentaries”.
  • That old clip circled on Thursday. It was six years ago to the day when ESPN’s Max Kellerman said NFL quarterback Tom Brady was “almost done” and his game was “going to fall off a cliff”. Since then, Brady has won three Super Bowls and his Tampa Bay Bucs are among the favorites this season. Brady also had fun with the old clip, with this tweet. And that led to this funny answer by Kellermann.

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