NBC Berlin correspondent Piers Anderton inside the tunnel during the network’s 1962 escape project.
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A media historian uses declassified government documents to show how both sides of the Iron Curtain worked to have the projects canned.
Apple TV Plus has focused on recruiting big names for its shows.
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Although some have dubbed the flurry of new video services coming out as a 'streaming war,' the reality is very different.
Pictured from left to right are ‘Friends’ cast members Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer.
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Since 'Friends' premiered 25 years ago, both the television industry and the sitcom genre have undergone huge transformations.
‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!’ was a funky, lighthearted alternative to the action cartoons that, for years, had dominated Saturday morning lineups.
Demands for regulation of media violence reached a fever pitch after RFK's assassination, and networks scrambled to insert more kid-friendly fare into their lineups. Enter: the Mystery Machine.
Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon smiles for the cameras during a 1968 news conference.
Fifty years ago, an insurance agent named Paul Simpson was convinced of rampant bias on the evening news. So he embarked on a project to record each broadcast and store them at Vanderbilt University.
Louisiana’s populist politician Huey Long, giving an address on CBS Radio in 1934.
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Sinclair network anchors decrying 'fake stories' have been condemned for giving biased support to President Trump. But nostalgic calls to restore civil political discussion on the air ignore history.
Lying means you’re actually concerned about the truth.
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Inflating his own grand persona is Trump's sole goal, and he doesn't care whether or not you believe him.
An elusive Clinton press conference on Sept. 15, 2016.
How is the Trump-Clinton contest being covered by the country's major newspapers and broadcasters? We look at the data.
The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots.
With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
Add a hashtag, join the Olympics conversation.
The mainstream media has knocked Brazil for the Zika virus, doping scandals and safety concerns. But citizen social media users, by revealing an alternate narrative, could even the score for Rio.
Brian Williams will be a breaking news reporter for MSNBC.
In the years after a traumatic news event, we're prone to confuse things we saw on TV with what we witnessed in person.
NBC newscaster John Cameron Swayze was television’s first “anchor man” – though not for presenting the news. The term referred to his status as permanent panelist of the quiz show Who Said That?
In the beginning, newscasters weren’t even visible to TV news viewers. With Walter Cronkite, everything changed.
Credibility, generally, is seen as a dividend of honesty. Tell the truth and, over time, people will come to regard you as a trustworthy person, a reliable source of information. Given this formula, the…
Jon Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show may ultimately be remembered more for how he skewered the mainstream media than for the laughs he generated.
Jon Stewart’s Tuesday night announcement that he’ll be leaving the Daily Show garnered an audible cry of disbelief from his live studio audience. Stewart himself was visibly emotional: “What is this fluid…
La Llorona Durmiente, oil on canvas, 2012
For more than 500 years, she has wandered, weeping and searching without rest. A ghostly woman in white who is said to have murdered her children, she is doomed to roam the earth, searching for their lost…
Stephen Colbert slicing and dicing them on the Colbert Report.
The news that Jimmy Kimmel’s contract as host of ABC’s late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! is being extended for two years completes a period of upheaval in this great American genre. Jimmy Fallon…