David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun

David Zurawik

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Baltimore, MD, United States

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Past articles by David:

WBAL anchorman Stan Stovall to retire in 2022 after 50 years in TV news.

After 50 years in television news, WBAL anchorman Stan Stovall says he will retire in 2022. → Read More

WBFF and WBAL offer two very different ways of examining Baltimore’s problems

In decades of writing about media, outside the world of tabloid journalism, I have not seen a title for a public affairs program quite like WBFF's “Baltimore is Dying." → Read More

It’s all about the narratives: Which stories will be told about us, and who will get to tell them?

I want to thank Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Maryland U.S. Rep. Andy Harris for providing me with some clarity. Really. → Read More

Why is C-SPAN giving Trump a platform to undermine our democracy with lies about the election?

Why can’t C-SPAN put a clear warning on the screen about Trump’s proven lies when it carries his speeches? → Read More

Facebook extends Trump ban until 2023, but that is not nearly enough

Facebook's action might sound tough, but is not nearly enough given the perilous moment our democracy now finds itself in thanks in large part to Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. → Read More

Tulsa documentaries bring shameful history of massacre into mainstream media light

"Tulsa Burning" and "Dreamland" are in part about dominant culture and who controls the power to tell the stories of our past or decide which ones should be hidden or never told. → Read More

CDC has done terrible job in its COVID communications, the latest example: unmasking

The awful response by medical and public health professionals leading our response to COVID has been a huge and dangerous problem throughout the pandemic. → Read More

Amazon’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ offers an epic, illuminating journey through slavery and beyond

The images in Amazon’s “The Underground Railroad” will remain in my mind’s eye and, I believe, the collective unconscious of all who see them long after the final credits roll. → Read More

Media need to answer this question: What do we know to be true about COVID safety, especially masks?

Before we start talking about “back to normal,” we should try to understand how profoundly the experience of the pandemic has changed us. → Read More

President Joe Biden strikes right tone in speech, reaching out to both TV viewers and Congress

In terms of media performance, what struck me was how quietly Biden spoke through much of the speech. It was a triumph of tone. → Read More

Tucker Carlson trying to be like Trump with transgressive talk on masks. And, sadly, it works.

If you are taking advice on moral obligations from Carlson and Fox News, I’ve got news for you: You are on a fast train to hell. → Read More

TV and video played historic role in bringing Derek Chauvin to justice for the murder of George Floyd

David Zurawik: The one thing I kept thinking about as I watched the celebrations is the courage of the then-17-year-old girl, Darnella Frazier, who stood on the curb in front of that store with her her cellphone and recorded the video that shook the world. → Read More

If you want to see how Fox News has influenced American political life, look no further than Matt Gaetz

Florida congressman Matt Gaetz is dead to Fox, so he’s dead politically too. → Read More

Column: “It wasn’t right; he was suffering’

I have seen so much American violence, ugliness and death on video as part of this job that I am not easily overcome emotionally anymore by anything I see → Read More

DISH drops MASN in contract dispute, leaving baseball fans out in the cold

The timing by DISH in the week of opening day is intended to maximize leverage in negotiations and pain for regional channels in the form of complaints from customers who suddenly find they cannot watch their hometown teams. → Read More

Murdoch’s Fox News seriously doubling down in its allegiance to Trump

Here’s what does bother me: the way Fox News has been going all out to oppose almost everything President Biden does, while still promoting some of the most dangerous lies from Mr. Trump. → Read More

Biden is right about autocracy and democracy at war as the big story that connects all others

The reason President Joe Biden understands the existential importance of the struggle between democracy and autocracy is that he’s living it every day at the personal level in an ongoing battle with former President Donald Trump. → Read More

Maybe the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit of Fox could be good thing for journalism

Fox saying its election coverage was in the “highest tradition of American journalism” in response to the Dominion lawsuit is just too much. → Read More

Split-screen America: Children at border overtake Biden’s ‘Help Is Here’ tour on cable news

It was not a good day in the media messaging war for President Joe Biden as his 'Help Is Here' photo-op lost out to news coverage of child and teen immigrants at the southern border. → Read More

Empathy, intimacy and promise of better days ahead a winning combination in Biden speech

Standing behind a lectern in the White House is not exactly a setting conducive to intimacy, but President Joe Biden seemed so sincere in calling for unity and asking every citizen to join the fight to beat COVID that leaning into the camera that way Thursday night worked for him. → Read More