There have been no shortage of national news stories this week. But we’ve got some questions about the news behind the news.
- During its current session (which begins this week), the U.S. Supreme Court will review proposed changes to media ownership rules which have been stuck down by lower courts, but could lead to even greater consolidation if SCOTUS lets them stand. What man, the current head of the FCC, has championed the changes?
- Two Trump Administration appointees may have violated federal non-interference rules by beginning an investigation of alleged “conflicts of interest” by Steve Herman, a White House correspondent for what government-funded broadcaster, which was recently taken over by conservative documentarian Michael Pack?
- Some 200 news organizations have signed on to participate in what company’s “News Showcase” product, which is designed to funnel web traffic to those brands?
- For the first time in its history (really, the first time in the 25 or so years it’s been possible), The New York Times reported last week its print revenue is being outstripped by dollars coming in from what source?
- In the show’s season premiere episode, what Saturday Night Live regular portrayed an increasingly exasperated Chris Wallace, as the journalist failed to control the first debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump (played by Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin, respectively)?
- (ARCHIVE) The first newspaper in France — essentially a propaganda publication by the royal family — was established in 1632 by Theophrastus Renaudot, the doctor to which king, who began his reign at age eight and three of whose descendants would rule the nation until the dissolution of the monarchy in 1793?
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- Ajit Pai
- Voice of America
- Beck Bennett
- Louis the 13th (XIII)
STAN JASTRZEBSKI has won more than 40 professional awards in a 15-year journalism career, including five regional Edward R. Murrow awards and three national plaques from the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly PRNDI). His work has appeared on NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand and ABC Radio. And he has appeared on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “Jeopardy.”