Some (Almost) Closing Thoughts

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Some thoughts about an old “great war” and a new not-so-great one.

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The Mailbag: When Interview Subjects Can Be Seen as Stereotypes

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Viewers call attention to how interview choices can be interpreted in different ways.

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The Mailbag: When to Quiet Down and When Not to

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A brawl on the NewsHour? What is the world coming to?

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A Trivial But Disturbing (To Me) Technique

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When older segments reappear, "encore report" and "second look" don’t do it for me.

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‘The Press’ Is Doing Its Job

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An old bumper sticker may still tell us something.

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The Mailbag: Viewers Like You and Guests Like Him

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Another Trump official riles up NewsHour viewers

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The Mailbag: Good Ideas, But…

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Two timely NewsHour segments get some mixed reviews.

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The President, the Press and the Courts

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Trying to keep pace with and assess the rapid-fire attacks on the press.

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The Mailbag: Next Up, Vice President Pence

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Pence gives first TV interview to the NewsHour. Some viewers feel the questions were too soft.

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The Mailbag: The Fire Hose Floods the NewsHour

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It’s important and proper to let the administration make its case. But viewers say interviewers need to be tougher.

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The Mailbag: Covering Conway

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A Conway-Woodruff interview on the NewsHour that engages viewers and reflects dueling roles.

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Covering President Trump

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Will a Trump presidency change the press?

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The Mailbag: Settlements, Settlement Units, Settlers

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When a guest misspeaks, should the NewsHour correct it?

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Not Enough Time for News

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A viewer and the omb agree: The biggest news event of the day got short-changed yesterday on the NewsHour.

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How Do You Say ‘Oy Vey’ in Greek?

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A Greek ‘invention’ that turns tap water into power gets a cold bath from NewsHour viewers.

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