Archive: 2017

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 Mailbag: Smiley and Guest Draw Strong Criticism

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A critical view of Israeli history and policy by a guest brings criticism of the guest and Tavis Smiley.

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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: When Interview Subjects Can Be Seen as Stereotypes

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

The Mailbag: When to Quiet Down and When Not to

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

A Trivial But Disturbing (To Me) Technique

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

‘The Press’ Is Doing Its Job

An old bumper sticker may still tell us something.

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