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Dateline NBC Delves Into Unsolved Murder of Newspaper Reporter's Brother - Posted November 26, 2013
The Rainey family, which includes former LA Times media critic James (he is now on the paper's political desk), is heading into a second Thanksgiving with the excruciating pain of an unsolved family murder. On May 31, 2012, James' older brother Robert, a chiropractor in west Los Angeles, was found murdered... [Fishbowl NY]

Dateline NBC Delves Into Unsolved Murder of Newspaper Reporter's Brother - Posted November 26, 2013
The Rainey family, which includes former LA Times media critic James (he is now on the paper's political desk), is heading into a second Thanksgiving with the excruciating pain of an unsolved family murder. On May 31, 2012, James' older brother Robert, a chiropractor in west Los Angeles, was found murdered... [FishbowlNY]

Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World - Posted October 26, 2013
In July 2009, after closing a deal to sell her Hollywood news website to Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corp, Nikki Finke told LA Times reporter James Rainey... [Fishbowl NY]

Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World - Posted October 26, 2013
In July 2009, after closing a deal to sell her Hollywood news website to Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corp, Nikki Finke told LA Times reporter James Rainey... [FishbowlNY]

Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World - Posted October 26, 2013
In July 2009, after closing a deal to sell her Hollywood news website to Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corp, Nikki Finke told LA Times reporter James Rainey... [GalleyCat]

Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World - Posted October 26, 2013
In July 2009, after closing a deal to sell her Hollywood news website to Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corp, Nikki Finke told LA Times reporter James Rainey... [AllTwitter]

Press Tackles Uneasy Subject of Candy's Weight - Posted October 16, 2012
Given that CNN Candy Crowley appears on national TV on a regular basis, it's inevitable that she faces any and all kinds of comments about her appearance. But this is the second time that her looks, more specifically, h... [FishbowlDC]

LA Times Media Reporter James Rainey Moving to the Politics Desk - Posted July 30, 2012
LA Times media reporter James Rainey is switching gears to politics, in advance of the heat of the 2012 election. He'll be giving up his media column to contribute to the Times' political blog Politics Now. LA Observed ... [FishbowlLA]

Kony 2012 Group Invisible Children Is Making a Comeback - Posted July 2, 2012
At least according to James Rainey in his most recent column from over th... [FishbowlLA]

LAT Columnist Announces Reward for Information About His Slain Brother - Posted June 21, 2012
Alongside a $20,000 reward recently announced by the family of Gavin Smith, the Fox distribution executive who went missing May 1, there is now a separate, larger amount for information that could help authorities solve the brutal murder on May 31 in west LA of chiropractor Dr. Robert Rainey. At a ... [FishbowlLA]

Colorado Reporter Tussles with Administrator Over LA Times Article Link - Posted June 13, 2012
In the wake of 2100 Trust LLC's acquisition of Freedom Communications Inc., a journalist at one of the transacted publications chose to link on Facebook to an ... [FishbowlLA]

James Rainey Writes Moving Tribute to Murdered Brother - Posted June 4, 2012
Via Facebook, Los Angeles Times media critic James Rainey shares a loving remembrance of his older b... [FishbowlLA]

Random Act of Violence Shatters the World of LAT Media Critic James Rainey - Posted June 1, 2012
News of the brutal murder yesterday morning of chiropractor Robert Rainey at his Palms office on Venice Blvd. was first reported by tireless LA Times LA Now beat writer Andrew Blankstein. With a last sentence that must su... [FishbowlLA]

TIME Milks Cover Photo of Breastfeeding LA Mom - Posted May 10, 2012
Media mission accomplished. As TIME managing editor Rick Stengel explained earlier today to Forbes blogger Jeff Bercovici, "the whole point of a magazine cov... [FishbowlLA]

KCET Episode Lists Phantom Crew Members - Posted May 9, 2012
Ouch. Although KCET board chairman Channing D. Johnson tells LA Times media columni... [FishbowlLA]

LAT Rains on KCET's Parade - Posted April 18, 2012
It's entirely logical for LA Times media critic James Rainey to take a look at the fortunes of KCET on the occasion of the independent TV station's move to shiny new facilities in Burbank. But talk about putting a damper on the new-office euphoria. ... [FishbowlLA]

A Drake Cover Story, Deconstructed - Posted March 26, 2012
With rapper Drake adorning the April 2012 cover of GQ, LA Times media critic James Rainey ... [FishbowlLA]

Journos React to Shocking OC Register Layoff - Posted February 29, 2012
It's certainly not unusual, sadly, to hear about another round of layoffs at a SoCal daily newspaper. But the idea that the Orange County Register would not be able to find a way to keep Latina columnist Yve... [FishbowlLA]

James Rainey, Brian Stelter Get the Bill O'Reilly Treatment - Posted February 14, 2012
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson went on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about his latest ... [FishbowlLA]

Media Exec John Paton Airs His Digital Views in the Analog World - Posted January 17, 2012
Digitally-oriented media mogul John Paton got a nice fat profile in the LA Times over the weekend, courtesy of James Rainey. Paton is the CEO of Digital First Media, the Journal Register Company and Media News--and oversees ... [FishbowlLA]

On Chelsea Clinton and NBC - Posted November 15, 2011
Chelsea Clinton has a new job as a "special correspondent" for NBC Nightly News as well as the network's new TV-magazine, Rock Center With Brian Williams. James Rainey's piece on the Clinton hire notes t... [FishbowlLA]

James Rainey Trading Media Column for Reporting - Posted October 29, 2011
James Rainey wrote his last "On the Media" column for the Los Angeles Times Saturday, as the columnist will focus more ... [FishbowlLA]

The Media and America's Class Divide - Posted September 21, 2011
In his On the Media column today, the LA Times' James Rainey argues that the media needs to start leading a serious, realistic discussion of class in America. Even though economists say the gap between haves and have-nots has been building for three decades, the growing income disparity and its... [FishbowlLA]

Gawker Takes Stock of Media Critics, Proclaims LAT's Rainey 'Not Memorable' - Posted August 25, 2011
In the wake of Wednesday's news that Poynter's Jim Romenesko is semi-retiring and Slate's Jack Shafer has been laid off, Gawker has declared this the twilight of media critics. They've compiled a list of those critics of note still standing, and it's a short one... [FishbowlLA]

Nikki Finke to Patrick Goldstein: 'I'm Still Calling It As I See It' - Posted May 16, 2011
Since LA Times media columnist Patrick Goldstein began sharing his beat with colleague James Rainey, he d... [FishbowlLA]

LA Times Media Critic Wades Into New Orleans Quagmire - Posted April 13, 2011
On the heels of this week's announcement that James Rainey has won the 2010 Bart Richards Award from Pennsylvania State University for... [GalleyCat]

LA Times Vet David Lauter Returning to Washington as Bureau Chief - Posted March 28, 2011
The LA Times career of David Lauter began in Washington, D.C. 24 years ago, via an eight-year stint covering the administrations of ... [FishbowlLA]

Neon Tommy Editor Lands Job at Talking Points Memo - Posted March 23, 2011
James Rainey documents Neon Tommy's continued triumphs... [FishbowlLA]

Fox News PR Calls First, Emails Dirt Later - Posted October 5, 2010
A story published today by Media Matters writer Joe Strupp gets inside the inner-workings of the Fox News PR shop. The piece reports that Fox News PR shop is unusually aggressive with reps instituting... [FishbowlDC]

Diller Likes AOL While National Journal's Latest Hire Talks Decline, Plus Other News of the Day - Posted September 29, 2010
- Well the Wall Street Journal is sure enjoying a recent jump in its advertising revenue, and it wants to make it clear that the New York Times isn't matching it. According to a company memo ... [MediaJobsDaily]

The Young Turks in the LAT - Posted September 8, 2010
James Rainey has discovered The Young Turks and their Internet talk show thingy. We of course follow the plight of Cenk Uygur and crew closely because they're down the street - they film out of a building owned by Mel Brooks on Wilshire - and they're... [FishbowlLA]

ESPN Can't Break Into the LA Market - Posted September 1, 2010
Local is all the rage these days. But can a massive sports media entity force its way into the conversation? It's harder than it looks. Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey takes... [SportsNewser]

'Eric Malnic Was A Newspaperman' - Posted August 2, 2010
James Rainey's touching tribute to recently-deceased reporter Eric Malnic appeared over the weekend in Rainey's On The Media column. Malnic loved the competition of newspapers. That's why he paid off a bunch of cabbies ... [MediaJobsDaily]

James Rainey's Profile of Christine Pelisek - Posted July 14, 2010
LA Weekly's Christine Pelisek is finally getting the credit she deserves for staying on the Grim Sleeper case (and beating the LAT at it). Good for her. The whole article by James Rainey is worth a ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT Writer Anticipates No 'Potomac-Sized Mea Culpa' from Matthews - Posted March 24, 2010
<img alt="539w.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/539w.jpg" width="200" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/ LAT's James Rainey thumps MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews today for his ongoing predictions on the health care reform bill, especially f... [FishbowlDC]

This American Life and ProPublica To Have a Mashup - Posted February 17, 2010
When we read James Rainey's column about Ira Glass and Chicago Public Radio's This American Life doing a "groundbreaking investigative piece" we looked at the date to make sure it wasn't an old story. From the financi... [FishbowlLA]

Pulitzer Mechanic Columnist Jumps Publications, Coasts - Posted February 4, 2010
Late breaking Thursday item: The Wall Street Journal has scooped up veteran Los Angeles Times writer ... [Fishbowl NY]

Pulitzer Mechanic Columnist Jumps Publications, Coasts - Posted February 4, 2010
Late breaking Thursday item: The Wall Street Journal has scooped up veteran Los Angeles Times writer ... [FishbowlNY]

Mika Brzezinski's Book Party at Arianna Huffington's House - Posted February 4, 2010
Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor ... [FishbowlLA]

Covering Haiti - Posted January 15, 2010
It would be impossible to touch upon the many ways in which different media outlets are covering the tragedy unfolding in Haiti after this week's earthquake. But while some outlets, like The New York Post, are ... [Fishbowl NY]

Covering Haiti - Posted January 15, 2010
It would be impossible to touch upon the many ways in which different media outlets are covering the tragedy unfolding in Haiti after this week's earthquake. But while some outlets, like The New York Post, are ... [FishbowlNY]

James Rainey to FNC: 'Heck of a Job Brownie' on the Haiti Coverage - Posted January 15, 2010
Miles from a cataclysm, a post-doomsday story of massive human suffering, a disaster that launched a thousand ships to help ease the cruelty and indifference of nature, Fox News Channel decided to run bubblegum interviews with new contributor also-ran/quitter Sarah Palin. LAT media columnist James Rainey called them on it. He... [FishbowlLA]

FBLA Editor Talks Shop With James Rainey - Posted January 6, 2010
Your humble, hardworking, word-making monkey editor was interviewed by LAT media columnist James Rainey. He writes: She said many other papers have stopped paying for opinion columns altogether --narrowing op-ed contributions at some papers to those already in syndication or those with day jobs at chambers of commerce, corporations, think tanks and the... [FishbowlLA]

Amanpour Interviews Tina Brown, Harold Evans|WSJ Covers Tiger Woods Scandal, After Keith Kelly|Hearst To Launch New Site Next Year|E&P Still Has A Chance|HuffPost Profiled - Posted December 18, 2009
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Amanpour Interviews Tina Brown, Harold Evans|WSJ Covers Tiger Woods Scandal, After Keith Kelly|Hearst To Launch New Site Next Year|E&P Still Has A Chance|HuffPost Profiled - Posted December 18, 2009
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Arianna Huffington: A Living Wage for Journos 'Still Being Worked Out' - Posted December 18, 2009
James Rainey's column today is a weird, school boyish fawning over Arianna Huffington's tea with special honey and even more s... [FishbowlLA]

Shills Disclose They're Miffed at Updated FTC Guides - Posted October 7, 2009
The FTC published their guidelines for bloggers disclosing endorsements. Half the blogosphere is upset about the government intrusion. The other half is upset no one is sending them fre... [FishbowlLA]

Rainey: Lawyers and Kings and Yaroslasky - Oh My - Posted September 30, 2009
LAT's James Rainey's column today is about organizations and a politician who have hired seasoned journalists to write about them. No not exactly like a flack...but kind of like a flack. Kind of like a private security officer is the the police. Rainey writes: What do the Los ... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List 07.31.09 - Posted July 31, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Above, check out ... [FishbowlDC]

LAT Profiles Nikki Finke|New York Profile Subject Dash Snow Dies|Thomson Reuters Looks To Buy Breakingviews.com|Next New Networks Trims Staff|Shirky Talks Jounalism Subsidies - Posted July 15, 2009
Embedded video from CNN Video FishbowlLA: The Los Angeles Times' James Rainey ... [Fishbowl NY]

LAT Profiles Nikki Finke|New York Profile Subject Dash Snow Dies|Thomson Reuters Looks To Buy Breakingviews.com|Next New Networks Trims Staff|Shirky Talks Jounalism Subsidies - Posted July 15, 2009
Embedded video from CNN Video FishbowlLA: The Los Angeles Times' James Rainey ... [FishbowlNY]

James Rainey is Terrified of Nikki Finke - Posted July 15, 2009
LAT's James Rainey who's been penning media hit pieces sans actually interviewing the subjects (see Jill Stewart and ... [FishbowlLA]

James Rainey Vs. Jillian Reynolds - Posted July 10, 2009
James Rainey has decided that since Channel 11 laid off a quarter of their news staff, the news bunny/topical exhibitionist Jillian Rey... [FishbowlLA]

Rainey vs Stewart vs Cooper vs Lacey - Posted June 25, 2009
The slugfest continues. As we mentioned yesterday, VVM Executive Editor Mike Lacey responded via a blog po... [FishbowlLA]

James Rainey vs Jill Stewart Continues - Posted June 24, 2009
Michael Lacy, executive editor of Village Voice Media goes after Marc Cooper and James Rainey for their attacks on ... [FishbowlLA]

Keller: Times Staffers Lax In Ethics Compliance - Posted May 21, 2009
Ever since New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (left) publicly returned a $75,000 speakers' fee earlier this month, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Keller: Times Staffers Lax In Ethics Compliance - Posted May 21, 2009
Ever since New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (left) publicly returned a $75,000 speakers' fee earlier this month, ... [FishbowlNY]

LAT FOB: Media: Where Do We Go From Here? Panel - Posted April 27, 2009
The "Media: Where Do We Go From Here?" panel was moderated by LAT media scribe James Rainey. The panelists were Voice of San Diego's Andrew Donohue, Marc C... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List 02.23.09 - Posted February 23, 2009
Good Morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. ... [FishbowlDC]

LAT Finally Discovers Spot.us Calls in 'New' in A Headline and Wonders Why Print Media is Failing - Posted February 9, 2009
In James Rainey's column he shines a light on this new thing it's called a different model for journalism. It's Spot.us where readers pay for stories that are pitched on the site. Really interesting idea. That's why FBLA interviewed it's founder ... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List, 01.27.09 - Posted January 27, 2009
Good morning Washington. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. We've got your morning mix of media Muesli after the... [FishbowlDC]

Inauguration Notes: The Week After - Posted January 26, 2009
• The Los Angeles Times' James Rainey writes about some "bad media habits" displayed during the recent Inauguration coverage — "the tendency to follow the pack, to embrace critiques if they are buttressed by a politician's allies and, especially, to get swept up in the mood of the moment." Also a... [TVNewser]

Debate Reaction: Debating Ifill - Posted October 3, 2008
After a busy week, including a broken ankle and something the cablers may h... [TVNewser]

The Debate Round Up: Debating the Debate - Posted October 3, 2008
VP Debates are like NASCAR races. Everyone watches to see the car crashes. If there aren't any...well then it was just a night of seeing cars drive around in circles. LAT James Rainey thinks ... [FishbowlLA]

The Politics of Bailing Out - Posted September 26, 2008
This is a video of our Senator Barbra Boxer busting on ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted September 26, 2008
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"Friendliest Interview I've Seen Since Keith Olbermann Sat Down With Obama" - Posted September 22, 2008
During Howard Kurtz' weekly online Q&A on Washingtonpost.com this morning, Kurtz was asked about last week's highly rated Sean Hannity interview with Gov. ... [TVNewser]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted September 18, 2008
Journos versus Journos: The Golden Derby pits TV Journos against "Awards Nuts" in handicapping the Emmys. Clever idea. Check back here Monday to see who did the better job. ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted September 12, 2008
Gibson on Palin, Finnegan on Gibson: Charlie Gibson was tough on Sarah Palin in the first of their two ABC interviews, but we think ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted September 4, 2008
Yes, Yes and Yes: We love Robin Abcarian so much that we'd put out without her having to wine and dine us. Yet time and again, she generously gives us gems. This morning's ... [FishbowlLA]

RNC Loves America - Hates Media, Attempts Killing Messengers - Posted September 4, 2008
Both LAT and NYT ran stories about Republican Veep Nominee Sarah Palin's 'rapport' with the press. NYT's wonders why John McCain is turning ... [FishbowlLA]

The Huffington Post Hype, Overblown? - Posted August 27, 2008
LAT's James Rainey asks if The Huffington Post's hype will ever live up to its content. In a word: no. ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted July 28, 2008
Funny Pages: A Kansas legislative hopeful (and political novice) raised $95,162.76 by launching an online comic strip -- at www.seantevis.com/3000. Liberal Bias? ... [FishbowlLA]

Is Obama Playing Media Favorites? - Posted July 21, 2008
A line slipped in near the end of Mike Allen's Politico article about the media coverage of Barack Obama's overseas trip, is making... [Fishbowl NY]

Is Obama Playing Media Favorites? - Posted July 21, 2008
A line slipped in near the end of Mike Allen's Politico article about the media coverage of Barack Obama's overseas trip, is making... [FishbowlNY]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted June 13, 2008
Coolest Story of the Day: In Myanmar, an unnamed LAT reporter is working in secret to cover the devastation the government is trying to hide in the wake... [FishbowlLA]

Jim Rainey Upbraids Political Reporters, Invents A Word - Posted June 3, 2008
LAT reporter James Rainey coins the term "discordulum," an invented region of the brain of any presidential campaign reporter which is devoted to recognizing conflict. "From this hyper-developed brain center come stories about the certain demise of some politician... [FishbowlLA]

LAT in 90 Seconds - Posted May 30, 2008
One Nation, Under YouTube: ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT In 90 Seconds -- Tupac Edition - Posted March 27, 2008
Reality Check: The L.A. Times is reeling from the embarrassing revelation yesterday that a story linking Sean "Diddy" Combs to the murder of Tupac Shakur was, in a word, bullshit. In a story today by James Rainey (man, does that guy get the bum assignments), the paper does a ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT in 90 Seconds - Posted April 16, 2007
Stealing Its Own Thunder: So much for understanding the media. CBS Corp. announced its "rapid evolution from an old-media titan into a powerful Internet player" with a "Rolling Thunder," a new online network that will partner with Micros... [FishbowlLA]

LAT in 90 Seconds - Posted March 23, 2007
Andres Martinez Quits: We get the distinct feeling that James Rainey enjoyed writing this one. ... [FishbowlLA]

LAT in 90 Seconds - Posted January 19, 2007
Anthony Hopkins Directs an Indie Film: And it's weird. (Not exactly a man-bites-dog story, we know. But kinda cool.) ... [FishbowlLA]

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