Dan Abrams: “Yes The Media Can Be Biased, But What About Your Obligation To Check Facts?”

January 27, 2021
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Dan Abrams calls for the public to fact check their stories

Dan Abrams is calling on members of the public to take accountability and fact check before spreading possibly false stories online or elsewhere. In an op-ed written for Mediaite, a site founded by Abrams in 2009, Abrams acknowledges the inherent bias in the media and the need to hold it accountable, but also asks the public “what about your obligation to the facts?”

Every weekday at 2PM ET, Abrams hosts a radio show on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel to discuss current events where politics meets the law. A good portion of each show is dedicated to taking listeners’ calls, a segment Abrams calls “invaluable” as he gets “to hear directly from smart people across the country, with very different perspectives, about the political and legal landscape.” While typically Abrams’ listeners are independents or political moderates from both sides of the aisle, lately Abrams has noticed an uptick in calls from listeners who are furious at the news media and convinced the 2020 U.S. presidential election was rife with fraud.

“Armed with bits and pieces of information and heaps of fury and confidence, callers seek to hold me, and by proxy the media, accountable for failing to cover the election fairly,” Abrams wrote. “I appreciate the sentiment but in the vast majority of these cases, these mostly savvy and educated callers, simply didn’t review the known facts or are unwilling to take the time or make the effort to do so.”

Abrams doesn’t dispute that there are real discussions to be had about the way our elections are conducted, noting that in every major election there are rulings and procedures determined by courts that “are legitimate subjects for debate.” What Abrams does dispute is broad claims of fraud and vague claims that “it just doesn’t add up,” even after being presented the facts. “I have enormous respect for my listeners,” Abrams stated, “so I demand that those who criticize the media for ignoring facts about the election come to the table with more than just passion and opinions.”

Abrams has long been a member of the mainstream media, but he has also been an outspoken and vocal critic of it. In fact, Abrams started Mediaite partly because he felt “there wasn’t enough accountability for the often self-righteous and pious leaders of the highly politicized media on both sides.” Bias in the media is not something Abrams debates, but “on something factual like mass election fraud, there isn’t right and left,  just right and wrong.” In the same way the public can and should demand accountability from the media, Abrams asks for accountability from the public. “It’s not their profession,” Abrams writes, “but when they have the megaphone on social media or on radio, the obligation should go both ways.”

Abrams’ full op-ed is available to read on Mediaite here.

 

ABOUT MEDIAITE

From TV green rooms to the corridors of the senate to the latest White House press briefing, Mediaite is a trusted source on the intersection of politics and media across the political spectrum. Breaking news, analysis and opinions aplenty, Mediaite delivers it all with lightning quick speed. Mediaite is part of the Abrams Media Network.

Dan Abrams Launches New Site – Whiskey Raiders

December 7, 2020
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Abrams Media and it’s founder, Dan Abrams, have launched their newest venture, Whiskey Raiders. An online site for aggregated whiskey reviews, Whiskey Raiders promises to be a resource for both seasoned and novice whiskey drinkers alike.

The site uses a proprietary algorithm to assign an average score to each individual whiskey. “No longer will interested consumers need to stand in the liquor store and visit several websites to get an impression on a product they’re curious about,” Jay West, the site’s managing editor, told Mediaite.

A veteran spirit critic, West previously ran the spirit review site t8ke.review. Abrams Media acquired t8ke.review as part of the launch, and will merge its content, including West’s personal reviews, to the new Whiskey Raiders site

In an exclusive scoop on the site’s launch, Variety noted that in addition to providing a standardized score for each product, Abrams and West envision “a regular feature that helps readers figure out which product will deliver the most satisfaction at a particular price point.” The site also plans to announce a shopping partner in the coming weeks, allowing readers to purchase their desired spirit directly through the site.

Abrams came up with the idea for Whiskey Raiders while working on the now-cancelled A&E program, Live P.D. After wrapping a shoot, Abrams and his co-hosts would share a celebratory drink, exposing him to the exciting, but complex world of whiskey more than he had ever been before. “I found myself having to dig into each of the very good in-depth reviews, and having to go site to site to figure out the general sense of a bourbon,” Abrams told Variety. West echoed this sentiment, telling MediaiteEvery whiskey site is doing their own thing. It’s a wonderful thing, but adds complexity to the universe for newcomers to whiskey, or individuals trying to research a new bottle.”

By aggregating reviews from top-rated sites and assigning an average score on a scale of 50-100, Whiskey Raiders hopes to simplify drinkers’ search for a good spirit. At the same time, the site recognizes the importance of in-depth reviews and individual voices in the whiskey community, giving readers the option to click through to each full review on the originally sourced webpages. “The in-depth reviews are really important,” Abrams told Variety, “and we are going to be promoting these other sites on our site, urging people to go read the reviews.” 

The Whiskey Raiders site is now live, with hundreds of whiskeys already aggregated and more being added each day. 

 

About Abrams Media

 

Abrams Media owns and operates a successful suite of media properties that reaches tens of millions of users each month. Founded in 2009 by Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News and host of The Dan Abrams Show on Sirius XM, the properties include Mediaite.com, Law&Crime Network, LawandCrime.com and TheMarySue.com, among others.

Dan Abrams Reveals New Book, Kennedy’s Avenger, Available for Pre-Order Now

November 24, 2020

The New York Times bestselling authors, Dan Abrams and David Fisher, have announced their new book, Kennedy’s Avenger, available for pre-order now.  Set to be released June 1st, 2021, Kennedy’s Avenger brings to life the forgotten trial of Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner turned assassin who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, but died an innocent man.

“While the world knew about nightclub owner Jack Ruby killing Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald live on national TV, few knew about Ruby’s actual trial. And what an amazing trial it was,” Abrams and Fisher told LawandCrime who covered the book’s announcement.

“Witnesses included a world famous boxing champion, ‘strip tease dancers’ from Ruby’s club and the police detective who had been shackled to Oswald when he was shot. Ruby’s lawyer was arguably the most famous and flamboyant attorney in the country and chose a bizarre defense to try to save his client.” The authors went on to note that “some of the curious trial testimony even fueled the rapidly growing conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination.” 

Kennedy’s Avenger is the fourth book from Abrams and Fisher to highlight an important legal trial in American history. “Each of our books has combined colorful characters, memorable events and actual courtroom transcripts to tell a story of our Presidents to be, or former Presidents involved in major trials often forgotten to history,” Abrams and Fisher told LawandCrime. “In doing so we’ve also followed the development of the American legal system from the 18th century into the 20th.”

Previous books from the writing duo include New York Times’ bestsellers: Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy, and John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial

Kennedy’s Avenger is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.

More on Abrams and Fisher’s previous works

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial goes back to colonial Boston in the aftermath of one of America’s founding moments, the Boston Massacre. It tells the story of a young lawyer, John Adams, taking the defense of the British soldiers that killed five colonists and in doing so establishing himself as the center of Bostonian legal and political life.

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy tells the largely forgotten story of the 1915 trial where the former president was sued for libel. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, Republican Party leader William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him.

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Network Launches First Syndicated Show

September 17, 2020
Variety published an article covering the launch of Law & Crime Daily, a syndicated show from Dan Abrams' Law&Crime Network

Variety’s article covering the launch of Law&Crime Daily, a new show from Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Network

The Law&Crime Network, the nation’s only live trial network, announced the launch of their first syndicated show, Law&Crime Daily, in partnership with Litton Entertainment. The program aired its flagship episode on Monday, September 14th and featured discussion of the day’s biggest legal and true crime headlines.

Abrams believes his newest venture will help fill a hole in legal programming, having noted that over the past fifteen years the coverage of major court trials on cable news networks has diminished. “This is really kind of an opportunity,” Abrams told Variety who covered the announcement, “the interest in legal stories hasn’t faded.”

“Law&Crime Daily” is hosted by attorney and broadcast journalist Aaron Keller who will also work as executive producer for the program. Keller has an extensive legal and broadcast background including a feature in Netflix’s documentary, “Making a Murderer,” for his coverage of the Steven Avery case. Keller will be joined by co-hosts Terri Austin, a former trial attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, and Brian Buckmire, a felony trial attorney and a homicide defense attorney in a NYC Public Defender’s office.

“The incredible depth of knowledge and insight from Aaron Keller, Terri Austin, and Brian Buckmire allow ‘Law&Crime Daily’ to provide audiences with an inside view into the day’s most fascinating court cases,” stated Dave Morgan, president and CEO of Litton Entertainment. “We are excited to partner with Dan Abrams and his stellar production team to continue to expand Litton’s programming slate that entertains and informs viewers.”

 

ABOUT LAW&CRIME

Law&Crime is the only linear and OTT network providing 24/7 coverage of court trials, true crime, celebrity justice, and expert legal analysis. Created by attorney and TV’s top legal commentator, Dan Abrams, Law&Crime aims to provide honest, compelling, and common sense legal analysis to an often complicated world of law.

Dan Abrams: “One-Man Media Conglomerate”

February 19, 2020
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Dan Abrams sat down with Broadcasting+Cable business editor Jon Lafayette recently to discuss Law&Crime Network and his new book John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in The Boston Massacre Trial and his other media ventures. The interview shed light on how Dan has become what B+C calls a “One-man media conglomerate.” 

Dan commented on his entrepreneurial instinct, “I have always been as, or more, interested in the business side of media than the on-air side.” His company, Abrams Media, now operates the websites Mediaite, The Mary Sue, Ambo TV, as well as his live news network, Law&Crime. Most recently the production wing of Law&Crime produced the hit unscripted show, Court Cam, for A&E and two true crime documentary series for Facebook Watch. Dan explains the success of Law&Crime Productions on the theory that “People don’t really want fake, scripted reality shows anymore. They want real reality and we can provide that. A lot of it. The genre is really hot and we are now producing programs for five other networks/platforms.”

This theory rings true with the huge popularity of Live PD. The show is big, but it also has an active fanbase. Dan says, “I could not have predicted that it would often be the No. 1 show on cable on Friday and Saturday nights. What has been most surprising (and rewarding) about it has been how invested the audience is in the show. #LivePDNation, as we call the community, is so passionate about every detail of the show. They sometimes see little things the police miss, help catch wanted fugitives or find the missing children we highlight on the show.” 

On top of all his TV shows and appearances Dan also hosts a daily radio show on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel that keeps him on top of all the latest political legal news. Dan said in the interview, “I wish media coverage would more often take a step back and present more context and analysis, even if it’s something we didn’t just learn about today.”

Watch Dan on Live PD Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm EST, watch him on ABC News, listen to him on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel Monday-Friday from 2-3pm, or read his latest book, John Adams Under Fire.

Court Cam Renewed for Second Season by A&E

January 31, 2020
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Dan Abrams’ latest collaboration with A&E has been picked up for a second season following a wildly successful first one, the Wrap reported Thursday. The show explored the sometimes wild side of America’s criminal courts and showed the stories behind these moments. By interviewing the judges, lawyers, and defendants involved, Dan was able to guide the audience through enthralling stories.

The first season boasted 2 million total viewers per episode and earned its title of A&E’s number 1 new series for 2019. Deadline reported that it was the “#1 cable show on Thursday nights among Adults 25-54.” 

The ratings success has resonated with the network. Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP and head of programming, A&E Network, said, “This series is a prime example of the type of eye-opening programming that A&E strives to deliver. Following the success of its first season, we are looking forward to continuing this journey with Dan Abrams as we further our exploration of all facets of the criminal justice system.”

The show is being produced by Law&Crime Productions, the production team associated with Dan Abrams’ 24/7 trial streaming service, Law&Crime Network. The show’s executive producers on Law&Crime Production’s team are Dan Abrams, Rachel Stockman and Paul Tinelli. Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb serve as executive producers for A&E Network.
The second season is currently in production and a premiere date has not yet been released. You can catch up on season one at aetv.com.

Dan Abrams to Host and Executive Produce New A&E Network Show Court Cam

October 24, 2019
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A&E Network announced a new collaboration with ABC Chief Legal Analyst and Live PD host Dan Abrams. Following the success of Live PD and The Law&Crime Network, A&E has teamed up with Abrams and his production company, Law&Crime Productions, to produce Court Cam a behind the scenes look into some of the most wild, unruly, and dramatic moments in courts across the country. Watch the promo on TheWrap.com and elsewhere. 

Dan will sit down with the witnesses, judges, and victims in these cases in order to tell their stories and perspectives of the emotional outbursts and chaotic moments. A&E Network’s executive VP and head of programming, Elaine Frontain Bryant, described Dan is the perfect person for these stories, “Not only is he a trusted voice to our audience and all Live PD viewers, but his legal expertise makes him the perfect host to provide viewers with an all-access look into unbelievable moments in America’s courtrooms.” 

Despite his legal expertise and decades of experience in covering the courts, some of these moments shocked Dan, “I have covered trials for my entire career, and even I was stunned by many of these remarkable courtroom moments… then getting to talk to the people involved from heroes to victims was as enlightening as it was humbling.”

The first season of the show will feature 8 x 30 minute episodes, jam-packed filled with tense court battles and decorum shattering moments. “Court Cam” premieres on A&E with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, December 5 at 9PM ET/PT. 

Dan Abrams’ New Book “John Adams Under Fire” is Out Soon

October 3, 2019

The New York Times bestselling authors, Dan Abrams and David Fisher, have a new book out March 3rd 2020, John Adams Under Fire. This is the pair’s third book that revives America’s great legal battles, having previously written about trials involving Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. 

John Adams Under Fire goes back to colonial Boston in the aftermath of one of America’s founding moments, the Boston Massacre. It tells the story of a young lawyer, John Adams, taking the defense of the British soldiers that killed five colonists and in doing so establishing himself as the center of Bostonian legal and political life. 

Abrams and Fisher use Adams’ own words and the trial’s transcript to transport the reader into a colonial Boston with narrow streets, British ships in the harbor, and palpable political tension to paint a full picture of both the trial and the massacre itself. In the atmosphere of outrage and partisan charges circulating, Adams stuck to the facts and examined the evidence of the massacre. By piecing together the events from first hand accounts, the book digs into what actually happened leading up to and on the night of the massacre. The book shows a defiantly evenhanded and diligent Adams on the frontlines of a trial that helped define American civic engagement. 

On the eve of revolution, John Adams maintained that “Facts are stubborn things.” A lesson that rings throughout American politics from the colonial era to today. Abrams and Fisher examine how Adams’ defense of the British soldiers led to his passionate belief that there should be, “A government of laws, and not of men.”

Read more about the book at Dan Abrams Books and preorder from Amazon and Barnes & Noble today.

Bloomberg Businessweek Sees Live PD as Cable’s Future

August 22, 2019
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Bloomberg Businessweek reported yesterday on Live PD’s success despite the new media landscape of streaming websites. Amidst reports of stagnation of cable’s audience Bloomberg reports, “The show, now in its third season, is often the No. 1 program on American cable TV on Friday and Saturday nights. A&E is one of only two cable channels to show growth in 18-to-49-year-old viewers since September 2018, along with TLC.” Bloomberg credits this success to the “irresistible content” that blends the time tested genre of police shows with high-paced, real time footage of the police. 

This new formula is paving the way in new content creation. According to Bloomberg, “A&E, jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., runs six hours of new Live PD episodes a week. There are hours more of reruns and seven spinoffs, including Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol and Live Rescue, which focuses on firefighters and other first responders. Top Dog, which features police dogs competing on an obstacle course, is set to make its debut in the fall.” This has resulted in the shift away from more traditional scripted material, “Says A&E President Paul Buccieri: ‘We think we’ve struck a real opportunity with live unscripted storytelling.’”

This rings true not just for TV execs, but also the police featured on Live PD. Richland County is featured on Live PD, and their sheriff reports, “The department gets fan mail and job inquiries from across the country, he says. Some 5,000 fans came to Columbia, the county’s largest city, for a celebration of the 200th episode in April. ‘I think Live PD is the future of law enforcement.’” The show’s host, Dan Abrams, told Bloomberg, “‘I think that more people in other parts of the country are probably touched by law enforcement, they have friends, relatives that are in some ways connected to it.’” 

Live PD airs Friday and Saturdays at 9PM on A&E. 

Variety Interviews Dan Abrams on Live PD, ABC News, Abrams Media

June 26, 2019
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Variety reporter Brian Steinberg recently spoke with Dan and sat in with him on his daily SiriusXM radio show. The article, titled “‘Live P.D.’ Host Dan Abrams Brings New Order to Law-Focused Media,” takes a deep dive into Dan’s current and former endeavors and how he balances so many unique responsibilities. 

“It is, to some degree, different lives,” notes Abrams, sitting behind an adjustable desk in his company’s Manhattan offices. “I have the life of running a growing company, and everything has to be done economically, and I have to be monitoring how may coffee refills we get. And yet I live a very different life as an on-air guy, where the coffee is plentiful.”

Being the Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News, and being the CEO of his own companies pose very different challenges. Steinberg reached out to Dan’s ABC News colleague to understand just how he does it. 

“Figuring out how to connect the dots of his various enterprises might be difficult, but George Stephanopoulos, the ABC News anchor, can do it: Abrams is working on a way to keep up with the nation’s increasing fascination with the overlap of law, media and politics. “He can play in all of these different arenas,” says Stephanopoulos, in a brief phone interview.”

Dan’s work as host of Live PD, the number one show on cable, contrasts his smaller four media companies. But the mid-size media outlets are quickly growing. Two of the four, the Law & Crime Network and Mediaite.com, recently helped create a business deal between multiple news outlets. 

Dan described to Steinberg the goal of the new deal:

“In a world of internet behemoths, it can be tough to compete for ad dollars as a mid-sized web property. So with the 2020 election around the corner, we thought the best way for us to get some of the political advertising that will be flooding the internet was to join with other similarly sized sites and offer larger packages together,” says Abrams, adding: “Since the announcement we have had a number of other sites inquire about joining the coalition as well.”

The two companies fit perfectly into the alliance. 

From TV green rooms to the corridors of the senate to the latest White House press briefing, Mediaite is a trusted source on the intersection of politics and media across the political spectrum. Breaking news, analysis and opinions aplenty, Mediaite delivers it all with lightning quick speed. 

Law & Crime is both a 24/7 live trial network, as well as a website that hosts multiple live trial streams and expert legal articles. LawandCrime.com is the only site for live court video, high-profile criminal trials, crazy crime, celebrity justice, and smart legal analysis. Law & Crime brings common sense written and video analysis to the often confusing and always intriguing world of the law. The site’s team of journalists and lawyers provide real-time news updates along with live courtroom coverage of the most fascinating trials and legal stories.

Variety’s piece was published in the wake of wide media attention around Dan’s new book, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy

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