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.

 

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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: “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.

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

Dan Abrams: Megyn Kelly Alleged ‘Multiple Incidents’ of Harassment by Roger Ailes

July 20, 2016
Filed under: Blog,Public Appearances — Tags: , , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 8:26 pm

CaptureDan Abrams reported this morning, Wednesday, July 20th on Good Morning America, that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told investigators of “multiple incidents” of alleged harassment by network Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Dan was told by a source close to the investigation that multiple Fox News female talent have spoken to investigators about potential harassment by Ailes. In addition to his reporting for ABC News,  Dan specified to Mediaite.com that Kelly apparently told investigators about a series of incidents from a decade ago. Read the full story here.

 

 

 

Trump’s Attack on Hispanic Judge Not a Two Sided Issue Requiring Media ‘Balance’

June 7, 2016
Filed under: Writing — Tags: , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 2:57 pm

Donald Trump recently claimed that having Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a Hispanic judge, preside over one of the lawsuits against Trump University, is somehow biased against Trump. Trump went on to say that even a Muslim judge might be unfit to hear a case against him as well, a comment denounced by the vast majority of Republican leaders for being bigoted and undermining the judicial system. Dan recently wrote an article for Mediaite.com  on this issue NOT requiring media balance or an objective light, he commented, “In certain cases, the two sides are much simpler: right and wrong. In those relatively rare cases, it should be the media’s obligation and duty to shed the veneer of “objectivity” and specifically and vociferously call it what it is. Wrong. Donald Trump‘s claim that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, presiding over one of the lawsuits against Trump University, is somehow biased against him because he is “Mexican”(born in Indiana of course) is one of those cases.” Read the full article here.

 

Mediaite Breaks Traffic Record in March

April 4, 2016
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 6:46 pm

mediaiteBig congratulations to Mediaite.com and LawNewz.com! Both sites had a banner month this March with Mediaite breaking a traffic record and LawNewz surpassing 1 million visitors (in only its second month!) Mediaite welcomed a whopping and record 7.7 million unique visitors and the site gave a shout out to Managing Editor Jon Nicosia as well as the whole Mediaite team. Check out more details here.

LawNewz.com Breaks 500,000 Unique Visitors

March 1, 2016
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 5:28 pm

Congratulations tCaptureo LawNewz.com! In its inaugural month, the newest Abrams Media site has welcomed over 500,000 unique visitors. With just two full time staffers and a few part-time freelancers, the site has more than doubled Mediaite’s first full month back in August of 2009 and continues to grow. LawNewz.com covers the legal angles of some of the biggest stories of the day and it has truly taken the publishing scene by storm. Dan writes, “Thank you to our viewers and readers and watch out because March has a full 31 days!”

Even Israel Condemns ‘Jewish Terror,’ Yet Obama Admin Still Can’t ​Do Same for ‘Islamic Terror​’

August 4, 2015
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 11:07 pm

Dan wrote a piece for Mediaite on the Obama Administration and its avoidance of the phrase “Islamic terrorism” over the years when describing acts of terror committed in the name of Islam. Dan writes, “By refusing to attribute any blame to even “radical Islam” for ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban or Boko Haram inspired horrors — intended to create fear and terror by people who openly and publicly do so in the name of Islam — the administration seems to hope it can ​camouflage reality.” Read the full piece here.

 

TheMarySue.com and Mediaite.com Welcome Record Number of Visitors in May and June

July 1, 2015
Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 5:05 pm

It seems like a good time to work at Abrams Media!  For the third time this year Mediaite broke its previous monthly traffic record. In the month of June, Mediaite.com welcomed a record 7.24 million unique visitors to the site putting it in an elite group of web properties with that kind of reach. For context, that means Mediaite alone does more than triple the traffic of a site like AdWeek which includes all of the MediaBistro blogs, and similar traffic to stalwarts like NBC.com and TheHill.com who have staffs many times our size. And to add to this good news – TheMarySue.com saw record traffic in May welcoming 3.5 million unique visitors (with a really strong June as well). Snaps to all of those at Abrams Media! Check out the full story here.

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