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Weekend Show Preview – 8.24.14

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Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on “FOX News Sunday.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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HuffPost Responds to Criticisms on Crowd Sourced Ferguson Fellowship

Yesterday, The Huffington Post announced the creation of the Ferguson Fellowship, a partnership with the Beacon Reader to enable a citizen journalist to “monitor the activity of the local and county police forces once the national spotlight dims” and “learn the intricacies of public records requests in an effort to divine the funding sources and uses of military gear in the county.”

Today, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and HuffPost Ferguson Fellow Mariah Stewart went on HuffPost Live to respond to criticisms. HuffPost tells FishbowlDC that critics of the crowd funded fellowship – The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), Jim Romenesko (via this post), and AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article) – were invited on as guests by producers, but all declined.

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WaPo Editorial Board Bans Use of the Word ‘Redskins’ in Reference to DC NFL Team

The Washington Post’s editorial board Friday announced that it will stop writing the word ‘Redskins’ in reference to the Washington NFL football team. “Except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board wrote.

In May, 50 Senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for the team as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans.

“While we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board declared Friday. “That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.” Read more

Attorney General Eric Holder on James Foley: ‘People will be held accountable’

Following President Barack Obama’s statement yesterday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an open criminal investigation into the murder at a speech given at the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” said Holder. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

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David Gregory to Reflect on Jewish Faith in New Book

Former host of “Meet the Press” David Gregory is expected to publish a book on his Jewish faith in 2015, first reported in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook.

“David and I began discussing a potential book about his personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives,” Simon & Schuster Publishing Group president and publisher Jonathan Karp told Mike Allen‘s morning tipsheet. “We came to terms on the contract in 2011 and have been working together on the project since then.”

Karp went on to explain that the book will not serve as a memoir to Gregory’s six years as “Meet the Press” host or 20 year career with NBC News.

“Let me emphasize that this book has always been intended as an exploration of an aspect of David’s life that viewers rarely see in his journalistic work,” said Karp in Playbook. “The book was never intended as a memoir about his career. That objective hasn’t changed and will not change. This book will be about the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives.”

Last Thursday, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced that Gregory would be replaced as host of the network Sunday morning public affairs program by Chuck Todd.

U.S. News Promotes Kim Castro as Executive Director of Consumer Advice

Ek6KcsNrU.S. News & World Report today announced the promotion of managing editor for money and health Kim Castro to executive editor of consumer advice. Castro’s promotion was announced with the hire of Kim Heneghan as VP and GM of money products.

Castro will oversee U.S. News advice content, written by U.S. News reporters – many experts in their specific topic area – and professional and academic contributors with expertise in health and wellness, finance, etc.

“More than half of our audience is coming to usnews.com for guidance on important decisions in their lives,” said president and CEO Bill Holiber. “Kim Heneghan and Kim Castro will be major assets as we develop new consumer advice content and decision making tools in Money and across our site.”

Where in the World is WaPo’s Erik Wemple?

world-2-2It’s been nearly two weeks since we heard from Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple and the radio silence has had us worried. Where in the world is Mr. Wemple?

Since August 8, not a post has been made to his site or tweet to his Twitter handle. Is he OK? Is he safe? Did something happen after we saw him two Fridays ago as a guest on PBS’s “Mediatwits” discussing recent accusations and instances of plagiarism in the media industry? Read more

HuffPost Selects Beacon Reader’s Mariah Stewart for Ferguson Fellowship

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 09.53.14In preparation for the day when out of town reporters return home and those local take on a new beat, The Huffington Post is committed to telling the story of the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. for many months to come.

“It’s a question on the minds of nearly every resident, who know the camera crews will eventually fold up their sticks and pack up their vans, the West Florissant McDonald’s will transform from an international media filing center into a trivia question,” wrote Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of HuffPost in “The Huffington Post is not Leaving Ferguson.” “But the local police will still be there, along with the structural inequality and racial disparities that sparked the crisis.” Read more

Bret Baier and Andrea Mitchell Both Nominate Chuck Todd for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Days after being named the new host (effective Sept. 7) of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd has already been called out twice by his colleagues.

Yesterday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who guest hosted “MTP” this past Sunday, and FOX News’ Bret Baier nominated Todd to get wet for ALS.

Baier dumped a bucket of ice water on himself overlooking the Capitol and Mitchell did so seated outside NBC’s Washington bureau.

Mitchell confirmed that Todd is on vacation through next week but has accepted the challenge.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Tweets ‘Lauren would kill me’

Last hour, Gawker noticed two since deleted tweets sent out by Jake Tapper, which read, ”Please don’t make it soubd like I reached out to you” and “Lauren would kill me.”

Presumably, “The Lead” host is referring to Lauren Pratapas, his CNN publicist, but whom were the tweets – likely meant to be sent as direct messages – intended for and in regards to?

A publicist’s job, and presumably that of Pratapas, is to manage and secure press coverage for a brand or person. Were Tapper’s tweets intended for another reporter? If so, as one of CNN’s biggest talents, maybe Tapper should refer, I don’t know, to his publicist?

Pratapas’ satirical tweet in response to Gawker:

And another from CNN national political reporter Peter Hamby:

 

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