After a quiet culling at their Washington bureau back in June, CNN has made another round of layoffs -this time at it’s New York, LA, and Atlanta bureaus. The cuts come as new President Jeff Zucker is seeking to revamp CNN in his own vision. Key reforms Zucker has instituted so far include a revival of DC-based “Crossfire,” and bringing on non-traditional talent such as Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock. CNN Films has also made a splash under Zucker with the release of its documentary Blackfish about the atrocious living condition of captive killer whales, which has won widespread attention on the Internet and has even been credited with tanking SeaWorld’s stock value. It’s unclear if even more personnel changes are in the offing.
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“Beautiful, really. Blooming now in streetside garden box near P & 17 NW. What is it?” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.
Weekend reading…“Finished ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini. Loved it, great book. Started ‘This Town’ by Mark Leibovich. Not the same.” — Reuters‘ congressional reporter Patricia Zengerle.
“50+ years after Helen Thomas broke ground at the Nat. Press Club only 1/3 of newsroom staff and 10% of newsroom supervisors are women.” — Josh Stearns, journalism and public media campaign director for Free Press.
Half-naked Geraldo causes Internet freakout
As of 1:40 p.m. Sunday, the offending tweet was retweeted 1,268 times. Later on Sunday, at 5:49 p.m., FNC’s Geraldo Rivera deleted the selfie, writing, “Note to self: no tweeting after 1am.”
“Whomsoever tweets/RTs geraldo-selfie into this feed shall be #Blocked.” — Breitbart News‘ Adam Baldwin. To which CNN’s Jewish Jake Tapper remarked, “Corinthians?”
“Geraldo Rivera tweets semi-nude photo of himself (warning: you will not be able to unsee this)” — The Blaze.
“I must say that on closer review of that Geraldo near-nude selfie, I wish I hadn’t more closely reviewed that Geraldo near-nude selfie.” — NPR’s David Folkenflik.
“Thank god for the “Hide Photo” function @GeraldoRivera: 70 is the new 50″ – WSJ’s Neil King.
“Warning, i am gunna continue posting the Geraldo photo until someone delivers me a box of chocolate covered kittens.” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
“Thanks internet, I cannot unsee Geraldo Rivera’s naked selfie. So much wrong. So. Much. Wrong.” — Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.
“Geraldo throws his hat into the New York mayoral race.” — CNN’s Anthony Bourdain.
“So difference btw Geraldo & Weiner is latter DMs pics to individual women, former just lets freak flag fly on public twitter #transparency” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.
“Trying out a new diet where I look at the Geraldo selfie whenever I have an appetite.” — Tim Siedell.
Wishing bad things on everyone sullying my timeline with Geraldo selfies. — Tony Fratto.
“Friend inquires if Geraldo selfie means he is running for mayor of NYC. Not sure; anybody know the current rules?” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.
“Good rule of thumb: If you’re too old to know how to rotate a naked Selfie maybe don’t post naked Selfies. #Geraldo” — Danny Zuker, writer for ABC’s “Modern Family.”
Lefty radio correspondent David Shuster to Al Jazeera
“David Shuster goes to Al-Jazeera America. In response, Al-Jazeera America goes to Brazil.” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.
Convo Between a TV Journo and combative follower
JCCC629: “Chris Cuomo–Man since you joined CNN you are really combative. I like the old Chris much better. Must be the CNN culture.”
CUOMO: “@JCCC629 Trying to get people to think about issues. I defuse hostility whenever i can. The point is progress. I have not changed, friend.”
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ABC’s George Stephanopoulos isn’t the only newsman who gets to have a distinctive surname. Now he has competition — at least in the surname department — as CNN welcomes popular Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos to its Friday lineup.
“Stroumboulopoulos” will premiere on Sunday, June 9th at 10pm ET following the season finale of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” On June 14th the show will air in its regular time slot, which is Fridays at 11pm.
Stroumboulopoulos’ first guests will be rapper Wiz Khalifa, actress Ellen Page and Walking Dead comic book author Robert Kirkman. Viewers can also expect “compelling” interviews with Keanu Reeves, Martin Short, Betty White, Bill Maher, Sharon Stone, author Eckhardt Tolle, and filmmaker Werner Herzog.
The show will tape in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.
Things are looking up for CNN’s Anthony Bourdain, who hosts “Anthony Bordain Parts Unknown.” The network has picked up the show for another season. Tonight he’ll grace CNN’s Washington bureau for the first time to sign books and take pictures with the staff and the talent.
Then he’s off to DAR Constitution Hall, where he’ll host “Guts and Glory With Anthony Bourdain.” The evening will center on the host’s gastronomic escapades around the globe and what really goes on behind kitchen doors. As described by the Ticketmaster website, “Bourdain will cover current controversial issues in the gastronomic world and dish on hot topics as only he can.”
(A Sprinkling of Food Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
Can Bourdain Save CNN? – Amid the struggling ratings that CNN is facing, there may be a glimmer of hope and, perhaps, a move in an edgier direction for the news network. They have announced that Anthony Bourdain will join the network with his own weekend TV show starting in early 2013. Bourdain will also serve as a network contributor. This means that Bourdain’s current show, “No Reservations”, on the Travel Channel will be going away. Bourdain is expected to give Wolf Blitzer a run for his money in the annual CNN swearing competition.
Chris Wallace Continues Choking His Chicken – We have written before about the cookbook by Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. It’s a cookbook of chicken recipes since Chris will eat only chicken on the Saturday nights before his “Fox News Sunday” broadcast. Serious Eats has announced that they are doing a week-long “Cook the Book” series. They’ll be sharing recipes handpicked by Lorraine and they are giving away five copies of the book. So, if you were interested in some Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups or Skewers of Sage Chicken with Sweet Italian Sausage, it’s your lucky day.
Eat Like a POTUS – We are finally able to buy a copy of the new cookbook by FLOTUS entitled “American Grown.” It looks at the White House garden and kitchen and gives several new, healthy recipes. (What? You thought she was going to have a recipe for T-Bone steaks smothered in deep fried Twinkies and butter?) In this piece from Yumsugar, we learn some of POTUS’s favorite dishes around the White House. They include broccoli soup, chili with bacon (!!!!), and fruit and oatmeal bars.
Schumer Wants to Keep Us From Eating Lead – To take advantage of one of the biggest grilling days of the year, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is asking the FDA to look into the dangers of grill brushes. The metal brushes used to clean off grill grates have led to a handful of incidents where the metal bristles come off the brush and into the throats of diners. Never one to over-dramaticize, Schumer went so far as to say, “”Metal bristles are one topping no one wants on their burger this holiday season.”