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Fox News Lashes out Against NPR

Fox News is firing back on the matter of NPR’s Mara Liasson being asked to “reconsider” her appearances on the network’s shows, “Fox News Sunday” and “Special Report.”

“With the ratings we have, NPR should be paying us to even be mentioned on our air,” a Fox News spokesperson said.

Liasson, a longtime regular on the network, was asked to reconsider her appearances on the network’s shows, Politico reported earlier today.

The reason? Fox News’s “political bias.”

Liasson was approached by NPR’s executive editor for news Dick Meyer, and the network’s supervising Washington editor Ron Elving. Liasson, according to sources, does not intend to stop appearing on Fox News shows.

Neither NPR nor Fox News spokespeople spoke to Politico.

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Call for Nominations

The Online News Association is now accepting nominations for its 2010 Board of Directors. The nomination period closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on August 7.

Current and past DC-based ONA leaders include:

Jonathan Dube, ABCNews.com
Kinsey Wilson, NPR
Dick Meyer, NPR.org
Ken Sands, CQ

PS: now would be the time to register for ONA’s annual conference, too.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Above, William Shatner does Sarah Palin on Conan O’Brien.

• We’re all wondering what Palin will do next… “Inside Radio” just can’t “quit making things up,” speculating that she could take to the airwaves next.

• We told you yesterday about changes that NPR had made to its website and mobile apps. Today, Mediaite catches up with NPR News executive editor and editorial director for digital media Dick Meyer.

• ABC’s senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has landed an exclusive with Attorney General Eric Holder. The interview, which will include questions on closing Guantanamo and the Bush administration’s interrogation practices, will air tomorrow on Nightline. You’ll also see excerpts on GMA and World News.

• CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour is launching a show on CNN International, aptly named Amanpour, to air weekdays at 3pm and on Sundays at 2pm. “I want this show to stir the global conscience. I have witnessed so much that it’s time to start making real sense of it all,” she said in a release.

• And more news at CNN tonight- Latino in America, anchored by Soledad O’Brien, will air this October.

Changes Comin’ To NPR.org

A “brand new” NPR.org will be unveiled July 27th. Changes, promised to be more NPR-ish, were announced today by NPR digital media SVP and GM Kinsey Wilson and NPR News executive editor Dick Meyer.

Mark Stencel to NPR

Mark Stencel landed a new gig with National Public Radio. The WaPo, CQ and Governing mag alum will now serve as NPR’s Managing Editor of Digital News. NPR memo below.

From: NPR Communications
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:50 PM
Subject: From Dick Meyer and Kinsey Wilson: New Managing Editor, Digital News

All,

We are very happy for NPR that Mark Stencel will be joining us as the new Managing Editor, Digital News beginning July 20. Mark is one of the most experienced, versatile, serious and well-liked news leaders of his generation. His mix of experience in breaking news, political reporting, digital innovation, technology leadership and the business is wholly unique and impressive.

After a long run with The Washington Post, Mark joined Congressional Quarterly in 2005. He is currently the Executive Editor and Deputy Publisher of Governing magazine and Governing.com…. Before that, he was Managing Editor, Newsroom at CQ…..

Big Changes at NPR News

A management re-org at NPR seems to have offered up some new positions and a shifting management structure:

Ellen McDonnell will be Executive Director of News Programming.

Dick Meyer, currently editorial director of NPR Digital, will become executive editor for NPR News.

David Sweeney is assuming the position of Managing Editor.

Brian Duffy‘s new title is Director of Enterprise and Planning.

Stu Seidel is moving from supervising senior editor to deputy managing editor and will run the News Desk being launched June 1.

For more info on the new structure, positions and soon-to-launch NPR News Desk, visit PRPD for the memo sent by NPR Senior VP for News Ellen Weiss.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Former NBC producer Aram Roston has a piece in GQ this month on Texas billionair Allen Stanford, “Did This Man Pull Off The Most Brazen Swindle Of All?

• So as FishbowlNY put it, Twitter can be very helpful to journalists, whether they’re promoting their own work, seeking sources or just looking for what everyone is talking about. In light of Twitter’s popularity, WSJ editor Alix Freedman sent an email yesterday to staffers outlining new conduct guidelines that specifically instruct reporters how to handle themselves on Twitter.

• WebNewser has obtained a memo sent from NPR SVP of News Ellen Weiss about some leadership changes as public radio continues to change with the times including an audience that continues to fractionalize. NPR went through a re-org after about 18 months ago and, writes Weiss, “Since that time it has become even clearer to me that we must deepen the integration of our newsroom, establish better and faster communication between units in News and others in the organization, and foster even more ambitious, distinctive storytelling and enterprise reporting every day on our shows and online.” Dick Meyer, Editorial Director of NPR Digital, will now oversee newsgathering across all platforms. Read on here.

• Want an internship at HuffPost? Be prepared to shell out $13,000.

Morning Reading List 03.20.09

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Its day 60 covering the Obama administration and week seven for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWPAPERS

The Graham family that owns WaPo has been selling shares in the parent company in recent months. Chairman and CEO Donald Graham has sold tens of millions of dollars worth of stock in the past year.

Microsoft says it had no interest in acquiring NYT or other leading print brands. “No,” CEO Steve Ballmer said outside the McGraw-Hill Building in yesterday morning. “Not ‘no comment.’ No.” BusinessWeek reports Ballmer says Microsoft is still interested in acquiring Yahoo.

One banker’s plan to save the newspaper industry: “Despite that gloom and doom, the reality is that, within the pantheon of media sectors, the newspaper business is actually still one of the better ones,” says Jonathan Knee, an investment banker who advised on the San Diego Union-Tribune deal and who has covered the media industry for over 15 years.

WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson sent a memo to all Journal and Dow Jones Newswire reporters yesterday signaling that Dow Jones plans to compete more aggressively against Reuters, Bloomberg and AP.

TV

From WSJ: “President Obama Makes History by Appearing on ‘Tonight Show’

Why President Obama skipped ‘Meet the Press’: “The new moderator often seems like he’s wearing a suit made for someone else – Russert – and as a result has yet to clearly establish why he got this gig instead of anyone else in the conga line of potential successors. David Gregory is terrifically polished, well-informed, a good listener and has the talking points of both sides down cold. But he also seems more intent on covering the waterfront than digging for news, or in pushing the talking heads off their talking points.”

From TVNewser: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria lands first tv interview with former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer since the scandal that forced him out office a year ago (you all remember that).

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren responded on her blog yesterday to the WaPo report that her husband John Coale was advising Sarah Palin. “No, he is not a paid adviser to Governor Palin and never has been,” she writes. “And no, he does not want a job with her or with the other women he has helped.” More here.

RADIO

Will NPR Save the News? “In one of the great under-told media success stories of the past decade, NPR has emerged not as the bespectacled schoolmarm of our imagination but as a massive news machine poised for what Dick Meyer, editorial director for digital media, half-jokingly calls ‘world domination.’”

ONLINE

Check out TVNewser’s Bracket Challenge ’09.

NEWS NOTES

From Politico: Is Washington ready for Wanda? This year’s entertainment at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner: “‘I’m sick of politicians across the board, Republicans and Democrats,’ Sykes says on ‘Sick & Tired.’ ‘They’re all shady. I’m sick of them. To me, political office should be like jury duty. You should just get a notice in the mail one day and say, ‘Aw, sh-, I’m secretary of state next month. Ain’t this a b–?’”

Stealing President George Bush’s thunder, from AP: Obama signs deal for post-presidency book.

Where are they now? Former President Bush Deputy Assistant Press Secretary Pete Seat has a biweekly column in The Times of Northwest Indiana. This week’s: Obama offers too much material for critics.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

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Halloran Leaves US News For NPR

US News’ Liz Halloran is leaving US News (where she was senior editor) for NPR, FishbowlDC has learned. She heads over there on December 1, as their Washington Correspondent for the digital news division.

You’ll recall that NPR recently hired a managing editor several months ago — longtime CBS reporter & producer Dick Meyer. He and digital news editor Jeffrey Katz are starting to put a reporting staff together. They’ve hired Linton Weeks, former Washington Post reporter, and now Liz, and more to come. NPR hopes to bulk up its online news offering (hence the recent hiring of their new CEO, Vivian Schiller, who came from NYTimes.com).

Ververs, Chaggaris, Montopoli Make CBS Moves

From the release:

    Veteran reporter and media writer Vaughn Ververs will move from his current post as editor of “Public Eye,” CBSNews.com’s blog about CBS News and the media at large, to Senior Political Editor of the website. Ververs will be responsible for daily coverage and long-term planning for CBSNews.com’s political coverage, working closely with Molly Levinson, Political Director, CBS News, and reporting to Dick Meyer, Editorial Director, CBSNews.com.

    Steve Chaggaris, who has been involved in producing political coverage for CBS News for the past seven years, has been named Deputy Political Director, CBS News. He will be involved in planning the political coverage with all CBS News broadcasts for the television side of CBS News and will report to Levinson.

    Brian Montopoli will succeed Ververs as editor of “Public Eye,” where he has been a writer and reporter since the media blog began in 2005.

    Ververs’ and Montopoli’s new appointments are effective next Monday, Jan. 15. Chaggaris will assume his new post on Feb. 1.

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