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CBS Statements On The Death Of Walter Cronkite

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor, CBS Evening News, correspondent, 60 Minutes: “When I think of Walter Cronkite, I think of his high journalism standards, integrity – but most of all his humanity. I think he was so trusted because he exhibited a sense of purpose and compassion, night after night. He was the personification of excellence.”

Don Hewitt, executive producer, CBS News, creator of 60 Minutes and Cronkite’s first executive producer on the CBS Evening News: “How many news organizations get the chance to bask in the sunshine of a half-century of Edward R. Murrow followed by a half century of Walter Cronkite?”

Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes commentator: “I’ve been proud over the years to see Walter become, not just one of the best known people on television but one of the best known people in the whole world of people. He was proud of me, too and there’s no better feeling in life than that. I wouldn’t trade Walter Cronkite liking me for just about anything I’ve ever had.”

We posted earlier a statement from Sean McManus, President of CBS News and Sports. After the jump, statements from Les Moonves, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Rick Kaplan, Susan Zirinksy, Charles Osgood, and more…

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Morning Reading List 03.23.09

From the Silicon Valley Insider

Good Morning FishbowlDC!

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Its day 63 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Congrats to Politico’s Patrick O’Connor who got engaged Saturday to girlfriend Katie Lindsey. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT clobbered President Obama Sunday in the lead editorial and in columns by Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd.

LATimes: Newspaper cuts open door to more political trickery. “Political consultants aren’t exactly rubbing their hands together and snickering. But as the hired guns look over a landscape of closing newspapers and laid-off investigative reporters, they sense an opening that leaves them both excited and queasy.”

From Editor & Publisher: Numerous rival papers have forged content-sharing deals in the past year. From Florida to California, arrangements are emerging among dailies with no common ownership or JOA ties, as a way to reduce staff cuts and save money.

Why are WaPo obit reporters smiling in their pics? Find out here.


Playbook: Rep. Debbie Wasserman speaks to Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this am about her battle with breast cancer.

The Daily Beast’s “Top 6 Moments From Sunday Talk.”

Howie Kurtz profiles CBS 60 Mins correspondent Steve Kroft in today’s Media Notes in WaPo. “Kroft has finally emerged from the shadows, with 10 of his 12 pieces topping the broadcast this season, including an interview that aired Sunday with President Obama. ‘He’s the lead guy now,’ says executive producer Jeff Fager.”

Also from Kurtz on CNN: “Obama goes from comfy sofa to hot seat.”

From Portfolio: “Through March 17, CNN trailed not only Fox News and MSNBC but also its own sister network, Headline News, on nine out of 17 days. On one day, March 13, CNN even drew fewer 25-to-54 viewers than CNBC — the first time that’s happened since November 2007.”

From Media Matters: “Tucker Carlson’s Jerk Store.”


NPR omsbudsman explains the backlash to a recent gay marriage story. Also at NPR, Cinny Kennard has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.


According to a report, 40 percent of bloggers — on their own blogs or on message board postings — said they would, or already do, pay for news content online. One of the most common reasons why was because they “don’t want the quality of news to decline.”

NYT’s A Web Site’s For-Profit Approach to World News:
Overseas reporters have been a casualty of budget-chopping news organizations, leaving an opening for the online start-up GlobalPost. But while many news executives are exploring nonprofit business models to keep specialized reporting flowing, GlobalPost is intended to be a moneymaking venture.

Jon Friedman’s Media Web: “Who needs real friends? I’m on Facebook and Twitter!


From the NYPost: The recession has Conde Nast cutting the fat.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

NEWS NOTES and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump.

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More “News War” Tonight

From the release:

    Correspondent Lowell Bergman continues his look at the news business in Part III of “News War” this Tuesday night. Bergman and producer Stephen Talbot are asking a question that is on the minds of many of us in the business: what’s happening to the news? And there is no better place to start looking than the program voted “Best News” program three years ago by the Television Critics Association – “The Daily Show.” The choice of the popular comedy show, which regularly skewers the manners and style of network and cable news, says a lot about the traditional network and cable news broadcasters.

    Bergman explores the fate of network news with Ted Koppel, Dan Rather and the head of ABC News, David Westin. Westin and Bergman have a back and forth about whether some of the softer pieces found on the network’s magazine programs really can be called news. But if entertainment values appear to be winning over journalistic values, this is just one challenge for broadcast news chiefs. Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes” knows that his core audience is 55 and older. To reach a younger crowd he is letting Yahoo stream some of “60 Minutes’” lighter features in bite-size chunks, along with outtakes not seen in the broadcast. Yahoo and Google now play an increasingly important role in the dissemination of news and we explore in our program how each has taken a different approach in their news efforts.

    As traditional news providers increase their online efforts, they find they’re only a click away from a swarm of bloggers and a new generation of ‘citizen journalists.’ Will these new voices be capable of delivering original reporting instead of mainly reprocessing the stuff that other people already have dug out? Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, is one of many who raise that question. He has his doubts. There is a lively debate on this point with Jeff Jarvis, one of the champions of the blogosphere’s ability to provide useful information and real reporting.

    In the last half of “What’s Happening to the News” we shift our attention to the most significant challenge to journalism today: the fate of the nation’s major newspapers. The not-so-secret secret of the news business is that much of what is online and even much of what is seen on television and cable depends, as former Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll notes, “on the people who are going out and knocking on doors and rummaging through records and covering events.” What economic model will support this basic reporting function in the future? The symbolic struggle for the future of American journalism is told in the story you may have noticed in the weekly headlines recounting the ups and downs of the Los Angeles Times. The paper’s current owners are trying to sell the paper, along with their other media properties. We tell this story from the inside.

    Bergman also chronicles the larger economic story of the enormous financial pressure on many newspapers – how, for example, the popular Internet site ‘craigslist’ has taken much of the classified ad business away from them. In the battle for the future of newspapers, the trump card seems to rest with Wall Street. If shareholders cannot be satisfied and if moguls don’t come to the rescue, who will pay for quality news on which we depend?

    If you cannot view “News War – What’s Happening to the News” this Tuesday, you can watch it on our Web site, where you also can access dozens of extended interviews and background articles. And, express your opinion about this program at