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Newspapers React to Darren Wilson Ruling

Last night a grand jury ruled that Darren Wilson would not face any charges in the killing of Michael Brown. Newspapers across the nation reacted with startling images on their front pages. Unfortunately, most chose to showcase the unrest in Ferguson, but some — like The Chicago Sun-Times — went with more moving images.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: How The Cable Networks Covered It (THR)
White Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The cable networks have been covering the lead-up since Monday afternoon and carried the announcement live. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Nearly every major news organization had reporters on the ground, some with upward of two dozen staffers. High profile anchors like Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and Chris Hayes have also been dispatched to cover the grand jury decision and any resulting turmoil. The major broadcast and cable networks, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Reuters, USA Today, The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed all have reporters on the ground, and some have sent additional photographers and videographers as well. TVNewser As President Obama called for calm, angry protesters tried to flip a police cruiser. Less than an hour after the President’s remarks, that police cruiser was on fire. Police told CNN correspondent Jason Carroll and his crew to leave the scene as live rounds in the cruiser started going off. Mediaite Before St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that there would be no indictment for Wilson in the shooting death of Brown, he spent a few minutes railing against the media for its role in the process leading up to Monday night’s announcement. “The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about,” he said, “following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media.” TVNewser As CNN coverage from Ferguson moved into the 10 p.m. ET hour, Anderson Cooper passed off to Don Lemon, who appeared on camera wearing a gas mask on his forehead. Within moments, canisters of gas were thrown into the streets as police moved in and pushed away crowds of protesters. Chris Cuomo, who was live with gas flowing toward his camera position, threw back to Lemon, who was wearing the mask over his face — gas swirling in the air behind him — and was unable to continue. He asked for water. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos is currently poised to land the first interview with Wilson. TVNewser The announcement came a day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported a collection of network news anchors had met privately with Wilson. Variety Stephanopoulos prepared to offer a special report on ABC News Monday night. NBC News’ Brian Williams and CBS News’ Scott Pelley anchored special reports covering the announcement.

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Writer Gives Thanks for Eddie Murphy, Bruce Beresford

ShutterstockEddieMurphy2010Journalists-slash-screenwriters, please take note. In turkey dinner terms, it is possible that great script you just finished polishing will not hear the cry of “Action!” until Thanksgiving 2025.

By way of proof, we point you to a recent blog post by former Patch columnist and current Mom sitcom staff writer Susan McMartin. The film Cook, inspired by her family life experiences, started production today:

To say it’s been a long ride to get here is an understatement. I wrote the screenplay, Cook, when my daughter was just a little over two-years-old.

She’s going to be 13 in a month.

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Travel + Leisure Names Digital Director

Travel + Leisure logo GTravel + Leisure has named Sarah Firshein its digital director. Firshein comes to T+L from The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw online content for the paper’s Personal Journal and Off Duty sections. She previously served as the founding editor for Curbed’s national site.

“Sarah is a highly skilled and creative professional who blends deep experience in digital strategy with refined editorial judgment,” said Nathan Lump, T+L’s editor, in a statement. “She’s the perfect choice as we continue to evolve Travel + Leisure and grow our digital offerings across channels.”

Firshein’s appointment is effective December 8.

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86-Year-Old Man Dies Five Days After Authoring Daily Beast Article

DailyBeastLogoThe headline, initially glimpsed on its own, invites natural skepticism. It reads: “My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare.” But once you click through and read the sub-headline, there is absolutely no confusion or doubt:

Malcolm MacDougall, a prominent speechwriter and creative director, was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, his insurance company delayed and denied cancer treatments despite MacDougall paying his premiums. This is his story, in his own words, written five days before he died.

Tragically and incredibly, MacDougall wrote the article from Lenox Hill Hospital, in-between emergency tests and treatments for prostate cancer, following an erroneous decision by his health plan nurse to overrule a doctor’s recommendation. For anyone who has been mired in a health plan bureaucratic nightmare, the details are going to sound familiar, minus the terrible final price paid by MacDougall:

For example, when I asked the broker who sold the policy why my primary-care physician, Dr. David McIntosh, appears on the MagnaCare website listing in-network providers, he explained that I had used “the wrong code.” He said I had used the “099 code” instead of he “699 code.” Apparently, it is a very secret code because it had never been given to me. Subject closed.

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So What Do You Do, Bill Schultz, Emmy-Winning Animation Producer?

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He’s best known as the producer of animated smash hits, like The Simpsons and King of the Hill, but it’s his forthcoming animated dramedy he hopes will earn him worldwide (Web) praise and land him a weekly spot on your TV. Bill Schultz‘s latest venture, Jimmy Stones, takes to the Internet to create a series for the people, by the people, to reach the masses.

After four Emmy awards and nearly 30 years in the film and television business, Schultz is no stranger to collaboration, but online crowdfunding — that’s new. Now he’s teamed up with Jim Manos, Jr., Emmy-Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and The Shield, and creator of Dexter, to develop a new kind of animated series. Jimmy Stones is a half-hour adult animated comedy series that follows a cynical guy as he deals with his miserable life and finds himself speaking to animals living around him New York City. The animals remind him it’s never too late to start anew, even if your ex-wife wants you dead, the IRS is looking for you and your landlord is ready to toss you out.

Manos and Schultz are asking fans to pony up to deliver custom content with a highly fan-centric approach. Get your name on the credits, get your script covered or just get a T-shirt… every little bit helps bring the carefully drawn characters to life! If Jimmy Stones is victorious, you’ll catch about a dozen episodes online and Manos and Schultz hope it’ll be on your television set, too.

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NY Times Staffers Answer Thanksgiving Questions

If you’ve got questions about preparing Thanksgiving dinner, The New York Times has answers. Sam Sifton, the Times’ food editor; Melissa Clark, a food columnist; and Eric Asimov, a wine critic, are all answering questions on the Times’ Facebook page right now.

A quick example: One person asked for the best way to cook two large turkeys. “Yes, definitely cook them at the same time if they will both fit in your oven and if you have 2 roasting pans,” replied Clark. “If you don’t (or they don’t) one idea is to spatchcock them. Then spread them out on rimmed sheet pans to roast. You should be able to get both in the oven at the same time if you do it this way. Bonus: they will roast up in an hour or so.” See? Solid advice from smart people.

Please note that the Times staffers will not be able to help you figure out why your uncle Carl drinks so much.

Le Monde Profiles Nikki Finke

Sandwiched around a great full-page, in-place-of-current-headshot illustration by Kelsey Dake, Le Monde’s M magazine has chimed in with a November 22 profile of Nikki Finke. Good timing, since heading into Thanksgiving, Finke tweeted that she is getting ready to announce by year’s end if and how her day-job efforts will continue.

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Although Finke did not on-the-record participate, article author Samuel Blumenfeld does at one point reference her off-the-record response to M inquiries. He writes that the speed and detail of her words made it feel like M was the only party to have ever contacted her.

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