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Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS News (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources said. Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Rumors of Attkisson’s stormy relations with her superiors at CBS News have made the rounds for months. In conversations from last year, CBS News sources said that Attkisson was frustrated that more of her reporting on Benghazi and other investigative pieces didn’t make The CBS Evening News with greater frequency. HuffPost The Emmy-winning reporter also made headlines in 2013 after CBS News confirmed that her computers had been hacked. Attkisson had suggested that “there could be some relationship” between the suspicious activity and the government’s probes into the Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rosen. The Department of Justice denied that possibility, and the network also addressed it in a statement in August, saying, “To be clear, the federal government has not been accused in the intrusion of Attkisson’s computer; CBS News is continuing to work to identify the responsible party.” The Washington Times Attkisson began negotiating with CBS News president David Rhodes as early as last April about getting out of her contract. She announced her resignation to her 41,000 Twitter followers Monday with the simple message: “I have resigned from CBS.” TVNewser Attkisson, a Washington-based investigative correspondent, called her time at CBS News “one of life’s great privileges” and said she is “grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had.”

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Bill Simmons Discusses Grantland

Bill Simmons GGrantland, the ESPN owned site edited by Bill Simmons, is almost three years old. That’s as good a time as any to check in with Simmons on the site’s past and future. Recode did just that, and below are some highlights. The full interview is here.

On keeping Grantland fresh:

This is a really dangerous time for us. Because you can hit a point – we’re not massively successful or anything, but I think we’re doing ok – where you just kind of become who you are. I don’t want that to happen.

What he told Nate Silver about launching FiveThirtyEight:

I was able to help as he was trying to figure out what the site was, by helping him carve out parameters about what he was going to do. Like telling him – get as much figured out before you start the site as you can, because once you’re in a big company, they have a way of trying to grab you here, and grab you here, and all of these people are coming at you.

On the future of Grantland:

I’m totally realistic. Grantland’s doing really well, but at the same time most people don’t know it even exists. So we have to figure out how to use the company better, to get on TV more, and do more multimedia stuff.

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ESPN Responds to Criticism of Grantland’s ‘Dr. V’ Story (BuzzFeed)
ESPN issued a statement Sunday in response to continued controversy and criticism over a Jan. 15 Grantland article about a transgender physicist and golf club inventor. The story in question, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” profiled Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, the inventor of the Oracle GXI smart putter club — and ultimately outed Vanderbilt as a transgender woman, against her wishes. At the end of the piece, author Caleb Hannan wrote that Vanderbilt killed herself. Slate / CultureBox Over the last few days, Twitter has bubbled over with arguments about what Hannan did and didn’t do. At one extreme are the people calling Hannan a murderer, alleging that a trans woman killed herself because she believed a reporter was about to out her. At the opposite pole are those who say Hannan did what journalists are trained to do: report out a story until he unearths the truth. Glittering Scrivener It is not the mandate of a writer to keep pursuing a private citizen’s secrets (secrets which have exactly no impact on the product you are writing about) until they kill themselves. This is not an honorable act. Jezebel It appears from the story’s tone that there was zero ethical concern whatsoever concerning the trans status. This is the sort of stuff that comes up, by the way, in 101 ethics classes: Say you’re called to cover the story of a hero who saved a drowning man from an icy river, and in the course of reporting you determine the hero is also gay, and would prefer to remain anonymous for privacy reasons. Do you report on it? The answer, of course, is no, you don’t report that detail, because the hero being gay is irrelevant to the story. But real-life scenarios are not so simple. Shakesville This is one of the most cavalier, irresponsible pieces of journalism I have read in a very long time. New Republic An inquiry to Grantland’s editors was redirected to an ESPN spokesperson. He said that Bill Simmons, who runs Grantland, will respond via Grantland soon, and wrote: “We understand and appreciate the wide range of thoughtful reaction this story has generated and to the family and friends of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, we express our deepest condolences.” Hannan did not reply to a request for comment. Nieman Storyboard I spoke to Hannan Sunday afternoon. He told me he has been following the reaction to the story, and that he is working with his editors to prepare a statement. He said he will discuss the story when he and his editors feel the time is right.

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Mark Harris on the Inanity of Early Oscar Buzz

There’s something extra special about this year’s marathon Oscar handicapping season being kick-started at Telluride and Toronto by a drama titled 12 Years a Slave. Because in recent years, the once organic and more tempered process of advance film buzz has become a slave to an endless 12 months of town-cried Academy Awards prognostication.

Not that film journalists are alone in this behavior. Tom O’Neil, the grand master of Gold Derby, rightly likes to point out that many other realms besides film awards season (ex: the 2016 U.S. presidential race) lead to early and heavy odds-making by so-called media experts.

Nevertheless, on the Oscar side, it seems to get a little worse each year, amplified by social media and the return in 2012-13 of more robust studio marketing budgets. Enter Mark Harris. In a Grantland piece titled “Is 12 Years a Slave Really a Best Picture Lock?,” he makes a number of resonating observations:

The recent compulsion to anoint a Best Picture favorite around Labor Day, a full 17 weeks before the end of the eligibility period for movies, represents the convergence of several factors… [including] an infection of festival coverage by Web-driven “First!” culture.

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Grantland Film Looks at Schwarzenegger’s Teen Years

Arnold Schwarzenegger has pretty much turned into a punch line at this point in his life.

But before he nearly destroyed the state of California and acting as we know it, Schwarzenegger was part of the Austrian Army as a teen.

Arnold’s Blueprint, as part of Grantland’s 30 for 30 Shorts, touches on this topic in a 12-minute film that was released on Wednesday. If you ever wondered how Schwarzenegger got involved in bodybuilding, then this is the film for you.

Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, the two men responsible for the incredible 30 for 30 film The Two Escobars,  directed the short.

The 30 for 30 Shorts will air monthly on Grantland and Schwarzenegger will join Bill Simmons on The B.S. Report podcast on Tuesday.

Grantland Adds Zach Lowe and Steven Hyden

Grantland, the sports/culture site led by Bill Simmons, continues to attract premium talent. In its latest hiring spree, the site tapped Zach Lowe from Sports Illustrated and Steven Hyden, a contributor to Pitchfork, Salon, AV Club and more.

Simmons announced both of the hires via Twitter.

Sean Fennessey Leaves GQ for Grantland

Sean Fennessey is leaving GQ for a position with Grantland, the site founded by Bill Simmons. Fennessey tweeted earlier, “This is my last week at GQ. The people here are brilliant, and I’ll miss them. Especially the industrious and gifted web staff.”

Fennessey added that he will be joining Grantland next month and moving to Los Angeles.

Grantland Wants to Know the Greatest Character on The Wire

We learned last week on Bill Simmonspodcast that President Barack Obama‘s favorite character on The Wire is Omar Little.

Now, the folks at Grantland have set up a tournament to determine the greatest character on the cult HBO series.

The 32-person tournament kicks off Monday and a few things immediately stood out in the seedings:

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Grantland’s Makeover is a Success

Grantland, the sports/pop culture site from Bill Simmons, has a new look. Gone is the white background, replaced by a yellowish silly putty color (trust us, we consulted the official FishbowlNY silly putty for verification). The banner of a guy swinging a bat has also disappeared; only the site’s title remains. The content is also more streamlined than before.

So what do we think of Grantland 2.0? We like the change. It’s much easier to navigate and find what you’re looking for. Before we’d be scanning down the middle for articles, only to be distracted by the links and articles running along both sides.

We’ve been a fan of Grantland since it launched, and now — with the content more organized — the updated look has us giving the site a standing ovation. Well, sort of. We definitely imagined doing that, and then just typed it. Which is pretty much the same thing.

Lane Brown Heads Back to New York

Lane Brown is leaving Grantland and returning to New York magazine. He left the magazine back in February, but a post on Grantland announced that he was returning to New York as its new Culture Editor.

Grantland’s Deputy Editor, Dan Fierman, said of Brown’s departure, “We couldn’t be happier for him. Lane was instrumental in building this site into what it is today, and as hard as it is to imagine this office without him, we appreciate everything he did and wish him luck in the brave new frontier of ‘print.’”

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