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The Jill Abramson Redemption Tour is Officially Underway

Jill Abramson, the New York Times executive editor who was abruptly fired months ago — has officially begun her redemption tour. Not that she needs to be redeemed — if anything, we’d say she came out looking much better than the Times did after all the dust settled.

However, in her first interview (nice get, Cosmopolitan) since being cut by the paper of record, Abramson explained why, exactly, she’s speaking out. It’s for the kids, dammit.

“Is it hard to say I was fired? No. I’ve said it about 20 times, and it’s not,” Abramson told Cosmo. “I was in fact insistent that that be publicly clear because I was not ashamed of that. And I don’t think young women — it’s hard, I know — they should not feel stigmatized if they are fired.”

Abramson added that she didn’t regret admitting that she cried after Politico published a piece bashing her management style, because young women need to understand that it’s okay to be, well, to be yourself.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Vargas Detained, Released | Abramson Books Two Interviews

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Jose Antonio Vargas Released From Federal Custody in Texas (TVNewser)
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary Documented, was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday evening. FishbowlDC Vargas was detained in McAllen, Texas Tuesday, days after speculating that he may be stuck in the border town. On Friday, Vargas wrote an essay for Politico, where he described his visit to a children’s shelter for Central American refugees. FishbowlNY Vargas was leaving the town to go to a screening of his film in Los Angeles when he was arrested. He was brought to a border patrol station for questioning. Supporters and members of the media gathered across the street, and were warned that if they approached the station any closer, they would also be arrested. HuffPost Vargas flew to the border last week to interview and film undocumented immigrants who have fled their home countries in Central America due to escalating violence. A TSA agent at the McAllen-Miller Airport initially cleared Vargas’ Philippines-issued passport when he attempted to board a flight Tuesday morning. He was placed into custody soon after, however, when he couldn’t produce a U.S. visa at the request of a border patrol agent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Vargas, who won a Pulitzer as part of a Washington Post team in 2008, has become an outspoken advocate for undocumented immigrants after “coming out” as undocumented in a New York Times story in 2011.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: BBC News to Cut 500 | Networks Book Clinton

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BBC News Division to Cut 500 Jobs (Forbes)
BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting program, and that industrial action could well follow. The Guardian Up to 600 job losses are expected to be confirmed in BBC News, with around 80 posts going in BBC Radio, with full details of the cuts expected to be announced next month. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts, which will be phased in over a two-year period, will reduce BBC’s staff of 8,000 by roughly 6 percent. The Telegraph It currently employs around 5,400 journalists, all of whom are expected to be assessed under an appraisal system throughout this year. James Harding, director of news and current affairs, has already warned staff the BBC is only half way through its cost-cutting drive, with 14 percent of its budget having to be reduced by 2017. HuffPost In February 2013, BBC journalists went on strike to protest job cuts, which, at the time, were rumored to be around 2,000 lost positions in years ahead. Just last month, the BBC offered a 1 percent pay increase to employees earning less than £50,000 — or around $68,000. The small pay raise was blasted by trade unions, calling it “completely unacceptable” and blaming the company’s poor leadership for the cost cuts. BBC employees have reacted similarly to the stirring rumors of the layoffs ahead.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Prometheus Buys Mediabistro | FNC Books Clinton | Fox’s Reilly to Step Down

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Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro (FishbowlNY)
Thursday morning, Mediabistro announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial and e-commerce assets to PGM-MB Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, for $8 million cash. FishbowlDC As part of the deal, PrometheusGM will add to its portfolio mediabistro.com and editorial sites including FishbowlDC, FishbowlNY, TVNewser and PRNewser, as well as the Mediabistro Job Board, and Mediabistro’s education business. THR Prometheus Global Media is the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek magazines. Mashable The deal still needs shareholder approval, which could happen by mid-July. The tradeshow portion of the company will remain with Mediabistro CEO Alan Meckler under a new company — Mecklermedia. The company’s 3D printing and bitcoin assets are also not a part of the deal. The site gained a following in media circles, particularly in New York and Washington, D.C., thanks in part to its job board and professional skill development courses. The acquisition provides Prometheus with a new cadre of editorial pieces that fit with the company’s other focused media assets. Prometheus also runs the Clio Awards for advertising and the movie event company Film Expo Group. Poynter / MediaWire Mediabistro alums include Brian Stelter, who wrote for TVNewser and now hosts Reliable Sources at CNN, and Patrick Gavin, who worked for FishbowlDC. In 2007, Laurel Touby sold Mediabistro.com for $23 million.

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Many Sides | Good Try | 90s Remix

AgencySpy: Here’s a powerful and thought-provoking campaign on issues facing the transgender community.

TVNewser: Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren says Donald Sterling should “get out, pay the fine, sell the Clippers as soon as you can.” Which is exactly the opposite of what Sterling will likely do.

FishbowlDC: The public demanded it, and now we have it — an update on Lorena Bobbitt.

Skintight | Even Better Than the Real Thing | Good Call

GalleyCat: Today in Creepy Stuff People Used To Do news, Harvard has found old books that were bound using human skin.

AppNewser: Facebook bought a virtual reality company because it knows no one really likes interacting with others.

TVNewser: Greta Van Susteren is sorry for calling Thailand “The lamest country of the day.” What she meant was Thailand is the lamest country of the month.

Morning Media Newsfeed: MSNBC Announces New Shows | Tarantino Sues Gawker | Van Susteren Blasts Pundit

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MSNBC Shaking Up Daytime Schedule (TVNewser)
MSNBC is announcing major changes to its daytime lineup. Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow will host his new show at 1 p.m. ET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid, the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2. p. m. ET. Tamron Hall, who currently anchors NewsNation at 2 p.m., is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the Today show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule. Meanwhile, the noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4 p.m. two weeks ago. TVNewser News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule. The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where Morning Joe leads into Chuck Todd’s DC-based politics hour, followed by Chris Jansing’s newscast. Hall’s NewsNation follows at 11 a.m. with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” NYT The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his memo to staff, Griffin commended MSNBC for getting off to “a great start in 2014.” “We’ve broken news, done important reporting and lead the way on a variety of stories this month And the audience has responded with some of our highest ratings since the 2012 election,” he wrote. “I’m proud of the fantastic work all our teams are doing, particularly those of you who have been juggling multiple assignments. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility.”

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Fox News Belieber | Nightmare App | Super Bowl Glass

GretaWireLogoTV Newser: Greta Van Susteren is definitely not alone. Because the journey of Justin Bieber ties into the broader topics of celebrity, music, online gossip reporting, youth entitlement and more, there’s no shame in admitting to have been interested in the latest Biebs transgressions.

Agency Spy: On the other hand, a horror TV channel App designed to mess with a user’s R.E.M. sleep patterns sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. “Night Terror” is free and available starting February 28.

TV Spy: Next to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wearing a pair, this is about as good as it Google Glass gets. For Super Bowl week, Rochester TV sports anchor John Kucko will be donning a pair. As our colleague Kevin Eck rightly notes, let’s hope the on-site reports are better than Kucko’s somewhat uninspiring test run.

Larry King Now Also POLITICKING

Did you know that Larry King has two shows on the Ora.tv network? He continues to do his weekday half-hour chat program Larry King Now. And since the beginning of June, King is also chairing a separate weekly half-hour politics-focused conversation called POLITICKING with Larry King.

Both programs are being offered through Hulu, and since the start of POLITICKING King has welcomed various media figures including Greta Van Susteren, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and POLITICO deputy managing editor Rachel Smolkin.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Stelter to Host on CNN | Snowden Can Exit Airport | Layoffs at NBC News


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Brian Stelter to Guest Host Reliable Sources (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Brian Stelter, a New York Times reporter covering television and digital media, will guest-host an edition of CNN’s Sunday program Reliable Sources, the media-watchdog show that longtime host Howard Kurtz recently left for a job with Fox News. In doing so, Stelter will join the likes of NPR’s David Folkenflik, CNN contributor John Avlon and others in CNN’s Reliable Sources bake-off. TVNewser Stelter will host Aug. 11. In the meantime, he will avoid covering CNN, as well as Fox News and MSNBC. Mediaite Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is not taking the news well that Stelter will be guest-hosting Reliable Sources in August. In a blog post Tuesday, Van Susteren called Stelter’s move a “conflict of interest” and labeled him a “hypocrite” for his paper’s criticism of her husband’s ties to GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Gretawire Van Susteren: “Stelter writes about CNN (and MSNBC and Fox News) and is now either hustling CNN or the other way around… there is no clearer conflict of interest. Stelter now knows where his bread is buttered (and where is the New York Times public editor?)”

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