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Paul Haggis Crashes Church of Scientology’s New Year

In the media this week, there’s something going on in reaction to the release of Lawrence Wright‘s book about Scientology that also occurred last year when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced, and separately when a Vanity Fair cover story outlined that whole business with Nazanin Boniadi.

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Our good friend Tony Ortega sums it up this way:

For those of us who watch Scientology closely, and have for many years, most of the [Lawrence Wright book-related] articles that have popped up in recent days seem to be gasping over things that have been known or written about for many years…

We would argue that for much of the public, the word [about Scientology] was already out long before today’s publication of Wright’s book. (Look at the reaction, for example, when on Monday The Atlantic magazine ran a paid church advertorial at its website extolling the virtues of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Even though there was nothing really wrong with The Atlantic taking the church’s money for an ad, the public denunciation of the magazine was so swift and loud, The Atlantic caved and took it down.)

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WNBC Adds Extra Coverage for the Conrad Murray Verdict

WNBC anchors Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell, with NBC News legal analyst Rikki Klieman

The verdict came yesterday in the trial of Michael Jackson’s physician. Dr.Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the King of Pop in June 2009. Murray will be sentenced November 29 and could face a sentence ranging from probation to four years behind bars.

WNBC/Channel 4 was the only local station with special coverage following the announcement. Just past 4:15 p.m., Harry Smith broke in for NBC News as the verdict was read. Within ten minutes, though, Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas picked up the torch, anchoring the station’s additional coverage, in advance of their regular five o’clock broadcast.

The tandem, helped by NBC News legal analyst Rikki Klieman, provided the running commentary of the live video outside the L.A. County Courthouse.

 

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Chris Wragge Says Leaving WCBS for Early Show Was ‘Too Good … to Pass Up’

As we reported on Tuesday, WCBS top anchor Chris Wragge is heading to mornings as host of the network’s The Early Show.

Beginning on Monday, January 3, Wragge will lead the revamped Early Show that also features co-anchor Erica Hill, news reader Jeff Glor, and weather forecaster Marysol Castro. His final day at Channel 2 is December 10.

Wragge tells FishbowlNY that he was delighted to make the move, if not conflicted.

“It’s always tough when you’re in a situation that you really love, and you work with somebody that you’re over the moon for,” Wragge admits. “But this challenge is one that I’ve obviously wanted for a long time. …It was too good a deal to pass up.”

Two years after joining WCBS, Wragge transitioned from nightly sports anchor to lead news anchor in 2006. Since that time he has been paired with Kristine Johnson.

Wragge talks about the struggles with joining a last-place program after the jump.

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Chris Wragge Named Early Show Weekday Co-Anchor, Set to Leave WCBS

Chris Wragge, the personable WCBS evening news anchor, is joining CBS’ The Early Show full time.  

As first reported by our own TVNewser (and the Associated Press) the network is removing its entire weekday on-air staff; co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weatherman Dave Price. Wragge, who had been Smith’s main back-up, takes over on a regular basis. 

Wragge is currently the regular Saturday Early Show co-host with Erica Hill. The duo make the move together to weekdays.

Now with steady morning hours, FishbowlNY has learned that Wragge will leave the anchor desk permanently at WCBS.

Wragge is the WCBS anchor at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Kristine Johnson.
He joined Channel 2 in 2004 as the station’s main sports anchor. Wragge’s star took flight as he rose to news anchor two years later.

The Early Show changes are reportedly scheduled to begin on Jan. 3.

Why I Followed Andrew Sullivan to the Financial District

It’s sort of fitting that my last FBNY post should be about The Atlantic dinner/conversation I attended earlier this evening, which featured Michael Hirschorn and Andrew Sullivan, since this post was actually my first foray into this whole blogging thing (and remains my top Google result).

The talk — the dinner part included chili, cornbread, and brownies — was billed in the invite as “A Conversation on the Future of Media” and the crowd that packed Justin Smith‘s downtown apartment included a whole lot of very recognizable New York Media names who will no doubt be heavily involved in that very Future. Here’s a non-exhaustive list: Bonnie Fuller, Harry Smith, Richard Perez-Pena, Nick Denton, Tad Friend, Duff McDonald, Gabriel Snyder, Jeff Bercovici, Matt Haber, Danny Shea, Brian Stelter, Rachel Sklar, Jon Fine, Dylan Stableford, Laurel Touby, James Bennett…and also, strangely(?), (the very tall) Sigourney Weaver.

Alas, neither Sullivan nor Hirschorn appeared to have any definite ideas about what ‘Media’ might look in the future other than that it would probably be very different from what we currently have, but also that the New York Times is in a lot of trouble. For those of you keeping score Andrew Sullivan still reads the dead tree edition of the Times every morning and does not Twitter. @LaurelTouby, @BrianStelter, and @RachelSklar, however, all have nice tweets from the party. Now(!), before I sign off for good here’s a couple of other interesting things I read today:

  • Choire speculating on, among other things, the equality of words.
  • Chris Lehmann talking about his “crash course in the staggering unselfawareness of Manhattan class privilege.”
  • Gay Talese, who is described solely in this article as “an author who writes on the sex trade.” Ahem.

  • Garry Trudeau on journos “Smitten With The Idea Of A Personal Broadcasting System” Also, Twitter’s greatest hits…and misses.

  • This, for reasons which will become clear at some point tomorrow.
  • And this, because it’s had me laughing all day. The video in the top corner of this post, by the way, is purely for the enjoyment of my managing editor Rebecca Fox, and for the edification of my Menu cohort Steve Krakauer.
  • Ann Coulter Jumps Shark Named Harry Smith


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    Harry Smith took Ann Coulter to task. He calls her ‘sophomoric’ and her views ‘simplistic’. Then Coulter tosses her hair and says something to the effect of “I’m rubber, you’re glue.”

    “This is the Ann Coulter publicity machine at work — publish a book filled with vitriol, lies and sloppy sourcing — say something batshit crazy — wait for the backlash — feign victimhood — media storm follows — ride the wave to the best sellers list,” said a media insider familiar with Coulter’s career to FBLA. “I’m not sure what is more pathetic, Ann thinking she still looks hot in a black cocktail dress, or that the media falls for this song and dance every time.”

    Yeah, the whole ordeal seems so dated. It’s so Friendster. It’s so VHS. It’s so ‘meh’.

    Thanks to Glynnis MacNicol at our sister blog FishbowlNY for the clip.

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    • Condoleezza Rice: Likes CBS anchor Harry Smith, loves “Fox guys, I love every single one of them.” [Reuters]

    • Bad Ratings: For Rolling Stone reality show debut. [WWD]
    • Croc Hunter Steve Irwin’s: Final film Jan. 21. [USA Today]
    • Editor Of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth: Gets her own Rodale imprint. [Page Six]
    • Time vs. Newsweek: The Friday argument. [MIN]
    • Changes At the Public Eye: Editor becomes senior political editor for CBSNews.com. [Public Eye]
    • Corynne Steindler: Lands on the Page Six masthead — three months on the job. [Page Six via Jossip]
    • 2008 Democratic National Convention: won’t be at Madison Square Garden — Denver instead. [NYT via Daily Intel]