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Larry King Now Also POLITICKING

Did you know that Larry King has two shows on the 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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Jill Abramson Doesn’t Want a War with Arianna Huffington

Jill Abramson, the most intriguing person in the media right now, gave an interview last night to Jessica Yellin at CNN about what it means to be the first female executive editor of the New York Times.

Yellin asked Abramson about Bill Keller‘s very public feud with Arianna Huffington, where he notoriously said about AOL’s acquisition of Huffington Post that “Buying an aggregator and calling it a content play is a little like a company’s announcing plans to improve its cash position by hiring a counterfeiter.”

So can we expect more shots fired from the new Times executive editor? Unlikely. Abramson said to Yellin:

I think that, you know, the aggregation of pieces of journalism that, you know, other news organizations have paid dearly to like get the story, get it right, tell the story behind the story, is — you know, poses a threat to us in some ways.

But I respect the fact that an awful lot of people like to read that way.  And, in some cases, I think “The Huffington Post” has been inventive and presents what it aggregates well.  So, you know, I don’t see myself — I’ve known Arianna Huffington since the early ’90s in Washington.  She is an inventive person.  I certainly don’t want to be in a war with her.

Probably a wise move. Yellin observed: “I can detect a change in tone at the top already.”

Abramson also had positive forecasts for both the Times digital and print.  She called the new paywall very successful so far, and said the number of people who have had print subscriptions for over two years has actually increased in the past year.

Video of the interview with Yellin is after the jump.

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Glenn Greenwald on the Merger of Government and Journalists

Above is CNN’s Jessica Yellin interviewing Salon’s Glenn Greenwald and former Bush adviser Fran Townsend about Julian Assange of Wikileaks.

Greewald posted about his appearance today:

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The MSM Finally Meets the John Edwards Love Child

nytni.pngLet the rationalizing begin! After the John Edwards story officially broke last Friday — running almost non-stop on every cable channel — many news organizations are now in the process of trying to explain why it took them so long to take up a story initially reported by the National Enquirer last December. The general consensus seems to be that the reluctance may have been less about an overriding sympathy for Elizabeth Edwards than the fact that no one wanted to dirty their hand on a Enquirer story. Well he who laughs last laughs loudest as they say, and, as the WSJ points out the NI actually has a history of breaking stories (remember Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones?) so arguably people should have been less wary about getting their hands dirty.

On CNN’s Reliable Sources Salon‘s Joan Walsh said it was more a matter of there not being enough sources, even anonymous ones. CNN’s Jessica Yellin concurred but also pointed out (and we think she probably makes a very good point here) that if the media had been in “hot pursuit of the story and pushing it and putting it on the airwaves at that time, we would have gotten lambasted for ignoring a war, ignoring a tanking economy, and all these issues that matters to voters.” For his part Howie Kurtz says the situation became “ludicrous” and basically turned into “a conspiracy of silence by the media.” That said, up until today the majority of the NYT print coverage was relegated to the Caucus blog, the op-ed pages and a Week in Review story about disgraced politicians and television written by Alessandra Stanley (according to public editor Clark Hoyt the Times never even made “serious effort to investigate the story”). Of course, you may have also heard that Russia is in the midst of launching a war.