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Pair of Emerson Journalism Profs Less Than Thrilled with Ron Burgundy ‘Publicity Stunt’

For weeks now, the feeling around FishbowlNY HQ has been that Ron Burgundy should no longer be known as Anchorman. Rather, a more accurate moniker this fall-winter would be Shameless Pitchman.

Paramount Pictures has been completely overdoing the RB-placement thing. While some of Burgundy’s appearances have been cute and a few of those dozens of Dodge Durango commercials were chuckle-worthy, the novelty has largely worn off as RB pops up in a new PR location seemingly every weekday.

EmersonCollegeLogoThat’s why we were taken by the words of two journalism professors at Emerson College, whose august Communication wing has been renamed today in promotional honor of the mustachioed buffoon. From the Boston Globe partnered report by John King, posted by Nicole Leonard:

“I was opposed to it from the start,” says Assistant Professor of Journalism Mark Leccese. “I don’t see what the college gets out of it, other than having its name in the media for a day. I don’t see this Hollywood publicity stunt [enhancing] the reputation of Emerson’s School of Communication.”

Leccese’s discomfort was echoed by journalism professor Emmanuel Paraschos.

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David Carr: ‘We Want CNN to Be Good’

In his latest column, The New York Times’ David Carr takes on the bumbling CNN. Carr explains that Americans want the network to be the news station it claims to be. “We want CNN to be good, to be worthy of its moment,” writes Carr. But then, as we all noticed, it never can seem to do that. Carr goes through a few examples:

The biggest damage to CNN has been self-inflicted — never more so than in June, when in a rush to be first, it came running out of the Supreme Court saying that President Obama’s health care law had been overturned. It was a hugely embarrassing error.

On Wednesday at 1:45 p.m., the correspondent John King reported that a suspect had been arrested. It was a big scoop that turned out to be false.

Mr. King, a native of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, was deeply sourced with local law enforcement officials, but people covering the story suggested those sources were out of the loop by Wednesday.

Throughout the week, I saw anchors and reporters staring at their phones, hoping a new nugget might arrive to give them something to say.

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Taking a Tour of New WABC/Channel 7 Studios

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It’s closing in on a year since WABC/Channel 7 moved to new studios at the other side of its Upper West Side building. FishbowlNY was granted access recently to tour the operation with video and photos.

Regular viewers already know the new look is fan-friendly. Taking a page from the network morning news’ playbook, the studio is at street level on the corner of Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street. A window gives passersby a look of the studio, even when live on-air. The talent can also see foot and vehicular traffic. When needed, though, the black curtain can be drawn for intimacy.

But wanting the daytime, New York City feel during the live newscast was a key ingredient to breaking ground. Therefore, at times, sunlight reflects directly onto the anchors. The veteran anchors, though, have not been distracted as they keep their focus on the camera and teleprompter. While locked into the live newscast, that doesn’t mean they loosen the occasional knot in the tie. For example, a couple of months ago a touch of Hollywood came to WABC, and lead anchor Bill Ritter tweeted his followers.

woody harrelson just came by our studio window to wave hello. c’mon… how cool is that?”

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What Were Journalists Doing When the Osama bin Laden News Broke?

The death of Osama bin Laden is major news — and media outlets won’t let you forget it. “What were you doing when Bin Laden was killed?” is now replacing “What were you doing when Kennedy was assasinated?” in the media.

At National Journal, Gwen Ifill writes that:

My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National Airport late on Sunday night when I turned on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of e-mails and tweets.

She also puts together what other major journalists were doing when the news broke. Here are a few of the stories:

Washington Week regular Jeff Zeleny was watching The King’s Speech on pay per view at home. Helene Cooper was watching a DVR of the royal wedding. (Lots of anglophiles in the media!)

Another Times reporter David Sanger was in Brussels for a NATO story. NPR’s Tom Gjelten was on a late-night run to the drug store. Our favorite: James Kitfield of National Journal was in a Houston hotel room sipping from a glass of brandy. Coincidentally, so was FishbowlNY.

Just kidding. We were watching the Royal Wedding on DVR, too. We’re not that cool.

Update: Dylan Byers reports on what the top CNN journalists were doing when the news broke for Adweek: it turns out that they are some serious hockey fans. Wolf Blitzer was watching the Washington Capitals playoffs on TV when the story broke, and John King and Ed Henry were at the game. Apparently “Ed Henry went to the White House and had to borrow a jacket from someone.”

Insider Reacts to Former CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Firing for Controversial Comments

As we reported on Friday, CNN abruptly fired afternoon anchor Rick Sanchez.

During a 20-minute satellite radio interview on Thursday, Sanchez made derogatory comments about Jews, his former employers and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

One CNN insider tells FishbowlNY, “I don’t think anybody who heard that audio clip could have a positive reaction to it.” 

The insider believes anyone who listened to the interview knew that Sanchez was going to have to deal with the consequences.

Long before Friday, though, there was a report on politico.com that indicated many staffers were apparently not Sanchez supporters.

Prior to the start of John King’s new evening show in January 2010, the report states that 200 employees at the Washington bureau were asked if they respect Sanchez or Wolf Blitzer, host of The Situation Room, as a journalist. 

Nearly all in attendance raised their hands for Blitzer, while politico.com reported at the time that only a select few gave similar support for the Rick’s List host.

Stewart has his first comment to the Sanchez firing after the jump.
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Rick Sanchez Fired by CNN

Anchor Rick Sanchez was fired by CNN Friday evening, a day after making inflammatory comments about Jews and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Sanchez spoke with Sirius XM satellite radio host Pete Dominick (a former warm-up comic for Stewart’s show).

The terse statement from the cable network where Sanchez worked since 2004 read:

“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

At one point in the interview, Sanchez told Dominick that Stewart is a “bigot” and added that he [Stewart] was bigoted against “everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?”

Dominick, who works for CNN on John King U.S.A, pointed out that Stewart is Jewish and is therefore a minority.

“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez responded.

Sanchez’s 3-5 p.m. weekday show is being replaced by CNN Newsroom for the “foreseeable future,”  CNN said.

TVNewser has more on the story, including audio from the controversial interview.

Sightings at HuffPo Ball

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We saw NBC’s David Gregory, CNN’s John King – we also heard a rumor that promoter Don King was around. Former Howard Dean campaign manager, political consultant Joe Trippi was there, as well as Michael Calderone from Politico and Chris Matthews from…well we actually don’t know where Chris is from. Are there others where he comes from? Shudder.

Anyway, above is The Nation‘s Christopher Hayes who when running into us again said, “You’re the one that put me on the Internet.” So since he clearly has a Google Alert set up for himself – we couldn’t help but do it again. Hi Chris! Ahem..stalker.

Who Will Be the Next Tim Russert?

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The final event of the first day was “Insights and Analysis: Leading National Political Reporters Discuss the Campaign” panel. And yes, all panel’s names were also long descriptions. It was, after all “ELECTION 2008: Obama vs. McCain: What Happened and What Comes Next?” conference that we will call EOVMWHAWCNCon for short.

You can watch all the panels here.

The final panel had Mark Halperin of Time, John Heilemann of New York Magazine, Mark Barabak or LAT, Mike Allen, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei all of Politico.

During the Q&A the question was floated who would be the next Tim Russert. Who will be the next television journalist to vet future candidates?

Mike Allen said the names John King of CNN, Gwen Ifill and Chuck Todd. John Harris offered up Chris Matthews. Then Mike Allen noted that NY Observer had also mentioned John Harris as a possible replacement.