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The New York Times Agrees: Shonda Rhimes Not An ‘Angry Black Woman’

shonda_rhimes2-620x412Here’s a topical reminder that words matter on the editorial side, too. Twitter blew up — as it tends to do — this weekend thanks to a New York Times profile of Scandal /Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Why? Here’s the lede by Alessandra Stanley:

“When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.’”

Get that? She’s black, she’s angry, and yet she somehow manages to get away with it.

It’s not that Stanley wanted to insult anyone. In the next paragraph, she writes: ”Ms. Rhimes, who wrought Olivia Pope on ‘Scandal’ and Dr. Miranda Bailey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ has done more to reset the image of African-American women on television than anyone since Oprah Winfrey.”

That point is settled. But Rhimes took issue with Stanley’s piece, and today NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan agreed.

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Grading Obama: Five Down, One to Go

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President Barack Obama‘s five Sunday morning talk show interviews aired yesterday (after being filmed back to back from the White House Roosevelt Room on Friday). That leaves Obama with one major interview left in his latest media blitz: tonight the President will appear on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

So, how did he do? The TimesAlessandra Stanley called the round of interviews a, “remarkable – and remarkably overt – display of media management.”

“He’s turning the presidency into an infomercial,” former White House speechwriter Matt Latimer told the New York Post.

The White House stood by their strategy. “In an increasingly fragmented audience that gets information from a number of different sources, putting a huge amount of his time behind one medium increases our ability to really break through and get a message out. The effect of one interview, given how rapidly the news environment moves, doesn’t last as long as it used to,” White House communications director Anita Dunn told the Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz.

Mediaite’s Steve Krakauer reviewed each interview and said that CNN’s John King came out on top. “…many of the foreign policy questions gave the CNN audience a perspective not seen in the other three,” he said.

As is usual with any high profile interview, network PR teams rushed out transcripts with highlighted sound bites as early as Friday afternoon, hoping their respective interview would get the largest share of coverage.