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CBS News Called the Consumer Complaints Division of ISIS

If you haven’t seen last night’s Scott Pelley “60 Minutes” stories on ISIS, do yourself a favor and head over to CBSNews.com. But before you do that, take a look at what it took to put the story together. “60 Minutes” producer Henry Schuster and his crew went to the front lines of the fight in Northern Iraq. Attempting to get an interview with ISIS, he called a phone number listed in an English-language ISIS publication. It was the terror group’s consumer complaints division. He didn’t get through.

Meanwhile, associate producer Rachael Morehouse went to a refugee camp where Pelley conducted gut-wrenching interviews with a woman and her two brothers who survived the brutality of ISIS. “It was the worst story I’ve ever heard, personally,” Morehouse says in the “60 Minutes Overtime” video:

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Brian Stelter Trying to Get an Interview with Fareed Zakaria About Plagiarism Charges

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CNN’s “Reliable Source” debuted a new logo, new set and new music in a new city on Sunday. The show decamped its longtime home in Washington, D.C. for New York. The media affairs show’s move to New York follows the recent relocation of Atlanta-based weekday talent to CNN’s New York newsroom.

Before Sunday’s show, a viewer asked host Brian Stelter if he was going to be covering the plagiarism allegations against his CNN colleague Fareed Zakaria. Here’s his response:

(h/t J$P)

Is There a Media Crusade Against the NFL?

On MediaBuzz Sunday, Howard Kurtz tackled whether the media has unfairly targeted the NFL in the aftermath of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence incidents.

“I like football, I like watching football, I grew up playing football on the street…but I think it’s been appalling what the National Football League has done,” Kurtz said. “Not that we should hold the NFL to a higher standard, but we should hold it to some decent standard of behavior for players who do this kind of thing off the field. I think this is no longer a news story. I think this has become a cultural moment.”


Alaska TV Reporter Quits on Air: ‘F**k It, I Quit’

Charlo Greene, a reporter at CBS affiliate KTVA in Anchorage quit her job on air last night, telling viewers, “Fuck it. I quit.”

Greene was reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club. Following the story, she revealed she is the owner of the medical marijuana business and was going to be leaving TV news so she could devote her time to pushing for marijuana legalization in Alaska.

At the end of the report, she stunned viewers, and the newscast anchor, with this:

The Morning Ticker: CNN Threat, ‘Joe’ Get, ‘Meet’ Set

  • Venezuela’s President is threatening legal action against CNN en Espanol, among other news outlets, for spreading what he said were false health rumors. Nicolas Maduro has ordered an investigation into coverage of a possible outbreak of a tropical disease.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today as the U.N. General Assembly begins in New York. Secretary Kerry will be live in studio at 7:30am to discuss Iraq, Syria, and how to handle ISIS.
  • There won’t be a “Meet the Press” next Sunday because of the Ryder Cup, but on yesterday’s show Chuck Todd announced, “With a bit of luck, we’re going to have a shiny new set,” when the show returns Oct. 5.

Why CNN Chose Not To Show Latest ISIS Video

CNN’s Tony Maddox, who oversees international newsgathering and programming, went on the network’s “Reliable Sources” this morning to talk about why CNN chose not to air the latest hostage video. ISIS released a video Thursday showing British journalist John Cantile who spoke about being “abandoned by my government” and that his “fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State.”

Maddox called the video a kind of torture. “For me the editorial returns were not worth the ethical compromises involved in showing that film and that’s why CNN took the decision not to show it.” So why show two other videos of American ISIS hostages who were murdered by the terror group? Brian Stelter asked Maddox:

David Gregory Keeps an Eye on the Sunday Shows

Former “Meet the Press” host David Gregory is still in touch with the Sunday Shows, at least on Twitter. Gregory re-tweeted Daniel Silva’s tweet about his segment on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” Silva, a New York Times best-selling author, was Wallace’s Power Player featured on today’s show. He is married to longtime NBC News DC-based correspondent Jamie Gangel.

 

‘Today’ Kicking off Fall Concert Series

today logo“Today” will launch its monthlong fall concert series on Tuesday.

Country star Kenny Chesney will perform in the 30 Rock Plaza September 23 on the same day his new album “The Big Revival” debuts.

Other performers in the concert series are Lady Antebellum, Bastille, Fleetwood Mac, Ylvis, and Neil Diamond. And on November 17, One Direction will perform live from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida as their album “Four” debuts.

This past summer, TVNewser followed “Alex on the Plaza” to get the first-hand production experience on the day of big concerts.

‘Today’ Anchors Get Fit

After this morning’s “Today” show, the anchors headed down the east coast to Baltimore for the Shine a Light Health and Wellness Expo. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Jenna Wolfe, Dylan Dreyer and WBAL anchors Deborah Weiner and Stan Stovall.

A segment on the expo will air in the morning on “Today.”

A Strange Day for the White House Press, and the Secret Service

WhiteHouseSearchIt was an unusual Saturday morning following an equally precarious Friday evening at the White House.

Just before 8:30amET, the White House pool reporter for the day sent a note that they were not being allowed into the White House. “The plaza in front of White House is shutdown. The AP Photographer uploaded photos of a shoulder to shoulder sweep of the north lawn at 7:30 am and then the uniformed officers moved to do the same shoulder to shoulder search across the plaza and into Lafayette park,” the pool note read. “There appear to be dozens of officers in the search”

About 15 minutes later, the Secret Service allowed the pool access to the White House. Even longtime members of the press corps say this morning’s activities were out of the norm.

They follow last night’s incident in which a Texas man jumped the fence around the North Lawn and made it through the door of the White House portico.  In another incident this afternoon, a New Jersey man approached a White House gates on foot. He later drove up to another gate and pulled into the vehicle screening area. When he refused to leave, he was arrested and charged with unlawful entry.

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