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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Why Jorge Ramos Swam the Rio Grande (It Wasn’t to Get to the Other Side)

JorgeRamosSwimsNo, that’s not Jorge Ramos taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean off Miami Beach. In fact, the Fusion and Univision anchor swam across the Rio Grande as part of his Fusion special tonight on the border crises.

“I swam with my cameraman all the way to the Mexican side without actually touching the Mexican side because that’s illegal by treaty,” Ramos tells the Daily Beast. Also, even though Ramos has dual U.S./Mexican citizenship, he didn’t have his passport.

As for what it’s like:

It’s exactly what you think it is. There are very strong undercurrents, a lot of rocks and plants and a muddy bottom. If you try to stand up you might be stuck because it’s so muddy you can’t actually move your legs. It is very, very contaminated. And it’s dark. It’s impossible to look through the water. It took me about 15 minutes.

‘Pimped Out’ Returns. New Clinton Book Details Old Cable News Firestorm

shuster“Clinton Inc.,” another new book about the former, and perhaps future, White House occupants dredges up a cable news moment that regular readers of this site will recall.

In February 2008, as the Democratic primary for president was heating up, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster waded into the debate about the Clinton family dynamic and how it plays out on the campaign trail. “Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?,” Shuster asked.

That line set off a firestorm from the Clinton camp to the highest levels of NBC and even its corporate parent at the time. Politico reports on an excerpt from the book by Daniel Halper:

According to a source close to the situation, the Clintons called people on the board of NBC’s parent company General Electric to say, “Well, this is outrageous, how NBC News and MSNBC are handling this, and we need to do something about it.” Before long, GE’s chairman Jeffrey Immelt was on the phone with Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal at the time, and (former NBC News president) Steve Capus asking, “What the hell is going on over there? Why are my board members talking about the reporter, and why is your reporter referring to Chelsea as a prostitute?”

Shuster was suspended for the remark. His employment with MSNBC came to an abrupt end in April 2010 when it was revealed that he took part in the taping of a pilot for CNN. Shuster had been with MSNBC since 2002 following a six-year run at Fox News Channel. He is now an anchor with Al Jazeera America. Ironically, Chelsea Clinton would go on to work as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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Alan Murray Named Editor of FORTUNE

Alan Murray, the former deputy managing editor and online executive editor of The Wall Street Journal, has been named editor of Fortune. Murray joins the TIME Inc. publication following a short stint as president of the Pew Research Center.

Murray was CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2002 to 2005, where he co-hosted “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” Borger is now with CNN.

Murray, who will be just the 17th editor of 84-year-old brand, succeeds Andy Serwer, who is leaving the company. Murray’s first day will be August 25.

In a 2010 interview with MediabistroTV, Murray talked about the future of business news on TV and online. “When I think about news journalism. I think about reporters who are paid to go out and find the truth. They’re human beings, so they have their own biases. But they are trained to try and get over those biases and find the truth. That kind of reporting I find less and less on television.”

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Fox Newsers Remember Colleague

Rick Regan, a longtime Fox News producer, has died. Regan, 60, had been with Fox for more than 8 years and was responsible for production of live breaking news events and news updates in prime time. Before Fox News, Regan spent 13 years at WCBS and CBS News and, before that, he spent 12 years at WABC where he was senior sports producer. Eric Shawn remembered Regan on the air Sunday:


The Morning Ticker: Sharpton, Ramos, Rascon

  • MSNBC host Al Sharpton put himself at the center of the news this weekend. Following the choke-hold death of suspect Eric Garner while in NYPD custody last week, Sharpton led a march and press appearances with the victim’s family, calling for change in police tactics.

  • Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will anchor “America” from the U.S.-Mexican border tomorrow. Ramos will report on the journey thousands of unaccompanied children are taking as they flee the increasing violence and economic hardship in their home countries.

  • KNBC reporter Jacob Rascon is on temporary duty for NBC News’ Los Angeles bureau for the rest of the summer. Rascon, the son of former CBS News correspondent Art Rascon, joined KNBC in 2012. His first story for NBC News is the Washington wildfires.

The Sunday Ticker: Al, Jose, Maria Elena

  • The Weather Channel’s “Wake up with Al” celebrates its 5th birthday today. Last week, hosts Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams took a look back at the biggest storms, biggest guests and best remotes since the show launched July 20, 2009.

  • MSNBC and Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart will receive the Rubén Salazar Award for Communications at the NCLR annual convention in Los Angeles Tuesday. The organization presents the award to a professional dedicated to portraying news relevant to US Hispanics.

  • Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas travels to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, to get to the root of the current crisis at the U.S. border where more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained. Her special report will air on Univision tonight at 7 pm ET/PT.

Watch 1964 CBS News Civil Rights Special

CBSNewsCivilRightsAs part of the ramp up to this week’s special, “CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights,” the network has posted the 1964 broadcast “The Search in Mississippi” on CBSNews.com. Anchored by Walter Cronkite, the report followed the disappearance of three civil rights workers. Thursday’s live interactive event will be broadcast on CBS’s Smithsonian Channel and on CBSNews.com Thursday at 8pmET.

 

Billionaires Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman Bury the Hatchet

IcahnAckmanPershing Square Capital CEO Bill Ackman and fellow billionaire investor Carl Icahn hugged it out this week at CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference in New York, settling a feud that goes back 10 years, and which came to a boil on CNBC last year in what became one of the most memorable business news debates in years.

New York Times Dealbook reports CNBC arranged a meeting between the two men a few weeks ago, which led to the public appearance at the conference last week.

For a flashback, read through for the January, 2013 billionaire brawl…

(Photo: Heidi Gutman/CNBC)

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CNN Reporter Pulled from Reporting in Israel after ‘Scum’ Tweet

DianaMagnayAs NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin returns to reporting from Gaza this weekend, a CNN reporter has been pulled from the region, in part for sending a tweet which referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.”

Diana Magnay was reporting live on CNN Thursday from the Israeli city of Sderot which is less than a mile from Gaza and which has seen incoming Hamas rockets. Magnay was reporting from the so-called Sderot cinema where local Israelis gather to watch the IDF bombardment. After her report, she wrote on Twitter: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong.’ Scum.”

CNN said in a statement that Magnay was referring specifically to those who threatened her and that the network and Magnay are sorry if anyone was offended. Magnay is already back in Moscow where this morning she is reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Ayman Mohyeldin To Return to Gaza for NBC

Following public pressure, including a petition signed by more than 15,000 people, NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will return to Gaza to continue reporting on the conflict there.

On Wednesday, Mohyeldin witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite reporting throughout the day on the tragedy, “NBC Nightly News” chose to use chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to report on the day’s news from the region. Engel had just arrived in Tel Aviv.

As we reported Wednesday night, the perceived snub led to some anger within the NBC ranks. On Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported that NBC had pulled Mohyeldin from Gaza due to “security concerns.” The group Jewish Voice for Peace went so far as to assemble a petition requesting NBC re-instate Mohyeldin immediately.

“Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days,” an NBC News spokesperson says. “As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.”

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