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Center for Public Integrity Responds: ‘Unfortunate PR Campaign by ABC News’

publici-icon-300x300The war of words between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity is heating up.

CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg doesn’t mince words responding to ABC News President Ben Sherwood‘s request that the two organizations share CPI’s Pulitzer Prize.

“Thank you for your letter of last night regarding the black lung investigation, which was also sent to our full Board of Directors and the news media. I have to assume this is all part of an unfortunate PR campaign by ABC News,” Buzenberg writes.

He adds that ABC News joined the coal-mining industry investigation–one that resulted in Johns Hopkins shuttering their black-lung program, and congressional action–halfway through, and produced “sporadic” reporting geared toward TV, not print.

“Not true,” ABC SVP for Communications Jeffrey Schneider responds to TVNewser. “We were invited to join this investigation by the former executive director at the outset, which was October 2012.”

Schneider adds examples of joint reporting: “Many of our stories on ABC.com are bylined by Chris [Hamby], although he didn’t write them. Many of our on-air reports list him as a producer, even though he didn’t shoot anything, conduct on-camera interviews, or spend a moment in the editing booth.”

“ABC was a wonderful coalition partner, and did great television, but the Pulitzer Prize is specifically for print and digital companies,” Buzenberg tells TVNewser. “It’s not a TV award. They didn’t write the 2500-word story, written entirely by Chris Hamby.”

Buzenberg also included a response from Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler.

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize

ABC-News-Logo-1ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share their Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners.

“You seem to be determined that ABC was simply a megaphone for Chris Hamby’s work,” ABC President Ben Sherwood wrote in a four-page letter to CPI executive director William Buzenberg yesterday, adding that in CPI’s submission, they “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions.”

Buzenberg isn’t conceding: “ABC is seeking to take credit for a large body of work that it did not produce,” he said in a draft response to Sherwood, POLITICO reports.

“That is a lie, that is an absolute lie,” ABC News SVP for Communications Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser in response to Buzenberg. “We take great exception to the CPI submission that diminished our work almost to the point of nonexistence, and took complete credit for this joint investigation which had so much impact,” Schneider continued.

The investigation placing ABC and CPI at odds exposed doctors and lawyers conspiring with the coal industry to deny sick miners their black-lung medical benefits. The report caused the famed Johns Hopkins Hospital to suspend its black-lung program; Congress also sought to craft legislation to help sick miners.

“We believe that Chris Hamby deserves a Pulitzer Prize for his work,” Schneider added. “What we take great exception to is Bill Buzenberg suggesting ABC had little to do with this reporting. We were invited to take part in this work before he was named executive director at CPI.”

The two organizations have recently shared awards on the coal-mining industry story. Last month, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to reporters from both news outlets; next month the White House Correspondents Association will also honor both.

Sherwood’s full letter to CPI’s executive director after the jump.

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Cable News Takes Home Social Media Shorty Awards

Sarah JonesTVNewser was at last night’s Shorty Awards in New York City, where both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America won awards for their respective social media activities. Our sister site Lost Remote has the full awards recap.

MSNBC.com won the best use of social media for news category, awarded for their Google+ Hangout series on marriage equality. The network beat Al Jazeera America’s social media show, “The Stream,” and The Guardian’s #AskSnowden social campaign, where NSA-leaker Edward Snowden answered reader questions.

We caught up with Executive Editor for MSNBC.com Richard Wolffe after their victory was announced. “For a short person, winning a Shorty is a big deal,” Wolffe joked to TVNewser, adding his take on the success of the social campaign. “You have Andrea Mitchell talking on-air about people she had spoken with on these hangouts…and that was very cool, seeing that integration of digital, and TV, and social media with really respected, experienced journalists.

Al Jazeera America won two awards: best news twitter and best social media journalist; the latter awarded to AJAM deputy news editor, Sarah Jones (pictured above). During her acceptance speech, Jones thanked all those on social media who support under-reported news, and added a request.

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CNN Won’t ‘F*cking Forget’ Cate Blanchett’s Post-Oscars Press Conference

Cate BlanchettFresh off a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Cate Blanchett felt pretty free with her words live on CNN.

“And don’t you f*cking forget it,” Blanchett answered an Australian journalist during a post-show press conference on what it means to be the first Australian actress to win over two Academy Awards.

CNN’s Piers Morgan came out of the press conference swiftly moving to entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, who was outside the Governors Ball interviewing Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o.

(h/t Mediaite)

‘Good Morning America’ Heading to The Oscars

GMA OscarsThe 86th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday night at 8:30pmET, with red carpet festivities beginning at 7pmET.

Sunday morning’s “Good Morning America” will air reports from ABC News entertainment correspondents Chris Connelly and Rachel Smith from the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre.

On the big night, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will co-host “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” alongside PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle and TV host Tyson Beckford.

The morning after, “Good Morning America” will air live from Los Angeles, recapping the night’s highlights and big winners. Musician John Legend will be performing live on the show.

ABC’s sister-network Fusion is also getting in on the Oscars action, with Alicia Menendez hosting Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party red carpet.

Not to be outdone, NBC’s “Today” will be covering the big awards ceremony, with Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford split hosting from Los Angeles on Monday morning. The duo will highlight the night’s biggest moments and best fashion as well as air their interviews with celebrities from the red carpet.

Joining them will be the Olympic duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky, who will also be contributing to NBC’s “Access Hollywood” from the red carpet. Weir and Lipinsky just got back from contributing to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage.

CBS News Leads The Pack In News & Documentary Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards today.

As it did last year, CBS News leads the pack with 46 nominations, followed by PBS (45 noms), with HBO (21), ABC (14) and NBC (13) rounding out the top five. CNN secured eight nominations, MSNBC received five, BBC World News America and CNBC each received two, with Bloomberg and Univision each securing one nomination. Discovery Channel, Science Channel, History, Nat Geo, Showtime and Investigation Discovery also received nominations.

“60 Minutes” is the most-nominated program, with 24 nominations, followed by “Frontline” with 18. “CBS Evening News’ secured 10 noms, with “Nightline” leading ABC and “Dateline” leading NBC with five nominations each. “CBS This Morning,” in its first year nominated, secured seven nominations, while “GMA” and “Today” each secured one.

The Emmys will be handed out October 1 in New York City, and will also see the Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy going to David Fanning, the EP of PBS investigative documentary series “Frontline.”
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Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer to Co-Host Pre-Emmys

With the Emmy awards on ABC this year, ABC News anchors Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, along with Clinton Kelly of “The Chew” and “The Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison will host ABC’s pre-Emmy Red Carpet special. The special airs live at 7pmET/4pmPT Sunday night, followed by the Emmy Awards hosted this year by Jimmy Kimmel.

Maria Hinojosa Presented 2012 John Chancellor Award

Maria Hinojosa, a reporter and anchor for NPR, PBS and CNN is the recipient of the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Presented by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the award is named for the former anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”

The University says Mexico-born and Chicago-raised Hinojosa was selected “in recognition of the courage and independence she has shown over the course of her career reporting on those whose stories might not otherwise make it into the mainstream media.”

An eight-member committee, including NBC News president Steve Capus and Chancellor’s daughter, Mary, selected Hinojosa for the award, which bestows a $25,000 prize for the winner.

CBS’s Clarissa Ward, BBC’s Paul Wood Honored for Syria Reports at RTCA Dinner

CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and BBC News correspondent Paul Wood were the co-recipients of the David Bloom award for their intrepid reports from Syria at last night’s Radio & TV Correspondents Association dinner. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC News correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting. Additionally, CBS’s Steve Kroft (above) was presented the Joan Barone award for his “60 Minutes” piece on the STOCK act and CBS news cameraman George Christian won the Jerry Thompson award for his extraordinary lifetime achievement. This award was created last year to honor the memory of CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson. Christian is the award’s first recipient.

Martha Raddatz Presented Fred Friendly First Amendment Award

ABC’s Martha Raddatz is presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in New York City

Martha Raddatz has been in worse rooms, in worse countries, on military bases and battlefields.

Today, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent graced the gilded dining room at the 19th century Metropolitan Club on New York’s 5th Avenue and was presented with the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award by Quinnipiac University.

Ruth Friendly, the widow of the legendary CBS newsman for whom the award is named, described Raddatz as “fearless.” The impossibly humble Raddatz said, in fact, she was “filled with fear” as she took the stage.

“The courageous ones are the people I have covered during my career,” said Raddatz accepting the award before a crowd of more than 100 guests, including her ABC News colleagues Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, previous Friendly recipient Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Woodruff, Terry Moran, David Kerley and Jim Avila.

Raddatz talked about the courage of Staff Sgt. Sal Guinta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. “Sal Guinta does not think he is courageous or a hero. He does not think he did anything that others wouldn’t do in the same situation.”

And the bravery of her own colleagues, “far too many of whom have lost their lives or been badly wounded doing so,” as Raddatz looked toward table four. “And I still can’t be in the same room with

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