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‘It’s Outrageous’: Critic Says CNN’s Van Jones Had No Place ‘On the Streets’ in Ferguson

Van JonesIn a discussion of media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case–and the violence that followed–Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized CNN’s decision to have political analyst Van Jones on the street alongside CNN’s reporters and anchors. “It’s outrageous,” Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield, describing Jones as “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television.”

Zurawik compared Jones to an analyst like Karl Rove, and argued he should never have stood next to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. “Why would you put him on the streets? It’s outrageous to put that guy out there on the streets. There’s kids in college studying journalism who are more equipped to be on the streets covering that story for CNN than he was.”

Listen to the full conversation, after the jump:
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WaPo Reporter Calls Don Lemon ‘Aggressively Subjective CNN Polemicist’

rzkrbc8w124p067murdkWriting on the Washington Post‘s Style blog, reporter Peter Holley describes CNN anchor Don Lemon as an “aggressively subjective CNN polemicist.” Holley lists a series of odd moments involving Lemon, suggesting Lemon may be the most gaffe-prone anchor at the network since Rick Sanchez:

It remains unclear which came first — Don Lemon inserting his agitating personal opinion into his coverage or his bosses rewarding him with more air time for doing just that. Either way, the combination has been a volatile one. In a matter of months the one-time golden boy with the charming smile has gone from a talking head to a head that seems incapable of not talking when other people are trying to answer his questions. Not since gaffe-laden Rick Sanchez has a CNN anchor courted this much controversy. It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment “Don Lemon, CNN anchor” became “Don Lemon aggressively subjective CNN polemicist,” but experts trace his emergence to at least as early as last year, when Lemon sided with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in a discussion about young black men’s social decorum and use of belts.

CNN’s Don Lemon, In Gas Mask, Overcome in Ferguson

Things are getting bad in #Ferguson.

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As CNN coverage from Ferguson moved into the 10 p.m. ET hour, Anderson Cooper passed off to Don Lemon, who appeared on camera wearing a gas mask on his forehead. Within moments, canisters of gas were thrown into the streets as police moved in and pushed away crowds of protesters. Chris Cuomo, who was live with gas flowing toward his camera position, threw back to Lemon, who was wearing the mask over his face–gas swirling in the air behind him–and was unable to continue. He asked for water.

Moments later, Lemon again was unable to resume anchoring the hour, heard on air saying “I need IFB. Someone make a phone call.”
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Where’s CNN’s Bill Weir Been? Turns Out, Just About Everywhere


When Bill Weir left ABC News for CNN more than a year ago, the speculation immediately involved what Weir’s show would look like, and where in the CNN lineup it would land. One report hinted Weir might grab the 9 p.m. hour from Piers Morgan. Another story suggested it wasn’t 9 p.m., but possibly 11 p.m.

Last April, it seemed we had our answer when CNN launched a new newscast, “CNN Tonight”, with Weir in the debut anchor role. But insiders at the time insisted Weir was not interested in making the show his own–or, as he said in an interview with WGN last week, of being a full-time “prompter monkey.”

Instead, Weir took off, flying around the world, hitting six continents in four months. The results of his work will be a CNN series, “The Wonder List with Bill Weir”, which CNN announced today would air in 2015.
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Stelter: Network Anchors Have Met with Michael Brown Shooter Darren Wilson

DarrenWIlsonCNNCNN’s Brian Stelter reports that several network news anchors have met with Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. As a grand jury decides whether Wilson should be charged with a crime in the case, Stelter named at least five news anchors who have met in secret with Wilson. “Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and their networks can’t really even confirm the meetings happened,” Stelter says:

Here are the anchor names I know with the caveat that others may have met with him. NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’s Scott Pelley and both the prime time anchors at CNN: Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. Maybe other anchors as well. I have a feeling someone at Fox, I just don’t know the name but that’s what my sources are telling me.

CNN Pays Tribute to Retiring Director Roger Strauss

Director Roger Strauss is leaving CNN after 34-plus years of service. The network ended his tenure on Friday with a touching tribute to the original CNN employee.

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

CNN to Announce New Bill Weir Show Monday

In the last four months Bill Weir has traveled to six continents. “It’s the longest I’ve gone without having to put on a tie and be a prompter monkey,” Weir told his former colleagues at WGN in Chicago this morning. Weir said CNN will be revealing details about the new show Monday. The CNNCommentary blog writes the show will be called the “Last Chance Diaries.” “It’s the most exciting project I’ve ever had,” Weir says. WATCH:

Weir has been a journeyman TV journalist. After Chicago, he worked for KABC in Los Angeles, then to ABC News in New York where he anchored “Good Morning America” Weekend and, later, “Nightline.” He joined CNN a year ago, and did some fill in anchoring before beginning work on the new CNN Originals show. Weir was on WGN to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. Before Chicago, he was a sports anchor in Green Bay. In a Media Beat interview a few years ago, he told us about his transition from “smart ass” sports guy to ABC News anchor.

CNN, HLN Back on Dish Network

CNN HLNDISH Network and Turner Broadcasting have mutually decided to restore service of CNN, HLN and six other networks that were pulled from the satellite service a month ago today.

Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang are also back on Dish. The companies also faced a Dec. 5 deadline which could have meant the removal of two other Turner networks: TBS and TNT. Today’s deal extends that carriage agreement to Dish’s 14 million subscribers. Neither company released details of the terms. Earlier this month, Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen called the loss of CNN a “non-event.” “Things like CNN are not quite the product that they used to be,” Ergen said on Nov. 4.

Critic: Cable News Walking Fine Line Between Coverage and ‘Inciting Violent Mood’

1408526936999_wps_5_A_protester_joins_hands_wDenver Post media critic Joanne Ostrow detects a “curiously eager” drumbeat in the cable news coverage from Ferguson ahead of the expected grand jury report:

If you’ve watched cable news lately, you are aware of the fine line they are walking between capturing the mood in Ferguson, Mo., in advance of a grand jury decision and practically inciting a violent mood.

Ostrow wonders whether heavy coverage of what might happen will influence what does happen. “It’s the tone that’s worrisome,” Ostrow writes. “Will there be blood? Might there be shooting? They’re guessing for all they’re worth.”