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CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. CNN broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. CNN is available in 98 million U.S. households, and more than 271 million worldwide. Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide.

Time Warner Talked with Glenn Beck About Replacing HLN with The Blaze

BeckGlennHe once hosted a show on the network, but a new report claims there were talks of turning HLN into Glenn Beck‘s The Blaze.

Even as Time Warner continues discussions with Vice media, the Wall Street Journal‘s Keach Hagey reports CNN executives recently met with team Beck as it plans an overhaul of HLN:

Among the possible deals considered was an arrangement similar to the one being discussed with Vice Media, according to a person familiar with the deal: forming a new venture between CNN-parent Time Warner and The Blaze that would replace HLN’s current programming with Blaze programming.

Hagey reports the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a deal. Beck got his start on national TV on Headline News in 2006. He moved to Fox News in 2009, all while continuing his radio show and building his media empire. After leaving Fox News, he launched GBTV, which became The Blaze. Just this week, The Blaze updated its appeal to achieve greater distribution. The digital network is on about 60 small cable systems as well as DISH network, but not on the big 6 carriers which cover 75% of U.S. households.

This all puts the spotlight back on Vice Media. From Hagey: Read more

Don Lemon Hip Hop Artist Interview Devolves Into Media Debate, Claims of Anchor Disrespect

Well that was interesting.

This afternoon, during coverage from Ferguson, CNN’s Don Lemon brought on Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Talib Kweli, who has been protesting in the Missouri city. But the conversation quickly turned into Kweli’s complaints about media coverage, then to CNN.com headline writing, and about whether Lemon disrespected Kweli when he arrived for his interview. Despite being wrapped by his producers, Lemon allowed Kweli to speak, then explained his own position. “I said hello to you. I am very busy here. I am not trying to disrespect you,” said Lemon.

It devolved into a conversation about how to have a cable TV news conversation.

In the end, Lemon asked “Are we good? “Yeah, we’re good,” Kweli said.

Protestor Interrupts Anderson Cooper’s Interview with Trayvon Martin’s Mother

CooperProtestorsDuring coverage from Ferguson, MO last night, Anderson Cooper interviewed Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was gunned down by George Zimmerman in 2012. Midway through the interview, Cooper turned to protesters nearby, one of whom was shouting at him.

“I’m actually talking to Trayvon Martin’s mother right now,” Cooper shot back. “Will you have some respect? I appreciate that.”

Meanwhile, on Fox News, Megyn Kelly interrupted her own show early Wednesday morning. As she was talking about the murder of journalist James Foley, live video of Ferguson protests were shown on the screen. “Hold on…I realize…I realize something is happening in Ferguson, but we’re talking about something important here, so can you at least split screen the video,” Kelly said to the Fox News control room. “The protesters and the police are clashing again, they’re clashing again. But we’re talking about the dead, the death of an American who was beheaded.”

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CNN Removes iReport Saying Missouri Patrol Captain is Gang Member

A CNN iReport that mistook a fraternity hand sign Missouri Patrol Captain Ron Johnson made for him being a gang member has been taken down.

The Washington Post reports the iReport suggested Johnson was making hand signals members of the group the Bloods use (shown below).

The sign is actually the greeting for the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, which Johnson belongs to.

“iReport is a social network for news. A small number of user submissions are approved for use on air and online,” a CNN spokesman tells TVNewser. “The iReport in question had not been vetted, was labeled as “NOT VERIFIED BY CNN,” and was removed shortly after being flagged by the community.”

Are TV News Anchors Blurring the Line Between Reporting and Opinion in Ferguson?

TapperPolitico writes about whether the media coverage in Ferguson has shifted from reporting to opining.

On Monday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted the authorities’ heavy-handed response to the demonstrations, which he deemed nonsensical. Don Lemon, on the air for CNN, even offered personal assistance to the parents of Brown. “If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally,” he told them during an interview.

“There is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram,” Tapper said Monday. “What is this? This doesn’t make any sense!” Earlier in the day, Lemon was pushed back by police during a live shot. “Now you see why people are so upset here…we’re on national television, so imagine what they’re doing to people who you don’t see on national television; the people who don’t have a voice like we do.”

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Nora Zimmett Named SVP of Programming at The Weather Channel

The-Weather-ChannelNora Zimmett has been named senior vice president of live programming at The Weather Channel. Zimmett joins the network from CNN, where she was most recently the co-creator and executive producer of the weekend edition of “New Day” and “Smerconish.”

“Nora’s vast experience covering important issues makes her the ideal leader for a team with an editorial mission focused on safety and preparedness as well as science,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement. “She is an amazing journalist and brings with her an understanding of storytelling and how important it is to our network.”

Prior to working at CNN, Zimmett worked at Bloomberg TV and Fox News. In her new role, she will be based in Atlanta.

The release, after the jump. Read more

As Violence Escalates in Ferguson, ‘Reliable’ and ‘MediaBuzz’ Discuss Press Freedom

With tensions continuing to rise in Ferguson — where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced today that he has signed an executive order deploying the National Guard to the area — media coverage of the protests was a topic of discussion on both CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” this weekend. Three more reporters were arrested in Ferguson overnight, with several more reporting being detained or threatened.

On “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter interviewed Al Jazeera correspondent Ash-har Quraishi, a member of the crew that was hit with tear gas while covering the protests last week. “I do feel like we were targeted because after we retreated back, there was a crowd that did go towards our camera equipment and that was caught on camera,” Quraishi said.

On “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz rejected Joe Scarborough‘s suggestion that Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowrey‘s arrest was self-promotional. “Scarborough is entitled to his opinion, absolutely … but the fact that they were actually arrested, and the charges were so trumped up that they were thrown out, shows what a difficult situation it was.” Read more

Jake Tapper Questions DOJ Spokeman’s ‘Gutsy Reporter’ Classification

Jake Tapper took to Twitter early this morning to question a Department of Justice Spokesman’s labeling of a Huffington Post reporter arrested last night covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The reporter Tapper was referencing is the New York TimesJames Risen, who is being compelled to testify against a source used for his 2006 book, “The State of War,” or face prison time. Risen has refused to testify.

Reporter Slammed in Ferguson Slams Joe Scarborough: ‘Sipping his Starbucks Smugly’

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The arrest of two reporters in Ferguson, MO last night has been a hot topic on morning cable news. In the first 10 minutes of “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough shared his opinion.

“I’ve been in places where police officers said: ‘all right you know what? This is cordoned off, you guys need to move along.’ You know what I do? I go, ‘yes, sir, or yes, ma’am.’ I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day,” said Scarborough, adding, “I am sure I am just the worst person in the world for saying this.”

Scarborough’s take on the arrest and short detention of Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, became news over on CNN. Kate Bolduan asked Lowery — who says police slammed him into a soda machine during his arrest — about Scarborough’s comments:

I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting there sipping his Starbucks smugly. I invite him to come down here and talk to the residents of Ferguson where I’ve been since Monday afternoon having tear gas shot at me, having rubber bullets shot at me, having mothers and daughters crying, having a 19-year-old boy crying that he had to run and pull his 21-year-old sister out from a cloud of tear gas. He thought she was going to die.

I invite Joe Scarborough down here and to do some reporting on the ground, and then he can — and then maybe we can have an educated conversation about what’s happening here.

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Here’s the News Jake Tapper Deletes From His Twitter

CNN’s Jake Tapper is an avid tweeter and took to the platform this afternoon to tell users about news he discards.

Tapper’s Tweet is about pop star Justin Bieber who has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his drag racing arrest. Tapper then further explained. Read more

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