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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

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In Profile: Payne, Atencio, Bartiromo

The host and namesake of Fox Business Network’s “Making Money With Charles Paynesat down with New Jersey Monthly to discuss the benefits of dressing for success.

There’s some common-sense stuff that’s just not being taught in high schools… A little thing like dressing right goes a long way.

Fusion’s Mariana Atencio wrote a first-hand account of how student activism inspired her to be a journalist. Mariana will be participating in Fusion’s RiseUp summit next Wednesday.

Every time I’m in the field as a correspondent, whether it’s in Ferguson or Hong Kong, I see a reflection of my younger self in the students who are putting themselves at risk by standing up to power and shouting “enough already!”

FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo was featured in Palm Springs Life magazine to discuss bringing “Opening Bell” to Palm Springs tomorrow, talking to CEOs and the job market.

I talked with one CEO who told me he is backing this clinical trial where you insert a semiconductor chip or sensor into your blood stream and your phone will call you  two weeks before you’re suppose to have a heart attack to say you are going to have a heart attack and you need to go see the doctor

‘We All Want to See Her Go to Congress and Chop Their Balls Off’

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.32.36 PMThe millennials do things a bit differently, don’t they? Fusion’s livestream coverage of “Midterm Mayhem” featured a discussion of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez – whose father is also a member of the “world’s most exclusive club” — talked about a weekend dustup involving Taylor Swift, and then explained to hosts Kal Penn and Nando Vila that Ernst’s victory was a very big deal.

“She’s going to be the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate, and she’s going to be seen by many as a rising star within the GOP. And we all want to see her go to Congress and chop their balls off.”

Nando Vila, Kal Penn Feature in Fusion’s ‘Midterm Mayhem’ Election Night Coverage

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Fusion’s Nando Vila and Kal Penn will lead the network’s election night coverage, dubbed “Midterm Mayhem.” A two-hour “Election Night–The Final Smackdown” will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., ET. The special will also stream live on Fusion.net and YouTube.

Fusion’s coverage will include Alicia Melendez, Jorge Ramos, Jim Avila, Jordan Fabian, Ryan Nerz, Alexis Madrigal, Nicolle Wallace, and Reza Aslan.

Cable Nets Make More Bets on Film

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Fusion is joining CNN in the documentary film acquisition business.

Yesterday, Fusion announced it has acquired the U.S. TV rights to True Son which premiered recently at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary follows 22-year-old Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs and his campaign to win a seat on the Stockton, CA City Council. True Son will debut on Fusion Nov. 18 at 9pmET, following its limited theatrical release last night.

Earlier this week, CNN announced it has partnered with RADiUS for an as-yet untitled film about campus sex crimes. Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering will direct and produce the film, which will hit theaters first in 2015, then appear on CNN later. Other upcoming CNN Films include “Dinosaur 13,” about paleontologist Peter Larson’s multi-year odyssey to bring his history-making find of the Tyrannosaurus Rex “Sue” to the world and “Life Itself,” a biographical profile of renowned film critic Roger Ebert.

David Folkenflik on Fusion: ‘One of the Most Interesting Experiments…Since Fox News’

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NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflik talked to “Here and Now” host Jeremy Hobson about Fusion, the just-turned-one year old TV network that brings together Univision and ABC. “I think what they are looking to do here is one of the most interesting experiments we’ve seen in television in a very long time, perhaps since the emergence of Fox News in 1996,” Folkenflik said.

Folkenflik recently toured Fusion’s Miami headquarters, and talked about the quality of the hires the network has made in its first year:

“You’re talking about, I think, a stockpiling of an incredible amount of talent in the social media world – Felix Salmon, Margarita Noriega, and many others – who I think are trying to put Fusion on the map in the social media world as a way of, I guess, doing well by doing good — that is by doing really good work, by doing stuff that is compelling, telling stories… they’re trying to figure out new ways to approach stories about politics, or sports, or foreign affairs or what have you, in a way that works in a vernacular of social media and has credibility with younger viewers and consumers and I think they see that as a sort of viral marketing technique as well as a way of doing solid, but digital journalism.”

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CNN’s Brian Stelter on Cable News and Ebola Fear: ‘It’s Partly the Fault of the Viewer’

Appearing on Fusion’s “Midterm Mayhem,” CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter was asked about the role of cable news in creating fear and panic over Ebola. Stelter said part of the problem is cable viewers themselves, who may watch too much news and get a warped sense of the real story. “It’s partly the fault of the viewer,” he told hosts Nando Vila and Kal Penn.

Stelter argued cable’s saturation coverage of stories like Ebola could lead a viewer who sits in front of the screen for hour after hour to walk away more afraid than someone who watches less:

“It’s partly the fault of the viewer. I don’t know if that’s kosher to say or not. Personally, I don’t watch cable news that way. I don’t read news websites that way. I go in for a few minutes, I get the information, I come back out. I think if you sit there watching for 24 hours or whatever that stereotypical amount of time is, you’re probably going to come away with a disproportional sense of how important that story is. I put a lot of that on the audience. Maybe that’s silly of me to say.”

In Profile: Chris Jansing, Megyn Kelly, Alicia Menendez, Stephanie Ruhle

JansingPaul304NBC News’ senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing talks to The Hill about growing up in Ohio, her move to D.C. and baking wedding cakes.

I’m happy a lot. Anytime I’m with close family and friends. Doing breaking news. Traveling. Meeting interesting people and experiencing new things. And it makes me very happy to throw a great dinner party with fun people around the table that lasts for hours. There should always be a cheese course.

kelly sandbergFox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly sat down with People to discuss juggling motherhood and her career, which doesn’t leave much room for sleep.

I have a set up that allows me to be a stay-at-home mom in the day and fulltime employee in the night. It works out well for my home and work life, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for rest.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle are both featured on Marie Claire‘s “New Guard” list, which highlights the 50 most connected women in America.

The Evening Ticker: CBS in Syria; New Hires at Bloomberg, Fusion

  • CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports tonight from inside Syria, where she speaks with a teenager who says he was forced to fight alongside ISIS. The report, broadcast on “The CBS Evening News” is a rare example of American journalists doing on-the-ground reporting inside the country. Williams spoke with 15-year-old Kareem Mufleh in the basement of a prison in northern Syria, where men accused of being ISIS terrorists are being held by a Kurdish group fighting against the Islamic extremists. “They captured my village and gave me a choice-either join ISIS or be beheaded,” Mufleh told Williams in Arabic.

  • Bloomberg has named Joe Weisenthal managing editor of Bloomberg.com’s markets and finance coverage. Weisenthal will lead coverage of markets and finance coverage across Bloomberg’s digital brands. Weisenthal, who joins from Business Insider, also will host a daily markets show on Bloomberg Television. He starts November 10 and will be based in New York.

  • Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has announced Boris Gartner is joining the company as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Gartner will be working on strategy, partnerships, and business development. “Boris is a high-impact player who has a proven track record of developing and executing forward-looking initiatives,” Lee said. “Boris was a part of the Univision team that conceived Fusion in 2012 and he will play a critical role as we continue building Fusion into a next-generation media company.”

The Revolving Door: Frucci, Moody, Auriemma

  • “New Day” executive producer Matt Frucci is leaving CNN as part of the 300-person workforce reduction. Frucci, who previously worked for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” has been with “New Day” since its launch in April, 2013.

  • FishbowlNY reports Adam Auriemma is heading for Miami to join Fusion as deputy editor. Auriemma joins from the Wall Street Journal where he was a deputy bureau chief in New York.

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