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In Profile: Stacey Dash, Alicia Menendez

DashStaceyNew Fox News contributor Stacey Dash talks with the New York Post about her dating life:

For now, Dash says she’s just trying to get a hold of the whole “dating thing.” “It’s liberating, but it’s mind-boggling,” says thrice-divorced Dash. While she claims not to “judge anyone by their political standings,” Dash admits a recent date ran afoul for just that reason. “He was very, very liberal and kind of hippie-ish and, you know, that didn’t quite work out well,” says Dash, who’s also working on a memoir, “Not Black Enough.” The LA-based actress says that while she’s in town for Fox, she’ll test the NYC dating scene. “You know, New York men, they have a little bit more swagger, which I like.”

aliciamenendezFusion anchor Alicia Menedez talks with Cosmo about what led her to the ABC/Univision net:

“I really wanted to prove that I could do more than politics, so I also looked for opportunities that focused on pop culture. Even in my writing, I tried to make a pivot to more socio-cultural issues. When I was booked on political topics, I would try to find a cultural entry point that I could speak to instead of remaining only in the politics box. In my real life I am interested in politics, yes, but I’m also interested in pop culture, I’m interested in all those conversations we have with our friends about sex, about money, about relationships. I needed to reintroduce myself to people in that way.”

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CNN ‘Confused the Sh*t Out of’ Alicia Menendez

MenendezEarlier in the week, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez took on CNN’s controversial tweet penned during its “Documented” documentary Sunday night. The tweet urged users to answer whether the documentary’s central figure, Jose Antonio Vargas, should be deported.

“Last night, CNN confused the sh*t out of me,” Menendez said.

“I’ve spent two hours watching a film that articulated the myriad ways that deportation is a non-starter, and now you want to engage in a paradigm that you just invested two hours of airtime tearing down?”

One thing to note: CNN’s tweet asking whether Vargas should be deported didn’t go out after the two-hour “Documented.” CNN tweeted it 10 minutes into the documentary.

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Jason Farkas, Cullen Daly Bolt for CNNMoney; Jane Spencer Joins Fusion

  • CNNMoney continues its hiring spree, poaching two more from Bloomberg. Jason Farkas, a daytime executive producer and Cullen Daly, a coordinating producer, will be joining the CNN brand, which split from TIME Inc.’s Money magazine last month. Daly will be Senior Producer, leading the originals video team while Farkas is taking a leadership role in original series and programming. CNNMoney hired away Bloomberg reporter Christina Alesci last month.

  • Jane Spencer joins Fusion tomorrow as Editor-in-Chief of all digital platforms. One of the founding editors of The Daily Beast, Spencer was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and New York. She’ll be based in Miami for the ABC/Univision network. Spencer joins other recent digital hires including Anna Holmes, Felix Salmon and Mariana Santos.

Isaac Lee on Fusion’s Political Coverage

isaac lee bloombergIn an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee talked about his network’s approach to political coverage going into the 2016 election. “We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We are awake, pro-Hispanics and we take into consideration what is important to the audience,” Lee said.

“In 2016, all of the millennial generation will be eligible to vote. The election is going to be defined by Hispanics and millennials. So they have to play their politics smart,” Lee said. “We are just going to do what’s right … we will inform with every possible tool we have, and we will let them make their minds and their choices.”

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Listen Up! Fusion Partners with Whisper

FusionWhisperFusion is partnering with new social network Whisper. Starting today, Fusion will take key stories and trend lines from Whisper, where users can anonymously share and connect with others, and provide additional context for the Fusion audience, both online and on TV.

“Whisper creates community and compelling conversation around the news and issues that are important to our young, diverse audience,” said ​​Isaac Lee CEO of Fusion. “By incorporating Whisper content into our reporting, we’ll be able to expand and enhance our ability to tell stories from a unique perspective.”

“Whisper and Fusion share a similar mission to create content that is inclusive and emotionally driven,” said ​​Neetzan Zimmerman, who left Gawker earlier this year to become editor-in-chief of Whisper. “We’re excited to see what content results from this innovative partnership.”

Hosts of Fusion’s ‘Soccer Gods’ Look at World Cup Coverage ‘From a Fan’s Perspective’

Soccer GodsFrom now until the conclusion of the World Cup on July 13, Fusion hosts Nando Vila and Simon Carr won’t have a day off.

Vila and Carr will host Fusion’s “Soccer Gods,” typically a weekly show, seven nights a week from Brazil. Fusion’s parent companies, Walt Disney and Univision, both have broadcast rights to the World Cup, giving Fusion the opportunity to cover the tournament with its own twist, Carr and Vila told TVNewser in a joint interview.

“We’re in a great position now that we can put our spin on the day’s events because our parents companies own the rights,” Carr said.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously at all … we try to bring that to the broadcast,” Vila added. “We’re just two guys having a good time and enjoying all this has to offer.”

Fusion CEO Isaac Lee called the World Cup “the ultimate multiplatform event” that the network is covering from all angles, building an entire second screen platform that will allow users to follow the action through live match blogs and real-time standings and stats. With the actual World Cup matches available to fans across a variety of platforms, Carr and Vila want to punch up their show with highlights from both on and off the field. Read more

Fusion Announces New Summer Shows

abc_fusion_logo_130508Fusion has unveiled a new slate of summer programming, three new shows and two specials that will premiere beginning this month.

The shows are “Drug Wars,” a firsthand look at the law enforcement officials charged with keeping drugs out of the U.S., and “The Dukes of 2 Square,” a series following two friends as they attempt to establish themselves as street artists. “Drug Wars” will air Thursdays at 10pmET beginning July 17 and “The Dukes of 2 Square” will air Wednesdays at 10pmET beginning July 30. In August, Fusion will also debut “Rootas,” a series on “the alternative and edgy side of Latin America.”

“Our new slate of programming this summer is thought-provoking and entertaining, which is exactly the combination Fusion viewers have come to expect from us,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in a statement.

Other summer programming includes the English-language premiere of “This is Not a Ball,” a feature documentary of about Brazilian artist Vik Muniz‘s passion for soccer, and a one-hour primetime comedy special with “Daily Show” correspondent Al Madrigal.

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Fusion CEO: Keep Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

isaac lee_304x200Fusion CEO Isaac Lee thanked his staff for a “big month” that included challenging Congress and reporting in-depth stories on everything from the CIA to transgender issues.

“Jorge [Ramos] was characteristically fearless in his pursuit of answers to hold those in power accountable for their actions—or in this case inaction,” Lee wrote in an email obtained by TVNewser, referencing tough questions Ramos asked House Speaker John Boehner in Washington, DC.

Lee also complimented anchor Alicia Menendez and her team for “elevating conversations surrounding cultural and social issues” through a recent interview with a transgender activist. “Alicia’s recent interview with Janet Mock generated headlines and provoked an important and respectful dialogue,” he said.

Lee’s full email to staff after the jump.

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Fusion’s World Cup Micro-Site

Fusion World CupFusion will be covering the upcoming World Cup in Brazil on TV and the second screen. Our sister site Lost Remote has all the details on the network’s mobile-responsive micro-site, Soccer.Fusion.Net. Fusion TV will also have a nightly World Cup recap show. “Soccer Gods” premieres June 11 at 10pmET, hosted by VP of Programming Nando Vila and the show’s EP Simon Carr.

Jorge Ramos: ‘I’m Not Seeing Tough Questions Asked on American Television’

Jorge Ramos 2Politico’s Dylan Byers profiles Jorge Ramos, the “startlingly blunt” Univision and Fusion anchor who “makes no apologies for his outspoken stance on immigration reform.” Ramos — who recently confronted Speaker John Boehner over immigration — talks about his disappointment in the mainstream media:

“The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci used to say that for her, an interview was like a war,” he said over lemonade at Johnny’s Half Shell, a restaurant near the Capitol. “I get the sense that we’ve forgotten that here in the United States. You turn on the TV, and you see very bland interviews. Journalists in the United States are very cozy with power, very close to those in power. They laugh with them. They go to the [White House] correspondents’ dinner with them. They have lunch together. They marry each other. They’re way too close to each other. I think as journalists we have to keep our distance from power.”

“I’m not seeing tough questions asked on American television,” he added later. “I’m not seeing those correspondents that would question those in power. It’s like a club. We are not asking the tough questions.”

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