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Jill Abramson tells Greta: New York Times ‘Plays it Straight’

Jill Abramson spoke exclusively with Greta Van Susteren last night about her firing from the New York Times, the Obama administration’s dealings with the press, and more.

Greta also asked if her Fox colleagues are wrong to characterize the Times as a left-wing paper. “I think that isn’t the right way to look at the Times,” Abramson responded. “The Times is a cosmopolitan newspaper…there are many stories where I think that characterization is just dead wrong. The Times plays it straight.”

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TV News Covers New York Times Shakeup

abramson-300x300TV news personalities have been covering yesterday’s shakeup at the New York Times, where executive editor Jill Abramson was dismissed, and managing editor Dean Baquet replaced her to become the first African American executive editor of the Times.

Howard Kurtz wrote a piece for Foxnews.com today, noting how unusual an abrupt departure like this is at the Times; he also praised Abramson.

Abramson can be a tough customer, but there is no room for shrinking violets at the top of major media organizations. Since she was an inside player who rarely appeared on television, I don’t think she got enough credit for some important work done by the Times—including some early critical reporting about ObamaCare.

Instead, she got trashed by unnamed sources, such as in a Politico piece last year that reported she had once “blown up in a meeting,” traveled a lot and once told an editor to leave a meeting and change a photo. Horrors!

On “Fox and Friends” this morning, the co-hosts talked about the “war on women” at the New York Times, referencing reports that Abramson had made less than her male predecessor, Bill Keller. On “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said she believes reports of the Times’ pay gap based on her own experience in the TV news business, also citing MSNBC.

“We have our own story here that we’ve written about, so we can put that aside,” Brzezinski said about having previously made it public that she was being paid significantly less than co-host Joe Scarborough.

Other talent took to Twitter.

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Politico Media Panel Agrees Media ‘Leans Left’

Politico PlaybookA Politico Playbook panel with CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, the New York Times’ Peter Baker and Mark Leibovich all agreed that in general the news media leans left.

“A certain type of person becomes a reporter,” Tapper said, suggesting since most big city reporters haven’t gone through the same experiences less fortunate Americans have—like poverty and minimum wage work—there is an awareness of that fact in their reporting.

“I rarely talk about politics with my colleagues,” Leibovich said, but suggested conversations in newsrooms drop clues that there is a “leftward lean.”

NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell acknowledged her ties to MSNBC: Read more

Score That Job: Dow Jones

Dow Jones is home to companies like The Wall Street Journal, Factiva and Barron’s. And if our recent Cubes episode giving you an insider’s look at its sleek open office design made you think about working there, here’s your chance to find out how to make that happen.

On this installment of Score That Job, Vicki Salemi, mediabistro’s very own career expert, author and editor sits down with Meredith Lubitz, vice president of Talent Acquisition at Dow Jones to hear what it takes to go from candidate to employee.

A couple of hints? Who you are outside the office is just as important as who you are inside. So tighten up that social media presence. They want to know what you’re saying to the world.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Cubes: VIP Tour of Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, parent of the Wall Street Journal, kept the home in the Midtown Manhattan News Corporation building after the parent company divorced itself and formed separate print and entertainment units.

Wendy Bounds,Wall Street Journal Editor and host of WSJ’s video offering “Lunch Break,” showed the kids at mediabistroTV that everything’s going to be OK by giving them a tour of the multi-floored heart of Dow Jones.

The guys were greeted by one of the legendary standing receptionists, got as close to a Pulitzer Prize as they’re ever going to get, took a color-toned glimpse into the paper’s past with wall sized silkscreens of old newsroom photos and managed not to end up as gossip fodder on the twitter page of the lobby’s chandelier.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Ron Artest Reportedly in Talks to Join Dancing with the Stars

Lakers forward Ron Artest, who has legally petitioned for his name to be changed to Metta World Peace, is reportedly in discussions to become the latest athlete to twinkle his toes on Dancing with the Stars. The Hollywood Gossip says Artest is “seriously thinking about it.”

Filming for the popular show ends in November, which presents a scheduling problem for Artest if the NBA lockout ends and the league’s season begins on schedule in late October.

Past athletes who’ve participated on DWTS include Hines Ward, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Kurt Warner.

Sarah Silverman + Joe Buck = Six Minutes Of Awkwardness

Joe Buck is brutal.

As you were…

[H/T The Big Lead]

Mary Carillo Joins Tennis Channel

Mary Carillo, who left ESPN in the middle of last year’s United States Open because of an undisclosed dispute, is joining the Tennis Channel for the French and U.S. Opens, where she will provide analysis, play-by-play, interviews and features. Carillo, who won a 2006 Sports Emmy Award and has been a commentator since retiring from tennis in 1980, will be paired on air with John McEnroe, a childhood friend with whom she won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles championship.

“Tennis Channel just continues to impress everyone with the passion and knowledge they bring to covering this sport, and I really wanted to be a part of that,” said Carillo. “I’ve done things with them several times in the past but never as a member of their broadcast team. It will be great to get going with them at the French Open and contribute to the quality of work they’re producing.”

In 2010 Carillo became the first female recipient of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism. The WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s professional tennis, has twice awarded her its “Broadcaster of the Year.”

 

 

Video: Roenick calls Sharks' Marleau 'gutless'

During the third period of Game 5 against San Jose, the Red Wings scored three goals against the Sharks to stave off elimination for the second straight game and inch within 3-2 in the series. This prompted commentator Jeremy Roenick to call Sharks center Patrick Marleau “gutless” and say he’s suffering from an injury — to his heart. Marleau, a former teammate of Roenick’s, has no points in the series and allowed a crucial turnover to Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk that led to the Red Wings’ game-winning goal in the 4-3 victory.

 

Rashard Mendenhall Won't Get Paid From Champion

Rashard Mendenhall‘s bad week isn’t over just yet.

After getting canned from Champion athletic brand for his controversial tweets about Osama bin Laden, now comes word that the company is refusing to pay out the balance of Mendenhall’s endorsement deal.

“We intend to pay Rashard through the termination of the contract, which we have dated as effective next Friday,” said spokesman Max Hall.

According to Hall, “the termination is allowed by and consistent with the language contained in the contract.”

The 23-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers running back recently signed a four-year contract extension with Champion through 2015. He first signed a deal in 2008.

 

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