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CNN Departure Lounge Clears Out

Last Friday saw the departure of another group of laid off CNN employees. They are part of the 300-person workforce reduction at the news channel which began last month. Many employees stayed on to help through midterm election coverage. Insiders tell us another group will be making Nov. 21 their last day, while still another wave will depart on Dec. 19.

Among those saying goodbye last Friday, CNN.com host Jarrett Bellini who’s been with the network more than 10 years. Atlanta-based Bellini, the younger brother of Wall Street Journal senior producer Jason Bellini, was looking forward to going pants-less this week.

Among the big names departing the DC bureau, is Michelle Jaconi, a 12-year NBC News veteran who moved to CNN in 2009 and has been producing special projects for the last several years. “By the end of my time here, my telephone had become the equivalent of the Red Phone. More often than not, it was someone from the top of one of the Turner totem poles needing me to lead a pressing new project,” Jaconi wrote in a goodbye memo.

And as CNN right-sizes , the network continues to fill some slots. Molly Shiels, the coordinating producer for Maria Bartiromo‘s show, left FBN for CNN where she will be coordinating producer for Brian Stelter at CNNMoney. She started yesterday.

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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.”

Jay Carney: President Obama Is ‘Voracious Reader’ Of Print, Does Not Watch Cable News

Say whatever you’d like, cable newsers, President Obama is not watching. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday, former Obama press secretary and current CNN political analyst Jay Carney described the president as “a voracious consumer of the printed word, even the electronic printed word, and but he doesn’t — he doesn’t watch cable news”

STELTER: Is it true the president doesn’t watch any cable news?

CARNEY: It is true, which doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get news, in a real time basis. He does. He’s a voracious consumer of the printed word, even the electronic printed word, and but he doesn’t — he doesn’t watch cable news. I have spent, you know, countless hours with him on Air Force One, especially, in the conference room where we always had the TV on, and it was never in any of the trips I ever took with him, tuned in to cable news.

Despite Criticism, Dr. Nancy Snyderman Will Return to NBC News

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportNBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will return to work, but it won’t be until next month. NBC News president Deborah Turness informed the network’s employees of the decision in an internal email this evening:

I am very pleased to share that, as of tonight, the 21-day quarantine period of Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the team will be over, which means they have cleared the range of time when Ebola symptoms typically appear (the range can be between 2-21 days after exposure but the average time symptoms appear is between 8-10 days). They remain healthy and symptom-free, which is a great relief to all.

While in Liberia Dr. Nancy and her team delivered first class, first-hand reporting from the front lines of this tragic and monumental story. Their subsequent departure from Monrovia, their return to the U.S. and period of quarantine has been a challenging time. We have encouraged them – and they have agreed – to take some time off with their families and friends to help restore some normalcy to their lives. We very much look forward to their return next month.

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Greta Van Susteren Slams Stelter’s Comments on Layoffs: ‘Are You Kidding? That’s Cold’

greta-300x168 copyOn Sunday, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter described last week’s layoffs at the network as “painful,” but part of a media industry trend he called “reshaping.” Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren saw TVNewser’s story on Stelter and called his commentary “cold”:

This is pretty cold to call what happened to so many hard working people – who lost their jobs – “reshaping.” The truth: failed management. Those who got laid off were doing their jobs — you can’t say that for those who manage the place. If they did their jobs, there would not be so much heartache and worry for so many.

What is also cold is the way this is done. Management doesn’t manage effectively…leading to layoffs…or, code, ‘reshaping’ and then it doesn’t even have the guts to do it themselves. They have HR do it….and even worse, the reshapen employee is escorted out of the building. Go figure, right?

By the way, how does Jeff Zucker keep his job?

Stelter responded to Van Susteren’s comments on Twitter:
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CNN’s Brian Stelter Addresses Network’s Layoffs: ‘Better Word…Is Reshaping’

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CNN’s Brian Stelter took a moment at the end of Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” to address the network’s recent round of layoffs–150 jobs cut, and several of the network’s programs canceled.”This week was a very painful week here,” Stelter said. “There were about 150 layoffs, spread across CNN and our sister channel HLN and CNN.com.”

Stelter noted that CNN’s hardly alone among media companies cutting jobs in one part of the business, while investing–and hiring–in other areas, notably digital:

It is unfortunately happening all over the place. Conde Nast, the publisher of Vogue and Wired, is laying off 70 to 80 people this fall. My former employer the New York Times is cutting 100 from the newsroom.

And yet they, like CNN, have been hiring people, too, lots of people, mainly for online jobs. That’s for new apps, for new web sites, for new ventures.

Now, there is some overall shrinking going on. But the better word for what’s happening in media today is “reshaping.” Through layoffs, through cuts, through new investments, “reshaping” for the digital future that really feels more like the digital present. It’s already here.

Watch it in full, after the jump.
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Brian Stelter: Fareed Zakaria’s Program Made ‘Some Attribution Mistakes’

StelterThis morning on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter gave his take on the plagiarism allegations against colleague Fareed Zakaria.

“My reporting leads me to believe that Zakaria’s program made some attribution mistakes, a small number, to be fair,” Stelter said. “They are the kind of mistakes that other journalists can learn from, and viewers too.”

Stelter went on to suggest the closer you look at the 26 plagiarism charges OurBad Media leveled against Zakaria’s “GPS” program, the “less it looks like capital P plagiarism.”  ”But when you zoom out, there’s a perception problem,” Stelter continued, noting examples of “GPS” lifting sentences from an appeals court ruling without attribution and taking raw materials from The Economist and New York Times and rewording them minimally.

Stelter told his audience he wishes he could get Zakaria’s side of things, but he declined to be interviewed. He did provide a statement from CNN.

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Eric Bolling, Anthony Weiner Spar on Twitter over Weiner’s Fox Comments

Eric Bolling doesn’t agree with former Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s categorization of Fox News as conservative. And he let him know this afternoon on Twitter.

What ensued was a good old-fashioned Twitter spat.

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Brian Stelter Trying to Get an Interview with Fareed Zakaria About Plagiarism Charges

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CNN’s “Reliable Source” debuted a new logo, new set and new music in a new city on Sunday. The show decamped its longtime home in Washington, D.C. for New York. The media affairs show’s move to New York follows the recent relocation of Atlanta-based weekday talent to CNN’s New York newsroom.

Before Sunday’s show, a viewer asked host Brian Stelter if he was going to be covering the plagiarism allegations against his CNN colleague Fareed Zakaria. Here’s his response:

(h/t J$P)

Why CNN Chose Not To Show Latest ISIS Video

CNN’s Tony Maddox, who oversees international newsgathering and programming, went on the network’s “Reliable Sources” this morning to talk about why CNN chose not to air the latest hostage video. ISIS released a video Thursday showing British journalist John Cantile who spoke about being “abandoned by my government” and that his “fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State.”

Maddox called the video a kind of torture. “For me the editorial returns were not worth the ethical compromises involved in showing that film and that’s why CNN took the decision not to show it.” So why show two other videos of American ISIS hostages who were murdered by the terror group? Brian Stelter asked Maddox:

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