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CNN Reports Hackers Sent Message to Sony: ‘You’ve Done the Right Thing’

InterviewCNN is reporting hackers sent emails to top executives at Sony Thursday night congratulating the company on its “very wise” decision to cancel the release of “The Interview.” Brian Stelter reports the emails included the message “you’ve done the right thing.”

The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen:

The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”

The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”

It warns the studio executives that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”

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Jorge Ramos Ends Frenetic Week with ‘Reliable Sources’ Appearance

RamosUnivision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos is having quite a week. First, he traveled to Nashville to interview Pres. Barack Obama. Then, back to Miami to interview former Pres. Bill Clinton.

Ramos also made his first appearance on FNC’s “Hannity” and ended up sparring with Sean Hannity, and also appeared on CNN’s “AC360″ to discuss the presidential interviews with Anderson Cooper.

And you’ll might see twice the Jorge this morning: on Univision’s publi affairs show “Al Punto,” as well on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter.

In Profile: Dean, Stelter, Wallace

FOX News Channel senior meteorologist Janice Dean  is featured on the cover of the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Neurology Now. Dean, who is nicknamed both “The Weather Machine” and “Weather Queen” by her FNC colleagues, opens up about her Multiple sclerosis and how Neil Cavuto helped her get through the diagnosis.

When I told Neil that I had MS, he calmed me down and promised I would be okay… When Cavuto decided to go public with his disease, he received the full support of Roger Ailes, president of the FOX News Channel. When Ailes asked Cavuto about the worst case scenario for his MS prognosis, Cavuto said he might someday need a wheelchair. Ailes calmly replied, ‘Then we’ll build a ramp for the set.’

CNN’s Brian Stelter has turned “Reliable Sources” into the smartest Sunday show, according to a new feature on Mediaite. Stelter, who founded TVNewser, discusses booking guests, the blogging generation and catching colleagues off-guard.

Sometimes I’m going to make some of my colleagues uncomfortable. That comes with the territory of reporting on the media. There were times when I had to write about my colleagues at the [New York] Times. I broke the news that Nate Silver was going to ESPN. The Times colleague in me felt really bad, but the media reporter in me felt really good.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace celebrates his 50th year in media by speaking with Business Insider. Wallace discusses his career and explains why he doesn’t like to have specific plans.

I think you have to make judgments at each [opportunity] as to whether this is the right way to go or the wrong way to go but to sit there and to say, “Here’s where I want to be at that point” — I think you’re setting yourself up for disappointment or frustration because your timeline and the world’s timeline don’t often mesh.

Is Al Sharpton Having a Show on MSNBC the Same as Jesse Jackson’s Show on CNN?

SharptonObamaOn “Reliable Sources” Sunday Brian Stelter and his guests debated the many hats worn by Al Sharpton: preacher, news host, fundraiser, media consultant.

“He wants to pick and choose issues that can keep himself relevant,” Sharpton critic Minister Jonathan Gentry told Stelter. “This man wants to come in and perpetuate hate. When he comes into the equation he makes it about race.”

As for how his activism plays into his MSNBC show, Sharpton tells Stelter it’s no different than when the Rev. Jesse Jackson had a show on CNN in the 1990s. “I wear the same hats he wore,” Sharpton says. A major difference, however, is that Sharpton’s show is on five nights a week. Jackson’s show “Both Sides” was on once a week, on Saturdays.

“I think for the first time it’s probably gotten a little bit sticky,” NY1 anchor Erroll Lewis says of Sharpton’s many hats. “When you see him interviewing somebody who he’s also representing and then he goes to the Justice Department or to the White House, you have to wonder, who in all of this is he really speaking to and for?”

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Report: George Stephanopoulos ‘Poised’ to Land First Interview with Ferguson Officer

abc_george_stephanopoulos_2_dm_120124_wmainA day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported a collection of network news anchors had met privately with Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Politico reports ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is “poised” to land the first interview. The report by Politico’s Dylan Byers cites “industry sources”:

Members of the media who were jockeying for the first sit-down with Wilson were recently told that Stephanopoulos, the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC, had won rights to the interview. That agreement is subject to change: Wilson could decide to forego interviews altogether and, if he is indicted, will not be able to give an interview.

Stelter: Network Anchors Have Met with Michael Brown Shooter Darren Wilson

DarrenWIlsonCNNCNN’s Brian Stelter reports that several network news anchors have met with Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. As a grand jury decides whether Wilson should be charged with a crime in the case, Stelter named at least five news anchors who have met in secret with Wilson. “Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and their networks can’t really even confirm the meetings happened,” Stelter says:

Here are the anchor names I know with the caveat that others may have met with him. NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’s Scott Pelley and both the prime time anchors at CNN: Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. Maybe other anchors as well. I have a feeling someone at Fox, I just don’t know the name but that’s what my sources are telling me.

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.

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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