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Longtime ABC News Anchor ‘Mad’ About Being Left Out of Barbara Walters’ Farewell

9781452062358_COVER.inddWhen 25 women in TV news were invited to take the stage for Barbara Walters‘ final “The View,” you knew someone — or many women — would be left out. Carole Simpson, a longtime ABC News anchor, has taken to Facebook, to share her displeasure about not being invited. Simpson, the author of the 2010 memoir “News Lady,” writes:

I wonder why I wasn’t included among the two dozen network newswomen and anchors who feted Barbara Walters at a private party and then on “The View?” We both worked at NBC and ABC at the same times. She is my idol and I believe she knows that. At first I was very sad and now I am very mad. I guess ABC News, after my 24 years there, still considers me persona non grata. The black woman anchor, who had to speak her mind for herself and others, is erased from ABC history.

As it turns out, ABC News had nothing to do with the invitations. It was left to “The View” producers to compile the list. Other women who might have been, but weren’t on the show include Christiane Amanpour, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, Andrea MitchellGwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff.

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Barbara Walters, Carole Simpson Debate the Debates

With the first presidential debate less than two weeks away, the Paley Center for Media in New York is hosting an event with two former debate moderators, and a man who produced eight presidential debates.

Next Thursday, Barbara Walters and Carole Simpson will discuss the risks and rewards for candidates, as well as issues the networks and moderators face before this year’s debates. Walters moderated debates in 1976 and 1984 while Simpson moderated a 1992 presidential debate. Bill Wheatley, a former NBC News Executive Producer who oversaw the production of eight of the televised debates, will be a part of the conversation as well.

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Presidential Debate Moderators Chosen

The Commission on Presidential Debates has selected anchors from PBS, ABC, CNN and CBS to moderate this year’s four sanctioned debates.

PBS’s Jim Lehrer will host the first presidential debate October 3 at the University of Denver; ABC’s Martha Raddatz will moderate the one and only vice presidential debate October 11 at Centre College in Danville, KY; CNN’s Candy Crowley will host the second, town-hall style presidential debate on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY And CBS’s Bob Schieffer will host the third and final presidential debate on October 22 in Boca Raton.

The four debates will air on all broadcast and cable networks and will be live-streamed. ABC News president Ben Sherwood sends a note to his staff on the selection of Raddatz, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent: “Her selection is a great tribute to her toughness, fairness, reporting skills, political knowledge, and many talents as a fearless interviewer and journalist.”

Crowley is the first woman to moderate a presidential debate since former ABCer Carole Simpson hosted in 1992. (Since then Gwen Ifill has twice moderated the VP debate). Crowley may have three New Jersey high school students to thank. Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis started a Change.org campaign earlier this summer, after learning in their Montclair High School civics class that a woman has not moderated a U.S. general election presidential debate since Simpson did it in 1992.

As for Lehrer, he’s the veteran. In the 1996 cycle he moderated all the debates. In 2000, he hosted 3 of the 4 contests. Two years ago, he told TVNewser, “I can’t imagine I would do another one. But I only answer those questions when the time comes, so we’ll see. I’ve done eleven of them, and I’m thinking that maybe the time has come to rest on my darts and my laurels and move on. We’ll see. Never say never.”

In a statement today, Lehrer say, “it was a difficult decision, because I have previously said I would not do any more debates. It was the new and expanded format – 6 segments of 15 minutes each – that finally tipped the scales for me.”

Networks Ask Romney Campaign to Pull Gingrich Attack Ad

Several networks have asked the Mitt Romney campaign to stop airing an ad in Florida called “Mr. Washington Insider” which targets Newt Gingrich. The ad includes various news clips both current, and from Gingrich’s days as House Speaker. NBC News has asked that the ad be pulled from Florida TV stations as it includes a clip from “NBC Nightly News” when it was anchored by Tom Brokaw. In a statement, Browkaw says, “I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad. I do no want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.”

In a longer version of the ad, below, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CBS’s Jan Crawford, and even Carole Simpson, who hasn’t been with ABC News since 2003, are included. CNN executives have asked the Romney campaign to remove the Cooper clips from the spot.

Carole Simpson: Once & Always a ‘News Lady’

ABC’s Carole Simpson was the subject of Howard Kurtz‘s piece in “The Daily Beast” today — where she spoke about being black in the news biz, what has changed over the years, and her new book, “News Lady.”

Simpson was the first black woman hired by NBC’s DC bureau — where a drunken NBC producer told her at the Republican convention: “You think because you’re black and you’re a woman you can get anything you want. And you slut, you don’t deserve it.”

At NBC in 1974, the black newswoman heard that she was regarded as “lazy” after a long period of not being on the air. Simpson wrote about the incident in her new book:

To me that was a racial epithet. Black people—to ignorant people—don’t want to work, are stupid, and unqualified.

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Shirley Sherrod, African American Anchors on ‘Reliable Sources’

Reliable072310.jpg Tomorrow, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” will examine the Shirley Sherrod case. American University’s Jane Hall, Salon.com’s Joan Walsh and PoliticsDaily.com’s Matt Lewis will discuss whether some media organizations jumped to conclusions over the Sherrod video.

Also, St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans, radio host Amy Holmes and former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson will discuss the topic “Are There Enough African Americans Headlining Network News?” with host Howard Kurtz.

“Reliable Sources” airs Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Carole Simpson On Couric and Sawyer: “I Am Supposed To Be Delighted. Why Am I Not?”

Carole Simpson.jpgIn a commentary for CNN.com, former ABC World News Sunday anchor Carole Simpson — the first black woman to anchor a national news program, now a faculty member at Emerson College in Boston — shares her perspective on Diane Sawyer joining Katie Couric on the networks’ evening news scene:

“Since I have personally worked for 30 years for the advancement of women in broadcast journalism, I guess I am supposed to be delighted. Why am I not?

Because it took so darned long — and TV news is on life support.

No disrespect to Diane or Katie. I consider them friends and I take pride in their accomplishments. They have proven their talents and journalistic credentials. But, come on. We had to wait until 2009?…

So why are women getting these opportunities now? Well, I’m a cynic. The reason is that broadcast television news is dying…

With fewer resources and the death knell sounding, why not put women in charge of the network evening news programs? When things couldn’t be worse, it’s okay for women to be in charge. Sad to say, but I don’t believe the evening network newscasts, nor Katie and Diane as the anchors, will be around for very long.”