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David Remnick Joins NBC for Sochi Olympics

contributor_davidremnickphoto2013_p300_cropDavid Remnick, the editor of the The New Yorker, has been hired by NBC Olympics boss and former “Today” EP Jim Bell for NBC’s Sochi coverage.

SI.com reports the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian, will offer commentary during coverage of the opening ceremony February 7 and also contribute to NBC News in other select spots.

On why he’s adding his voice to the Olympic games, Remnick cited an 18th century writer/philosopher turning down an invitation… to an orgy.

Asked why he decided to join NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Games next February, David Remnick recalled a famous Voltaire quote about turning down an invitation to an orgy, having attended one the previous night for the first time.

“You know the expression once a philosopher, twice a pervert?” said Remnick, in a phone interview on Saturday. “I think in life you ought to try something once if it is honest work and does not interfere with your main job.”

Bell thinks Remnick will bring value to the news surrounding the Olympics.
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Letters Sent From Westin to Remnick

ABC insiders tell TVNewser that ABC News president David Westin and others at the network have sent letters to New Yorker publisher David Remnick, in the wake of Steve Coll‘s article attacking ABC News for its handling of the Gov. Sarah Palin interview.

Yesterday we reported ABC News was unhappy with the piece for its inaccuracies in reporting the timeline of the interview, among other issues.

We hear the New Yorker is considering what it plans to do to make the situation right. TVNewser has reached out to the New Yorker for comment.

Whatever the decision between the two organizations, it appears there may be some official response to the Coll article from ABC News.

The New Yorker Cover Gets Cablers Talking

newyorker_7-14.JPGOne of the big stories of the day so far (well, besides Miss USA’s tumble last night) on the news channels is this week’s controversial New Yorker cover depicting pretty much everything Sen. Barack Obama‘s Fight the Smears web site is working against.

There’s the “Obama-muslim?” stereotype, a front-and-center “terrorist fist jab“…even a framed picture of Osama bin Laden in the background.

The Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar talked to editor David Remnick about the cover, and he summed up the meaning: “The fact is, it’s not a satire about Obama — it’s a satire about the distortions and misconceptions and prejudices about Obama.” Oh, we get it.

Related: FishbowlNY has a poll going. Is it: Offensive or Great Satire?

> More: Click continued to see FNC correspondent Major Garrett‘s report on the controversy…

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