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Filmmaker Blasts Critic Who Said Van Jones Was ‘Unqualified’ to Report in Ferguson

Van JonesThe Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik, in a discussion of media coverage from Ferguson on NPR’s “On the Media”, said CNN’s Van Jones had “absolutely no credentials” to be on the street reporting on violence that followed the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield that it was “outrageous” to have “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television” reporting alongside anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

Jones used Twitter to sarcastically respond to Zurawik, asking “what if CNN used a Yale-educated attorney who won 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award for his work on police abuse?” The reference, of course, is to Jones himself, who Robert Greenwald notes in The Huffington Post “appears to have been more qualified (and certainly more credentialed) to report on this particular story than almost anyone else in the television news business.”
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New York Post Takes On CNN’s Ferguson Coverage

250CNNThe New York Post has spent plenty of time discussing issues at NBC News. This past weekend, it was CNN’s turn to be the target of the Post’s media coverage. CNN won every hour in the A25-54 demo on the day after the grand jury announcement, but apparently not everyone was satisfied with its approach.

Naomi Schaefer Riley of the Post wrote an article titled, “CNN is lying when they say Ferguson protests were peaceful.” The column focuses on CNN correspondents reporting that the majority of protesters were “peaceful” and the riots were simply the act of a few bad apples.

Where are these peaceful protesters? The reporters can’t seem to find any. Instead, they turn to outside experts and some carefully vetted religious leaders to talk about “the real message” of the protests. Read more

‘It’s Outrageous’: Critic Says CNN’s Van Jones Had No Place ‘On the Streets’ in Ferguson

Van JonesIn a discussion of media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case–and the violence that followed–Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized CNN’s decision to have political analyst Van Jones on the street alongside CNN’s reporters and anchors. “It’s outrageous,” Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield, describing Jones as “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television.”

Zurawik compared Jones to an analyst like Karl Rove, and argued he should never have stood next to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. “Why would you put him on the streets? It’s outrageous to put that guy out there on the streets. There’s kids in college studying journalism who are more equipped to be on the streets covering that story for CNN than he was.”

Listen to the full conversation, after the jump:
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Zurawik: ‘Media Establishment’ Need to Accept That Fox News Is Dominant Force

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The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik thinks it’s time we had a conversation about Fox News. As in, America has chosen Fox as its dominant news source, so what does that mean? “Much of the media establishment seems bent on ignoring the incredible ratings success of Fox News,” Zurawik writes. But the historic relevance of the broadcast networks and CNN, Zurawik argues, were dealt a major blow on Election Night:

On a watershed political night, more Americans tuned to Fox for information about the vote than anywhere else.

I have been covering media long enough to remember when CBS, NBC or ABC was the big story on election night in the 1970s and ‘80s.

And, as a critic, as late as 2008, I was thinking no channel mattered more than CNN. This year, for all the reporters it had on the ground election night, CNN barely did better than the we-lost-our-credibility-in-our-slavish-devotion-to-Obama MSNBC. That’s pathetic.

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Rep. Peter King: Brian Willliams Gave Snowden an ‘Infomercial’

KingRep. Peter King has been one of the most outspoken politicians against NSA-leaker Edward Snowden, and the New York Congressman didn’t mince words this morning about Brian Williams‘ interview with Snowden. King talked about the “myth” that Snowden has revealed an NSA abuse epidemic: “Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” King said on “Morning Joe.” “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.” (Video after the jump).

Meanwhile, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has a much different take, complimenting NBC News and Williams for their “best work in a long time.”

Overall, the questions Williams asked in the interview conducted in a Russian hotel room were probing, contextualized and consistently elicited revealing answers from Snowden. In one case, NBC News did try to report on something Snowden said in the interview, his claim that he had tried to go through traditional whistleblower channels before taking classified data and fleeing the country. And it was hugely important that Williams told viewers NBC was able to report that “multiple sources” confirmed Snowden’s account of expressing his concerns in writing at least once to supervisors that NSA was overstepping its legal authority in gathering vast amounts of personal data from American citizens in the form of phone and computer records.

And the ultimate source just confirmed Snowden’s claim—and NBC News’ reporting—this afternoon: the U.S. government released an email Snowden sent in April, 2013 to NSA lawyers, voicing his concerns about the agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

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Sarah Palin Accepts Martin Bashir’s Apology, Hits MSNBC ‘Hypocrisy’

sarah palin_304x200Sarah Palin accepted MSNBC’s Martin Bashir’s apology during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” suggesting everyone must be humble enough to accept an apology, but she did have pointed words for the “media elite bubble.”

“Who am I to not accept an apology?” Palin said. “Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer of apology,” she continued, warning that next time a media personality wants to say something vile about her and then call her to apologize privately, she’d like them to go through her husband or children first and “then they can come to me.”

Chris Wallace asked Palin for her thoughts on MSNBC suspending Alec Baldwin, but not Bashir: “That’s the executive hypocrisy that is so prevalent in that media elite bubble,” Palin said. “It depends on the target of the vile rants, it doesn’t depend on what the rant itself actually is.”

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Howard Kurtz’s ‘MediaBuzz’ Projects ‘Authority, Energy and Pace’

It’s been a rough year for Howard Kurtz, but you wouldn’t know it by today’s launch of “MediaBuzz” on Fox News Channel.

After his sudden departures from CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, Kurtz appears to have made a seamless transition to Fox News. “MediaBuzz” projected authority, energy and pace.

Clearly, Kurtz was in his comfort zone. Most of his guests were familiar faces from his 15-year run at “Reliable Sources” – David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson, media entrepreneur Lauren Ashburn.

In fact, Ashburn, a Fox News contributor, had so much face time, she served as a de facto co-host. Along with appearing in the opening two segments, she co-hosted “Digital Download,” and was on set with Kurtz for his sign-off.

Kurtz has a complicated history with Ashburn. His involvement in her new venture, Daily Download, a Daily Beast competitor, did not endear him to Brown, who later fired him. Ashburn showed up regularly on “Reliable Sources” and followed Kurtz to Fox News.

I couldn’t help but notice that Ashburn, like so many Fox News females, is blonde.

Ditto for guest Michelle Cottle, Washington reporter for The Daily Beast, and Fox’s Jamie Colby, who anchored a news break during the show. The only non-blonde was the Post’s Henderson, who is African American.

“MediaBuzz” opened with a lively panel discussion on media criticism of President Obama’s handling of Syria. Kurtz used the opportunity to take a shot, albeit a mild one, at his new employer. (Since joining the network in June, Kurtz had been criticized for avoiding negative assessments of Fox.)

After MSNBC contributors Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, both former Obama officials, were lambasted by a panelist for being mouthpieces for the President, Kurtz said it was “fair to question” whether Fox regulars Karl Rove and Rick Santorum were also “pushing an agenda.” At Fox, that passes for napalm.

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Where is TV Critic Aaron Barnhart? Is It Anybody’s Business?

When I began at TVNewser almost five years ago, I would scour local newspaper websites for what the TV columinsts were writing about: Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post, Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And the guys in Chicago: Robert Feder at the Sun-Times and Phil Rosenthal at the Tribune. Some have moved on to other beats, or other publications. And Cuprisin lost his battle with melanoma last year. A couple are still around, including Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik. And we are fortunate to have the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Gail Shister in our line-up.

And there was always Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star. His TVBarn column would often include an interesting angle about cable news we hadn’t covered or an interview with a TV news personality worth picking up.

It turns out Barnhart has gone off the grid apparently for health reasons. So when a local blogger began asking questions about his whereabouts, it touched a nerve and today Jim Romenesko asks if it’s “anybody’s business” where he is and why?

[Star "watchdog" John] Landsberg tells me that reaction to his Barnhart column “has been mixed” and that “some people think it is a fair question to ask about a prominent columnist who simply virtually disappears for several months. Others consider it a private matter.”

Michael Steele determined not to be MSNBC’s ‘Punching Bag’

The Baltimore Suns David Zurawik talks with Michael Steele about the former RNC chairman’s new job: MSNBC contributor. Here’s what Steele says he won’t be:

“I have every confidence that MSNBC will treat me with the level of respect they have obviously shown by hiring me. I mean, why would you bring me on board just to say, ‘OK, this is now our conservative punching bag for the next year.’?”

“That’s not going to achieve the goals that I know Phil Griffin and the Comcast team have in mind for expanding the reach and the depth of the discussion on the network,” he explained. “It certainly doesn’t achieve my goals, to be a punching bag, because, Lord knows, after two punches, you get the joke. ‘Like I’m done. Enough already.’”

What David Shuster got wrong on ‘Reliable Sources’

Former MSNBC correspondent/anchor David Shuster went on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday to talk about the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann Friday night. In addition to getting into it a couple times with Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, Shuster got one fact wrong. He said that under Comcast, MSNBC president Phil Griffin will report to NBC News boss  Steve Capus, instead of reporting directly to NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker. But an MSNBC spokesperson tells us Griffin has reported to Capus since he was named MSNBC president in July 2008, as TVNewser reported at the time.

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