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Brian Stelter Makes ‘Reliable Sources’ Debut

StelterRS304Brian Stelter, who filled in a few times on “Reliable Sources” the last few months, made his debut as host of the CNN media criticism show this morning. Stelter covered this week’s revolving media door, President Obama‘s media criticism, and the death of Nelson Mandela.

Stelter opened with a panel on Martin Bashir‘s resignation and Sam Champion‘s move to The Weather Channel.

NPR media critic Eric Deggans criticized MSNBC for not suspending Bashir immediately for Bashir’s vile comments toward Sarah Palin, while The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi doubted Bashir’s resignation, suggesting MSNBC President Phil Griffin probably asked him to leave, and allowed Bashir to resign. American University professor Jane Hall said if Bashir didn’t leave, MSNBC would be in the uncomfortable position of looking less bothered by vile comments toward women than about Alec Baldwin‘s anti-gay slurs.

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Eric Deggans Ready to Talk TV, on the Radio

When Eric Deggans stopped by NPR’s booth at the National Association of Black Journalists convention three years ago, the last thing on his mind was a job.

“I just wanted to say how much I love NPR,” says Deggans, 47, veteran TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times.

A friendly conversation with NPR executive Steve Drummond led, a year later, to freelance commentaries. And that led to Deggans’ hire last week as NPR’s first full-time TV critic and correspondent. He begins Oct. 1.

“I’m ecstatic,” says Deggans, author of last year’s ‘Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.’ “I’m a huge NPR fan. Doing freelance was so much fun, and the people were so cool. This is an amazing thing.”

Leaving the Tampa Bay Times won’t be easy, Deggans says. He joined the paper in 1995 as pop music critic, moving to the TV beat in ’97. In ’05, after a year’s stint on the editorial board, he returned to the arts desk, as media writer. He added TV critic to his title in ’06.

“I really love working here,” he says. “The Tampa Bay Times is the reason I’m the journalist I am now. Everything I learned about the finer points of the job has come from them. They’ve always backed me.

“Ultimately, NPR was such an amazing opportunity to be heard on a national stage, I couldn’t turn it down. I wish I could cut myself in half, and do both jobs.” He is also talking to CNN about a guest-hosting shot on “Reliable Sources,” on which he frequently appears.

Deggans, raised in Gary, Ind., and graduated from Indiana University, says his plan is to remain in Tampa for the next two years so that the youngest of his four children can complete elementary school. At that point, the family will relocate to L.A., he says.

Deggans’ new role will not affect that of David Bianculli, longtime TV critic for Terry Gross’ ‘Fresh Air,’ according to Deggans, nor that of media correspondent David Folkenflik.

“We’ve reached the point as a society where TV is crucial to popular culture,” Deggans says. “NPR realizes that. They’ve slowly built up their critical resources to make sure they were ready to go into that realm.”

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The Morning Ticker: Deggans, Gavin, Greta

  • Eric Deggans, the media critic at the Tampa Bay (formerly St. Petersburg) Times for nearly 18 years, is leaving the paper to become the first TV critic for NPR. He joins in October. “After years of serving as an NPR fan and occasional contributor, I’ll get a chance to join one of the strongest journalism organizations in the nation.”

  • Greta Van Susteren was blogging before blogging was cool. The FNC host is celebrating 10 years of GretaWire. So, what’s in store for the next 10? For starters, she’d like to “take my iPhone and report from anywhere in the world live to GretaWire.”

Here’s the Guest List for the Final ‘Reliable Sources’ With Howard Kurtz

Howard Kurtz hosts his final “Reliable Sources” tomorrow morning. On Monday, Kurtz, who has moderated the CNN show since 1998, joins Fox News Channel where he’ll host their media criticism show.

Starting next Sunday a rotating cast of hosts will be in the “Reliable Sources” chair. Here’s the guest list for tomorrow’s show, 11amET on CNN:

  • Topics: Glenn Greenwald Fires Back at the Media; Coverage of SCOTUS Rulings on Same Sex Marriage; Paula Deen on the Today Show

Guest: Steve Roberts, professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
Guest: Terence Smith, former reporter, PBS, CBS News, New York Times
Guest: Jane Hall, associate professor, American University’s School of Communications
Guest: Eric Deggans, TV critic, Tampa Bay Times

  • Topic: Media Reports Extensively on the Murder Trial of George Zimmerman

Guest: Eric Deggans, TV critic, Tampa Bay Times

  • Topic: Gender Gap in Reporting in Men’s versus Women’s Magazines?

Guest: Janet Reitman, contributing editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Guest: Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief, Elle Magazine

DirecTV Opens 'NFL Sunday Ticket' Up to All

In an unexpected move, DirecTV has opened up its NFL Sunday Ticket broadband package up to everyone, even non-DirecTV subscribers.

The catch? Fans can expect to pay $350 for the privilege of watching all of the NFL games on their computer, iPad or iPhone this season.

Still, it is a vast improvement over previous years, which required a DirecTV subscription with the NFL Sunday Ticket package-an investment of thousands of dollars.

The move puts the NFL slightly more in line with what Major League Baseball offers online via its MLB.tv service. Both Sunday ticket and MLB.tv feature all out of market games live and in high quality, via both computers and mobile devices.

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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.

What Would You Fix About TV News? Ali Velshi Gives His Answer

“OK Twitterverse and Facebook buddies,” St. Petersburg Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans tweeted on Thursday, “I’m wondering about this for a column; what are the five things you’d fix about TV right now?”

That question prompted an on-air response yesterday from CNN’s Ali Velshi. “I’m not one of those guys who thinks TV is all that broken,” he said, with the caveat that he’s weary of the “endless, tiresome, predictable debate” on cable news.

Instead, Velshi believes in “conversation, respect, and — above all — curiosity…It’s not about fixing TV to me, it’s about being different. It’s about providing a different product, serving a different viewer, and creating a different relationship than the one we’re used to in the TV world.”

(h/t Eric Deggans’ The Feed)

Who Gets The First Interview With Nick Schuyler?

Schuyler.jpgNick Schuyler was the sole survivor of a sailing tragedy earlier this year in which three of his friends — two of whom were NFL players — died when their boat capsized.

“Once Schuyler was rescued,” writes St. Petersburg Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans, “news outlets from across the globe tried to secure his story, and speculation ran rampant over who might actually earn the “get” (as TV people call it).”

Deggans reports that Schuyler is now ready to give his first interview. So with whom did he choose to speak: Matt? Katie? Barbara?

The answer, after the jump…

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“A Perfect Storm of Problems”

As expected, one of the topics on the media watching shows this week was the move by MSNBC to make David Gregory the primary political night anchor, with Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann switched to analysts on Monday — and the resulting fall-out the rest of the week.

On CNN’s Reliable Sources, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times called it, “a perfect storm of problems for those guys,” and commentator S.E. Cupp took it further. “I don’t think that they wear different hats,” he said. “I think the hat that they wear is the hat of a fan: a fan of the Democratic Party and a fan of Obama. You know, they were practically groupies at the DNC.”

The Fox News Watch panel discussed Olbermann and Matthews being “bumped from the anchor desk”: (via Johnny Dollar):