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Posts Tagged ‘Helayne Seidman’

Martin Hopes “God Uses Me As An Instrument For His Will”

martin_4-6.jpgRoland Martin began anchoring the 8pmET time slot on CNN last week (while Campbell Brown is out on maternity leave), and today The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes about the “first [African American] to host a prime-time cable news program since Alan Keyes‘s brief run on MSNBC seven years ago.”

“His divine hope, says Martin…is ‘that God uses me as an instrument for his will to provide insight to those who are listening,’” writes Kurtz.

As Martin is “taking over a fourth-place program,” he brings a varied political background — voting for President Obama while opposing abortion and supporting the death penalty. “We have to open up our boxes and realize there are actually people out there who refuse to be driven by ideology or party labels,” Martin says.

Click continued to see the war of words between Martin and one of his biggest critics, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg

(photo by Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post)

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Claman: “Too Many Reporters Are So Inauthentic”

claman_1-5.jpgFrom today’s mediabistro.com Morning Newsfeed:

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz profiles Liz Claman, documenting her rise in business news at CNBC and her move to FBN.

“At CNBC it was a game of who can be the smartest, who can throw around the most alphabet soup — CDSs, CDOs,” she says of her former employer.

She also addresses the “exclusive” fight between the competitor biz networks. “Too many reporters are so inauthentic,” Claman says. “They look so greedy. They look so obnoxious: ‘I need this to be exclusive!’ I don’t strong-arm anyone, ever.”

Claman admits it can be tough for the year-old network, which the Post revealed is now averaging 38,000 viewers during “Countdown to the Closing Bell,” to book high profile guests. “I’m not going to sit here and say it’s an easy sell,” she says. “Apple won’t talk to me. I think that’s extremely myopic.”

Click continued to see Claman’s description of how far she’s come from when she first entered the business, relating to her first big “get” upon entering FBN…

(photo by Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post)

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