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Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Lin’

What Didn’t Get Much Attention During the Ann Curry ‘Today’ Show Split

In the run-up and aftermath of Ann Curry’s messy break with the “Today” show, there was one matter that didn’t get much attention: that television’s most prominent Asian-American news anchor lost a plum spot on the national stage.

During Curry’s tearful goodbye June 28, she reflected on her role as role model: “For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try.”

For many young Asian-American journalists, anchors like Curry, and Connie Chung before her, have been “inspiring”, says Doris Truong, National President of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).  “Their success is our success,” says Truong, who likens community pride for Curry and Chung to that felt for pro basketball’s Jeremy Lin earlier this year.

“Ann Curry was, and is, a role model for young Asian-American journalists,” says former CNN anchor Carol Lin, now a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Lin says Curry “played a role in breaking through the glass ceiling…[and then]  grew into a world when social media really demands that it’s less about the personality, more about the quality of the story.”

With viewers, and the media, focusing debate on Curry’s personality and abilities – rather than on her ethnicity – Lin says it begs a central question: “Are we beyond the question of race, and a

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Newsers Prep for TIME 100 Gala

The TIME 100 gala is tonight at Time Warner Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The annual list celebrates those the magazine has deemed the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Among them Matt Lauer who will be in attendance tonight. Other tvnewsers scheduled to attend: Ann Curry, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Ann Coulter, Arianna Huffington, Willie Geist, Jane Pauley, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Ayman Mohyeldin. They’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of honorees Chelsea HandlerKristen Wiig, Jeremy Lin, and Victor Cruz. And we’ll let you know if attendee Greta Van Susteren will have a chance to chat with comedian and honoree Louis C.K., considering their stormy past.

FishbowlNY will be on the red carpet so look for a report tomorrow.

(Photo: Gillian Laub for TIME)

As Linsanity Continues, ESPN Writer Explains Headline and AAJA Sets Guidelines

Another win last night for the New York Knicks and their new star Jeremy Lin who scored 17 points against the Atlanta Hawks, then sat out most of the fourth quarter.

As the Linsanity continues the Asian American Journalists Association released a media advisory yesterday setting guidelines for journalists covering Lin. The first “Danger Zone” listed is the use of the word Chink.

“Pejorative; do not use in a context involving an Asian person or someone who is Asian American. Extreme care is needed if using the well-trod phrase “chink in the armor.”

Of course, this comes too late for ESPN Mobile writer Anthony Federico, who was fired earlier this week for using that very phrase in a headline early Saturday morning.

Federico’s headline and his firing were a hot topic in the news earlier in the week. MSNBC anchor Richard Lui said, “To Asian Americans, the ‘C’ word is the equivalent of the ‘N’ word to African Americans. Lin is being watched by Asian Americans, fanatically. I’m one of them. But he’s being watched by everybody else too. If this were to be a teachable moment, maybe it’s that these stories are inspirational and understandable alone. But all together, they transcend the world of sports.”

For his part, Federico is now speaking out, on Twitter:

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Al Sharpton, MSNBC Catch the ‘Linsanity’

MSNBC has produced a very special “Lean Forward” ad featuring “PoliticsNation” host Al Sharpton. The ad features Sharpton talking about something that is bringing America together:

“Americans have hope again, there is real change in the air!” Sharpton exclaims.

Of course, he is referring to new York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who has been taking the basketball world by storm. Now MSNBC is ready to “Lin Forward.”

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This isn’t the first time MSNBC has taken advantage of someone that was hot and turned them into a “Lean Forward” ad. Last year MSNBC hired Ted Williams, the homeless man “with a golden voice” to do voiceover work on the ad campaign.