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Is Don Lemon on the Rise at CNN?

DON-LEMON304X200The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes a piece on Don Lemon‘s increasing airtime— and opinion giving—at CNN.

CNN has no problem with Lemon’s opinions, so long as he’s not predictably partisan. Janelle Rodriguez, vice president of programming at CNN U.S., said Lemon talks to viewers instead of talking down to them.

“Having a personality is a positive attribute,” Rodriguez said.

The piece also touches on Lemon’s thoughts on the most recent media firestorm: Jill Abramson‘s New York Times dismissal.

Last week while moderating a discussion with four women on the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, Lemon said he didn’t believe in equal pay for equal work in all circumstances — the verbal equivalent of sticking his head in a lion’s mouth.

As we’ve reported, Lemon has certainly felt more comfortable offering his opinion lately. He recently called Rush Limbaugh a “stunt king,” which solicited a response from Limbaugh noting who Lemon sleeps with.

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Jill Abramson : ‘What is Next for Me? I Don’t Know’

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The cable news networks covered this morning’s graduation at Wake Forest University. It’s newsworthy because of the commencement speaker: dismissed New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry — a Wake Forest alum and new professor at the University — is doing live shots from campus as is NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis. CNN and Fox News too also dipped into Abramson’s address during which she told the graduates, she feels like one of them: “What is next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited,” Abramson said.

Both media criticism shows — which are both anchored by former print reporters — led off their shows Sunday with Abramson’s firing.

Brian Stelter, who worked for Abramson at the Times, acknowledged that at times, she could be “gruff” and “rude.” When Stelter told Abramson he was thinking about departing for CNN, her attitude “made it easier to leave,” Stelter said.

Over on Fox News “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz, who previously covered media for The Washington Post, talked about the PR nightmare the firing touched off. “They bungled it,” Lauren Ashburn said.

Both clips after the jump…

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TV News Covers New York Times Shakeup

abramson-300x300TV news personalities have been covering yesterday’s shakeup at the New York Times, where executive editor Jill Abramson was dismissed, and managing editor Dean Baquet replaced her to become the first African American executive editor of the Times.

Howard Kurtz wrote a piece for Foxnews.com today, noting how unusual an abrupt departure like this is at the Times; he also praised Abramson.

Abramson can be a tough customer, but there is no room for shrinking violets at the top of major media organizations. Since she was an inside player who rarely appeared on television, I don’t think she got enough credit for some important work done by the Times—including some early critical reporting about ObamaCare.

Instead, she got trashed by unnamed sources, such as in a Politico piece last year that reported she had once “blown up in a meeting,” traveled a lot and once told an editor to leave a meeting and change a photo. Horrors!

On “Fox and Friends” this morning, the co-hosts talked about the “war on women” at the New York Times, referencing reports that Abramson had made less than her male predecessor, Bill Keller. On “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said she believes reports of the Times’ pay gap based on her own experience in the TV news business, also citing MSNBC.

“We have our own story here that we’ve written about, so we can put that aside,” Brzezinski said about having previously made it public that she was being paid significantly less than co-host Joe Scarborough.

Other talent took to Twitter.

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Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

New York Times Editor: ‘Our Goal is Not to Become an Online TV station’

Jill Abramson, the New York Times‘ executive editor, has been answering reader questions online this week. Abramson has discussed source anonymity and the coverage of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, as well as answering a series of questions about the Times’ recent investment in video:

Q. Why all the new investment in video? Is The Times on its way to becoming a online TV station?— John Nolan, Morton Grove, IL

A. News stories can now be told across many platforms and the information our journalists collect can be presented in many different forms. The question I often ask as executive editor is: What is the most powerful way to tell a story or deliver information? Video is certainly an increasingly important platform for Times journalism. Our goal is not to become an online TV station, but to create video that enables our readers and audience to “watch The Times” as well as “read The Times.”

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Diane Sawyer, Christiane Amanpour, Greta Van Susteren Among ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’

Forbes released this year’s list of the “100 Most Powerful Women,” and women in media are very well-represented. Among TV news personalities, “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer placed 23rd, right behind her bosses’ boss, Disney/ABC entertainment group president Anne Sweeney.

ABC News and CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour placed 53rd overall, while Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren was 94th.

Other media types on the list included New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson at number five, Oprah Winfrey at 11 and Arianna Huffington at 29.

You can check out the full list from Forbes, here.

‘Sunday Morning’ Profiles Timeswoman

In the wake of her paper’s announcement of its latest round of buy-out offers, Jill Abramson will be profiled on “CBS Sunday Morning” tomorrow. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with the new New York Times’ Executive Editor about becoming the paper’s first female executive editor. “I’m very conscious of the past battles that woman journalists waged to rise up in their newsroom and that happened here at the Times, too,” Abramson tells Braver.

“It would be nice to think we would get to the point where it wasn’t so remarkable when a woman rose to the top job at an important institution. But we aren’t there yet.”