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David Folkenflik to Talk ‘Murdoch’s World’ On ‘Reliable Sources’

FolkenflikNPR’s David Folkenflik has been a host on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” several times in the past few months. But tomorrow he’ll be a guest on the show talking about his new book “Murdoch’s World.”

A few bits from the book have to come to light this week, including the revelation that FNC PR staffers created online aliases to counter negative comments — or just to stir things up — on media blogs and how they planted false information with a media reporter just to discredit him. That reporter, Matthew Flamm, writes about “that elaborate ruse” here.

Folkenflik says his publisher is in the process of reaching out to Fox News for an interview there. “I’d be open to going on Fox shows to talk about the book,” he tells us. Daily Beast’s John Avlon hosts “Reliable Sources” tomorrow.

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CUBES #TBT: Inside the Daily Beast

You’ve probably heard by now Tina Brown is leaving the Daily Beast and starting her own media and live events company. Today’s Morning Media Newsfeed has all the must-read links. For now, the Beast will be overseen by managing director Deidre Depke and executive editor John Avlon, who is also a CNN contributor.

Here now, your TVNewser #tbt, as Avlon takes MediabistroTV‘s CUBES on a tour of the Daily Beast, then still combined with Newsweek.

Joanne Lipman to host ‘Reliable Sources’

For the first time since introducing a rotating cast of hosts, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” will be fronted by a woman.

Joanne Lipman, former managing editor of the The Wall Street Journal and former editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio will host Sunday’s show.

Lipman’s former WSJ colleague Walt Mossberg will be a guest, along with former ABC, BBC, MSNBC and CNBC anchor Melinda Wittstock, founder and CEO of Verifeed. They’ll discuss how crowd-sourced information and video help news organizations. Also on tap: a look at the news coverage from a deadly week in Egypt, and a discussion about next week’s launch of Al Jazeera America.

Howard Kurtz hosted his final “Reliable Sources” June 31. (He joined Fox News the next day.) Since then, hosts have included the Daily Beast’s John Avlon, NPR’s David Folkenflik, former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, and the New York TimesBrian Stelter.

Baby Boom At News Outlets

Babies, babies everywhere! While seemingly every TV news outlet was covering the future monarch born this week, there is even more royal baby news popping out.

NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander and wife WJLA anchor Alison Starling welcomed a new baby girl yesterday. Alexander announced the news the way all births should be handled from now on, with a placard, on Twitter:

Meanwhile, on “New Day” this morning GOP political consultant and CNN contributor Margaret Hoover revealed, alongside her husband and fellow CNN contributor John Avlon, that they are expecting a child.

CNN Crew Has Camera Taken Away by Egyptian Officer

On “Reliable Sources,” hosted by John Avlon, CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman talked about covering the chaos in Cairo over the last week, which has included a crackdown on — and, in once case, violence against — journalists. Wedeman talked about how he was setting up for a liveshot late last week when an Army officer took away his camera — including a day’s worth of footage.

John Avlon to Host First Post-Kurtz ‘Reliable Sources’

CNN contributor and Newsweek/Daily Beast senior columnist John Avlon will be the host for tomorrow’s “Reliable Sources.” It’ll be the first non-Howard Kurtz moderated show in 15 years. Kurtz boasted that he’d never missed one of his shows since he was named host in 1998. “My own personal Cal Ripken streak,” he called it.

Two of Avlon’s Daily Beast/Newsweek colleagues are scheduled to guest on the show: senior correspondent Josh Rogin and columnist Michael Moynihan. Other guests include Errol Louis of NY1, and Jackie Kucinich, of The Washington Post. Here’s Avlon hosting mediabistroTV’s Newsweek/Daily Beast edition of Cubes.

Kurtz joined Fox News this week where he is developing a revamped version of FNC’s media criticism show, “Fox News Watch”

 

The Daily Beast And CNN ‘Reliable Sources’ Host Howard Kurtz ‘have parted company’

The Daily Beast has “parted company” with Washington bureau chief Howard Kurtz. Kurtz of course also hosts “Reliable Sources” on CNN every Sunday.

The move comes just a day after Kurtz wrote an embarrassing story based on the idea that NBA player Jason Collins never mentioned that he was previously engaged to a women in his Sports Illustrated article. He did mention it. The corrected article didn’t make much sense without that hook, and was subsequently retracted by The Daily Beast.

A source at CNN tells TVNewser that Kurtz’s current deal with the cable channel will likely be his last. New CNN president Jeff Zucker has made no secret of his desire to rid the channel of long-time contributors that are more closely tied to the channel’s past than its future. It is not clear exactly when his current deal with CNN expires.

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After ‘This Week,’ Dennis Rodman Cancels TV Appearances

Following his…memorable… appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman apparently had a number of other media appearances lined up. The key word there is had, because he seems to have been canceling them.

After “This Week.” Rodman was supposed to be interviewed by ESPN’s Bob Ley for an upcoming episode of “Outside The Lines.” As Those Guys Have All The Fun author James Andrew Miller noted, however, it didn’t play out:

 

Today, Rodman was supposed to appear on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, but as John Berman reported at 11:13, the basketball star “decided to cancel.” Berman then hosted Fran Townsend and John Avlon, who proceeded to trash Rodman for calling Kim Jong Un a “friend.”

Will Rodman turn up anywhere else on TV? We are keeping our ears to the ground, let us know if you hear of any bookings.

CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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CNN Election Express is On the Road Again

CNN’s Election Express is on the road again.

Tomorrow morning, the tricked out politibus hits the road departing Boca Raton, site of tonight’s debate, headed for other Florida cities like Lakeland, and Winter Park. Then it’s on to North Carolina on Friday and by Sunday the Election Express will be in Virginia. On board are CNN’s Ali Velshi and John Avlon who will be interviewing voters in four swing states. Interviews and analysis will be featured throughout CNN’s television networks and digital platforms over the final two weeks of the campaign.

This is the second presidential election cycle for Election Express. TVNewser got a tour the last go-round when the Express swung through New York City.

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