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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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John Miller Named Head of NYPD Counter-Terrorism

JohnMillerRecently departed CBS correspondent John Miller has been appointed head of the NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit, new police commissioner Bill Bratton announced yesterday.

Miller’s second stint at the department was announced last month, with the former local news, ABC News, and LAPD officer saying he hoped to “rise to” the great challenge his new job posed.

The New York Daily News points out skeptics within the NYPD regarding the gap in experience between Miller and his predecessor, 40-year NYPD intelligence officer David Cohen.

Miller’s new post at the NYPD starts Monday, January 6.

John Miller Announces He’s Leaving CBS News, on WCBS

JohnMiller2CBS News correspondent John Miller is leaving the network and joining the NYPD as a new commissioner re-joins the force.”I never stay anywhere too long,” Miller said on WCBS’s 5:30 newscast.

“John, congratulations. Our loss is the city’s gain,” said anchor Dick Brennan.

The New York Post was first to report earlier this month that Miller was looking to make the move. Miller will re-join incoming NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. “It’ll be a great challenge that I hope to rise to,” said Miller.

Miller has bounced between jobs as a journalist and in law enforcement his entire career. His first job was as a reporter for WNEW (now Fox5) in New York City. In 1985 he joined WNBC and left 9 years later to join Bratton at the NYPD. He returned to TV news as a correspondent for ABC News in 1995 where he remained for 7 years, being named “20/20″ co-anchor in 2002. Miller left ABC to join Bratton at the LAPD in 2003 where he was head of the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence. He joined CBS News in 2011.

David Zurawik Has ‘Lost Faith’ in ’60 Minutes’ and CNN

obamaKroftBaltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik delivers blistering commentary on the state of the news media in his latest column. “After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: ’60 Minutes’ and CNN,” he writes. “…I used to believe in and ferociously defend what I thought of as the high end of TV news. But I don’t have a fast answer anymore as to where TV viewers should turn for trustworthy information.”

Zurawik writes that his faith in “60 Minutes” began eroding after the 2008 election, noting that in multiple interviews with President Obama, Steve Kroft allowed the President to “control the conversation.”

The newsmagazine that debuted in 1968 had long played this kind of softball game when it came to celebrity profiles, but not with a president who was regularly using the telecast as a political tool. To me, that’s as serious an abrogation of journalistic duty as there is — especially when you are one of the 10 most popular shows on TV with an audience that regularly tops 10 million viewers a night.

[...] The one-after-another sequence of mistakes in the past couple of months suggests something deeper is now at play — a senior management team that has lost its way and has stopped listening to anyone outside the bunker. Barring any more Benghazi-like debacles, the ratings will probably hold for “60 Minutes.” But not my faith in its journalism. That’s gone.

As for CNN, Zurawik directs his criticism at CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, who took the helm of the network this year: Read more

John Miller Defends ’60 Minutes’ NSA Story

Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 10.39.07 PM“60 Minutes,” the venerable CBS News magazine is the news, again this weekend. On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” FNC’s “MediaBuzz” and in his Monday media column, the New York TimesDavid Carr calls into question CBS News correspondent John Miller‘s report on the NSA last Sunday. Carr called the story “a friendly infomercial for the agency,” while FNC’s Howard Kurtz called it “rather soft.” Beyond the criticism of the story was the issue of whether Miller, a former FBI official who worked with NSA, should have been the reporter on it. Carr:

On what planet is it fine for someone like Mr. Miller, a former federal law enforcement official, to be the one to do a big segment on a major government security agency? Mr. Miller got the story because the N.S.A. said yes to his pitch — why would it not? — but other journalists at “60 Minutes” without his potential conflicts were interested as well. No matter how the deal was brokered, the optics were terrible and the N.S.A. got its hands on a megaphone with nary a critic in sight.

For his part, Miller defends the story to Carr: “We went there, we asked every question we wanted to, listened to the answers, followed up as we wished, and our audience can decide what and who they believe. As we constructed it, the N.S.A. was a story about a debate, not a villain, and we added to that debate with important information. I fail to understand how a shrill argument for the sake of creating televised drama would have accomplished anything.”

As Carr, Kurtz and Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” all pointed out, the NSA likely wouldn’t have agreed to cooperate if Miller wasn’t the reporter. In the end, “60 Minutes” gets inside access to the NSA, but at what cost to their credibility?

John Miller Eying Leave from CBS News

JohnMillerJourneyman journalist John Miller may be on the move again.

The CBS News correspondent is negotiating his exit from the network to join the New York City Police Department, the New York Post reports. Miller would join the force as his old boss, former LAPD police chief Bill Bratton prepares to re-take the reins at the NYPD. (Bratton himself joined NBC News a few months ago as an analyst, a job he’ll be giving up).

Miller joined CBS in 2011. He’d spent the previous 6 years in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence working with the CIA, NSA, FBI, and other agencies. Last night Miller reported a two-part “60 Minutes” story on NSA surveillance.

Miller has bounced between jobs as a journalist and in law enforcement his entire career. His first job was as a reporter for WNEW (now Fox5) in New York City. In 1985 he joined WNBC and left 9 years later to join Bratton at the NYPD. He returned to TV news as a correspondent for ABC News in 1995 where he remained for 7 years, being named “20/20″ co-anchor in 2002. Miller left ABC to join Bratton at the LAPD in 2003 where he was head of the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence.

The Friday Ticker: Miller, ‘Money Talks’, Chen

  • CBS News senior correspondent John Miller will present his first “60 Minutes” piece on the newsmagazine Sunday. Miller interviews former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on Syria.

  • Variety takes a look at the ratings for CNBC’s premiere of “Money Talks,” which debuted Tuesday. The show averaged 127,000 total viewers and 65,000 viewers in the A25-54 demographic.

  • On the heels of Julie Chen‘s announcement that she had cosmetic surgery after a news director in Dayton told her she would never be an anchor because of her “Asian eyes,” the local station — which is under new management since Chen worked there — has issued an apology. TVSpy has details.

NBC News Hires Former NYPD, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton As An Analyst

NBC News has hired former NYPD, LAPD and Boston PD police commissioner Bill Bratton as an analyst for its networks and platforms, including MSNBC and NBC News Digital.

Bratton was one of the most high-profile police chiefs in the U.S. in the 1990s and 2000s, with his anti-crime efforts drawing national attention. His wife, Rikki Klieman, is a legal analyst for CBS News, and a former reporter for TruTV.

Bratton currently works in the private sector, leading consultation firm The Bratton Group and Bratton Technologies, which operates Blue Line, a secure social network for law enforcement.

Bratton appeared on-air for a number of networks following the bombings in Boston. With so many stories related to the issue of law enforcement, TV news organizations have been aggressive in scooping up correspondents and contributors with knowledge in that field. CBS in particular has drawn acclaim for the stories generated by correspondent John Miller, a former law enforcement official himself.

Update: A source tells TVNewser that Bratton and Miller are actually very close, with Bratton giving Miller his first law enforcement job.

More information, after the jump.
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Pelley Pounds Page Six Provocateur

The New York Post‘s Page Six reported that the “CBS Evening News” allegedly didn’t cover John Miller‘s big State Department scoop because anchor Scott Pelley was upset it happened on “CBS This Morning.”

The story itself isn’t nearly as interesting as Pelley’s vehement response to Page Six:

“That allegation is false. How long have you been a journalist? You wouldn’t last ten seconds at CBS News. This is not how reporters do their job. You called my publicist but not me in my office?”

Pelley explained, “We wrote that story for ‘CBS This Morning’ on Friday. ‘CTM’ has two hours of air time, I have 30 minutes. Monday was a heavy news day and we had no place to put the story.”

We already know that Pelley can hold his own at the gun show, which only makes the phone call that much more intense. For what it’s worth, CBS dedicated more than three minutes on last night’s newscast to Miller’s scoop.

NBC’s ‘Today’ Leads With News… That ‘CBS This Morning’ Had 24 Hours Earlier

A scoop from CBS News correspondent John Miller yesterday is so big, that it is actually still making news this morning… even leading NBC’s “Today.”

Here is Miller’s story, about possible cover-ups in the State Department. It aired at 7:30 AM yesterday:

Here is the top of NBC’s “Today” today, which says the news was “breaking overnight,” and doesn’t mention that CBS News reported it a full 24 hours earlier, including a response from the State Department.
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