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


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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Which Sunday Shows Covered the News Corp. Hacking Scandal?

On Sunday, two of the network public affairs shows reported on the News Corp. hacking scandal and two didn’t. “Meet the Press” had Ohio Gov. John Kasich on as a guest. Kasich once hosted a show on FNC before he reentered politics. David Gregory asked Kasich about whether the scandal overseas, could affect News Corp.’s cable news channel here.

They have not been touched by this, they have told me, and I believe them. And we’ll just have to see how this all unfolds. Murdoch’s fired people, you know, he’s quoted as being told his head’s in his hands crying with the family that was impacted. I mean, it’s a terrible thing, and hopefully, we’ll get to the bottom of it and it will change journalism.

ABC’s “This Week” led with the news, as Christiane Amanpour reported the arrest of Rebekah Brooks, then discussed it later with Ken Auletta.

“FOX News Sunday” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” did not report on the story.

Syndicated show “The McLaughlin Group” also covered the scandal, while two other syndicated shows: “The Chris Matthews Show” and “The Wall Street Journal Report” — which gets its name from a News Corp. property, but is produced by NBC Universal — did not cover it.

Here’s how the media criticism shows: Fox News Watch and CNN’s Reliable Sources covered the story.

Check Out Media Beat

Our Media Beat interview series launched in December and we’ve had great interviews with some big names in media every week since.

You can see the full list of interviews here. But we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites for you to check out:

mbrather_2-12.jpg HDNET’s Dan Rather discusses how journalism has changed and talks about his CBS lawsuit.
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MSNBC’s Willie Geist describes how he ended up at MSNBC and how “Way Too Early” takes a very different approach to television and the internet.
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mbauletta_2-12.jpg Ken Auletta discusses his book “Googled” and Conde Nast entering the digital realm.
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mbspurlock_2-12.jpg Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock provides video/filmmaking tips to journalists and explains why working on “The Simpsons” documentary was his “best…gig…ever.”
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Kelly Cutrone discusses launching a reality show and talks about paying your dues in fashion PR.
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And we’ve got some really good ones coming up soon, so keep an eye out.

Dan Rather on What the Comcast-NBCU Deal Might Mean for NBC News

Dan Rather was here at this morning for our Media Beat series. TVNewser’s Gail Shister asked Rather what he thought the Comcast-NBCU deal would mean for NBC News:

Rather was interviewed for Media Beat, our weekly video series which premiered yesterday. Right now on FishbowlNY, an interview with author and New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta. Click here to watch

The Dan Rather interview will run here on TVNewser the week of Dec. 14.

Dobbs’ Convention Continues Off Air

dobbs_9-9.JPGLou Dobbs doesn’t just play Lou Dobbs on TV.

TVNewser attended Dobbs’ first Independent Convention broadcast last night, as the CNN anchor is focusing this week on independent voters in the wake of the DNC and RNC.

When the broadcast ended just after 8pmET, Dobbs got ready to leave when someone in the 60+ person audience asked him a question. “Do you guys want to have a little political discussion?” Dobbs asked the crowd (video of that exchange is below). The answer was a resounding ‘yes,’ and for more than 30 minutes, Dobbs and his on-set guests fielded questions, and refereed debate, from his audience. In essence, it was a non-televised extension of Dobbs’ Convention Night 1.

“Tonight, we’re giving all Independent voters a voice, free of partisanship or hopefully too much blather,” he said at the beginning of last night’s broadcast.

Dobbs will travel to Washington, D.C. for Wednesday’s broadcast, culminating in a Friday rally at Freedom High School in South Riding, VA, where nearly 1,000 are expected.

During night 1, Dobbs took on lobbyists, voter fraud and the “liberal national media,” among other topics. And after the show, the discussion was similar.

“Neither man understands economics or the economy period,” said Dobbs to one question about the presidential candidates.

Another audience member questioned why Dobbs didn’t take on the “conservative media,” like Fox News and its claim that Brit Hume is unbiased. Dobbs didn’t budge. “I happen to think Brit is one of the most able journalists on the air,” he said.

When he pressed the audience member for his thoughts on CNN, the audience member said it was down the middle. “I agree with you,” said Dobbs, laughing.

After the jump, see the segment on the “liberal national media,” where Dobbs, Howard Kurtz and Ken Auletta discuss MSNBC’s anchor switch, Sarah Palin and more.

Dobbs begins taking audience questions:

Click continued to see Dobbs’ segment about media bias…

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What’s Next For David Gregory?

Gregory_7.23.jpgThe NYObserver’s Felix Gillette takes a moment from Sunday’s Meet the Press, and ponders whether David Gregory has become NBC’s “lame duck.” Gillette observes that Gregory, NBC’s long-serving White House correspondent, may not be doing himself any favors by anchoring MSNBC’s Race for the White House if his true aspiration is to be the next moderator of Meet the Press. Gillette talks with several TV insiders and veterans about Gregory’s future with the network:

Ken Auletta, The New Yorker: “If you think he has real talent-and boy he does, he’s a good ad-libber, he’s good on his feet-you would think that NBC would think twice about building that brand before they mix news with opinion. On the other hand, if he does not develop an opinion voice, is he vanilla as an anchor on MSNBC?”

Andrew Tyndall, the Tyndall Report: “It’s not particularly good practice for Meet the Press, where you’re having formal interviews with newsmakers. I don’t think he ever has newsmakers on there. The function of the show is to showcase NBC’s in-house political analysts. There’s not much heavy lifting there for him to do. His current job is merely debriefing.”

Steve Friedman, former NBC & CBS morning show exec.: “I think David Gregory views himself as a news anchor, and I think that’s where his future is. You have to choose what’s open.”

Reese Schoenfeld, former CNN president: “I don’t think David Gregory should waste his talents becoming an anchorman. I think he’s a terrific reporter. But I don’t know if he’s anything more than a normal anchor guy.”

Of course, it was Schoenfeld who banned a young Katie Couric from CNN’s air after disapproving of her high-pitched voice.