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How a ‘Married, Heterosexual, Christian mother’ and NPR Host Became a Gay Rights Ally

The record number of openly-gay Congressional candidates elected two weeks ago “should be a wake-up call, on a number of levels, that the real America can be found in lots of places,” says National Public Radio’s Michel Martin.

A self-described “married, heterosexual, Christian mother,” Martin, 53, an African American, routinely addresses gay issues, as well as those of other minorities, on “Tell Me More,” the daily news-talk show she launched in 2007.

The struggle for gay equality “is one of the most important civil rights movements of our time,” says Martin, who last week received the first Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage, sponsored by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. (Full disclosure: I am a long-time member of NLGJA.)

Gay rights “is also one of the most important human rights stories of our time,” Martin adds. “I don’t understand why we wouldn’t do those stories.”

“Tell Me More” has done in-depth looks at topics ranging from gay people of faith to gays in prison to transsexual athletes. Martin’s mission, she says, is to present a diversity of perspectives within the LGBT community. “There is no one gay opinion, just like there’s no one black opinion or one Latino opinion.”

The Shilts Award was named in memory of pioneering San Francisco journalist Randy Shilts. The first reporter to cover a ‘gay beat’ for a major metro daily, he wrote three best-sellers, including the groundbreaking ‘And the Band Played On,’ about the AIDS crisis.

Martin was chosen as the inaugural recipient “because she goes out of her way to tell our stories, and she teaches us about aspects of our own community,” says Matthew E. Berger, co-chair of the Washington, D.C., event. “That’s unique for an ally.” Read more

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Could David Shuster Still End up at CNN?

Shuster_4.6.jpgNow that David Shuster is all but finished at MSNBC, is CNN still interested in picking him up?

“We decline comment,” said CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson when asked that question, and a few others, about the situation.

MSNBC put Shuster on indefinite suspension today for participating in the taping of a test run of a news show put together by the CNN talent development group. In any given year, the group will produce 10 to 12 of these so-called pilots, including this one earlier this year. “Since he used to cover Washington for Fox and then he worked for MSNBC it would be a piece of cake for CNN to re-invent Shuster as a newsy host who knows politics and who’s mainly about the facts,” says NYU professor of journalism and author of PressThink, Jay Rosen. “I think CNN is ideologically committed to The View from Nowhere, which they see as bearing no ideology,” Rosen tells TVNewser.

But Shuster has gone ideological in recent years. At times, drawing the ire of bosses.

Shuster, based in Washington, is married to Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman. He was called to New York yesterday to meet with MSNBC president Phil Griffin. Shuster’s agent was also in the room. Insiders don’t expect his return to the MSNBC airwaves anytime soon.

MSNBC Could Keep David Shuster Off the Air Indefinitely

Shuster_4.4.jpgMSNBC bad boy David Shuster may be on his third strike.

Shuster won’t be on the air today for his 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows, according to MSNBC insiders. Whether he returns before his contract expires in December is up for debate.

Shuster’s last appearance was at 10 a.m. Friday. MSNBC boss Phil Griffin pulled him from his 3 p.m. gig after learning, via The New York Observer, that the anchor had recently shot a pilot for CNN without having informed his bosses.

Griffin, vacationing in Florida, ripped Shuster a new one over the phone, network sources say. A repeat performance is expected today in the office.

It’s not the first steel cage match between Shuster and Griffin, but it may be the last.

In February 2008, Shuster was suspended for two weeks and forced to apologize after a tasteless on-air crack about Chelsea Clinton‘s presidential politicking for her mother, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Most recently, in January, MSNBC ordered Shuster to stop tweeting after his Twitter attack on conservative video producer James O’Keefe.

In the past, MSNBC reps have been downright temperate in their official reactions to Shuster’s mishaps. This time, however, they’ve taken a giant step – for MSNBC, anyway — beyond temperate. If Shuster is guilty, he will “be punished appropriately.”

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David Shuster Tapes CNN Pilot?

shustermartin_4-2.jpgCNN recently shot a pilot for a new show featuring MSNBC’s David Shuster and NPR’s Michel Martin, reports Felix Gillette of the NY Observer today:

The pilot, we’re told, also featured medical and opinion segments, and included appearances by several current CNN contributors, including Chrystia Freeland, the U.S. managing editor for the Financial Times and Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker.

Though many pilots are shot and never seen again, the news is sure to get a fair amount of attention in light of recent speculation surrounding ratings news and because of Shuster’s prominence at a competing network. Shuster had no comment for TVNewser.

Previously: CNN Developing New Morning Show?

Update: Though MSNBC originally had no comment this morning about the report, a network spokesperson tells NYTimes’ Brian Stelter this afternoon, “If true, this is unacceptable and David will be punished appropriately.”