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Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

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Gawker’s Takedown of Shepard Smith: ‘Invasive’ or ‘Interesting?’

ShepardSmithElexNew York Times media columnist David Carr finds himself in a corner this Monday morning. By exposing the reporting of Gawker, he’s shining more light on its “takedown” subject: Fox News anchor Shepard Smith. Carr calls his predicament “icky and very meta at the same time.”

First, the backstory: Last Tuesday Gawker writer J.K. Trotter dredged up a 6-month old story about Smith having a fit at a bar. On Friday, he wrote about Smith’s office romance with “a 26-year-old Fox staffer” who happens to be a man. Carr writes:

Gawker seems sadly old-school… By covering the issue in the context of a throwdown with a waitress, Gawker backed into the reveal of what the item was really about, suggesting something was weird and spicy about it.

By doing a takedown on Mr. Smith, Gawker, which trades on its bracingly modern approach to news, comes off as moralistic and invasive, while Fox News seems oddly open-minded and pragmatic in comparison.

Gawker founder Nick Denton defends Trotter’s reporting: “It is titillating and interesting, in the same way as if he were with a woman half his age or twice his age,” he tells Carr. “People care who other people are dating if one is big and one is small or one is white and one is black. Why should there be this weird double standard around gay celebrity?”

What do you think?

TV News Executives And Talent Toast ‘Top Of The Morning’ At Book Party

Last night the media elite gathered at the rooftop of The Park in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood to toast New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter‘s book Top of the Morning.

As the sun set over the Hudson River and the High Line park, guests sipped wine and nibbled on hummus, cheese and skewers of shrimp and scallops. NY1 traffic anchor Jamie Shupak, Stelter’s girlfriend, organized the affair.

Matt Lauer and Ann Curry send their regrets,” Stelter quipped in his remarks. Indeed, NBC’s “Today” was not represented at the party, though there were plenty of notable TV news attendees.

ABC News seemed to have the largest contingent, led by president Ben Sherwood, and joined by senior VP of content and development James Goldston, and senior VP of communications Jeffrey Schneider. CBS News was represented by chairman Jeff Fager and “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose (pictured below). NY1′s morning news anchor Pat Kiernan was there, as was CNN “Piers Morgan Live” EP (and former “Today” EP) Jonathan Wald. Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, New York Post publisher Jesse Angelo and Gawker founder Nick Denton were all spotted in the crowd.
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Brian Williams Newsmagazine Profiles Blog That Published Brian Williams Email

In January, Gawker published an email sent by NBC News anchor Brian Williams to Gawker founder Nick Denton. The emails showed that Williams was not impressed by Lana Del Ray’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” the prior week. It made news.

This month, Williams’ primetime newsmagazine “Rock Center” will profile Denton and Gawker Media. Williams is expected to comment on the email incident.

A preview:

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Brian Williams Likes Gawker, Except When He Doesn’t

Brian Williams shot off an email to Gawker chieftain Nick Denton over the weekend, because, well, Brian Williams spends his Sundays watching “Meet the Press” and reading Gawker. Williams took a graceful shot at Gawker’s weekend coverage of late saying they missed the story of “one of the worst outings in SNL history” by “Brooklyn hipster Lana Del Rey.”

[W]hile I know you’re in the midst of an editor change, weekends have been allowed to go awfully fallow…

Not to let a good story go to waste, that new editor, A.J. Daulerio got his paws on the email and — as well he should — wrote up a post on it.

Williams’ NBC publicist added fuel to the fire Monday by requesting that the post be taken down. Right.

Anyway, the fire burns still; one that the former Middletown Township volunteer firefighter Williams would rather snuff out. And don’t expect any more SNL musical guest reviews from the “Nightly News” anchor, at least not in the form of an email to Nick Denton.

Mark Cuban Vs. the BCS, Part Three (or Maybe 50)

Every boxing fan has complained about the number of undefeated boxers. Seems like any up any coming “contender” has fought the same 12 – 14 record boxer and the same 52-year-old former champs. Whatever it takes to get you wins and keep you un-defeated. It’s the Don King special.
BCS Schools have obviously been watching. Here are some fun facts showing just how big an impact cupcakes have on the teams that make it to the BCS Bowl Games:

And thus begins Mark Cuban‘s articulate rant about the evils of the BCS system. (Well at least the latest one.)

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Denton Ready For “Fun” Feud With O’Reilly

oreilly_9-22.jpgAuthorities have zeroed in on who they believe hacked Gov. Sarah Palin‘s email account, and the 20-year-old (yes, 20-year-old) may soon be arrested. That should partially satisfy FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, who has been one of the most vocal in calling for the arrest of the “hackers and those who posted the emails” — so much so, it appears he has been hacked himself.

But Nick Denton is still doing just fine. The Gawker founder and editor, who O’Reilly suggested should be put “in cuffs,” weighed in on the matter.

Denton tells TVNewser, “The respectable American press has lived in fear of O’Reilly’s rage for far too long. In the blogs he’s finally met a medium as ranty as he is. I’m sure the conflict will be fun for both sides.”

“Fun”? We’ll see if O’Reilly has anything to say about it tonight or tomorrow on the Radio Factor.

O’Reilly Blasts Hackers, Hackers Hack Him Back

oreilly_9-21.jpgWired is reporting FNC anchor Bill O’Reilly’s personal Web site,, has been hacked in a response to his attacks on hackers and this week.

“The attack was retaliation for comments that O’Reilly made on the air this week about web sites that published e-mails obtained from the Yahoo account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, according to a press release distributed by WikiLeaks late Friday,” writes Kim Zetter. The hacked material includes “names, e-mail addresses, city and state, and the password,” subscribers use on his site.

O’Reilly has been vehement in his attacks on those who hacked into Gov. Palin’s email account, and the “despicable, slimy, scummy,” Web site that published the emails. That post on Gawker has now been viewed more than one million times.

O’Reilly has even suggested the arrest of Gawker’s founder and editor Nick Denton (although not by name), saying the police should go to his house “tonight” and, “put him in cuffs and take him down and book him.”

Click continued to see a segment where O’Reilly calls on the “hackers and those who posted the emails go to prison for a very long time,” and Megyn Kelly argues Gawker did nothing criminally wrong…

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