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Critics Take Aim At Jim Lehrer For Debate Handling

Apparently criticizing Jim Lehrer is a bipartisan affair. The “PBS NewsHour” anchor was roundly criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for various perceived infractions.

NowThis News put together a supercut:

The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple argues that it wasn’t Lehrer’s fault, he just had a thankless task:

Lehrer’s real problem was that, for one night, he had to play stand-in for the entire American media. And if there’s one thing the American public enjoys, it’s bashing the American media, no matter how it performs.

The AP’s David Bauder rounds up many of the critiques on social media:

The tough assessments crossed party lines: Republican commentator Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter that Lehrer seemed “a bit overwhelmed.” Comic and Democratic activist Bill Maher bluntly tweeted that “Lehrer sucked.”

The Nation‘s Richard Kim pulled no punches:
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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: CBS News, PBS NewsHour, Fox News

This week, CBS News is looking for a new producer/writer, while PBS NewsHour is hiring a digital news editor. Fox News is seeking a freelance foreign desk editor, and MTV2 needs a freelance project manager. Get the details on these TV gigs and more below, and find additional just-posted jobs on mediabistro.com.

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Miles O’Brien Named Science Reporter for PBS NewsHour

Former CNN science and space correspondent Miles O’Brien is joining the “PBS NewsHour” as its science reporter.

O’Brien left CNN in December, 2008 when the network shuttered its science and technology unit. Since then he has appeared as host of the PBS miniseries “Blueprint America,” and as a guest expert in space and aviation issues on a  number of TV newscasts.

“I’m delighted to join the PBS NewsHour team,” said O’Brien in a statement.  ”Science is so important to our lives and the NewsHour has a reputation for giving thoughtful and in-depth coverage to all its reporting.  I look forward to producing work that helps people better understand the work being done by scientists today.”

The cable news channels have largely abandoned serious science reporting, leaving most of the coverage to the broadcast news divisions and PBS, which is home to programs such as “Nova.”

In recent months all three cable news channels have run spurious science stories, including a Fox News report on the supposed vaccine-autism correlation, an MSNBC report claiming that research proves that the chicken came before the egg, and a CNN report on a woman who magically “regrew” part of her finger by using a dubious product.

CNN also confirmed earlier this year that it had shelved its “Planet in Peril” documentary series.

More information about O’Brien’s hiring after the jump.

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