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Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Sklar’

White “Separatist” Turns “Bad PR Lemons Into Lemonade” In TV Interviews

nugent_6-12.jpgRachel Sklar takes a close look at a frequently used guest in stories about the Holocaust Museum shooter, James von Brunn.

John de Nugent has appeared on NBC Nightly News (identified as a “white separatist”) and ABC’s Good Morning America (ID’ed as an “acquaintance” of von Brunn’s) at least, and other local outlets as well.

But who is this source? In a blog post written by de Nugent today, he explains his “media strategy.” “At least I was able to turn some bad PR lemons into lemonade last night and yesterday, and I got to 1) explain how understandable white anger is, and 2) how Obama needs to assuage heightened white fears about gun and speech control or he will, by everything he does, provoke even more incidents,” he writes.

Later, in what is not likely a typo: “The reporter asks me questions from Jew York by speakerphone.”

There’s much more, like how he was “happy to say that most media” called him a “white separatist and NOT a white supremacist” and “when Jews attack and lie, I must be doing my job very well.”

Writes Sklar: “I understand that the goal is to collect the most useful and relevant information, however repugnant the source. But in every case, you have to evaluate the credibility of that source. Is the information verifiable? Is their self-interest implicated?”

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The Long Weekend: Final Notes From WHCD

capts_5-11.JPGAll the photos from Bloomberg’s ultra-exclusive party are available to the public, courtesy of Bloomberg/Vanity Fair After Party.

Check out the Jersey boys (Gov. Jon Corzine and Jon Bon Jovi), the Tweeters (Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore) and this pairing on the left — the heroes of the night (Capts. Richard Phillips and Chesley Sullenberger).

martin_5-11.jpgThe Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar (who writes today why this whole thing matters) shares her pics on Flickr, with some more interesting pairs, including the guys to the right — RNC Chairman Michael Steele and CNN’s Roland Martin.

Wrapping up the FishbowlDC coverage:

Photos from Friday night’s Poliwood screening
• Newseum’s Friday night comedy panel
• Capitol File party coverage

Charitini’s Sklar Talks Pirates, Scoops on the Menu

mmm_2-3.gifJoining us on the Morning Media Menu podcast is Rachel Sklar of and Abrams Research.

The Menu regular talks about the Amazon Fail yesterday, whether scoops matter in the Internet Age and…well…pirates.

Paul Krugman said yesterday on This Week on ABC, he made a joke about trying to equate the puppies and pirates as a photogenic distraction, and I thought that was inappropriate because at that point Captain Phillips hadn’t been freed,” says Sklar of the tone of some pirate coverage. “You’re talking about people boarding boats with AK-47s.”

Also discussed: another Los Angeles Times ad that’s drawing attention and criticism.

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Friday’s “Menu” and Look Back at Sanchez, Levy and More

mmm_12-8.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu: the FTC wants to know how advertisers obtain information, liquor and sex ads are finding viewers in prime time, Saturday morning news shows are growing and What We Learned This Week. You can check out all our shows this week on the right, including our interviews with CNN’s Rick Sanchez, FNC’s Andy Levy, Rachel Sklar and Brian Stelter.

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

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Tapper “To Be This Administration’s David Gregory”?

tapper_2-10.jpgIn the wake of last week’s contentious exchange between ABC’s Jake Tapper and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, The Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar talks to Tapper about his role covering the White House.

“There’s a big lesson for all of us — not just reporters, but the nation — in the need for a vigilant press that questions the decisions our leaders make…I certainly don’t think that it’s the job of any journalist to make the presidency work,” he says.

Sklar quotes a “colleague on the D.C. political circuit” who says, “I think it’s safe to say that he’s calculated, meaning that if he’s being tough, it’s likely because he sat down one day to say, ‘I want to be this administration’s David Gregory.’”

And Major Garrett‘s favorite active journalist was at it again last night — Columbia Journalism Review’s Liz Cox Barrett gave the best question of last night’s news conference to Tapper.

Earlier:’s “So What Do You Do?” Q&A with Tapper.

Grammys, Obama’s Caution With the Press on the “Menu”

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu we’re joined by Rachel Sklar (The Daily Beast, Abrams Research, Charitini) to talk Grammys, Newsweek’s major makeover and Obama’s cautious press strategy.

Find out why Sklar thinks “‘the last year or so has been the year of ‘pregnant women can do anything.’”

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on and call in at 646-929-0321. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes by clicking the “iTunes” button. Also join us tomorrow as we’re joined by CNN’s Rick Sanchez.

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With Up Not An Option, Wald Moves Out

wald_2-4.jpgWith the news yesterday that Jonathan Wald was leaving CNBC, media writers looked deeper into the move, and Wald’s career:

• Marketwatch’s Jon Freidman writes that Wald “was clearly a star in the news world and he boasted a sterling journalism pedigree.”

Friedman describes the rapport he had with his top talent. “I’ve found in doing research for CNBC stories over the years that Wald’s celebrity colleagues greatly appreciated the encouragement and support he gave them,” he writes.

Rachel Sklar writes on The Daily Beast that Wald “is practically royalty” at NBC. But one “longtime network colleague” tells Sklar, “with Jonathan there’s always a but.” Writes Sklar: “He is known for throwing some sharp elbows, and has his fair share of frenemies in high and low places.”

But another source tells Sklar, “He has a lot of fans – a lot.” Sklar also gives one possible reason for Wald’s departure. “[CNBC president Mark] Hoffman has reportedly just re-upped to stay on for another five years so moving up a rung was not at option,” she writes.

Brian Stelter writes for TV Decoder about the move, and notes, “Mr. Wald was believed to be a leading contender to succeed Mark Hoffman.”

Wald tells the Times: “I’m confident CNBC will keep growing,” Asked about his future, he said, “Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to keep growing as well.”

Morning Media Menu: January 20

mmm_12-8.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu: It’s Inauguration Day, and co-host Glynnis MacNicol is live again from Washington, D.C. Joining us to talk about the parties, crowds and Cindy McCain‘s recent comments are two guests, Rachel Sklar of Abrams Research and Patrick Gavin of FishbowlDC. Patrick is live from his walk to the Inauguration. Find out what Chris Matthews said while waiting in line last night.

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

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Sklar: “If 2009 Isn’t the Year of the Black Media Star, Then we are All Doing Something Wrong”

Rachel Sklar, formerly of The Huffington Post and now of Abrams Research, takes a look back at ’08 (and a look forward) in a column on The Daily Beast.

One area is the African American media landscape. “Considering what a watershed year it was racially, surprisingly few new African-American stars emerged,” she writes. “The networks relied, for the most part, on the names they already knew…If 2009 isn’t the year of the black media star, then we are all doing something wrong.”

And with the Obama-media correlation, there’s also one regarding Clinton and the media. “We are so not ready for a female president. By ‘we’ I mean the media, whose stunning mishandling of the gender politics of the 2008 race meant that no one would even admit there might be a sexism problem until it was too late for Hillary Clinton — and just in time for Sarah Palin,” writes Sklar.

Other topics discussed include two undercovered (or “undernews”) areas — the war in Iraq and John Edwards.

Morning Media Menu: December 18 has launched a new audio podcast based around the Morning Newsfeed and blog network, including TVNewser. You can listen live every morning at 9amET on and call in at 646-929-0321.

Today on the podcast, FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol hosts solo, with guest Rachel Sklar. Discussed (via FBNY): Obama and the press, Yahoo and your personal info, and whether Conrad Black can actually be considered a freak show.

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