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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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Couric Talks Palin, Sexism, Future at CBS

couric_3-24.jpgCBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is featured in a lengthy, wide-ranging profile in Elle Magazine this month by Rebecca Traister.

Couric reflects on the famous Gov. Sarah Palin interview, that Traister writes, “will be cited for generations, that will likely lead Couric’s obituary.” Says Couric: “The truth of the matter is that…an interview like that doesn’t come around that often. [It was] one of the most important interviews I’ve ever done.”

Couric says she has no plans to leave the CBS Evening News, despite rumors last year she would after the election. “She took ownership of her broadcast in this election year,” says EP Rick Kaplan. “She was much more comfortable in the anchor chair; it belonged to her all of a sudden.”

She also talks about the criticism she’s received, and her mixed feelings about the idea it’s because she is a woman. “I still think the overwhelming image of women is, ‘Who looks better in this dress?’ she says, although noting, “I’m not one of those people who says it’s all sexism. I think there’s a whole confluence of reasons this transition was hard for me.”

In a rare interview, Ellie Monahan, Couric’s 17-year-old daughter is part of the piece as well. Click continued to see what she had to say about her mom…

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The Year of the Women?

From today’s Morning Newsfeed: Salon’s Rebecca Traister writes, if 2004 wasJon Stewart‘s career-making election,” this year is the year of the women. Specifically, Katie Couric, Campbell Brown and Rachel Maddow.

Traister cites the historic runs by women on the political side as a contributing factor. “Call it historical accident or mere coincidence, but this election, built as it has been around two history-making female candidates, traditional ‘women’s issues’ like the economy and healthcare and the acknowledgment of the power of female voters, also happens to have been translated, interpreted and picked apart by women newscasters,” she writes. “And that’s something new.”

During yesterday’s TVNewser Live Chat with CNN’s John Roberts, he gave his take on the “media stars” of this election. “On CNN, I would vote for Anderson, John King, Wolf, Campbell, Suzanne Malveaux, Dana Bash, Candy Crowley – and everyone else on the BPTOTV,” he wrote. “Over at NBC, I think Gregory has proven that he is their rising star. And my old White House colleague Terry Moran has been doing an amazing job over at ABC. And I think I should give big kudos to Katie Couric for her interview with Gov. Palin and the other biggies she’s been able to land.”

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> Update: Greta Van Susteren makes a suggestion on Gretawire for another person to be included: FNC CEO Roger Ailes. “You can’t do 77 straight months at #1 (and yes, beat the boys) if the boss doesn’t back you up,” she writes. “Management matters!”