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CBS Evening News Tech Staff Supervisor Al Stiney Dies

Al Stiney.jpgJournal-ismsRichard Prince reports today of another loss for the CBS News family.

Al Stiney, a tech staff supervisor for the CBS Evening News weekday and weekend editions, passed away Friday at age 62. His widow Rena says Stiney died of heart failure after a short illness.

Prince notes that the death of Stiney — an Emmy and Peabody award winner thought to be the first African American to hold a supervisory technical position at CBS — came one day before the passing of CBS colleague Harold Dow, another pioneering African American in television. Also coincidentally, Dow and Stiney were born exactly one week apart.

“On a personal level I can tell you that Al was one of those guys who was clearly proud that more African Americans were working at places like CBS News compared to when he started 40-years ago,” says CBS Evening News Sunday edition anchor Russ Mitchell. “When you’d see him in the hall he’d always give a wink and say ‘great job’.”

(photo courtesy of CBS News)

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Differing Views on Obama’s Visit to ‘The View’

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Is it beneath President Obama’s dignity to appear on “The View” tomorrow?

Yes, say Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Republican Pat Buchanan. They both blasted Obama’s scheduled visit to ABC’s daytime female chatfest, but theirs appears to be the minority opinion. The program is to be taped today.

A sitting U.S. president should do “serious” shows, Rendell argued yesterday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The View” can be serious, he said, but it also “rocks and rolls a little bit.” Buchanan agreed, saying there should be some “majesty” to the presidency.

“If Buchanan wants majesty, he’s revealing his royalist side,” riffs Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and a former CNN correspondent.

“Wasn’t it Nixon who put the White House police in palace guard uniforms? Then again, wasn’t it Nixon who said ‘Sock it to me!’ on ‘Laugh-in?’” in 1968.

Tomorrow will mark the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a daytime talk show, according to “View” producers. Accordingly, matriarch Barbara Walters will return to the set for the first time since her heart surgery in May.

Obama was previously on “The View” twice — in November 2004, as a U.S. Senator, and in March 2008 (photo above), as a prospective presidential candidate whom Walters pronounced “very sexy.”

Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, sees no problem with the embattled president sitting in on “The View.”

“Does Obama want to get his message out? Of course he does. If you’re a politician, you go to where the people are going to listen. ‘The View’ is a great place for him to reach a large group of people, a lot of them women concerned about issues like the economy.”

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Dateline NBC‘s Spotlight on Detroit Sparks Controversy

Dateline Detroit.jpgIt was one week ago that Chris Hansen‘s Dateline NBC special on Detroit aired. Over the last several days, “America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope” has been blasted by critics in the Motor City as a negative and lopsided portrayal of Detroit’s state of affairs.

Local media are reporting that the criticism has escalated to such a point that Hansen and unnamed NBC representatives have agreed to meet tomorrow with The Rev. Horace Sheffield III, executive director of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO), who called the program “a gross and unbalanced misrepresentation” in a letter to Hansen.

According to The Detroit News, Sheffield will be accompanied by Vickie Thomas, president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and Michigan Chronicle senior editor Bankole Thompson.

Some background:
• “America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope” originally had been praised in a NY Times review. Neil Genlinger wrote that Hansen, a Detroit-area native, “gives the grim details of the city’s current situation…But he juxtaposes those ugly facts with vignettes about people who are trying to stem the tide.” While describing many of Detroit’s problems, the program also highlighted positive local efforts such as the advent of urban farms and a nonprofit tutoring program for Detroit students.

• Criticism of the show includes an email to the program — which Dateline posted on its website — from the communications director for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (who was interviewed for the program): “In all fairness, it would be great for Chris [Hansen] to return and tell the rest of the story… Nowhere did the story include those who are buying into and supporting the city’s rebirth…we’d like to see the hope.”

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Don Imus: “Our Job Is To Monitor the Freak Parade”

Don Imus.jpgDon Imus — whose Imus in the Morning radio show is simulcast on FBN — is profiled (subscription required) by Crain’s New York Business reporter Matthew Flamm, who writes that “more than two years after his return to radio on WABC-AM, Mr. Imus is finally getting some traction.”

Cited are Arbitron ratings that show a growth in male 25-54 listeners, and an overall 11th-place ranking among New York radio shows targeted to male listeners.

But on FBN — “not yet a fully distributed cable network” — Flamm writes that Imus’ total viewership is down from what it was on MSNBC: 108,000 vs. 346,000 from January-March 14 (from Nielsen Marketbreaks).

“He’s sort of disappeared,” Journal-isms columnist Richard Prince tells Flamm. “People are concerned now about Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.”

Beck, though, counts himself a fan. “Who in radio has had a career like his?”

Imus himself weighs in, telling Flamm that he stands out from the recent wave of radio hosts. “I’ve never seen the show as an opinion show…Our job is to monitor the freak parade. Whether it’s Glenn Beck this week, or whoever, we watch them go by and we talk about them.”