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CNN’s Martin Savidge Choked, Several Times, for Chokehold Story

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CNN correspondent Martin Savidge may be sounding a bit more raspy than usual after being choked–repeatedly–for a story on police chokeholds that aired on “AC360″.

With a lawyer’s arm around his neck, Savidge said “it’s very difficult to talk, or get a strong breath.”

It wasn’t comfortable to watch either, and was reminiscent of former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez‘ oft-mocked experience as a taser subject.

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WaPo Reporter Calls Don Lemon ‘Aggressively Subjective CNN Polemicist’

rzkrbc8w124p067murdkWriting on the Washington Post‘s Style blog, reporter Peter Holley describes CNN anchor Don Lemon as an “aggressively subjective CNN polemicist.” Holley lists a series of odd moments involving Lemon, suggesting Lemon may be the most gaffe-prone anchor at the network since Rick Sanchez:

It remains unclear which came first — Don Lemon inserting his agitating personal opinion into his coverage or his bosses rewarding him with more air time for doing just that. Either way, the combination has been a volatile one. In a matter of months the one-time golden boy with the charming smile has gone from a talking head to a head that seems incapable of not talking when other people are trying to answer his questions. Not since gaffe-laden Rick Sanchez has a CNN anchor courted this much controversy. It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment “Don Lemon, CNN anchor” became “Don Lemon aggressively subjective CNN polemicist,” but experts trace his emergence to at least as early as last year, when Lemon sided with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in a discussion about young black men’s social decorum and use of belts.

Rick Sanchez: for Most Cable News Networks, ‘Latinos Don’t Matter’

sanchezrickFormer CNN anchor Rick Sanchez gave a frank assessment on how he thinks cable news networks feel about their Latino audiences in a week where one of those networks came under fire for a questionable Cinco de Mayo celebration.

“When it comes to most cable news networks, Latinos don’t matter,” Sanchez wrote in a piece for FoxNewsLatino.com, singling out MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts (who apologized on Wednesday).

It was a Cinco De Mayo piece on the “Way Too Early Show” with host Thomas Roberts with horribly cringe-worthy allusions to mas tequila and maracas. Giant sombreros also made an appearance.

All they needed to make it a little more insensitive and offensive would have been “Speedy Gonzales,” “Jose Jimenez,” and maybe “Frito Bandito” holding the microphone. They probably tried to book the Taco Bell chihuahua as a guest too, but I’m guessing he was put to sleep.

The Cinco De Mayo theme would continue popping up sporadically throughout the show, with some key moments including, but not limited to, Tequila backdrops, stumbling, and an interview with the one Hispanic employee they seemed to find that I guess works there. (No, she doesn’t work in front of the camera, but was conveniently placed there during the segment to enlist her cooperation bashing Mexicans.)

Fox News Latino Adds Former NPR Correspondent As Senior Editor

Fox News Channel’s Hispanic-targeting website Fox News Latino is adding Hernán Rozemberg as its senior editor.

Rozemberg had been a senior correspondent for National public Radio, on its “Fronteras: The Changing America Desk.” That desk focused on issues like border control and immigration. Before NPR, he worked as a stringer for the AP based out of San Antonio, Texas, and also wrote for San Antonio Express-News and the Arizona Republic.

FNC has been building up Fox News Latino since it launched in October, 2010. Most recently, it added former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez as a contributor in September.

The FOX Ticker: Sanchez, Beckel, Snyder…

  • MundoFox’s Rick Sanchez heads to Mexico City this week to cover the inauguration of incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto. The former MSNBC and CNN anchor and his family are also returning home to Florida after several years of living in Atlanta.

  • ICN has the Bob Beckel hall of shame highlighting multiple on-air incidents and apologies from the FNC contributor and co-host of “The Five”. Last week’s over-the-top commentary and apology — or as Beckel describes it “one of my typical wisecracks” — had to do with San Francisco’s public nudity ban.

  • Peter Snyder is stepping down as a conservative on-air analyst for Fox News. “Pete’s been a strong and effective conservative voice at Fox News and for America,” says boss Roger Ailes. “Having known Pete for a dozen years or more, I have no doubt he has a very bright future ahead.”

The Evening Ticker: Sanchez, Housley, Grossman

  • Fox News correspondent Adam Housley and his wife, actresss Tamera Mowry-Housley welcomed baby Aden John Tanner Housley into the world last night. “After 24 hours of labor,” Housley writes, “Mom and the kid are resting well and dad is writing the e-mail.”

  • Broadcasting & Cable EIC Ben Grossman is joining Twitter where he will be Head of Global Operations for Twitter Media.”I will now look forward to becoming a reader of B&C’s magazine every week and digital products every day,” Grossman writes in a goodbye email. Executive editor Melissa Grego is the new EIC.

FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on FoxNews.com, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on FoxNewsLatino.com in Spanish.

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Rick Sanchez Returns… On Fox News Latino

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez–who was let go from the network in October 2010 following comments he made on a radio program–is getting back into the cable news fold.

TVNewser hears that Sanchez will make his debut as a columnist on Fox News Latino Wednesday morning. Sanchez has a short term gig with the site, in which he is expected to provide insights into the Latino community. Fox News Latino coincidentally also launched in October 2010, the same month Sanchez was fired from CNN.

Sanchez hasn’t left the media business. He has remained active on social media, and has had stints on a handful of radio stations in Florida and California. Last year he shopped around a talk show, which would tape in both English and Spanish.

After the jump, in a Media Beat interview, Sanchez talks with us about his rise from local news to network news, first at MSNBC, then CNN.

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CNN’s Inconsistencies: ‘What Determines When Someone Gets Fired or Reprimanded?’

Roland Martin, sidelined from CNN for the time-being, will meet with representatives of GLAAD this week following their successful call to have him removed from the network for sending out Tweets they say constitutes gay bashing.

It took two and a half days, from the time the Tweets were sent during the Super Bowl, until CNN’s announcement, that Martin would be suspended. CNN says it was “giving careful consideration” to the matter. But Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans, who calls Martin “a friend,” thinks the mess shows an inconsistency on CNN’s part:

[C]onservative commentator Dana Loesch sparked a load of criticism by saying on CNN she would have joined in with U.S. Marines captured in a video urinating on dead Afghans. Despite condemnation of the action by U.S. government and military officials and complaints about her statement, Loesch was not suspended.

But when anchor Rick Sanchez made angry comments during a 2010 radio interview which some said were anti-Semitic (he denied that interpretation), he was fired. And so was Octavia Nasr, a CNN employee who was let go after tweeting of her sorrow over the death of a leader from terrorist group Hezbollah.

It is hard to discern a pattern or set of policies in all these precedents. What determines when someone gets fired or reprimanded? Is it just the difference between who complains about the mistake?

Martin’s suspension from CNN comes as MSNBC continues to weigh the future of its longtime political analyst Pat Buchanan, who has been off the air since last Fall. MSNBC sidelined Buchanan during his book tour. In early January, network president Phil Griffin said he’d soon be meeting with Buchanan to talk about the future, adding, “Pat is a good guy. Some of his ideas are alarming.”

Rick Sanchez on Cable News: ‘It’s an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business’

CNN exile Rick Sanchez is not a big fan of cable news.

“It’s an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business,” Sanchez, 53, says from his home in Atlanta. “Every day, it’s a knife fight in an alley, and you don’t walk away from a knife fight without a lot of blood on you.”

That’s why Sanchez, dropped by CNN last October, is about to dive into the less bloody (he hopes) talk-show game.

The Cuban-born newsman is in talks to host a syndicated show out of South Florida, to be shot in both English and Spanish, he confirms. Sanchez would have equity in the program, which will be taped with a studio audience at the Cardozo Hotel in South Beach. Target launch date: fall 2012.

Sanchez’ long-time friend from Miami, Emilio Estefan, husband and producer of singer Gloria Estefan, will also be involved in the project. Not surprisingly, it will feature live music. The couple owns the Cardozo, among several other properties.

As co-host, Sanchez wants “a Hispanic-American female with national name recognition, possibly an actress,” he says. “A Latina Kelly Ripa.” ‘Desperate Housewives’’ Eva Longoria, perhaps? ‘Modern Family’s’ Sofia Vergara? No comment, he says.

Sanchez has other irons in the fire. He’s also talking to Spanish-language MegaTV, based in Miami, about creating programming. He met with the board three weeks ago. “They’ve got some pretty ambitious plans, and I’d love to be part of those plans,” he says.

Beginning in the fall, Sanchez will do radio football commentary for Miami’s Florida International

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