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America’s Favorite Flight Attendant, Steven Slater (Remember Him?) Makes the TV News Rounds

Now that he has settled the legal case against him, Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who captivated the nation back in August, is making the TV news rounds.

Slater appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last night, and was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” earlier today.

Slater answered the question on everyone’s mind: what was it that pushed him over the edge, causing him to curse out the plane, grab two beers and jump down the emergency slide?

Slater told King it was “a perfect storm of bad manners.”

The “GMA” segment is after the jump.
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What to Do About ‘The Media Herd?’

herd082310.jpgIn his column this week, Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz tackles “The Media Herd,” the tendency for journalists and media organizations to cling onto a narrative and stick with it, welcome or not, beneficial or not, correct or not.

You hear their thundering hooves on cable shows and talk radio, watch the gathering dust on the blogs. They trample everything in their path. Passivity is impossible: Everyone must form an immediate opinion on the matter at hand and defend it passionately.

While Kurtz’s piece does not focus on the cable news channels specifically, it is easy to see where they fit in.

Kurtz’s article begs the question, what can be done about the herd? And do we even want to try and stop it?

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NBC News Talks to Steven Slater, America’s New Favorite Flight Attendant

SlaterNBC081110.jpgNBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen caught up with Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant currently captivating the nation after his high profile deplaning on Monday.

Just after noon Rossen tweeted that he had an “exclusive” interview with Slater, who has been avoiding the spotlight since being released from jail last night.

The interview was not your typical sit-down with soft lighting and cushy chairs: Rossen apparently found Slater in a parking garage, with the interview lasting perhaps 20 seconds. Or as Rossen explained: “we caught up with him moments ago as he got into his boyfriend’s car to drive to his next secret location.”

Update: Video of the interview after the jump.

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