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Filmmaker Blasts Critic Who Said Van Jones Was ‘Unqualified’ to Report in Ferguson

Van JonesThe Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik, in a discussion of media coverage from Ferguson on NPR’s “On the Media”, said CNN’s Van Jones had “absolutely no credentials” to be on the street reporting on violence that followed the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield that it was “outrageous” to have “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television” reporting alongside anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

Jones used Twitter to sarcastically respond to Zurawik, asking “what if CNN used a Yale-educated attorney who won 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award for his work on police abuse?” The reference, of course, is to Jones himself, who Robert Greenwald notes in The Huffington Post “appears to have been more qualified (and certainly more credentialed) to report on this particular story than almost anyone else in the television news business.”
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New York Post Takes On CNN’s Ferguson Coverage

250CNNThe New York Post has spent plenty of time discussing issues at NBC News. This past weekend, it was CNN’s turn to be the target of the Post’s media coverage. CNN won every hour in the A25-54 demo on the day after the grand jury announcement, but apparently not everyone was satisfied with its approach.

Naomi Schaefer Riley of the Post wrote an article titled, “CNN is lying when they say Ferguson protests were peaceful.” The column focuses on CNN correspondents reporting that the majority of protesters were “peaceful” and the riots were simply the act of a few bad apples.

Where are these peaceful protesters? The reporters can’t seem to find any. Instead, they turn to outside experts and some carefully vetted religious leaders to talk about “the real message” of the protests. Read more

‘It’s Outrageous’: Critic Says CNN’s Van Jones Had No Place ‘On the Streets’ in Ferguson

Van JonesIn a discussion of media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case–and the violence that followed–Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized CNN’s decision to have political analyst Van Jones on the street alongside CNN’s reporters and anchors. “It’s outrageous,” Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield, describing Jones as “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television.”

Zurawik compared Jones to an analyst like Karl Rove, and argued he should never have stood next to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. “Why would you put him on the streets? It’s outrageous to put that guy out there on the streets. There’s kids in college studying journalism who are more equipped to be on the streets covering that story for CNN than he was.”

Listen to the full conversation, after the jump:
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Grand Jury Decision Leads to Night of Violence in Ferguson

Obama Ferguson PoliceAs Pres. Obama called for calm, angry protestors tried to flip a police cruiser in Ferguson, MO.

The president delivered a brief statement from the press briefing room tonight following the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

“There is inevitably going to be some negative reaction and it will make for good TV,” said the president as cable news double boxes showed the damage already being done. “But what we want to do is to make sure that we’re also focusing on those who can offer the kind of real progress that we know is possible.”

“You have a small number of knuckle heads causing the problems,” CNN’s Van Jones explained, just before he and CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon were overcome by tear gas fumes.

Cruiser FergusonIn his remarks about the grand jury’s decision, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said the media hasn’t helped the situation. “The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about. Following closely behind were the nonstop rumors on social media,” said McCulloch.

Less than an hour after the president’s remarks, that police cruiser was on fire. Police told CNN correspondent Jason Carroll and his crew to leave the scene as live rounds in the cruiser started going off.

Update: 10:57pmET: FNC correspondent Steve Harrigan‘s camera was knocked to the ground.

Update: 11:29pmET: A protestor approached the live position of Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo and shouted “Fuck CNN.” “As we said at the top of this broadcast, we don’t know what’s going to happen. So we apologize for that,” Lemon said.

Update: 11:34pmET: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and his guest Pastor Michael McBride leave their location as the sounds of gunfire are heard nearby. “That’s gunfire…. Alright…. We’re being told to fall back.”

Blitzer, Cooper to Lead CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’ Coverage

best_wb_ac_10.03.12CNN will turn to Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper–along with the Empire State Building–to headline the network’s election night coverage, dubbed “Election Night in America.”

The network will begin coverage at 5 p.m. ET, with Blitzer and Cooper joined by CNN’s Jake Tapper and John King, who will take his usual spot at the “CNN Magic Wall.” Election night analysis will include political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, and CNN correspondents Dana Bash and Candy Crowley. Other commentators taking a seat around the table will be Michael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

CNN also plans to “take over” the Empire State Building, which will be used to display U.S. Senate vote results. As Senate results are projected, a vertical LED-illuminated “meter” atop the building’s spire will indicate with either red or blue. Once one of those colors reaches the top of the spire, control of the Senate will be indicated.

CNN International will broadcast CNN’s coverage of the midterm elections starting at 7 p.m., and at 9 p.m. ET, CNN en Español will provide Spanish language coverage, “Voto Latino 2014″, anchored by Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

‘Crossfire’ Missing, Again

Crossfire304x200For a show that was revived almost a year ago, CNN’s “Crossfire” doesn’t air all that much.

After an almost two-month absence beginning in early March, the political debate show returned in May only to be bumped from CNN’s lineup in mid-July following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

In that time, there’s been no shortage of meaty political stories: the Ferguson protests and subsequent debates on police and race; the growing threat of ISIS and President Obama’s military actions against them; and of course, the midterm elections now just two months away. During the show’s most recent hiatus, co-host Van Jones has appeared as a guest on CNN during the Ferguson protests, while S.E. Cupp filled in as a guest co-host on “The View.”

CNN tells us the show will be on hiatus “for a while more.” An extended hour of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” continues to run at 6pmET.

The Afternoon Ticker: Liesman & Obama, Castiglia & CBS, Newt & the Root

  • He may have passed on Jimmy Kimmel, but President Obama will be sitting down with CNBC’s chief economics correspondent Steve Liesman tomorrow. The discussion will stick to money matters: taxes, minimum wage and the economy, among others.

  • Danna Castiglia has been named VP of Business Development for CBS News. A 17-year CBS veteran, Castiglia will manage business-related transactions within CBS News in this new position. Most recently, she served as CBS’s VP of Corporate Development.

Is ‘Crossfire’ Borrowing From Its Fox News, MSNBC Competitors?

Crossfire304x200CNN Commentary noticed “Crossfire” trying something new earlier this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the show had all four of its co-hosts hosting together without guests.

“It’s a very special night, we have all four of the co-hosts here tonight,” Van Jones said at the open of Monday’s show, the first time the four had hosted together in the show’s timeslot since it returned to CNN last year.

During its heyday in the 1990s, and since its return last year, the show’s format consisted of two co-hosts with different political ideologies debating, often inviting on two other guests who disagree to debate politics.

“Crossfire” experimenting with its four co-hosts on together is similar to what its cable competitors have done over the years. Fox News’ “The Five” premiered in 2011 with five co-hosts debating; MSNBC’s “The Cycle” debuted in 2012 with four co-hosts.

CNN tells us the four co-hosts will all host together again tonight, and the format change is all part of “Crossfire’s” ongoing experimentation.

S.E. Cupp: ‘Crossfire’ Plan Was Always to Take Breaks During Big Breaking News

SECuppDuring a “virtual debate” chat hosted on Shindig this afternoon, “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp suggested the shows 7-week hiatus during CNN’s near-nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was no big deal.

“We missed ‘Crossfire’ as much as everyone else did, but the plan when Crossfire came back was to take a break when big breaking news happens,” Cupp said, adding that the show isn’t built to debate topics like where the missing plane was during the height of the story.

Her co-host Van Jones, agreed.

“I felt good about it because it turns out our [CNN's] ratings doubled and tripled during that period, and it turns out we made a lot of money to dedicate to other stories,” Jones said during the video chat which was hosted by CNN.

The AM Ticker: Jones, Scarborough, Twitter

  • On the day of Twitter’s IPO, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin gets an interview with the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo. Watch it after the jump. Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang also interviewed Costolo from the NYSE.

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