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Son of Fox Sports Broadcaster Dies in Car Crash

Christopher Myers, the 19-year-old-son of Fox Sports anchor Chris Myers, was killed in a fatal car accident Thursday in Southern California.

“It is with tremendous sadness that the FOX Sports family acknowledges the passing of Christopher Myers, 19, son of NASCAR on FOX studio host Chris Myers,” Fox Sports media relations manager Eddie Motl said in a statement.

The NASCAR on Fox studio host will miss the Daytona 500 next weekend and SPEED studio host John Roberts will assume Myers’ responsibilities.

The network is giving Myers as much time off as he needs.

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Village Voice Exposes Church of Scientology Lie

In 2008, Tommy Davis (pictured), the son of actress Anne Archer and a prominent member of LA’s Church of Scientology, told CNN’s John Roberts that the organization did not engage in the practice of “disconnection,” whereby a former member of the religion is labeled a “suppressive person” and disowned by other  family Church adherents for some sort of perceived transgression.

Today, Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega documents a conversation between Davis and such an “SP”  target, Shane Clark, that was secretly recorded by Clark in December 2009. The newspaper has authenticated the recording and created a series of short movies to underscore the explosive words:

In the recording, Davis makes it plain that unless Clark quits his job and disassociates himself from [former Church member Marc] Headley, he will be declared a suppressive person, or “SP”… To indicate the seriousness of the situation, at the beginning of the meeting, Davis announces that he is going to tape it. “I was going to record this, our conversation. I didn’t know if you were aware of it. For both of our benefit,” Davis can be heard to say.

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The Story Behind the RadarOnline Roberts Story

So apparently the hot exclusive – way out of their normal beat – story yesterday on RadarOnline about Chief Justice John Roberts retiring came from a law prof trying to make a point. Kashmir Hill at True/Slant reports:

We found out from a few first-year students at the Georgetown University Law Center that a criminal law professor had taught them a lesson that morning on the validity of informants not explaining their sources. Professor Peter Tague started the class by saying that he knew John Roberts would soon be retiring for health reasons, but that he could not tell his students who had told him this. Thanks to our living in the wired age, at least one student texted, g-chatted, or emailed someone outside of the class. Somehow that news made its way to someone at Radar, who jumped on the story.

Midway through the class, Professor Tague revealed that the Roberts information was not true. That he was teaching them a lesson! I’m not sure what he intended to accomplish exactly, but I doubt he wanted it to spread like wildfire through the blogosphere. Still, teaching lesson FAIL.

That’s just embarrassing dude.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Does RadarOnline Have a Super Exclusive on Chief Justice Roberts?
  • RadarOnline.com Charged With Child Labor Law Violations For Filming Babies

  • Does RadarOnline Have a Super Exclusive on Chief Justice Roberts?

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    UPDATE: The answer is a resounding no.

    RadarOnline’s last big scoop was exclusive access to the Octomom Nadya Suleman. Now they are reporting a major shake up in the Supreme Court of the United States:

    John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    is seriously considering stepping down from the nation’s highest court for personal reasons, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

    Roberts, known for his conservative judicial philosophy has served on the Supreme Court since 2005, having been nominated by President George W. Bush after the death of former Chief William Rehnquist.

    RadarOnline.com has been told that Roberts, 55, could announce his decision at any time.

    That would be a pretty nice get if they, in fact got it.

    Morning Media Menu Live From CNN’s American Morning

    mornmm.gifToday on the Menu Steve gets to play roving reporter again (sadly, he was flying solo due to sudden bout of the flu on our end — but he did great!) this time at CNN’s American Morning. Steve was there to chat with co-anchors Kiran Chetry and (newly inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame) John Roberts (or J.D. Roberts as he was known to us in our formative years).

    JohnRoberts_KiranChetry_AM_20070713_01cr.jpgChetry and Roberts are are part of CNN’s week-long special “Road to Rescue” coverage about the economy. “There’s been so much pessimism in the economic coverage that we want to turn things around,” says Roberts. People don’t want to hear just ‘doom and gloom, doom and gloom,’ they want to hear ‘what can you arm me with.’”

    On what differentiates them after almost two years on air together Chetry says “It’s less about our opinion, it’s less about chatting…At the end of the day it’s about making sure you’re as informed as possible.”

    And for those of you who keep up with these sorts of things at the very end of the interview Steve goes there! You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. Do you want us to bring the “roving podcast” to your network, magazine, newspaper, organization? Let us know!

    John Roberts: Rock Me Like a Hurricane

    We happen to share an affinity for CNN’s John Roberts having grown up with his musical VJ stylings north of the border at MuchMusic. It appears that Jon Stewart may have joined the club.

    Torch-Passing, TVNewser Style

    stelter_times_061207.jpgFor a couple hours, the back room at Michael’s was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, ‘Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inquirer TV columnist and Katie Couric nemesis Gail Shister.

    Some of those who showed to fete Stelter and co.: Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News president Steve Capus, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC anchors Contessa Brewer (ED NOTE: Brewer has yet to visit Dan Abrams‘ party house in the Hamptons) and Amy Robach, Rita Cosby, Gil “Stanley Bing” Schwartz, CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and business correspondent Ali Velshi, MSNBC producer Tammy Haddad, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, former CBS honcho Andrew Heyward, BusinessWeek columnist (and husband to our multimillionaire boss) Jon Fine, Jeff Jarvis, CNN anchor John Roberts, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, well-rested Observer columnist Michael Calderone, CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald, Inside Edition‘s Sarah Rubenstein, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar (whose date for the evening was 19-year-old CBS News intern Eric Kuhn), Broadcasting & Cable‘s Max Robins and Caroline Palmer (who, Robins says, is leaving B&C to become Vogue‘s Web editor), CNBC VP Josh Howard, Good Day New York host Ron Corning, Freud Communications’ Lisa Dallos, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman and the omnipresent Julia Allison, who said she had been up since 5:00AM talking about Lindsay Lohan. Her take: “She should just kill herself already, before she kills someone else.”

    Notable no-shows: Abrams, Katie, Charlie, Greta Van Susteren, Jon Stewart and Stelter supporter and former CNNer Aaron Brown.

    EARLIER:

  • Original TVNewser Bids Us Adieu
  • Partying With The King

    King and his wife flank the Trumps

    The short hallway between the “Pool Room” and bar acted as a sort of cosmic, generational media portal last night at the Four Seasons, where a pair of cocktail parties — one celebrating Larry King‘s 50 years in broadcasting (a.k.a the “old people room”), the other celebrating the New York Observer‘s redesigned paper and Web site (a.k.a the “kids room”) — were in full, boozy, media-centric swing.

    In the “Old People Room”: King and his television and famous New York pals, like Joan Rivers, Donald and Melania Trump, the View‘s Barbara Walters (at one point Trump and Walters were just feet from each other, but didn’t appear to acknowledge each other) and Joy Behar, Campbell Brown, Mario Cuomo, Lou Dobbs, Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas, Tina Brown, Jeff Greenfield, Ron Howard, Time Inc. managing editor Jim Kelly, Keith Kelly, Ray Kelly, Oprah B.F.F. Gayle King, Calvin Klein, Time Warner chief Dick Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, Jerry Stiller, Arliss actor Robert Wuhl, Mort Zuckerman, American Morning‘s newly-installed Kiran Chetry, Glenn Beck, Montel Williams, James Carville, Tom Wolfe, Andy Rooney and artist Peter Max, whose colorful rendering of King served as the room’s centerpiece.

    In the “Kids Room”: 23-year-old Observer owner Jared Kushner held court with twentysomething bloggers and their youthful bosses, like Gawker’s Choire Sicha, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici and Maer Roshan, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, Slate‘s Jacob Weisberg, Domino‘s Deborah Needleman, WWD‘s Irin Carmon, and HuffPo’s Julia Allison, Katharine Thomson and Rachel Sklar. Fittingly, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, chose the Observer party over King’s.

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    CNN Flips American Morning: Soledad, Miles O’Brien Out; John Roberts, Scorned Fox Newser Kiran Chetry In

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    Weird 24 hours at CNN. First, a shooting at CNN HQ in Atlanta yesterday, which killed a woman. Then the news that Miles O’Brien and Soledad O’Brien — not married and/or related [above right] — co-hosts of CNN’s American Morning, had been ousted from hosting duties, replaced by CBS vet John Roberts and ex-Fox Newser Kiran Chetry [above left].

    Chetry, you’ll recall, was unceremoniously let go by Fox News after a scandalously-failed contract renegotiation, after which Fox leaked a memo blasting Chetry’s agent and inferring Chetry had demanded a spot Fox & Friends, which would’ve required a current host’s firing. Chetry was immediately hired by CNN and filled in for Soledad on American Morning the next day.

    TVNewser reports Soledad will become anchor of CNN’s “Special Investigations” unit.

    EARLIER:

  • Fox News Blasts Kiran Chetry Agent’s ‘Arrogant Disregard’; Chetry Quickly Jumps To CNN
  • Fox News’ Letter To Chetry’s Agent [PDF]