July 12, 2020

Conservative Voice Goes From ‘View’ to Fox News

Fox News announced a sudden shake-up of its morning show “Fox Friends” on Tuesday night, hiring Elisabeth Hasselbeck from ABC’s “The View” to replace Gretchen Carlson, who has been a co-host of the morning show for seven years.

Ms. Hasselbeck’s last day on “The View” will be Wednesday. She will start on the three-hour “Fox Friends” in mid-September, and Ms. Carlson will then move to Fox News at an unspecified daytime hour.

Ms. Hasselbeck, who as the lone conservative on “The View” sometimes came under attack from her more liberal co-hosts, will not feel that way on “Fox Friends.” The morning show is reliably conservative; the co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade seem to compete to one-up each other’s critiques of the president and Democrats.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. But in a statement published by several Web sites, the network’s chief executive, Roger Ailes, said of Ms. Hasselbeck, “She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.”

Mr. Ailes is simultaneously making changes to his network’s morning and evening lineups. Last week he confirmed that he planned to move Megyn Kelly, the anchor of the two-hour afternoon program “America Live,” to prime time this summer. It is unclear what time slot Ms. Kelly will take over, but speculation has revolved around 10 p.m., the hour held by Greta Van Susteren.

Ms. Kelly’s promotion will free up time in the afternoon, potentially for Ms. Carlson.

ABC indicated that the decision to leave “The View” hastily was Ms. Hasselbeck’s. Her departure began to be rumored some months ago, but she and the show’s creator, Barbara Walters, have sidestepped the issue in interviews and in conversations on the show.

Ms. Walters and another longtime co-host, Joy Behar, have previously announced that they planned to leave “The View” as well, leaving two hosts remaining, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.

In a statement on Tuesday night, ABC thanked Ms. Hasselbeck for her 10 years on the show. It noted her “passion and strong beliefs,” saying in part, “She stood behind her political views even if they were not the most popular opinions at the table, never shying away from voicing a difficult question.”

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/business/media/conservative-voice-hasselbeck-goes-from-view-to-fox-news.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Media Decoder Blog: The Breakfast Meeting: Reporting From Newtown, and a Puppet Provocateur

The Breakfast Meeting

What’s making news in media.

The senseless murders of 20 schoolchildren and six adults who cared for them at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has shocked the nation, and the world, drawing round-the-clock news coverage to the town, Peter Applebome and Brian Stelter report. Nearly every newscast on CNN since Friday night has been broadcast from Newtown, for example, as has been true for nearly every network television morning and evening newscast. There has been tension, however, with some townsfolk lashing out at reporters, and others welcoming the chance to share their grief with the rest of the country. Big-name anchors can be spotted going door-to-door, seeking interviews. The anchors, Mr. Applebome and Mr. Stelter write, said they know when no means no.

  • The world news media reaction has focused on the easy availability of guns in the United States, giving China’s official news agency a chance to lecture America for a change, The International Herald Tribune blog wrote over the weekend.  “Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said a commentary published by the news agency, Xinhua. “However, this time, the public feels somewhat tired and helpless. The past six months have seen enough shooting rampages in the United States.”
  • As if to back up the emphasis on guns, China itself experienced an attack on Friday in a primary school, The Associated Press reported. But in this case, the attacker was wielding a knife – he wounded 22 students and one adult. There were no deaths among the nine students treated at a hospital, though two had serious injuries; the attacker was captured by the police.

La Comay, a big-haired, free-speaking puppet whose popular talk show in Puerto Rico can drive the discussion there, whether in politics or entertainment, appears to have crossed a line, Tanzina Vega reports. The puppet provocateur, whose name means roughly “The Godmother,” has gained a measure of respectability, with candidates for governor or Puerto Rico appearing on the show the night before the election. But in commenting on a murder of a publicist by noting that he was in a sketchy neighborhood and may have been asking for it, he offended his audience and advertisers.

After years of churning out copy on technology for the blog Gizmodo, where he was editor, Brian Lam decided he needed to get away, David Carr writes. For awhile, that meant taking up a life of surfing in Hawaii; but recently Mr. Lam returned to the online technology journalism game, but determined to do it on his terms. His solution is the site Wirecutter, which researches a field of products and recommends one, say a robot vacuum or earphones. The publication schedule is a more manageable six to 12 posts a month, and the business model isn’t advertising based: rather, it is based on “affiliate” income — that is, fees from Amazon if readers click to buy the product it recommends.


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Newtown has Mixed Feelings About the Media Horde in Its Midst

But he also knows that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School ranks with the national tragedies he has covered: Oklahoma City, Sept. 11, Virginia Tech. So for now the most intimate and heartbreaking of catastrophes and the insatiable, unwieldy beast of global news media are locked in an awkward union in a bucolic New England town that never expected to encounter either.

Mr. Blitzer, the longtime CNN anchor, said the few exhortations to go home he had heard while working here had been far outnumbered by comments from people who thank him for telling Newtown’s story sensitively and who want the world to know what happened here. Still, he said, Newtown is providing a particularly vivid laboratory of how the media report this kind of tragedy.

“If you have people bringing dolls or flowers to makeshift memorials and they’re crying, that’s a powerful image, it’s part of this story, it’s part of our history right now, and we have to deal with it,” he said on Sunday.

This town, of course, has been transformed by unimaginable tragedy. But in a more mundane and presumably transitory way, Newtown and particularly the small community of Sandy Hook have also been transformed by those coming to report on it, a news media presence that has clogged quiet roads, established glowing encampments of lights and cameras, and showed up in force at church services and public memorials.

Nearly every newscast on CNN since Friday night has been broadcast from Newtown. The same has been true for nearly every network television morning and evening newscast. Coverage of other events has been minimized if not scrapped entirely, at least for a few days — sometimes with breathlessly inaccurate results about the massacre. On Friday, there was a succession of reports about the shooting and the gunman that turned out to be wrong: reports about the gunman’s name, about his mother’s occupation, about how he got into the building.

The confusion continued into Saturday when NBC broadcast an exclusive report that the gunman had an altercation with four staff members at the school the day before the shootings, according to state and federal officials. A revised account played down the possibility of an altercation.

Reporters like NBC News’s justice correspondent, Pete Williams, tried to be transparent about the fact that many initial details about the shooting came from anonymous and occasionally contradictory sources.

When Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan’s name circulated widely as the gunman’s name on Friday afternoon, he said “we are being told the name Ryan,” but cautioned that “at the end of the day that name might be wrong.”

Despite the errors, Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute, the nonprofit journalism organization, said he was “touched and impressed by the nonstop coverage so far.” He said he had not seen any children interviewed without a parent nearby.

Some news organizations said they had specific rules about such interviews. A spokeswoman for CBS News said that its policy “is not to interview children under the age of 18 before getting permission from a parent.”

While police officials have asked — at times almost begged — the news media to respect the privacy of families that have lost a loved one, reporters and bookers do have to ask. Thus the sight of big-name anchors going door to door this weekend, seeking interviews. They said they know when no means no.

“We are always extremely sensitive to the feelings and the wishes of loved ones,” said Tom Cibrowski, the executive producer of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” But, he added, “There is a time when some do choose to honor their child or the victim, and we can provide a forum.”

Most moving, perhaps, was the eloquent tribute that Robbie Parker paid Saturday in front of TV cameras to his dead 6-year-old daughter, Emilie Alice. Nonetheless, in Newtown, a police officer has been assigned to keep unwelcome visitors away at the homes of the families of each of the dead children.

Some here have had gripes about individual reporters pushing cameras and microphones into the faces of unwilling residents, particularly those leaving the firehouse in grief on Friday after receiving news about what happened at the school.

Still, Michael Burton, the second assistant chief at the firehouse, who said he witnessed some intrusive reporters, also said the coverage has been a blessing beyond sharing the town’s grief.

A fire department in Texas, learning of the Christmas tree sale at his firehouse, bought the two trees that became the center of a memorial at the bridge leading up to the school. Someone in North Carolina bought another 26, one for each of the slain children and school personnel, all now adorned in a green tribute leading up to the school.

“If not for the media coverage, none of that would have happened,” he said.

On Sunday morning, Eric Mueller, an art teacher at a private school in New Haven, began hammering 27 wooden angels that he and eight friends had constructed into the ground in front of his house in Newtown. Within minutes, he was joined by more than a dozen reporters and photographers. “My wife said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t talk to the press,’ ” he said.

He said his gesture was for the residents of Newtown, not for the world. But he said he had no problem with the news media descending on the town.

“I’m fine with it right now. I’ll go back in the house and be done with it and let the angels speak for themselves.”

Peter Applebome reported from Newtown, Conn., and Brian Stelter from New York.

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/business/media/newtown-has-mixed-feelings-about-the-media-horde-in-its-midst.html?partner=rss&emc=rss