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  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    Just for the record, here's CNN's official statement on Novak's conniption.

    “Bob Novak's behavior on CNN today was inexcusable and unacceptable. Mr. Novak has apologized to CNN, and CNN apologizes to its viewers for his language and actions. We've asked Mr Novak to take some time off,” said a CNN spokeswoman.
  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    The plot sickens one day after Bob Novak staged his infamous live-TV walkoff from CNN's "Inside Politics" yesterday while uttering what is being called a "barnyard epithet?" (What is that anyway?) Here's the CNN transcript. Transcript


    Today's New York Times, among others, reports that the cable news network has asked the volatile right-wing pundit to take a time out.


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  • August 04, 2005
    By webteam
    This little item just came across the transom. Bob "Prince of Darkness" Novak, who is walking the streets while Judy Miller sits in the hoosegow for nearly a month The Miller Countdown Clock, threw a hissy fit and stalked off the set of CNN's "Inside Politics." Novak blowup


    Even in the world of cable news, where pundits are expected to snarl at each other, it's hard to believe that someone as unpleasant as Novak has managed to have a long career as a TV personality.
  • August 04, 2005
    By webteam
    Starting Monday, CNN CNN is dramatically shaking up its afternoon lineup with the introduction of a three-hour program -- from 3 to 6 p.m. -- called "The Situation Room" and hosted by Wolf Blitzer. Wolf Blitzer bio

    Broken into three separate segments -- the first hour will focus on security issues, the second hour will concentrate on politics and the third hour will be constructed as an early evening newscast -- "The Situation Room" promises lots of action, energy, correspondents, pundits and such high tech accouterments as multiple plasma screens and video walls.

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  • August 04, 2005
    By webteam
    In this week's Phoenix: When public radio station WBUR suddenly cancelled its 11-year-old talk show -- "The Connection" -- on July 15, no one was more surprised than its host Dick Gordon. In this week's paper Gordon talks candidly about a management decision he still doesn't understand.
  • August 03, 2005
    By webteam
    Steven Vincent, the U.S. freelancer killed in Iraq this week New York Times had been producing dispatches from Basra for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor. Here is today's tribute to the fallen reporter written by Monitor editor Richard Bergenheim. Monitor


  • August 03, 2005
    By webteam
    Word that Rupert Murdoch is replacing his own flesh and blood as publisher of the New York Post will doubtless spawn numerous stories on the palace intrigues inside the Murdochian empire. New York Observer But it goes to show that the Australian media magnate has a soft spot for the money-losing tabloid that is the guilty-pleasure read for many upscale Manhattanites and that, most importantly, allows him to make mischief in America's biggest media market.

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  • August 03, 2005
    By webteam
    As this memo from The New York Times brass, posted on Jim Romenesko's slice of the Poynter web site indicates, the paper is thinking seriously about how to merge its old media and new media operations into a newsroom that no longer differentiates between online and dead tree journalism. Poynter


    From: Bill Keller
    To: [New York Times newsroom]





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  • August 02, 2005
    By Ryan Stewart
    The Los Angeles Times's David Shaw, who captured the honor in 1991 for his examination of how the media covered the famous McMartin Pre-School sexual abuse case, may be the only media watchdog to have won a Pulitzer in the criticism category. (For the record, Alex Jones, currently head of Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, won in the specialized reporting category in 1987 for his coverage of the collapse of the Bingham family newspaper empire in Louisville, Ky.

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  • August 01, 2005
    By webteam
    Please let's all not forget about the presumption of innocence or the government's stubborn willingness to bring bad cases. But this tale of the woman who was busted shortly after appearing on cover of the July 18 issue of New York magazine under the headline "N.Y.'s #1 Escort reveals all" New York mag should serve to remind all of us of the cold realities that can follow the warm glow of media attention.

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  • August 01, 2005
    By webteam
    When the smiling visage of Red Sox manchild Manny Ramirez graces the front pages of the Boston Herald, Boston Globe and The New York Times -- as it does today -- we know what the biggest media story around here is. (In the ever-evolving tapestry of the Ramirez persona, we now have Manny describing himself as "a gangster" and as "Manny Being Manny" while teammate Johnny Damon reveals that the slugger was somehow "playing mind games with himself."

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