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Brian Stelter Joins CNN as Reliable Sources Host, Senior Media Correspondent (TVNewser)
New York Times media reporter — and founder of TVNewser — Brian Stelter is joining CNN as a senior media correspondent and host of Reliable Sources, the network announced Tuesday morning. “Brian has a keen understanding of this field — as both a journalist covering the industry and as an innovator,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in as statement. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to CNN to this newly broadened role.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The hire comes after a months-long trial period during which the network tested several different hosts to replace Howard Kurtz, who left the network earlier this year and now hosts a media criticism show at Fox News. NPR media reporter David Folkenflik and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno were among the finalists. FishbowlDC In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be Nov. 25, and his first show will air Dec. 1. FishbowlNY Stelter is often cited as one of the most talented journalists working the media beat, so this is quite a hire by CNN. Capital New York With Stelter heading to CNN, who will take over the New York Times‘ TV news beat? “No successor yet,” media editor Bruce Headlam told Capital. The move is the latest in a series of high-profile departures at the Times, which has been shedding top talent as the prestige gap narrows between establishment print media and disruptive competitors on digital and television platforms. HuffPost / The Backstory The Times has long enjoyed a position atop the media pecking order and the cachet of working at the “Paper of Record” remains both a draw for recruiting talent and keeping it. But it’s no longer the case that the Times can rely on prestige alone as talent fields competitive offers from both TV networks and also online sites that can pay significantly more money, provide greater journalistic freedom and offer multi-platform visibility — or some combination of the three. Politico The departures have brought the Times face-to-face with a harsh reality: In the new media landscape, some journalists have become their own brands with followings and reputations that are not dependent on the “aura” of the “Paper of Record.”


Washington Post Editor Defends Columnist Accused of Racism
(The Guardian)
The editor of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, accused of racism on Tuesday, admitted he had made a mistake in not editing the article more carefully. Cohen, a long-standing columnist for the Post, came under fire after a piece he penned about the presidential chances of Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor, strayed into the subject of interracial marriage. Cohen wrote: “People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.” The Washington Post / Style The baying for Cohen’s head on the Internet quickly ensued — primarily from liberals who might otherwise consider Cohen, who has been a left-of-center presence on the newspaper’s op-ed page for a generation, one of their own. “I don’t understand it,” said the columnist, who lives in New York City. “What I was doing was expressing not my own views but those of extreme right-wing Republican tea party people. I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage. In fact, I exult in them. It’s a slander to suggest otherwise. This is just below the belt. It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote.” The Atlantic Cohen’s unfortunate career is the proper context to understand his column Tuesday and the wide outrage that’s greeted it. We are being told that Cohen finds it “hurtful” to be called racist. I am sorry that people on the Internet have hurt Cohen’s feelings. I find it “hurtful” that Cohen endorses the police profiling my son. I find it eternally “hurtful” that the police, following that same logic, killed one of my friends.