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Gregg Jarrett claims Roger Ailes saved him from alcoholism

TVNewser

After an embarrassing performance on the air, a trip to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic, a relapse and arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and months of work at the Betty Ford Center, Gregg Jarrett has told the story of how he has been able to stay sober and get back to his job as an anchor at Fox News. And he claims that he couldn’t have done it without Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

(Photo courtesy of Fox News)

(Photo courtesy of Fox News)

In an interview with TVNewser reporter Mark Joyella, Jarrett recalled that after he appeared to slur his words during a broadcast in April 2014, he walked into a meeting with Ailes and confessed that he had a serious drinking problem. Ailes, Jarrett said, guaranteed his job and worked with Fox News staff to get him checked into a rehabilitation clinic. Read more

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Did National Geographic ban a CNN reporter “out of respect” for Bill O’Reilly?

Business Insider

Tom Kludt, a media reporter with CNN who has covered the allegations that Bill O’Reilly fabricated stories about his past reporting, claimed today that he was denied a press credential to cover the premier of the Fox News host’s National Geographic documentary, “Killing Jesus.”

In a series of tweets this afternoon, Kludt claimed that he requested a press pass to be on the red carpet for tonight’s premier, but that a National Geographic publicist denied him the pass “out of respect” for O’Reilly, who co-wrote the book on which the documentary is based.

When Business Insider reached National Geographic spokesperson Chris Albert for comment, Albert issued a statement confirming that Kludt was denied a press pass, but only because press attention for the event was overwhelming, and CNN already had one news crew scheduled to attend the premier. Read more

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James Warren will be Poynter’s chief media correspondent

James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren will join Poynter’s digital team as chief media correspondent starting in April. Warren is currently the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune.

Warren was also a media columnist for the Tribune and a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

“Jim Warren will add personality and perspective to our already outstanding digital team,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He brings with him a reporting background and contacts in three of the nation’s largest media markets — Washington, Chicago and New York — and he’s worked across media platforms in print, television and digital. Jim is someone who understands how the media business works, and he has the ability to bring original, unique insight to our coverage of the industry.”

In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. Read more

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Rick Green will be publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Rick Green, president and publisher of The Des Moines Register, will become president and publisher of the The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett announced Wednesday.

Green will also become regional president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing, according to the press release. He will replace Margaret Buchanan, who is retiring after more than a decade as publisher.

Before Green became publisher at The Register, he was vice president and editor there. During his tenure as editor at The Des Moines Register, the paper was criticized for publishing an interactive map that examined the distribution of security officers at school districts in Iowa. Critics said the map would allow a gunman to determine which schools would be susceptible to “a Sandy Hook-style attack,” according to Fox News.

The Register took the map down, and Green told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that he wished the paper would have handled it differently. Read more

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Former Fox employee kills himself outside of News Corp building

The Wall Street Journal

A man who fatally shot himself outside News Corp’s New York headquarters was a former employee of a Fox News affiliate, Pervaiz Shallwani and Heather Haddon wrote Monday for The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal report, attributed to “a law enforcement official,” says the man, Phillip Perea, worked out of a station in Austin, Texas. He was “handing out fliers” that blamed his employers for having “ended my career,” right before he shot himself:

A suicide note and a gun were recovered at the scene, the official said. Mr. Perea took to his Twitter page about an hour before the shooting, further criticizing his former employer and linking to a more than 8-minute YouTube video laying out his complaints.

A Twitter account registered to a user matching the name given to The Wall Street Journal tweeted Monday about workplace bullying and linked to a YouTube playlist called “The American Workplace Bully: How FOX News Ended My Career.” There are 35 videos in the playlist, and many feature a narrator discussing perceived conflicts with his employer. Read more

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Paris plans to sue Fox News

Mediaite

CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour tweeted Tuesday that the city would sue Fox News:

Fox News previously issued multiple apologies for segments on shows that described so-called Muslim “no-go” zones. One Fox News guest described these zones as places where “Sharia courts are set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where police don’t go in,” characterizations that Fox News apologized for, according to Erik Wemple.

When pressed by Amanpour, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo made clear that the city singled out Fox News for litigation, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman reports.

Here’s the video of Hidalgo talking to Amanpour:

It’s unlikely that Paris will be successful in its suit for a couple of reasons, said Anthony L. Read more

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Sharyl Attkisson is suing the government

Politico | Fox News

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice for illegal surveillance allegedly conducted while she was reporting on the government, multiple sources reported Monday.

Attkisson told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz she and her attorneys have evidence tying the government to various surveillance attempts including monitoring the audio on her Skype account and refreshing “software to steal data and obtain passwords on her home and work computers.”

Attkisson previously detailed the accusations of government surveillance in her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” which was published in November. Among other things, the book mentions a suspicious cable that was attached to her Verizon FiOS box. Read more

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Career Beat: Mark Little steps down as CEO at Storyful

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Rahul Chopra is now CEO at Storyful. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Mark Little is now director of editorial innovation at Storyful. Previously, he was CEO there. (Storyful)
  • Skip Foster has been named president and publisher of the Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat. Previously, he was publisher of the Northwest Florida Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Cheryl Scott has joined the weather team at WLS-Channel 7. Previously, she was a meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5. (Robert Feder)
  • Jana Winter is now a national security reporter at The Intercept. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at Fox News. (The Intercept)
  • Dan Berman will be assistant managing editor at the National Journal.
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Here’s how news homepages showed the no indictment ruling in Eric Garner’s death

News broke on Wednesday afternoon that a grand jury in New York would not indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Here are screenshots of how the news appeared on the homepages of several news organizations, with links to their coverage:

The New York Post:

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CNN:

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Vox:

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The New York Times:

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BuzzFeed News:

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Gawker:

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Epoch Times:

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The Guardian:

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Yahoo News:

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Al Jazeera America:

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Fox News:

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Huffington Post:

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My colleague Ben Mullin has also started a Twitter list with journalists reporting on the ruling. Please let him know who he’s missing through email or Twitter.


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Fox News reporter talks about getting camera busted in Ferguson

Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan was covering the unrest Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, when someone in the crowd busted his photographer’s camera.

“When we got there initally we were surrounded by eight or 10 young men calling me Darren Wilson,” Harrigan said by phone. But then glass broke on a nearby store, and that “distracted people,” Harrigan said.

Harrigan in Ferguson.

Harrigan in Ferguson.

He tried to show some of the goods getting looted when a smaller group — maybe four or five people — set upon him and camera operator Dutch Wargo. “I think there was some unhappiness we were showing looting,” Harrigan said.

One person shouted “Fuck Fox!” Another smashed the camera to the ground, disabling it. Harrigan and Wargo broadcast from iPhones while Wargo got his backup camera operating. Read more

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