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Media Reacts to Lester Holt Symposium Speech

“The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in.”

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NBC News anchor Lester Holt delivered a controversial keynote address at the 45th Murrow Symposium Tuesday in which he called fairness “overrated” and hinted that reporters do not need to hear both sides of the story.

Holt was accepting the Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. “The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in.”

Holt’s comments drew reactions from reporters and media critics alike. New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen rejoiced in Holt’s comments.

“When the chief anchor of one of the major networks agrees that bothsidesing everything is bad practice, critics have finally won a point and they should celebrate,” Rosen tweeted.

“That the sun sets in the west is a fact. Any contrary view does not deserve our time or attention,” Holt said. “Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of journalistic responsibility or some kind of agenda, in fact, it’s just the opposite.”

CNN White House Correspondent John Harwood simply tweeted, “thank you Lester.” 

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Susan Zirinsky Takes On New Role at CBS

Susan Zirinsky has been with CBS for nearly four decades working in various roles including the Executive Director for the crime show 48 Hours.

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The head of CBS News has reportedly struck a deal to leave her post for a production position that includes creating content for various shows and platforms on the network.

Susan Zirinsky has been with CBS for nearly four decades working in various roles including the Executive Director for the crime show 48 Hours. Zirinsky was named president following a barrage of sexual harassment and bullying claims.

The New York Post reports that Zirinsky was unhappy in a less “hands-on corporate role.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that a search for Zirninsky’s successor has been ongoing for months, but a candidate has yet to be named. Sources said Vinnie Malhotra, an executive vice president of nonfiction programming from sister company Showtime is the leading candidate.

The Emmy award-winning Malhorta oversees scripted programming for Showtime. Previously, Malhorta served as Senior Vice President for Development and Acquisitions at CNN. He joined CNN in March 2012.

Zirinsky was touted as an historic hire, brought in to reorganize the anchor line up at the network and rev up the ratings of Gayle King’s last place CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News.

Multiple outlets report that CBS has declined comment on this story.

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FOX News Hires Harold Ford Jr.

As part of his new gig with Fox News, Ford will provide commentary on all FOX News Media platforms, including FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network’s daytime and primetime programming.

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Photo by Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan CC BY-ND 2.0.

Fox News is adding another contributor to their lineup as the network announced in a press release the addition of former Tennessee Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr.

As part of his new gig with Fox News, Ford will provide commentary on all FOX News Media platforms, including FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network’s daytime and primetime programming.

“Harold has been a valuable guest on FOX News, and I am pleased that our millions of viewers will continue to benefit from his insights derived from a highly accomplished career in both the business and government sectors,” Suzanne Scott, Fox News CEO, said.

From 1997 to 2007, Ford represented Memphis in Congress before moving to New York City and securing a financial sector position.

“I am excited to join the FOX News Media family and am grateful for the network’s commitment to showcasing a diversity of voices and viewpoints. I look forward to sharing my unique perspective directly with the viewers,” Ford said.

Before taking the position with Fox News, Ford has appeared as a guest in recent months. There’s no set date when Ford will officially begin as a contributor, and no contract terms were revealed.

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CNN Reporter Confronted by Brooklyn Center Demonstrator

“Y’all be twisting up the stories and [explative]. “All the press and all the extra [explative] y’all do makes this worse,” the demonstrator said.

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Several media outlets have reporters and correspondents in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center following the Daunte Wright shooting.

During a live segment on CNN, reporter Sara Sidner was confronted by a demonstrator during protests. The Hillrelayed the dialogue between Sidner and the demonstrator, who wanted the CNN reporter to leave.

“Y’all be twisting up the stories and [explative]. “All the press and all the extra [explative] y’all do makes this worse,” the demonstrator said.

Sidner would respond to the demonstrator but wanting to start a dialogue and letting him know that their segment is live on CNN. However, she also responded on Twitter to the demonstrator’s suggestion that they should leave as she covers the unrest occurring in Minneapolis.

“I’m not going anywhere. I love Minneapolis, its surrounding suburbs, including #BrooklynCenter, and its people. I get that people are mad. It’s normal. I take no offense. Emotions are understandably high after the killing of #DanteWright,” Sidner Tweeted.

Protest in Minneapolis continues along with other demonstrations across the United States.

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