You're Kidding....Right?

CNN's Brian Stelter is having some trouble trying to line up an interview with....get this...... another CNN Anchor.

It seems that CNN's Stelter wants to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, but hasn't been able to land him yet.

Zakaria has been called out by a number of people, for plagiarism. It has happened quite a few times and the CNN bosses have looked the other way on the numerous incidents.

While the CNN suits don't seem to care, Stelter thinks it's an "important story" and wants to sit down with him.

But, so far that hasn't happened:

Really?! How hard are you trying?

If you can't land an interview with someone that works at the same network as you, then CNN is more fucked than advertised. 

Just saying....

Station Says it Has Fired the Reporter that Quit.... HUH?!

FTVLive showed you earlier the video of KTVA (Anchorage) Reporter Charlo Greene throwing down the F-Bomb and then quitting her job at the station.

Greene, who was a 4th place runner-up in Miss West Virginia/Miss USA pageant this year (that says a lot) said that she is quitting her job to run Alaska Cannabis Club, and will be dedicating her energy helping legalize marijuana here in Alaska," she said.

After her F-bomb incident last night, KTVA released this statement:

Ummmmmm..... how do you fire someone that has already quit?

Just asking..... 

Fox DC News Director Headed to the Left Coast

FIRST ON FTVLive! Fox sources tell FTVLive that Dana Hahn, News Director of WTTG in DC, is headed to the left coast to run KTVU’s newsroom.

Fox recently agreed to trade their Boston station (WFXT) with Cox for KTVU.

Hahn has only been in DC a year after being bumped up from the ND gig at WJBK in Detroit.

Sources tell FTVLive that the WTTG staff has yet to be told that their news boss is leaving and that they will be getting their third ND in the past 14 months. Word is that Hahn is well liked & respected in WTTG newsroom.

As for who lands the gig at the DC station?

No word yet, but odds on favorite is Paul McGonagle - the current ND at WFXT in Boston.

We hear that's not quite a ‘done deal’, as long-time Fox exec/WTTG GM Patrick Paolini has to ‘sign off’ on that possibility.

Stay tuned.... 

Reporter Throws Down the F-Bomb and Quits

Reporter Throws Down the F-Bomb and Quits

KTVA (Anchorage) Reporter Charlo Greene did something last night, that TV people all over have fantasized about doing.

She quit live on the air and do so using the F-Bomb. 

Greene announced that she is leaving the station to now work in helping legalize marijuana. She said she is owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club

"Everything you heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said.

"And as for this job," Greene continued, "Well, not that I have a choice, but fuck it, I quit."

At that point she walked off the set. Needless to say the Anchor was caught a bit off guard when they came back to the desk.

The video is up after the jump. 

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Oh CNN...You Just Can't Help it Can You

Sometimes you really wish that CNN could just do something right for once.

The used to be cable news network has become the butt of late night jokes and has no credibility left what-so-ever.

Yet, you still hold out hope, that maybe, just maybe they can turn it around.

Then CNN stumbles again. 

The latest screw up is minor, but just shows they can't even get the simple things right.

While airing developments in the story about Arizona Cardinals’ player, Jonathan Dwyer’s arrest, CNN displayed a graphic to show the recent domestic violence charges associated with NFL players.

Instead of the NFL Arizona Cardinals logo, CNN used the St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball team logo.

The bat that the cardinal is sitting on, should have been a dead give away that it wasn't the right logo. 

Of course, the screw up did let the people on Twitter have some fun:

Ouch! That last one hurt.


"Win With The Media"

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The St. Louis County and Municipal Police are offering up a class to officers that show them how they can "win with the media" after an officer involved shooting.

Using the events in Ferguson as their case study, attendees of the single-session training course will learn "essential strategies and tactics, skills and techniques that will help you WIN THE MEDIA" in the wake of a officer-involved shooting. And what's more, "you'll have fun doing it!" the class flyer boasts. "There is NO PowerPoint!" 

Topics covered may include: "Feeding the Animals" ("animals" being some sort of endearment for protesters or reporters?), "'No Comment' is a comment," "Managing Media Assault and Batter," and "Managing the media when things get ugly (think Ferguson)."

Of course, Ferguson showed if you can't "win the media" you just throw their asses in jail.

H/T Gawker

Former Reporter Coming Clean in His Battle with Booze

Rob Koebel was the Chief Investigative Reporter with WTMJ in Milwaukee, that was until he decided while drunk to pee outside an Apple a Store near his Milwaukee condo.

He was arrested, lost his job, his wife and continued to drink.

Now, Koebel is 2 years sober and coming clean with his story and his battle with booze.

He has done a documentary called 'SHATTERED: A True Story'.

Here is the trailer: 

Philly Reporter's Husband Charged with Sexual Assault

A Philadelphia Lawyer has been charged with sexual assault and it is a story that hits very close to home for one Philly Reporter.

Cops busted lawyer Andrew Marsico on Saturday and charged him with sexually assaulting an unidentified 27-year-old woman Aug. 21 in Center City, police said.

Marsico is charged with indecent, simple, and aggravated assault; unlawful restraint; and related offenses, police said.

His attorney, Fortunato N. Perri of Philadelphia, said, "My client maintains his innocence, and we are continuing to review the allegations and charges."

He is married to WPVI Reporter Annie McCormick. McCormick has been with the ABC O&O since 2012 and married her husband in April 2013. 

Her usually active Twitter page has gone silent since her hubby's arrest. 

H/T Philly Inquirer

Norfolk Sports Anchor Suffers Heart Attack

WVEC Sports Reporter and weekend Anchor Brian Smith is off the air after suffering from a Heart Attack.

Smith, 51, said he was at home in Virginia Beach Wednesday afternoon when he experienced shortness of breath. Increasing discomfort convinced him to go to Sentara Independence, where he was examined and transferred to the cardiac unit at Sentara Virginia Beach General.

Smith, who said he deals with high cholesterol that runs in his family, required a stent to clear a main coronary artery that was nearly 100 percent blocked.

“I’ll be off the air at least a month, then I’ll play it by ear,” said Smith, who has been with the ABC affiliate for 21 years. “I don’t like being sedentary for too long a period of time, but I have no other choice. I don’t want to go backward in any way, shape or form.”

Smith said he has been overwhelmed with text messages and well-wishes on Facebook.

“I look forward to getting back,” he said, “but right now I’m trying to just focus on getting through today.”

He was released from the hospital on Friday. 

H/T Virginia Pilot