Princell Hair up to the job at CNN?
and collaborative, his journalistic imprint nonetheless remains
in the Chicago Tribune dryly notes that the
36-year-old Hair has held nine jobs.
was news director for WMAQ-5 in Chicago when the NBC
station signed on raunchy talk show host Jerry Springer as a
political commentator for its newscasts. Two respected anchors
resigned and the shows' ratings dropped. Springer was quickly
dumped by the station. Hair somehow escaped the controversy.
is a protégé of former CBS executive Joel Cheatwood,
who had repeatedly hired him at local stations and more recently at
the network itself.
is often characterized within the business for his devotion to
sensationalism and ratings stunts - anything to attract viewers. He
also was the one who picked Hair, then in Baltimore, to
become corporate news director to mold the news offerings of CBS
parent Viacom's local stations.
served briefly as news director in CBS' ratings-challenged
Los Angeles station, but rejoined the corporate ranks after it was
combined with another Viacom station.
was cast aside for a new executive vice president, Hair was
given a promotion to vice president. But his new boss publicly
embraced a hands-off approach that effectively allowed news
decisions to be made in local newsrooms.
kind of corporate hand-holding that had defined Hair's job
was no longer needed, and so he left CBS.
relatively young age, Hair has attained heights few reach in
has to deliver.
reviews Hair's years in Baltimore....
investigative reporter for Detroit's WXYZ-7-ABC, has filled
our e-mail box with allegations that an article in Friday's Creative
Loafing newspaper by Senior Editor John Sugg was
"false and motivated by a personal vendetta."
demanded that NewsBlues grant him "unedited access"
to our readers, claiming we had "printed, nearly verbatim, Sugg's
baseless charges about me and (wife) Jane (Akre) without EVER
bothering to verify them or seek another point of view."
article, Sugg suggested that Wilson and Akre
may have misappropriated money from a legal defense fund and used
some of the proceeds to purchase a $1.4 million home in Ponte Vedra
you will recall, sued Fox and Tampa's WTVT nearly five
years ago and have been soliciting and collecting
"donations" on their website ever since.
contacted Sugg, who denied any sort of "personal
vendetta" against the Wilsons.
amused when he (Wilson) claims I have a grudge against him,"
laughed Sugg from Atlanta. "Wilson is master of
personal attacks. I took a look at the case -- really took a look --
and concluded that Wilson and Akre were sham
martyrs. Most of my writing is media criticism and this was just
a good media story."
(Creative Loafing) didn't make accusations and gave him numerous
chances to respond. We encouraged him to respond -- but I asked him
to do so with specifics. E.g., he said there were mistakes in the
public records and threatened litigation if we printed the mistakes
(I'd think an investigative reporter would know of the legal
protections granted in quoting from public records). We just asked
him to specify the mistakes. He wouldn't do so."
dodging and sidestepping continued when NewsBlues asked him
to explain how he was able to afford a $1.1 million down payment on
a luxury beach townhouse.
I make somewhat above the minimum wage (at WXYZ)," said Wilson,
"have other business interests and investments, and lived in a
luxury waterfront home (today valued at $1 million) when I went to
work and was fired by Fox, the fact that my name is on a
piece of similarly-valued real estate shouldn't be a total shock to
anyone who knows anything about me and my 32-year career in
journalism. And it certainly doesn't begin to prove Sugg's
enough, the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of
Consumer Services is the state agency that registers and
monitors public solicitations.
called Tallahassee on Tuesday, we were not at all surprised to learn
that Wilson and Akre had never bothered to register or
report their collections.
officials now say the two must produce audited records of their
fundraising or face a $10,000 fine and possible criminal
Republican-controlled Senate dealt a blow to the Bush Administration
Tuesday, voting to rescind new Federal Communications Commission
rules that would allow large media companies to get even bigger.
a vote of 55 to 40, the Senate approved a resolution that
would roll back the F.C.C. regulations allowing television networks
to own more local stations and that would have permitted
conglomerates to own newspaper, television and radio stations in a
single metropolitan market.
resolution faces a tougher battle in the House and a possible veto
by President Bush.
in the New York Times....
York Times political columnist William Safire....
chairman Michael Powell, sensing that not even his friendship
with Senator John McCain nor his backing by Big Media
is stopping the popular groundswell, has resorted to a fear appeal:
that stopping more gobbling up of local stations by the broadcast
networks will be the ruination of "free TV."
the ludicrous party line being peddled by G.E., which owns NBC.
of broadcast network TV is now delivered to homes by cable or
satellite — not free — and NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox are
making money hand over fist.
Last Stand" on this false argument has become an embarrassment
to the Bush White House, which has been foolishly threatening to
veto any disapproval of the F.C.C.'s abdication of the public
miss Safire's brutal commentary in today's Times.....