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Media Fan Anti-Police Attitudes, Critics Say

August 31, 2015

Some on right link reporting to Texas deputy's slaying; Editorial writer: "Birthright citizenship" issue is personal; stories on Va. shooter say co-workers offered help; wrong man's photo circulated as Va. on-air shooter; media coverage of Katrina said to fail, like the levees; military writers honor package on troops'"moral injury"; that line about armor and other Asian American issues; Sharpton to keep same salary for doing one Show weekly; six black women on covers of September magazines (8/31/15)

Some on Right Link Reporting to Texas Deputy's Slaying

Editorial Writer: "Birthright Citizenship" Issue Is Personal

Stories on Va. Shooter Say Co-Workers Offered Help

Wrong Man's Photo Circulated as Va. On-Air Shooter

Media Coverage of Katrina Said to Fail, Like the Levees

Military Writers Honor Package on Troops'"Moral Injury"

That Line About Armor and Other Asian American Issues

Sharpton to Keep Same Salary for Doing One Show Weekly

The Rev. Al Sharpton says that when he shifts from five-day-a-week "PoliticsNation" to one show weekly at 8 a.m. ET Sunday, "MSNBC will continue to pay him the same reportedly seven-figure salary for one-fifth of his previous work," Lloyd Grove reported Friday for the Daily Beast.

"Sharpton said his goal is to compete with NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday and other such programs to make and break news — with guests as diverse as Obama administration Cabinet officials and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z — although that newsy ambition might be hampered by his plan to tape the show on Fridays rather than do it live on Sundays.

"Sharpton, 60, said anchoring a nightly program along with a three-hour radio show every day — to say nothing of traveling the country to put his stamp on various political and social controversies in troubled communities on behalf of his advocacy group — had been taxing of late.

"'I always put myself under more pressure than anybody because at the end of the day, I always want to be successful, so that I've got a platform for the causes I represent,' Sharpton said, noting that MSNBC will continue to pay him the same reportedly seven-figure salary for one-fifth of his previous work.

"'I have a contract,' he said, adding that it runs 'for a good while,' but declining to specify how much longer.

"He added: 'I'm as happy as I could be.' . . ."

Six Black Women on Covers of September Magazines

"In another first for African Americans, six black women have made it to the covers of September's all-important magazine covers: singers Beyoncé and Ciara are on Vogue and Shape, actors Kerry Washington, Amandla Stenberg and Willow Smith are on Self, Dazed, and i-D; and American Ballet Theater's principal dancer Misty Copeland is on Essence,"Kristal Brent Zook wrote Sunday for the Guardian.

"Tennis star Serena Williams graced the August cover of New York Magazine. They make up a cornucopia of beauty and talent, all positioned to sell what has traditionally been the most profitable monthly issue for consumer magazines.

"But why now? It’s been 50 years since Donyale Luna became the first black model to appear on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, prompting advertisers in southern states to pull their business from the publication and angering the magazine's owner William Randolph Hearst. A year later she became the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue. In the meantime a lot — and little — has changed. . . ."

Zook also wrote, "Seven covers does represent something fundamental about fame right now — there are a lot of big-name black celebrities making waves right now — what it says about the magazine industry is more prosaic. Magazine covers need to sell and the magazine industry has finally convinced itself that black celebrities can do that. . . ."

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