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October 15, 2012

Practice has become an American value, writer says; Obama, Romney seek to rein in Crowley in debate; after Trayvon killing, Orlando media hold race forum; new Brides editor sees 5 staffers let go; Sheila Johnson calls BET a "squandered" voice; media called out for superficial Cuba coverage; Kathy Williams named news director in Jacksonville (10/15/12)

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Obama, Romney Seek to Rein in Crowley in Debate

"Something the presidential candidates can agree on: they want their next debate moderator to be more Jim Lehrer than Martha Raddatz," Jordan Zakarin reported Monday for the Hollywood Reporter.

"According to Time's Mark Halperin, both the Obama and Romney campaigns have reached out to the Committee on Presidential Debates in the wake of CNN's Candy Crowley's promise to be actively involved in the discourse of Tuesday night's debate.

"The first woman chosen to be a presidential debate moderator in 20 years — Raddatz officiated and facilitated last week's vice presidential quip-off — Crowley has indicated on multiple occasions that she will use the questions posed by pre-screened undecided voters during the town hall-style debate as a launching point. That, however, would go against the spirit of the agreement to which both candidates previously agreed.

Candy Crowley, left, and Carole Simpson" . . . The agreement — on to which Crowley has not and is not required to sign — states that 'In managing the two-minute comment periods, the moderator will not rephrase the question or open a new topic … The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the two-minute response period.' "

Crowley said she was not caving. "Appearing on 'The Situation Room' on Monday, Crowley made clear to Wolf Blitzer that follow-ups would be happening, whether the campaigns or the CPD liked it or not," Jack Mirkinson reported for the Huffington Post.

Meanwhile, "The last woman to moderate a Presidential debate, Carole Simpson, appeared on MSNBC today to talk about the uproar over the campaigns complaining about CNN's Candy Crowley," Alex Weprin reported Monday for TVNewser.

"Simpson, who moderated the debate [among] Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992, did not hold back.

" 'I was very upset that women were reduced to the Vice Presidential debate and to the town hall format, which does not give a woman the chance to ask the questions. The public, the voters that are going to be there tomorrow night asking questions have very basic questions about their neighborhoods and crime and their schools and so on and I'm sure Candy might like to ask, if it doesn't come up, more questions about reproductive rights for women. I was going crazy the other night when Martha [Raddatz] was an hour and 15 minutes into the debate and there were no questions about women’s reproductive rights being perhaps set back. ' "

Darryl E. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel, right, leads a panel of civic-minded residents of Sanford, Fla., in a discussion of race relations on Oct. 2. Co-moderated by Valerie Boey of WOFL-TV, the forum accompanied a Sentinel series prompted by February's fatal Trayvon Martin shooting. Boey is a leader in the Asian American Journalists Association's Florida chapter. (Video)

After Trayvon Killing, Orlando Media Hold Race Forum

"Earlier this month, New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church flung open its doors to the masses," columnist Darryl E. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel wrote Friday.

"Seekers didn't come for Bible study or a spiritual booster shot.

"No, the 200 souls who filled the Sanford sanctuary came for something else: a come-to-Jesus meeting on the devilish problem of race.

"Hosted by the Orlando Sentinel and our news partner, Fox 35, the 'Florida Forward' forum — co-moderated by your friendly neighborhood columnist — was an outgrowth of our occasional series, 'In the Shadow of Race.' (The next installment of the series — sparked by the Trayvon Martin shooting — publishes tomorrow.)

"In a lively 90 minutes, the forum (which can be viewed on OrlandoSentinel.com), featuring panelists who'd appeared in the series, explored the challenge of overcoming the racism that bubbled in America's primordial ooze and how to clear hurdles that continue to retard maturing race relations.

"Did we resolve the problem of the colorline — something W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903 declared the 'problem of the Twentieth Century' (yet still gives us fits a century later)?

"About as much as did a certain beer summit.

". . . Blacks and whites still see race through different glasses."

New Brides Editor Sees 5 Staffers Let Go

Less than a month after Keija Minor was named the editor-in-chief of Brides magazine, making her the first person of color to ever hold Keija Minorthe title at a Condé Nast Publications magazine, ". . . Brides let go about five staffers on the editorial side, though some have been asked to work part time," Erik Maza wrote Friday for Women's Wear Daily.

"Some have not been informed because they were attending bridal shows taking place this week," Maza continued. "Six employees were dismissed in business."

The Brides layoffs were among roughly 60 companywide, Maza wrote, citing "several sources."

The layoffs began Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday. Chief Executive Officer Charles Townsend sent an internal memo attributing the layoffs to "the challenges of the U.S. economy," Maza said.

Sheila Johnson Calls BET a "Squandered" Voice

Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, said over the weekend that the network she leftSheila Johnson behind "reinforces negative stereotypes of young people, African Americans in particular" Brittney M. Walker wrote Monday for EURWeb.com.

Johnson, a strategic adviser to Huffington Post, spoke at the "Conversations and Encounters" program at the Carmel Art and Film Festival in Monterey County, Calif., this weekend.

". . . 'I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America. We're losing our voice as a race as a result,' she ranted. 'I'm really worried about what our young people are watching. There are so many young people who are using the television as a babysitter. We have parents who are not being parents and not monitoring what their children are watching.' "

Media Called Out for Superficial Cuba Coverage

"Does Cuba really matter?" Brian E. Crowley asked Friday in Columbia Journalism Review.

"If asked that question by a reporter, both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would likely reply: Yes, absolutely.

"Unfortunately, the question of whether Cuba matters — and how, and to whom — is rarely explored in the media, even as Cuba's role in shaping politics in this key swing state is taken for granted.

". . . South Florida reporters do tend to look much deeper, and they uncover some stories that national reporters might follow to get past well-worn clichés. In a fascinating article, The Miami Herald's Juan O. Tamayo wrote in September about a new wave of Cuban immigrants moving to Tampa to get away from Miami, the historic center of the Cuban-American population.

". . . Why Tampa? To avoid Miami's anti-Castro cauldron, analysts say. But also because the defectors are less likely to be recognized on the streets and because Miami has many knowledgeable FBI agents — and too many Castro spies."

Crowley quotes Anya Laudau French, editor of the Havana Note blog and director of the New America Foundation's U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative:

". . . President Bush was willing to separate families, while President Obama seems oblivious to the historic changes in Cuba underway today, both because real events and impacts on the island aren't the point. Domestic political advantage is."

Kathy Williams, left, with Executive Producer Anne Schindler. Williams was named

Kathy Williams Named News Director in Jacksonville

"After serving since July as Interim News Director at First Coast News WTLV/WJXX, Kathy Williams was named News Director for the station on Friday, the Jacksonville, Fla., station announced.

". . . The Emmy-award winning Williams has experience leading television newsrooms in major markets. She began her career as a reporter, producer and anchor in Lubbock, Texas. From there, she was an anchor in Birmingham, Ala., and then an Executive Producer and Assistant News Director in Chicago (WGN, then WBBM).

"This role led to her first News Director assignment in Cleveland at WJW-TV. Williams then became the News Director at WKYC in Cleveland, a Gannett station. After that, she served as VP/News Director at KRIV-TV in Houston.

" 'I am thrilled to rejoin Gannett in this important role and look forward to serving the Jacksonville television audience with the highest quality journalism we can produce,' Williams said. . . ."

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