Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

State Budget Cuts to Municipalities:

Joe DeLong – Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Mayor Jay Moran(D) – Manchester

First Selectman Laura Francis(R) – Durham

Flashback: Jerry Brown and the Connecticut primary
Reported by Jim Vicevich


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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin – Immigration Enforcement

DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith – The First Five Program

The Bottle Bill:
Rep. Mary Mushinsky(D)
Lou Birch, Citizens Campaign for the Environment









Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Transportation Commissioner James Redeker


CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

The Producers

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 The news producers and associate producers at WFSB have voted to unionize. The vote was 13-1 to join SAG-AFTRA.  The only other producers in the market that belong to a union are those at  WTNH who are affiliated with CWA-NABET.

The Good Shepard

Shep Smith. O ye of the super sized i-Pads.

One of the best ways to get the attention of the news media is to play against type. This is why you were told in journalism school that “news is when a man bites a dog.”

If you don’t believe your professor, ask Senator John McCain, who made the news media his political base by being willing to openly criticize members of his own Republican Party during his record breaking number of Sunday news show appearances.

Or ask Megyn Kelly, who turned her willingness to ask tough questions of Republicans(including Donald Trump), while she was a star at Fox News, into a multi-million dollar contract at NBC.

Now, according to the Washington Post, Shepard Smith(the man with the large i-Pads in his studio) is employing the same approach to the Trump administration and earning the scorn of Fox viewers. One has even accused Smith of going “full Rachel Maddow.”

Best Wishes Professor

Rich Hanley via Facebook.

Wishing a speedy recovery to Quinnipiac University communications professor Rich Hanley who landed in the hospital over the weekend with an irregular heartbeat and ended up under-going emergency surgery.

Hanley is a QU veteran and a go to source for Connecticut journalists(and national journalists) looking for analysis of politics and media. From Facebook:

Lipton to Speak at CCSU

New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton will speak at Central Connecticut State University next week about “Covering President Trump and the Truth.”

Lipton is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and is a former Hartford Courant reporter. Lipton will give his talk on Monday March 27th at 7p.m. in the Vance Academic Center.

At 4p.m. on the same day the Department of Journalism will present a panel discussion on the state of journalism featuring Matt Kauffman of the Hartford Courant, Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie, David Medina of the Hartford Business Journal and Theodore Ruhs of CCSU. Stan Simpson will moderate.

Rural Connecticut?

Former ESPN and now Fox Sports commentator Colin Cowherd has made some claims certain to raise eyebrows in Bristol, Hartford, and Connecticut in general.

Cowherd claims part of the challenge facing ESPN is its location in Bristol, where it has been since its founding in 1979. The outspoken talk show host says top talent just does not want to live in Connecticut. From the New York Post:

“What is undoing ESPN and is not spoken about, is no one wants to live in rural Connecticut.”

Cowherd, who left ESPN in 2015 after 12 years to launch his new show with the enemy, dropped the names of a few other high-profile sports personalities who shared his distaste for building a career and a life in Bristol. Names that ESPN allowed to leave — not necessarily that ESPN lost.

On Trump

Variety has an interview with the team of Joe Scarborough(New Canaan) and Mika Brzezinski(WFSB/Fox61).

They cover their controversial on and off relationship with Donald Trump and how the news media is covering the new White House.

Related: During Tuesday’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski in particular was asking when lawmakers will begin to intervene, with respect to the new White House, and admit the president’s personality and behavior is a problem that requires serious attention.

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