The New Economy

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Dalmarys Matos

“You crossed the line!” Holly Hunter shouts at William Hurt in the climax of James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News.

“It’s hard not to cross it,” Hurt protests. “They just keep moving the little sucker, don’t they?”

News 12 Connecticut traffic reporter Dalmarys Matos has taken a part time job working in the press office for Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.

The fact that this made news in the Connecticut Post is testament to the fact that there are some people who remember when this sort of duel role would be frowned upon in journalism. The Post story on Matos asks the question whether it is OK to get one pay check from a news organization and another from the city government that newsroom sometimes covers?

The answer seems to be yes, it is OK.

Matos will be reporting to the mayor’s communications director, Av Harris, who before beginning a career as a communications advisor was a reporter himself.

The line has moved. Audiences expect transparency when it comes to media ethics issues, whether it’s a reporter with a second job or paid content.

The Great Mentioner


Our speculative analysis of the potential viability of Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich as a Connecticut gubernatorial candidate got national notice at the end of last week:

Governor Gretchen Carlson? – TV Newser

Even the potential candidate Herself acknowledged the possibility on Twitter, but seemed to suggest the current imbroglio at Fox News may need to be wrapped up first.

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Related: “The Great Mentioner” defined.

Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host Dennis House

Police Shootings:
CT Public Safety Commissioner Dora Schriro
Hartford Police Chief James Rovello

GOP Convention:
Ann Brookes – Delegate
Senator Mike McLachlan – Delegate

Flashback: Gayle King cover 1988 Democratic Convention

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

GOP Convention:
Sacred Heart University Professor Gary Rose

Terrorism in France, Attempted Coup in Turkey:
Scott Bates

Shootings of Police Officers:
Monroe Police Chief John Salvatore(President of the CT Police Chiefs Association)
Fairfield Police Chief Gary Mcnamara









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


The Hour with Jim Pellegrino – Check Local Listings

Dr. Michael Alfano – Dean of the School of Education, CCSU
Dr. Mark Benigni – Superintendent, Meriden Public Schools
Dr. Joe Erardi – Superintendent, Newtown
Dr. Joe Cirasuolo – Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Dr. Jack Miller – President, Central Connecticut State University


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)

Defining Win

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Photo: WFSB

From the start, Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes had a ring of truth to it.

A long time Fox News anchor, with no known strikes against her as a Fox employee or public figure, was surprisingly sacked in stealth at the end of June. She could have easily faded away and perhaps shown up on another network or at a large market television station after a short time off the air. Instead, she very quickly filed a lawsuit against a very powerful man.

The suit obviously took time to prepare. Perhaps it was prepared before she was let go. Perhaps the threat of the suit led to her dismissal. Knowing the odds, no thinking person would take on Ailes unless they were certain they had a case.

Now – in less than two weeks – Carlson, a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, has emerged as the victor in the court of public opinion and positioned herself as a tough and principled leader, standing up for her rights and the rights of others when no one else would. The sort of leader who might appeal particularly to women voters.

Which brings us to her appearance last June on Face the State with Dennis House.

She was promoting a book, and of course House asked her if she had any political aspirations. She not only answered “yes,” she added that of all the offices she might run for the most intriguing is the office of governor.

As candidates position themselves for 2018 here in Connecticut – it might be a perfect time for Carlson to consider a career change and move from news breaker to news maker.

Via Uccello

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One thing is for sure, if it’s about former Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello, WFSB’s Dennis House is on the story.

On his blog The Hartfordite, House broke the news this week that a street in Uccello’s native Sicily has now been named after her.

Uccello is now 94. House reports she didn’t make the trip, but some of her extended family did.

Related: Former Mayor Turns 90 – TheHartfordite

Campbell Takes The Hill

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Once and sometimes Hartford Courant writer Susan Campbell published an opinion article(we try not to use the word “piece”) in Washington, D.C.’s The Hill this week.

The subject is how the Republican Party handled the issue of poverty at its convention. We are left with the impression that the answer is: Not well.

H/T – Carolyn Lumsden via Facebook

Ailes Resigns


Two weeks after Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich, Connecticut filed a sexual harassment suit against Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, he has been forced to resign his position.

The resignation ends a 20 year reign as one of the most powerful men in the television news business who took Fox from launch to a position of dominance in cable news.

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox will take over as interim CEO of Fox News during an unspecified period of transition.

Carlson, a long time Fox News anchor filed her suit against Ailes shortly after being terminated. The Carlson suit led to an internal investigation which has reportedly produced multiple complaints of harassment against Ailes by other female employees.


Through her legal team, Gretchen Carlson issued a statement Thursday evening. She also reacted on Twitter by thanking those who offered her congratulations.

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