Coming Together


According to several sources, it was Hartford’s Mark Twain who coined the phrase: “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”

We’ve found, over the years, that the one thing that gets journalists(who normally see themselves as competitors) working together is an attack on freedom of the press.

This weekend, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union are working with news outlets to file friend of the court briefs on behalf of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

As we reported earlier this week, a New Britain Superior Court judge has issued a ruling barring the Law Tribune from publishing certain information in a story involving a child custody case. The ruling quickly caught the attention of the Connecticut news media and an appeal to the ruling may be filed as early as next week.

The CCFOI and the ACLU are also working with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

John Elliott

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The latest edition of Wethersfield Life has a nice profile on WTIC-FM morning news man John Elliott.

He’s been with the station since it switched from classical back in the late ’70’s and has been working with Gary Craig since 1981. He’s in bed every night at 8p.m. and up at 3a.m. to deliver the news.


House Family

John-Holt-save-for-WEB-150x150Friday night the sports documentary House Family premieres on CPTV at 8p.m.

WFSB’s John Holt spent a year following the New Haven Hillhouse girls basketball team as the team sought its 4th consecutive state championship.

Holt did most of the reporting and shooting for the project:

“When I first learned the story of Hillhouse Girls Basketball Coach Catrina Hawley-Stewart, and the fact that she was winning championships while simultaneously – and unexpectedly – raising her late sister’s three children, I immediately sensed she was an extraordinary person,” said Holt on the making of House Family. “The year I spent documenting her team’s triumphs and struggles served to confirm that. I felt her story and her team’s story merited a full documentary to convey the scope of the good things it’s doing against a backdrop of real life challenges.”

We’re looking forward to it.

Prior Restraint





A New Britain Superior Court judge has taken the unusual step of acting as the editor of a Connecticut news organization.

Judge Stephen Frazzini has ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to run a story on a child custody case involving the Department of Children and Families. DCF says it did not request the ruling and spokesman Gary Kleeblatt, a former reporter himself(JI), offered no additional comment on the issue.

A Journal Inquirer report on the controversy notes higher courts have routinely intervened in similar cases in which lower courts, or government agencies, have attempted to apply prior restraint on publishers of news.

The Law Tribune is appealing the judge’s ruling.

Camera Ruling in Court Case


Update: Judge Edward Mullarkey has agreed to allow television coverage of an upcoming murder for hire trial. The case caught our notice last week when the judge made some honest comments in open court about his views of the news media.

Original Post: 

Unusual commentary from the bench last week as Superior Court Judge Edward Mullarkey conducted a hearing on whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for an upcoming murder for hire trial.

During the pre-trial hearing, Judge Mullarkey questioned attorneys and representatives of local television stations and provided a running commentary on journalistic ethics and programming decisions. The hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday. Mullarkey threatened to retire as a judge if anyone went to a higher court to challenge part of his expected ruling which will be written to protect the identity of a child connected to the case.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

Budget Cuts

Guests: House Speaker Brendan Sharkey(D) and House Minority Leader-elect Themis Klarides(R)

Unemployment and Social Media: Bob Ruffolo – Impact Branding


Governor-elect John Rowland’s 1994 wedding. Reporter Greg Coy


CT Capitol Report FoxCT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Tom Dudchik


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Joseph Kask, Blum Shapiro – Annual CBIA Survey

Assisted Suicide Discussion: Tim Appleton with Compassion and Choices and Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of CT

Regina Roundtree of CT Black Republicans and Conservatives


The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at









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

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill(D)


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)

Morales Follow up


Follow up now on a story we told you about last week.

NBC News and the Today show family have found several ways in recent days to address rumors of a possible staff shake up. The reports included claims that former NBC CT anchor Natalie Morales was being pushed out and that she was in discussions with another network.

Another report suggested that Matt Lauer intervened to save Morales.

Thursday Morales and Willie Geist made light of the recent reporting on air.

It seems everyone is secure for now.

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