Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host Dennis House

Senator Chris Murphy(D)

Flashback: Hillary Clinton visits Yale University in April 1998.

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Extended Interview with Senator Chris Murphy(D)

Political Science Professor Gary Rose – DNC Philadelphia









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

Sonya Huber – Fairfield University

Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean – Quinnipiac University

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)

Carlson Opens Up

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Three weeks after she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the resignation of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich has opened up about the ordeal to the Washington Post.

The article reveals some further detail about the timing and facts behind Carlson’s suit. She says she was disappointed it took so long for Fox to push Ailes out and she answered without hesitation when asked if she felt sorry for Ailes in any way.

“No,” she flatly said.

Names in the News

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Hanna Mordoh. Recently of Lexington, Kentucky, Mordoh has joined NBC CT where she’s been spotted doing morning traffic.

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Gretchen Carlson. The fallout continues at Fox News three weeks after the Greenwich resident filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes. According to a report in the New York Times on-air talent and other Fox insiders are lining up on different sides of the issue leading to some “icy” moments on the set.

Softball Anyone? This weekend is the annual softball tournament between TV stations in the Connecticut market. The games take place at Mill Woods Park in Wethersfield on Saturday beginning at 9a.m.

So Who Wrote It?

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Hurwitz and Obama en flight.
Photo: White House

As a speech writer, tradition dictates that you are only supposed to admit to “helping” your principle write his or her speech. You are never supposed to take credit for the work in its entirety.

But there are some exceptions. One of the exceptions is when it is time to look for the next job.

So, with the Obama administration winding down, Michelle Obama’s speechwriter was allowed to take at least some credit for the speech the First Lady is still receiving high marks for nearly a week after it was delivered in Philadelphia.

Her name is Sarah Hurwitz and she began as a writer for Hillary Clinton.

Scarborough ’18?

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You never know…things can change quickly in TV and in politics, but those looking for clues as to whether New Canaan resident Joe Scarborough plans to run for governor of Connecticut in 2018 got a big hint Wednesday.

In an interview with TV Newser Scarborough stated pretty clearly that he and co-host Mika Brzezinski plan to stay with MSNBC through 2018 and are already looking ahead to the 2020 presidential race.

TVNewser: You’ve obviously been through a few campaigns yourself. Are you still interested in running for office some day?

Joe: Well, not for a while. Not until this ends. Like Mika said, this is the best job we could have and we’re working through 2018 and we’d love to work through the next election too because the crazy thing is that, and I can’t believe this, but after nine years not only are the ratings great and in some ways better than ever, more people are watching us now than have ever watched us before, the buzz around the show is bigger than it’s ever been, and we’ve done that for nine years and there just aren’t a lot of shows that get stronger nine years in.

Full Interview – TV Newser

There are many factors that could alter Scarborough’s current public line of thinking, but based on the success of Morning Joe – as of this writing – a run for statewide office in 2018 may not work with the calendar or Scarborough’s contract with MSNBC. Or maybe his latest comments are a strategic feint.

Stronger Together


The Laurel has learned that WFSB’s Face the State will be co-anchored, beginning in September, by long time host Dennis House and veteran reporter Susan Raff.

Raff is the regular fill-in host for the show. She has been with WFSB since 1995. House has been hosting the show solo since 2007 – making him the longest serving moderator in the program’s history.

The first show featuring the new co-host format will be September 4th.

The Speech

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Michelle Obama is receiving lots of praise for her speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. There’s even a growing body of analysis of what made the speech work – so we thought we’d contribute.

  1. Michelle Obama’s speech – unlike most in today’s world – had a beginning, middle and an end.
  2. It told a story. It took the audience by the hand and brought the audience along for a stroll.
  3. It had an opening device. The use of the Obama children as a symbol of the challenges and successes of the nation worked.
  4. It made strong points about character and principles which tended to support specific policies without mentioning or explaining those policies by name or in detail.
  5. The performance was well executed – like a singer delivering a song rather than a speaker reading words off a page.
  6. There was no obvious effort to write in applause lines. Even if the audience had simply listened to the entire speech without ever interrupting with applause, the speech would have been a success.

It was written to be listened to not to provoke immediate reaction.

And those are some of the reasons it worked.

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