White Honored

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The newspaper industry has been noticing the Meriden Record-Journal.

The New England Newspaper and Press Association has named Record-Journal publisher Eliot White to its Hall of Fame. White is the fourth generation family leader of the paper.

The Record-Journal has made a consistent effort to adapt its business model to the changing world of digital delivery.

DeRienzo to Executive Director

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Matt DeRienzo, the former editor of the New Haven Register, has been named executive director of LION Publishers.

LION is a national organization formed to help local on-line news publishers succeed and grow. LION stands for: Local Independent Online News.

DeRienzo has been with LION for two years. The creation of the executive director position is made possible through a grant from the Knight Foundation.

Carlson Watch

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Word on the street suggests former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich may be headed to MSNBC.

A report this weekend says the deal is almost done.

Sunday Talk

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Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Electoral College Reform:
Mae Flexer and Mike McLachlan

Battle for the State Senate:
Douglas McCrory(D)
Mike McDonald(R)

Flashback: Sex in college dorms – 1973
Brad Davis and John Sablon report

 

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim(D)

 

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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

Congressman Jim Himes(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)

CT Skypes

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Vigdor questions Spicer.

One of the innovations the Trump communications team has brought to the White House is the use of Skype to allow reporters from around the country to take part in the daily press briefing.

Sean Spicer has described it as a way to open the White House up to more coverage. National reporters see it as a cynical way to avoid tough questions through high tech filibuster.

Regardless, Neil Vigdor of Hearst Connecticut Media took advantage of the opportunity this week to ask Spicer about Governor Malloy’s view on immigration enforcement.

A reporter from Montana asked Spicer whether the Trump administration planned to build a border wall with Canada and while Spicer seemed to chuckle it off, he did not rule it out.

ICYMI

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Reich and Mandell

Seven years after the Connecticut gubernatorial election of Dannel Malloy, two of his early staffers were married over the weekend.

Arielle Reich and Michael Mandell got married in Stamford. Both are known to the Connecticut news media for their various roles in state government and Democratic politics.

Another veteran of the 2010 gubernatorial campaign will have a high profile task this weekend during the annual meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C.

Justin Clark, the two-time campaign manager for Republican Tom Foley, will brief gubernatorial chiefs of staff from around the country on the Trump administration’s policy goals in his new role as head of inter-governmental affairs at the White House.

The Wrong Fight

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Anyone who has worked in politics or public relations has heard, or had occasion to use the phrase, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” The observation is attributed to Mark Twain.

For younger readers, who may not be familiar with the widespread use of ink in the publication of news, it means don’t go to war with the news media, because the news media has unlimited ammunition. It may not feel that way under the Trump administration, but a new poll from Quinnipiac University in Hamden suggests the adage is true(notice we didn’t say the “old” adage, because adages are old by definition).

Here are some top line numbers on Trump’s relationship with the news media:

50% of those surveyed disapprove of the way the media is covering Trump, BUT...

61% disapprove of the way Trump talks about the media

52% trust the media more than Trump(37%) to tell the truth

This all figures in to Trump’s approval number which stands at 38% – down four points from three weeks ago. The numbers suggest the media strategy that has worked for Trump throughout his life as a developer and salesman of the Trump brand is not working for him as president.

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