Pointed Pelley

“It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality.”

CBS Evening News, February 6

The opening line from a CBS Evening News broadcast last month is winning Scott Pelley praise from people as varied as Bill Maher and Dan Rather. The anchor, who has a home in Darien, has apparently made an editorial decision to point out the falsehoods peddled by President Trump without necessarily calling him a liar.

Not everyone thinks the decision is the right one, but Pelley predecessor Dan Rather(who has been calling out Trump on his own Facebook page) says Pelley is simply telling the truth, not taking sides.

Maybe Not

Photo: Erik Wemple – Washington Post

We reported last month that it appeared former Fox News anchor and Greenwich resident Gretchen Carlson was about to sign on with MSNBC. At first the network didn’t deny the reports, then it did.

Carlson was on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to take part in a news conference with Senator Al Franken. She told a reporter from the Washington Post that she is aware of reports about her TV future, but can’t comment.

Carlson was supporting a bill sponsored by Franken that would stop the use of forced arbitration in labor disputes like the one Carlson was at the center of last year.

Girl Band

On this International Women’s Day it appears CNN sister network HLN is betting its future on women.

The network has announced former CNN anchor Carol Costello will begin anchoring a two hour block to be known as Across America next month. It means from 6a – 5p HLN programming will be hosted by women – most with a work history that includes time at CNN. The new line up:

6 – 11 a.m. ET: Morning Express with Robin Meade
11 – 1 p.m. ET: Across America with Carol Costello
1 – 3 p.m. ET: On The Story with Erica Hill(Clinton, CT)
3 – 5 p.m. ET: MichaeLA

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