Lipton to Speak at CCSU

New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton will speak at Central Connecticut State University next week about “Covering President Trump and the Truth.”

Lipton is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and is a former Hartford Courant reporter. Lipton will give his talk on Monday March 27th at 7p.m. in the Vance Academic Center.

At 4p.m. on the same day the Department of Journalism will present a panel discussion on the state of journalism featuring Matt Kauffman of the Hartford Courant, Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie, David Medina of the Hartford Business Journal and Theodore Ruhs of CCSU. Stan Simpson will moderate.

Rural Connecticut?

Former ESPN and now Fox Sports commentator Colin Cowherd has made some claims certain to raise eyebrows in Bristol, Hartford, and Connecticut in general.

Cowherd claims part of the challenge facing ESPN is its location in Bristol, where it has been since its founding in 1979. The outspoken talk show host says top talent just does not want to live in Connecticut. From the New York Post:

“What is undoing ESPN and is not spoken about, is no one wants to live in rural Connecticut.”

Cowherd, who left ESPN in 2015 after 12 years to launch his new show with the enemy, dropped the names of a few other high-profile sports personalities who shared his distaste for building a career and a life in Bristol. Names that ESPN allowed to leave — not necessarily that ESPN lost.

On Trump

Variety has an interview with the team of Joe Scarborough(New Canaan) and Mika Brzezinski(WFSB/Fox61).

They cover their controversial on and off relationship with Donald Trump and how the news media is covering the new White House.

Related: During Tuesday’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski in particular was asking when lawmakers will begin to intervene, with respect to the new White House, and admit the president’s personality and behavior is a problem that requires serious attention.

A Sinclair Angle

Recently retired D.C. news legends Gordon Peterson and Maureen Bunyan.

A story in this month’s Washingtonian magazine raises a number of issues that could relate to the Connecticut market.

Over the past several years a number of long-time personalities at WJLA in Washington, D.C. have left the station. In many cases, the personalities involved had been with the company since the 1970’s. How does the loss of legendary anchors affect any market? Do anchors with name recognition matter anymore?

Another factor in the changes at WJLA is ownership by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is said to be interested in merging with Tribune Media(owners of Fox 61 and WCCT). Sinclair has a record of reducing costs and has made an effort to lean conservative in its news programming.

The World According to Dean


Women’s Voices in Online Comments

From the Hartford Public Library:

Comments sections are our modern day venues for collaboration, for public discourse, for democratic deliberation. Ideally, digital discussion spaces are supposed to even the playing field for participation. But for many women, wading into the incivility of online comments is like walking alone down a scary back alley, or into an angry mob with torches and pitchforks. Why put yourself at risk?

The harassment that happens in online comments section is a form of the “heckler’s veto.” It keeps many female speakers from publicly expressing their views. This threatens to chill digital public discourse by discouraging half the citizenry from participating at all. Women should chime in. How can we do this safely, bravely and regularly? 

Join a discussion on the topic with UCONN’s Marie Shanahan, (pictured upper left), Hartford Courant columnist and college instructor Susan Campbell, and UCONN student and Daily Campus opinion contributor Haddiyyah Ali. 

Wednesday, March 29, 6-7:30pm
Hartford History Center, 3rd floor
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St, Hartford

Shanahan is working on a book about the topic, which is previewed here.


Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Sen. Tim Larson and Bob Steele – Connecticut casino debate

Senator Richard Blumenthal(D)


Real Story pic







The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Senator Chris Murphy(D)

Gun Legislation:
Scott Wilson – Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Fox 61 Report: Legalized gambling in Connecticut









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

Rep. Steve Stafstrom(D)

Rep. Arthur O’Neill(R)


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)

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