What Is Aleppo?

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In a presidential campaign in which truth, competency and other virtues appear to have taken a holiday, it is hard to say whether Gary Johnson’s major gaff on Thursday morning makes any difference at all.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe(hosted by Joe Scarborough of New Canaan) the Libertarian candidate drew a blank when asked what he would do about the situation in Aleppo, Syria.

Johnson’s answer: What is Aleppo? Asked whether he was serious, Johnson deadpanned that he was.

Within minutes the question “what is Aleppo” was hash tagged and trending on social media.

Settled!

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Two months after filing her sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich has reached  a settlement agreement worth $20 million.

The agreement came with a written apology to Carlson from the company. The New York Times reports settlement talks are underway with “other women” at Fox.

Carlson also issued a statement:

“I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”

At the same time, Fox News announced the immediate departure of long time Fox host Greta Van Susteren. The Times report suggests Van Susteren’s sudden move is both coincidental and at the same time related to the Carlson case.

Nexstar-Media General

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The Justice Department has given tentative approval for Nexstar to proceed with its purchase of Media General, pending the sale of seven stations. FCC approval is expected to follow shortly.

Media General owns WTNH in New Haven. News 8 is not part of the divesture plan. Insiders at News 8 have been concerned for months about job cuts at the station, because trimming the sails on personnel costs is part of Nexstar’s reputation.

Walking WX Wounded

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In journalism two is a trend and one “could be the start of a trend.”

Over the last week two Connecticut weather forecasters have shown up on camera in various stages of recovery wearing different types of medical equipment.

Matt Scott of Fox 61 is wearing a boot on his foot. Bruce DePrest of WFSB has his arm in an elaborate sling. Memo to other forecasters: Be careful out there.

“Grandma, What Was a Newspaper?”

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The New York Times’ Jim Gutenberg writes an interesting column about the significance of the Newspaper Association of America changing its name to the “News Media Alliance.”

The newspaper, as we’ve always known it, is dying. There will be a lot less to mourn, and even something to celebrate, if we come to find that it has an everlasting soul that lives on.

Sunday Talk

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Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff (Raff’s first program as co-moderator)

U.S. Senate Race

Guest: Rep. Dan Carter, (R) Danbury

State Politics and Race for the White House

Guests: Sen. Len Fasano, (R) Minority Leader and Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, (D) Majority Leader

Flashback: Susan Raff’s tenure at WFSB (beginning in June 1996)

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

 

Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell – Discussion of this year’s achievement test results

Former State Senator Len Suzio- In the midst of his campaign to win back the seat he lost to Democrat Dante Bartolomeo four years ago, Suzio is taking Governor Malloy to court over the Early Release program for prison inmates.

Republican Businessman Matthew Corey, Candidate for Congress – Running against incumbent First District Congressman John Larson for the third election in a row.

 

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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

Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell

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)

 

We’re Pulling For You, Geoff

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Former WTNH & Fox61 meteorologist Geoff Fox has learned that he has pancreatic cancer.

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