Thursday, April 13, 2017

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - GAYLE KING: ANCHOR ROUNDTABLE - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER MAG!!!

Gayle King, CBS&#39; <em>This Morning</em>


Chocolate-Covered CBS: This Morning Anchor GAYLE KING is one of five national News Anchors selected to participate in the first ever The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine: NEWS ANCHOR ROUNDTABLE!!!

Glorious GAYLE is joined by colleagues  SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC: TODAY, BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC: GOOD MORNING AMERICA, and JAKE TAPPER, CNN: The LEAD and STAE Of The UNION for a hard talk on hard news such as President DONALD TRUMP, FAKE NEWS, FAIRNESS In REPORTING, and so Much MORE with THR Journalist MARISA GUTHRIE.

Here are some interview interludes:

What is the biggest crisis facing journalism in the 21st century?
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS The fact that so few people believe us. That they're looking for narratives that reinforce their beliefs rather than challenge them.
BRET BAIER Trust.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE Credibility.
BAIER People want to turn to someplace they feel they can get the straight scoop. There's so much online that is bombarding people every day.
JAKE TAPPER There are news sources that are just out-and-out lies coming from Europe, coming from other parts of the world …
GAYLE KING … coming from people's basements. [They] are putting things out that have no resemblance to reality.
What do you do when you're reporting something that might not, as George noted, align with what somebody wants to believe?
STEPHANOPOULOS The most important thing we can do is to get things right. Be absolutely accurate, absolutely factual, because we know — we all know it — the price for making a mistake now is incredibly high.
BAIER Huge.
GUTHRIE There is definitely, in some corners of the media, an emphasis on snark. We can't forget that we are journalists and we're supposed to be neutral.
BAIER And if one side gets over their skis on something, [is] a little bit more aggressive, passionate, opinionated, then it empowers the other side.
GUTHRIE Consumers also have to think about how they are consuming the news. I mean, it's not bias if you point out that when [White House press secretary] Sean Spicer says Paul Manafort played a limited role in the campaign, the natural retort is, "Well, he was the chairman of the campaign." Those are just facts.
KING There were always two sides to every story. Lately, though, it seems like three or four sides.
What's the worst interview you've ever done?
KING Frank Zappa. [It was] years ago, and [two of] his children's names are Dweezil and Moon Unit. We talked about music, and then I said, "You know, I'm just so curious about the story behind your children's names." And he said, "They're names, just like Gayle." And I go, "Well, I've heard some other Gayles, I don't know any Dweezils and Moon Units." And he goes, "Well they're names, just like the name Gayle." He was so combative. And I'm thinking, "Frank, I'm just here to help you promote your damn concert."
GUTHRIE When I first started at the Today show, I interviewed Khloe Kardashian, and it was at 8:30 or something. And on these morning shows, you have to hit the time exactly.
KING Yes, because you're shut off by the computer if not.
GUTHRIE Right, because the local news comes in. So there had been some rumor somewhere that maybe Robert Kardashian wasn't Khloe's father. I didn't want to ask it, but I kind of felt like, ugh, I guess I should. So I saved it to the very end. They were literally counting me down, 10, nine, eight. … I was like, "And just one other thing, is Robert Kardashian really your father?" She's like, "Yup!" And I was like, "And we're back after your local news!" (Laughter.) And Matt [Lauer, Guthrie's Today co-anchor] gave me such a hard time.
STEPHANOPOULOS You could go back to my first two years of GMA, take anything from the second hour …
TAPPER Actors are tough because they're not used to challenging questions — other than from paparazzi. And so you just ask one perfectly legitimate question, but one that they're not comfortable answering, and all of a sudden they look at you and you're the paparazzi.

Donald Trump has been known to call reporters. Has he ever called any of you?
STEPHANOPOULOS Oh yeah.
TAPPER Yep. As candidate.
BAIER Candidate.
STEPHANOPOULOS I got one as president-elect. And again, it just shows how closely he watches these things. It was right before the inauguration. I was on with [ABC News White House correspondent] Jon Karl, it was when George H.W. Bush was in the hospital. This is a 90-second two-way on GMA, we pointed out that George H.W. Bush didn't vote for him. Bam. He calls up two hours later. He read Bush's letter [apologizing for missing the inauguration] to us over the phone and said, "I just wanted you to know this."
KING And what was your response?
STEPHANOPOULOS I kept him on the phone as long as I could, you know? (Laughter.)
BAIER He used to call about polls at the beginning of the race when he was kind of low in the polls. He'd [say], "Where's this poll?" And, "You're putting out the wrong poll."
STEPHANOPOULOS Polls and ratings. He would call after the Sunday show and say, "How did you do," or "Did I put you over the top?"
GUTHRIE In 2011, when he was flirting with the run, Chuck [Todd, NBC's political director] and I used to have [an MSNBC] show, so we'd sometimes mention him, and he would call us and be kind of irritated if he didn't feel like we were taking it seriously. And I don't think it was Trump, but somebody from the Trump Organization forwarded us some Apprenticeratings as proof, I guess, of his political viability.
KING He is very ferocious about his children. I got a call from [someone in] his office; "Mr. Trump wants to get in touch with you. What's the best address?" And he ended up sending me a picture and a note about an interview I'd done with Ivanka, just to say how much he enjoyed that.
-CCG







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