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So who is Ken Jautz? Is he the guy who brought us Joy Behar, or is he a capital "J" journalist? He can be one or the other, but he can't be both.

Written By mista sense on Friday, September 24, 2010 | 8:15 PM

The Cable Gamer doesn't know too much about Ken Jautz, the new head of CNN; so TCG looks forward to learnig more about him.

But her hackles were raised when she saw this complete non-sequitur written--obviously in haste--by Brian Stelter, a normally reliable Cable Gamer: 

As the head of HLN, Mr. Jautz orchestrated a sharp shift away from the channel’s Headline News roots and added opinionated hosts like Nancy Grace, Joy Behar and, for a time, Glenn Beck. Under his leadership, the prime time ratings surged as the lineup skewed heavily toward crime and celebrity coverage.

CNN employees say he is viewed internally as a capital-J journalist, having served as a bureau chief and an operations manager over the years. “This is the least disruptive thing for the business,” one senior employee said of Mr. Jautz’s move from HLN to CNN/U.S.


TCG kinda likes Nancy Grace, even if she is more of a prosecutor than a journalist.  But Joy Behar is just an opinionated liberal blowhard, who should be at MSNBC, or Air America, if it still existed.    And so Jautz can be the man who recreated HLN into a liberal tabloid channel, or he can be a "capital-J journalist," but he can't be both--Behar and Journalism are mutually exclusive.    Brian should know better. 

For the sake of the record, TCG screengrabbed Stelter's dumb juxtaposition: 

 
TCG doesn't hold this against Jautz, of course; TCG merely thinks that Stelter should be more careful in what he writes.  Of course, if Jautz starts calling himself a "capital J journalist," well, that will be a different story--TCG will have to call him out on that. 

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