By Michael Calderone | 12/07/2017 05:36 AM EDT

ABC NEWS CAME UNDER FIRE this past week following Brian Ross's erroneous Trump-Russia report, which resulted in a four-week suspension for the chief investigative correspondent. The network has now reprimanded Chris Vlasto, who leads ABC News' investigative unit, after it was revealed in a new book by Trump insiders Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie that he gave proprietary exit poll numbers to the campaign on election night 2016. From my piece:

- Vlasto called Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager, at 5:01 p.m. on election night with information being shared within a consortium of the Associated Press and the major TV networks. "Vlasto had the early exit numbers that the consortium of news networks - the Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News - had collected," Lewandowski and Bossie wrote. "The consortium followed eleven battleground states, including Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Trump was down in eight of the eleven states by five to eight points. The news was devastating. A kill shot."

- Two sources familiar with the consortium process told POLITICO that Vlasto should not have been providing such detailed information to people outside the group, which spends millions of dollars on exit polling and shares the information on Election Day. Representatives from the AP and TV networks crunch the numbers under strict quarantine until 5 p.m. on election night, at which time they can share the data with other members of their own organizations involved in coverage...."When we found out about this, we asked him about it," an ABC News spokesperson told POLITICO. "He admitted it and was reprimanded."

- And there's one more wrinkle: Vlasto was considered for a senior communications position in the Trump White House in the weeks after the election, before pulling himself out of consideration. Vlasto told POLITICO at the time that he was "approached about a job in the new administration" and "had preliminary conversations with the transition team."

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"THE SILENCE BREAKERS" are Time's "Person of the Year," honoring the women (and some men) who have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations that have caused a reckoning still sweeping across media, entertainment and politics. "We are in the middle of the beginning of this upheaval," wrote Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal. "There is so much that we still don't know about its ultimate impact. How far-reaching will it be? How deep into the country? How far down the organizational chart? Will there be a backlash?"

- Felsenthal also applauded reporters for doggedly investigating allegations against powerful men. "Determined journalists-including Emily Steel and Michael Schmidt, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Ronan Farrow, Brett Anderson, Oliver Darcy, and Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain, among many others-picked up where so many human-resources departments, government committees and district attorneys had clearly failed, proving the truth of rumors that had circulated across whisper networks for years," he wrote. And the fallout continues...

LEONARD LOPATE, JONATHAN SCHWARTZ PUT ON LEAVE: The longtime WYNC hosts have been taken off the air "pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate conduct, Laura Walker, CEO of New York Public Radio, announced Wednesday. She said in a statement that " Lopate has hosted a show on the station for 32 years and Schwartz has also been a public radio fixture for decades. The decision comes days after The Cut reported on sexual harassment allegations against former public radio host John Hockenberry.

- "I'm baffled by this," Lopate told CNN. "It makes absolutely no sense to me," he said. "I'm sure that any honest investigation will completely clear me."

PARIS REVIEW EDITOR IS ALSO OUT: Lorin Stein resigned Wednesday amid an internal investigation into his behavior around female colleagues. The Times reports that he admitted to dating and pursuing both interns and writers for the literary journal. "At times in the past, I blurred the personal and the professional in ways that were, I now recognize, disrespectful of my colleagues and our contributors, and that made them feel uncomfortable or demeaned," he said in his resignation letter. "I am very sorry for any hurt I caused them."

- Of note: the Times reports that the Paris Review board launched its investigation into Stein after he informed it that his name had appeared on the "Shitty Media Men" list that circulated online after the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

CHARLIE ROSE LOSES ANOTHER AWARD: The International Center for Journalists has revoked its 2016 award to the disgraced journalist. "ICFJ is committed to helping journalists advance in their careers, and our award winners must set an example for them," the organization said in a statement. Two journalism schools have already rescinded honors given to Rose, including Arizona State's Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

NEW GROUP FIGHTING 'TOXIC' TV NEWS CULTURE. The Associated Press reports on a Press Forward, an organization formed by women have faced sexual harassment in the workplace are looking to change the industry

- "Women should not have to go to work and worry that something like this is going to happen to them,' Eleanor McManus, one of Mark Halperin's accusers, told the AP. "Women should not worry that mentors may act in an aggressive manner toward them. That's not fair." The AP reports that "Press Forward evolved over the last two months after McManus and other women went public with allegations against Halperin, CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose and NBC's 'Today' show host Matt Lauer, and others."


"The pace of news: Was just briefly asked about WNYC/Hockenberry scandal live on the air minutes ago. Station now says it's suspended two other longtime hosts." [David Folkenflik]

"Not cool Time that you left Gretchen Carlson off #metoo POTY cover" [Gabe Sherman]

"Thx @gabrielsherman - It's ok making landmark change today on the Hill introducing my legislation to stop arbitration clauses for sexual harassment in employment contracts and its bipartisan! Imagine that" [Gretchen Carlson]

"THE POST," the highly anticipated, Spielberg-directed film on the Pentagon Papers era at the the Washington Post, doesn't come out until Dec. 22. But several outlets, including Variety and Vanity Fair, dropped their reviews Wednesday as the embargo lifted. Poynter's Jim Warren writes that the film "as homage to The Washington Post is a fine movie, but not history," given that the New York Times broke the Pentagon Papers.

THE PHILIPPINES BECAME 'FAKE NEWS' TEST LAB: Lauren Etter and Mike Riley write in a new Bloomberg Businessweek cover story posted online this morning.

BEST OF 2017: Des Moines Register chief politics reporter Jason Noble has been pulling together the best metro/regional journalism of the past year, including the Cincinnati Enquirer's extensive heroin investigation and the Kansas City Star's deep dive into government secrecy.

RECODE IS OUT with its list of the 100 "people in tech, business and media who mattered in 2017. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is on top and here's the rest.

JOIN POLITICO PLAYBOOK - LIVE: Join Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman for a live taping of POLITICO Playbook. Featured guests include: Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times' "The Daily" Podcast, DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena and NRCC Executive Director John Rogers, and Rachael Bade, Seung Min Kim, and Annie Karni. Sixth and I - Dec 7 - Doors open 6 p.m. Get tickets here or watch the livestream here.

APPLY: POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI), an educational initiative focused on supporting diversity in Washington newsrooms. The intensive 10-day program, which is designed for college students, will be held May 29 to June 9, 2018, with hands-on training for up to 12 university students interested in covering government and politics. Deadline: Jan 15, 2018.

CONGRATS: Columbia Journalism School named Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the Marshall Project's Neil Barsky, the New York Times' David Gonzalez, and the Chicago Tribune's Sam Roe as winners of its 2018 Alumni Award.


Doyle McManus is taking a buyout from the Los Angeles Times after 39 years with the paper. He said in a note to friends that he'll write occasional op-ed columns for the paper as a contributing writer, and that he plans to do more long-form pieces - and possibly a book.

HOT JOB: Politics editor for Apple News. "The ideal candidate will have an authoritative understanding of the political landscape and will lead our coverage in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles and beyond," per the ad.

AND ON THE MEDIA BEAT: Poynter is looking for its next Google News Lab Fellow and Mediaite seeks a full-time writer covering media from a from a female perspective.

REMEMBERING MAURICE 'MICKEY' CARROLL: Sam Roberts writes in the Times' obit: "His reporting included an eyewitness account from Dallas of the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as well as dispatches from the scenes of civil rights marches in the South. After he retired from The New York Times and then New York Newsday in 1995, he became the assistant director of the opinion poll run by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he also taught journalism.... he went on to play a major role in transforming Quinnipiac's image - from that of an obscure college named for a local Indian tribe into that of a university with a trusted and widely quoted national opinion survey."


- Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, honored James O'Keefe, whose group had an operative falsely claim she was raped in a bungled attempt to discredit the Washington Post.

- Rupert Murdoch wants Disney's Bob Iger to remain CEO after potential deal for 21st Century Fox.

- Meanwhile, from the L.A. Times: "Firefighters race to save Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate from Bel-Air fire."

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