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The dust-up
over where Anderson Cooper hangs his hat is heating up again with
ex-Fox News "whistleblower" Charlie Reina going back to the MSM gossip
boards to drop unverified bombs.

You've probably never heard of Charlie Reina. He made news by his report in a MSM forum claiming to have witnessed bias first-hand at Fox News. This was swallowed by all the usual
and parroted throughout the net. He claims he was told how to frame
stories. What his followers refuse to address is that he worked on an opinion-based show. As a columnist at The Huffington Post
, Reina should understand better than anyone the difference between news and editorial.

He's back. This time claiming that he was in a meeting where Fox News tried to recruit Anderson Cooper.

Editors Note: April Mickelson is the pseudonym of a media insider working in a trade which cultivates whistleblowers but does not tolerate journalistic ones.

Los Angeles-based CBS News correspondent Vince Gonzales, a seven-year veteran of CBS News and a product of CBS's "Minority Training Program" has been named Journalist of the Year for 2005 by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The award was announced August 4th on the NAHJ website in a press release which reads in part:

Vince Gonzales’s portfolio of work is one of the most impressive in the broadcast industry. In 2004, his exposé of the Enron electricity scandal demonstrated his skill as an investigative journalist. Gonzales uncovered proof that Enron employees were stealing money from consumers during the West Coast energy crisis. His journalistic work led to one of the biggest business stories in US history and the eventual fall of Enron."

It's amazing NAHJ finds that Gonzales and CBS should be credited with leading the pack on the Enron story, when CBS and Gonzales did nothing of the sort and only repackaged for TV what the LA Times and many others had already reported. If you believe the press release issued by NAHJ you probably think the The New York Times's reporting on "Watergate" led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Unsurprisingly, NAHJ left out a number of stories Gonzales's "impressive" portfolio including a biased and sensationalistic 2003 series on the "darkside of homeschooling" detailing "how children nationwide have been put in danger, even killed while homeschooling."