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Across the Media Universe: All-Star Edition

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The Worldwide Leader … Locked Out

In news that will overjoy America's throngs of Jeanne Zelasko fans – what, it's just me? -- tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be free of those pesky ESPN sportscasters. Apparently, ESPN did not adhere to the embargo rules and divulged the all-star game fan voting results a couple minutes too soon – incurring the wrath of Fox Sports. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Major League Baseball has limited ESPN's access to Tuesday night's All-Star Game after the network broke an embargo and broadcast news of the players' selections a few minutes after an exclusive, rain-delayed telecast on TBS.

Baseball executives told ESPN that it must pare its broadcast efforts from AT&T Park in San Francisco, where the All-Star Game is being held. So, most coverage will be done out of ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., rather than having "Baseball Tonight" and a portion of "SportsCenter" originate from California as planned.

Bad news for sports fans, yes. But at least it gives America's sports talk radio hosts a topic to discuss on the dullest sports day of the year – well, that and Dan Patrick.

Michael Moore Takes on CNN … on CNN

In the most painful CNN interview to watch since Kiran Chetry talked with this year's spelling bee winner, Wolf Blitzer attempted to chat up "Sicko" director Michael Moore on yesterday's installment of "The Situation Room." Ten seconds into the conversation --which was introduced by a segment on American health care by CNN's resident medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta – Wolf must've been pining for Jack Cafferty's cheery outlook (Video of the exchange here):

MOORE: First of all, Wolf, yeah, well -- yeah, I'd like about 10 minutes to respond to what was said.

BLITZER: Give us a couple of headlines, what you'd like to say.

MOORE: I don't talk in sound bites. So -- that report was so biased. I can't imagine what pharmaceutical company ad's coming up right after our break here.

But why don't you tell the truth to the American people? I mean, I wish that CNN and the other mainstream media would just for once tell the truth about what's going on in this country, whether it's with healthcare -- I don't care what it is. I mean, you guys have such a poor track record.

And for me to come on here and have to listen to that kind of crap. I mean, seriously, I haven't been on your show now for three years. The last time I was on, you ran a similar piece about "Fahrenheit 9/11" saying this can't be true what he's saying about the war, how it's going to be a quagmire, the weapons of mass destruction.

You know, and -- why don't you start off actually with my first appearance back here on your show in three years and maybe apologize to me for saying that three years ago, because it turned out everything I said in "Fahrenheit" was true.

(Also on the Moore beat, should the Washington Post critic who contributed to the Republican party have recused himself from reviewing "Sicko?" A Post reader asked Howard Kurtz yesterday.)

Pool Reporting

Speaking of "recusing" oneself from reporting, a Chicago television reporter has gotten in hot water for where she's been taking a dip.

WMAQ-Ch. 5 executives on Tuesday continued to weigh what, if any, disciplinary action to take against reporter Amy Jacobson, seen on videotape in a swimsuit at the home of Craig Stebic, whose wife's disappearance Jacobson has been covering.

Officials at rival station WBBM-Ch. 2, who had been debating since Friday whether they should air the tape, aired clips on Tuesday morning and posted a report on the station's Web site after the tape's existence was reported in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

The tape appears to show Jacobson in a bikini top with a towel around her waist, as well as her children, at the Stebic home along with Stebic. Channel 2, which said the tape was shot Friday but did not say how it was acquired, also reported Stebic's sister from Iowa was present.

This story comes on the heels of last week's controversy over a Telemundo anchor dating the married-but-getting-divorced mayor of Los Angeles. Public Eye doesn't get in the business of telling reporters how to spend their free time, but wouldn't it just be easier for reporters to back away from stories when they get personally involved in them?