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The Tom Johnson Interview(s)

Jeff Hall

Posted on May 2, 2020 15:44

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Tom Johnson is retired president of CNN. Before that, he was publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Last week, our interview with him for THE LATEST PODCAST ran an hour and 26 minutes -- all of it very interesting. This week, we pull out the highlights and give them to you in two, 18-minute chunks.

Tom Johnson is an icon in American journalism.  We are receiving very favorable feedback on THE LATEST PODCAST interview we conducted with Tom last week.

Tom had so much to say -- and we found it all interesting -- that we went on for an hour and 26 minutes.  Our normal podcasts run around 20 minutes.

For those of you who have told us you will have a hard time finding an hour and a half to listen to a podcast, we are presenting you with some options:

In Podcast No. 14 -- 18 minutes -- Tom discusses his years at CNN and offers his take on media bias, fake news, the outlook for newspapers -- and the rise of the online giants:

http://thelatestpodcast.com/14-retired-head-of-cnn-calls-out-facebook-digital-publishers-the-latest-coronavirus

In Podcast No. 15, also 18 minutes, Tom discusses his tenure as publisher of the Los Angeles Times.  It all started with great promise -- and indeed, many records were set that will never will be broken.  But then it all came to an abrupt and jarring end, sending Tom into a deep depression:

http://thelatestpodcast.com/15-tom-johnson-on-his-run-of-the-la-times-his-depression

If you want to hear Tom's personal story -- how he started at a community newspaper, became a White House Fellow in the LBJ administration and then began his dramatic climb upward in the world of journalism -- we suggest you listen to the entire hour and 26-minute interview, originally posted here last week:

http://thelatestpodcast.com/13-retired-cnn-president-tom-johnson-gets-candid-about-media-politics-coronavirus

If you are more of a visual person than a podcast listener, we offer the two shorter versions of our podcast in WEBISODE format, as well:

CNN and Beyond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6BZ5Y75DNQ&t=87s

Tom Johnson's years at the Los Angeles Times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsnfA0ywojw

Special thanks to Christine O'Donnell, our producer, who joined me as co-host for this series of interviews with Tom Johnson.  See Bright Sighted Podcasting.

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Jeff Hall

Editor & CEO

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Jeff Hall

Posted on May 2, 2020 15:44

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