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<i>NYT</i>'s Lola Ogunnaike's Ethical Sacrafice for a Shot at a Morally Bankrupt TV Gig / Jossip
NYT's Lola Ogunnaike's Ethical Sacrafice for a Shot at a Morally Bankrupt TV Gig
— Thu, Oct 26, 2006 —

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Lola OgunnaikeDaily News decamper and current New York Times culture reporter – had a smashing performance last Monday on The View, where she appeared as a special guest co-host. Word has it View producers were enamored. Ogunnaike, a pretty young thing who is generally well liked in this town (see here, at left, with Nicole Young), is said to have sent producers a tape back in July, perhaps auditioning for the vacating Star Jones slot.

The only problem? Ogunnaike, we hear, didn't tell anyone at the Times about her View gig. She didn't ask permission, didn't alert superiors to her spot. As one might imagine, this might present a wee bit of a conflict of interest for a Times culture type — especially given that she's been regularly writing about the ABC network, which carries The View.

The New York Times thought so too — which is why, we hear, they've suspended her.

As the Los Angeles Times' Scott Collins noted on Saturday, Ogunnaike has written a few favorable ABC pieces recently. While she didn't placate Rosie, Babs, Joy, and Elisabeth in her writings, she did pull a Tim Arango and write flattering items about the very network she hopes will become her future employer. Among them: a Sept. 28 flattering profile of Grey's Anatomy star Shonda Rhimes, as well as another creampuff last week about Ugly Betty's America Ferrera.

So is Ogunnaike's suspension permanent? It hasn't been decided; we're told there's a review of her work pending. One source at the Times with general knowledge of the matter says her most recent article, in Sunday's paper, "may be her last." And how are her former Daily Newsies reacting? "It's unfortunate that she didn't follow protocol," says one ex-colleague. Offers another: "That shit would've been fine here, even encouraged [laughing], but that's just stupid to try at the Times."



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MediaPerson says:

Oh no! What will we do without Lola's puffball writing? And, more importantly, is there some way she can take Kelefa Sanneh with her?

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I actually like Kelefa Sanneh's writing. But Lola Ogunnaike: 'puffball' (see above) describes it perfectly. As does "mediocre"

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