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December 9th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday’s show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

Just months ago it seemed like Newt Gingrich would take any television appearance he could, while Mitt Romney refused. Now Gingrich’s media plan seems to be working as he rises in the polls, Romney keeps slipping. This week we’ll have Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis, and Politico’s editor-in-chief John Harris on to discuss this and the Trump debate. Harris will also talk about Politico’s new e-book. Republican and CNN contributor David Frum will also be on the show to talk about how he feels the conservative media is ruining the GOP. And no recent election is complete without the political parodies on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show.” We’ll have Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar and Syracuse University pop culture professor Robert Thompson on to talk about the shows’ impact on the 2012 election.

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  1. S. Marie

    I don't think that interview with Frum showed bias - it showed interviewing rigidity. It seemed as if Kurtz studiously prepared his questions in advance and was determined to check each one off without really listening to Frum's answers, let alone asking follow-up questions. I wanted to shout at the screen - "Wait, he was saying something really interesting!" Who cares if Frum took a long time to answer one question? We might have learned a lot more from that single answer than we did by the entire overly controlled interview. Kurtz may be a seasoned journalist, but that doesn't make him a good one.

    And Alex, I share your frustration with Kurtz's continual propping up conservative media lies as just "another perspective." That's not neutrality; it's an abdication of journalistic responsibility.

    December 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  2. Stuart Goss

    Howard, I understand the need to be objective but were you for real in your questioning of David Frum? Do you seriously doubt his characterization of Fox News, as your questions made it appear? If you truly doubt his assertions that Fox creates an alternative fantasy universe for their viewers, (and I may be paraphrasing Frum's exact words but that is pretty close to what he alleges), then you are clearly not watching much Fox News. It is OK to play Devil's Advocate, I suppose, but that should be for the sake of truth not for the sake of appearances i.e. trying to appear notionally objective. if that is what you were doing then you should worry about your own objectivity! If you truly doubt Fox's biases and actions, then you kind of opened yourself up for the kind of Jon Stewart mockumentary that you mentioned, later, about journalists who don't really get it and fail to hold individuals and groups accountable for their behavior. Your rough questioning of Frum appears even stranger in the light of your own harsh assessment of the Murdoch organization's behavior in the UK, in a later segment of Reliable Sources ! You think a tiger changes its stripes when it crosses the Atlantic? There is a problem in the US that many journalists sheath their claws to placate their corporate employers and/or sponsors i.e. a don't rock the boat attitude. However, they can be scathing about behavior overseas because it is less close to home – pretty cowardly!

    If people like David Frum represented mainstream Republicanism, which, unfortunately, they do no longer, then those with IQs above 100 might have a real political alternative place to cast their votes!

    December 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  3. Kevin

    Jeez, what was Howard Kurtz's problem today? He was acting like a jerk in his interviews, kept cutting off David Frum before he could finish answering his questions and making his points, took a unnecessarily skeptical and rude tone with John Harris about his book. Frum was a great guest with a great topic, I was looking forward to what could have been an insightful and important interview, instead it was awkward and hard to watch.

    December 11, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
  4. Alex

    Howie, maybe you were playing Devil's Advocate with David Frum just now, but you sounded more like a Fox News apologist than a journalist interviewing a subject. When is the mainstream media going to call Fox News what it is? A megaphone. Frum is right about the alternate reality that exists in the conservative news world, and to pretend it is just another perspective is niave in the extreme.

    December 11, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • samuel

      But again, Beck's seeming ioxplemcty is simplistic. Say Mr. A knows President O. and infer that Mr. A is responsible in some way for policy. By highlighting a mere relationship Beck proposes a conspiracy. His expose on Petro-Bras and Soros was so simplified it was an outright lie. Take Megyn Kelly's current crusade against the DOJ in regards to the New Black Panther voter intimidation case. Give simplistic details without background or historical context and you get the story she wants told. How about Fox and Friends recent Pledge of Allegiance outrage. Interview the teenager and limit all extenuating facts. The simplicity of the story serves the political bias by eschewing the ioxplemcty of counter evidence. The only sinister tie to the oil company is Soros' tie to socialist Brazil's oil company; the only racism is black racism against whites; the only controversy about the Pledge of Allegiance is that a young child is not allowed to say it. Hemmer is one more symptom of an overall disease on FOX: discard ioxplemcty for the simplicity of the understanding we want to be understood.

      March 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  5. craig cuddeback

    your discussion regarding coverage of the political candidates this AM are revealing regarding your bias to making money rather than reporting the news. As a life long independent, your constant coverage of people who are "interesting" rather than "boring" is selfserving. Your role should be to vent all candidates and probe for issues of substance and cut through the crap, not dish more of it out. Give equal time to other candidates, not just when they are leading in your polls.

    December 11, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply

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