April 13 at 11am ET

Colbert to succeed Letterman on CBS; Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on the Time Warner Cable/Comcast merger; A look at how Chinese media are covering the search for Flight MH370.
September 30th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Media Call Foul on NFL

Howard Kurtz and Gregg Doyel discuss why a blown call on "Monday Night Football" thrust the NFL referees' strike into the media spotlight.


Filed under: Reliable Sources • Sports
September 30th, 2012
01:54 PM ET

Media Turning On Ryan

Ana Marie Cox, Ramesh Ponnuru, Chrystia Freeland and Howard Kurtz on how media have changed tone in coverage of Paul Ryan.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Paul Ryan
September 30th, 2012
01:51 PM ET

Arthur Sulzberger's Legacy

Howard Kurtz looks back on the life of New York Times publisher and CEO, Arthur Sulzberger, who died this week at the age of 86.


Filed under: New York Times • Newspapers
September 30th, 2012
01:51 PM ET

Media Monitor (Sept. 30)

A misunderstood piece of political satire, new revelations about Ann Curry's exit from "Today," and the BBC apologizes after a reporter breaks a royal confidence.


Filed under: Ann Curry • Media Monitor • NBC • Paul Ryan • Politics • United Kingdom
September 30th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

The Media's Debate Drama

Ana Marie Cox, Ramesh Ponnuru, Chrystia Freeland and Howard Kurtz discuss media build-up to the first presidential debate on October 3rd.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign
September 30th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

Fox Crashes in Airing Tragedy

Howard Kurtz on the lessons to be learned from Fox News' live coverage of a car chase that ended in an on-air suicide.


Filed under: Fox News • My Two Cents • Reliable Sources
September 30th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

The Art of Political Mockery

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Darrell Hammond gives Howard Kurtz his insight into how to craft the perfect impression.

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Filed under: Comedy • Entertainment • Politics • Reliable Sources
September 28th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

The first presidential debate is Wednesday October 3rd and pundits and journalists are hyping the importance of both candidates’ performance. If Romney outshines Obama will it push him ahead in the polls?

This week the media reacted as different polls showed Obama edging ahead of Romney in the swing states. Pundits on the right decried the accuracy of the polls, while many journalists described a Romney campaign desperate for a comeback. Has the press unfairly written off the Romney campaign, or are conservatives searching for a scapegoat?

Romney’s campaign has accused media of biased reporting but both campaigns still recognize that entertainment shows provide an outlet for politicians to show a more personable side. However, appearances with Jay Leno and David Letterman can also be fertile ground for criticism – Obama was heavily criticized leading up to his appearance on The View for choosing to meet with Barbara, Whoopi, Joy, Sherri and Elisabeth over the world leaders at the UN in New York City.

The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru and Thomson Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland discuss the week in political coverage.

SNL alum Darrell Hammond discusses how he developed his famous impersonations of Al Gore and Bill Clinton, and why President Obama is so hard to make fun of. Hammond also unveils a never before seen impersonation of a well known NBC anchor.

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports discusses the fallout from the referee strike and how the story dominated the news this week.

This Sunday, 11am ET.

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Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Media • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
September 23rd, 2012
01:30 PM ET

The Campaign's Snooki Factor

Lynn Sweet, Peter Baker and Howard Kurtz discuss the candidates' appearances on entertainment shows and their effectiveness as a campaign strategy.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Entertainment
September 23rd, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Media Monitor (Sept. 23)

Ted Koppel's one-sided look at partisan pundits; The New York Times abandons quote approvals; Fox and Friends' presidential pirate error.


Filed under: Media Monitor
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