Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison
Michael Shear, Lauren Ashburn, Craig Crawford and Howard Kurtz on how trivial items have captured headlines in the final days of the campaign.
The New York Times reveals a Chinese leader is worth billions, conflict of interest questions for a top tech writer and Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent leaves the Daily Planet.
After President Obama’s interviews on The Tonight Show and MTV, David Zurawik and Howard Kurtz discuss the effectiveness of these appearances as a campaign strategy.
John Aravosis, Matt Lewis and Howard Kurtz examine how the media has covered Mitt Romney’s attempt to move to the political center.
Howard Kurtz on a damaging sex scandal across the pond and the ripple effects being felt at the New York Times.
Michael Shear, Lauren Ashburn, Craig Crawford and Howard Kurtz discuss President Obama’s off the record, then on the record conversation with the Des Moines Register.
By Cassie Spodak, CNN
The foreign policy debate on Monday was heavy on substance, but light on buzz. By mid-week the headlines had moved on to Donald Trump’s newest grab for attention and President Obama’s media blitz with Jay Leno, Brian Williams and Rolling Stone. But the pundits were still quick to take sides on Romney and Obama’s performances. Even if Obama won the debates 2 to 1, how much does it matter? Romney seemed to agree with much of what Obama said on Monday, is he moving further and further to the center?
Michael Shear of The New York Times, Lauren Ashburn of the Daily-Download.com, and political blogger Craig Crawford discuss coverage of the debate as well as all the distractions that took over the press this week. Where was the in-depth discussion of the foreign policy platforms put forth by the candidates?
They will also take on the puzzling interaction between the Des Moines Register and President Obama – why did the campaign request the interview be off the record, only to give in once editor Rick Green published a blog post about it?
Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller, and John Aravosis of AmericaBlog sound off on how the presidential debate played out for Obama and Romney as well as the pundits’ twist on it.
Media critic for The Baltimore Sun David Zurawik discusses how the Obama campaign has leaned heavily on entertainment shows and magazines this week while Romney has stuck to stump speeches along the campaign trail. How have both strategies played out for the candidates?
Howard Kurtz also about the recently deceased BBC TV icon Jimmy Savile and the accusations that he abused hundreds of children.
This Sunday, 11am ET.
By Cassie Spodak, CNN
While the foreign policy debate Monday failed to sustain the kind of buzz we've seen in the past debates, the press didn't need any excuse to keep parsing the latest in political punditry. Here are some of the other stories the Reliable Sources team is talking about this week:
- Coulter’s language of critique: Ann Coulter caused a more of a backlash than usual when she sent out a tweet following the presidential debate where she insinuated that Pres. Obama is a "retard." Tuesday night, John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year-old Special Olympian with Down syndrome, posted an open letter to Coulter. Stephens article has 5,000+ comments on it already:
"Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much."
- Obama’s perplexing request: Editor of the Des Moines Register Rick Green published a blog post Tuesday questioning why President Obama wanted his interview with the editorial staff to be kept off the record. The Obama camp then responded Wednesday by publishing the entire transcript. What was the reasoning behind the campaigns' request?
- An ugly media legacy: Jimmy Savile, a household name in Britain, died last year – but he now stands accused as a predatory sex offender. Savile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was a UK TV icon at the BBC. Now, many in British media are wondering who knew the truth, and why nothing ever came out while Savile was alive. Incoming New York Times CEO Mark Thompson was director general of the BBC but claims he had no knowledge of the investigation.
- Coming storm to ruin Halloween? The media is just starting to buzz about Hurricane Sandy, or "Frankenstorm" as dubbed by the National Weather Service, which is just now passing through the Bahamas. The exact path of the storm remains unclear but it's estimated that Sandy will reach the Northeast coast early next week. Will our costumes have to be waterproof?
Professors opining on the presidential race without disclosing campaign donations, Chris Wallace keeps Romney advisor, Ed Gillespie honest, using Pinterest to fight crime and another writer is suspended for a troubling Tweet.
Howard Kurtz talks to Newsweek/Daily Beast’s Tina Brown about the magazine’s decision to go digital. Also, Buzz Machine’s Jeff Jarvis gives his thoughts on the move.