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October 5th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

More than 58 million people tuned in to catch Mitt Romney and Barack Obama sparring in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Domestic topics ranged from Medicare to tax cuts to green jobs – but everyone seemed to agree Romney came out on top. For Obama, you know it’s bad when even MSNBC’S Chris Matthews says Romney “dominated.” But are the pundits going too far – was Obama really that bad?

Sirius XM radiohost Julie Mason, former PBS journalist Terence Smith, and Roll Call’s David Drucker take a look at media reactions to the debate as well as criticism of Jim Lehrer’s performance as moderator.

The week may have been dominated by news coming out of the debate but on Tuesday, Fox News and other conservative media outlets, trumpeted a “new” controversial video of a speech made by President Obama in 2007. The speech was covered by many outlets back when Obama made it, but there are portions of the speech that were not reported on. Sean Hannity and others argue it’s a “bombshell” – are they right?

Dana Milbank, of The Washington Post and Amy Holmes, of The Blaze discuss whether the unearthed video is legitimate news or just conservative hype.

It may not be the great debate of our time but it’s sure to be entertaining – Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart face off Saturday night in a mock debate. Politico’s Patrick Gavin will talk about the friendly fire between the two media figures, and their rabid fan bases.

This Sunday at 11am ET.

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  1. Phil

    1984 Debate showed Reagan into senilty...he said he was "confused". Media hid it for next four years.
    Romney's behavior of aggression,hyperactivity,& hostility is a function of having taken the common drug
    ADDERAL... it will come out eventually but it will NOT be revealed by you or Candi Crowley but it will
    come oout.

    October 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  2. Ellen from Phoenix, Maryland

    Thank you Howard Kurtz for being the only rational newsperson I have heard on the subject of the recent debate. I was listening to policy points, not reacting to style advantages, when I watched the debate. When Romney started changing his stance on reducing taxes, I thought the president was probably thinking "who is this person?" The media didn't jump all over the fact that Romney was playing a whole new ballgame in the 9th inning. They fed on each other with the thought that the challenger was the clear winner based on style points. Are we electing a president or a handsome cheerleader? The media are leading in the dumbing down of the American electorate. CNN needs to nix the groupthink from Twittering and tweeting and put some substance into analysis. The future of this country is at stake and coverage on this debate is being handled as if it's Access Hollywood.

    You keep giving airtime to the Jack Welsh debacle when those in the know (one interviewed by Wolf Blitzer) have clearly stated the figures are tamperproof. Let clearly false and inflammatory stories die – PLEASE.

    And incidentally it's scary that Candy Crowley, the moderator of the next presidential debate, today stated Obama's performance in the debate was "abysmal." Is this CNN neutrality at work? I watched the debate and I was astounded at the group reaction of the CNN pundits immediately afterward.

    Uninformed people believe what they hear on television. Unfortunately they also vote. This election is going to be very close. CNN does not need to stir up, and keep repeating, inuendo and false accusations. There is already a horse race. Stay neutral, stay out of the business of creating news and report only true news and nothing but the facts.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
  3. Diana Stafford

    This content is fascinating, and the media coverage (and spin) of the candidates really does need to be revealed. i have met so many folks who feel that the system is broken and that they wish there were more options than just the Democrats and Republicans... What about some media exposure of all the other options out there? Why does America get railroaded into a two party system by the media the closer we get to the election? I would love to see an article covering this issue.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply

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