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December 30th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

My Two Cents – December 30

Howard Kurtz on The New York Times article about  Amazon's decision to delete thousands of book reviews.


Filed under: Amazon • Blog • Media • New York Times • Reliable Sources
December 30th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

The best Reliable interviews of 2012

From Bob Woodward and Tina Brown, to Ali Wentworth and Darrell Hammond, Howard Kurtz shares his 2012 favorites.


Filed under: Blog
December 30th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

Behind the scenes of 2012 race

Jonathan Martin, Glenn Thrush and Howard Kurtz discuss the Politico writers' new e-book, "The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election: Playbook 2012."


Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 30th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

Media's 2012 report card

Fred Francis, Lauren Ashburn, Steve Roberts and Howard Kurtz on the best and worst media moments of the past year, including the Petraeus sex scandal, the Supreme Court's landmark healthcare decision and the Trayvon Martin shooting.


Filed under: Blog • Media • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources • Supreme Court • Trayvon Martin
December 30th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

The press faces the cliff

Erik Wemple, Lynn Sweet, Bob Cusack and Howard Kurtz weigh in on NBC's Meet The Press interview with President Obama and the media coverage of the looming fiscal cliff.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Blog • Fiscal Cliff • Media • NBC • Reliable Sources
December 30th, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Guns and the media

Is NBC's David Gregory guilty? Will Piers be sent packing? Should The Journal News have published the gun owners map? Erik Wemple, Lynn Sweet and Howard Kurtz discuss the media's recent involvement in the gun control debate.


Filed under: Blog • Media • Media Criticism • NBC • Piers Morgan • Reliable Sources
December 28th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Two weeks ago the whole country watched in horror as news of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history played out across TV screens and news feeds. This week, media outlets may have started to turn their attention away from Newtown, CT.  However, the debate over gun control has taken hold – from NBC’s David Gregory holding up a 30 round magazine on “Meet the Press” last Sunday, to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan for “attacking the 2nd Amendment.”

Lynn Sweet, of The Chicago Sun-Times, and Erik Wemple of The Washington Post discuss how media have covered the debate over gun control and the line between advocacy and journalism.

LynnSweet will also join Bob Cusack of The Hill to discuss coverage of negotiations between Congress and the White House as we near the deadline for the fiscal cliff.

Former correspondent for NBC News Fred Francis, Editor-in-chief of Daily-Download.com Lauren Ashburn and George Washington University's Professor of Media and Public Affairs Steve Roberts take a look at the biggest media stories of 2012 – from Trayvon Martin, to the Petraeus scandal, to the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare.

Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Glenn Thrush discuss their e-book “End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: The 24 Days that Decided the Election” and give a behind the scenes look at the latest campaign cycle.

Reliable Sources also has a special look back at our best interviews of 2012 – from Bob Woodward on the back room deals during the debt ceiling talks of 2011, to how Darrell Hammond nailed his Al Gore impression for Saturday Night Live.

This Sunday at 11am ET.

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December 27th, 2012
06:31 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Media coverage this week has centered on Congress and President Obama attempting to avoid the fiscal cliff, but the debate over gun control dominated the news cycle. Below are some of the stories the Reliable Sources team is talking about this week:

Who has a gun near you? - The Journal News, based in Westchester County, NY caused quite a controversy when it posted a map to its website showing “The Gun Owner Next Door” – all information taken from public records pinpointing the addresses of people with gun permits. A blogger struck back by posting the home address of the leadership and staff at the local paper.

Zuckerberg sister misunderstands Facebook privacy – Randi Zuckerberg, formerly marketing chief for Facebook and brother of founder Mark, posted a family picture on Facebook Wednesday that she thought was only visible to friends. However, a non-friend soon Tweeted out the picture, eliciting a rebuke from Randi: “Not sure where you got this photo. I posted it only to friends on FB.” The picture was eventually taken down but some see the episode as emblematic of how Facebook’s new privacy settings can be overly complicated.

The commercial ties between violent video games and firearmsA New York Times article takes a look at the close relationship between video game manufacturers like Electronic Arts and advertising companies like the McMillan Group, the maker of sniper’s rifles among “other accessories for assault-style weapons.” One Electronic Arts video game website, which has since been disabled, is described as a “virtual showroom for guns” where visitors can click through the catalogs of partners’ products.

When journalists flirt with advocacyAn article in the Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at how some journalists blur the line between reporting and advocacy. The writer argues that although some in the “old-media” might require total objectivity, in the “new-media” world advocating for certain issues makes some journalists more valuable.

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December 23rd, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Media Monitor- December 23

Fascinating behind-the-scenes details in a Wall Street Journal article on fiscal cliff negotiations, The Daily Beast's "uh-oh!" moment, Fox News makes light of Hillary Clinton’s concussion and a TV meteorologist is fired for a Facebook post.


Filed under: Blog • Facebook • Fiscal Cliff • Fox News • Media • Media Criticism • Media Monitor • Politics • Reliable Sources • The Daily Beast • Wall Street Journal
December 23rd, 2012
12:46 PM ET

'Zero' film: fact or fiction?

Peter Bergen, David Edelstein and Howard Kurtz critique the new film on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden and its controversial portrayal of torture.


Filed under: Blog • International • Media • Reliable Sources • Terrorism • Zero Dark Thirty
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