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December 6th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Bob Costas sounding off on guns, a shocking New York post cover, and Karl Rove kicked off Fox News? There's a lot going on this week, but here are some of the other stories that got our attention:

Being Ken Burns – Award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns talks to Mediabistro about his first big break and how perseverance can be more important than talent. Burns says he was determined to bring the past alive, “how to make history not homework” – and that’s how we ended up with the famed “Ken Burns effect.”

A special NBC investigation: Matt Lauer’s Tush – NBC investigative reporter Jeff Rossen filed an in depth report on a incident that occurred Tuesday morning right before Lauer was set to go on air. The controversy? The encounter between Willie Geist’s hand and Lauer’s butt. Was it a harmless pat? Or something more nefarious? Matt Lauer, sensitive soul that he is, says what really bothers him isn’t necessarily the act of the slapping, but that Geist hasn’t been in touch since, “he abandoned me.”

British celebrity publicist arrested under suspicion of sex offenses – Max Clifford was arrested Thursday by police investigating sex abuse allegations sparked by a scandal involving now-deceased TV host Jimmy Savile, British media reports said.

Hypocritical punditry – A “Laura Ingraham Newsletter,” sent out by one of her producers while Ingraham was off, slammed some big name MSNBCers (Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell) for visiting with President Obama to discuss his policies. The problem? Ingraham did the same thing with a group of conservative pundits back when George W. Bush was in office.

What media stories got your attention this week?

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December 6th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: The subway picture worth a thousand words

By Howard Kurtz, CNN

Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.

(CNN) - It was a horrifying front-page photo in every sense of the word.

It felt cheap, degrading and exploitative in a way that words could never match.

The photo captures a Queens man, Ki-Suck Han, after he had been pushed onto the subway tracks Monday as an oncoming train roared toward him. The screaming headline says it all: "DOOMED."

But the New York Post had every right to run the picture.

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