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Reliable Sources digs into media coverage this week – but here’s a look at some of the other stories that got our attention:
Look for the helpers: It's been almost a decade since Mr. Rogers left the neighborhood behind, but his words ring truer than ever. Following the Newtown, Conn. shooting last week, parents were unsure of how to approach their children and make them understand who to trust... and who they shouldn't. Cue Mr. Rogers and his words of wisdom.
Down the rabbit mole: Instead of fading quietly into the background after we interviewed him earlier this year, the Fox Mole has popped his head out again - this time in an interview with media critic Jim Romenesko about his new book due out next year, An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media. Let's just hope he doesn't lose his head like he lost his job.
Fox lands a whale: With Christmas right around the corner, Fox News scored a major interview Thursday morning with the man in the red jumpsuit himself. Oh no, wait, it was just the guy who plays Santa Claus 365 days a year. Well... there goes our entire childhood.
It's the end of the world as we know it: Only, it's not. Stop running to the supermarket to stock up on string beans and forget about battening down the hatches because according to Salon.com (and this thing called "common sense"), the world is not going to end tonight. If it does, though, it's a shame because we have a great show planned for you this Sunday. Tune in at 11am EST.
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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) - The conventional wisdom is that Newtown has just a few more days to run as a major media story.
The reporters are pulling out of the grief-stricken Connecticut town, which means no more live shots every hour. The White House press corps responded to President Obama's announcement Wednesday of a task force on gun control with the first three reporters asking about the impending fiscal cliff. And after every previous mass shooting, from Columbine to Aurora, the media's attention has soon drifted away.
But will this time be different? Find out what Howie thinks here.