Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
Tongues have been wagging inside the Beltway this week about a heated discussion between legendary reporter Bob Woodward and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling and a subsequent email apology. Is the White House in the habit of threatening journalists who write unflattering pieces or is this a storm in a teacup?
This week also saw Congress fail to reach a deal to avert the forced cuts in government spending known as the “sequester” and Mitt Romney’s first post-election interview. We’ll discuss all this and more with Cenk Uygur of Current TV, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.
It’s been an action-packed fortnight for Michelle Obama; the First Lady has appeared on Sesame Street with Big Bird, danced with Jimmy Fallon on his late- night show and even announced the Best Picture Oscar winner live from the White House. Does she risk overexposure with all these media appearances? We’ll ask MediaPost’s Barbara Lippert and the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn.
They’ll also discuss the media backlash against Yahoo CEO and new mother Marissa Meyer after it was revealed that she has banned employees from working from home.
Tune in this Sunday at 11am ET.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
Lots to talk about on Reliable Sources this Sunday, including Bob Wooward's spat with the White House and Michelle Obama's recent media blitz. Here are some other stories that we also found interesting:
Syracuse coach swipes at reporters – Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim seems to be taking his frustration at team’s recent poor run of form out on the media in a contentious post-game press conference following a loss to Marquette on Monday night. After spending 10 minutes responding to questions about his coaching decisions, Boeheim ended by saying “More ideas for me guys? I think you ought to know by now you start asking me those questions, I just laugh at you. That's all I'll do. Go get your Pulitzer some place else.”
This was the second occasion this month that Boeheim has lashed out at the media; he called ESPN reporter Andy Katz “an idiot” and a “disloyal person” following a loss to Connecticut on February 13th.
Friendly or flirtatious? - After Miss New York Joanne Nosuchinsky appeared Tuesday on Fox News for an interview with anchor Neil Cavuto, the website BuzzFeed posted the video with the headline, “Is This Fox News Host Hitting on Miss New York?” During the interview, Cavuto remarked on the beauty queen’s slim physique saying, “God knows you've taken very good care of yourself.” These comments, however, were in the context of a conversation the two were having over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-obesity initiatives, which Nosuchinsky supports. So did the interview cross the line? Watch and decide.
NYT, WaPo weren’t tempted by classified docs - Pfc. Bradley Manning plead guilty to 10 of the 22 offenses with which he was charged on Thursday, admitting that he leaked government documents and videos to the website WikiLeaks. One of the more interesting revelations to emerge in his confession was that Manning reached out to two mainstream news outlets before turning to Julian Assange’s group. Manning had a brief conversation with someone at the Washington Post, but felt that person was not taking him seriously. He also left a voicemail with the New York Times, which was not returned, and planned on reaching out to Politico, but was hampered by bad weather. Manning could receive up to 20 years in prison for the charges to which he pled guilty.