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Did Roger Goodell save his job? Anthony Weiner on why the public doesn't trust the media; the ethical challenges for journalists in reporting on ISIS propaganda videos

Did Roger Goodell save his job? Anthony Weiner on why the public doesn't trust the media; the ethical challenges for journalists in reporting on ISIS propaganda videos

April 28th, 2013
01:38 PM ET

Media Monitor – April 28th

A Politico profile of New York Times editor crosses the line, Reuters fires an indicted social media editor, and local anchor axed for f-bomb on his first day.


Filed under: Blog • Media Monitor • Reliable Sources
April 28th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Social policy: Press pushing agenda?

Ross Douthat and Howard Kurtz discuss whether reporters take sides when covering social policy issues.


Filed under: Blog • Gun Control • Reliable Sources
April 28th, 2013
01:16 PM ET

Obama Jabs Media at Dinner

Cenk Uygur, Michael Medved, Jane Hall & Howard Kurtz on the White House Correspondents' Dinner and coverage of the opening of the new George W. Bush presidential library.


Filed under: Blog
April 28th, 2013
01:15 PM ET

Columnist details Watertown shootout

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen tells Howard Kurtz about his experience covering Boston bombing suspect's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest.


Filed under: Blog • Boston Bombings • Reliable Sources
April 28th, 2013
01:14 PM ET

Boston victims overshadowed?

Cenk Uygur, Michael Medved, Jane Hall & Howard Kurtz on whether the media's focus on the suspects overshadows victims.


Filed under: Blog • Boston Bombings • Reliable Sources
April 28th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

Vitriolic tone in bombing aftermath

Cenk Uygur, Michael Medved, Jane Hall & Howard Kurtz discuss how coverage of the Boston attack has shifted this week.


Filed under: Blog • Boston Bombings • Reliable Sources
What we’re reading this week
April 27th, 2013
10:19 AM ET

What we’re reading this week

By Laura Koran, CNN

Reliable Sources is continuing to focus its critical lens on the media coverage of the Boston bombings. Tune in Sunday for that! Until then, here are some of the other stories that caught our attention this week.

Will Obama go for the punchline? Politicians and Hollywood celebrities will be bumping elbows Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The event is usually an opportunity for the president to take a lighter tone, poking fun at his political opponents and folks in the media. But with somber news stories such as the Boston terrorist attack and the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas still dominating the headlines, some are wondering whether the President should skip the comedy routine this year. Striking the proper balance between humor and solemnity could prove a difficult balancing act, as previous presidents have learned.

How news becomes #news: A growing number of people are turning to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook for information in lieu of traditional news sources, perhaps for good reason. When bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line last week, the news was on Twitter almost instantly. That case emphasized what many in the news business have already come to accept: that social media sites can be invaluable tools in the collection and dissemination of news. Traditional outlets are taking note, developing strategies to harness the power of social media. In the wake of the Boston bombings, Andrew Springer, senior editor for social media at ABC News and Dean Praetorius, senior editor at The Huffington Post took questions from the blog AllFacebook on how their organizations cultivate a social media presence and use that presence to cover breaking news.

For the inside-the-beltway reader: The release of a new book by New York Times writer Mark Leibovich, which chronicles life in insiders’ DC, is over two months away, but that hasn’t stopped Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei of Politico from speculating about who “should worry most about his book.” The pair (the former of whom was profiled by Leibovich in 2010) started the speculation in an article on Thursday, which has received its own share of criticism from those who say the article is, in itself, a classic example of the Washington self-absorption the book aims to expose.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Politico • Social Media • What we're reading
April 26th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

The aftermath of the Boston bombings dominated this week’s news and it will again be the focus of this week’s Reliable Sources.

The coverage took on a noticeably different tone this week; measured, apolitical reporting has given way to partisan finger-pointing and ideological point-scoring. What explains the nastiness? We’ll ask syndicated radio host Michael Medved, Current TV’s Cenk Uygur, and Jane Hall of American University. Also, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen will tell us about the work that went into his powerful piece describing the Watertown shootout between the police and the Tsarnaev brothers

In other news, we’ll talk to Daily Beast reporter Michelle Cottle about why she decided to write a very personal piece about her recent double mastectomy and we’ll ask New York Times columnist Ross Douthat whether the media has been rooting for the passage of gun control legislation.

Tune in Sunday morning, 11am ET.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
April 21st, 2013
01:36 PM ET

Boston bombings rock media: Part 1

Joe Concha, Erik Wemple, Lauren Ashburn & Howard Kurtz discuss mistakes in the media's coverage of the Boston bombings.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism
April 21st, 2013
01:36 PM ET

Boston bombings rock media: Part 2

Joe Concha, Erik Wemple, Lauren Ashburn & Howard Kurtz discuss mistakes in the media's coverage of the Boston bombings.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism
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