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April 21st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Boston mistakes lead to media caution

Joe Concha, Erik Wemple, Lauren Ashburn & Howard Kurtz on how early mistakes led to reporters taking a cautious tone.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism • Social Media
April 21st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Tracking the tragedy on Twitter

Joe Concha, Erik Wemple, Lauren Ashburn & Howard Kurtz on the role social media played in coverage of Monday's bombings.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism
April 21st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

National media descend on Boston

Callie Crossley and Howard Kurtz talk about the local media's coverage of the terrorist attacks that rocked Boston.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism
April 21st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Sports scribes cover hard news

Christine Brennan and Howard Kurtz on the sports media response after two bombs interrupted the Boston Marathon.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism
April 21st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Marathon runner resumes reporter's role

Vernon Loeb tells Howard Kurtz how he responded when the race he was running became national news.


Filed under: Boston • Boston Bombings • Boston Marathon • Media • Media Criticism
April 19th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

Sneak Peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

Monday morning was supposed to be a slow day in news - a gun hearing here, maybe a senate presser there... until a bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon, injuring more than 100 people and killing three, including an 8-year-old boy.

The media raced to Boston, blanketing the city in TV anchors, cameramen and hand-held microphones.  During this time, most media outlets began speculating as to the cause of the bombings - was it a terror attack? Was it domestic or foreign in nature? How many were hurt? As the investigation continued, several organizations (inducing CNN) faced criticism for incorrectly reporting news of an arrest, then later correcting it.  Mediaite’s Joe Concha, The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, and Lauren Ashburn of The Daily Download join Howard Kurtz in our Washington DC studio to discuss the media's coverage - from Monday's breaking news to the on-going Boston manhunt and more.  After our panel, Callie Crossley, host of WGBH radio's "Under the Radar with Callie Crossley," will join Howie from Boston to discuss media coverage on the ground.

USA Today's Christine Brennan will also join Howie in DC to discuss how the sports news world reacted to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, including how sports journalists became breaking news reporters and how athletes became first responders.

One journalist didn't just report the Boston Marathon bombings - he actually ran the race and crossed the finish line 39 minutes before the first bomb exploded. The Washington Post's Vernon Loeb swings by the studio to share his experience about his 61st marathon race and what it was like reporting breaking news following a 26.2 mile run.

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

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What we’re reading this week
April 18th, 2013
06:27 PM ET

What we’re reading this week

By Laura Koran, CNN

On this week’s show, we will be taking a look at the media’s hits and misses covering the attack on the Boston Marathon. Tune in for that on Sunday, and see what other stories caught our attention this week right here.

The wisdom of Mr. Rogers: In the aftermath of terrible tragedies, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, people tend to seek out examples of human kindness to dispel the notion that the world is a dark and hateful place. It is not surprising then, that a meme featuring the beloved children’s show host Mr. Rogers has gone viral since Monday’s terrorist attack. The image, circulating on social media sites, displays one of Mr. Rogers’ classic, heartfelt musings: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” As Reverend J.C. Austin points out, these simple words hold a deeper truth, and serve as a powerful reminder that the “helpers” are more powerful than the “haters.”

Is brevity the soul of good reporting? A chart recently released by Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review shows that the number of long-form stories (in this case, stories with more than 2,500 words) published by The Wall Street Journal has declined significantly over the past decade. The paper responded to the chart saying in part, “The number of words in an article has never been the barometer by which the quality of a publication or its value to readers should be measured.” But many, including Alexis C. Madrigal of The Atlantic, are left wondering whether this new preference for shorter news stories can be attributed to the robust paywall on the paper’s website.

A fly on the wall: New York Times reporter Brian Stelter caught a truly lucky break when he was tipped off about a lunch between “Today” host Matt Lauer, and his former co-host Meredith Viera. That lunchtime chat, which Stelter surreptitiously eavesdropped on from the bar at New York restaurant Park Avenue Spring, provided the closing anecdote for Stelter’s new book, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV,” which releases next week. Stelter recounts how Viera reassured Lauer that the slew of negative media coverage of his involvement in Ann Curry’s removal from the show would soon pass, telling him, “It’ll be O.K.”

Learning from history: A new documentary short premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes a look at The New York Times’ dismal coverage of the Holocaust during World War II. The film, “Reporting on the Times,” is the work of 22-year old filmmaker Emily Harrold, who hopes her movie can serve as a warning to news organizations covering (or not covering) human rights crises today. The Times has long been criticized for under-reporting on the Holocaust; criticism that the paper itself has called, “valid.”

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April 14th, 2013
01:15 PM ET

Media Monitor- April 14th

Scant coverage for an abortion doctor’s murder trial, a British columnist’s mean-spirited eulogy to Margaret Thatcher and a Foxnews.com reporter avoids jail for protecting her sources.


Filed under: Blog • Media Monitor • Reliable Sources
April 14th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

War on Whistleblowers?

Filmmaker Robert Greenwald tells Howard Kurtz about his new movie that details the Obama administration's attempts to keep whistleblowers silent.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources
April 14th, 2013
01:12 PM ET

Weiner’s Confessional Interview

Paul Begala and Howard Kurtz assess how the New York Times Magazine handled its revealing interview with former congressman Anthony Weiner.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Blog • New York Times • Reliable Sources
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