For a show that considers itself a family, NBC's “Today” has been ripped apart in the media for its poor handling of Ann Curry's departure. Many have blamed current co-host Matt Lauer, who remarkably kept silent through the entire ordeal... until now. Lauer broke his silence earlier this week during an interview with Howard Kurtz, where he shared his feelings on the matter. Lauren Ashburn, Editor-in-chief of Daily-Download.com, and Adam Buckman, TV columnist for Xfinity, join Howie to discuss.
Following weeks of media speculation and hours of pundits predicting who would fill Pope Benedict's famous red shoes, millions of viewers watched as Vatican City announced the arrival of Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. But before it was announced, TV anchors couldn't decide if the smoke was black or white (the latter signalling the Conclave's approval of a new pope). Howie invites New York Times religion correspondent Laurie Goodstein and The Washington Post's Sally Quinn to the table, where they'll assess the media's coverage of the pope.
CNN’s Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper also swings by the studio to chat with Howie about continuing tensions between the White House and reporters, as well as his new show, The Lead, which debuts Monday, March 18.
It's been 10 years since American troops entered Iraq, and ultimately 10 years of non-stop war coverage... but what lessons have we learned? The Washington Post's senior correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Time magazine's Mark Thompson will share their experiences covering the war and debate the media's shortcomings with Howie and former NBC News Senior Correspondent Fred Francis.
Tune in this Sunday, 11 E.T.
Phil Bronstein joins Howard Kurtz to discuss the author's recent Esquire article about Osama bin Laden's shooter.
Rebecca MacKinnon and Howard Kurtz on this week’s strike by Chinese journalists; could it lead to greater press freedom?
Howard Kurtz gives his thoughts on the disturbing findings of an investigation into former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile’s acts of sexual abuse and the BBC’s inability to prevent them.
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) - So Al Gore starts a liberal cable network, which turns into a complete and utter flop, then sells it to a Middle East potentate in a deal that will bring him an estimated $70 million.
Is America a great country or what?
There is something highly unusual - OK, just plain weird - about a former vice president of the United States doing this deal with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Al Jazeera, owned by said emir's government, is trying to buy its way into the American television market by purchasing Current TV for a half billion dollars. The only thing stranger would be if Gore had sold Current to Glenn Beck - oh wait, Beck did try to buy it and was told no way within 15 minutes.
Continue reading Howie's two cents here.
Peter Bergen, David Edelstein and Howard Kurtz critique the new film on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden and its controversial portrayal of torture.
Howard Kurtz on the NBC correspondent’s lucky escape from his captors after being taken hostage in Syria.
Emily Bell and Howard Kurtz dissect the findings of the British public inquiry into phone hacking by newspaper journalists.
Paul Farhi discusses the mistaken reporting on the controversial anti-Islam film that has sparked anger across the Middle East.
Jonah Goldberg, Dana Milbank, Chrystia Freeland and Howard Kurtz on this week's coverage of events surrounding the anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.