The Guadian's Glenn Greenwald joins Howard Kurtz to discuss breaking the story on the Obama administration's massive phone surveillance program.
Ana Marie Cox, Ramesh Ponnuru and Charlie Savage join Howard Kurtz to examine the media coverage of another Obama administration bombshell: According to reports from The Washington Post and The Guardian, authorities have been tracking foreign targets through online giants like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Micrsoft.
Joe Concha joins Howard Kurtz to discuss MSNBC's fall in ratings, as well as Roger Ailes' response to Jonathan Alter's allegations.
Ana Marie Cox and Ken Tucker swing by the set to share their views on binge watching TV series, as well as what it means for TV critics.
By Becky Perlow, CNN
The official start of summer is still a few weeks away, but the weather is too beautiful to stay inside. So grab your sunscreen and relax by the pool while you catch up on what the Reliable staff is reading this week!
Do the shoes make the woman? Some journalists seem to think so, as they've written articles referencing a woman's shoes... as if her footwear choice lends any insight into her individual integrity. Unfortunately, the "insight" is usually cast in a negative tone, such as when USA Today’s Joanne Bamberger wrote that Sheryl Sandberg wants “women to pull themselves up by the Louboutin straps." According to one Slate.com writer, though, "the mention of high heels is an egregious detail—so many women wear them, they’re about as meaningful a fashion choice as a senator in a suit."
Closing up shop: With U.S. soldiers back home and a dwindling stream of news from the Middle Eastern nation, news organizations have been shutting down their brick-and-mortar operations. This week, CNN was the last American news organization to do so, though it will continue to have a permanent presence. According to TVNewser, "it's also the end of an era," as CNN has operated a bureau in Iraq since 1990, becoming a household name for its coverage of the Gulf War.
News from the mole hole: It's been more than a year since news broke of a liberal mole in the Fox New lair, but the man at the center of the story continues to cash in on his 15-minutes of fame. In an article released on Salon.com and tied to his new book, Joe Muto writes about where Fox News' editorial direction comes from and gives readers a rundown into O'Reilly's daily schedule. So what's next on Muto's plate? Only time will tell.
Tawdry tabloid tours: New York City's landmarks have certainly staked their places in history – from visiting The Great Gatsby’s Plaza Hotel, to the Upper-East Side tours of Carrie Bradshaw's rent-controlled brownstone, people from all over the world travel to see the places of their favorite novels, TV shows and movies. "In February The New York Post, in partnership with Metro Sightseeing, an offshoot of Circle Line Sightseeing, began taking riders on a tabloid excursion around the city, revisiting many of the sites immortalized in the newspaper’s renowned headlines," writes The New York Times. Apparently, though, one scandalized sightseeing ride isn't enough - TMZ has now joined the scene.
So where would you go on a Tabloid Tour? And are you reading anything interesting this week? Tell us in the comments below.
Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources."
(CNN) – The press has turned on President Obama with a vengeance.
Suddenly, the White House briefing room is filled with confrontational questions. Suddenly, the news pages are ablaze with scandal, and the commentators - even some of the president's usual defenders - are bemoaning his shortcomings. Suddenly, Obama isn't getting the benefit of the doubt.
According to Obama's longtime detractors, the denizens of the fourth estate are finally climbing out of a tank in which they have been immersed since roughly 2007. But the reality is a bit more nuanced than that.
There are a number of unsavory allegations swirling around Washington, but do not underestimate the importance of the Justice Department seizing two months of Associated Press phone records without so much as a heads-up. This not only seems like a case of prosecutorial overreach, even in a case involving national security, it strikes at the heart of what journalists do - and has fostered feelings of betrayal. Does the administration not understand the chilling effect on reporters and their sources, they wonder, or simply not care?
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Howard Kurtz breaks down the frenzied coverage of Prince Harry’s U.S. visit and the announcement that Barbara Walters will retire after this year.
Lola Ogunnaike, Jim Warren, Paul Farhi & Howard Kurtz pour over the extensive media coverage of the Cleveland kidnappings.
Margaret Carlson, Jim Geraghty, Bob Cusack & Howard Kurtz on allegations of bias in media coverage of the 2012 Benghazi attack.
Margaret Carlson, Jim Geraghty, Bob Cusack & Howard Kurtz talk about the media's coverage of this week's political stories.