Sunday, October 19

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.

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.

March 3rd, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Michelle Obama’s Oscars Uproar

Sally Quinn, Barbara Lippert and Howard Kurtz examine the First Lady’s recent glut of media appearances; have we seen too much of her?


Filed under: Blog • Entertainment • Michelle Obama • Reliable Sources
February 10th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Paper Highlights First Lady’s Derriere

Steve Roberts, Ryan Lizza, Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz debate the merits of a Washington Post article about a high school coach’s rant about Michelle Obama.


Filed under: Blog • Michelle Obama • Reliable Sources • Washington Post
February 8th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Enough with stories about who's fat

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) - Can the media get over their collective obsession with weight?

Fat chance.

For some strange reason, here we are again, talking about Michelle Obama's derriere. And, for good measure, Chris Christie's girth.

It's easy, it's fun, it's good for clicks and ratings. It's also kinda cheap.

The Washington Post used a pretty flimsy peg - Alabama high school football coach Bob Grisham caught on tape - to run a Style section piece on the weighty issue. "Fat butt Michelle Obama," the coach is heard saying, declaring her overweight. Grisham was suspended by the school (he says he misspoke).

But this is national news? Really? Find out Howie's thoughts here.

January 15th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Scrutinizing the First Couple

Amy Holmes, David Shuster and Howard Kurtz take a look at coverage of Jodi Kantor's new book, "The Obamas."