Brian Stelter runs down some of the week’s top media stories including President Obama’s comments about Fox News, a controversial CNN.com headline, a mistake by The Five and a papal critique of the media.
After a busy year in news, it was anybody's guess who TIME magazine would name "Person of the Year." But when TIME gave Pope Francis its annual award, critics cried foul and questioned its choice. Watch CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter, Father Edward Beck and Joe Concha discuss TIME's "Person of the Year," as well as who else could (or should) have been picked.
Dana Bash fact checks Michele Bachmann and the Pope calls to cancel his newspaper subscription… in Argentina.
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.