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Sharyl Attkisson explains her resignation; Glenn Greenwald's first interview since Pulitzer announcement; Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia previews Supreme Court case.
March 17th, 2013
01:39 PM ET

New Pope Dazzles The Media

Laurie Goodstein, Sally Quinn and Howard Kurtz look back on a frenetic week of coverage as Pope Francis was elected.

 


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Religion
What we're reading this week...
March 7th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN 

From Jon Stewart's upcoming Daily Show hiatus to the allegation that the White House is bullying reporters, Reliable Sources will have a great show for you this week. Until then, here's a few other stories that caught our attention:

"Count" the (YouTube) views: The Sesame Street family, hoping to become the first nonprofit media organization to hit 1 billion video views, issued a challenge to its world-wide followers: Help us reach one billion channel views and we'll reward you with a "top secret" video.  And while no one knows if it was "Elmo's Song" or Cookie Monster's "Share it maybe" that pushed the YouTube channel over the 1 billion mark, Sesame Street fans delivered. PBS happily released the video on Wednesday, which already has more than 60,000 views. Can you guess which Sesame Street character they used?

Held hostage: In the April issue of Vanity Fair, NBC News's Richard Engel details what it was like to be held against his will in the midst of Syria's civil war. For five days, the foreign correspondent was mentally and physically tortured by the shabiha militia, an armed group who supports the Ba'ath Party, of which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a part of. In the diary-style excerpt, Engel writes of his initial capture, as well as his first few minutes in captivity: "Stay focused. You are here. You need to survive this. The first few hours are the most dangerous."

Free Lunches: As the saying goes, there's no such thing as free lunch, especially when you're an online freelance journalist trying to make a living. Case in point: After an Atlantic editor extended an invitation to Nate Thayer to publish a shorter version of one of his already-published pieces (but made it clear she would not be paying him for the piece), Thayer published the exchange of emails between himself and the editor, Olga Khazan. The Atlantic has since come out, calling the situation a "mistake."

Controlling the Cardinals: Following a tiff between White House press corp and the Obama administration over access to a presidential golf outing, international journalists are experiencing their own press battles after the Vatican cancelled an American press briefing with cardinals. "The American cardinals are just more used to being open and talking to the press and answering questions in public. Rome just doesn't like to operate this way," said Father Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter.

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Filed under: Media • Media Criticism • NBC • Religion • Sesame Street • The Atlantic • What we're reading
September 16th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Media Misfire on Anti-Islam Movie

Paul Farhi discusses the mistaken reporting on the controversial anti-Islam film that has sparked anger across the Middle East.


Filed under: Foreign Affairs • International • Libya • Media • Religion
May 13th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Media Embrace Gay Marriage Story

Terence Smith, Nia-Malika Henderson, Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz discuss President' Obama's announcement of support for gay marriage and how the media has handled it.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Barack Obama • Bill O'Reilly • Politics • Religion • Same-sex Marriage
February 26th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

Santorum Rips Media for Bad Faith

David Brody, Margaret Carlson, SE Cupp and Howard Kurtz discuss whether the media has put too much focus on Rick Santorum's position on social issues.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Media • Reliable Sources • Religion
February 12th, 2012
12:15 PM ET

Media Miss Catholic Outrage

Lauren Ashburn, Frank Sesno and Howard Kurtz compare the media's coverage of the mandated contraception controversy to the Komen-Planned Parenthood brouhaha.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • Reliable Sources • Religion
December 18th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Tebow Tackled by Media

Gregg Doyel, Dave Zirin, and Howard Kurtz talk about the coverage of Tim Tebow.


Filed under: Religion • Sports