Now more than ever, the mainstream media’s position as the primary outlet for breaking big news is under threat, as websites like Gawker deliver scoops at breakneck speed. What does this mean for the future of journalism? We’ll ask David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun and Columbia University’s Emily Bell.
Paula Deen was dropped by the Food Network at the end of a week that saw the celebrity chef in the spotlight for her use of the N-word. We'll discuss the controversy with Adam Buckman of Comcast.net and Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter.
As lawmakers inch closer to an immigration reform bill that can pass both houses of Congress, are journalists accurately reflecting the level of consensus that’s been reached on the subject? We’ll discuss with Amy Holmes of The Blaze and The Daily Beast’s Michelle Cottle. They’ll also discuss a study analyzing how the media has covered the same-sex marriage debate.
Finally, we’ll talk to two female magazine editors, Robbie Myers of Elle and Janet Reitman of Rolling Stone about how well women’s magazines can do “real” journalism.
Tune in Sunday morning 11am ET.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
On this week’s Reliable Sources, Howard will address this week’s events that led to his departure from The Daily Beast.
Also on the show, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times will assess this week’s presidential press conference and how the media has handled developments in the Boston bombing investigation.
As the Jodi Arias trial nears its conclusion, we’ll discuss how the case has been covered with legal analyst Lisa Bloom.
Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau will tell us about Alpha House, a political pilot developed for an online contest on Amazon.
Finally, former Washington Post reporter Elsa Walsh will give us her take on the debate over how women can balance careers with motherhood.
Tune in Sunday morning, 11am ET.
The focus on Capitol Hill this week centered on the bipartisan gun control legislation crafted by West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Has the press been treating the arguments of gun control advocates too favorably? We’ll ask Amy Holmes of The Blaze, Ana Marie Cox of The Guardian and the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson. They’ll also discuss the controversy surrounding a secret recording obtained by Mother Jones of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussing potential below-the-belt campaign tactics against Ashley Judd.
Rep. Steve Cohen set Twittersphere tongues wagging when he posted, then deleted a Tweet to singer Cyndi Lauper that seemed flirtatious. After telling reporters the whole thing was a publicity stunt, the congressman will sit down with Howard to further explain his actions.
Almost two years after resigning in disgrace, former congressman Anthony Weiner jumped back into the spotlight this week with an in-depth New York Times Magazine interview. Paul Begala joins Howard to give his take on the interview and discuss how politicians use the media as a rehabilitation tool.
Finally, Robert Greenwald will tell Howard about his new film, “The War on Whistleblowers,” that shines a light on the Obama administration’s efforts to silence reporters who try to reveal government secrets.
Tune in, Sunday at 11am.
Station's Affront to Women- A Connecticut station has apologized for a questionable choice of video used in relation to a story about International Women’s Day. While an anchor detailed events to mark the day at the Connecticut Capitol, video was run that showed close-ups of women’s breasts. Fox CT released a statement on its Facebook page saying:
“FOX CT apologizes for mistakenly airing inappropriate file footage in conjunction with this morning’s report on Women’s Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. The video should never have aired. FOX CT will publicly apologize on today’s newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future. FOX CT is committed to recognizing and applauding the significant contributions of women, both in Connecticut and throughout the country.”
Money-making Mars Mission- The creators of the cult TV show “Veronica Mars” have raised more than $2.5 million through a campaign on the fundraising Website Kickstarter in order to bring the exploits of the teenage detective to the big screen.
Fans flooded the site with donations, raising the first $1 million in a record 4 hours and 24 minutes.
Warner Brothers, who produced the show had told creators Rob Thomas and Kristin Bell that there wasn’t enough interest to warrant a big-budget movie, but that they would be on board if they could demonstrate fan interest. (Warner Brothers is owned by CNN parent company Time Warner.) The show ended a 3 year on UPN and CW networks in 2007.
VP's Photo Wrong- Vice President Joe Biden’s office has apologized after forcing a student journalist to delete photos he had taken at an anti-domestic violence event in Maryland.
Reporter Jeremy Barr of Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Capital News Service had been sitting outside the designated press area when he took the photos. After the event, a Biden staffer forced Barr to delete the images. A letter of complaint was sent to Biden’s press secretary, Kendra Barkoff by Barr’s dean. Barkoff has since apologized by phone to Barr and Dean Lucy Dalglish.
In the wake of last week’s public spat between Bob Woodward and Gene Sperling, other reporters have been revealing their experiences of battles with Obama administration officials. Has this White House been tougher with the press than its predecessors? We’ll discuss with Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker.
The latest in a long line of redesigns of Facebook will see dramatic changes to the site’s News Feed. We’ll assess the pros and cons of the updates with Kara Swisher of All Things Digital.
With the Washington Post’s recent abolition of its ombudsman position, the newspaper is now without a reader representative for the first time in over 40 years. Was this move a mistake? We’ll ask the outgoing ombudsman, Patrick Pexton and two of his predecessors, Geneva Overholser and Michael Getler.
What impact will Jon Stewart’s hiatus from the Daily Show have on the late night show? Gail Shister of TV Newser and Marissa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter will weigh in. They’ll also discuss excerpts released this week from a biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes in which he calls President Obama “lazy” and Vice President Biden “dumb as an ashtray.”
Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET
By Jamie Gray, CNN
Tongues have been wagging inside the Beltway this week about a heated discussion between legendary reporter Bob Woodward and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling and a subsequent email apology. Is the White House in the habit of threatening journalists who write unflattering pieces or is this a storm in a teacup?
This week also saw Congress fail to reach a deal to avert the forced cuts in government spending known as the “sequester” and Mitt Romney’s first post-election interview. We’ll discuss all this and more with Cenk Uygur of Current TV, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.
It’s been an action-packed fortnight for Michelle Obama; the First Lady has appeared on Sesame Street with Big Bird, danced with Jimmy Fallon on his late- night show and even announced the Best Picture Oscar winner live from the White House. Does she risk overexposure with all these media appearances? We’ll ask MediaPost’s Barbara Lippert and the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn.
They’ll also discuss the media backlash against Yahoo CEO and new mother Marissa Meyer after it was revealed that she has banned employees from working from home.
Tune in this Sunday at 11am ET.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
Lots to talk about on Reliable Sources this Sunday, including Bob Wooward's spat with the White House and Michelle Obama's recent media blitz. Here are some other stories that we also found interesting:
Syracuse coach swipes at reporters – Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim seems to be taking his frustration at team’s recent poor run of form out on the media in a contentious post-game press conference following a loss to Marquette on Monday night. After spending 10 minutes responding to questions about his coaching decisions, Boeheim ended by saying “More ideas for me guys? I think you ought to know by now you start asking me those questions, I just laugh at you. That's all I'll do. Go get your Pulitzer some place else.”
This was the second occasion this month that Boeheim has lashed out at the media; he called ESPN reporter Andy Katz “an idiot” and a “disloyal person” following a loss to Connecticut on February 13th.
Friendly or flirtatious? - After Miss New York Joanne Nosuchinsky appeared Tuesday on Fox News for an interview with anchor Neil Cavuto, the website BuzzFeed posted the video with the headline, “Is This Fox News Host Hitting on Miss New York?” During the interview, Cavuto remarked on the beauty queen’s slim physique saying, “God knows you've taken very good care of yourself.” These comments, however, were in the context of a conversation the two were having over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-obesity initiatives, which Nosuchinsky supports. So did the interview cross the line? Watch and decide.
NYT, WaPo weren’t tempted by classified docs - Pfc. Bradley Manning plead guilty to 10 of the 22 offenses with which he was charged on Thursday, admitting that he leaked government documents and videos to the website WikiLeaks. One of the more interesting revelations to emerge in his confession was that Manning reached out to two mainstream news outlets before turning to Julian Assange’s group. Manning had a brief conversation with someone at the Washington Post, but felt that person was not taking him seriously. He also left a voicemail with the New York Times, which was not returned, and planned on reaching out to Politico, but was hampered by bad weather. Manning could receive up to 20 years in prison for the charges to which he pled guilty.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
President Obama’s golf outing with Tiger Woods last Sunday caused consternation among the White House press corps, who were denied access to the famous twosome. Is the Obama White House keeping the president too far from the press or is this level of access par for the course? We’ll discuss with the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Bill Plante of CBS News and Julie Mason of Sirius/XM radio.
We’ll also ask Zurawik whether MSNBC risks becoming seem as the de facto mouthpiece of the Obama administration, after David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, two of the president’s closest first-term confidantes, joined the payroll at the network.
Former Romney campaign senior strategist Stuart Stevens will sit down with Howard for an exclusive interview. He’ll look back at the highs and lows of the 2012 campaign and give his perspective on how the media covered the presidential race.
It’s Hollywood’s big night on Sunday as the Oscars are handed out. With political-themed movies well represented among the nominees, we’ll talk to Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday about how these films portray the inner workings of Washington.
Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
Tuesday’s State of the Union and the manhunt for Christopher Dorner will take center stage this Sunday, but here are some of the other stories the Reliable Sources team has been reading about:
Zombie Apocalypse? Not really: Hoaxers took over the emergency broadcast system of KRTV in Great Falls, Montana. Viewers heard an ominous-sounding warning that “the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living” and were instructed not to engage the zombies. Similar attempts to hack into other stations in the area were also reported. A police spokesman advised that while they got a number of calls in response to the fake warning, none were serious. "It's been a real chuckle," he said.
Photographs Capture Commutes : From Mexico comes this intriguing collection of photographs from artist Alejandro Cartagena. Cartagena spent weeks on an overpass on a road into the city of Monterrey, taking aerial shots of flatbed pickup trucks and their contents. What he got was an interesting variety of configurations of construction equipment, gardening tools and sleeping workers. “I guess people responded favorably because there are so many things represented in the pictures. … People think the men are crossing the border illegally or there are dead bodies in the trucks,.” says Cartagena. The collection is currently on display at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.
The Most Violent School In America : Before the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary turned the nation’s attention back to the problem of gun violence, three reporters from NPR’s “This American Life” were embedded in one of the country’s most dangerous schools. 29 students at Harper High in Chicago were shot last year alone, eight of them dying from their wounds. During their semester at Harper, they encountered students from 15 different gangs in an environment where petty arguments escalated into armed conflict. They also found “school administrators who know their students well, and take energetic measures to keep these teenagers alive.” You can hear the results of their brave work on “This American Life” Friday Feburary 15 and Friday February 22.
Internet Gives New Life to Old Soaps: Good news for soap opera fans; two of the longest running daytime dramas in television history are about to make a comeback, thanks to an agreement between ABC and a production company that will see the shows put out on the Internet. All My Children and One Life to Live both ended near forty-year runs in the past two years. New episodes will come out every weekday and last 30 minutes rather than the previous one hour.
By Jamie Gray, CNN
Here are a few things the Reliable Sources team has been reading this week:
Prince at war- Britain’s Prince Harry has given reporters a rare glimpse into his life as an Apache helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan. Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known to his fellow airmen, revealed that he has killed Taliban fighters on his missions. He also expressed frustration with the media, saying that the interview he granted had come with the condition that the media did not speculate on his deployment before he arrived in Afghanistan.
Reporter’s costly car crash- A British journalist is facing bankruptcy after accidentally blowing out the engine on a $2 million vintage Porsche 917 racing car. Mark Hales faces a bill of $76,000 for repairs to the car, plus an additional $100,000 in legal fees after over-reving the car during a 2009 test drive. A racing website is raising money to help Hales cover the costs.
Say cheese- With hundreds of thousands of people taking millions of photographs, a presidential inauguration is bound to produce its share of amusing freeze-frames. Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski provides this compilation of the best Inauguration Day photobombs.
End of an era at CBS- Pioneering CBS producer Lisa Mason announced her retirement this week, marking the end of a 47-year career. She broke new ground in 1971 when she became the first female producer on the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” Mason also held the post of Executive Producer for “CBS Sunday Morning” before becoming a vice president.
What stories have caught your attention this week? Let us know in the comments section.