Erin McPike, John Avlon, Ramesh Ponnuru and Howard Kurtz on the Obama campaign's ad targeting Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital; did the media give it too much free publicity?
Erin McPike, John Avlon, Ramesh Ponnuru and Howard Kurtz on a potential GOP attack of Obama's ties to Rev. Wright.
Howard Kurtz talks to Larry Kramer about his new job as President of USA Today
Former "Daily Show" producer Mike Rubens talks to Howard Kurtz about his experiences working for the late-night comedy show.
National Review's mistaken plagiarism charge, Rebekah Brooks is arrested, the spotlight falls on France's new First Lady and Howard Stern makes his debut on "America's Got Talent."
By Pallavi Reddy, CNN
Let the ad wars begin! This week started with an Obama campaign web ad that targeted Mitt Romney’s time at Bain. A conservative Super PAC tried to strike back, proposing Romney’s campaign bring back Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue. The media jumped on the stories immediately. National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru, Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist and CNN contributor John Avlon, and RealClearPolitics’ Erin McPike will be on to discuss if the media have been used for free publicity.
After a week of hype, Facebook goes public on Friday. PandoDaily.com’s Sarah Lacy talks to Howard Kurtz about how Mark Zuckerberg has done it.
We’ll also have Larry Kramer, the digital pioneer who is now set to take over USA Today’s online future. And watch Howard’s conversation with Mike Rubens, the former Daily Show producer who realized that the people he thought he hated weren’t so bad after all.
This Sunday at 11a.m. ET on CNN.
The Romney campaign is calling it “an error” – but earlier today press aides for the Romney campaign and a Secret Service agent were trying to physically stop reporters from questioning Romney as he worked a rope line in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
In a video shot by CNN you can hear Romney press aide Kristen Warren saying "We're not going to do this," as she stands in the way of New York Times correspondent Michael Barbaro, Los Angeles Times correspondent Maeve Reston, and Politico reporter Ginger Gibson.
Romney’s traveling press secretary Rick Gorka told CNN that Romney was trying to talk to voters, and later the Secret Service agent told reporters to move away from the rope line. Agents don’t typically prevent reporters from working along the rope line but they do regulate the flow of journalists.
Reporters eventually got close enough to shout some questions that Romney ignored.
Leading up to the event reporters were tweeting their frustration after being told there would be no time for questions. AP reporter Kasie Hunt tweeted that a Romney spokesman told the press corps there would be no questions and that the candidate was holding an “off the record meeting with ‘middle class families.’”
Hunt tweeted that a reporter nearby asked “Isn’t that our decision?”
Afterwards, on a flight from Tampa to Miami, Romney chatted with the press and said the rope line incident was not his doing, he was “just watching.”
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul described the events as "an error on the part of the campaign staff and volunteers."
"We have reminded them that press is allowed on the rope line to record the governor's interactions with voters," Saul said in an email.
Secret Service spokesman Max Milien explained in a statement the service "does not restrict the movement of the press into general public areas or their movement within these areas."
CNN's Jim Acosta and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.
Mark Mazzetti talks to Howard Kurtz about the CIA's foiling of an Al Qaeda plot and how important details of the operation were leaked to the media.
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.