January 4th, 2013
01:39 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Jamie Gray, CNN

A Happy New Year to all our viewers!

We’ve got a jam-packed Reliable Sources to kick off 2013. Congress rang in the new year with the same old dysfunctional behavior as Democrats and Republicans scratched and clawed their way to a New Years’ Day deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. CNN’s Dana Bash and Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times burned the candle at both ends in covering the fiscal cliff deadline drama; they’ll join Howie to give him all the behind the scenes details.

No sooner had the fiscal cliff deal been done than another rift emerged in the Republican party over the lack of a House vote on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and Ana Marie Cox of The Guardian give us their take on how the spat was covered. They’ll also tackle how Hillary Clinton’s medical problems have played out; should conservatives who mocked her earlier concussion apologize after discovering it had caused a serious blood clot in her head?

The other big news this week was the announcement that Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera will be buying Al Gore’s struggling Current TV network. Former Al Jazeera English anchor Dave Marash will give us his insight into what the new network might look like.

Finally, scholars Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute and Norman Ornstein of American Enterprise Institute will tell us about their collaboration on a new book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” and their thesis that the media has failed to hold Republicans to account for their radical behavior.

Tune in this Sunday at 11am.

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From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Hijacking the media - Trump shows how easy it is
January 4th, 2013
01:19 PM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Hijacking the media - Trump shows how easy it is

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) - After a year of national gridlock that ended on the precipice of a cliff, Donald Trump went nuclear.

The man who called Barack Obama's re-election a travesty said Republicans could gain control of the budget showdown because they "are sitting there with a nuclear weapon": the specter of voting against a rise in the debt ceiling in the coming weeks. In other words, the GOP could get its way by again threatening to push the country into default.

The remarkable thing here is not Trump's apocalyptic advice but that the man who still doesn't concede that the president was born in Hawaii draws attention no matter what he says. The colorful businessman has a knack for hijacking the media - and he's hardly alone.

So who else does Howie think hijacked the media? Find out here.