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.
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.
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Paul Farhi, Robert Costa, Keli Goff and Howard Kurtz examine media coverage of the gun control debate.
By Becky Perlow, CNN
It’s been almost a month since the Newtown shooting massacre not only left a nation shocked, but also encouraged lawmakers, lobbyists and pundits to finally put the gun debate on the political agenda. During the debate, many questioned how long the discussion would last – some said a week, while others suggested only as long as the media reported on the issue. The coverage, however, shows no sign of slowing down. Vice President Biden met this week with various groups to discuss current gun policy and CNN’s Piers Morgan made headlines when he interviewed talk show host Alex Jones. Jones gained attention for creating a White House petition to deport the CNN anchor after Morgan shared his views on gun control. Joining us this week to discuss are Paul Farhi, a media reporter for The Washington Post, Robert Costa, the Washington editor for the National Review and Keli Goff, political correspondent for TheRoot.com.
After several media organizations reported that Lance Armstrong was considering coming clean about his alleged doping, it was quickly announced that the crème de la crème of interviewers, Oprah Winfrey, scored the first sit down with the cyclist. USA Today’s sports columnist Christine Brennan swings by the studio to share her thoughts on what the interview will mean for the legendary Tour de France competitor.
From Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, to David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, the late night talk show hosts have battled for decades. This past week, one more comic was added to the line-up: Jimmy Kimmel moved to 11:35pm, directly threatening Leno and Letterman’s ratings. TV Newser columnist Gail Shister and Xfinity TV columnist Adam Buckman will join Howie to discuss what the change means for nighttime laughs and Nightline, the show that got bumped when Kimmel switched to the earlier time slot. They’ll also weigh in on the ‘Morning Joe’ squabble, where a discussion on President Obama’s cabinet appointments quickly turned the morning show into a showdown.
And in a country well known for its restricted press and significant censorship, China made news this week when journalists at a Chinese newspaper decided to go on strike after an editorial calling for greater constitutional freedoms was censored by the government. CNN’s former Beijing bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon will give her insights into the protest.
Tune in this Sunday at 11am.