February 7th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

This week the show will take a look at political media coverage as well as coverage of pop culture in the news – but here are some of the other items the Reliable Sources team is talking about:

What’s a hacker? – Slate.com takes a look at the word “hacker” and how the media and Silicon Valley are at odds over understanding the role hackers play in the tech world. One frustrated group called Hacker Dojo, “a community of members who share a common love of creating wonderful things and understanding how the world works”, decided they’d have some fun with the negative connotations many media outlets link with hackers. They staged eerie photos of “hackers” looking as if they were up to no good. When Wired.com used some of those photos to illustrate two articles, the group proclaimed “Victory!”

O’Reilly’s drone mistake – Last night on his Fox News show Bill O’Reilly discussed “liberal moral dilemma with drones” and asked Bob Beckel, “You heard anything on NBC about the drones?,” to which Beckel replied: “Not yet…” The problem? NBC’s Michael Isikoff has driven the drone related media coverage this week after he obtained a memo from the Justice Department outlining the legality of killing American citizens using drones. His reporting was mentioned many times on NBC and MSNBC. TVNewser.com reports that Bill O’Reilly will address this on his show tonight.

How could you Phil? – It was less than a week ago that Groundhog Phil appeared from his burrow at the Gobbler's Knob hill in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and did not see his shadow – declaring that Spring would come early this year. But this week brings news of what could be an historic blizzard in the Northeast. Is Phil the worst pundit predictor of all? (Worse than even Dick Morris?)

The Guardian faces a strike – Guardian News & Media (publisher of the Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk website network) is looking to cut about 100 posts out of an editorial staff of 642. Facing these cuts, more than 80% of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members who took part in a vote said they were prepared to strike if the plan went forward. The NUJ general secretary said the vote reflects the worries of employees that the cuts will put the quality of the paper at risk.

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