By Becky Perlow, CNN
There's no denying that Barbara Walters has left her mark on journalism. After her humble beginnings as a segment writer on Today, she climbed the corporate ladder to finally become the first female co-host of NBC's morning show, paving the way for young female journalists eager to anchor television. From there, Walters went on to co-anchor ABC's newsmagazine 20/20 and eventually create and co-host the girl gabfest house, The View. Reports have recently surfaced, though, that the legendary news anchor and talk show host is retiring in 2014. Eric Deggans, TV critics for the Tampa Bay Times, and Carole Simpson, former anchor for ABC News, join Kurtz to discuss Walter's impact on the industry and what her legacy will look like.
All eyes were trained on the Supreme Court this past week, as the justices spent two days listening to arguments focused on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8. The Washington Posts' Jennifer Rubin and AMERICAblog founder John Aravosis swing by the studio to discuss how the media is covering the upcoming Court cases.
The average human's attention span has shrunk though the years, and with it went the novel-length feature articles and in-depth investigative segments. Now, every story has to fit in 140 characters or less, and with the creation of the video-sharing tool "Vine," filmed in six seconds or less. ESPN's tech analyst Katie Linendoll and WNBC New York 4 reporter Brynn Gingras join the discussion of what the next app will mean for the future of multimedia journalism.
Allyson Bird left journalism less than a year ago, but a blog post about her decision to exit the industry has gone viral. Some journalists have rushed to her defense, while others have criticized her criticism of long hours, poor pay and general quality of life. Kurtz invites Bird to the show, where they'll discuss her post and whether it fairly represented the media.
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Full-time for Fox Soccer: Bad news for US-based fans of what is known around the world as “the beautiful game:” Fox has announced that Fox Soccer Channel, the only American network dedicated to soccer, is to cease broadcasting in September to be replaced by a youth-oriented channel. The new channel FXX, will complement the existing entertainment channel, FX. Fox will broadcast soccer matches, including games from the showpiece UEFA Champions League, on a new multi-sports channel, Fox Sports 1, that will likely launch in August.
Google’s Guidelines: In a post on the Google News blog, Senior Director of News and Social Products, Richard Gingras reaffirmed that the site was not in the business of posting links to articles that masquerade as news while trying to sell a product or monetize links. “Google News is not a marketing service, and we consider articles that employ these types of promotional tactics to be in violation of our quality guidelines,” he wrote. Gingras advised site owners to clearly separate their news pages from their promotional content.
CIA spook under wraps: The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the woman running the CIA’s clandestine operations approved a controversial 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of prisoners being subjected to treatment some have described as “torture.” In doing so, the Post acquiesced with the CIA’s request not to name the woman, because she is still undercover. The woman is currently directing clandestine operations on a temporary basis; the revelations are problematic for CIA Director John Brennan, who is mulling a decision to give her the job permanently.