March 24th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

The man behind the news

Zev Chafets joins Howard Kurtz to discuss his new authorized biography on Fox News President Roger Ailes.

Filed under: Blog • Fox News • Roger Ailes
March 24th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

GOP admits critics were right

Bill Press, Tim Carney and Howard Kurtz on the GOP ‘autopsy’ report and whether the media was right all along on the Republican Party’s inability to reach out to minorities during the 2012 campaign.

Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Blog • Media Criticism • Mitt Romney • Politics
March 24th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Reporter reveals mental illness

Annmarie Timmins joins Howard Kurtz to discuss a recent column she wrote on her battle with depression and suicide.

Filed under: Blog • Depression • Mental Health • Suicide
March 24th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

Media Monitor – March 24

Dana Bash fact checks Michele Bachmann and the Pope calls to cancel his newspaper subscription… in Argentina.

March 24th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Why consumers are fleeing the media

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) - The slow-motion shrinkage of the news business is driving away part of the public.

A Pew Research Center survey says that 31% of those questioned have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the kind of news and information they had come to expect. And they have noticed this despite the fact that six in 10 overall have heard little or nothing about the industry's financial woes.

Talk about cutting our own throats. This is the most depressing news we've heard about the news business in quite some time.

Who are these customers who are slipping away?

Read more of Howie's two cents here.

March 22nd, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Laura Koran, CNN

During the 2012 presidential campaign, the media came under criticism for calling out the Republican Party on its failure to reach out to various groups, including Hispanics and women. The analysis was seen by many in the GOP as an example of liberal bias. Now, a GOP ‘autopsy’ report is drawing similar conclusions, saying the party must do more to appeal to these groups. So was the media right after all? Howard Kurtz will discuss that question with Bill Press, host of Current TV’s Full Court Press, and Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner.

The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism came out with a study ranking the three cable news networks (Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC) on their ratio of news reporting and opinion segments. MSNBC was ranked as the most opinion-driven network by a wide margin of 85% opinion to 15% news reporting. Marisa Guthrie, columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Concha, columnist for Mediaite, and Gail Shister of TV Newser weigh in on what the numbers mean for the three networks. The two will also discuss NBC’s decision to replace Jay Leno at The Tonight Show, despite the show’s first place rating.

Following the release of a study finding that 26% of New Hampshire residents suffer from some form of mental illness, a reporter for The Concord Monitor came out with an account of her personal, hidden battle with depression. Annmarie Timmins will join us to speak about her experience and the reaction her story has generated from readers.

A new biography of outspoken media mogul Roger Ailes came out this week, shining light on the man behind the ratings powerhouse, Fox News. We’ll speak with the biography’s author, Zev Chafets, about the book, and about Ailes’ successes in television and influence in the political world.

Tune in this Sunday at 11am ET.


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What we're reading this week
March 21st, 2013
04:26 PM ET

What we're reading this week

By Laura Koran, CNN

Topics we’ll be covering this Sunday include a survey on the state of the media and a new biography of media mogul Roger Ailes. In the mean time, here are some other stories Reliable Sources found interesting.

Predicting the future – How will the world look 25 years from now? How will we travel? Work? Consume information? Spend our free time? These are some of the questions that the Los Angeles Times Magazine tried to answer in a special 1988 issue and, believe it or not, some of the forecasts were dead on. The magazine correctly predicted modern e-mail and the use of Botox. Some of their predictions, like robot maids, seem to have missed the mark, but if Harlem Shake videos can take the world by storm, can “futura-rock” really be far behind?

Child labor? – He may look young, but David Muir has been in the news business for over a quarter century. That’s because the ABC World News weekend anchor started his first internship at the tender age of 13. Muir spoke with TV Guide about those early years working at a local television station in his hometown of Syracuse, where his co-workers charted his growth on the wall and made fun of his changing voice.

Twitter turns 7 – It may be hard for some to believe given how ubiquitous Twitter has become in such a short period of time, but the social networking site celebrated its 7th birthday today. Over the past seven years, the social media site has allowed people to send their 140-character-or-less thoughts (the good, the bad and the totally inane) out to the universe. To celebrate the big day, CNN has compiled a list of unforgettable tweets from the site’s better known micro-bloggers.

What are you reading this week?

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March 17th, 2013
03:29 PM ET

Media Monitor- March 17th

A Reuters employee is fired for aiding Anonymous, Us Weekly’s inaccurate reporting on The View and some selective editing on the National Review’s website


Filed under: Blog • Media Monitor • Reliable Sources
March 17th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

The Lead With Jake Tapper

On the eve of his new CNN show’s debut, Jake Tapper sits down with Howard Kurtz to discuss his goals for the program.

Filed under: Blog • CNN • Reliable Sources
March 17th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

The Media’s Iraq Failure

Howard Kurtz, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Mark Thompson and Fred Francis assess the mistakes the media made in the build-up to the Iraq war, which began ten years ago this week.

Filed under: Blog • Iraq • Reliable Sources
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