March 17th, 2013
01:39 PM ET

New Pope Dazzles The Media

Laurie Goodstein, Sally Quinn and Howard Kurtz look back on a frenetic week of coverage as Pope Francis was elected.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Religion
March 17th, 2013
01:37 PM ET

Matt Lauer Faults NBC

Fred Francis, Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz discuss the fallout from Howard’s exclusive interview with “Today” host Matt Lauer and what the future holds for NBC's flagship morning show. 

Filed under: Blog • Matt Lauer • Reliable Sources
March 15th, 2013
08:08 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

For a show that considers itself a family, NBC's “Today” has been ripped apart in the media for its poor handling of Ann Curry's departure. Many have blamed current co-host Matt Lauer, who remarkably kept silent through the entire ordeal... until now. Lauer broke his silence earlier this week during an interview with Howard Kurtz, where he shared his feelings on the matter. Lauren Ashburn, Editor-in-chief of Daily-Download.com, and Adam Buckman, TV columnist for Xfinity, join Howie to discuss.

Following weeks of media speculation and hours of pundits predicting who would fill Pope Benedict's famous red shoes, millions of viewers watched as Vatican City announced the arrival of Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. But before it was announced, TV anchors couldn't decide if the smoke was black or white (the latter signalling the Conclave's approval of a new pope). Howie invites New York Times religion correspondent Laurie Goodstein and The Washington Post's Sally Quinn to the table, where they'll assess the media's coverage of the pope.

CNN’s Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper also swings by the studio to chat with Howie about continuing tensions between the White House and reporters, as well as his new show, The Lead, which debuts Monday, March 18.

It's been 10 years since American troops entered Iraq, and ultimately 10 years of non-stop war coverage... but what lessons have we learned? The Washington Post's senior correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Time magazine's Mark Thompson will share their experiences covering the war and debate the media's shortcomings with Howie and former NBC News Senior Correspondent Fred Francis.

Tune in this Sunday, 11 E.T.

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March 15th, 2013
12:26 PM ET

What we're reading this week

Station's Affront to Women– A Connecticut station has apologized for a questionable choice of video used in relation to a story about International Women’s Day. While an anchor detailed events to mark the day at the Connecticut Capitol, video was run that showed close-ups of women’s breasts. Fox CT released a statement on its Facebook page saying:

“FOX CT apologizes for mistakenly airing inappropriate file footage in conjunction with this morning’s report on Women’s Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. The video should never have aired. FOX CT will publicly apologize on today’s newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future. FOX CT is committed to recognizing and applauding the significant contributions of women, both in Connecticut and throughout the country.”

Money-making Mars Mission- The creators of the cult TV show “Veronica Mars” have raised more than $2.5 million through a campaign on the fundraising Website Kickstarter in order to bring the exploits of the teenage detective to the big screen.

Fans flooded the site with donations, raising the first $1 million in a record 4 hours and 24 minutes.

Warner Brothers, who produced the show had told creators Rob Thomas and Kristin Bell that there wasn’t enough interest to warrant a big-budget movie, but that they would be on board if they could demonstrate fan interest. (Warner Brothers is owned by CNN parent company Time Warner.) The show ended a 3 year on UPN and CW networks in 2007.

VP's Photo Wrong- Vice President Joe Biden’s office has apologized after forcing a student journalist to delete photos he had taken at an anti-domestic violence event in Maryland.

Reporter Jeremy Barr of Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Capital News Service had been sitting outside the designated press area when he took the photos. After the event, a Biden staffer forced Barr to delete the images. A letter of complaint was sent to Biden’s press secretary, Kendra Barkoff by Barr’s dean. Barkoff has since apologized by phone to Barr and Dean Lucy Dalglish.

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March 12th, 2013
01:29 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Media's failure on Iraq still stings

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 10th anniversary this month of the invasion of Iraq will remind most people of a divisive and dubious war that toppled Saddam Hussein but claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians.

What it conjures up for me is the media's greatest failure in modern times.

Major news organizations aided and abetted the Bush administration's march to war on what turned out to be faulty premises. All too often, skepticism was checked at the door, and the shaky claims of top officials and unnamed sources were trumpeted as fact.

Read more of Howie's two cents here.

March 10th, 2013
12:58 PM ET

Media Monitor- March 10th

Juan Williams’s plagiarism problem, Time Warner’s magazine spin-off, and news networks fall for another fake news story.

Filed under: Blog • Media Monitor • Reliable Sources
March 10th, 2013
12:55 PM ET

Washington Post axes ombudsman

Howard Kurtz talks to three former public advocates for the newspaper; Patrick Pexton, Geneva Overholser and Michael Getler about the importance of the ombudsman role.

Filed under: Blog • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources • Washington Post
March 10th, 2013
12:54 PM ET

Jon Stewart getting serious

Gail Shister, Marisa Guthrie and Howard Kurtz assess what the late night funnyman’s summer hiatus from The Daily Show will mean for him and the program.

Filed under: Blog • Comedy • Jon Stewart • Reliable Sources
March 10th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Roger Ailes rips ‘lazy’ Obama

Gail Shister, Marisa Guthrie and Howard Kurtz on the release of intriguing excerpts from a new biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Blog • Reliable Sources • Roger Ailes
March 10th, 2013
12:52 PM ET

My Two Cents: How the Menendez story crumbled

Howard Kurtz on new revelations that cast doubt on the veracity of prostitution allegations against Senator Bob Menendez.

Filed under: ABC • Blog • Reliable Sources • The Daily Caller • Washington Post
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