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March 10th, 2013
12:51 PM ET

Facebook’s daily ‘newspaper’

Kara Swisher and Howard Kurtz on the social media giant’s newest re-design; is Facebook becoming a quasi-news organization?


Filed under: Blog • Facebook • Reliable Sources
March 10th, 2013
12:51 PM ET

White House warfare against press

As more contentious exchanges with reporters are revealed, Ryan Lizza, Dana Milbank and Howard Kurtz discuss whether the Obama White House is being too tough with the media.

March 8th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

In the wake of last week’s public spat between Bob Woodward and Gene Sperling, other reporters have been revealing their experiences of battles with Obama administration officials. Has this White House been tougher with the press than its predecessors? We’ll discuss with Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker.

The latest in a long line of redesigns of Facebook will see dramatic changes to the site’s News Feed. We’ll assess the pros and cons of the updates with Kara Swisher of All Things Digital.

With the Washington Post’s recent abolition of its ombudsman position, the newspaper is now without a reader representative for the first time in over 40 years. Was this move a mistake? We’ll ask the outgoing ombudsman, Patrick Pexton and two of his predecessors, Geneva Overholser and Michael Getler.

What impact will Jon Stewart’s hiatus from the Daily Show have on the late night show? Gail Shister of TV Newser and Marissa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter will weigh in. They’ll also discuss excerpts released this week from a biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes in which he calls President Obama “lazy” and Vice President Biden “dumb as an ashtray.”

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET

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What we're reading this week...
March 7th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN 

From Jon Stewart's upcoming Daily Show hiatus to the allegation that the White House is bullying reporters, Reliable Sources will have a great show for you this week. Until then, here's a few other stories that caught our attention:

"Count" the (YouTube) views: The Sesame Street family, hoping to become the first nonprofit media organization to hit 1 billion video views, issued a challenge to its world-wide followers: Help us reach one billion channel views and we'll reward you with a "top secret" video.  And while no one knows if it was "Elmo's Song" or Cookie Monster's "Share it maybe" that pushed the YouTube channel over the 1 billion mark, Sesame Street fans delivered. PBS happily released the video on Wednesday, which already has more than 60,000 views. Can you guess which Sesame Street character they used?

Held hostage: In the April issue of Vanity Fair, NBC News's Richard Engel details what it was like to be held against his will in the midst of Syria's civil war. For five days, the foreign correspondent was mentally and physically tortured by the shabiha militia, an armed group who supports the Ba'ath Party, of which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a part of. In the diary-style excerpt, Engel writes of his initial capture, as well as his first few minutes in captivity: "Stay focused. You are here. You need to survive this. The first few hours are the most dangerous."

Free Lunches: As the saying goes, there's no such thing as free lunch, especially when you're an online freelance journalist trying to make a living. Case in point: After an Atlantic editor extended an invitation to Nate Thayer to publish a shorter version of one of his already-published pieces (but made it clear she would not be paying him for the piece), Thayer published the exchange of emails between himself and the editor, Olga Khazan. The Atlantic has since come out, calling the situation a "mistake."

Controlling the Cardinals: Following a tiff between White House press corp and the Obama administration over access to a presidential golf outing, international journalists are experiencing their own press battles after the Vatican cancelled an American press briefing with cardinals. "The American cardinals are just more used to being open and talking to the press and answering questions in public. Rome just doesn't like to operate this way," said Father Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter.

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From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Bring Keith Olbermann back to ESPN
March 6th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Bring Keith Olbermann back to ESPN

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) - Keith Olbermann - formerly of MSNBC, formerly of Current TV, formerly of Fox, formerly of ESPN - wants back in the game.

More to the point, he wants to return to his sports roots by reuniting with ESPN.

Now it would be easy to torpedo that idea by noting that Olbermann has burned bridges everywhere he has worked and could inflame things back at ESPN.

But I won't. Instead, I'm going to lead a chant: Let's Go Keith!!

Read more about Howie's two cents here.

March 3rd, 2013
12:49 PM ET

Woodward’s White House War

Tim Carney, Jackie Kucinich, Cenk Uygur and Howard Kurtz discuss this week’s back and forth between senior Obama adviser Gene Sperling and the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

March 3rd, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Romney Breaks Media Silence

Tim Carney, Jackie Kucinich, Cenk Uygur and Howard Kurtz dissect Mitt Romney’s first national TV interview as a former presidential nominee.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Blog • Fox News • Mitt Romney • Reliable Sources
March 3rd, 2013
12:48 PM ET

My Two Cents

Howard Kurtz gives his thoughts on Democrat Keith Ellison’s extraordinary interview with conservative commentator Sean Hannity.


Filed under: Blog • Fox News • Reliable Sources • Sean Hannity
March 3rd, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Michelle Obama’s Oscars Uproar

Sally Quinn, Barbara Lippert and Howard Kurtz examine the First Lady’s recent glut of media appearances; have we seen too much of her?


Filed under: Blog • Entertainment • Michelle Obama • Reliable Sources
March 3rd, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media Savage Yahoo Boss

Sally Quinn, Barbara Lippert and Howard Kurtz discuss the uproar surrounding Yahoo CEO’s Marissa Meyer decision to restrict tele-working for her employees.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Technology
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