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November 10th, 2013
12:51 PM ET

'60 Minutes' retracts Benghazi story

Bill Carter, Kelly McBride, David Brock and guest host Eric Deggans on the CBS news magazine show's latest controversy.


Filed under: 60 Minutes • Benghazi • CBS
November 3rd, 2013
12:59 PM ET

'60 Minutes' returns to Benghazi

Eli Lake, Ryan Lizza and guest host David Folkenflik attempt to get to the bottom of conflicting information surrounding revelations by a Benghazi attack eyewitness featured in a 60 Minutes report.


Filed under: Blog • CBS • Reliable Sources
September 15th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Rose on Syria

Guest host Patrick Gavin's complete interview with CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose.


Filed under: Bashar al-Assad • CBS • Charlie Rose • PBS • Syria
What we're reading this week...
September 5th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

We’re gearing up for a busy show this Sunday when Frank Sesno, director of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, rejoins ‘Reliable Sources’ as our guest host. As U.S. congressional leaders debate military action in Syria, we’ll discuss how the developments are playing out in media outlets at home and abroad- in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.

‘Jeff Daniels: ‘The Newsroom’ returning for Season 3’  There’s more to come from Will McAvoy and the world of Atlantis Cable News. On Tuesday, Jeff Daniels confirmed the hit HBO series had been renewed, tweeting ‘It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.’ The series has held onto steady ratings since its premiere last year. Both Jeff Daniels and co-star Jane Fonda received Primetime Emmy nominations for their performances as a fictional cable news anchor and CEO, respectively.

CBS honors 50th anniversary of 30-minute ‘Evening News’ by going black and white’  Viewers tuning in to the Labor Day broadcast of the CBS Evening News got a special treat on Monday. In honor of the network’s 50th anniversary of its transition to the 30-minute broadcast, anchor Scott Pelley ended Monday’s newscast with a black and white tribute video featuring footage with legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Additionally, older newsreel footage incorporated into the segment helped illustrated the broadcast’s evolution.

‘The New York Post gets a new digital look and new ad units’  This week, ‘The New York Post’ got a digital makeover, complete with a simplified, cleaner overall look. Ad Age’s Alex Kantrowitz notes that the Post now incorporates more prominent photo placement on its site. The redesign was led by the paper’s managing editor, Remy Stern, as well as the same agency (Hard Candy Shell) which helped The New Republic and Newsweek with their web redesigns. The move is an approach many news organizations are undertaking in an effort to remain competitive on expanding digital platforms.

‘The Onion denies taking a serious line on Syria’  Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray takes a look at The Onion’s recent articles on Bashar al-Assad and Syria. While the satirical news site has always garnered attention for its take on the news, the Onion has taken a demonstrably more provocative approach with its recent Syria coverage. With headlines like “Help has to be on the way now, thinks Syrian man currently being gassed,” and ‘Nation currently more sympathetic to demise of Planet Krypton than plight of Syria,’ the Onion has remained critical of U.S.  inaction in Syria. However, Will Tracy, The Onion’s editor-in-chief, says the paper isn’t straying from its satirical point of view, saying “I wouldn’t say we’ve staked out an editorial line so much as we’ve chosen to acknowledge two equally valid points of view at once.”

What stories are you reading this week? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to tune in for 'Reliable Sources' Sunday at 11am EDT.

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Filed under: CBS • HBO • Jeff Daniels • New York Post • Reliable Sources • Syria • The Newsroom • The Onion • What we're reading
February 10th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

CBS Orders Grammys Dress Code

Maureen O’Connor, Lola Ogunnaike and Howard Kurtz on why CBS has issued guidelines that aim to prevent Grammy participants from showing too much skin.


Filed under: Blog • CBS • Reliable Sources • The Grammys
February 8th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN 

With Dick Morris recently released from his punditry duties on Fox News, many critics have questioned whether the network, long criticized for acting as an extension of the GOP, is trying to soften its conservative image. Conservatives aren't the only ones in trouble, though, as Democratic Senator Bob Menendez continues his battle with the media. On Monday, Menendez told CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that the news website The Daily Caller was "a right wing blog" that was smearing his reputation with "totally unsubstantiated" lies. Until recently, the mainstream media had largely stayed away from the sex scandal claims, but as journalists dug deeper, they discovered the Garden State senator might be mixed up with other conduct claims that are questionable in nature. Lauren Ashburn, Editor-in-chief of Daily-download.com, The New Yorker's Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza and George Washington University's Professor of Media and Public Affairs Steve Roberts join Howie at the table to debate. They'll also discuss the media's mockery of Chris Christie's health and the unusual media connection to the manhunt for Los Angeles ex-police officer Christopher J. Dorner.

Founder of PandoDaily.com Sarah Lacy and HLN Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong will continue our media analysis this week, focusing on Facebook vacations (when people leave Facebook cold-turkey for a significant amount of time) and Netflix's attempt to change the way viewers watch TV. 

Rounding up our show, Culture Commentator Lola Ogunnaike and  NY Magazine's "The Cut" Features Editor Maureen O'Connor will lead the Grammy discussion... namely, what does CBS's new "dress code memo" mean for the famed red carpet?

Tune in this Sunday at 11am EST.

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Filed under: Blog • Bob Menendez • CBS • Chris Christie • Facebook • Fox News • Grammy • Netflix • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek • The Grammys
January 13th, 2013
01:11 PM ET

Jimmy Kimmel enters late-night wars

Gail Shister, Adam Buckman and Howard Kurtz on the late-night comic’s time slot switch and what it means for ABC’s venerable news magazine, Nightline.

 


Filed under: ABC • Blog • CBS • David Letterman • Jay Leno • Jimmy Kimmel • NBC • Nightline • Reliable Sources
July 15th, 2012
02:37 PM ET

Diane Sawyer's "Hot" Newscast

Paul Friedman and Andrew Tyndall join Howard Kurtz to examine the distinctive approaches being taken by the three nightly network newscasts.

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Filed under: ABC • CBS • NBC
May 6th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Dan Rather's Last Crusade

Mark Feldstein, Fred Francis and Howard Kurtz on Dan Rather's new book and his continued defense of the story that led to his exit from CBS News.


Filed under: CBS
April 15th, 2012
01:19 PM ET

Mike Wallace, TV's Pit Bull

Howard Kurtz looks back at the career of the legendary Mike Wallace with the help of two of his 60 Minutes colleagues, Steve Kroft and Bob Simon.


Filed under: CBS • Media • Mike Wallace • Reliable Sources
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