By Jamie Gray, CNN
A Happy New Year to all our viewers!
We’ve got a jam-packed Reliable Sources to kick off 2013. Congress rang in the new year with the same old dysfunctional behavior as Democrats and Republicans scratched and clawed their way to a New Years’ Day deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. CNN’s Dana Bash and Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times burned the candle at both ends in covering the fiscal cliff deadline drama; they’ll join Howie to give him all the behind the scenes details.
No sooner had the fiscal cliff deal been done than another rift emerged in the Republican party over the lack of a House vote on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and Ana Marie Cox of The Guardian give us their take on how the spat was covered. They’ll also tackle how Hillary Clinton’s medical problems have played out; should conservatives who mocked her earlier concussion apologize after discovering it had caused a serious blood clot in her head?
The other big news this week was the announcement that Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera will be buying Al Gore’s struggling Current TV network. Former Al Jazeera English anchor Dave Marash will give us his insight into what the new network might look like.
Finally, scholars Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute and Norman Ornstein of American Enterprise Institute will tell us about their collaboration on a new book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” and their thesis that the media has failed to hold Republicans to account for their radical behavior.
Tune in this Sunday at 11am.
By Jamie Gray
On the show this Sunday, Bob Cusack of The Hill, Amy Argetsinger of the Washington Post and American University’s Jane Hall will examine the media’s fascination with the David Petraeus affair; have journalists given it attention to the detriment of more significant stories like the fiscal cliff negotiations? Also up for discussion, all those conservative pundits who predicted a Romney victory; should there be consequences for getting it so wrong?
Author and veteran military reporter Tom Ricks will join Howie to talk about David Petraeus and his relationship with the media before his downfall. Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times will discuss his views on the way the media handles race. Finally, Jezebel Editor-in-chief Jessica Coen will tell us how her website exposed a collection of racist Tweets posted in reaction to President Obama’s re-election.
This Sunday, 11am ET.
Clarence Page, Ryan Lizza, Amy Holmes and Howard Kurtz on how the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East became this week's focus on the campaign trail.
Jackie Kucinch, Jane Hall, Bob Cusack and Howard Kurtz analyze the highs and lows from the Democratic National Convention.
Jackie Kucinich, Jane Hall, Bob Cusack and Howard Kurtz discuss Mitt Romney's first Meet The Press appearance and debate the significance of political conventions in today's media universe.
Lauren Ashburn, Christina Bellantoni, David Drucker and Howard Kurtz look ahead to this week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Jennifer Rubin, John Aravosis and Howard Kurtz on how the Republican convention was covered, including Chris Matthews's heated exchange with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and media fact-checking of Paul Ryan's speech.
Lauren Ashburn, Christina Bellantoni, David Drucker and Howard Kurtz on the open mic gaffe that led to the firing of Yahoo's Washington bureau chief and Sarah Palin's Facebook complaint against Fox News.
Howard Kurtz on Robin Roberts taking medical leave from Good Morning America for a bone marrow transplant the same week that her mother died.
Howard Kurtz talks to Twitter's Adam Sharp about the growing role social media is playing at the Republican and Democrat conventions.