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  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:47:14 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:52:42 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • When 'Justice' Trumps Accuracy, Journalism Loses

    12/15/2014 7:53:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    JOURNALISTS, SAYS Jorge Ramos, shouldn't make a fetish of accuracy and impartiality. Speaking last month at the International Press Freedom Awards, Univision's influential news anchor told his audience that while he has "nothing against objectivity," journalism is meant to be wielded as "a weapon for a higher purpose: justice." To be sure, he said, it is important to get the facts right — five deaths should be reported as five, not six or seven. But "the best of journalism happens when we, purposely, stop pretending that we are neutral and recognize that we have a moral obligation to tell truth...
  • O’Reilly Rips ‘Pathetic Ideological Loons’ at MSNBC for Ebola ‘Racism’ Attacks

    10/17/2014 6:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 17, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Bill O’Reilly spent a significant part of his first segment tonight decrying the “racism” accusations being thrown by some MSNBC commentators amidst nationwide Ebola panic. O’Reilly did not directly call out MSNBC in his Talking Points Memo, but it was very clearly aimed at them, since he had teased the segment with a clip of Alex Wagner saying some Republican comments on Ebola, including calling for a travel ban is “not even thinly-veiled racism.” And that wasn’t the first time someone on MSNBC had invoked racism in talking about a travel ban; a guest on Melissa Harris-Perry‘s show did so...
  • AOL Libels Free Republic; Web Giant Falsely Accuses Conservative Site of Hosting Child Porn

    09/22/2010 8:23:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 180 replies · 1+ views
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Kristinn
    The Internet giant AOL libeled Free Republic as "hosting child pornography" in an article published Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at their Daily Finance news site. The site's masthead reads: Daily Finance An AOL Money & Finance Site.Authored by Daily Finance media columnist Jeff Bercovici, the article entitled Muzzled Reporter Says 'Maw of Yahoo' No Place for Journalism tells the story about John Cook's reasons for leaving Yahoo News and returning to his previous gig with Gawker. According to the article, Cook was the senior national affairs reporter for Yahoo's The Upshot news blog. Bercovici notes that he and Cook are...
  • AOL Owned Daily Finance Retracts Passage That Libeled Free Republic Over Child Pornography

    09/23/2010 9:36:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 153 replies
    Thursday, September 23, 2010 | Kristinn
    The AOL-owned site Daily Finance this morning retracted a passage in an article that falsely stated Free Republic hosted child pornography.The article was about reporter John Cook leaving Yahoo News to return to Gawker. Included in Cook's reasons for leaving, according to Daily Finance reporter Jeff Bercovici, was that Yahoo would not allow him to write about Free Republic "hosting child pornography." The article that was linked to support that claim actually stated that Free Republic did not host child pornography.The offending Daily Finance passage now reads:"... On similar grounds, he was prohibited from writing about the conservative website...
  • Fox News’ ‘Media Buzz’ Discusses Sharyl Attkisson’s Resignation From CBS,

    03/16/2014 2:22:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 16, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson resigned from CBS News after 20 years with the network, expressing frustration at being unable to get her stories on air. Following Attkisson’s resignation, the folks at Fox News’ “Media Buzz” expressed dissatisfaction at the state of journalism in America’s newsrooms and the culture of liberal bias that exists. Appearing on the program on Sunday March 16th, the entire panel acknowledged the disturbing trend of journalists putting their politics above journalism with host Howard Kurtz observing that Attkisson felt it “was almost impossible to get these tougher pieces on the air.” As the segment began,...
  • WaPo Collumnist (sic): Bashir Makes Very Legitimate Point About Palin

    12/02/2013 3:08:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/2/2013 | Trey Sanchez
    Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank appeared on Fox News' MediaBuzz and called Martin Bashir's statement of using Sarah Palin as a toilet, "legitimate." During the "Spin Cycle" segment, Milbank callously supported Bashir: The Martin Bashir thing…he was making a very legitimate point about Sarah Palin. Host Howard Kurtz jumped in with much needed context to remind the panel that Palin did compare the national debt to slavery and agrees that it is "fair game" to criticize Palin over that. What he says can't be disputed is that the network, MSNBC, approved the script containing the vile comments.   No matter...
  • WPost Insider: Colleagues "Cheer Unabashedly for the Democrats"

    10/04/2005 1:26:37 PM PDT · by pookie18 · 18 replies · 1,091+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 10/4/05 | Brent Baker
    "Too often, we wear liberalism on our sleeve and are intolerant of other lifestyles and opinions," an editor working for the Washington Post's Sunday "Book World" section charged in a contribution to a daily internal critique of the newspaper quoted by Howard Kurtz on Monday. Marie Arana disclosed that "if you work here, you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I've been in communal gatherings in The Post, watching election returns, and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the Democrats." Kurtz quoted Arana in his October 3 "Media Notes" column...
  • Foxnews Channel Hires Howard Kurtz To Anchor Weekend Media Program

    06/20/2013 9:49:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/20/13 | BW
    FOX News Channel (FNC) has hired veteran media reporter Howard Kurtz, announced Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President of News for the network. He will begin in this new role on July 1st.
  • CNN’s Kurtz apologizes for errors in Collins story

    05/06/2013 3:21:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2013 1:13 PM EDT | David Bauder
    Media critic Howard Kurtz used his CNN show on Sunday to point a finger at himself, apologizing for a story on gay basketball player Jason Collins that he said was riddled with errors and shouldn’t have been written in the first place. The extraordinary edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” contained not only his apology but also a session with two other media critics who sharply questioned Kurtz’s credibility. Kurtz wrote in The Daily Beast that Collins, the NBA center who made headlines last week by being the first active player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues...
  • CBS' Bill Plante: Obama Admin "Undercutting The First Amendment," It's "State-Run Media" (video)

    02/25/2013 5:55:44 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 25, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HOWARD KURTZ, CNN: Bill Plante, you have been patrolling that building since Ronald Reagan. Does the White House press look self-involved and whiny, as I said earlier, complaining about this Tiger incident? BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS: We have gotten used to being called whiny lap dogs. I've heard it for 30 years. But this is not about a picture of Tiger Woods. This is about access to the president. And access to the president has been cut and pushed and curtailed over every administration I've covered. Here's the nub of it, Howie, this administration has the tools to reach people...
  • Ailes: Palin Was a ‘Branding Issue’

    09/26/2011 11:12:27 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 96 replies · 1+ views
    DailyBeast ^ | 09/26/11 | staff
    Could Fox News be moving away from the right? As the Tea Party's popularity fades and the country grows increasingly tired of partisan bickering, Fox News chief Roger Ailes is making what he calls a “course correction.” Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin “became a bit of a branding issue for us,” he tells Howard Kurtz in Newsweek. Republican candidates still consult Ailes: when Rick Perry was still weighing a presidential bid, he stopped by Ailes's office and confided he was worried about being able to raise money, and Mitt Romney took Ailes out for a pasta dinner. But Ailes also...
  • The Left Defends Its Advocate of Violence

    01/29/2011 5:53:37 AM PST · by radioone · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-29-11 | Arlen Williams
    Glenn Beck continues to suffer an onslaught of programmatic propaganda by progressives, who accuse him, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin's kitchen sink of inciting violence -- while at the same time assailing Beck for his exposing the true violation of Americans' lives and livelihoods by these neo-Marxists.
  • Fox News Chief (Roger Ailes) Blasts NPR 'Nazis'

    11/18/2010 7:50:24 AM PST · by chickadee · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/18/10 | Howard Kurtz
    The onetime Republican strategist is a man of strong opinions, in case that wasn’t clear, and he also puts his money where his mouth is. When Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio for remarks he made on Fox about fearing airplane passengers in Muslim garb, Ailes rushed to award him a three-year, $2 million contract. “A guy who gets fired and humiliated in the press can lose a lot of confidence,” Ailes says. Calling Williams “a pure liberal,” Ailes says he wanted to compensate the pundit for his losses because he was “mad” and “I didn’t want him...
  • Kurtz Stays Silent on Peretz [Comments about Muslims/Arabs]

    09/23/2010 5:34:11 PM PDT · by freespirited · 4 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | 09/22/10 | Zachary Roth
    Earlier this summer, when Helen Thomas said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and return to Germany, among other places, The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz appeared to share the widespread outrage. The nation’s most prominent media writer noted Thomas’s history of “spewing bias and bile,” and asked, “why wasn’t she reined in earlier?” So you might have expected that Kurtz would again have been on the case when Martin Peretz, the editor in chief and long-time owner of The New Republic, blogged earlier this month that “Muslim life is cheap.” Peretz added: “I wonder whether I need honor...
  • WaPost's Kurtz Cries About 'Nasty' Media

    08/04/2010 11:49:30 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/04/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    In an August 2 editorial the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz cried a river over the rancor he saw in today's media calling it a "nastiness index" that continues to rise. But his lament is not only off base in many ways, it is also historically illiterate and is built on only one real complaint: the left no longer has a lock on what is considered newsworthy. Kurtz starts off with this lament: "Media outlets, which once merely chronicled this era of hyper-partisanship, now seem to be both the purveyors and often the targets of ugly attacks." Kurz sadly says that...
  • Are conservatives suspicions regarding the media justified? Yes.

    07/19/2010 3:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 19, 2010 | Laura Curtis, Special to The Examiner
    Howard Kurtz whines that “[Conservative] candidates seem to regard it as an affront when reporters challenge them on their past statements and inconsistencies, which is a basic function of journalism. They are avoiding or limiting interviews with all but the friendliest faces as a way of circumventing the press. And some of them delight in skewering the mainstream media, a tactic that plays well with their base.” It’s interesting that Kurtz doesn’t mention the Obama administration’s attempt to boycott Fox News, and its ongoing complaints about that network. Conservative aversion to the media is indicative of a key fact about...
  • Howard Kurtz Gives Weak Reassurances Over Possible Newsweek Sale to 'Insect Overlords'

    06/07/2010 9:35:55 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies · 34+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 7, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords." That is the Kent Brockman line from "The Simpsons" that Newsweek staffers fear they might have to repeat in some form if their magazine is purchased by NewsMax aka "insect overlords." To make all the nervous liberals out there feel better, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post which owns Newsweek has given some reassurances that the NewsMax purchase might not happen. The problem for Newsweek staffers and liberals is that Kurtz doesn't sound exactly confident plus he sure doesn't make that magazine sound like an appealing property: While journalists get into the...
  • Kurtz Questions Whether CNN Business Strategy 'Viable'

    05/23/2010 1:14:52 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 1,038+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's turned into something of a week for TV hosts, if not to bite, then at least to nibble hard on the hands that feed them . . . First, as noted here, on Friday Joe Scarborough passed along the comment of an unnamed conservative biggie who wondered "what the hell [Rand Paul] was doing on MSNBC?", where during an interview with Rachel Maddow he caused controversy with his comments on the Civil Rights Act. Today, it was Howard Kurtz's turn. In the wake of Campbell Brown's withdrawal from CNN, in which she cited her show's poor ratings, Kurtz, host...
  • HowardKurtz whines on Twitter: O'Reilly didn't mention O'Keefe arrest.

    01/26/2010 6:06:18 PM PST · by KansasCanadian · 14 replies · 612+ views
    HowardKurtz O'Reilly didn't mention O'Keefe arrest. Hannity is leading with WH talking points for SOTU. What about the "pimp" that Fox made famous? O'Keefe has jumped the shark
  • Howard Kurtz: Glenn Beck Dominating Conversation Without Mainstream Media

    11/14/2009 2:15:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 3,634+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | September 14, 2009 | David Sessions
    In his column in Monday's paper, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz observes that Fox News personality Glenn Beck is dominating the media conversation -- even to the point of forcing a White House official to resign -- without a bit of help from newspapers, television or other mainstream news sources. "It has become a familiar chain reaction: Talk-show hosts whip up a noisy controversy, which hits higher decibels as it spreads to the establishment media, which costs some unfortunate soul his job," Kurtz writes. "But now the middleman -- the journalistic gatekeepers of yore -- may no longer be...
  • Irony Alert: White House Praises 'Unbiased' CNN as Network Runs Promo Appealing to Democrats

    10/12/2009 7:28:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies · 1,386+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 12, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    The irony in this story is so delicious, as NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard would probably describe it, that one must take a bit of time to savor it.Yesterday, Sheppard posted a story about White House communications director Anita Dunn whining at length on Howard Kurtz's "Reliable Sources" about how supposedly unfair Fox News is. Her appearance on that show was instigated by Dunn's complaints about White House coverage by Fox News in a Time magazine story by Michael Scherer. Among her attacks upon Fox News was the assertion that it wasn't a real news network "the way CNN is." Well, Michael...
  • Of Scowls & Scribes

    08/25/2009 1:02:48 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 253+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 25, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Of Scowls & Scribes by: Malcolm A. Kline, August 25, 2009 The acknowledgements of the passing of reporter Robert D. Novak last week were appropriately respectful, for the most part, albeit with an occasional backhand. For example, in his column in The Washington Post, Howard Kurtz, in the main, tried to give him his due. Nevertheless, Kurtz offers a personal observation that, though rather superficial, I feel compelled to respond to. “I bumped into Novak occasionally at CNN where I host a weekly media program,” Kurtz remembered in the August 19, 2009 edition of The Post. “And although I’d like...
  • Journalists, Left Out of The Debate - (Howard Kurtz Thermo Barf)

    08/25/2009 7:57:03 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 8 replies · 277+ views
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists. They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama's death panels, telling Sarah Palin, in effect, you've got to quit making things up. But it didn't matter. The story refused to die. The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had...
  • Some Interesting Admissions By WaPost's Kurtz

    08/24/2009 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 2 replies · 486+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/24/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    In his Washington Post column for August 25, Howard Kurtz sound exasperated, fed up with those moron Americans that dare to have an opinion against Obama's socialist take over of the country's healthcare system. Oh, and he felt the need to slam Governor Sarah Palin, too... but what's new about that? What is unusual, though, is the admission that Kurtz thinks that the Old Media should influence public opinion instead of merely inform readers about the news. Of course he led with a laugher that is hard to take seriously. His very first few words makes of him a laughing...
  • Is Howard Kurtz a "Reliable Source"? Not so much.

    07/26/2009 2:15:45 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 10 replies · 386+ views
    24AheadDotCom/Youtube ^ | 7/26/09 | self
    If you think Howard Kurtz is a reliable source, please read the following. On the linked video, Kurtz says: Is it responsible for Dobbs and others to go on the air, talk about these claims, demand proof, when we have seen a copy of the birth certificate? When Hawaii officials say that Barack Obama was born there in 1961? Howard Kurtz is, at best, being very misleading. First, all we've seen is a picture of a "Certification of Live Birth", not a "birth certificate" as Kurtz claims. No government agency has ever confirmed that what's shown on that picture matches...
  • Newsweek Editor: Woo Hoo! Our Magazine Circulation Is Being Cut in Half!!!

    05/18/2009 7:31:42 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 59 replies · 2,857+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 18, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Hey Dad! Great news! My report card grades are half of what they were last term!" And just before my father would have smacked me upside my head for being so absurd, I would have quickly pointed out that the editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham, is celebrating the fact that his magazine's circulation is being cut in half. Of course, back when I was a kid Newsweek at least made an attempt to be balanced and no magazine editor in his right mind would have been happy about such a drastic decline in circulation. However, that is exactly what Meacham...
  • Perez Hilton Gives Obama Pass on Same-Sex Marriage, Blames Miss California for Controversy

    04/26/2009 12:16:07 PM PDT · by Saint X · 51 replies · 2,333+ views ^ | 4/26/09 | Jeff Poor
    It's likely a tired story to many by now, nearly a week after the Miss USA pageant and the controversy that ensued over Miss USA runner-up, Miss California Carrie Prejean's answer to a question from same-sex marriage activist and gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who was judging the event. However, it took CNN host and Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz to ask Hilton some of the pertinent questions surrounding his curious rage over her answer. Hilton appeared on CNN's April 26 "Reliable Sources" and justified some of his vitriolic insults hurled at Prejean by saying that was just part of...
  • Kurtz Acknowledges CNN’s Lack of Tea Party Coverage -- On His CNN Show

    04/12/2009 4:55:37 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 10 replies · 1,391+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 12, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    With the Tax Day tea party rallies just three days away, outside of the Fox News Channel, the coverage has been lacking. And, it was something that even Washington Post media columnist and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" Howard Kurtz acknowledged on his April 12 program. "The folks at Fox News have found something to be for in this age of Obama," Kurtz said. "They are firmly in favor of tea parties. On Wednesday, that would be April 15th - there will be tax protests around the country on the theme of the original Boston Tea Party. says it...
  • 'Progressive' Talk Host Stephanie Miller Blames Liberal Radio Struggles on Station Owners

    04/05/2009 7:50:36 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 51 replies · 2,986+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 5, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Everywhere it's been tried - liberal, or progressive as it's sometimes described as, talk radio hasn't taken off with the success conservative talk radio has. Case and point - the top six of March 2009 Talkers magazine "Heavy Hundred" talk show hosts are conservative. The top liberal host, Thom Hartmann, come in at number 10. However, liberal talk show host Stephanie Miller appeared on CNN's April 5 "Reliable Sources" and insisted there is more at play than just pure market forces holding the liberal format back. "Well, you know - I just did a panel on the Fairness Doctrine," Miller...
  • CNN Host on Meghan McCain Cancellation: 'Maybe She Got a Date' [WaPo's Kurtz makes fun of Meghan]

    03/18/2009 11:31:30 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,949+ views
    <p>It looks like it's taking people a long time to get the hint that Meghan McCain is rubber, and they are, in fact, glue. The latest media figure to tangle with Meg? Howard Kurtz, Washington Post reporter, and host of CNN's Reliable Sources.</p>
  • CNN's Howard Kurtz Names MSNBC 'The Obama Network'

    01/25/2009 9:49:37 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 42 replies · 1,992+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 25, 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    In the '90s, many conservatives referred to CNN as "The Clinton News Network" due to its obvious biases towards the 42nd president. Years later, just days after the inauguration of the 44th president, one of that network's on-air hosts officially labeled MSNBC "The Obama Network." You gotta love it. During Sunday's "Reliable Sources," when the subject of MSNBC came up, Kurtz said: Since he mentioned MSNBC, let's play a clip from Inauguration Day, Chris Matthews getting a little excited over the festivities and talking about the role of his network, which as you know has been accused of being favorable...
  • Kurtz Profiles Mika: Resisting Liberal Label?

    12/22/2008 6:25:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 834+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Howard Kurtz features Mika Brzezinski in his WaPo Media Notes column this morning. Between a book deal and the syndication of her new radio show with Morning Joe partner Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski has become a hot media property of late. The column reveals some interesting bits about Brzezinski, including the fact that she was unceremoniously let go at CBS upon the advent of Katie Couric. But it's the discussion of her liberalism or alleged lack thereof that might be of most interest to NewsBusters readers. On the one hand, Kurtz quotes Mika as saying: "I've been in a box as...
  • Howard Kurtz Discovers Obama worship in the press

    11/17/2008 10:10:10 AM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies · 1,162+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 17, 2008 | Rick Moran
    What makes this piece by Howard Kurtz so remarkably stupid is that he is supposed to be the media critic for the Washington Post and he never saw this kind of slavish devotion to Obama during the campaign? What's troubling here goes beyond the clanging of cash registers. Media outlets have always tried to make a few bucks off the next big thing. The endless campaign is over, and there's nothing wrong with the country pulling together, however briefly, behind its new leader. But we seem to have crossed a cultural line into mythmaking. "The Obamas' New Life!" blares People's...
  • On CNN Reliable Sources, Sarah 'Was a Real Drag on the Ticket'

    11/16/2008 1:22:22 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 166 replies · 3,876+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 16, 2008 | Michael M. Bates
    The election is over, but quite clearly the Palin Derangement Syndrome suffered by many in the mainstream media isn't. This morning's CNN Reliable Sources was typical. Joining host Howard Kurtz to discuss Sarah Palin were Beth Fouhy, an Associated Press political reporter, Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, and Julie Mason, the Washington Examiner's White House correspondent. Mason opined: "I don't think she helped herself at all this past week. I think she actually probably made it worse." To Zurawik, the Alaska governor's recent interview with NBC's Matt Lauer "shows you how in a way, deviously clever Palin is in...
  • Will The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz Ask Obama if He is the Father of Michelle's Children?

    09/26/2008 11:25:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies · 1,228+ views
    Friday, September 26, 2008 | Kristinn
    The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reported yesterday that he asked the McCain campaign if Sarah Palin is the biological mother of Trig Palin.Kurtz published a response from Michael Goldfarb of the McCain campaign:"These rumors are false. It is her baby. The whole thing is absurd. All of this rests on the fact that she wore her pregnancy extremely well. A couple of months later, there are a ton of pictures showing she is obviously pregnant. It's ridiculous. There's just nothing to it. We're not going to release her gynecological records to prove it. It's just madness."Kurtz asked the scurrilous question...
  • On Howard Kurtz Coming Unhinged: We Are The Gatekeepers ...

    09/13/2008 6:10:04 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 26 replies · 272+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 9/12/2008 | Moneyrunner
    No Left Turns wonders what made a fairly reasonable Liberal journalist snap and appear to go batshit crazy like the anchorman Howard Beale in “Network.” Watching somebody go unhinged in public is both fascinating and repellent. It makes you realize the beneath that urbane exterior there was a boiling cauldron of repressed fury that colored every word uttered or written. It strips Howard Kurtz naked and to see the naked Kurtz is not a pretty sight. Gone is the pretense of objectivity; gone is the pretense of seeing all sides, gone in a single essay is any pretense of impartiality....
  • The Press: Mad As Hell, and Not Going to Take It Any More (cause their guy is losing)

    09/12/2008 1:04:24 PM PDT · by mojito · 56 replies · 214+ views
    PowerLine ^ | 9/12/2008 | John Hinderaker
    Howard Kurtz's column in the Washington Post is surprisingly blunt and surprisingly revealing. The mainstream media, Kurtz says, are mad. Their anger, though, is oddly unidirectional: "The media are getting mad. Whether it's the latest back-and-forth over attack ads, the silly lipstick flap or the continuing debate over Sarah and sexism, you can just feel the tension level rising several notches. Maybe it's a sense that this is crunch time, that the election is on the line, that the press is being manipulated (not that there's anything new about that)." There certainly isn't. Barack Obama has been manipulating the press...
  • Howie Takes a Hike on Wolf's Weakness

    11/18/2007 11:38:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 56+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "CNN's 'Reliable Sources' is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover." -- from CNN's "Reliable Sources" website [emphasis added]. Can there be any doubt that, when it comes to "how journalists do their job," the story of the week was Wolf Blitzer's spectacular failure to do his? Going into Thursday's debate, the big question was how Hillary was going to deal with the inevitable grilling over her flip-flopping on the issue of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. But when Blitzer finally got around to the...

    10/07/2007 10:27:39 PM PDT · by kcvl · 35 replies · 3,778+ views
  • Out-of-Town Critics Too Tough On Thompson?

    10/01/2007 12:58:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 135+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2007 | Howard Kurtz
    The reviews are in: Fred Thompson's plunge into the presidential campaign "was right up there with Britney Spears at the MTV awards." Well, that was liberal New York Times columnist Gail Collins. How about a committed conservative? "More belly-flop than swan dive . . . the strangest product launch since that of New Coke in 1985," writes columnist George Will. Okay, they're in the opinion business. But news accounts have described the fledgling Thompson venture as "a comedy of errors" (; drawing "mediocre reviews" (Washington Post); and maintaining a "languid" schedule that on one swing "kept him on a jumbo...
  • Imus: 'Unwatchable' Couric Can't Do 'Big Boy' Evening News

    03/19/2007 7:01:34 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 94 replies · 3,214+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    After his comments this morning, if Don Imus ever gets invited to a party on the terrace of Katie Couric's midtown apartment overlooking Central Park, he would be well advised not to get too close to the ledge. Chatting with Imus on MSNBC at 8:45 ET this morning about the travails of the CBS Evening News and the advent of Rick Kaplan as executive producer, media maven Howard Kurtz observed: "I don't know if this is attributable to Rick, but it seems to me that in the last week the show has a little bit of a harder edge,...
  • Insight responds to a Washington Post attack

    01/23/2007 3:22:12 PM PST · by coffee260 · 14 replies · 1,205+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | 1/22/2007 | unsigned
    The liberal media establishment is at it again. For years, they have been carrying water for liberal Democrats. Today’s hit piece on Insight in The Washington Post is another case in point. Howard Kurtz’s “Media Notes” column deals with our recent story about the Hillary Clinton camp’s role in investigating Barack Obama’s education as a young boy in an Indonesian Madrassa. Kurtz claims our story is “thinly sourced” and cites “only unnamed sources.” He further quotes officials from the Obama and Clinton camps, attacking the story as false. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said, “It’s an obvious right-wing hit job by...
  • Howard Kurtz of WashPost and CNN Suggests Comedy Central's Less Divisive Than FNC

    01/08/2007 4:37:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies · 824+ views ^ | January 8, 2007 | Tim Graham
    Howard Kurtz of WashPost and CNN Suggests Comedy Central's Less Divisive Than FNC Posted by Tim Graham on January 8, 2007 - 14:25. In his weekly "Critiquing the Press" chat at, Post media reporter (and CNN "Reliable Sources" host) Howard Kurtz oddly suggested that when bar patrons insist on turning off Fox News, a nice, less polarizing compromise would be Comedy Central. (When the left-wing Stewart/Colbert "fake news" is on?) New York, N.Y.: True Story. Recently I am sitting at an airport bar reading my paper. Fox News is on the TV. A couple walk up to the bar, sit down,...
  • Howard Kurtz Admits Press Buried Murtha’s Ethics Problems Until After The Elections

    11/19/2006 10:43:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies · 2,712+ views ^ | November 19, 2006 | Noel Sheppard
    Howard Kurtz Admits Press Buried Murtha’s Ethics Problems Until After The Elections Posted by Noel Sheppard on November 19, 2006 - 12:43. As NewsBuster Tim Graham reported Sunday, the media were quite late in bringing up Congressman Jack Murtha’s (D-Pennsylvania) ethics issues, as well as his connection to Abscam in the late ’70s. Instead, such matters waited to come to the front pages until after the Democrats safely regained control of Congress. Quite surprisingly, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz (who also writes for the Washington Post) completely agreed that the media dropped the ball on this issue, and grilled...
  • Fox News Invites Employees To Bite The Hand That Feeds Them

    10/01/2006 7:03:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies · 2,044+ views
    Fox News Watch/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein October 1, 2006 - 09:39 Being a regular Fox News Watch viewer, there was nothing surprising, tuning into this evening's discussion of the Clinton-Chris Wallace dust-up, in hearing lefty panelist Neal Gabler take his employer and colleagues to task. Among his moves, Gabler: - Claimed "this network's reputation [presumably as right-leaning] precedes it." - Asserted that Chris Wallace "did not frame the question properly. He asked why didn't you do more? Which is like asking 'will you stop beating your wife?'" - Defended Wallace only at the expense of other Fox colleagues: "He is not a Hannity,...
  • What's in a Name? Plenty If It's Kennedy (Patches "Generally Dumber Than Two Rocks")

    05/08/2006 3:08:01 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 100 replies · 4,540+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05/08/2006 | Howard Kurtz
    It's hard to imagine that Patrick Kennedy would have gotten elected to Congress a dozen years ago without his last name. It's equally hard to imagine that the media would be going wild about his late-night car crash and prescription drug addiction if he weren't a Kennedy. The only lingering mystery is why national news organizations didn't pounce earlier on the Rhode Island Democrat's long history of alcohol and drug abuse, depression and a series of downright embarrassing incidents.
  • Brit Hume, Cheney's Choice For a Straight Shooter

    02/19/2006 2:13:36 AM PST · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 1,503+ views
    Wash.Post ^ | 2-16-06 | Howard Kurtz
    Brit Hume was in his morning staff meeting at Fox News yesterday when his cell phone rang. It was Dick Cheney. The network's Washington managing editor had been pressing for the interview that every news organization was hotly pursuing, and now the vice president was saying that he would talk to Hume -- and only Hume -- about the hunting accident that has put him at the center of a fierce Beltway storm. In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Vice President Cheney discusses his accidental shooting of friend Harry Whittington for the first time. "I felt the need...
  • Mapes and Kurtz Debate Memogate (VIDEO)

    11/10/2005 6:53:12 PM PST · by rabair · 14 replies · 925+ views
    CNN via ^ | 11-10-2005 |
    Mary Mapes, making the rounds on her new book, appeared on The Situation Room today to argue her story with veteran reporter Howard Kurtz. Kurtz gave Mapes the HOWARD KURTZ: What is amazing to me Wolf is that 14 months after this story blew up we are still talking about a story that was retracted by CBS news, an independent commission found that Mary Mapes and her colleagues had failed miserably to authenticate. I can’t prove the documents aren’t real, but unfortunately for Mary, I sympathies for anyone who has gone through the battering she has, she can’t prove that...