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MEDIA CRITIC HOWARD KURTZ OUT AT THE DAILY BEAST (Updated)

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Howard Kurtz, arguably the most prominent media critic ever to appear in print or on television, has been fired by The Daily Beast and may also lose his job as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Kurtz’s firing — he himself said that he had decided to “part ways” with the online publication — came after […]

FEW KUDOS FOR EASTWOOD AT RNC

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Republican National Convention may have had one of Hollywood’s biggest stars on its podium Thursday night prior to the appearance of its candidate for president, but even some of Mitt Romney’s most ardent supporters were questioning whether Clint Eastwood’s performance helped their candidate or hurt him. Joe Scarborough, the conservative MSNBC host, tweeted that […]

NBC TO BUY ALL OF MSNBC.COM — CONVERT IT TO NBCNEWS.COM

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s long-rumored plan to buy from Microsoft the 50 percent of MSNBC.com that it doesn’t now own will materialize within days, media reporter Howard Kurtz reported on TheDailyBeast.com, citing people familiar with the matter. The network plans to rebrand the site NBCNews.com. For years the site has had to contend with the association with cable […]

SHOULD REPORTER HAVE INTERRUPTED OBAMA?

June 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Conservative commentators diverged over the weekend over the appropriateness of a reporter for the website TheDailyCaller interrupting President Obama during his remarks at a White House Press conference last week. On Fox News, Chris Wallace called the interruption by Neil Munro “outrageous,” adding, “The idea that you would interrupt the President in the middle of […]

AILES REPORTEDLY REGRETS COMMENTS ABOUT NEW YORK TIMES

May 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes regrets his choice of words at Ohio University last Monday when he referred to New York Times reporters as “a bunch of lying scum,” media reporter Howard Kurtz wrote today (Wednesday) in TheDailyBeast.com. Kurtz, who remarked that Ailes’s words amounted to “a pretty sweeping indictment of a top newspaper, even […]

FOX MOLE — COMMITTING CAREER SUICIDE?

April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Muto, the Fox News producer who got himself fired last week by offering himself up to Gawker.com as a “mole,” says he found himself caught in a career squeeze. On the one hand, he told CNN’s Reliable Sources, “they promote people for pushing this conservative viewpoint. … People at work knew I wasn’t really […]

OLBERMANN PREPARING LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST CURRENT

April 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Keith Olbermann has vowed to sue Current TV owners Joel Hyatt and Al Gore, claiming that their accusations against him “are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently.” Olbermann, who was fired last Friday, will presumably offer as evidence email messages sent by himself and […]

WAS SWEEPING COVERAGE OF HOUSTON’S DEATH WARRANTED?

February 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The blanket coverage of Whitney Houston’s death became a topic of some contention on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. Host Howard Kurtz opened the discussion by asking the panelists, “Is the Whitney Houston story worth that kind of coverage?” Kurtz appeared to express surprise that the coverage, “especially on cable” received “wall to wall” attention […]

BACHMANN ACCUSES CBS NEWS OF BIAS

November 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s campaign on Sunday charged that an email it accidentally received from CBS News political analyst John Dickerson proves that the network’s coverage of her campaign is being manipulated by “the liberal mainstream media elites.” Responding to an email about including Bachmann on a CBS web telecast following Saturday’s broadcast debate, […]

AILES REBALANCES FOX NEWS

September 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Since the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Fox News chief Roger Ailes says that he has toned down the most highly charged conservative rhetoric on the news channel, undertaking what he calls a “course correction” towards the mainstream. In a Newsweek interview with media writer Howard Kurtz, Ailes said that the news channel’s star commentator, […]

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