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CNN Names Stelter Host of Reliable Sources

It’s official – CNN has named a new host for its DC-based, Sunday morning media criticism show Reliable Sources. The post, vacated by Howard Kurtz back in June, will be filled by New York Times boy wonder and mediabistro alum Brian Stelter.

Stelter emerged victorious from a crowded field of guest hosts including Politico’s Patrick Gavin, NPR’s David Folkenflik, and The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.

“Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms,” said CNN chief Jeff Zucker in a statement.  “He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career.”

In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be November 25, and his first show will air December 1.

Stelter, who in 2004 founded FishbowlDC’s sister blog TVNewser, joined the New York Times in 2007.  Earlier this year he published the NYT best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

 

Afternoon Oopsy: ‘Mornings Joe’

So much to adore about Fox News’ Howard Kurtz. After he went on his Tour de Errors, he vowed to slow down and be more careful.

It’s only social media — not that important considering every moron does it. Still, this morning the nation’s premier media writer got the name of an extremely popular morning program wrong.  kurtz

His followers weren’t bothered so much by his spelling error as they were his newfound “Foxiness.” Read more

Is Howie Kurtz Tone Deaf?

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When everyone was recently collectively ragging on Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz, I really wanted to come to his rescue. I detest pile-on journalism. I thought, if not me, who? If not then, when is a better time to defend Howie than when the whole world appears to be relentlessly conspiring against him?

But Wednesday he wrote an incredibly tone deaf Media Buzz column, complete with hypocrisy, self-promotion and praise for his own network.

Just gross already, Howie. Read more

Is WaPo’s Wemple ‘Off His Meds’?

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No, no. Who knows if WaPo‘s opinionated media blogger Erik Wemple is even on meds? And who really cares? But readers of his story on Fox News’ Howard Kurtz‘ weirdly conflicting report on the government “slimdown” (or, “shutdown” depending who you ask) had hilarious reactions to what he wrote. Read more

Morning Chatter

“Week-long beach reading in Playa Del Carmen. #ThisTown was sad, frustrating, disgusting. I loved it.” — Thomas Galvin, policy advisor to Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commission. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich replied, “Thanks…sort of.”

Big ideas

“Someone should write a dissertation on @LukeRussert twitter bio ‘Been sweating it out in the streets of a runaway American dream since 1985′” — ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum.

Trust exercises with Dave Weigel?

“At @Slate retreat w @thehighsign @dankois @jdickerson @junethomas @mattyglesias @amandahess @AmandaMarcotte @emmaroller @Dahlialithwick.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Question never to ponder: “How does God allow ‘read’ to be the past tense of ‘read’? Screw that all to hell.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, talking about God and hell on Yom Kippur. His colleague Hank Stuever replied to Gene, “You are out of your mind and you already waste spaces.”

Howie catches crap before show

“We’ll also talk about studies that Facebook fuels depression. And we’ll read some of your tweets on the air during the hour #MediaBuzz” — FNC’s Howard Kurtz. Bethany Mandel, who handles Social Media for Commentary, replied, “Howard Kurtz, if seeing other people’s happiness makes you depressed, Facebook isn’t the issue. #mediabuzz”

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: As Capable as a Head of Lettuce

Reuters media columnist Jack Shafer joins the bandwagon of writers kicking Fox News’ Howard Kurtz in the gut these days. Only he’s slightly more gentle about it, saying Kurtz’ capabilities are intact, now if only his new producers over at Fox News would get their shit together. Read more

Morning Chatter

Uh oh.

“My laptop keeps setting itself back to Pacific time. I don’t think it likes DC.” — FNC and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz.

That thing when a journo gets trapped in an important discussion

“That thing when you’re trapped on a Twitter thread about whether it’s ‘website’ or ‘Web site’” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

High-wasted pants can work?

“I just saw a girl wearing high-waisted, cropped suiting pants and actually pulling it off, so I’ve found the one person who can.” — Katherine Miller, digital managing editor for the Free Beacon.

NSFW

“Note to self: Don’t pull up case study of company advertising on porn sites in crowded room full of journalists.” — Alex Wilhelm, writer at TechCrunch in San Francisco (a little out of our Fishbowl but still treading the same dangerous waters).

Plumber charges Ingraham nearly $400 for Sand Art debacle

“Now my son Niko found ‘Sand Art’ &poured it down a bathroom sink. Plumber came &tried to charge $399 flat fee. That incl. a remodel too?!” — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

Howard Kurtz Gets Clock Cleaned, But Who’s the Dirty Old Perv Now?

I’m getting tired of this. Yet I’m also fascinated. Another day, another round of punches for Fox News’ media correspondent Howard Kurtz.

“Howard Kurtz is a Cad, Part IV” screams a post published Sunday by “Ken” on the site All things Democrat. (Sunday tends to be a holy day in which people tend to avoid lying, cheating and being overall perverts, but maybe Ken has been taking a long nap.)

“Ken” recaps their interest with Kurtz, which he says began with the Boston Marathon bombing and Kurtz’ despicable coverage of praising CNN owning up to its mistakes but bashing Fox News for following CNN. They stroll through a number of Kurtz’ screw ups, including the Jason Collins debacle, in which Kurtz said the gay athlete hadn’t revealed his engagement to a woman when, in fact, he had.

Eventually “Ken” makes it around to Part IV of their exhaustive “series” of Kurtz bashing in which he says he wasn’t surprised Kurtz was hired by Fox News, as if it’s a bad thing to be fired by Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown and then snagged by the nation’s highest rated cable news network. “Some folks were surprised when Kurtz was picked up by Fox, but not me,” Ken wrote. “Fox, with their situational ethics and blatantly partisan outlook and Kurtz, being a cad, seem like a natural fit from my perspective.”

“Ken,” seems to have forgotten that he’s coming from nationally “blatantly partisan” perspective, in this case, Democratic. The site, founded in 2006 by progressive Wisconsin Dem Doug Marquartd, claims to have bloggers who provide (cough cough) “smart analysis and opinion on the latest political news, issues and hot topics of interest to Dems.”

Which leads them to Part IV of their series: “Ken” nails Kurtz for being a “dirty old man” and for “leering at at pictures of someone who is related to someone that is in his field of expertise.”

For the purposes of his story, he explains, he will use Kurtz’ own tactics to write about his family members.

Holy sh-t is this about to get good.

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In Defense of Howard Kurtz (Not Really)

When I see so much self-righteous dumping on Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz it makes me feel all uppity. Sure, we’ve written a ton on his self-pimping and hypocritical ways over the years. So we’re not immune to knocking him. Still, this week I want to find something, anything, to say about him that would be favorable or show some other side to the journalist once hailed as the nation’s premier media writer.

This week he wrote about WaPo Ben Bradlee‘s daughter-in-law Pari Bradley for wearing a “Swiss cheese” bra. “Do the pictures go too far?” he asked. But all sense of irony is lost on him. Has Howie gone blind? Has he seen the anchors at his own network? You can’t watch Fox News and not notice that many of the female anchors tend to don skimpy, tight clothing that shows off their legs or breasts. And you must realize that they are instructed to do so.

His former newspaper of 29 years, WaPo, reduced his work to a “hallowed middle ground he has spent his entire career clinging to.” Gawker castrated him, said he was having a mid-life crisis and wondered intensely about his relationship to The Daily Download‘s  and now Fox News colleague Lauren Ashburn, who appears to trail him wherever he goes. And others dumped, dumped and dumped. Strangers called him things like “sourpuss pervert” and “old pervert” and said he had a face like “old oatmeal.” WaPo‘s Sally Quinn, also mother-in-law to Pari, told Media Matters that he’s an “old geezer.” Even NPR‘s reasoned David Folkenflik remarked on Twitter, “Howie’s going to do just fine at Fox.” Who says America doesn’t have a big heart?

Pari has since taken her pictures down: “This content is currently unavailable.”

I asked a colleague, don’t you think people are being a little self-righteous here? The response I got: “I think they’re spot on.” Which only fueled my fury. Why can’t people leave Howie (and Miley) alone? Like WaPo‘s Clinton Yates argued, why can’t Miley be herself? And why can’t Howie?

Then I came to from my fugue state and took to his Twitter feed to find out if there was any possible way to defend Howie. (I’m really pulling for you here, man. Come on, help a media reporting sister out, will you?) Read more

Howard Kurtz Gets Unintentionally Ironic

In the new Fox News First morning newsletter by Chris Stirewalt today is a promo for Fox News media writer Howard Kurtz. To be sure, the newsletter is reminiscent of Politico Playbook in that it highlights their own, including Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Karl Rove. Here Stirewalt has Kurtz wondering whether Al Jazeera America, which launches today, can be — cough cough — unbiased. Come on Howie, considering the network who’s wondering, seriously?

AL JAZEERA AMERICA DEBUTS
Al Jazeera, a network that many Americans still associate with Usama bin Laden videos, launches its American channel in about 50 million homes today. The new outfit is spending heavily on bold-face names like Soledad O’Brien. Today Howard Kurtz asks: Can it shake its reputation for bias and fulfill its promise of more serious news and less fluff?

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