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Jorge Ramos: ‘I’m Not Seeing Tough Questions Asked on American Television’

Jorge Ramos 2Politico’s Dylan Byers profiles Jorge Ramos, the “startlingly blunt” Univision and Fusion anchor who “makes no apologies for his outspoken stance on immigration reform.” Ramos — who recently confronted Speaker John Boehner over immigration — talks about his disappointment in the mainstream media:

“The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci used to say that for her, an interview was like a war,” he said over lemonade at Johnny’s Half Shell, a restaurant near the Capitol. “I get the sense that we’ve forgotten that here in the United States. You turn on the TV, and you see very bland interviews. Journalists in the United States are very cozy with power, very close to those in power. They laugh with them. They go to the [White House] correspondents’ dinner with them. They have lunch together. They marry each other. They’re way too close to each other. I think as journalists we have to keep our distance from power.”

“I’m not seeing tough questions asked on American television,” he added later. “I’m not seeing those correspondents that would question those in power. It’s like a club. We are not asking the tough questions.”

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‘MediaBuzz’ Debut Wins in Total Viewers, But ‘Reliable Sources’ Tops in the Demo

Howie Kurtz‘s new show on Fox News Channel went head-to-head with his old show on CNN Sunday morning. In its debut, “MediaBuzz” won in total viewers but lost to “Reliable Sources” in the A25-54 demographic.

“MediaBuzz” was the top cable news show in the 11amET hour in total viewers, but came in third — behind CNN and HLN — in the demo. “Reliable Sources,” hosted this week by Frank Sesno, was second in total viewers and first in the A25-54 demographic.

“MediaBuzz” was down -2% in total viewers and -38% in the demo compared to the same day last year, while “Reliable Sources” was up +18% and +27%, respectively. Compared to the 11amET hour last Sunday, Fox News was down -18% in total viewers and -48% in the demo, while CNN was up +2% and down -7%, respectively.

With Kurtz as host, “Reliable Sources” averaged 464,000 total viewers for this year (ending with his last show on June 30), meaning he saw an +83% jump in his total audience with his switch to Fox News.

  • Numbers for the 11amET hour Sunday:

Fox News: 852,000 viewers  / 133,000 A25-54

CNN: 516,000 viewers / 164,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 271,000 viewers  / 76,000 A25-54

HLN: 223,000 viewers / 145,000 A25-54

Kurtz, Sesno Media Criticism at Dawn

Well, it’ll be dawn in Anchorage. When Howard Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” debuts on Fox News tomorrow at 11amET, he’ll be going up against his old show, “Reliable Sources” on CNN which this week will be hosted by Frank Sesno, a former CNN DC bureau chief, now director of of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.

Syria will be the hot topic on both shows. “Reliable Sources” will also discuss new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos dropping in on the newsroom this week. Sesno will also discuss political reporting with Peter Hamby, who this week was named national political reporter for CNN digital. His report on the use of Twitter during the 2012 campaign from his fellowship at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard was made public this week. CNN contributor Kevin Madden , who worked on the Romney campaign, and PBS NewsHour’s Christina Bellantoni will also guest.

As for what’s on tap for Kurtz’s first “MediaBuzz,” he talked about it Thursday on Fox News:

Joanne Lipman to host ‘Reliable Sources’

For the first time since introducing a rotating cast of hosts, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” will be fronted by a woman.

Joanne Lipman, former managing editor of the The Wall Street Journal and former editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio will host Sunday’s show.

Lipman’s former WSJ colleague Walt Mossberg will be a guest, along with former ABC, BBC, MSNBC and CNBC anchor Melinda Wittstock, founder and CEO of Verifeed. They’ll discuss how crowd-sourced information and video help news organizations. Also on tap: a look at the news coverage from a deadly week in Egypt, and a discussion about next week’s launch of Al Jazeera America.

Howard Kurtz hosted his final “Reliable Sources” June 31. (He joined Fox News the next day.) Since then, hosts have included the Daily Beast’s John Avlon, NPR’s David Folkenflik, former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, and the New York TimesBrian Stelter.

Brian Stelter to Guest Host ‘Reliable Sources’

New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter will host an upcoming edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple reports. As CNN looks for a permanent replacement for Howard Kurtz, who recently joined Fox News, Stelter will host August 11. In the meantime, he will avoid covering CNN, as well as Fox News and MSNBC.

Wemple speculates on what the guest-hosting gig might mean for Stelter:

Whatever the outcome of Stelter’s tryout, it’s unlikely to advance the story of the New York Times’s brain drain to television outlets. Earlier this year, the paper lost reporters Jeff Zeleny and Susan Saulny to ABC News and just last week lost statistician Nate Silver to ESPN-cum-ABC News. That’s not a trajectory for Stelter. “I would not leave the Times for a television job,” says Stelter. Perhaps that wouldn’t be an issue: Over his time hosting “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz held down full-time work covering the media and Washington, first at The Post and later at the Daily Beast/Newsweek, and contributed to the Daily Download. Over the years, he occasionally drew fire from critics for conflicts of interest stemming from his various loyalties.

This week’s guest host of “Reliable Sources” will be former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno, who currently works as director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Stelter is the author of “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.” In a MediaBeat interview earlier this year, we asked him if he’d be interested in hosting his own media criticism show. Watch his answer after the jump.  Read more

CNN’s Howard Kurtz Talks About CNN’s Big Hire On CNN

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Howard Kurtz spoke to critic David Zurawik, former CNN DC bureau chief Frank Sesno and former NBC News correspondent Fred Francis about CNN’s big hire this week: former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker.

Cable News Young Gun Gets Shot at Tiffany Network

CBS News’ brand-new management team doesn’t officially take over until tomorrow, but it’s already earning high marks from former division president Andrew Heyward.

“It’s a really creative, innovative way to structure top management,” says Heyward, a consultant to media companies. “I give Leslie [Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp.] a lot of credit for this.”

“This” is the unusual tandem of Bloomberg alum David Rhodes as CBS News president and ’60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager as chairman, a new title. In addition to topping the division’s flow chart, Fager will continue running ’60.’

Rhodes is a young (37) CBS outsider whose entire career has been in cable. Fager, 56, has spent more than half his life at CBS, where he is universally respected as a  newsman and manager.

Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief, labels the professional coupling  “a dream team.”

“The boss understands the heritage, preserves the legacy, articulates the vision,” says Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. “The president brings in new blood, a new sensibility and a cable edge.”

The duo, announced Feb. 7, made its first major move Friday with the exit of Paul Friedman, executive vice president for news, and Barbara Fedida, head of talent and development.  Neither departure was unexpected.

Friedman, in particular, was strongly disliked by the troops for his brusque management

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Cynthia McFadden Goes Around the World to Interview U.S. Secretaries Clinton & Gates

ABC’s Cynthia McFadden interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend for their first ever joint television interview while traveling abroad. The full interview airs tonight on “Nightline.” McFadden is back from Australia and was on “GMA” this morning with a portion of the interview (after the jump). Another clip airs tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Secretaries Clinton and Gates were interviewed by CNN in Oct. 2009 by now-ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour and former CNNer Frank Sesno.

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Cable News’ ‘Crossfire Culture’ Gets Analyzed

RS080210.jpgThe Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz writes about the “Crossfire Culture” of cable news, and journalism in general. While ostensibly it is about the current state of journalism, it is hard to ignore the focus on cable news pundits:

Cable news channels were pioneers in vituperation, as politicians learned they were more likely to get invited back by breathing fire. The rise of highly opinionated hosts at Fox and MSNBC helped fuel the trend, as has the invasion of pols-turned-pundits — Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, James Carville, Eliot Spitzer — who have blurred the distinction between us (the journalists) and them (those we cover).

And later:

[Bill] O’Reilly regularly portrays his network as the antidote to hopelessly biased rivals: “If you want to know what’s really happening in America, you have to come here because you will not get it in much of the mainstream media.” His chief antagonist, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, said Sherrod’s reputation had been “assassinated by Fox News” and “that scum Breitbart,” but he did not spare what he called “the cowering media, this network included.”

The article seems to draw from a discussion Kurtz had on his Sunday CNN program, “Reliable Sources:”

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‘Reliable Sources’ Critiques Christiane Amanpour on ‘This Week’

reliable080110.jpg CNN’s “Reliable Sources” had a segment with awfully quick turnaround this morning.

Host Howard Kurtz brought on Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart to discuss Christiane Amanpour‘s debut as host of ABC’s ‘This Week’, barely an hour after it aired.

Said Barnhart:

Well, I think she played to her strengths as a well-prepared researcher, someone who comes loaded for bear for her interviews. These were gets that were — they were published on the Web ahead of time. We could watch much of the segments ahead of time.

So, that part is the known quantity about Christiane. The unknown quantity is the back half of the show, which is the roundtable, where she’s expected to let her guests sort of hold forth and move the news agenda forward. And in that, she seemed a little less ready for the new environment she was thrown into there.

Update: From Barnhart, who writes in from Beverly Hills: “I wasn’t in Kansas City for the segment, I was in LA on TV critics press tour, meaning that I watched the East Coast feed at CNN’s bureau at 6 a.m.! Still, when you compare it to Oscars night – where my review is due about two minutes after the ceremony ends – this was a walk in the park.”

The program also discussed the hyper-partisan state of cable news earlier today, referencing the Shirley Sherrod case and the New Black Panther party coverage, among other topics.

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, former CNN exec turned George Washington University professor Frank Sesno, Former USA Today managing editor Lauren Ashburn and CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid talked about the rhetoric.

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