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Posts Tagged ‘Howard Kurtz’

Sharyl Attkisson: Media Have ‘Bought Into’ Administration’s Benghazi Strategy

In an interview with Howard Kurtz on FNC’s “Media Buzz”, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson argued news networks have accepted a White House media strategy that Benghazi is old news, and if anything, a “phony Republican scandal”:

“The strategy that the administration has deployed to make it all sound like old news and controversialize it as if it’s a phony Republican scandal has been somewhat effective within the media, if not maybe with the American public, which polls say I think they are still keenly interested in this topic. The media have kind of bought into that this is a conservative story and a Republican scandal.”

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Kurtz Slams Uber: ‘This is Ugly, Ugly Stuff’

Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz has slammed Uber and its executive Emir Michael over the story first reported by BuzzFeed, that Michael suggested “digging up dirt” on journalists, specifically Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy:

Leaving aside the mendacity of targeting someone’s personal life because you don’t like what she’s written, how clueless do you have to be to talk about going after journalists at a table full of journalists?

What’s more, the reason this is chilling is that Uber has personal information on where and when its passengers go. There’s an assumption that this info remains private, but a corporation out to smear someone could certainly misuse it.

The backstory is that Lacy, an aggressive journalist who once worked for Business Week, has been torching Uber. She has accused the company of “sexism and misogyny.” She said she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed’s report that the firm appeared to be working with a French escort service.

Kurtz notes Uber has swiftly traded its hip image for a far more sleazy one:

This is ugly, ugly stuff.

But here’s an unintentionally funny line from the piece: “His remarks came as Uber seeks to improve its relationship with the media and the image of its management team, who have been cast as insensitive and hyper-aggressive.” How’s that workin’ out for ya?

Candidate Won’t Talk to Fox, Demanded John Roberts Be Cut as Debate Moderator

RobertsNunnFox News senior national correspondent John Roberts said Sunday a key Senate candidate won’t talk to him because he works for Fox News, and the candidate even demanded Roberts be dumped as moderator for a Senate debate. “Despite my long track record of having worked for Fox, CNN prior to that, and CBS News before that for 14 years, they didn’t like the idea that someone from Fox would be moderating that debate, so out I went,” Roberts said on the Fox program “Media Buzz.”

Roberts also told Howard Kurtz Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has denied him an interview for months. “For some reason, the Nunn campaign just does not want to talk to Fox News, even though we have been reaching out to them in various ways since about the month of April,” he said.

Update: The Atlanta Press Club pulled Roberts from the debate, they say, because of his Tweets about a lack of access to the Nunn campaign. “The Atlanta Press Club was concerned that sending the tweets so close to the debate may cause people to question whether Roberts would be an impartial moderator to all candidates,” says Lauri Straus of the APC.

Roberts has responded to the response: Read more

Howard Kurtz Asks if the Media is ‘Scaremongering’ on Ebola

KurtzFox News‘ Howard Kurtz writes about the media’s Ebola coverage, wondering if in a grab for ratings and clicks, networks are intentionally dramatizing the epidemic. He lasers in on his former network, in particular.

I was watching CNN the other day and unless I missed something during a bathroom break, the network did not come off the Ebola story for a single minute. The chatter in the business is that CNN’s coverage has reached Malaysian plane levels. But in fairness, the other networks aren’t that far behind.

Watching CNN for a few hours, I saw these banners on the screen:





And on and on and on.

Kurtz didn’t get into any of those “other networks” possibly going too far. On his own network last week, “Outnumbered” panelist Andrea Tantaros suggested people from Ebola-plagued countries could potentially seek care from a “witch doctor.” And over the weekend, Mike Huckabee casted doubt on whether Americans can trust President Obama on the Ebola crisis, airing a montage of sound bites Obama made that Huckabee classifies as broken promises.

Is There a Media Crusade Against the NFL?

On MediaBuzz Sunday, Howard Kurtz tackled whether the media has unfairly targeted the NFL in the aftermath of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence incidents.

“I like football, I like watching football, I grew up playing football on the street…but I think it’s been appalling what the National Football League has done,” Kurtz said. “Not that we should hold the NFL to a higher standard, but we should hold it to some decent standard of behavior for players who do this kind of thing off the field. I think this is no longer a news story. I think this has become a cultural moment.”

Lauren Ashburn’s Fox Contract Not Renewed

LaurenAshburnLauren Ashburn‘s Fox News contract will not be renewed, TVNewser has learned. Ashburn had a one-year deal with Fox News. She’s appeared weekly on Howard Kurtz‘s “Media Buzz” since launch last fall, and has been a contributor on other Fox News shows.

When reached for comment a Fox News spokesperson confirms Ashburn is no longer under contract but said she may appear as a guest on the network from time to time.

Ashburn, the former managing editor of USA Today, is also the founder of the Daily Download. Kurtz often contributed to that site during his time as Washington bureau chief for the Daily Beast. At the time, Kurtz was also host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where Ashburn was a frequent guest. Not long after Kurtz and Ashburn signed on with Fox News, Daily Download was shut down.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin to Fox: You’re Telling Me Fox and Others Don’t Pay for Great Video?

Appearing on “MediaBuzz” yesterday, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin suggested his site paying for video is no different than Fox News and other cable networks paying for video.

“You want to actually tell me that Fox News Channel and all the others haven’t paid for people who come along and say they have this great piece of video?” Levin said to Howard Kurtz. “Fox News and others don’t pay for information,” Kurtz responded. “Howie, you’re changing the subject…I agree with you on information. I’m talking about video.” Levin went on to say TMZ doesn’t pay for interviews.

Fox News Ratings Notes: ‘The Five,’ ‘Cashin’ In,’ ‘Media Buzz’

FiveA few ratings highlights of the last few days from Fox News Channel:

  • On Monday, “The Five” delivered 2.2 million total viewers, beating the U.S. Open Men’s Final on CBS. The 5pmET program also topped MSNBC and CNN combined, in both total viewers and the demo.
  • On Sunday, “Media Buzz” marked its one-year anniversary with its second-highest demo drawing 327,000 viewers. The Howard Kurtz-hosted show beat MSNBC and CNN combined in the 11amET timeslot.
  • On Saturday, “Cashin’ In” hosted by Eric Bolling delivered the highest demo of any cable news daytime program. The show beat all of CNN’s primetime programming including the Hunt and CNN Films.

Bill O’Reilly and Howard Kurtz Talk Al Sharpton’s Dual Activist, MSNBC Role

O'Reilly KurtzBill O’Reilly spoke with Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn last night about Al Sharpton‘s ongoing activism on behalf of Michael Brown while also hosting his MSNBC show.

“This is a travesty,” Kurtz said, citing Sharpton’s “political” eulogy at Brown’s funeral yesterday, meeting with Michael Brown’s family, and what Kurtz says is Sharpton’s “acknowledgment” that he is a conduit for the Obama administration for on-the-ground information on Ferguson.

“This just reeks that MSNBC thinks this acceptable…you can’t be a player and cover the game,” Kurtz added. O’Reilly chimed in he believes Sharpton “almost singlehandedly has corrupted NBC News,” dismissing MSNBC President Phil Griffin‘s defense that the network has been transparent about Sharpton’s dual roles. Yesterday, Sharpton spoke at Brown’s funeral in St. Louis in the afternoon and later hosted “PoliticsNation” from there at 6pmET. He led the show covering the funeral, playing parts of his eulogy off the top.

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How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more