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Rachel Maddow Tells TV News, Including MSNBC, to Stop Booking ‘Yahoos’ on Iraq

Rachel Maddow IraqRachel Maddow is taking aim at the media, including her network, for giving airtime and voice to former Bush officials and foreign policy pundits known for advocating action in the buildup to the Iraq War.

Paul Bremer in the Wall Street Journal, and on CNN, and here on MSNBC; Paul Wolfowitz on MSNBC and on ‘Meet the Press,” Maddow said last night, rolling off other names she thinks got it wrong on Iraq now reemerging in the media with their prescriptions for today’s violence in Iraq, including Senator John McCain, Fox News’ Judith Miller, Bill Kristol, and the Brookings Institute’s Kenneth Pollack and Robert Kagan.

“Hey Sunday shows, hey op-ed pages, hey cable news, hey everybody…We know you are tempted to keep booking these yahoos on these subjects, but if you keep turning to the people who were famously wrong about Iraq to ask them what to do about Iraq, you at least will be laughed at, and you will be embarrassed that you did this, and you will eventually have to apologize.”

Maddow’s take on the media’s shoddy Iraq coverage starts around the 13:40 mark.

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Howard Kurtz’s ‘MediaBuzz’ Projects ‘Authority, Energy and Pace’

It’s been a rough year for Howard Kurtz, but you wouldn’t know it by today’s launch of “MediaBuzz” on Fox News Channel.

After his sudden departures from CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, Kurtz appears to have made a seamless transition to Fox News. “MediaBuzz” projected authority, energy and pace.

Clearly, Kurtz was in his comfort zone. Most of his guests were familiar faces from his 15-year run at “Reliable Sources” – David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson, media entrepreneur Lauren Ashburn.

In fact, Ashburn, a Fox News contributor, had so much face time, she served as a de facto co-host. Along with appearing in the opening two segments, she co-hosted “Digital Download,” and was on set with Kurtz for his sign-off.

Kurtz has a complicated history with Ashburn. His involvement in her new venture, Daily Download, a Daily Beast competitor, did not endear him to Brown, who later fired him. Ashburn showed up regularly on “Reliable Sources” and followed Kurtz to Fox News.

I couldn’t help but notice that Ashburn, like so many Fox News females, is blonde.

Ditto for guest Michelle Cottle, Washington reporter for The Daily Beast, and Fox’s Jamie Colby, who anchored a news break during the show. The only non-blonde was the Post’s Henderson, who is African American.

“MediaBuzz” opened with a lively panel discussion on media criticism of President Obama’s handling of Syria. Kurtz used the opportunity to take a shot, albeit a mild one, at his new employer. (Since joining the network in June, Kurtz had been criticized for avoiding negative assessments of Fox.)

After MSNBC contributors Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, both former Obama officials, were lambasted by a panelist for being mouthpieces for the President, Kurtz said it was “fair to question” whether Fox regulars Karl Rove and Rick Santorum were also “pushing an agenda.” At Fox, that passes for napalm.

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Howard Kurtz is News on ‘Reliable Sources,’ But Not on ‘Fox News Watch’

Howard Kurtz‘s decision to leave CNN for Fox News this week was news on his CNN show today, but it wasn’t on the show he’s about to take over. Kurtz spent most of his pen-ultimate CNN show covering the breaking news of NSA leaker Edward Snowden arriving in Moscow, including an interview — for the third time in as many weeks — with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald who broke the Snowden news. At the end of the show Kurtz said,

Finally, a word about me. You may have read somewhere that after 15 years of anchoring this program, I’ll be moving on from CNN to become a media and political analyst for Fox News. It has been a privilege to occupy this chair and I will have more to say about this on my final program next week which of course is a little tease to get to you tune in next Sunday morning.

Kurtz also didn’t shy away from criticizing his new network. In a story first revealed by TVNewser Friday, Kurtz called out ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Fox News for erroneously reporting that an arrest warrant had been issued for NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

On Thursday Kurtz revealed he’d signed on with Fox News to host a revamped “Fox News Watch.” The Fox show made no mention of the change during this weekend’s episode. Current host Jon Scott has been named anchor in the Fox News specials unit while the contributions of “Fox News Watch” regulars Judith Miller, Cal Thomas an Jim Pinkerton have not been revealed.

It’s also not known if the Kurtz-led Fox News media affairs show will be a half hour, as “Fox News Watch” is currently, or expand to an hour, as “Reliable Sources” is.

Fox News Takes on Touré: ‘If Anybody Had Said ‘An Old Black Guy’ Could You Imagine What the Outcry Would Have Been?’

Judith Miller and Kirsten Powers were on Fox News this morning during a weekly media segment on “Happening Now.” The hot topic: MSNBC’s Toure describing Sen. John McCain this week as a member of an “old, white, establishment,” who “wrongly and repeatedly attacked a much younger black woman [U.N. Amb. Susan Rice.]”

Powers, a democratic strategist, talked about her Twitter fight with Touré over the comment this morning. Miller suggested, “If anybody had said, ‘an old black guy’ can you imagine what the outcry would have been? I mean this is just inappropriate. It is completely unworthy of informed criticism.”

‘Fox News Watch’ Avoids News Corp. Scandal, Almost

Saturday’s “Fox News Watch” steered clear of one of last week’s major media stories — News Corp. shutting down UK tabloid News of the World as a result of a hacking scandal. Or did they?

On the show’s website, Fox News posts “Behind the Breaks” videos of the panel chatting during commercial breaks. In the first break, the panel — including Judith Miller, Cal Thomas and James Pinkerton — can be heard chatting about “the subject we’re not talking about today.” Thomas asked his colleagues if anyone is willing to bring up the scandal. “Sure,” Pinkerton answered jokingly. “Go ahead, Cal.” As the panel laughs, Thomas responds, “I’m not going to touch it.”

News Corp. owns Fox News Channel, in addition to News of the World.

By comparison, CNN’s Howard Kurtz devoted the entire first segment of “Reliable Sources” — which is the only other media criticism show on cable news — to the News of the World story.

Video below (skip to the 1:55 mark to hear the above discussion):

Fox News Contributors: Mark Halperin Got a Bum Rap

Did Time’s Mark Halperin receive punishment that fit the crime? In The Daily Beast, journalist Judith Miller and pollster Doug Schoen write that no, he did not. Halperin of course called President Obama a “dick” on “Morning Joe” last week.

Miller and Schoen argue that the bigger problem was the fact that The White House apparently told MSNBC that it believed Halperin’s comments were inappropriate. Of course, the pair are not exactly neutral observers, as both appear regularly on Fox News Channel.

[H]is mistake was not so egregious as to require an indefinite suspension or even suspension or punishment at all. Time magazine’s editors stood by their man, kind of, sort of. While they called their political editor’s comments on MSNBC “inappropriate and in no way reflective of Time’s views,” and said that the magazine had issued him a warning that such behavior was “unacceptable,” Halperin had “appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on The Page.” Enough was enough.

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Dan Abrams’ New Role

Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici catches up with Dan Abrams about his cameos in a new fictionalized teleplay of the Valerie Plame-Judith Miller story. Bercovici writes, “Kate Beckinsale playing a glammed-up version of Miller, the New York Times reporter who went to jail for refusing to say who had leaked her the name of a CIA operative.”

Abrams plays himself, a TV talker discussing l’affaire de Plame. In one of his scenes, the special prosecutor (played by Matt Dillon) yells “Turn that guy off!” Dan’s dad, noted First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, has a more extensive role in the film.

Nothing but the Truth also stars Alan Alda, Angela Bassett and Noah Wyle (wait, weren’t they all on ER at one time or another?)

> More: Spoiler-ific review from someone who saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival…