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Howie Kurtz and Matt Lewis Make Up

FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein caught up with Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz and Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis after their on air confrontation on Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday. As we reported, Kurtz and Lewis sparred over the White House interruption last Friday.

Kurtz argued that Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro, “had no business interrupting the president.” Lewis disagreed: “The press corps should be a little less deferential to authority. He did the right thing.” Kurtz then accused Lewis of taking that line to “defend your guy,” Lewis.

Today, FBDC reports there’s no love lost. “And if it helps us mend fences,” says Lewis, “[Kurtz] is welcome to stop by the Daily Caller for a beer summit, anytime!”

Kurtz adds, “I will absolutely have Matt Lewis back many times. He’s a smart guy, a good guest and is welcome to disagree with me anytime.”

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Howie Kurtz, Matt Lewis Spar over Neil Munro’s Interruption of Pres. Obama

On “Reliable Sources” this morning, just after reporting the news of the death of Rodney King, Howard Kurtz asked his guests Current TV’s Cenk Uygur and Dailly Caller’s Matt Lewis about Friday’s Rose Garden announcement about changes to U.S. immigration laws, and Pres. Obama being interrupted in the middle of his remarks. Lewis’ colleague Neil Munro asked the question which drew a sharp response from the president.

“Would you have done what he did? Was he wrong?,” Kurtz asked Lewis. “Cenk just said that we should be aggressive when asking questions. There was going to be no question and answer. This was the only chance he had to ask a question.”

Kurtz disagreed: “He had no business interrupting the president.”

“The press corps should be a little less deferential to authority,” Lewis shot back. “He did the right thing.”

“I understand that you have to defend your guy,” Kurtz began to say, before Lewis jumped in, “I’m not defending my guy, I’m defending the right for reporters to ask questions.”

‘MSNBC would love if Keith Olbermann could turn out 300,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial.’

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On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Saturday’s Lincoln Memorial rally was a hot topic of conversation with liberal pundits Jane Hall and Bill Press and conservative blogger Matt Lewis. The discussion ranged from the impact, the size (somewhere between 87,000 and half a million, including Bill Press), to the promotional platform from Beck’s network: Fox News Channel.

Jane Hall: But again, when you promote it on your network, and the man is drawing people because he has viewers on Fox, it is aligned with Fox. So it’s a distinction without a difference, in my opinion.

Bill Press: Howie, they did pull back toward the end. But let’s face it, this event would not have happened without Fox News. This was a Fox News event.

Howard Kurtz: Well, because Fox gives Beck a platform. But the other hosts were not banging the drums on this.

Press: No. Bill O’Reilly had him on his show to promote it. He was on “Fox & Friends” many times –

Kurtz: Yes, he appeared as a guest.

Press: — to promote it. And when you — I think the bigger picture is you couple that and all of the rest of his political activity, if I could just finish, with Sarah Palin is on the payroll, Newt Gingrich is on the payroll, Mike Huckabee is on the payroll.

Matt Lewis: MSNBC would love if Keith Olbermann could turn out 300,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. He couldn’t do it. Glenn Beck can do it, and there’s the difference.

> Earlier: Live blog & Poll from Beck’s 8/28 Lincoln Memorial Rally

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A Fair & Balanced Discussion of Glenn Beck’s Rally?

Tomorrow Howard Kurtz will be talking about Glenn Beck‘s rally, among other topics, with his panel on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” He’s got liberal talker Bill Press booked, as well as Matt Lewis, a conservative writer for Politics Daily and Jane Hall, who was until last year, a left-leaning Fox News pundit. Hall left Fox News in part because of Beck.

Is this a balanced panel? You decide tomorrow on CNN at 11amET.

The Beck rally and the competing rally held by the Rev. Al Sharpton will come up on the Sunday public affairs shows as well. Beck will be a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a guest on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” Duncan was scheduled to speak at Sharpton’s rally.

On “Reliable Sources” Kurtz will also be talking about former RNC chairman and campaign manager of Bush-Cheney ’04 Ken Mehlman coming out of the closet. Kurtz’s guest: Ross Douthat of The New York Times.

Shirley Sherrod, African American Anchors on ‘Reliable Sources’

Reliable072310.jpg Tomorrow, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” will examine the Shirley Sherrod case. American University’s Jane Hall, Salon.com’s Joan Walsh and PoliticsDaily.com’s Matt Lewis will discuss whether some media organizations jumped to conclusions over the Sherrod video.

Also, St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans, radio host Amy Holmes and former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson will discuss the topic “Are There Enough African Americans Headlining Network News?” with host Howard Kurtz.

“Reliable Sources” airs Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.