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Howard Kurtz: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

El Rushbo on 'Family Guy'

By Howard Kurtz  | October 1, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Religious war: Maher v. O'Reilly

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By Howard Kurtz  | October 1, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rahm heckled on way out

Updated 12:02 p.m. It was kind of touching that Rahm choked up, wiping away a tear as he discussed his parents. But you wonder why Obama made such a big deal of the sendoff--four bear hugs between them--even as they heaped praise on each other. And not a syllable from the new guy, Pete Rouse? Short answer: This was Rahm's opening salvo in his mayoral campaign, and the president was happy to play along. I knew that Rahm was absolutely, positively packing for Chicago when the anonymous trashing began. I had no inside source telling me that Emanuel would end his tenure as chief of staff at week's end. But I know the devious ways of the Beltway. With Rahm ensconced at Obama's side, no one wanted to cross him, at least in the press. They might get a dead fish in the mail or something. But when the guy is heading to a local campaign, all the accumulated resentments and frustrations bubble to the surface--aided and abetted by journalists willing to publish anonymous quotes.

By Howard Kurtz  | October 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  Obama, Pete Rouse, Rahm Emanuel, White House, anonymous sources, chief of staff  
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Scandal time: Paladino gets a pass

Some candidates have baggage. Carl Paladino has enough to fill the belly of a plane. And yet he is in a competitive race for governor of New York, at least according to some recent polls. The media seem to be treating Paladino's past in perfunctory fashion, even though the revelations would sink most politicians. It defies the laws of physics. It makes dabbling in witchcraft seem like a school prank. There's even video now of him threatening a reporter. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the tough-talking Republican is a wealthy Buffalo businessman who can finance his own race against Andrew Cuomo. Let's start with the affair.

By Howard Kurtz  | September 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  Andrew Cuomo, Carl Paladino, New York, affair, governor, media, scandal  
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Stewart won't stop whining

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By Howard Kurtz  | September 30, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Newseum entering Twitter age

The Newseum, scrambling to keep up with the fast-changing media landscape, is taking a step into the technological future. Under a $5-million grant to be announced Thursday, the Pennsylvania Avenue museum will create an exhibit to enable visitors to interact with news feeds on touch screen and touch-activated walls. "People will be able to explore the news in real time," says Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of HP, the computer giant that is providing the financing. Hewlett Packard will become a founding partner of the Newseum. The exhibit, expected to open late next year, will focus on what McKinney calls "the democratization of information."

By Howard Kurtz  | September 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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James O'Keefe's sexual trap

By Howard Kurtz  | September 29, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Levi gets Palin-like grilling

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By Howard Kurtz  | September 29, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking news: Beck speaks!

Glenn Beck gives few interviews -- he prefers to monopolize the microphone -- so it's worth looking at what he says when he actually talks to a reporter. In the upcoming issue of the New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich profiles the Fox News megastar. Here are some highlights: --Beck talks about being a recovering addict and projects that onto America: "'I think what the country is going through right now is, in a way, what I went through with my alcoholism,' he told me. 'You can either live or die. You have a choice.'"

By Howard Kurtz  | September 29, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Latest stories, Radio, Television, Top story  | Tags:  Fox, Glenn Beck, Mark Leibovich, New York Times, Roger Ailes  
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One-click Wednesday roundup

Obama's multiple messages The president is making all kinds of news--and serving as a media critic on the side. The classic political strategy, especially in the home stretch of election season, is to pick one theme and pound it again...

By Howard Kurtz  | September 29, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama's multiple messages

The president is making all kinds of news--and serving as a media critic on the side. The classic political strategy, especially in the home stretch of election season, is to pick one theme and pound it again and again. Temperamentally speaking, I'm not sure that Barack Obama is capable of that--and in today's Twitterized universe, it may no longer be possible. He even found himself talking about his religion. On Monday, the president spent half an hour with Matt Lauer, talking about education reform. That happens to be a largely unsung area of bold reform efforts by the administration, but in the current environment I don't think it buys Obama three votes. On Tuesday, Rolling Stone published a wide-ranging interview with the president. Yep, it might seem odd for Obama to talk to the same magazine that cost Stanley McChrystal his job. But Jann Wenner endorsed him two years ago and has been a fairly steadfast supporter. Obama could have finessed the question about Fox News, but he chose to answer this way:

By Howard Kurtz  | September 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  Fox, Jann Wenner, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Obama, Rachel Maddow, Rolling Stone, White House  
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Biden's fine whine

Joe Biden was trying to fire up his base. And he succeeded--although not in the way he intended. The vice president knows that Democratic apathy could turn a Republican wave into a tsunami on Nov. 2. So he's been exhorting the so-called base to close ranks, get fired up, stop whining and fight the GOP. Ruh-roh. Turns out liberal activists and pundits don't particularly like being dubbed whiners.

By Howard Kurtz  | September 28, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  Biden, Obama, White House, blaming the left, buck up, professional left, stop whining  
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Stewart defends Colbert's truthiness

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By Howard Kurtz  | September 28, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Biden to Dems: Buck up

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By Howard Kurtz  | September 28, 2010; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woodward on the war president

By Howard Kurtz  | September 27, 2010; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For midterms, Fox on top

On television, having an impact is the name of the game. By that measure, cable news is a winner, and Fox News is the big winner. But what if having means that plenty of people don't like you? Actually, that works just fine. Controversy sells. Some people tune in just to yell at the screen. For a cable host, driving the other side crazy is far preferable to the alternative, which is nobody is talking about you--or, still worse, most folks haven't heard of you.

By Howard Kurtz  | September 27, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Dick Cavett on Stewart, Colbert

By Howard Kurtz  | September 27, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Paul Krugman, disaffected liberal

For more than a year, the New York Times columnist has been a prophet of doom, warning that the economy could slide into a "third depression" unless our leaders come to their senses and follow his advice

By Howard Kurtz  | September 27, 2010; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
Categories:  Latest stories, Newspapers, Top story  | Tags:  Gail Collins, George Will, Larry Summers, New York Times, Obama, Paul Krugman, White House, economy  
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Conflicted about tech, loving Apple

When it comes to high tech, the media have something of a split personality. The biggest single topic is an upbeat, hey-this-is-making-our-lives-better message, accounting for 23 percent of the coverage in a one-year period from 2009 to 2010. But close behind, says a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, was a darker aspect: concerns about risks to our privacy and particularly the dangers for children. That amounted to 18 percent of the coverage. There you have the twin poles of American attitudes toward all the devices that keep us wired. They are vital, exciting, way cool; but they are also stalking us, our shopping habits and our kids.

By Howard Kurtz  | September 26, 2010; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Internet, Latest stories  | Tags:  Apple, Google, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Steve Jobs, high tech, media, technology  
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Hoyer sees no humor in Colbert

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By Howard Kurtz  | September 26, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lara Logan, under fire in Afghanistan

By Howard Kurtz  | September 26, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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