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Rick Sanchez is sorry. Really.

This time, Rick Sanchez really sounded remorseful. In an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday morning, the ousted CNN anchor said flatly that he "screwed up" in calling Jon Stewart a bigot and suggesting that Jews run the networks--comments that cost him his job last week. "I apologize and it was wrong for me to be so careless and so inartful," Sanchez said. "But it happened and I can't take it back and you know what now I have to stand up and be responsible." The tone was much different than in a statement earlier this week, when Sanchez extended an apology to anyone who "may have been offended."

By Howard Kurtz  | October 8, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  Latest stories, Television, Top story  | Tags:  George Stephaopoulos, Jon Stewart, Rick Sanchez  
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Parker Spitzer: The Arranged Marriage

NEW YORK--They are, somewhat self-consciously, an odd couple, the northern pol and the southern belle, the prosecutor and the journalist, the man trying to recover from disgrace and the woman graciously forgiving his sins. "I bring the everyday American perspective to the table," says Kathleen Parker. "I get 'em. I've been living with them." "I'm not gonna concede that we aren't real Americans up here in the big urban," says Eliot Spitzer. "I'm not saying New Yorkers aren't. I'm just saying you aren't." Read more about the odd couple thrown together to launch a prime-time CNN show Monday night and about how the disgraced ex-governor is trying to redeem himself through television.

By Howard Kurtz  | October 3, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Latest stories, Television, Top story  | Tags:  Ashley Dupre, CNN, Client 9, Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker, Parker Spitzer, prostitution  
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Parker and Spitzer discuss new show

By Mike McPhate  | October 3, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Television  
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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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Stewart defends Colbert's truthiness

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cTruthiness to Powerwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party...

By Howard Kurtz  | September 28, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Television, Video  
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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)
Categories:  Latest stories, Television, Top story  | Tags:  CNN, Fox, MSNBC, Politico, cable news, media  
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Older Entries in This Category »

C-SPAN's blasts from the past, Howard Kurtz , September 23, 2010
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Boehner opens the door, Howard Kurtz , September 12, 2010
Media fanning the flames, Howard Kurtz , September 12, 2010
Buchanan vs. O'Donnell, Howard Kurtz , September 10, 2010
Stewart skewers cable nets, Howard Kurtz , September 10, 2010
 
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