Watching the Media Who ‘Watch the Media’

Posted: January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just getting around to watching the Sunday morning shows that follow and report on media, CNN’s Reliable Sources and Fox News Channel’s Media Buzz.  Howard Kurtz hosted the CNN show for many years, and now is the host of the Fox Show. Brian Stelter is the young host of the CNN show.  

The few times I’ve seen the Fox show I get the feeling it’s geared much more toward the politics of the media coverage. And I think the Fox show quotes its own people entirely too much.  The CNN show this week had the advantage of a guest get that Fox was not interested in, author Gabriel Sherman, who wrote the book about Fox News boss Roger Ailes. 

Howard Kurtz is not a great TV talent, but he’s been at it for a long time, and he has history and a Rolodex full of names. I think he should use the Rolodex a bit more often and spend less time talking to his own staff mates.  Brian Stelter, who hosts the CNN show, is not much of a TV talent yet. He’s young, still seems a bit uncomfortable on the air, but has worked hard to get good guests, to be independent and the do real analysis of the media coverage – “inside baseball” stuff – and I applaud him for that. 

I’ll keep watching and do my best to keep you posted. 




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