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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
Has President Obama had his way with TV anchors this week during his media blitz on Syria? That's one of the questions that was explored Sunday on "Media Buzz," the new Howard Kurtz media show on Fox News. Here's video of that discussion in which I took part. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; } #sigheadshot{ float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; } #sigtwitter { margin-right: 5px; } #sigtooltip { padding: 5px; border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; }
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
I joined Christine Brennan, of "USA Today," and Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" today to talk about TMZ and the performance of mainstream media in covering -- or not covering -- the Ray Rice story. I was at first surpised to hear Brennan, who knows this turf as well as anyone, say an argument could be made that it is "the biggest controversy to ever hit a U.S. sports league. " But having thought about it since, I think she could be right. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Fox News Sunday debuted "Media Buzz," a weekly media review show hosted by Howard Kurtz, who recently left CNN after 15 years. Since I was a guest on the opening panel, I will refrain from offering a review. I will say I enjoyed the discussion we had about President Obama getting hammered from the right and the left over his words and action on Syria. Check out the video for yourself. Here are links to reviews from critics who were not on the show: Erik Wemple , Washington Post: "'Media Buzz' starts with a roar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
I love Sunday morning public affairs TV, and I had a chance today to be part of an animated discussion about why the public hates the press. Here's the video (below) from "Media Buzz" with me and Mediaite columnist Joe Concha as guests, and Howie Kurtz as host. I was not aware of the Gallup statistic Concha brought to the table about three out of four Americans trusting the press 40 years ago versus the sorry lack of credibility today. And when I find a way to go off on Chelsea Clinton and NBC News at about the five-minute mark, I want it duly noted that Kurtz introduced the topic -- not me. (But I thank him for it.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
I love Sunday morning public affairs TV, and I had a chance today to be part of an animated discussion about why the public hates the press. Here's the video (below) from "Media Buzz" with me and Mediaite columnist Joe Concha as guests, and Howie Kurtz as host. I was not aware of the Gallup statistic Concha brought to the table about three out of four Americans trusting the press 40 years ago versus the sorry lack of credibility today. And when I find a way to go off on Chelsea Clinton and NBC News at about the five-minute mark, I want it duly noted that Kurtz introduced the topic -- not me. (But I thank him for it.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Towson University alum Brian Stelter is leaving his job as media reporter at the New York Times to be senior media correspondent and host of "Reliable Sources" at CNN. "I'll be reporting every day for CNN, CNNI, CNN.com, and I'll flow it all into @CNNReliable on Sundays," he said in a tweet. Stelter, 28, graduated from Towson University in 2007 and immediately joined the Times. He has been one of several guest hosts since Howard Kurtz left CNN to host a new show, "Media Buzz," on Fox News.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
I joined Christine Brennan, of "USA Today," and Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" today to talk about TMZ and the performance of mainstream media in covering -- or not covering -- the Ray Rice story. I was at first surpised to hear Brennan, who knows this turf as well as anyone, say an argument could be made that it is "the biggest controversy to ever hit a U.S. sports league. " But having thought about it since, I think she could be right. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
 With Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar putting up $250 milllion for a project featuring journalist Glenn Greenwald, it is starting to feel as tech billionaires might be just the folks to save journalism. But what kind of owners will they be? That's one of the questions discussed on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" show Sunday on Fox News. Here's video (below) of Kurtz, me and Farhad Manjoo, tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal, talking about the roles tech money and expertise could play in the future of journalism.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2014
Media coverage of the death of Robin Williams is still being debated for good reason: It was filled with ignorance and wretched excess. And the more time you have to reflect on it, the worse it seems. From Shepard Smith characterizing Williams as a "coward" on Fox News, to widespread misinformation about the comedian's finances, the coverage was pathetic -- especially on cable news channels where most viewers turned for information initially. If cable news would follow the simple dictate of publishing only what is known to be true, we would be a much smarter and less addled nation.
NEWS
By DAVID KUSNET and DAVID KUSNET,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 11, 1996
In Washington's political and journalistic circles, the talk is all about "Primary Colors," a thinly disguised account of Bill Clinton's long march to the Democratic presidential nomination.Sure, you've heard the media buzz: This book is such a dead-on portrait of the Clintons that it could only have been written by an insider.Washington's conventional wisdom is wrong.Except for flashes of insight about New York politics and the gritty realities of urban schools and union halls, which suggest that it was written by a street-smart, iconoclastic New Yorker, there's little that couldn't have been culled from a data base of the mainstream media and a pile of old supermarket tabloids.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2014
Media coverage of the death of Robin Williams is still being debated for good reason: It was filled with ignorance and wretched excess. And the more time you have to reflect on it, the worse it seems. From Shepard Smith characterizing Williams as a "coward" on Fox News, to widespread misinformation about the comedian's finances, the coverage was pathetic -- especially on cable news channels where most viewers turned for information initially. If cable news would follow the simple dictate of publishing only what is known to be true, we would be a much smarter and less addled nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
After a week spent writing post after post about "House of Cards" and its troubles in Maryland, I had a chance Sunday on Howie Kurtz's "Media Buzz" to finally weigh in on the troubles of "Meet the Press" and its host, David Gregory. It's been a bad three years for the show as it went from first to third place in the Sunday morning wars. And Gregory's failure as a host was brought ijnto sharp focus last week with a report that NBC News hired a "psychological consultant" to interview Gregory's wife, friends and others about him. NBC claims it was a "brand consultant' -- not a shrink -- as if that is so much better.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Towson University alum Brian Stelter is leaving his job as media reporter at the New York Times to be senior media correspondent and host of "Reliable Sources" at CNN. "I'll be reporting every day for CNN, CNNI, CNN.com, and I'll flow it all into @CNNReliable on Sundays," he said in a tweet. Stelter, 28, graduated from Towson University in 2007 and immediately joined the Times. He has been one of several guest hosts since Howard Kurtz left CNN to host a new show, "Media Buzz," on Fox News.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
 With Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar putting up $250 milllion for a project featuring journalist Glenn Greenwald, it is starting to feel as tech billionaires might be just the folks to save journalism. But what kind of owners will they be? That's one of the questions discussed on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" show Sunday on Fox News. Here's video (below) of Kurtz, me and Farhad Manjoo, tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal, talking about the roles tech money and expertise could play in the future of journalism.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
Has President Obama had his way with TV anchors this week during his media blitz on Syria? That's one of the questions that was explored Sunday on "Media Buzz," the new Howard Kurtz media show on Fox News. Here's video of that discussion in which I took part. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; } #sigheadshot{ float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; } #sigtwitter { margin-right: 5px; } #sigtooltip { padding: 5px; border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; }
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Fox News Sunday debuted "Media Buzz," a weekly media review show hosted by Howard Kurtz, who recently left CNN after 15 years. Since I was a guest on the opening panel, I will refrain from offering a review. I will say I enjoyed the discussion we had about President Obama getting hammered from the right and the left over his words and action on Syria. Check out the video for yourself. Here are links to reviews from critics who were not on the show: Erik Wemple , Washington Post: "'Media Buzz' starts with a roar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
After a week spent writing post after post about "House of Cards" and its troubles in Maryland, I had a chance Sunday on Howie Kurtz's "Media Buzz" to finally weigh in on the troubles of "Meet the Press" and its host, David Gregory. It's been a bad three years for the show as it went from first to third place in the Sunday morning wars. And Gregory's failure as a host was brought ijnto sharp focus last week with a report that NBC News hired a "psychological consultant" to interview Gregory's wife, friends and others about him. NBC claims it was a "brand consultant' -- not a shrink -- as if that is so much better.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | March 24, 2012
As expected, "The Hunger Games" is killing at the box office this weekend, taking in more than $68 million in the first day of ticket sales. Estimates for the entire weekend range around $140 million as might be expected with the off-the-charts pre-release media buzz and almost uniformaly favorable reviews. According to boxofficemojo, the adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy ranks fifth on the all-time list behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91.1 million)
NEWS
By DAVID KUSNET and DAVID KUSNET,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 11, 1996
In Washington's political and journalistic circles, the talk is all about "Primary Colors," a thinly disguised account of Bill Clinton's long march to the Democratic presidential nomination.Sure, you've heard the media buzz: This book is such a dead-on portrait of the Clintons that it could only have been written by an insider.Washington's conventional wisdom is wrong.Except for flashes of insight about New York politics and the gritty realities of urban schools and union halls, which suggest that it was written by a street-smart, iconoclastic New Yorker, there's little that couldn't have been culled from a data base of the mainstream media and a pile of old supermarket tabloids.
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