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in 1933, the u.s. unemployment rate peaks ed at 25%. that's an annual rate of all of 1933. i will see you next week. stay tuned for "reliable sources." remember how the media tried to play a positive and unifying role after the shock and horror of the boston bombing? well, that didn't last long. >> they should have just kept shooting when they caught him in the boat. just get him an automatic death penalty there. >> the nra is also in the business of helping bombers get away with their crimes. >> as the attack becomes just the latest fodder for partisan commentators? are the suspects' religious beliefs getting too much scrutiny or not enough? too sympathetic to the 19-year-old suspect? a "new york times" columnist takes me on and says the media
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are pushing a liberal agenda on gun control and other issues. i'll take that up with ross douthat. the preside . >> the media landscape is changing so rapidly. you can't keep up with it. i remember when buzz feed was just something i did in college around 2:00 a.m. >> but should the press corps be yucking it up with the press gang and the white house authorities? i'm howard kurtz and this is "reliable sources." the coverage of the boston bombing took a sharp turn this week as it turned to the motivation of the tsarnaev brothers and whether authorities had bundled the case. angry talk about muslims, as much of the media world picked side, pointed fingers and
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engaged in ideological sniping. >> we might want to rethink now and say do we want to allow any more muslim students into this country? take a period of time two years, three years, four years and stop that from happening. >> we have to examine the use of drones that the united states is involved in and a lot of civilians who are innocently xilxil killed in a drone attack in afghanistan and iraq. >> how exactly would you fight the war against terrorism, tom? you want to invade pakistan? >> i think going after the president and saying he's not being tough enough on muslims smelled a little bit like a precursor to, is the president actually secretly a muslim? >> what explains the ugliness that erupted after the marathon was marred by violence? joining us now in los angeles is cenk uygur, in seattle michael medved and here in washington,
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jane hall, associate professor at american university school of communications. cenk uygur, has it gotten too vitriolic? >> let's be clear, it's usually fox news talking about muslims, which is ironic because it is the same bill o'reilly who kept calling dr. tiller, dr. tiller the baby killer until scott rhoder shot him. and driving people to violence, incredibly ironic. >> i understand why you as a liberal would want to blame fox news but when you have something we just played. on the verge of calling president obama a muslim because of the criticism of the president's remarks. neither of those guys have gone anywhere near that garbage.
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it's not entirely just on one side. >> well, i mean, it's a funny way of balancing things out, howard. i mean, on the one side you keep having a guy that says muslim, terrorist, trying to equate the two. on the other side, you have somebody saying, hey, maybe that's not that wise and maybe they're implying something here that they shouldn't be implying. i don't equate those two as equal. just to say that one side does something 1% or 10% may be wrong doesn't justify the other side doing something 100% wrong. if bill o'reilly wants to keep going in that direction, hey, listen, do you know since 1995, 56% of the terrorist acts in the united states have been right winged terrorists? only 12% have been muslim terrorists. >> i want to bring michael medved in the conversation. too vitriolic and you just heard cenk blame it mostly on fox news. >> when you're talking about an
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a event like boston, which is so horrifying and 30 people still in the hospital and people permanently crippled. when you say too vitriolic the american people are upset. the most series successful terrorist attack on the homeland itself since 9/11. it's a serious matter. in terms of the association with radical islam, look, first of all, it's not just fox news. cnn and, yes, even msnbc and the major networks have all covered the fact and very appropriately that it was his process of islamsation towards his terrorism. this is the difference with all those "right wing attacks" that cenk wants to talk about. you can't point. timothy mcveigh was not a christian terrorist. he did not commit his heinous acts based on christian
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ideology. he rejected formal christianity. people alone in islam -- >> let me ask you. some people think that those in the main stream media, perhaps those left leaning are shying away from the notion that islam and religion played a role in the radicalization of these suspects. do you not agree with that? >> i think that occasionally you hear voices like that. but i think that your network, for instance, has done a pretty good job. one of the reasons for that is because the family making it so easy. when you have the mother of the year it makes it easy to make the association. >> let me bring in jane hall. back to the core question. why are some hosts and some pundits on the war path over this boston tragedy? >> i think that fox is practically waging a campaign to link the words radical and islam. i don't think radical islam is a religion.
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i think what happens can be a proversion of what i understand from religion. i don't think the media should shy away at looking at how these young men got radicalized. i don't think we should shy away and i think sometimes we do. but i think there is a difference between endlessly linking this and saying they're hopefully having visuals that say radical islam with these young men's pictures and talking about how they should have been shot in the boat and how the wife of one of the suspects should be imprisoned simply because she is wearing a head dress in the muslim religion. >> many people on fox are saying that. >> many people on fox are saying that. >> i'm sorry. that's just not true. ann coulter made a couple really outrageous comments, which disturbed me, as well. you are not hearing stuff other than from ann coulter -- >> bob -- >> who is a liberal, by the way. >> again, i don't -- look, the
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point about this is that it is the tsarnaev family itself. the uncle was the one that initiated this idea in the media talking about his own nephews that it was the fact that they had become involved with what he called all this religious nonsense that led them to violence. >> my point. wait, my point is that we don't know what happened here and, yet, there is a rush to tar all muslims with radicalism. that's my point. i think it is, in many places, on fox. i really think if you look at it, it's across a lot of different shows on fox. >> so, i think jane is right about that. but the main point, guys, fundamentalism. whether it's muslim fundament fundamentalism or christian fundamentalism. how many abortion doctors killed because of christian
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fundamentalists. >> it's not true. it's not true. >> fundamentalism that connects it. it is true. >> it is not -- >> time out. time out. time out. time out. i want to say a couple things and then we'll resume this conversation. let me tell you what bothers me about the tone on the airwaves. i don't want to see the same kind of tone here. everybody who does commentary for a living is entitled to say what they think. this is, as you say, michael, an emotional issue. but it seems to me everyone has reverted to what they do, which is fingerpointing, demonizing, blaming the other side, whipping up their base. we do it for ratings. what bothers me, it doesn't match the moment. the country was in shock and in grief and kind of coming together over the fact that not only were three people killed in boston, but a couple hundred were wounded, maimed, people lost their legs and yet we're back to the same old partisan snipi sniping. jane, you pick it up. >> two things about that that is
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really important. number one, howard, look, a part of me that disagrees and i'll tell you why. after tragedies like this, we do have to take action. the question is, what kind of action are we going to take? i said before we found out the suspect's identity here because that was really an interesting moment. we didn't know if they were right wing or muslims. i said our reaction should be the same no matter what so that right wingers, left wingers, whoever should all agree what our proper reaction should be before we find out who it is. so, we don't fly off the handle either way. at the same time, if there's a mass shooting or an act of terrorism, we do have to respond and there are political differences about how we respond. obviously, i think the right wing guys go overboard and we invaded iraq after 9/11 for no reason, et cetera. >> everyone agrees that these are important issues and emotional issues and they should be debated. i am talking about what i see in
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some instances and you didn't see it this week or last week as the tone. do you see this has become a default setting for a lot of people on the air who in order to kick start their careers, they need to whip up, you know, certain degree of animosity. >> i think as time goes by and there is air to fill, you know, people do do that. i will say that i think a lot of people have tried to attach meaning to, some people have said this is proof that we need good government. barney frank said that and got a lot of criticism. lawrence o'donnell and others on msnb and others talked about this is a need for gun control. people are attaching meaning to this partially because we're all fearful about how we can prevent this there is a legitimate fear and concern but i think people attach their agenda to it. >> legitimate concern and debate and also in my view, because that's how you get people to
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watch you on the air. when we come back, have the media given enough attention to the victims of this awful attack? ñe
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touching tribute on the cover of "boston magazine" shoes worn by those who ran in the boston marathon. pendulum started to swing back to the victims of the boston bombings as journalists
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sought out interviews with the wounded. >> when you look at that incredible picture of him carrying you away, what goes through your mind? >> god had angels watching me that day. >> do you still feel it? >> i do. when i have a sheet over it, i can feel the feeling of sheet on top of your toes. i still have phantom itch, which is weird. you can't scratch it. >> but television has devoted huge amounts of airtime to the tsarnaev brothers which some say is too sympathetic. >> just a mixed up kid, totally american kid out there smoking pot, watching youtube, driving around in his porsche, not liking america. totally normal kid. nothing to see here.
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very sad, in fact. >> jane hall, has there not been enough on the victims, for example, we kind of moved on from the 8-year-old boy, martin richard, who was killed in that attack. >> if martin richard's family were giving interviews, i don't know about that, but i know enough about tv to know that we'd see that story. very important to see the victims and you will be surprised to hear, i think rush limbaugh has a point. to portray him as a teenager or this ask this is a distortion of the american dream which is in two news stories out there. >> front page of "washington post" portrait of faded american dream. picture of the family, the tsarnaev family there. "new york times" a battered american dream. so, michael medved have the media, to some extent, as they try to understand what happened to these two guys been
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portraying and, particularly, the 19-year-old, as a mixed up kid? >> well, i think it's inherently dramatic and it is a huge question because at least the younger brother, dzhokhar did seem to be enjoying some success in school, et cetera, et cetera. what goes wrong with someone like this? this brings me back to something that cenk said earlier. these brothers have become radicalized and islamic and they don't represent all muslims and no one is saying that a muslim represents some kind of problem or even potential problem. but the point is there is a context here and the context is there is a worldwide movement and a powerful worldwide movement and a dangerous worldwide movement that caused violence everywhere and these particular brothers became part of it. the question on how they became part of it and why seems to me a legitimate field for
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investigation. >> he's not just a teenager. yes, he seemed to be a semi successful college student, but he is, allegedly, someone who kills and maims. i just worry that is getting drained from some of these profiles. >> i'm surprised that people perceive that. i don't perceive that at all. he is a terrorist and everything i ever read talks about how he's a terrorist. you have to try to figure out their motives. look, we give them too much attention. >> do you have to figure out the motives or are they just two sick and twisted individuals who may not be even though it will serve as the media agenda to paint it on a larger canvas that may not be representative of anything much larger than anything than their own tendencies towards violence. >> we don't know until we figure out their motives. i'm conflicted on this because i don't want to give too much attention to people who do this
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because i think some of them are doing it for the attention. when it came to the mass shooter in newtown, we don't publicize streakers. but when you shoot 26 people or bomb and kill 4 people and injure 260 we go on and on about it. so, i get that point, howard. on the other hand, we have to know what caused it, so we can prevent the next one. >> that's a fair point from "washington post" dressing sharply and honing his body to become an olympic boxer. i don't care, i don't care whether his friends think he's cool. i just want to know about the crime, how it was committed and i don't want us to lose the spotlight, as i said, more stories lately interviews with the wounded on those who were hurt by their attacks as opposed to those who carried them out. >> again, i kind of show the ambivalence. i want to know who caused it and i don't want the profile of these people.
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>> in "new york times" the other day and i want to take a moment to show it. the "times" had a moment of runners crossing the finish line when that explosion took place and was able through reporting to identify each person, interview them and then we could hear their sounds and their take on how they felt at that moment. let's play some of that. >> i said out loud, this is how my life is going to end. and blessed myself and i said, please, god, let me children be okay because i didn't know where they were. >> using technology to tell the story. jane hall, cenk uygur michael medved, thank you for joining us. a "boston globe" columnists said it should be the first responders and firefighters who should get the attention not the persons who set off the bombs.
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>> when one wonders if newspapers are a thing of the past, all you need to do is pick up or logon to papers like "the
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boston globe." president obama talking about the hometown paper at white house correspondents' dinner. and joining me from baus kevin cullen columnist for "boston globe." >> i hope he follows that up with a digital subscription. >> now, you had a richly detailed piece in the paper the other day about the scene at the boat where dzhokhar tsarnaev was captured and the police supervisor on the scene yelling, hold your fire and turning to the squad team, he hurt your guy, cuff him. how did you get the police officers to recount the story in such detail? >> howie, the best way to explain it. obviously, this is the most followed news story for the last two weeks in the world. for us here at "the boston globe" it is a local story. so, one of the reasons,
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personally, this has such an impact on me is that i know a lot of these first responders. i mean, i've known them for years and that's why i think it was a little different. i was in northern ireland in 1998 and in london in 2005 when more than 50 people were m murdered on the tube and on a bus. two weeks ago what happened in my town was deeply personal. and, so, i think for all my colleagues at "the globe," all of us, this was a professional mission and also a personal mission because we knew people. >> if i were to ask you, these are brave officers. if i were to ask you, could they be overdramatizing, you know some of these guys and you trust them. >> oh, yeah, absolutely. because the other thing is, if they embellish it, they have to live with us for the rest of their lives.
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i always say the accountability and the closer you are to a lot of things, the more accountability. if anything, i thought they were understated the accounts i was given the other day. >> kevin, you also in a different column interviewed the family of sean collier, the m.i.t. officer who was killed in the shootout with the older brother. have people like him gotten enough attention, certainly nationally? >> well, i hope so. i mean, i think sean collier was the young policeman and very idealistic and when i talk to his brothers and his sisters, they reached out to me. they wanted to talk to me because they wanted me to get, everybody knew about him as a police officer. but they wanted to tell sean's story and, yet, get the full in there because he was a wonderful young man and not just admired on that campus, he was deeply loved by the students and the teachers and everybody at m.i.t. >> yet, as i mentioned a few
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moments ago, the big story, the big journalistic fire power, for example, in this morning's "new york times" and "washington post" these detailed profiles, this is two full pages inside the paper of "the washington post." do you want to read these pieces? do you care about this part of the story? >> i will read them, howie, but i have to be honest, from the moment those bombs went off, my personal concern and professional concern were the victims and the first responders. so, actually, it is going to be easy for me to forget these guys because i can't pronounce their names. i want people to know people like sean o'brien, danny li ins who was on the streets when this stuff was going down on the streets early friday morning. the policewoman from district four who went towards the bombs. when the bombs started going
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off, those police women went towards the victims. i want them to remember those names. i want them to remember the watertown police officers who responded to this. the sergeant who brought the suspect down. joe reynolds, the police officer who came across him. those are the names that america should remember because they are, i think, the word hero is used too often. but what our first responders here, the firefighters, the police officers, the emergency medical services people here. i don't know how to call what they did other than heroic. >> any danger because it's local and you know these people and you are, obviously, emotional about it that you're sort of too close to the story and that would affect your telling of it? >> maybe. that brings pluses and minuses with it, i guess. i'm a columnist, i'm entitled to engage in opinion. we're talking about me. "the boston globe" as an institution stepped up and
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showed. i listened for years people telling that we're dinosaurs and we're going to go away. the last two weeks have shown more than anything, newspapers like "boston globe" are vital because we are part of this community and that attack on the marathon was not just an attack on boston, but an attack on all of us. >> the boston globe showed up and also got million of visitors to its website because it dropped its pay wall because of the magnitude of this event. the value of not just reporters who know the community, but reporters who live in the community and bring that emotional attachment. kevin cullen, thanks for joining us from boston. next, george w. bush all over the airwaves and ducking most of the media's questions. plus, the press corps takes its hits both from the president
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george w. bush has stayed far from the media spotlight this week all the living presidents which created television interviews. despite the best of the journalists he showed his skill at ducking questions. >> do you want people to look at some of the information you had and do you think you'll convince the people who thought it was an unjust war, the wrong war at the wrong time you were right? >> look, the whole purpose is to lay out the facts as i saw them at the time. and people make their own judgments. some will agree, some will disagree. >> one of the issues in which there seems to be some shift taking place among senators is gay marriage. we know that mrs. bush has weighed in. ready to weigh in? >> no. but thank you for trying. >> so, bush managed to celebrate
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his presidency without having to make news. the network also sent his former press secretary. >> okay, this is my last question. >> okay. >> who is your biggest fan? >> my sweet press secretary. >> dana perino nice person, good spokesperson. but can you imagine the reaction at fox and said robert gibbs to interview former president obama. now, last night i put on the tux for the white house correspondents' dinner the annual ritual that has turned into an overblown spectacle and president obama took his usual swipes at the media, including the cable news networks. >> i know cnn has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is, i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.
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so, my former advisors have switched over to the dark side. for example, david axelrod now works for msnbc. which is a nice change of pace since msnbc used to work for david axelrod. the history channel is not here. i guess they were embarrassed about the whole obama is a devil thing. of course, that never kept fox news from showing up. >> let's bring back our panel michael medved. you're a film critic. what does this look like to the rest of the country? >> looks like a bunch of insiders talking inside baseball. the number of ordinary americans who immediately pick up the reference to the fact that there was some people who thought that the guy who played satan on the history channel theme on "the bible" looked like obama. this is not what the president needs right now.
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he's at his best when he has the feeling that i can connect with ordinary people. that's why he won the election. >> all right -- >> and the idea of at this moment hobnobbing with a lot of insiders in tuxedos. it doesn't help the president. >> i want to focus on the press corps. sarah palin tweeted this yesterday. i have to clean it up a little bit. america is working off and she calls it pathetic. does it seem pathetic to you that one night a year some socializing and a nice dinner with press corps and the administration officials. >> sarah palin is amazing. you know who i saw at the last white house correspondents' dinner? >> she went to some of the parties a few years back. >> yeah, absolutely. i saw her at one of the parties. it's unbelievable. she's -- now, look the reality about the white house correspondents' dinner, it should be a lot more awkward than it is. it should be the press who's challenging the government
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getting together one night and being friendly. unfortunately, i think they're friendly on many, many nights. you get a sense of how the press is not challenging the government enough. can you imagine if julian asange was at the dinner? there is a guy challenging the government and he is certainly not invited. >> nicole kidman and amy poehler. a great branding exercise for media corporations who have the big parties before and afterwards sponsored by "vanity fair" and bloomberg and this whole weekend event for media people. >> it has. kind of getting closer and closer to the golden globes. you know, i think ed henry, the head of it, pointed out that they give a lot of scholarships. they made a point of it because they have been criticized. one night of hobnobbing is okay. >> what about the celebrity aspect? not like, look, most of them
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work hard but not like one dinner is going to change their view of how they should do their jobs, right? >> i don't think so. >> this is particularly strong in terms of blending the dividing line between hollywood and washington. and, i mean, i don't think that works well for hollywood and i don't think it works well for washington. the fact that conan o'brien was the host that president obama had some film clips that were very elegantly prepared. the president was funny. he's also always funny at this kind of event. but something a little bit tone deaf right now. >> got to go. michael medved and jane hall. ross douthat challenges me. we'll bring you that debate in a moment. ft, air-fluffed pillows that are dermatologist tested to be gentle on your skin. face every day with puffs softness.
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the newtown shootings four months of heavy media coverage and a failed effort of expanding background checks. but has the press been rooting for congress to pass legislation on gun control and other social issues? i spoke earlier with ross douthat a conservative columnist for "new york times." welcome. >> great to be here.
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thanks for having me. >> the gun control debate, the background check legislation that went down in the senate, you see that as a classic example of media bias, media rooting for certain outcomes. is that fair? >> i think it's a little more complicated than that. i think it's a situation where the press likes to feel like they're in the vanguard of history on certain issues, right? those are usually social issues and issues like gun control, gay marriage and so on. i think those are the places where, you know, a lot of people in the press walk a very fine line between sort of trying to report nucherally and also trying to, you know, be on the winning side and on social issues i think they tend to fall off that tight rope a little bit. >> to the point of unfairness sometimes. >> yes, to the point of unfairness quite a bit. >> for example, senators joe manchin and pat toumy and there was so much attention to that legislation and the day after it
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didn't get the 60 votes your newspaper "the new york times" said it did not have a chance. why were we given the impression it had? >> the vanguard of the press' role and the fact that it did have bipartisan support. i think that's the other, there is also a media bias towards bipartisanship, right? because when something is bipartisan, it lets journalists who are, again, trying to sort of place things down the middle be able to sort of root for an outcome. look, it's bipartisan, we're not taking sides. >> but it gives a kind of protective cover to say we're not in the camp of one party or the other. >> well, think about how the press covered the bowles-simpson deficit plan. i like the bowles-simpson deficit plan. that's how america reacted maybe. but there was a sort of sense that because this was a bipartisan document that it made sense to treat it as a kind of
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sacred text. i think in sort of, again, not in sort of the to and fro of politics, but how the press portrayed it. again, i liked a lot of things about that document. i'm not totally sorry the press played it that way. but i think you see that happening again and again. there is sort of a desire for, there is a desire for a figure like michael bloomberg to sort of play this sort of postpartisan role, but that then intersects with the press' social issues. when a figure like bloomberg is mixing it up on guns, he gets to be a bipartisan, postpartisan figure and the press gets to sort of congratulate itself for being the history of vanguard. >> that is hard for me to get my mind around. let me turn to the column you wrote in "new york times" and picked up something you wrote for "daily beast." i said gun control was an important issue and the press has to be leading the conversation on this and i
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didn't say that i had contended that pressured push for gun control and here's what you wrote, put it up on the screen. it involves acting as a crusading vanguard while denying often self reichesly that anything of the sort is happening. the trouble is that when you set out to lead a conversation, it's important for journalists whether you like the phrase, leading the conversation or not, push controversial issues that the politicians otherwise might prefer not to talk about. >> yeah, no, i think that's fair and i also think it's fair. look, journalists, you know, it's a hard job. right? the idea that there is a sort of perfect, unbias position from which to cover the news is of n often, you know, it's oft aen not not achievable. >> act as stenographers. john boehner said this, experts say this. the harder thing to do when the
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issue is not being talked about and gun control is basically not mentioned in the 2012 campaign. social security and the deficit, these are issues that kpoifl campaign. these are issues that are painful. they don't want unwrap it because they will tick people off. i think the press has a responsibility to step up and you say maybe but they seem tilted. >> one of the things that conservatives have spent the last few weeks, and not only conservatives complaining about is the way the press or hasn't covered this prominent trial abortionist. he is accused of letting women die on the operating table and snipping the spines of fetuses. you would say it is ideological. >> the press choices is not always a case of explicit bias where you are going to the goes
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nell trial and writing this indicates pro-choice views but more a question of what do you choose as the where issue that you crusade on. the president looks at newtown and says this is where we need to talk about gun control and press is less likely to look at the gosnell trial and say this is an issue to talk about abortion. i don't think it is any secret that most people who work in our profession lean pro choice and lean liberal on social issues. it's not -- the issue is not that we shouldn't have a crusading press. we would have a better press if more issue of wider range of issues were prompting these crusades. >> i agree with the leaning left on social issues and think it is a challenge for journalists who have those views or opposite views to keep it out of their work but you have the republican party trying to come to immigration reform but you have
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journalists saying, look, 11 million people here illegally. we're not going to kick them out. let's have an honest conversation about that. you talk about deciding who gets to be in the conversation and where it goes i think that's where you lose me. now you are using code words to say journalists are cooking the books so to speak in leading the conversation. >> on immigration. it is tricky, right. because as you say there are republicans in favor of immigration reform as well as democrats. but it's also the case if you look at where it is a bipartisan push for immigration reform coming from? it is coming from the wall street wing of the republican party, the elite wing of the republican party. the koch brothers of the republican party. >> sounds like you are all right with the press being in front of the issues. you would like it in a more even handed fashion. >> i'd like to have more diversity in the press core so you have more interesting
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stories pushed and more questions asked. >> i'd like that too and something we can agree on. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. still to come, a profile of "new york times" editor jill a bramson wreaks of sexism. reuters fires an editor under indictment and could an f bomb turn out to be a good career move? the media monitor is next. [ male announcer ] this is kevin. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again.
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time for the media monitor our look at hits and errors in the news business. "new york times" exkptive editor was the subject of a hack it job in "politico" this week. they said she is known to blow up in a meeting, travels a lot and once told an editor to change an on-line photo right this minute. it's hard to imagine a male editor would have been described as impossible to deal with based on puny antidotes. the author said he didn't sgend it for it to be about skbrender and asked whether it stems from her being the first woman to
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hold the post and they said no. but sexist or not the story was short on evidence. reuters fired matthew keys the deputy social media editor who happens to be under indictment. keys would work for a television owned by the tribune company is charged with helping the hackers gain entry to the company's computer system. he broke the news of his own firing on twitter and said reuters made no mention of the indictment but objected to his personal writings about the boston bombings and he said it is ir responsible to connect the two but given he had already been suspended it's hard to imagine the firing had nothing to do with the charges against him. i'm sure you have heard by now about the north dakota anchor who had the worst first day on the job ever. when a.j. clemente dropped two curse words before the newscast began, the video went viral. >> nbc north dakota news, your news leader in high definition. [ bleep ] [ bleep ].
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>> good evening. you may have seen our newest a.j. clemente on north dakota news and he will be joining the weekend news team as my coanchor. >> they fired him over the f bomb but he got so much attention he wound up making the television rounds. >> when i first saw the clip, it was, gut wrenching. i didn't even know i said it on camera until my news director walked in on the third break. >> to tell people what kind of guy you are you have no animosity toward the station. >> no. i fully expected they would fire me. i even called my news director after and apologized again. >> did you think that your life was finished when this happened? >> extremely. i went home, crawled in bed and called my parents. >> this was a really dumb mistake. you are wearing a microphone, dude and yet the station should
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have given him a second chance. it is weird how it made him famous and he will probably end up with a better job. that's it for this edition of "reliable sources." check us out monday. go to ie tuns and search for reliable sources to get our podcast. we are back next sunday morning 11:00 a.m. eastern for another critical look at the media. state of the union with candy crowley begins right now. >>. connecting dots in boston, laying blame in washington. today, the inevitable aftermath of terrorism, the would have, could have, should have. >> did we miss something? did we have the coordination we needed? >> piecing together what happened with the top democrat on the house intelligence committee adam schiff and dan coats, a republican member of the senate intelligence panel. and red flags rising, russia's repeated warnings to the u.s. about tamerlan tsarnaev, too little information or not enough listening?