TV Critic: Chelsea Clinton Remains 'Outrageously Unqualified' for Her

December 27th, 2012 12:00 AM
David Zurawik, a TV writer for The Baltimore Sun, slammed "pretend journalist" Chelsea Clinton on The Daily Download for her work on NBC. "I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine," he wrote. "I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss…

Baltimore Sun's Zurawik Notes Media Malfeasance at the Outset of Newto

December 17th, 2012 1:07 PM
Suffice it to say the media coverage of the recent tragedy was an abject failure. Perhaps the most egregious example was how CNN initially reported that Ryan Lanza, brother of the real shooter Adam Lanza, was the culprit eliciting screenshots and information about his Facebook account that was disseminated on the Internet  – and on the airwaves.  David Zurawik of the Baltimore…

Kurtz, Panelists Worry About Fate of CNN, ‘Last Bastion of Televisio

December 3rd, 2012 3:58 PM
Now that former NBC News president Jeff Zucker is set to take over as president of CNN, the fate of the cable news network is an open question. In a Sunday discussion about the transition, CNN media critic Howard Kurtz and his guests passed over the network's left-of-center reporting, implying instead that CNN is somehow devoid of bias compared to its primary competitors, MSNBC and Fox News…

Howard Kurtz on Maher's Obama Donation: 'There’d Be a Bigger Fuss if

February 26th, 2012 2:32 PM
As NewsBusters reported Friday, HBO's Bill Maher recently gave $1 million to pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action. On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, host Howard Kurtz correctly observed, "There’d be a bigger fuss if comedian Dennis Miller gave a million dollars to a pro-Romney or a Santorum Super PAC" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

David Zurawik: NBC Hiring Chelsea Clinton a 'Journalistically Bankrupt

December 18th, 2011 4:19 PM
Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik on Sunday called NBC hiring Chelsea Clinton a "journalistically-bankrupt decision." Talking to CNN's Howard Kurtz about Clinton's debut, Zurawik said if she's been preparing for this all her life "it's been a largely wasted life" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Ed Schultz Exposed for Exaggerating How Much Wisconsin Governor's Plan

February 19th, 2011 7:29 PM
As NewsBusters reported Saturday, Rachel Maddow wasn't the only MSNBC commentator last week that lied to viewers about the budget battle in Wisconsin. Having misrepresented the same nonsense as Maddow about the Badger State having a surplus instead of a deficit Friday, Ed Schultz was exposed by Politifact for dramatically exaggerating how much Gov. Scott Walker's repair plan would…

Media Critic to Maddow: My Dog 'Has Better Journalism Credentials and

January 27th, 2011 2:51 PM
Some on the left have been crying foul at CNN's decision to air live Rep. Michele Bachmann's response to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night. None have been more vocal than MSNBC libtalker Rachel Maddow. One media critic had enough. On Thursday, the Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik laid into Maddow's criticism, saying it derives from "the mentality…

Zurawik and Shuster Get Into Heated Debate About Olbermann, MSNBC and

January 23rd, 2011 2:16 PM
Media critic David Zurawik and former MSNBC contributor David Shuster got into quite a heated debate Sunday over the surprise exit of Keith Olbermann. Appearing on CNN's "Reliable Sources," the pair also quarreled about the difference in journalistic standards at Fox News and MSNBC (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Zurawik: 'TV Journalism Diminished in Public Mind' Due to MSNBC's Elec

November 7th, 2010 7:57 PM
The Baltimore Sun's media critic is still fuming about MSNBC's pathetic coverage on election night. In his piece published Saturday, David Zurawik called the cable news network a "liberal prep school" while claiming the behavior of folks like Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Keith Olbermann was "so egregious" that the "entire realm of…

Balt Sun Media Critic: MSNBC 'Pumping Irrational Fear' Into Viewers

November 4th, 2010 6:15 PM
There's a cable news channel out there operating with a single partisan voice, and doing its best to scare the pants off of viewers as the new Congress approaches. Listening to much of the media, you might think that network was Fox. But in fact Fox has a wealth of opinions on air, though most of its prime time hosts are consistently conservative. And while certainly a number of critics…

David Zurawik Makes Fools Out Of Chip Reid and Frank Sesno on Reliable

August 1st, 2010 6:55 PM
The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik on Sunday made fools out of CBS White House Correspondent Chip Reid and former CNNer Frank Sesno.Ironically, this happened during a "Reliable Sources" segment on CNN dealing with today's "Poisonous Press."With host Howard Kurtz leading a discussion about how news outlets today are spending a great deal of time bashing each other, the…

Kurtz Questions Whether CNN Business Strategy 'Viable

May 23rd, 2010 4:06 PM
It's turned into something of a week for TV hosts, if not to bite, then at least to nibble hard on the hands that feed them . . . First, as noted here, on Friday Joe Scarborough passed along the comment of an unnamed conservative biggie who wondered "what the hell [Rand Paul] was doing on MSNBC?", where during an interview with Rachel Maddow he caused controversy with his comments on…

Media Critic: Baier's Obama Interview Antidote to Brian Williams' Bow

March 18th, 2010 9:22 AM
Contrary to how most of the President's sycophants saw his interview with Bret Baier Wednesday, a media critic from the Baltimore Sun felt it was "a textbook encounter of how the press should engage the executive branch of government." "As much credit as I give Obama for taking his healthcare message to Fox News and staying on point, I also praise Baier for being thoroughly…

Kurtz Bashes Stossel: Partisan Person Goes To Partisan Network To Do P

December 13th, 2009 6:29 PM
Howard Kurtz must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed Sunday, for his "Reliable Sources" review of John Stossel's new Fox Business Network show was uncharacteristically way off base.After presenting a cherry-picked video clip of Stossel talking about how he wished Nobel Laureate Al Gore would come on the program to debate man's role in global warming, Kurtz asked guest David…