On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz led guests into a heated discussion on anger and personal attacks within the media. Guests included: CBS News’s Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, GWU’s Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno, former managing editor of USA Today and President of Ashburn Media Laura Ashburn and The Baltimore Sun‘s media writer David Zurawik. Watch it here.
“I’m enraged Howard,” Reid jokes, when Kurtz at one point cuts him off to move on to another aspect of the topic. Reid calls CBS News an “island of sanity” in regards to Kurtz’s subject of “The Poisonous Press.”
And in his WaPo column today, Kurtz again tackles the topic of media rage.
FishbowlDC reached out to Kurtz. Should he provide comment we’ll post it immediately. In the meantime, read what he has to say about his own place in the media after the jump…
From Kurtz’s WaPo column:
“No media person is perfect, including me, but I cling to the belief that facts matter. That, however, is in danger of becoming an old-fashioned view, along with the virtue of calling people for comment before you unload on them. (Too slow, why wait, let them deny the charge later.)”