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Howard Kurtz’s Fox News Show Media Buzz to Challenge CNN Head-On (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
For those who formerly tuned in on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. to watch Howard Kurtz discuss the media on CNN, there’s good news: He’ll be doing essentially the same thing at the same hour in his new post at Fox News. The head-to-head scheduling is a tough break for those 17 Americans who have an appetite for two hours of media-crit-related cable talk-show fare. TVNewser Fox News says it is scheduling the show in that timeslot for logistical purposes, rather than for competitive ones. Kurtz wants to do the show live and from Washington, D.C. The show it’s replacing, Fox News Watch, tapes on Friday and airs on Saturday. The one-hour show will also feature Lauren Ashburn — a regular on Kurtz’s Reliable Sources. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show will also feature “Bing Pulse, provided by Bing technology, which will display real-time reactions to the different segments throughout the show,” according to the release. Variety Since Kurtz’s departure, CNN has used a series of fill-in hosts on Reliable Sources, including New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, former Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans.

NY Times Drops The F-Bomb (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
The F-bomb appeared Sunday in the stately New York Times — and one blogger whose e-hand was once slapped by the paper’s senior standards editor for using an acronym with the letter “F” in it is not happy. The word made its appearance on page 86 of Sunday’s style-oriented T Magazine. The full version of the F-word appears plain as day in a quote of the first line of Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens. Mother Jones / Mixed Media But it’s not the first time the paper has used “f*ck” or one of its variants. The Times‘ anti-profanity editorial policy is, often absurd, leading to the awkward censorship of band names, book titles, and, at least once, the vice president of the United States. But it only applies to nonfiction. A quick search through the paper’s archives reveals dozens of instances of F-bombs casually inserted in fiction excerpts. Most of the time those are online-only features that supplement print reviews, but occasionally the word makes its way into the paper itself. The Atlantic Wire Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has acknowledged the f-word, retweeting a story about it on Twitter. When asked what that meant she responded, “Neither an endorsement nor a panic attack. More of a shrug.”That line only appears in the print edition of the T magazine, which perhaps has different standards than the newspaper. And, notably, the online version of that article features zero f-bombs.

Miley’s Moves Seduce 10 Million Viewers for The VMAs, Up 47 Percent in The Demo (Adweek)
Sneer all you want at Miley Cyrus’ crotch-thrusting antics with Robin Thicke — the VMAs were outrageous enough to nab 10.1 million total viewers and a 7.8 rating among people 12-34 (the network’s target demo). It’s especially good news considering the heavily sponsored program’s dismal performance in 2012, though it has a ways to go before it reaches the record-breaking heights of the year before. THR According to Twitter, the “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” medley with Cyrus and Thicke garnered 306,100 tweets per minute during the East Coast airing of the show. To compare, last year’s VMAs had a peak of 98,307 tweets per minute, whereas the presidential election night last year saw a tweets per minute peak of 327,452. Rolling Stone MTV ruffled quite a few feathers with the 2013 edition of the VMAs, which elicited a host of sarcastic fan tweets and a hilarious freeze-frame of Will Smith’s family gazing in horror at Lady Gaga. But the network is also facing more serious criticism from the Parents Television Council, a non-profit organization that battles explicit TV programming. Oddly, the father of chief offender Miley Cyrus, singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus, serves on the council’s advisory board. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer “I wouldn’t make a joke of it, actually,” Mika Brzezinski said on Morning Joe Monday, stacking some papers seriously. “That was really, really disturbing. That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably an eating disorder, and I don’t think anybody should have put her onstage. That was disgusting and embarrassing.”