This Week’s “Reliable Sources”


    HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice-over): The debate that almost wasn’t. After McCain threatens to pull the plug, how are the media framing the first presidential face-off? Which mistakes and missteps are getting big play? And is the coverage more about sound bites than substance?

    Silent Sarah. Palin holds photo-ops with foreign leaders and tries to ban reporters, even from the small talk. Plus, Katie Couric tries to pin her down.

    Taking on The Times. McCain aides rip the New York newspaper as in the tank for Obama. Why are they running against the press?

    And war over Wall Street. The press flips on the treasury bailout plan after liberals and conservatives begin denouncing it. Were journalists too slow to ask the tough questions?

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