This Week’s “Reliable Sources”


    HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice-over): Celebrity swoon? “People” is accused of promising favorable coverage to Angelina Jolie, along with $14 million for photos of her newborn twins. The magazine denies the charge.

    Are the big stars increasingly dictating their media narrative? We have the first interview with People’s top editor.

    Shifting spotlight. The networks go live when the incoming president speaks and barely cover the outgoing president. Have the media written off Bush while jacking up expectations for Obama? A conversation with White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

    Also, terror in India, chronicling death on deadlines.

    Plus, hoax artists. Meet the filmmakers who fabricated this Washington pundit and scammed the media in the process.


    KURTZ: Angelina Jolie is one of the world’s most photographed and written about women, but she is also a star who very much wants to control her image. That was certainly the case this summer, when she and Brad Pitt were negotiating with magazines over an exclusive interview and photos of their newborn twins.

    “The New York Times” reported last week that the winning magazine was required to offer coverage that would not reflect negatively on Jolie or her family. The competition was won by “People” magazine, owned by CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, for a reported $14 million.

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