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Howard Kurtz

Host, FOX News' Media Buzz; Presidential Campaign Analyst, The Kelly File and Best-selling Author

One of America's most respected media analysts, Howard Kurtz turns his critical eye toward politics, the press and how new media is changing the face of journalism.

Political Showdown

Howard Kurtz examines the polarized coverage of the 2016 campaign, from Hillary Clinton’s animus toward the press to Republican candidates accusing journalists of gotcha questions to the circus atmosphere surrounding Donald Trump. He looks at how bias, superficiality and sensationalism with an insider’s eye based on his anchor role at Fox News (sparring with the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly) and past experience at CNN, The Washington Post and The Daily Beast. From the growing power of Twitter to the shrinking sound bites of the evening news, Kurtz illuminates how the Obama administration’s war on the press has emboldened today’s candidates to try to neutralize a news business suffering from its own credibility crisis. 

The Collapse of the Mainstream Media

The old journalistic establishment is dying from a series of self-inflicted wounds: arrogance, inaccuracy, blandness and the failure to adapt to a digital revolution that is slowly strangling newspapers. A reporter who predicted that newspapers faced irrelevance in the early 1990s, Howard Kurtz offers a cold-eyed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the YouTube age and whether print publications can survive.

Why Liberals Now Hate the Press

After decades of conservative distrust, the media are now feeling the heat from disgusted liberals who see journalists as part of a corporate elite that abetted the Iraq war, coddled the Bush Administration and are undermining the Obama White House. Howard Kurtz explores the vitriolic atmosphere, the shortcomings of the press and how some partisans on both sides are more interested in demonization than fairness. 

Meet Howard Kurtz

One of America’s most respected media analysts, Howard Kurtz turns his critical eye toward politics, the press and how new media is changing the face of journalism.

Howard Kurtz is the host of Media Buzz, FOX News’ Sunday morning media show and the No. 1 program in its time slot for two years, and a Presidential campaign analyst on The Kelly File. He previously hosted CNN's Reliable Sources for a decade and a half. A 29-year veteran of The Washington Post, he covered eight presidential campaigns and the fallout from war, scandal and impeachment. His New York Times best-selling book, Spin Cycle, is the first behind-the-scenes account of the Clinton White House political operation and how it shaped the news by manipulating, misleading, and in some cases, intimidating the press. He is also an investigative journalist who exposed the two biggest journalistic frauds of the last decade: Jayson Blair of The New York Times and Jack Kelley of USA Today. Widely recognized as the leading reporter in holding the media accountable, Kurtz functions as a kind of internal affairs cop. He explores questions of bias, blunders, sensationalism and celebrity fixation in the profession that loves to point fingers at everyone else.

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