Howie Kurtz picks five stories from the most important, to the most entertaining, to the buzziest. And, he will sound off on what they tell us about the media culture: Are they fair, fascinating or a flop?
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Howie Kurtz on the January 6th commission voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for denying subpoena, group of TV anchors announcing they have COVID-19 and other health concerns and Democrats making little progress on agreeing on spending bill.
Howie Kurtz on Donald Trump saying fraud claims should be the GOP's focus, Amazon promoting their own products over competitors and GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin staying away from rally featuring Donald Trump and Steve Bannon.
Howard Kurtz on Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) not saying if the 2020 Election was stolen when asked by FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, President Biden's plummeting approval rating and why Slack is working better for women in the workplace.
Howard Kurtz on former President Trump telling advisors not to comply with January 6th subpoenas, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) calling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) debt ceiling speech inappropriate and rampant online retail returns becoming an "existential threat."
Howie Kurtz on former President Trump saying the "real insurrection" happened on Election Day not January 6th, Democrats and Republicans reach a compromise on the debt ceiling and President Biden's poll ratings are declining.
Howie Kurtz on Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen testifying on Capitol Hill today, Senator Kyrsten Sinema being heckled while in a bathroom and Dr. Fauci getting blasted for saying Christmas could be canceled.
Howie Kurtz on Congress avoiding a shutdown by signing a short term spending bill, Jeff Bezos' 'Blue Origin' employees accusing company of a toxic workplace and Merck saying their new pill cuts risk of a COVID death by half.
Howie Kurtz on the Biden agenda teetering on the brink of collapse as spending bills are debated, Senators Manchin and Sinema sharing the spotlight on opposition to spending bills and Trump Super PAC letting go of Corey Lewandowski after sexual harassment allegations.
Howie Kurtz on top generals testifying they urged President Biden to keep troops in Afghanistan, General Milley defending his calls to China during his testimony and the Senate could be voting on bill to prevent a government shutdown today.
Howie Kurtz on Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee personally vetting and disregarding latest Trump election fraud claims, President Biden delivering speech to the U.N. General Assembly and a Texas doctor who admitted to conducting abortion after six weeks being sued in first case to test new law.
Howie Kurtz on the Capitol preparing for a 'Justice for J6' demonstration this weekend, Donald Trump claiming the January 6th rioters are being 'persecuted' and Jen Psaki defending Gen. Milley saying Trump 'fomented an insurrection'.
Howie Kurtz on General Mark Milley facing the continuing fallout from the Bob Woodward book, gymnasts ripping the FBI and DOJ on how they handled Nassar abuse allegations and vaccine booster shots being delayed.
Howie Kurtz on a new book saying Gen. Mark Milley took action to limit President Trump's ability to launch nukes, Governor Gavin Newsom coming out victorious in recall election and internal memos at Facebook showing they knew Instagram could be toxic for teens girls.
Howie Kurtz on support for President Biden's COVID-19 mandates falling on party lines, GOP calling the California recall 'rigged' before election takes place and the Democrats proposing tax hikes on the rich to pay for the infrastructure bill.
Howie Kurtz on President Biden announcing a vaccination mandate for federal employees, Donald Trump praising Robert E. Lee and the Taliban saying planes with Americans on them will resume flights out of Kabul.
This Episode of the Media Buzz Meter first aired on 8-31-21 ... Howie Kurtz on the war in Afghanistan ending in disaster, European allies reacting harshly on botched withdrawal and NOLA levees holding up even with a quickly strengthening Hurricane Ida.
Howie Kurtz on President Biden calling the Afghanistan withdrawal a 'success' in defensive speech, Rep. Madison Cawthorn suggesting violence over false election fraud claims and the weaning off of a 24/7 Trump news cycle.
Howard Kurtz on President Biden falling under heavy criticism for sticking to August 31st deadline, both moderate and progressive Democrats in the House coming to terms on budget spending deal and the DNI issuing a report on COVID-19 lacking definitive origins.
This 'Media Buzz Meter' first aired on August 12th, 2021 ... Howie Kurtz on Texas and Florida running out of hospital beds because of surge in COVID-19 cases, Rudy Giuliani saying its fine to lie during a political campaign and Kathy Hochel preparing to become the first female Governor of New York.
Howie Kurtz on President Biden being scrutinized for the failed exit from Afghanistan, Chris Cuomo speaking about his brother's resignation and Larry David and Alan Dershowitz getting into a heated shouting match at a grocery store.
This 'Media Buzz Meter' first aired on August 5th, 2021 ... Howie Kurtz on President Biden pushing the Supreme Court to extend the 'evictions moratorium', growing calls for impeachment of Governor Cuomo and Trump lawyers saying efforts to get his tax returns is political revenge.
This 'Media Buzz Meter' first aired on August 11th, 2021 ... Howie Kurtz on Governor Cuomo resigning over sexual harassment scandal, President Biden getting caught off guard by Cuomo question and the Senate passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill sending it to the House.
This 'Media Buzz Meter' first aired on August 10th, 2021 ... Howie Kurtz on schools in Texas and Florida defying their Governors' COVID mandates, the Senate voting on the infrastructure bill and a DC Judge saying Capitol rioters are getting off too easy.
This 'Media Buzz Meter' first aired on Friday, August 13th, 2021 ... Howie Kurtz on the Taliban now controlling half of the provincial capitals of Afghanistan, moderates in the House threatening to cause stalemate on infrastructure bill and the latest census report showing growth in minority population.
Howie Kurtz on the Taliban now controlling half of the provincial capitals of Afghanistan, moderates in the House threatening to cause stalemate on infrastructure bill and the latest census report showing growth in minority population.